Cougar News (CN) – 8/30/17

Cougar News         August 30, 2017

The mission of St. Louis Catholic School is to prepare the leaders

of tomorrow with the light of Christ as their guide.


Dear St. Louis Parents,

After discussion with Catholic Charities, an opportunity for us to come together as a school community to support those impacted by the destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey has arisen. At this Friday’s All School Mass, we will be taking up a “gift card collection” for families that have been affected by the devastation. A representative from Catholic Charities has advised us that the most valuable item to these families is gift cards to HEB and Wal Mart. We are asking for gift cards in whatever amount you are able to contribute. If you do not have the opportunity to purchase a gift cards, we can also accept cash or checks which we will use to buy Scrip cards. These gifts will be taken this weekend by the charitable organizations to the families in need.

Overview of the Virtue Program

St. Louis Catholic School believes every person is called to live a virtuous life.  Our Virtue Program is a systematic approach to fostering character formation in our students. The purpose of this program is to instill in each student a desire to practice Catholic virtues both at home and at school. The core of the program is the recognition of the many “teachable moments” that arise each day. The goal is to make the practice of Catholic virtues not just another subject but a way of life for every student.

Each month we will focus on one of the Theological or Cardinal Virtues to help the students understand how God is not only calling each of us to live our life in order to attain eternal life, but the expectation that we help others also attain eternal life. We feel that it is important to highlight the way in which virtues are demonstrated in the lives of Saints, ourselves, peers, community, and in the world around us so the students see how the virtue can be applied to real-life situations.  The teachers will reinforce the understanding and application of the virtue (see listing below) being focused on that month.  Students will receive tickets when ‘caught’ exhibiting any of the virtues throughout the month, but especially the month’s focused virtue.

Additional information on our Virtue Program is attached to today’s Cougar News.


Back-to-School Night ~ Thursday, September 7th

Back-to-School Night will be held on Thursday, September 7th in our classrooms.  Please go to your oldest child’s homeroom first (opposite of Orientation).  Montessori through grade 4 will have informal open house sessions.  Grades 5 – 8 will host formal presentations following student schedules.  In lieu of first quarter progress reports teachers will discuss classroom expectations.  If you wish to speak to a particular teacher about your child’s progress please email that teacher directly.  ([email protected]  You will receive a copy of your child’s schedule in their homeroom that evening.


Grade 8 – Mrs. Conway (117)

Grade 7 – Mrs. Foley (110)

Grade 6 – Mrs. Loontjer (111)

Grade 5 – Mrs. Davis (114)

Save the Dates! 

Annual Fund Kickoff

Outdoor Mass Planned for October 5th at 6:00 pm

Refreshments to Follow

Veteran’s Day Celebration

Please mark your calendar to join us for our annual Veteran’s Day Celebration.

More information to come on both events.  Check the Cougar News for details!

PSIA Information for 2017 – 2018

PSIA is a nonprofit education organization serving all privately-schooled grade 1–8 students in Texas. Offering 59 academic contests in Math, Science, Language Arts, Speech, Social Studies, and Fine Arts since 1998, PSIA remains the most comprehensive academic extracurricular program in America for students in grades 1 through 8.

PSIA is open to any student grade 1-8.

Practices are determined by the coach.

Cost is $25 per event, per child.

Studying for these events takes practice and dedication, and for that reason there is a 3 event limit (One Act Play excluded).

Only 3 contestants per event per grade compete at District. A ‘regional’ meet will be held in December for any event with more than 3 per grade.

District Meet is March 3, 2018 at Regents School of Austin.

State Meet is in April 28, 2018 at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.

A description of each event is included in the sign up form.

The deadline to sign up to study for an event is September 19th!


PSIA Sign Up Form

Student Council Elections

Student Council elections for grades 6 through 8 will take place the week of September 11 – 15th.  Speeches and voting will take place on September 15th.  Watch for election results!



Update Your Information with Web Forms

Have a new email address, home address, or phone number you need to update? Do you want to change or add people to your emergency contact list? You can do all this and more with Web Forms in ParentsWeb. Here’s how:

Log into ParentsWeb (you’ll need to create an account if you don’t have one yet)

Find “Web Forms” listed under the “School Information” heading on the left side

Click on “Web Forms” – a new center screen should appear

Click on “Family Demographic Form” in the center screen

Change the information you need to update – RenWeb will inform us of the changes after you “save” and we will then approve the updates in the system

Box Tops / Helping Hands H&S Committees

Thank you to the Students and Parents for collecting 7,940 BOX TOPS during the 2016-2017 school year!

You earned $790.40 for our school. Our goal for the 2017-2018 school- year is $1000 or 10,000 Box Tops. So please, clip those Box Tops, put them in a plastic baggie/envelope with your child’s classroom information, and turn them in to either the school office or your teacher. We’ll celebrate the winning class with BoxTops parties twice this year (Dec/May).

If you know of any of our St. Louis families who are going through a life changing event or are in need of assistance, please inform the School office or your room parent. We’ll organize care calendars for meal plans and/or other needs as required.

Thank you ~ Erika Coffey, Committee Chair



Buy Scrip for all your shopping needs!

We have scrip cards for groceries, gas and retail.  We stock VISA & Amazon scrip cards too!  When you are shopping, why not support our school at the same time.

Find more info on our scrip program in the ‘For Parents’ section of the school’s website

SCRIP cards are available in the school office and after weekend English masses.


Family Movie Night! You Are Invited: 

Austin’s first-ever Relevant Radio® Movie Night


KIXL 970 AM is proud to announce Austin’s first-ever “Relevant Radio® Movie Night”!

On September 9th, Relevant Radio will partner with Mobile Loaves and Fishes’ Community First Theatre where film, family and fun come together at Austin’s coolest outdoor movie venue!

Featuring, Kenneth Branagh’s telling of Cinderella starring award-winning cast Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, and Helena Bonham Carter.

Bring your friends and family to catch a show under the stars. There’s no charge for entrance!

Note: a free will offering of $5 will help us cover costs for the evening. Movie concessions are available through Mobile Loaves and Fishes onsite food trailers or Community Market.
So, bring a blanket or a chair to “Relevant Radio Movie Night”. Show begins at sundown.
Come out early to explore Community First and visit with friends!

Mobile Loaves and Fishes’ Community First Cinema:
9031 Hog Eye Rd, Austin TX 78724

For more information, to RSVP for the event, and to download our printable flyer, CLICK HERE.<>

Notes & Reminders:

Ethics and Integrity in Ministry (EIM)

Are you compliant?

Have you taken a 3-yr refresher session?

Do you have any questions?

If you are unsure, or have any questions, please check with Mrs. Gately in the School Office, ext. 238.  [email protected] 

Did you know you can email any faculty or staff member at:  [email protected].org

September 2017 Family Calendar

September 2017 Lunch Calendar

Overview of the Virtue Program 2017

Overview of Virtues

Prudence – Parent Resource

Cougar Virtue Visual