St. Louis Catholic Art Students Touch Lives with Memory Project: Fox29 Morning Show

St. Louis Catholic Art Students Touch Lives with Memory Project: Fox29 Morning Show

Saints Art Teacher Stephanie Robertson and Studio Art II students Sophie Stine & Chandler Cormier appeared on the Fox29 Morning Show Monday, Dec. 17, to discuss their work on the Memory Project.  Click here to view the segment.

The Memory Project is a nonprofit organization that invites art students to cultivate global kindness by creating portraits for children around the world who have faced substantial challenges such as violence, war, extreme poverty or neglect. This year instead of painting child refugees in Syria, Saints students received 32 photos of 3-5 year-old children who live in urban slum areas of Colombia and attend feeding centers for meals. Most don’t have a single photo of their childhood, so the portraits they created will be invaluable gifts that provide lifelong memories.

Mrs. Robertson has worked with more than 50 students on the Memory Project so far, helping build feelings of international friendship and solidarity.

“This year we learned a lot about how the drug trade directly influences these kids,” Robertson said. “They are targeted, and that’s why they are in the slums because they’re hiding for anonymity.  A lot of them don’t even have last names because their parents are still afraid.  So (the Memory Project) makes them feel like people around the world care, and our kids love to do service projects like this.”

“Once we saw the kids, we started to learn more about where they come from and the struggles they face, and it’s really sad,” Stine said. “It just make you really count your blessings.”

2018 All Saints Auction – How Were the Funds Spent?

2018 All Saints Auction – How Were the Funds Spent?

The following letter from St. Louis Catholic High School Principal Andrew R. Bradley was published in Halo Notes Dec. 13, 2018, on financial transparency relating to the $134,850 raised at the All Saints Auction held Aug. 18, 2018:

Dear Saints Parents,

At the start of the school year, you received an email from our Rector, Father Nathan Long, detailing his three goals, or areas of focus, for the 2018-2019 school year. He discussed advancement, financial transparency and campus ministry. I will address the first two in today’s letter.

In the adjacent graphic, you will see a breakdown of how funds from the 2018 All Saints Auction were allocated. Faculty and staff submitted requests, and a committee comprised of teachers, administration and community members considered those requests. We are proud to say everyone who made a request received some funds, if not their entire ask. Thank you for your support of the Auction and, ultimately, of our Saints. We truly believe the best way to show our gratitude is to be transparent in communicating where the funds are going and how we plan to spend them.

One final note about the Auction going forward. In the future, the funds raised by our Auction and other advancement efforts will be part of the school’s general operating budget. In other words, they will not be earmarked to specific items or causes. To maintain a spirit of transparency, you will receive a yearly report of our school’s budget – what was raised and where it was spent. (Please look out for the first edition in our magazine this spring.)

Thank you once again for your continued support of St. Louis Catholic High School.

God Bless,

Andrew R. Bradley

Principal

St. Louis Catholic Week of Giving Raises $2,000 for Women’s Shelter, Donates Items to Charities

St. Louis Catholic Week of Giving Raises $2,000 for Women’s Shelter, Donates Items to Charities

At St. Louis Catholic, we seek to cultivate the hearts of servants in our students. Students actively served their community in the first week of December during the school’s first-ever “Week of Giving” led by the Yearbook staff, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and National Honor Society (NHS).

The week was a “spontaneous and magical” effort by students to encourage giving, said Yearbook Teacher Monica Core. Friday’s Christmas Dance on campus raised $2,018 for the Women’s Shelter.

“I think the reason the week was so successful is because it was student-led and from an organic desire to encourage giving,” Core said. “The students saw a need and came up with solutions. They came up with a week of activities and reached out to other clubs and teachers for help. We were blown away with the response. It seemed like everyone pitched in.”

FBLA collected toys for Toys for Tots on Tuesday, and NHS collected socks and hygiene products for their Blessing Bags project on Wednesday and Thursday. The week concluded with a coats and sweaters drive Friday for the Kiwanis Club, and faculty & staff rung in the Christmas spirit by wearing their own holiday sweaters.

“These Blessing Bags are little Ziploc bags full of necessities such as soap, toothbrush and toothpaste, hand sanitizer, etc., that allow homeless to clean themselves up,” said junior Julia Tassin, NHS Blessing Bags committee co-chair. “The Blessing Bags are going to be given to a local organization such as Room at the Inn or The Women’s Shelter, as well as to students to be kept in their car so they will be able to give them to those in need that they see on the streets. The donations we received last week exceeded our expectations, and we cannot say thank you enough to our Saints community for your generosity.”

Students celebrated at Friday’s dance with some special guests, including Coach Jason Oertling making an appearance as Santa, and media arts teacher Robbie Austin serving as celebrity DJ. Michael and Stephanie Davis donated decorations, and FBLA donated water.

Melanie LeJeune, St. Louis Catholic Librarian & Technology Coach, said she hopes more student clubs & organizations get involved in future Weeks of Giving.

“The Week of Giving made it extremely simple to give, and certainly giving as part of a community is motivating for students and adults alike,” LeJeune said. “I love that our community had choices to give what they could, and it was student-generated with the support and encouragement from Mrs. Core and (Dean of Students) Dee (Butts).  What a great example of empowering students to lead!”

Marian Procession Highlights Feast of Immaculate Conception at St. Louis Catholic

Marian Procession Highlights Feast of Immaculate Conception at St. Louis Catholic

As we approach the end of the first semester, we continued a tradition at St. Louis Catholic to honor our Blessed Mother Mary and observe as a school community the feast of the Immaculate Conception, which is Dec. 8.

Our campus minister, Sister Maria Jose Perez, organized the Marian Procession, a school-wide procession and praying of the rosary at five different stations across campus, one for each decade.  Freshman, sophomore, junior and senior religion classes led the joyful mysteries of the rosary with school chaplain Rev. Ruben Villarreal, and Liturgical Choir director Ashley Lavine played Marian hymns as the procession advanced.  The special celebration concluded with the Litany of Loreto led by Principal Andrew Bradley and Assistant Principal Mia Orgeron, and a beautiful rendition of “Immaculate Mary” by the Liturgical Choir.

“There is a thirst at this school to participate in the life of the church and in the different devotions and forms of prayer,” said Sister Maria Jose.  “And it’s my job to bring these different prayer opportunities to the forefront, to make prayer come alive in the lives of these young people.”