Halo Notes

St. Louis Catholic High School

Thursday, February 7, 2019

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Dear Saints Parents,

In 1990 a young man walked the halls of St. Louis Catholic High School. The halls echoed voices of his classmates; conversations and lunch boxes filled the orange and blue benches in the Commons, and his fellow seniors sung the alma mater loudly as they prepared to embark on a new journey. Fast forward 29 years, and the school that once was the old stomping ground for the class of 1990 is now a haven of good times and traditions.

We mailed our first Saints Fund appeal letter to around 8,000 constituents in our database, including this graduate from the class of 1990. This Saints alum answered in a big way with a $10,000 gift. When asked what inspired him to give so generously, he simply said, "I would not be the man I am today without having attended St. Louis Catholic High School. That's why I gave."

This story of philanthropy is truly inspiring and is a beacon of hope for what the future entails. Our goal for the 2018-2019 Saints Fund is $100,000, and we currently have $56,305.

Here are the 5 most frequently asked questions about The Saints Fund:

Why The Saints Fund?

By building a culture of philanthropy and eliminating transactional fundraising, we are able to reach out to the broader community to stop relying solely on our tuition dollars to make St. Louis Catholic viable and sustainable well into the future.

Where is the money going?

The money is going to the overall operating budget of the school.

Who has oversight of the budget?

The principal and finance director have oversight of the school's operating budget.

How does it affect the particular sports and clubs at St. Louis Catholic?

All coaches have submitted a budget to the principal and our athletic director. The budgets are being decided as we speak.

How will St. Louis Catholic be transparent with the funds?

Our school will be publishing an Annual Report in the fall of 2019. We recently published an infographic that featured where funds were allocated after the 2018 auction.

The next mailing will be in March. We ask that you prayerfully consider a gift to The Saints Fund and help us embrace our Saints through giving.

For more information about The Saints Fund or to make a gift online, please visit https://www.slchs.org/saintsfund/

For Our Saints,

Ashley Ivey-Atkins

Director of Advancement

Key Dates for Incoming Freshmen

An important reminder that all incoming freshman students who have applied to St. Louis Catholic must take the high school placement test next Saturday, Feb. 16. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. with testing at 8 a.m. in the Cafeteria. Please bring two #2 pencils. Calculators may not be be used on any part of the test.

**If your student is unable to attend Feb. 16, a makeup date is available on Saturday, March 30, at 8 a.m. Please note, however, they must take the test on one of these dates so we can properly evaluate their scores and ensure they are placed in the right classes.**

New Key Dates have been posted here on our Admissions website, including a freshman Course Selection Fair (Feb. 27) and New Parent Night (March 20). Take note of the following summer dates as well:

  • Freshman Fun Day - Monday, July 29, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at SLCHS

  • New Student Tablet Training - Tuesday-Wednesday, July 30-31

  • First Day of School- Monday, Aug. 12

Application Deadline is Extended to Feb. 15

If you have any questions regarding application or re-enrollment, please refer to our FAQs in last week's Halo Notes, or contact Director of Admissions Heather Ieyoub at hieyoub@slchs.org or 436-7275 Ext. 244.

New Uniform Orders Due to Southern Drifter by Feb. 8

All incoming freshmen must order their St. Louis Catholic uniforms at Southern Drifter in Prien Lake Mall by Friday, Feb. 8, to be guaranteed their uniform by the start of the new school year.

Read more.

AP/Dual Enrollment Info Session is Feb. 11

Freshman, sophomore and junior parents received an email flyer Thursday morning about our Dual Enrollment/Advanced Placement information session on Monday, Feb. 11 in the Cafeteria. We hope to see you and your students there! At 5:30 p.m., Mrs. Betty Anderson, our dual enrollment contact at McNeese, will be here to educate you 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. We encourage you to attend one or both segments.

We are eager to share the news of our students who have been accepted to college! Please remind 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 (only if permission is granted). Seniors may only come to the Counseling Office during an off period, break, lunch, before or after school.

Legislative Youth Advisory Council Applications Open Until March 22

The Louisiana Legislative Youth Advisory Council (LYAC) is now accepting applications for membership from high school students who have an interest in representing the voices of other young people around the state. LYAC is an annually appointed body composed entirely of students that addresses issues affecting the youth of Louisiana.

The purpose of LYAC is to facilitate the communication between youth and the legislature, and to give students a unique opportunity to be involved in the workings of state government. The council studies and addresses issues of importance to young people, such as education, community service, employment, strategies to increase youth participation in government, safe environments for youth, substance abuse, underage drinking, and youth health and physical fitness.

Members of the council are selected from a wide pool of applicants from around the state who display a strong interest in civic involvement. The thirty-one member body includes three student members selected from each of the congressional districts. Applicants must be between the ages of fourteen and nineteen and enrolled in a public or private high school, a home school, or participating in a GED skills program during the 2019 - 2020 school year.

The deadline for applications is March 22, 2019. The application may be accessed at civiced.louisiana.gov. All applicants are required to submit two recommendation letters and short essay questions with their application. For additional information please contact Megan Bella at bellam@legis.la.gov or 225-342-2370.

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Soccer Quarterfinal Update: Saints Host Vandebilt Catholic; Lady Saints at Archbishop Hannan

After breezing through a regional round doubleheader on Tuesday night at home, both the No. 1 Saints and No. 5 Lady Saints will play in Division III quarterfinal games next week.

The boys will host No. 8 Vandebilt Catholic Saturday at 5 p.m., while the girls will travel to No. 4 Archbishop Hannan Monday at 5:30 p.m.. Read more and see the full brackets.

In other news, Lady Saints Basketball finished 12-0 in District 4-3A play after defeating Westlake, 71-40, on Senior Night Tuesday. Congratulations on the district championship!

Also, good luck to the defending Division III state champion Saints wrestling team as they head to the state tournament this weekend!

Congrats to the 2019 TWIRP Court!

Even though there is no dance this year, NHS is sponsoring TWIRP Week this week to celebrate Academics. Students with a 3.5 GPA or higher were placed on a ballot for TWIRP Court and voted on by their classmates. The senior queen is Elise Bourque, and the senior kings are Andrew Castle and Colin Schram! Click here to see the full court.

Jester, Stine, Hebert Make Semifinals in Nationwide Essay Contest

Last year, after reading the novel Anthem, all students in Mrs. Brunot’s English II PreAP classes participated in the 2018 Ayn Rand Institute essay contest. Three of our Saints were recognized as semifinalists in this nationwide competition; pictured left to right are Katherine Jester, Sophie Stine and Ethan Hebert. Way to go, Saints!

Any student interested in the 2019 competition can see Mrs. Brunot or click here for more details. This year’s deadline is April 25, 2019.

Travel to Ireland with St. Louis Catholic High School

Join Mrs. Cathy Richard and Miss Holley Fontenot on an international educational adventure to Ireland in the Summer of 2020! See highlights like Dublin, the Cliffs of Moher, Galway, Derry, Donegal Castle, the Belfast Titanic museum, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and more!

Want to learn more and sign up? Mrs. Richard is hosting an informational and enrollment meeting for students and parents on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria. One parent must be in attendance. RSVP for the meeting by Wednesday, Feb. 20 by visiting this link.

RSVPing is mandatory. There will be a scholarship opportunity available at the meeting, and attendance is also mandatory in order to be eligible. We look forward to seeing you there!

Rosary Club is Meeting Monday

St. Louis Catholic's Danny Miller Rosary Club will be learning how to make rosaries this Monday, Feb. 11, from 2:45-3:30 p.m. If you are available and would like to help us make rosaries to give to expectant mothers, please join us. Email Sister Maria Jose at mperez@slchs.org for details. Students and families are welcome!

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)

Buy Tickets for Putt Putt with Priests

All students are invited to this inaugural Putt Putt tournament featuring Priests from our local parishes, including St. Louis Catholic rector Father Nathan Long and chaplain Father Ruben Villarreal!

Where: Putt Putt Fun Center, 620 Petro Point Drive
Date: *TOMORROW* Friday, Feb. 8
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.

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

**Tickets are now on sale in the Commons.**

Saints Cheerleading Tryout Packets Available Now; Tryouts are March 13-15

If your son or daughter is interested in auditioning for Cheerleaders, tryout dates are March 13-15, 2019. Tryout packets are available online here; all cheerleaders must bring signed constitutions with them. *If your child was not a Saints cheerleader before, they must attend a clinic on Monday, March 11, where they will learn the group chant for tryouts.*

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.

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.

Joining Hands for Autism at St. Louis Catholic is April 6

Online registration is now open for the 2019 Joining Hands for Autism Walk set for Saturday, April 6, at St. Louis Catholic High School. Last year the event raised more than $30,000 for Autism Services of SWLA, The Autism Society Southwest Louisiana Chapter and St. Nicholas Center for Children. Contact Ada O'Quain '09 at 337-491-0800 or aoquain@stnickcenter.org with any questions.

Home Ec Welcomes Your Plastic Containers

Thinking about spring cleaning? Overrun by too many plastic food containers? The FACS department would be more than grateful to take any extras you have! We are always in need of them, so please send them to the front office any time.

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.

Tech Talk with Melanie LeJeune

The Avenger program is one in which students are tested during their own time to become a part of a select group who help others (students & teachers) use Microsoft’s OneNote application and troubleshoot general computer issues. We use a OneNote Class notebook to share instructions and continue the training. Students begin as a OneNote Avenger but can move up to become a Tech Avenger, which indicates expertise and leadership with additional technology. Avengers earn a badge after helping 5 people and a OneNote cape for helping 10 people. They record the help they give in a Work Log in the Avenger OneNote Class notebook.

  • Congratulations to Eli Crawford, Grant Couste, Juliana Broussard, Luke Monlezun, and Andrew Desormeaux for earning an Avenger badge.

  • Congratulations to Grant Couste and Andrew Desormeaux for earning a OneNote cape.

Parents, please ask your students where they are saving their files!
Saints Earbuds make great Valentine’s Day gifts! Show your student love by gifting them with something that they certainly will use often. Teachers ask students to keep earbuds in their computer bags for activities in Edpuzzle, Quizizz, etc. You can purchase them in the library or the front office for $5. We will use all money raised to purchase new fiction books.

Please Note: 4 Late Starts for Students Ahead

We have planned four upcoming faculty meetings that will affect students' report time. Supervision will be provided for students who still need to arrive at the usual time. Please note the schedule changes on the following days:

  • Thursday, February 21: B Period will move to the Mass slot on Wednesday. The schedule will be - Faculty Meeting-C-E-G-H. Classes are 70 minutes each. Students report at 8:59 a.m.

  • Thursday, March 7: The schedule will be - Faculty Meeting-A-B-C-D. Classes are 70 minutes each. Students report at 8:59 a.m.

  • Friday, March 8: The schedule will be - Faculty Meeting-E-F-G-H. Classes are 70 minutes each. Students report at 8:59 a.m.

  • Thursday, April 18: The schedule will be - Faculty Meeting-C-Guest Speaker-Stations of the Cross. Students report at 8:59 a.m. Dismissal will be at 12:30 p.m.

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!

Upcoming Events

Friday, Feb. 8

Schedule A-C-D-F-G

Spirit Dress Day

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

Key Club Meeting, 7:20 a.m. (Room # 16)

State Wrestling Tournament

Sweethearts at Dance Contest in San Antonio

Saints Baseball at Kinder, 6 p.m. (Kinder)

Putt Putt with Priests, 6:30-8 p.m. (Putt Putt Fun Center)

Saturday, Feb. 9

Boys Soccer Quarterfinals vs. Vandebilt Catholic, 5 p.m. (SLCHS Soccer Field)

Sweethearts at Dance Contest in San Antonio

Saints Cheerleaders at Competition in New Orleans

Sunday, Feb. 10

Saints Cheerleaders at Competition in New Orleans

Monday, Feb. 11

Schedule A-B-E-F-H

Admin Team Meeting at 9 a.m.

Business/Technology Meeting, 1st lunch (Library)

Fine & Practical Arts Department Meeting at 2nd lunch in room #4

Progress Reports will be emailed to parents, 2:30 p.m.

Girls Soccer Quarterfinals at Archbishop Hannan, 5:30 p.m.

Dual Enrollment & AP Info Session, 5:30-6:30 p.m. (Cafeteria)

Academic Study Hall, 5:30-7 p.m. (Library)

Tuesday, Feb. 12

Schedule B-C-D-E-G

Saints Basketball vs South Beauregard

Saints Tennis vs Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m. (Ward 3 Courts)

Wednesday, Feb. 13

Schedule A-Mass-D-F-H

Prom Committee Meeting, 7:20 a.m. (Room #27)

Adoration at Both Lunches in the Dance Studio

Diocesan Admin Meeting noon-3:00 p.m.

Parent Guild Meeting at noon in the Band room

Academic Study Hall, 5:30-7 p.m. (Cafeteria)

Saints Tennis at Jennings, 3:30 p.m.

Workplace Wellness Nurse at SLCHS 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 14

FBLA Meeting, 7:15 a.m. (Room #40)

Saints Baseball at Sulphur, 6:30 p.m. (McMurry Park #41)

Schedule B-C-E-G-H

Speech & Debate Meeting, 2:40 p.m. (Room #5)

Friday, Feb. 15

Lady Saints Softball at South Beau Tournament

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

Saints Basketball at LCCP

Schedule A-C-D-F-G

Saturday, Feb. 16

Lady Saints Softball at South Beauregard Tournament

High School Placement Test for Incoming Freshmen, 8 a.m. - noon (SLCHS Cafeteria)

Powerlifting at Covington High School

State Indoor Track Championship (LSU)

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