St. Louis Catholic School News

February 8, 2018

Giving is Receiving

Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Romans 12:13 This is a lesson that is taught every day at St. Louis Catholic School. The students of SLS celebrated Catholic Schools Week Jan. 27-Feb. 2. During this week and throughout the school year, the students are taught to give to those in need spiritually, mentally, socially, and physically. This year the students held a food drive and collected much needed items for our local food pantry.

It was heart-warming to see the students' faces light up when they brought their items to the table of donations! They are receiving the gift of God's love in their hearts. Not only are they smiling, but they are making their neighbors in need smile. They were successful in bringing many items for our local families in need, and we are very proud of their efforts!

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Calendar of Events

  • February 8th - 7th/8th Girls Bball vs North Decatur, 6:00 pm
  • February 8th - 5th/6th Girls Bball @ Greendale, 5:30
  • February 9th - NJHS Induction after Mass
  • February 9th - gr. K-3 to Gibson for "Wonder" movie, 8:30-10:30
  • February 9th - gr. 6-8 Matt Hirt speaking during Science class
  • February 10th - Confirmation Retreat
  • February 12th - 5th/6th Girls Bball vs St. Lawrence, 6:00 pm
  • February 13th - K-3 Valentine Party, Cafe from 1-3:00 pm
  • February 13th - 7th/8th Girls Bball @ Milan, 5:30 pm
  • February 14th - Ash Wednesday -- 7th grade ASM
  • February 14th - 7th grade Fish Fry, 4-7:30 pm
  • February 15th - 7th/8th Girls Bball vs St. Michael's, 6:00 pm
  • February 17th - 7th/8th Girls Bball -- OA Classic
  • February 19th-23rd -- Toothpaste Drive for Haiti Mission
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There was a typo in the Holy Family Bulletin this past weekend regarding the date for our Preschool Open House. Please note that the correct date is March 1st with more information to come as it approaches.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Holy Family Parish Office for advertising our events in their bulletin every year. We appreciate all that you do for St. Louis School!

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Haiti bowls

Your child will be given a Haiti Bowl on Ash Wednesday. As your family makes small sacrifices during Lent, please place the money you save into the bowl. All money will go to sponsoring children in Gandou, Haiti through the St. Louis Haiti Ministry. This program provides support for education, food for the school children, and medical care. Keep this bowl on your kitchen table to remind your family to pray for these children.

Please return the bowl to school by March 9, 2018. Thank you for your generosity.

Beth Stone
St. Louis Haiti Ministry

Toothpaste Drive for Haiti Mission

SLS will be collecting full tubes of toothpaste to be handed out to students in our sponsor school in Gandou, Haiti the week of February 19-23. Our school goal is to collect 450 tubes of toothpaste: one for each student at the school. Thank you for spreading God's love to the students of Haiti!

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Tri-Force Mission Team

2018 Royal Ball and Pirate Cove

The 2018 Royal Ball and Pirate Cove will take place on March 4th in the St. Louis Activity Center. Tickets can be purchased online by going to or from any member of the TriForce Mission Team. ​

Thank you,

Carrie Wesseler

ALP (Alternative Learning Program) students present Rube Goldberg machines

On Tuesday, January 30th, all ALP students presented Rube Goldberg machines. This year's task was to pour a bowl of cereal for Rube's 30th anniversary of the competition. SLS had 7 all time high! The 3rd and 4th grades participated as apprentices and did a wonderful job. Grades 5-8 competed against one another with one grade level having two teams. The challenge of this task was that ALL machines were in the same room, so students had to work wisely (and secretively) in order to be successful.

Congratulations to the 8th grade for sweeping the house of awards. Not only did they win 1st place overall, but they were the 2018 Rube Goldberg Machine Contest Professor Butts' Creative Spark, Spirit of Hilarious Invention, and Helping Hand Teamwork winners. All the teams did an AWESOME job of creating some super engineered machines. Way to go teams!

Mrs. Bettina Hanson-Rose

SLS 6th grade teacher

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Science Fair Winners

The St. Louis eighth grade participated in a grade wise science fair during Catholic Schools Week. The students began their projects in August and could determine their own topic. Students came up with a variety of topics and showed their creativity and scientific thinking skills. The winners from left to right are Spencer Mack, Ben Ruter, Ellie Cornett, Regina Gerstbauer, and Amelia Austin. Congratulations!

Ben Ruter: Effects of acid on your teeth

Amelia Austin: Improving water quality

Ellie Cornett: Glow beyond your imagination

Spencer Mack: What drinks eat your teeth

Regina Gerstbauer: Fire vs Wood

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Mayor's Youth Council

The Mayor’s Youth Council was at St. Louis School last week teaching the 5th graders about the dangers of alcohol. They moved between 4 education stations as they learned these important lessons.
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Academic Team

Congratulations to our new Academic Team members!!

8th grade academic team

CJ Grote

Amelia Austin

Abe Streator

Ellie Cornett

Spencer Mack

Olivia Raab

7th grade academic team

Mary Hunter

Megan Raab

Ella Smith

Summer Ratcliffe

Charlie Schebler

Jalyn Stenger

SLS Celebrates Catholic Schools Week

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As you can see from the look on the sisters' faces, our students were very attentive and had some very thought-provoking questions for them!

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New Bulletin board

Check out Miss Trenkamp's Interactive Health Board in the Activity Center! She puts a lot of work into making sure that students are engaged and curious. This month's theme: "Healthy Bodies Under Construction"

Mrs. Lydia Gardner

St. Louis School Nurse

812-934-3310 Ext.283

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Uniform Exchange Dates

Future dates to be announced soon! You may also email Amy Tonges at to set up a time to meet with her. Thank you!

Pizza Hut Fundraiser

Mark your calendars for our next monthly Pizza Hut fundraiser. It will take place on February 14th. Thank you for your continued support of St. Louis School!
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8th grade Econ class

Our 8th grade Econ class is trying to launch a new thing here at SLS. They are all going to run their own business and learn the ins and outs of it. They have all set up something to sell to the students. They will be running the sales in the AM for all to buy from and some will be during 3-5 or 6-8 lunches. We didn't do K-2 as we don't want them to worry about money during lunch time. I have attached the flyer so you can see what is for sale and the cost. Please know all items are peanut free and we have made sure of that by ordering through our school cafe. If you have questions please contact Miss Trenkamp. Any items bought in the AM must be placed in the backpacks to take home minus the hot coco. The lunch items must be purchased and consumed during their lunch time not taken to recess or brought up to a backpack for later. This will be monitored and assessed weekly to make any changes as we are learning what works and what doesn't work. Thanks for taking part to help the 8th graders raise money with their business. They will be giving all their proceeds to the Wounded Warrior Project voted on by them! ​

~~Volunteer Schedule for next week~~

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"One kind word can impact someone's entire day."

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7th and 8th St. Louis vs Sunman Dearborn Middle School

Last Thursday night the 7th and 8th grade Lady Cards traveled to EC in basketball. While the 7th grade didn't bring home a win the 8th did and both had great games.

The 7th grade Lady Cards had a final score of 15-38. Scoring were Megan Bauer with 8pts, Ryanna Phillips with 4pts, Teresa Wanstrath with 2pts, and Haley Geisen with 1pt. Defensively we struggled which led the Trojans to more points than we could hold them to. Overall a good game for SLS even with the loss.

The 8th grade Lady Cards had a final score of 22-20. This was a close game all the way through. At the half we were both 12-12. Scoring for SLS were Emma Weberding with 12pts, Olivia Raab with 4pts, and Alyssa Wanstrath, Lilly Wonnell and Faith Tekulve all scoring 2pts each. We played a great defensive game to hold them and offensively we were able to switch it up to score points. Nice jobs ladies.

Miss Erin Trenkamp

6th Grade Lady Cardinals Basketball Recap - 02/06/2018

The 6th Grade St Louis Lady Cardinals came away with another victory on Tuesday evening, taking down the Lady Trojans of St Nicholas, on their home court, by a score of 14-4. Balanced scoring and another strong defensive performance allowed the Cardinals to hold the Trojans scoreless in the 2nd half.

The Cardinals will look to get their 6th win of the season on the road this Thursday as they travel to Greendale to take on the Bengals. Currently, the St Louis 6th grade Lady Cardinals have a record of 5-1.

Go Cardinals!

Andy Saner

St. Louis 5th Grade Girls Basketball Results

The St. Louis 5th Grade Girls Basketball team took to the floor Tuesday night against St. Nicholas at St. Nicholas. The team had an impressive effort and continued to improve. The Cardinals were victorious with a score of 28 to 4. They improved their record to 3-3. Scoring for the Cardinals were Maria Voegle with 1 point, Lucy Abplanalp and Kenzie Maple with 2 points each, Isabel Raab with 4 points, and Veronica King with 19 points. The highlight of the game was that now all girls on the 5th Grade team have scored in a game.

The 5th Grade Lady Cardinals are back in action again Thursday February 8, 2018 against Greendale at Central Elementary.


Rob King

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6th Grade Lady Cardinals Basketball Recap - Mt Carmel

The St Louis Lady Cardinals completed a 3 game week with their third win in a row on Thursday night coming from behind for a hard fought win against the Mt Carmel Vikings. The Lady Cardinals again had a stellar defensive effort that kept them in the game until an offensive spark in the 4th quarter led the Cardinals past the Vikings to a final score of 18-13.

The Lady Cardinals, now 4-1 on the season, are on the road again next Tuesday and Thursday against St Nicholas and Greendale Middle Schools.

Go Cardinals!
Andy Saner

St. Louis 5th Grade Girls Basketball Results

The St. Louis 5th Grade Girls Basketball team took to the floor Thursday night against Mt. Carmel at home. The team had an impressive effort on defense and worked well together on offense to come out on top 22 to 14. They improved their record to 2-3. Scoring for the Cardinals were Isabel Raab with 2 points and Veronica King with 20 points.

The 5th Grade Lady Cardinals are back in action again Tuesday February 6, 2018 at St. Nicholas.


Rob King

6th Grade Lady Cardinals Basketball Recap - St Mary's

The St Louis 6th Grade Lady Cardinals played their fourth game of the season last Wednesday evening in an away contest taking on St Mary's of North Vernon. The Lady Cardinals managed to get on top early and took an 18 - 6 lead into halftime. Despite a strong 3rd quarter from the Wildkats, focused defense and some timely transition baskets earned the Lady Cardinals their 3rd win of the season with a final score of 30-17.

The Lady Cardinals play again Thursday evening (2/1) at home against the Mt Carmel Vikings immediately following the 5th grade game which starts at 6pm.

Go Cardinals!
Andy Saner

St. Louis 5th Grade Girls Basketball Results

The St. Louis 5th Grade Girls Basketball team took to the floor last Wednesday night against St. Mary’s in North Vernon. They continued to improve their defense and all gave great effort throughout the game, but came out on on the bottom of this contest 12 to 22 taking their record to 1-3. Rylee Schrank scored 2 points, Lucy Abplanalp scored 4 points, and Veronica King scored 6 points.

The 5th Grade Lady Cardinals are back in action again Thursday February 1, 2018 at home against Mt. Carmel.


Rob King

Athletic Forms

Click here for a link to the forms.

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Blake Brandes

We are excited to have Dr. Blake Brandes join our students at SLS, BIS & BPS on February 12 & 15, 2018, for a fun and engaging presentation about the Growth Mindset.

Dr. Brandes is a TEDx speaker, America’s Got Talent contestant, and Marshall Scholar who has spoken to more than 100,000 students around the world. During the presentation, our students will learn how to overcome challenges and achieve their dreams by choosing a Growth Mindset!

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