Halo Notes

St. Louis Catholic High School

Thursday, January 24, 2019


Dear Saints Parents,

We begin this edition of Halo Notes with a new monthly segment where we will recognize members of the Saints community who go above and beyond to model the example of Christ. The Parent Guild will reward honorees with a certificate and a gift card, and anyone is welcome to send us a nomination by filling out this quick form.

Coach Cord Larsen was seen changing a flat tire for a student after practice two weeks ago. Not only was the tire flat, but so was the spare, and the jack wouldn't work properly. Coach Larsen saved the day by using his own equipment and advised the student to go straight to the repair shop. A member of the community witnessed this act of kindness. Way to go, Coach Larsen, for putting love and service into action and being a true Saint Among Us!

Apply/Re-Enroll for 2019-2020 By Feb. 4

Open Application and Re-Enrollment has begun for the 2019-2020 school year. You must re-enroll online through your ParentsWeb account during this time period to ensure your spot at St. Louis Catholic for next year. Click here to view the step-by-step guide on our website, or refer to the directions below. If you would like one-on-one assistance, please contact Director of Admissions Heather Ieyoub at hieyoub@slchs.org or 436-7275 Ext. 244 to set up an appointment.

  • After logging in to your ParentsWeb account, click on the apply/enroll tab found on the left side of the page
  • A drop down menu will appear; click enrollment/reenrollment
  • A pop-up blocker may prevent the page from opening. Allow it by clicking in the top right hand corner of your browser.
  • Our Online Enrollment system will open with a link to the enrollment packet for your student.
  • The online process should take approximately 15 minutes to complete.
  • Your information will be saved if you need to quit and come back later.

If you know prospective Saints students/families, please direct them to our website to apply online for next year.

Any prospective new student who applies to St. Louis Catholic must take the high school placement test on Saturday, Feb. 16 (time TBA). Parents of incoming freshmen who cannot make this date must contact the Counseling Department at 436-7275 Ext. 236.

Academic Updates

Ask your child about their progress in each class using the Student Grade Calculator. This tool was provided to all students during Math class with guidance on how to use it to predict their final grade for the year. Students who are in danger of failing are meeting with their counselor or Ms. Orgeron in the coming weeks. Notification of such will also be sent by mail after Q3 Progress Reports. If you have any questions or need guidance, feel free to contact us. We are here for each of you!

Our Academic Study Hall schedule for the last week of January is as follows: Jan. 28 and 31 (Monday and Thursday) from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Cafeteria. Athletes with a D or below in any subject are required to attend.

Soccer Coach Jason Oertling Wins 600th Career Game

St. Louis Catholic soccer coach Jason Oertling achieved a personal milestone Tuesday night when the Saints shut out Menard, 5-0, in Lake Charles. The victory was the 600th of Oertling’s 26-year coaching career – all at his alma mater St. Louis Catholic.

I have said all year long how special the program is, boys and girls," Oertling said. "This may be a coaching accomplishment, but I feel so fortunate to be around a group of kids like this.” Read more.

FBLA Students Earn 74 Event Placements at District Competition

St. Louis Catholic’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) had a banner day at the District V Leadership Conference at McNeese State on Jan. 23. St. Louis Catholic was noted as the highest-placing school in the district after earning 74 event placements, including 41 qualifying for state competition.

Congratulations to all the participants and club moderator Ashley Lavine, and good luck to our Saints who will represent St. Louis Catholic and District V at the FBLA State Leadership Conference March 24-26! See all results.

Counseling Team Updates: Tell Us Where You're #Accepted; AP/Dual Enrollment Info Session Feb. 11

We are excited to share the news of our students who have been accepted to college! Please encourage your seniors to show us their letter(s) of acceptance (digital or paper) in the Counseling Office, and we will take a picture to post on our "#Accepted" wall as well as share it on the St. Louis Catholic Facebook, Twitter & Instagram pages (if permission is granted). Seniors may only come to the Counseling Office during an off period, break, lunch, before or after school.

We've got our #Accepted series going with Darby Gabbert (McNeese), Andrew Kilpatrick (LSU) and Jackson Leach (High Point) so far! Congratulations!

Please attend our Dual Enrollment/Advanced Placement information meeting on Monday, Feb. 11 in the Cafeteria. At 5:30 p.m., Mrs. Betty Anderson, our dual enrollment contact at McNeese, will be here to educate our students about the Dual Enrollment program. At 6 p.m., Ms. Orgeron and Ms. Barrow will present information about the current Advanced Placement program and changes to expect for next year. Please attend the portion(s) of the meeting that meets your student's needs.

Senior Save the Dates

St. Louis Catholic seniors should mark the following key dates on their calendars:

Baccalaureate Mass - Monday, May 6 at 6 p.m. (St. Margaret’s Catholic Church)

Beach Bash - Friday, May 10 (Lake Charles Country Club)

Father/son Crawfish Boil - Sunday, May 12 (at Geoff & Carrie Collins’: 4800 Bellerive Ln.)

Mother/daughter Tea - Sunday, May 12 (TBD)

Senior Honors Night - Monday, May 13 at 6 p.m. (Krajicek Gym)

Graduation - Tuesday, May 14 at 6 p.m. (Burton Coliseum)

Partner School Save the Dates

Partner School 6th Grade Movie Night is Friday, March 8 from 6-9 p.m. in the St. Louis Catholic High School Commons. 6th graders at ICCS, St. Margaret, OLQH, Holy Family, Our Lady's School and Our Lady Immaculate are welcome to bring their bean bags and come enjoy a night of fun! Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Partner School 7th & 8th Grade Dance is Friday, May 10. More details to come!

St. Louis Catholic Earns 2 Junior League Grants

The Saints' Fine Arts community continues to expand in exciting ways this year, as Band Director Blake Gilbert received a Junior League Grant for $1,789 to purchase used drums for ICCS to begin a middle school percussion line. It is crucial to build our Saints band program from partner schools up. If you would like to help or you have any questions, please contact bgilbert@slchs.org for more information.

The Landry Library also received a grant from the Junior League for $1,302.16 for a Library Dream Space, which is a space for students to come in before school, during lunch and after school to unplug and reboot. Often called "makerspaces," school libraries and university libraries across the country are creating similar spaces to foster creativity, problem solving and collaboration.

Apostolic Opportunity

If your student needs Apostolic Hours, come sort Mardi Gras Beads at St. Margaret Catholic Church Life Center on Friday, Feb. 8 and Saturday, Feb. 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Call Geri Landry at 433-5662 for more information.

Join the Saints Minds Matter Team at NAMI Walk

Saints Minds Matter is a club at St. Louis Catholic dedicated to removing the stigma around mental illness in the school and the local community. The club has formed a team for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Walk in Lake Charles on Saturday, April 6, and you can click here to join the team. If you can't attend, feel free to make a donation toward their fundraising goal.

Catholic Schools Week is Jan. 27-Feb. 2, 2019

Countless people in our country have been blessed by the many gifts of Catholic schools, and we look forward to celebrating Catholic Schools Week next week. We will have food trucks on campus for our students each day:

Monday - Kona Ice ($2-$5)

Tuesday - Casa Manana ($5)

Wednesday - none (Mass)

Thursday - Rotolo's ($5)

Friday - Pops and Rockets ($3)

We will also take part in the National Catholic Educational Association's nationwide Day of Giving, a 24-hour period from Tuesday, Jan. 29-Wednesday, Jan. 30 where we will encourage donations to The Saints Fund in honor of Catholic Schools Week. The Saints Fund is St. Louis Catholic's campaign for unrestricted annual giving, adding to the general fund of the school’s budget to help improve facilities, purchase state-of-the-art equipment, upgrade technology and recruit and retain outstanding faculty – all ensuring the continuation of quality education for our Saints students!

All Saints clubs, teams and organizations will be supported by this fund so that our constituents will no longer be burdened with traditional fundraising activities in future years. To make a donation, click here. *A portion of the proceeds will be earmarked for an endowed scholarship in memory of Deacon Glenn Viau.* Thank you for your continued support of Catholic education and especially St. Louis Catholic High School!

Freshman/Sophomore Retreat is Feb. 3-4, 2019

The optional Freshman/Sophomore retreat will take place on Sunday, Feb. 3-Monday, Feb. 4.

If your child is interested in attending the retreat, applications are available outside of Mrs. Dee’s office or in Mrs. Broussard or Mrs. Monteaux’s classrooms.

Putt Putt with Priests is Friday, Feb. 8, 2019

Students are invited to the inaugural Putt Putt tournament featuring some of our Priests from our local Parishes.

Where: Putt Putt Fun Center, 620 Petro Point Drive; Lake Charles, LA
Date: Friday, Feb. 8
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.

Cost: $10, which includes two slices of pizza and a drink

**Tickets will be on sale in the Commons Area starting next Thursday, Jan. 31.**

DATE CHANGE: Sweethearts Tryouts Are April 1-3

If your daughter is interested in auditioning for Sweethearts, tryout dates have been changed to April 1, 2 and 3 in the Dance Studio from 3:30-5:30 p.m each day. Prospective Sweethearts must return a signed contract to Mrs. Dee on or before April 1. Click here to download the contract from our website.

Tech Talk with Melanie LeJeune

Apps to Watch Out for in 2019 - Commonsense Media has compiled a list of new apps that appeal to teens and what parents need to know about them.

On Jan. 23, Warren Buller, Melanie LeJeune and Mia Orgeron attended the 2019 Louisiana Educational Technology Consortium (LETC) at St. Thomas More in Lafayette. The event was sponsored by Fujitsu America and provided an opportunity for area educators to gather for free professional development. Mr. Buller served on a panel where he presented on the topic of IT/Networking. Mrs. LeJeune also presented on “My Favorite Microsoft Things” and served on a panel regarding Instructional Technology.

Upcoming Events

Friday, Jan. 25

Schedule C-D-E-F-G-H

Divine Mercy Chaplet, 7:15 a.m. (Chapel)

Student Council Meeting, 7:15 a.m. (Dance Studio)

Boys Soccer at North Vermilion, JV at 5 p.m and Varsity at 7 p.m.

Boys and Girls Basketball at Iowa

Saturday, Jan 26

Girls Soccer vs. David Thibodeaux, JV at 11 a.m. & Varsity at 1 p.m. (SLCHS Soccer Field)

Indoor Track at McNeese

Powerlifting at St. Thomas Aquinas

Wrestling at Sulphur

Sunday, Jan. 27

Catholic Schools Week Begins

Special Needs Mass (SLCHS Chapel)

Saints Football Banquet, 5 p.m. (Cafeteria)

Monday, Jan. 28
Open Application & Re-enrollment for 2019-2020 School Year

Schedule A-B-E-F-H

Admin Team Meeting at 9 a.m.
Prom T-Shirts will be on sale at both lunches
Kona Ice will be at SLCHS during both lunches
Academic Study Hall, 5:30-7 p.m. (Cafeteria)
Freshman & JV Boys Basketball at Sam Houston, 5:30 p.m. & 6:15 p.m.
Lady Saints Softball vs. DeRidder 5 p.m. (College Oaks)

Tuesday Jan. 29
Open Application & Re-enrollment for 2019-2020 School Year
Schedule B-C-D-E-G
Casa Manana Truck will be at SLCHS during both lunches
Saints and Lady Saints Basketball vs. Washington Marion

Wednesday Jan. 30
Open Application & Re-enrollment for 2019-2020 School Year

Schedule A-Mass-D-F-H

Mu Alpha Theta Meeting, 7:15 a.m. (Room #23)

Prom Committee Meeting, 7:20 a.m. (Room #27)
Adoration at Both Lunches in the Dance Studio
Department Chair Meeting at H Period in the Library
Wrestling at Sam Houston

Thursday Jan. 31

Open Application & Re-enrollment for 2019-2020 School Year
Schedule B-C-E-G-H
Parent Guild Honors Breakfast

Parent Guild will be providing lunch for the faculty & staff

Rotolo's will be at SLCHS during both lunches
Speech & Debate Meeting, 2:40 p.m. (Room #5)
Academic Study Hall, 5:30-7 p.m. (Cafeteria)

Freshman & JV Boys Basketball vs. Sulphur, 5:30 p.m. & 6:15 p.m.

Friday Feb.1
Open Application & Re-enrollment for 2019-2020 School Year
Diocesan Wide Spirit Dress Day
Schedule A-C-D-F-G

Pops and Rockets will be at SLCHS during both lunches

Divine Mercy Chaplet, 7:15 a.m. (Chapel)

Saints and Lady Saints Basketball at Jennings

Saturday Feb. 2

Open Application & Re-enrollment for 2019-2020 School Year
Freshman & JV Basketball at Barbe Tournament
Indoor Track at LSU
Saints Baseball vs DeRidder, 1:30 p.m. (Legion Field)

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