St. Louis Catholic School News

January 27, 2016

Calendar of Events

  • Jan 27 - Talent Show Try-outs in the Old Gym, 3:05-4:15 pm
  • Jan 28 - LUNCH CHANGE: Hotdogs instead of Chili Dog. No Salad will be served.
  • Jan 28 - Gr. 7/8 Girls Bball vs Greensburg, 6 pm
  • Jan 29 - Book Fair Begins in Room B14 through Feb 5th
  • Jan 30 & 31- Students will take part in the weekend Masses
  • *Additional Information Regarding Catholic School Week is Included
  • Jan 31- Catholic Schools Week through Feb 5th
  • Feb 1 - Beginning Band Practice, 7:30-7:50 am
  • Feb 1 - Gr. 5-7 ALP Students Rube Goldberg Meeting, 3-4:30 pm
  • Feb 1 - Gr. 5/6 Girls Bball vs St. Lawrence, 6 pm
  • Feb 1 - Gr. 7/8 Girls Bball @ South Ripley, 6 pm
  • Feb 2 - Advanced Band Practice, 7:30-7:50 am
  • Feb 2 - Gr 7/8 Academic Team Practice, 3-4:15 pm
  • Feb 2 - Boys Choir Practice, 3:10 pm
  • Feb 2 - Italian Night, Science Fair, Book Fair, 4:30-7 pm
  • Feb 2 - Kindergarten Open House, 5-7 pm
  • Feb 2 - Gr. 7/8 Girls Bball @ St. Lawrence, 5:30 pm
  • Feb 3 - School Choir Practice, 7:30-7:50 am
  • Feb 3 - Gr. 3 All School Mass
  • Feb 3 - Spanish Club, 3-4 pm
  • Feb 3 - Girls Choir Practice, 3 pm
  • Feb 4 - Beginning Band Practice, 7:30-7:50 am
  • Feb 4 - Gr. 5/6 Girls Bball vs Mt. Carmel, 6 pm
  • Feb 4 - Gr. 7/8 Girls Bball @ Sunman Dearborn, 5:30 pm
  • Feb 5 - Advance Band Practice, 7:30-7:50 am
  • Feb 5 - School Choir Practice, 7:30-7:50 am
  • Feb 5 - Talent Show, 1:30 pm
  • Feb 5 - Jr. High Youth Group
  • Feb 6 - Gr. 7/8 Girls Bball Oldenburg Academy Tourney, 9 am
  • Feb 6 - Uniform Exchange, 9-11 am
  • Feb 8 - Gr. 5/6 Girls Bball @ St. Paul, 6 pm
  • Feb 8 - Gr. 7/8 Girls Bball vs Batesville Middle School, 6 pm
  • Feb 9 - 11 Spanish Club Bracelet and Flower Sale, Outside Mrs. Roell's 2nd Gr. Room
  • Feb 9 - Gr. 7/8 Academic Team Practice, 3-4:15 pm
  • Feb 9 - Gr. 7/8 Girls Bball vs St. Michael, 6 pm
  • Feb 10 - Ash Wednesday Mass, 8:10 am, 12:10 pm, and 6 pm
  • Feb 10 - Gr. 2 All School Mass
  • Feb 10 - Gr. 6 Fish Fry, 4- 7:30 pm
  • Feb 11 - Gr. 5/6 Girls Bball @ Greendale, 5:30 pm
  • Feb 11 - Gr. 7/8 Girls Bball vs North Decatur, 6 pm
  • Feb 12 - Gr PreS-K Give Back Day, 7:30-11:30 pm
  • Feb 12 - Gr. K-3 Valentines Party, 1:50-2:45 pm
  • Feb 12 - Gr. 7/8 Academic Team Practice, 3-4:15 pm

Principal Chad Moeller's Desk

As you know we have focused this year on being respectful. You also know that I have challenged the students to have less discipline issues each quarter than any corresponding quarter in the past 10 years.

For example, the best 1st quarter we ever had was 201 issues. Our goal was to beat that number. This year we came in at 210 issues first quarter. While we missed our goal slightly, we still had a great quarter.

The results for second quarter are now in. We had a goal of getting less than 247.5 discipline issues, which the lowest number we ever recorded for a second quarter. We had a total of 186! Not only did the students make their goal, they accomplished the best quarter we have ever had. I am so proud of them!

Details about a school-wide reward will be announced later.


As you read above, we have some big shoes to fill. Interested applicants will find details below​:


  • Greet Guests
  • Answer Phones
  • Substitute Teacher Coordinator
  • Publish Newsletter Weekly
  • Website Knowledge​
  • Nixle Alert System
  • ​Basic Office Duties

Skills in Word/Excel are needed. Website navigational knowledge is helpful. ​ Friendly, outgoing, self-motivated, and flexible personality a plus. Enjoys working as a team with teachers and coworkers.


Please turn in your resume to the school office if interested ​in applying for this position.


Out of concern for the student's safety while walking on snow/ice, we have decided to make a small adjustment to the SLS uniform policy. Effective immediately, it is open for students to wear warm winter boots with their uniforms. We are requesting good judgment, as this change in policy only refers to warm winter boots and not dress boots/high boots. These boots need to be appropriate to wear during mass and students need to bring tennis shoes on days they have PE. This adjustment is being made on a trial basis and we will make adjustments as necessary. Warm winter boots are only allowed until spring break.


Donuts anyone? Stop by the school cafeteria after Mass this weekend! The PTO will be offering Donuts and Coffee after all Masses to celebrate Catholic Schools Week. Enjoy!

Love chocolate??? PTO is looking for one or two volunteers to organize the Chocolate Bar Sale this year. It usually takes place in April. If you are interested, please contact Amanda Canessa at or Jenny Schebler at


*Ends on Friday, January 29. An order form was sent home with each student. Price is $16.25 per book. Don't let the school year pass you by without collecting those memories in print. Get your yearbook reserved before the end of the month.

St. Louis School Alumni News

Yesterday it was announced that 3 of the 5 Moody Mega Math Challenge students selected to represent OA this year are past SLS students. This is a two day long math challenge where the students will have 12 hours on a Saturday and Sunday to complete the competition. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers on February 27th and 28th. Each team has the chance to win up to $150,000 in scholarships to be split between the students. Thank you Linda Ortman and all the great teachers at SLS and Good Luck students.

Decker Horninger

Josie Wesseler

Elizabeth Miller

Catholic School's Week Volunteers Needed!

Hello Friends! Catholic School's Week is quickly approaching and we need your help! The Friday of Catholic School's Week (February 5th) the teachers and staff of St. Louis School have a pitch-in lunch to take a moment and celebrate Catholic School's Week all together. We are in need of some wonderful parent volunteers to watch over and take students to and from lunches, monitor inside recesses, and help out in the cafeteria and office. This would be from around 11:10 until 12:30 on Friday afternoon. If you are able to help please contact Amanda Farmer at . Thank you so much in advance for all you help and continued support!

General Mills Box Tops Contest

It’s that time of year again, box top challenge! For each box top we collect, we receive $.10!

Box tops can be found on many General Mills products, such as apple juice, cereal boxes, etc. Keep an eye out for these products as you shop and then cut and send the labels to school with your child. Box tops alone bring in over $2500 to the school each year. Since 2004 St. Louis has earned $25,083! The contest held in October brought in $1420.40! Let’s try to beat that!

We are holding a contest for 3 weeks in Jan / Feb. The homeroom that submits the MOST box tops will receive an Ice Cream Party. Please place all box tops in a Ziploc bag and return it with the child’s name, grade, and homeroom teacher written on the outside or on a piece of paper in the bag. Box tops for the contest will be accepted between now and Friday February 12. Bonus and ebox tops also accepted.

For any questions regarding the program, please contact Cami Bright 812-212-2278.

Musical Notes

Any junior high student interested in auditioning for the musical should have a form turned in to Miss Kushman by Friday. Forms are available on the Student Resources section of the music website or at the music room. In the event of a snow day Friday, please email Miss Kushman with your interest if you have not turned the form in. Auditions are Monday, Jan 25 and Wednesday, Jan 27 in the music room. Here is the link:

The Fourth and Fifth grade program will be Monday, April 11. The singing program will begin at 7:00, with musical appetizers (recorder songs) at approx. 6:45 pm and will be held in the Activity Center.

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-Check out the Cups on the Playground Fence!

-Math-a-thon for St. Jude Hospital

-Book Fair starts on Friday, Jan. 29th and extends into CSW

-Individual Classroom Service Projects Throughout the Week

Saturday, Jan. 30 - Focus on your Family

-Students will take part in Weekend Mass

Sunday, Jan. 31 - Focus on your Parish

-Students will take part in Weekend Mass

-Doughnuts/Coffee will be available after Mass

Monday, Feb. 1 - Focus on your Community

-CSW kickoff in the activity center after announcements

-Catholic School Pride - Students wear their uniforms Proudly!

-Cookies taken to Central Office and Oldenburg Academy

Tuesday, Feb. 2 - Focus on all Students

-PJ Day

-No Homework

-Italian Night, Kindergarten Open House, Book Fair, and Science Fair

Wednesday, Feb. 3 - Focus on our Nation

-Red, White, and Blue Day (Includes jeans)

-All School Mass

-Star Spangled Banner during the announcements

-Students will receive a treat at Lunch

-Staff enjoys a 15 minute massage

Thursday, Feb. 4 - Focus on Vocations

-Gr 1-5 Mass (Wear Uniform)

-Staff enjoys a 15 minute massage

-Individual classrooms plan time with their buddies

Friday, Feb. 5 - Focus on our Staff

-Out of Uniform

-Jr. High Mass

-Talent Show

-Locks of Love. Three students donating their hair
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February Printable Menu

Available in the next day or so.

YMCA Family Fun Event

“Silly Safaris” is coming to the Southeastern Indiana YMCA for a Family Fun Event, January 29th from 6:30-7:30 PM. Join us for a live animal show with the perfect blend of fact and fun! Free to all. Please RSVP to the Member Service Desk by calling 812-934-6006. Address: 30 State Road 129 South, Batesville, IN 47006

Cardinal Cafe

Please remember we will not be sending out lunch balance reminders. If you need to check your childs lunch balance you can do it on-line with (at no charge) or send us an e-mail. If you need help with the EZSchoolPay please let us know. If your child is more than $10.00 in the hole they will not be allowed extras of the main entree.

MENU CHANGE: Thursday, January 28th, the main entree will be a hotdog instead of a chili dog.

St. Judes Math-A-Thon

St. Louis is participating in a school wide service project and will kick it off during Catholic Schools Week. Our students are going to show off their math skills by participating in The St. Jude Math-A-Thon. This is an optional project but we encourage all students to participate because they will be helping children less fortunate than they are. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital will take care of children at no cost to the family.

Your child will bring home a permission slip this week. Please sign and return if your child is able to participate. The booklets with math problems will be given to the students next week. We ask that all pledges be returned to school by February 23rd. Thank you in advance for helping families less fortunate than we are.

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Spanish Club

Our next Spanish Club meeting will be Wednesday, February 3rd from 3:00-4:00 in Mrs. Brooks's room. We will prepare for our upcoming fundraiser for Food for the Poor. Parents can pick up their students at 4:00 at the front door of the school. All students in Junior High are welcome to attend.

Food for the Poor Fundraiser

Spanish Club will be selling handmade friendship bracelets and paper flowers on Tuesday, February 9th through Thursday, February 11th outside of Mrs. Roell's room from 7:30-7:55am. Friendship bracelets are $.75 and paper flowers are $.50. All proceeds from our fundraiser will go to the organization Food for the Poor, which provides food, medicine, shelter, and other services to families throughout Latin America.

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New Uniform Exchange Dates


Saturday, February 06, 20169:00am-11:00am

Monday, February 15, 20162:30pm-3:30pm

Saturday, March 05, 20169:00am-11:00am

Monday, March 28, 20162:30pm-3:30pm

Saturday, April 02, 2016No Uniform Exchange

Monday, April 18, 20162:30pm-3:30pm

Saturday, May 07, 20169:00am-11:00am

Saturday, June 04, 20169:00am-11:00am

One, Two, Three, Four, I Declare a Penny War!

St. Louis will be holding a Penny War on Monday, February 15 thru Friday, February 19th. Start collecting your pennies! More details to come.

Pictures for Yearbook

For YEARBOOK...This is a reminder, if you OR your parents have pictures of St. Louis events, please send them to

8th Grade it's time to start submitting your 8th grade quotes and baby pictures!

If you are in Ms. Ruschke's homeroom, give them to Harlee Masavage and if you are in Mrs. Paul's homeroom please give them to Sarah Price. It's important to get those turned in as soon as possible. Please submit them by the Yearbook order deadline... January 31st.

Kindergarten Volunteer Assistant(s) Wanted

Are you retired, have a morning or afternoon open each week or maybe you just love to work with children? St. Louis School Kindergarten is looking for volunteer assistants to help with daily activities in the classroom. Activities could include distributing materials for lessons, tying shoes, working one-on-one with students, etc. Please contact Missy Cooper if you are interested or you need more details. No experience in education is necessary but utmost confidentiality is expected.

812 - 934 - 3310 (School)

812 - 933 - 0383 (Home)
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The St. Louis Cardinals 7th grade team played the South Ripley Raiders on Thursday night in the finals of the SEI Tournament. Both teams were looking to cap off their very successful season with a chance to cut down the nets. The Cardinals had a little more riding on the game as they were also looking to avenge an earlier season loss against the very talented South Ripley Raiders team.

The game started with the Cardinals controlling the tip, and for the most part, the rest of the game. The Cardinals, known to play good defense, turned in one of their best defensive performances of the year, as they shut down the Raiders in the 1st quarter not allowing them to score. They also came out shooting well as Andrew Oesterling and Wil Freeland both knocked in shots from 3 pt range to help put the St. Louis up 14-0 at the end of the quarter. The second quarter was played fairly even and the half ended by the score of 24-11. The Raiders came out in the third quarter and hit their first 5 out of 6 shots but the Cardinals were able to answer the call highlighted by a 3 pointer in the corner by Riley Schebler. The Cardinals outscored the Raiders by a point and the 3rd quarter ended 37-23. The fourth quarter came down to playing good defense and making free throws for the Cardinals, which they did, as they outscored the Raiders 10-6 and were 8 for 10 from the line. The game ended with the Cardinals winning by the score of 47 – 29.

The scoring for the Cardinals consisted of Wil Freeland with 7, Riley Schebler 7, Andrew Oesterling 17, Leyton Ratcliff 8, and Sam Voegele 8. Defensively the team was led by Schebler and Oesterling on the perimeter and Sam Voegele controlled the boards again as he pulled down a season high 14 rebounds.

The Cardinals finished the season 23-2. The championship win brings back the trophy to St. Louis for the first since 2005 when the SEI tournament started. Congratulations should be given to both South Ripley Raiders and St. Louis Cardinals for a great season.


Jim Oesterling

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The 7th grade St. Louis Lady Cardinals beat Mt. Carmel 31 to 28 Thursday January 22nd. All the girls played very well and contributed to the first win of the season.

The 7th grade St. Louis Lady Cardinals beat St. Mary's 28 to 4 on Monday January 25th. The team played excellent defense to secure this win.


Last night the St. Louis 8th grade girls had their first game of the season. Although we weren't able to pull off the win they played a great game against the Mt. Carmel Vikings. Offensively buckets fell from the following Harlee Masavage with 10, Sydney Schutte with 6, Grace Laudick with 4, and both Molly Wachsmann and GiGi Dreyer had 1 each. Defensively Molly Wachsmann was not only pulling down rebounds but able to execute the press with a steal several times. GiGi and Sydney were pulling down rebounds for both offense and defense. Mindy Eckstein and Harlee Masavage did a great job on defense. Good game ladies.
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Snow Make-up Days to Date

Presidents Day, February 15 - School Will Be In Session Due to Snow Make-up Day

May Day, May 2nd - School Will Be In Session Due to Snow Make-up Day

Any snow days after today, January 20, will be made up during the first week of Spring Break, starting with Mar 14 thru 18th. After that, days will be added on to the end of the school year.

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