St. Louis Catholic School News

May 26, 2021

Principal's Corner

From the Principal's Desk

Wow! Where has the year gone? I find it hard to believe that we are at the end. I thank God for watching over us and allowing us to stay in person all year long. I thank our staff for all the extras they took on to keep the kids safe. I thank our students for graciously accepting the changes and following our new protocols...especially the wearing of masks. I thank our parents for working with us to help whenever you could, for keeping kids home or having them tested when needed, and for being understanding through all the curveballs thrown your way. We are a very blessed community and I am glad God led me here to not only contribute through my role as principal, but also to reap the benefits of all the gifts shared so that I too may continue to grow in the ways God has planned for me.

Last Day Reminders

  • We will start our day with all school mass at 8:10.
  • Students do have free dress, but since we are in the season of shorts I ask that shorts be appropriate length and no running shorts.
  • Final report cards will be sent home with students. Please look for them in backpacks/folders.

Teaching Staff Positions for 2021-22:

8th grade homeroom: Mrs. Kateri Paul (Religion) & Mrs. Janet Wilson (Social Studies)

7th grade homeroom: Mrs. Koehler Flaspohler (Math) & Mrs. Jenny Lents (Language Arts)

6th grade homeroom: Mrs. Diane Jones (Science) & Mrs. Kyna Rits (Literature)

5th grade: Mrs. Jill Hollins & Mrs. Amy Weigel

4th grade: Mrs. Beth Emsweller

3rd grade: Mrs. Jean Bossert & Mrs. Mary Beth Linville

2nd grade: Mrs. Jan Narwold & Mrs. Tammy Roell

1st grade: Mrs. Jessica Laker & Miss Andrea McKee

Kindergarten: Mrs. Krista Konradi

PreK: Amy Watson, Director

Resource: Mrs. Theresa Swain & Mrs. Amanda Farmer

Art: Mrs. Betty Frey

Music: Mrs. Christy Pedersen

P.E. : Ms. Erin Trenkamp

Spanish: Mrs. Kristina Brooks

Next year protocol

Look for information on changes to the protocol we had to make due to Covid to come out this summer. The Indiana Department of Health has not yet given schools guidance on what those expectations may be. While I expect there to be a return to almost normal. I will not be surprised to see some "restrictions" in place to begin the year. As with everything else with this pandemic, we will just have to wait and see. Know that our homeroom classes will not be grouped in the same fashion we did this year for students in grades K-5. Students will be able to transition back and forth between teachers as had been the practice in the past.

As we reflect on the past year and look forward to summer break, I like to offer this prayer.

Christ, Teacher and Lord,

Bless all in this school as we seek to end our year

with the grace You so generously provide.

We give thanks for all who have contributed to this year of nurturing and growth.

We affirm all the positive moments:

Of insight, of the excitement of learning,

Of accomplishment, of creativity,

Of laughter, of a sense of community.

We recognize the times of struggle, of difficult work,

of misunderstanding,

Even of failure…

We give these to You for transformation,

So they can become seeds that will find fertile soil.

As we leave for the summer,

May we take with us the knowledge

that You will keep us all in Your embrace

so we may rest and be restored,

And so we can continue in the ongoing discovery of Your Love.


Again, thank you all for a great first year. Have a safe, fun-filled break. Remember to take God along wherever you may roam.

God bless,

Mrs. Mauer

Calendar of Events

  • May 27th - Last student day at SLS
  • June 11th-13th - SLS Annual Rummage Sale
  • June 14th-18th - Camp Invention
  • June 21st-25th - Vacation Bible Camp
  • July 12th-16th - GOTR Camp for up-coming 3rd-5th grade girls
  • August 9th - First student day for 2021-22 school year

Morning Prayer 2021-2022

Each year the 7th-grade class writes a prayer to be read each morning on the announcements. Students can work in a group or individually. The prayers are submitted anonymously and students and a handful of teachers vote.

This year the prayer that won was written by Felicity Brelage, Olivia Meer, and Meg Ritter. It will be read every morning before school. I am so proud of these girls. The prayer is perfect for next year as we focus on dignity and respect for all.

Congratulations to the girls and their parents! God is good!

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Summer Hours

School and Parish Office Summer Hours

School Office

June 1st, 2nd, 3rd - the office will be open from 8 am - 12:00 pm

Starting June 8th - July 20th the office will be open every Tuesday from 8-12.

Please email any questions or concerns to,, or We will be checking email and phone messages along with our mailbox in the Parish Office weekly.

Parish Office

Starting June 1st the office will be open on Monday from 8-4 pm (closed for lunch break from 12 to 1 pm) and Tuesday-Friday from 8-1 pm.

Report Cards

Report Cards will be sent home with students on Thursday, May 27th. If any money is owed to St. Louis for the 2020-21 School Year (ie: lunch money, tuition, book fees, technology fees) please stop in the school office and get this taken care of. If you have any questions, or need to check balances, we will have a list in the office with this information.

Thank you!

The St. Louis staff and students want to express a HUGE thank you to Mrs. Mauer for her guidance and leadership through this trying year. As a result of her direction, insight and perseverance through the pandemic, we were able to obtain 100% in-person learning for the entire school year. THANK YOU!!



Congratulations to the St. Louis Catholic School Graduates! Best wishes as you continue on to high school. The following students received a $500 scholarship from the PTO to use toward their Catholic High School Education.

Sullivan Hill

Christian Mack

Santiago Schutte

Henry Wanstrath

These students received $25 Batesville Bucks from the PTO along with the Academic Cardinal Award for their outstanding achievement in the following areas.

Math- Sam Laloge

Social Studies- Ainsley Sipples

Religion- Santiago Schutte

Literature- Adam Meer

Language Arts- Lucy Abplanalp

Science- Marc Meneses

Music- Greta Rennekamp

Gym- Santiago Schutte

Spanish- McKenzie Maple

Art- Anna Moore

Economics- Max Amberger

PTO for Next Year

Thank you to all who served on the executive committee and were chairpersons this year. We had an amazing group that all worked well together. Welcome to our new officers and committee chairs for next year:

President- Allison Spielmann

Vice President- Elizabeth Munchel

Secretary- Amanda Farmer

Treasurer- Jenny Schneider


School Supplies- Natalie Wanstrath

Box Tops/Coke Gives- Annette Swain

In-Service- Sandi Hillenbrand

K-3 Parties- Gina Graf & Jenny Mays

Teacher Appreciation- Carla Austin, Jenny Miles & Ashley Kranz

Rummage Sale-Jan Narwold & Jane Lieland

Fundraising- Jill Weberding & Jane Lieland

Have a wonderful summer break!

Patriot's Pen

Patriot’s Pen Winners

Earlier this year, the Jr. High students were asked to participate in a writing activity for the VFW called the "Patriot's Pen." All of the students in Jr. High were required to write a paper about what patriotism means to them. Their papers were then turned in to our local VFW to compete against their SLS. peers and students from other local schools.

This year, the top five winners were ALL from St. Louis School. 1st Place- Ava Hollins (6th Grade), 2nd Place- Ashley Hunter (7th Grade), 3rd Place- Bridget Lohmueller (7th Grade), 4th Place- Olivia Leising (6th Grade), and 5th Place- Carson Hartwell (6th Grade).

We are very proud of all of our students for participating in this writing project and for helping to promote a love for our country.

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SLS Jr. High

Last week our Jr. High students used their prayer service time to bless and pray for our graduating 8th graders and decorate the school grounds with their artwork. They also honored Mary and the Holy Spirit.
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SLS Annual Rummage Sale

St. Louis School Annual Rummage Sale

How can you help?

  1. Donate: Sunday, June 6 from 9 am - 1 pm, Monday and Tuesday, June 7th and 8th from 8 am - 8 pm

  1. Sort: Tuesday, June 1 - Friday, June 4 from 8 am - 4 pm; Sunday, June 6 from 9 am - 1 pm; Monday, June 7 - Wednesday, June 9 from 8 am - 8 pm; Thursday, June 10 from 8 am - 12 pm.

  1. Cashier: Friday, June 11 from 8 am - 6 pm; Saturday, June 12 from 8 am - 4 pm; Sunday, June 13 from 8 am - 1 pm.

  1. Clean up: Sunday, June 13 from 1 pm - 5 pm. Many hands make light work!

Click on the link to volunteer or just show up!

Rummage Sale Volunteer Link

Contact Jan Narwold with any questions or concerns

Young Hoosier Program

Calling all 4th - 8th grade YOUNG HOOSIER READERS -


We will be opening the lab for Young Hoosier book readers to take tests this summer. Your students will once again need to take a test over the books they read. We are doing away with the parent sign off sheets. This will help prepare our 4th & 5th graders for the jr. high AR program and helps us to better keep track of the amount of students participating in the program.

The schedule is as follows June 8th, June 22nd, July 6th, July 20th from 9am-12pm. Your child will come in the side drop off door, come to the lab, take the test(s), and then return to you in the parking lot. We clean the building in different locations all summer so if the lab is inaccessible for some reason there will be a note on that drop off door with what location the tests will be given in.

If you are a working parent and can't make those times please contact or and we will arrange a time that is convenient for you and your child.

Please help us to foster the love of reading!!

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We will be once again be selling our "old" iPads. We will be offering them to our families on a first come first served basis. We will offer them for sale at the front entrance of the building. On June 10th, we will open at 10am and sell until 1pm. The devices offered are 5th generation iPads. They will be graded and available in A, B, or C variety. A is a top quality device and we will have the most of them available, devices will include a charger and their price will be $75. The B devices may have a small ding or dent but still are very good quality devices and will not include a charger, and their price will be $60. The C devices may have a crack in the screen that doesn't affect their use or a bend, the small cracks can be taped over or screen protector placed over them to warrant long time use, no charger, and their price will be $30. Cash or check accepted.

These would be great devices for a student to teach grandma so they can facetime one another, for a younger sibling, or a small business. There will be a one device limit per child enrolled at St. Louis School. If there are any devices leftover they will be sold at the rummage sale on June 11th at 8am.

Any questions please email or text 812.717.2043

Thank you,

Jess Imel

AR Auction

Congratulations to all of the Jr. High students on a great year of reading! Here are the top three students with the most AR points this year: 1st - Avery Austin (6th Grade), 2nd - Ethan Meer (6th Grade), and 3rd - Olivia Meer (7th Grade).

The Jr. High would like to thank the many businesses and families who helped to make this year’s AR Auction a success! From donating snacks, drinks, prizes, and even their time helping with the event, we could not have done this without your support! We want to say a special thank you to Mrs. Austin, Mrs. Lieland, Mrs. Swain, and Mrs. Weber for organizing and helping to run the auction this year. Your help is greatly appreciated!

Finally, we want to say thank you to the following families and businesses for donating prizes to the AR Auction this year. Thanks again to everyone for your help!

Batesville Dental

Batesville McDonald’s

Bird in a Tree Boutique

Daffodilly’s Flowers and Gifts

Dunlap Supply

Megan’s Amazing Deals

Melanie Hartwell - Lincoln Realty

Scheele Orthodontics

Schmidt Bakery

The Stitch in Time

The Walnut Street Variety Shop

Mrs. Theresa Swain and Family

The Family of Aaron Bauer

The Family of Ashley Hunter

The Family of Avery Austin

The Family of Ainsley Sipples

The Family of Belle Young

The Family of Bridget Lohmueller

The Family of Carson Hartwell

The Family of Cate Reidy

The Family of Cora Roth

The Family of Emily Schebler

The Family of Greta Rennekamp

The Family of Isabel Imel

The Family of Lucy Abplanalp

The Family of Max Amberger

The Family of Nash King

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SLS Kinders

Our Kinders had quite the fun, eventful day on Tuesday from the moment they walked in. We read the story, “The Three Little Pigs.” Then students had to fill out a WANTED sheet and had to reenact the story, “The Three Little Pigs” as they built their homes with straw, sticks and bricks. Of course, we had to use our fellow wolves to act out the story. We then had more photos and took a break with Fairy Tale STEM activities which include Rapunzel, The Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Red Riding Hood and The Gingerbread Man.

Finally, our students ended the day relaxing in the air conditioned rooms by watching the movie Tangled. We hope you enjoy all the photos!! Thanks for all your help with the costumes. We truly loved all of our adorable fairy tale characters!!

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Nurse's News

Reminder to parents:

Please don't forget to pick up your child's medications in the office before the last day of school. No medications will be sent home with students and will be disposed of after May 27th.

Also, please take a look at the below flyer from MMH. It contains important information about the required immunizations.

Thank you!

Lydia Gardner, RN

School Nurse

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Students learn about Dance

Dance Instructor Lizzy Russel from Miss Lizzy's Dance Studio made two visits to St. Louis to instruct students on the art of Dance. Students also learned about the history of Dance, and got to see the different types of dance shoes and how they were used for different styles of dancing. Students even learned some of the basic steps in ballet and the French names for the positions. It was a great introduction to the world of dance.

Students also learned a Line dance and had a lot of fun. Our thanks goes out to the Batesville area arts Council for making all this possible.

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Cardinal Sightings this Summer!

Are you planning fun adventures or activities this summer? Take our SLS Cardinal along for the ride! Snap a photo of your SLS student with the cardinal. Email a photo and a brief description of what your cardinal is doing to Mrs. Brooks ( to be featured on our facebook page this summer.

Look for a copy of the "Cardinal Sightings!" in your child's folder next week.

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BAAC Visiting Artist Patrick Durkin

Visiting artist Patrick Durkin helped kids to learn about the Matisse cut outs. This is a collage type art that artist Henri Matisse did in his later years. It was a very interesting and informative presentation.

The students watched a short video on Henri Matisse and then were given a kit to make their own Matisse like cut out art. The students did a great job of putting together their masterpieces. Thanks to the Batesville area arts Council for making this possible.

Betty Frey
Art Teacher
St. Louis School

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Holy Water Fonts

Our SLS seventh grade Art class made holy water fonts for their homes. What a wonderful way to end our year at St. Louis!
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7th grade science class

Seventh grade science class had the engineering challenge to design a structure that would protect an egg when being dropped from two different heights. There were many restrictions and guidelines they had to consider when building their structures. Students were extremely creative and had a lot of fun with this project, and they also enjoyed watching the eggs being dropped. Great job!
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Vote now to help your school win a recycled learning garden

There’s still time for you to vote - and help your school win recycled learning garden bundle courtesy of Brita® and Meijer®.


The school that receives the most votes will win the Grand Prize - an amazing learning garden consisting of garden beds, benches and more.

Cast your vote now! Click the links in this email. This promotion ends July 15th. Vote now to help your school win an amazing recycled learning garden!

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Uniform Exchange Dates

Our uniform exchange will have some scheduled dates for this summer. If you are in need of new uniforms for your son or daughter, please check out the info below.

As always, if you have any questions or need additional information you may also call Amy Tonges at 812-212-6702 or email her at, and she will be happy to help you.

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Pizza Hut Fundraiser

Our monthly Pizza Hut fundraiser will be starting back up on Wednesday, August 11th from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm. This will continue taking place the 2nd Wednesday of each month during the next school year. Mark your calendars!! Enjoy some great tasting pizza while helping out St. Louis at the same time.


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Breakfast Program

What's cooking?

At school, there's always a meal ready to be served! Some mornings, it's tough to find the time to make sure your kids are eating a nutritious breakfast. On those days, why not send them to our School Breakfast Program? Each meal meets government nutritional guidelines and standards. Schools are required to provide a breakfast meal that includes fruit, whole-grain rich items, and low fat or fat free milk. Check your child's menu to see the variety of nutritious choices available at School Breakfast, or stop by to sample the food yourself!

Breakfast is served from 7:30-7:55 each morning in the SLS cafeteria. The cost for breakfast is $1.50.

~~Volunteer Schedule below~~

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For now our weekly Bingo continues to be placed on hold.

Thank you to all who have volunteered for Bingo in the past. We appreciate your help and your patience as we work through these trying times. If you are interested in volunteering in the future, please contact Michael Brelage at 317-225-8006. Thank you!

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Athletic Events

Please consult the athletic calendar on our website for a list of current ballgames, practices, etc. This is updated regularly (by Mike Burkhart) with any time or location changes. You may also use this link to view it. Thank you!

Track award winners

Sàntiàgo .....CARDINAL AWARD
Cayden ..... MOST IMPROVED
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Athletic Forms

Click here for a link to the forms.

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NBC Scholarship Golf Outing--June 26th

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Oldenburg Academy Youth Girls' bball camp

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The Batesville Area Arts Council is proud to honor our young artists in grades 6-12. In addition to receiving awards at their school awards day, please help us honor these local artists by visiting our website to view their work!

Mary Gehring

English Teacher

Sophomore Class Moderator

National Honor Society Moderator

Oldenburg Academy of the Immaculate Conception

Batesville Soccer Club

My name is Jessica Reding. I am trying to help spread the word about the Batesville Soccer Club. Please see the below information regarding their upcoming programs! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to me.

Thank you!

Jessica Reding


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Click here for Choice Scholarship & SGO Applications

This will take you to the Financial Assistance page of St. Louis website.

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