St. Louis Catholic School News

September 12, 2018

Principal's Corner - Student Wins Award

The Hero of Character Award

is given by the Character Council which serves Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, and Southeast Indiana. It is awarded to adults and students in communities who exemplify the greatest character in their everyday lives. Criteria for the award is, going above and beyond their position in the community, giving back to the community, having overcome adversity in reaching goals, shown long-term dedication to the community, and evidence of the demonstration of high character.

Each year The Character Council chooses 10 people for the Hero of Character award. All people from the tri-state area are eligible, which means they are choosing from millions of possible winners. So to be chosen is a really big honor.

The Character Council has chosen SLS eighth grader John Meer as a 2018 Hero of Character.

Here are some examples John's character and service:

  1. John regularly volunteers in 1st grade reading books to students and helping them with math problems.

  2. Last year John created and presented a lesson to this same 1st grade class on tools and their use.

  3. Every day John is helping a staff member with some project: fixing a bookshelf, unpacking supplies, helping me prepare the cafeteria for a meeting, and the list just goes on and on.

This is what the Character Council had to say about John:

“These Heroes are just that – Heroes in our communities, which we lift up in recognition of their achievement of living good character everyday, and modeling it for the rest of us. Despite the burdens life hands John, he approaches each day with the mentality that he can make the world a better place.”

“John Meer’s nomination showed trustworthiness and dependability; responsibility; generosity of time, talent, and spirit; humility; and a willingness to help others that is truly inspiring.”

John, along with the other award winners, will be recognized at the “Hero of Character” Celebration Dinner on October 25, 2018 at the Lawrenceburg Event Center in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. I want to thank John for being such a good role model.

Mr. Chad Moeller

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Calendar of Events

  • September 12th - Pizza Hut Fundraiser - all day
  • September 13th - 7th/8th Vball @ St. Mary's, 6:00 pm
  • September 16th - St. Louis Church Festival
  • September 17th-21st -- Book Fair
  • September 17th - 7th/8th Vball @ Waldron H.S., 5:30 . pm
  • September 18th - 7th/8th Vball @ Jac-cen-del, 6:00 pm
  • September 19th - All School Mass, 2nd grade
  • September 20th - 7th/8th Vball vs St. Nicholas, 6:00 pm
  • September 21st - Jr. High Youth Group, 3:00 pm
  • September 22nd - Volleyball Tourney @ Franklin County MS, 9:00 am
  • September 24th - Astronomy Club meeting, 8-9:00 pm
  • September 24th - 7th/8th Vball SEI 1st round vs Sunman-Dearborn, 5:30 pm
  • Septmeber 25th - 7th/8th Vball SEI 2nd round @ Sunman-Dearborn MS, 5:30 pm
  • September 25th - SLS Classic Pizza night, 4-8:00 pm
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Festival Week Drop off/Pick up

Festival Week Drop off/Pick up

Members of the parish will be setting up tents for the parish festival. We will not be able to use the parking lot west of the school starting Tuesday, September 11th through Monday, September 17th.

Dropping your children off starting Tuesday, September 11th: Drop your children off on Walnut Street between St. Louis Place and Helene Street. Your children can then walk in front of the rectory, church, and church office, to the school. Please do not drop your children off directly in front of the school. We need to leave this space for bus drop off.

Pick up in the afternoon: Please use the parking lot across St. Louis Place from the church. If it is possible for your child to ride the bus or carpool you may want to consider this option. The fewer cars we have in the parking lot the safer it will be for our children. If the tents are down by Monday afternoon, September 17th, we may be able to use the parking lot west of the school. Please check this lot first on the 17th.

"e" Learning Days

“Please remember to mark your calendars for our scheduled eLearning days on October 18, 2018 and November 13, 2018. These are normal school days where students learn digitally from home instead of onsite in the school building. More information to come”

PTO News

Trash Bags

Please send all order forms and money to the office ASAP so we can finalize the totals. Pick up will be Thursday, September 30, 3:00-5:30 pm in the back parking lot.

Box Tops Contest - Friday, September 14th to Friday, October 26th

Please send in your box tops with your child's grade marked on the bag. Look for a chart above the lost & found table outside the cafe. There will be a contest among grades this year with a prize for both classes.

Coke Give

Save those Coke codes! Send in the codes on boxes or caps, and we will enter them for you. If you prefer to enter them yourself, just search SLS using our zip code on their website.

Natalie Wanstrath

PTO Secretary

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In the Way of St. Francis

When Mrs. Tammi Wintz, one of our cafeteria managers, found herself the foster parent of three tiny, adorable kittens that were abandoned at her home, she wasn’t sure what to do. She knew that they were too small and vulnerable to survive the heat of the day, so Mrs. Wintz brought her furry feline friends to St. Louis School where they were instantly loved and adopted... by the end of the day! St. Francis would be proud of the way that SLS cares for all of God’s creatures both great and small.

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PTO Meal Train

PTO Meal Train announcement

We live, laugh, and love life. But sometimes life can be hectic & unpredictable. PTO would love to extend our helping hand in your time of need. We are offering a meal train for arrival of new babies, surgeries, death in the family, etc... Please contact us at

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher conference forms were sent out via email earlier this week. Please check your email for this important information and be sure to return it to school with your preferred meeting time. I will begin filling time-slots on a first-come, first-serve basis, so the sooner you get yours turned in, the better chance you have of receiving your selected time.

Thank you!

Joan Riedeman

SLS Secretary

Pizza Hut Fundraiser

Mark your calendar! Our monthly Pizza Hut fundraiser will be taking place next Wednesday, September 12th, from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm. Enjoy some great tasting pizza while helping out Sl. Louis at the same time. Thank you for your support!

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Volunteer Parking/Turtle Soup Sales

Festival & School Volunteers

Anyone who will be volunteering at school or helping out with the festival (food preparation, making turtle soup, setting up and taking down tents), Tuesday-Friday, September 11th-14th and on Monday, September 17th, from 8:00am to 3:30pm, is asked to park either in the parking lot in front of church or on one of the side streets. The school children will be using the street in front of the parish office and school for their recess due to the tents being put up on the back parking lot on Tuesday. St. Louis Place will be blocked off between Main Street and Walnut Street during the recesses.

Turtle Soup Sale -September 10th-17th

Turtle Soup will be on sale this week in the Activity Center Foyer starting Monday, September 10th from 12:00pm-6:00pm, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, September 11th, 13th & 14th, from 8:00am-6:00pm, Wednesday, September 12th, from 8:00am—8:00pm, and on Saturday, September 15th, from 8:00am-12:00pm. Please enter through the Activity Center doors only.

Thank you!

Michelle Wachsmann

Parish Secretary

St. Louis Catholic Church

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Library News--Fall Book Fair

Mark your calendars!

The Fall Book Fair will be held September 17th -- 21st from 7:10 am to 8:00 am in B-14. This year Donuts for Dads will be on Sept. 18th from 7-7:50 am. We will have the same group of great ladies heading up the kitchen for me again this year. Also, we are now ordering our donuts and danishes in-house so that we can purchase them "nut free".

All dads are welcome, and if Dad can't make it then Mom or a grandparent is always welcome also!

We are still in need of additional volunteers for this week! If you would like to help during the Book Fair, please contact me by email at


Kim Schrank

SLS Librarian

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Musical Notes--Performance Dates K-5

Please mark your calendars!

3rd grade music program 11/7/18

K-2 music program 12/5/18

Grades 4-5 recorder 4/9/19

***Veteran's Day performance will be scheduled. More information to follow.

Mrs. Christy Pedersen

St. Louis School Music Teacher

SLS Music Website

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Nurse's News

We are experiencing a shortage of "emergency" clothing items in the office. Items needed are size 5 (small) blue uniform shorts, regular small shorts (to wear under jumpers) and both boys and girls small underwear. If you happen to have any clothes that your child wore home from school, please return them ASAP so we have them available for the next student that needs a change of clothes.

Thank you,

Lydia Gardner, RN

School Nurse

St. Louis Catholic School

812-934-3310 Ext.283


Do You Want To Become A Catholic?

R.C.I.A.—Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults—is a process for those adults interested in learning more about the Catholic faith in order to receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. This process is for all men and women who are not baptized, or baptized in another Christian church but in need of further instruction and initiation, or those baptized in the Catholic Church but needing more instruction to complete the sacraments of Initiation.

SEVEN REASONS TO JOIN R.C.I.A. -- (Why seven? Seven is a Holy number in the Old Testament.)

1. You’re marrying a Catholic. (Sharing and practicing your faith together is a great foundation to a marriage.)

2. You’re already married to a Catholic and your kids are being raised Catholic. (It’s natural to want to share in the sacramental experience of your loved ones.)

3. Your children are being raised Catholic and you just want to learn more about the tradition without actually becoming Catholic. (Please join us but you might be surprised what happens!)

4. You’ve lived in a “Catholic World” all your life. (This program is for people of all ages. Every year someone joins us whom everyone in the Parish assumed was already Catholic!)

5. You don’t know much about Catholicism but you have a friend or neighbor who has inspired you to learn more. (Actions speak louder than words.)

6. You’ve suffered through a personal loss and are seeking to improve your faith. (“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”)

7. You don’t know why, you just feel something calling you to the Church. (It’s the Holy Spirit...listen to it.)

For more information, call 934-2603. Classes start September 23rd!

Amy Tonges

Director of Religious Education

St. Louis Parish

Batesville, IN 47006


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Uniform Exchange Dates

Please see below for the current schedule of "uniform exchange" dates.

If you have any questions, or need additional information, you may email Amy Tonges at, and she will be happy to help you. Thank you!

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Breakfast corner

We Need YOU!

Would you like to make a difference in your child’s school? Well, here’s how!

Encourage them to try out the School Breakfast Program! Mornings can be hectic and making sure your kids eat a healthy breakfast can be difficult in the thick of the A.M. rush. Fortunately, a nutritious, balanced meal is offered in school at the start of each day! It’s fun, easy, and provides your children with the fuel they need to energize their day and perform their very best. So don’t let them run on empty…give school breakfast a try today!

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Lunch account negative balances

Starting Monday, September 10th, if your child is negative $10.00 or more, they will not be able to request any extras until they have more funds deposited into their lunch account.

Carla Prickel & Tammi Wintz

Cafeteria co-managers

St. Louis School


~~Volunteer Schedule below~~

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Bingo Weekly Workers

Please contact Amber McGuire for information on the weekly bingo volunteer schedule. You may reach her by email at, or by calling the Parish Office at 812-934-3204, ext #222. Thank you!
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SLS Volleyball Classic

The 7th and 8th grade St. Louis Volleyball team hosted the Cardinal Classic on Saturday, September 8th. The tournament started off in a round robin format with 2 games to 15 points.

The 7th grade was strong throughout the round robin games. They accumulated 89 of the 90 points possible by playing hard against St. Mary’s, Greensburg Middle School and St. Michaels. With those points, the 7th grade team went on to the championship game against the Greensburg Pirates. The Cardinals battled back and forth through the first set until the score was 18 – 18 then the Greensburg Pirates pushed past the Cardinals to win the first set.

In the 2nd set, the Cardinals fell quickly behind but battled back one point at a time but still fell short. The 7th Grade Cardinals ended the tournament as the runner-ups. 18-25, 21-25. Isabelle Wonnell led the team with 20 points for the day, followed by Maggie Beiser 17 points, Kate Weber 15 points, Ava Owens 9 points, Lilly Schebler 7 points and Catherine Streator 6 points. Ingrid Tuveson supported the team with her defense skills.

The 8th grade team started out slow in the round robin against St. Mary’s and Greensburg Middle School with only accumulating 14 points. The Cardinals picked up their game in the 3rd match against St. Michaels by adding 22 points to their total. Even though the 3rd match was strong they fell short in making it to the championship game. Audrey Beiser and Ella Moster led the team with 5 points each, followed by Mary Hunter, Emma Livers, Rhea Miller, and Lucy Abplanalp had 1 point each. Megan Raab had several good sets to help the team attack at the net.


Jennifer Meer

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St. Louis vs. South Decatur 9/10/18

7th Grade Volleyball

The St. Louis Cardinals 7th Grade Volleyball team defeated the South Decatur Cougars in 3 exciting sets 15-25, 25-13, 15-4. The Cardinals struggled with their serves in the first set. They fell behind and could not catch the Cougars. But in the 2nd and 3rd set, the Isabelle Wonnel served 15 points to put the Cardinal in the lead in both sets. The South Decatur Cougars could not come back. Ava Owens served up 7 points and Ella Moster and Maggie Beiser served for 4 and 3 points respectively. The Cardinals has solid passing from Ingrid Tuveson and Rhea Miller for the night. Lucy Abplanalp was great support on the court to help Lilly Schebler and Catherine Streator to command the net.

8th Grade Volleyball

The 8th Grade Lady Cardinal St. Louis Volleyball team fell short against the South Decatur Courgar 21-25, 25-23, 5-15. This was the team best game of the year even though they fell short. Audrey Beiser led the team with 8 points followed by Ingrid Tuveson and Megan Raab with 5 points each, Mary Hunter with 3 points and Emma Livers with 1 point. Maggie Beiser was able to setup the offense with the passing skills of Ella Moster. Audrey Beiser, Emma Livers and Rhea Miller led the offense with a kill each.

St. Louis vs. Batesville Middle School 9/11/18

7th Grade Volleyball

The St. Louis Cardinals 7th Grade Volleyball team came out on top against the Batesville Middle School Bulldogs 25-23, 25-12. In the first set, the Cardinals and Bulldogs was trading points back and forth until Kate Weber served 7 straight points to push the Cardinals ahead. Then the Cardinals fell on their heels to allow the Bulldogs to control the game until Izzi Price was able to serve 3 aces in a row to help the Cardinals to win the first set. The 2nd set was controlled by the Cardinals from the first serve. Isabelle Wonnell led the team with 10 points followed by Kate Weber 9 points, Maggie Beiser 6 points, Izzi Price 5 points, Lilly Schebler 2 points and Ingrid Tuveson and Ava Owens with 1 point each. Catherine Streator commanded the net for the offense as Ella Moster and Rhea Miller passed the ball solidly to help setup the plays.

8th Grade Volleyball

The 8th Grade Lady Cardinal St. Louis Volleyball team was defeated by the Batesville Middle School Bulldogs 10-25, 11-25. The Cardinals started off strong in the first set but struggled to pick up the Bulldogs serve. Audrey Beiser and Mary Hunter led the team with 3 points each followed by Megan Raab and Ingrid Tuveson with 2 points each. Emma Livers had the only kill for the game. Ella Moster, Rhea Miller and Izzi Price was good support on the court for the team so Maggie Beiser could set the ball.

BMS cross country results

The Batesville Middle School boys won their cross country meet against Greendale and Sunman Dearborn on Monday. Eli Loichinger won the boy’s race, followed by Will Sherwood, 3rd, Jake Chapman, 4th, Tacoma Nicholas, 8th, Emi Lopez, 9th, and Cole Pride, 12th.

The Batesville Middle School girls finished 2nd in their meet against Greendale and Sunman Dearborn. Ava Hanson won the girl’s race, followed by Emma Weiler, 4th, Kaylynn Bedel, 8th, Megan Allgeier, 9th, Madelyn Pohlman, 10th, Cora Deputy, 11th, and Josie Meyer, 15th.


Batesville 25

Sunman Dearborn 41

Greendale 67


Sunman Dearborn 23

Batesville 32

Greendale 84

Athletic Forms

Click here for a link to the forms.

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Batesville Friends of the Library Book Sale

Batesville Library Used Book Sale & Etc., September 13-15

The Friends of the Batesville Memorial Public Library are having their used book and media sale September 13-15. Over 10,000 books, videos, CDs, DVDs, and books on tape will be sold 9:00am to 5:00pm each day at the library annex building, located at 10 W. Boehringer St. Prices are $1 for hardbacks, CDs, and DVDs, and 50 cents for paperbacks. Proceeds from the book sale will be used to help pay for library materials and programs. The $2 bag special sale starts on Saturday the 15th at 3:00pm.

Donations of gently used books, CDs, and DVDs are still being accepted. Please put your donations on the Friends’ shelves in the library lobby during library hours.

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YMCA: 3 on 3 Fall Ball Classic

The Southeastern Indiana YMCA will be hosting a 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament at Liberty Park in conjunction with AppleFest on September 22nd. Please see information below.

Put some play in your day in a 3 on 3 Fall Ball Classic Basketball Tournament at Liberty Park on Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 8:30-11:00 AM. Brackets for Ages 10-14. Prizes for winners. Hosted by the Southeastern Indiana YMCA during AppleFest. Register any time before September 22 by calling or stopping by the Y. You can also register online at Questions? Contact Jacob Garvin at Southeastern Indiana YMCA, 30 State Road 129 S, Batesville, IN 47006. Ph: 812-934-6006

Kathleen Bohman

Marketing Coordinator


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