Weekly Newsletter – January 28, 2016

NO SCHOOL FRIDAY, JANUARY 29
This Friday, January 29, Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School will be closed so that staff and families may attend the funeral of Mr. Dave Koderhandt’s grandson, Peyton Wilkins. Mr. Dave has been part of our school family since 2004.

Visitation is from 3pm-8pm on Thursday, January 28, and from 9am-9:30am on Friday, January 29, at St. Teresa Catholic Church, 1201 Lebanon Avenue, Belleville, Illinois. The funeral Mass begins at 10:30am right after the morning visitation. All families and students are invited to attend or send messages of faith and hope to Mr. Dave and his family.

SPELLING BEE WINNERS
This year’s All School Spelling Bee Champion was Carre Webster (5th), with Ryan Luster (8th) as runner up. This was an exciting competition with many strong spellers! Carre will have the opportunity to participate at the Written Semi-final Bee held at McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois. If she is not able to attend, Ryan will represent our school. Congratulations!

SENIOR PROJECT
Thanks to our seniors from SLUH: Vincent Bartholomew, Michael Boyle, and Joseph McCurran and those from Mater Dei: Samuel Krebs and Quintin Potthast. They finished their senior service project with us and will be greatly missed. May God bless and keep them in His care.

OPEN HOUSE- “EACH ONE, REACH ONE”
An Open House for potential new school families will be held on Tuesday, February 2. Open House times are 8:30a.m.-11:30a.m. and 1:00p.m.-3:30p.m. You are our best ambassadors for spreading the word about this exceptional faith-based school in East St. Louis! Please invite those you know who have grade school students to consider attending this event. Have them contact the school office at 618-397-0316 to sign up to visit.

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK
Our school will join with students all over the United States in celebrating Catholic Schools Week, January 31 – February 6. This year’s theme is: Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service-Challenged to Proclaim God’s Mercy.

Each day of Catholic School Week has a special focus: On Sunday, January 31, our violinist will participate at the 9:30am Mass at St. Augustine of Hippo Church in East St. Louis. Monday we “Kick-off” the week with emphasis on praying for civic leaders; Tuesday we open our school to new families who are interested in enrolling their children for the next school year; Wednesday is Student Appreciation; Thursday is Staff Appreciation; and Friday, we celebrate our families with a special Mass and donuts and coffee afterwards. We close the week with our Dance Ministry and Violinists participating in a 4:30pm Mass at St. Augustine of Hippo Church in Breese.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Please contact us in the office if you have completed the Child Protection Course and are able to help supervise students during lunch or recess on Thursday, February 4, from 11:15-12:45. This is Staff Appreciation Day, and we’d like to give them the gift of a duty-free luncheon that day.

MASS…NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTION
As part of Catholic Schools Week, we will celebrate our families during Mass, and we will have the inaugural induction of our National Junior Honor Society. Following Mass, parents/guardians are invited to come to the cafeteria for sweet rolls, donuts, coffee, and juice.

VIOLINISTS
A select group of violinist will open Catholic Schools Week by playing at the 9:30am Mas son this Sunday, January 31, at St. Augustine of Hippo Church in East St. Louis. They, along with our dance ministers, will close the week at the 4pm Mass Saturday, February 6, at St. Augustine of Hippo Church in Breese, Illinois. For those involved, permission slips are going home today.

ALTHOFF CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL REGISTRATION
Incoming freshman registration is scheduled for February 3 and February 4, 2016. If you are a family with an eighth grade student who will be attending Althoff, please call (618) 235-1100 to schedule your appointment.

GENESIS ARTS MINISTRY
The Genesis Arts Ministry is hosting beginning ballet classes throughout the month of February. Please see the flyer included in this week’s envelope.

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