April 10 – April 14, 2023
From the Desk of Mrs. Terri O’Daniel, Executive Director
Academy of St. Louis Annual Dinner Auction
The Academy of St. Louis Student Performers
Back by Popular Demand!
While performing again at the year’s auction, the Academy Student Performers will once again create an exciting ambiance on stage as they entertain, inspire, and showcase their many talents. You can make every moment of this memorable performance a forever memory by setting your iPhone to video mode. You won’t want to miss a single moment of the performance. Mrs. Dunn has held rehearsals for the past three months, diligently instructing the students in creating another momentous stage performance. See for yourself why our Dinner Auction grows in attendance each year. Weeks…we’re almost there!
Student Dress Attire
Our young ladies are asked to wear a nice dress, skirt, or shirt.
Our gentlemen are asked to wear dress or school uniform pants with a button-down oxford shirt.
Before and After the Performance
Students will be supervised before and after performing in their classrooms and the cafe’ by Academy staff. Dinner is included.
If your child is being picked up by someone after the performance, please let Mrs. Cantareira know.
Auction Set up and Clean-Up
ALL PARENTS are expected to assist with set up and clean up. We set up on Friday afternoon into the evening. More details to come about times of setting up.
ALL PARENTS are expected to clean up as well therefore if your child stays until the end of the auction, please arrange for one parent to stay to help with clean-up. In the past, some parents have driven two cars to the auction, with one bringing their child home and the other parent staying to help with clean-up.
A Sign-Up Genius will be sent out this week to allow you to sign up for specific tasks for set up on Friday and Clean up on Saturday.
Mrs. Kerry Cook
With a sad heart I must say, Mrs. Kerry Cook will no longer be working at the Academy. She recently has gone back to school to receive her Masters’s degree. Many thanks for the time and care she has showered upon our students. We will miss her. I will be administering the transition program until the end of the year. Our transition program is a top priority for me. Next year we will meet with each of you, our parents, separately to explain exactly how your child’s transition plan will benefit their future.
Principal’s Corner – Mrs. Morales
Vacations are so fun, but … it’s the return to work and school that is challenging, especially for our students. This short week felt long, with the students being a little tired and coming back to routines. As much as we need these breaks to recharge and spend time with family, you might wonder if the transition back to the grindstone is worth it. IT IS! It’s a lesson in flexibility, and by getting back into the sleep/wake schedule, our kids learn the importance of routine. We acknowledge that these days are more difficult for our students and try to adjust accordingly. Expectations may be lowered a little, and extra monitoring of tolerance levels is required by all staff. As always, please text or email your homeroom teacher, the office, or myself with any questions or to give a heads-up of rough nights/mornings so we can expect it.
April 22 is EARTH DAY! Our Environmental Club, led by Leo Kraus, Nathan Roeslein, and William Siebert will be hosting an EARTH DAY EXTRAVAGANZA on Wednesday, April 19, from 11:30-1:15. The entire school is planning on walking next door to Shroeder Park to have a picnic, do a trash pick-up, and enjoy a nature walk. FIELD TRIP forms were sent home in your child’s binder on Friday. Please return them as soon as possible! Reach out to us if you did not receive the form.
Supporting Teachers and Reaching Students
STARS (ASTL Parent Association)
We are celebrating our teachers and staff the week of May 1 – 5.
Each day we will show our appreciation with gifts of special treats and end the week with a Cinco de Mayo luncheon.
Please send $20 per student to Colleen by Friday, April 24. If you have any questions, please contact Lynn LaChance or Kelly Zigaitis.
- Tuesday, April 18 – Running Club at 2:45 p.m.
- Wednesday, April 19 – Media Club at 2:45 p.m.
- Monday, April 24 – NO SCHOOL-Professional Development Day
- Friday, April 28 – Auction Set Up-All Parents
- Saturday, April 29 – Academy of St. Louis Annual Dinner Auction
We had such a fun week! The weather is beautiful, and we love spending time outdoors. Although we already celebrated 100 school days, we continue to count the days, reaching 129 Days of School! It’s fun using the number of school days to learn place value. We read a sweet story about a baby who was loved So Much. Afterward, we shared our baby pictures, and it was fun trying to guess who was who. We painted rocks, and we watched for birds after we hung up our new bird feeder. One of our favorite parts of the week was joining Mr. Houlihan and his class for their special music class. Thank you to our middle school friends for including us!
This week has been beautiful and we’ve enjoyed the outdoors a little extra this week! The highlight of our week was being able to make our lunch and share it with some of our staff members! We planned, shopped with some independence, and prepared the meals! We will be trying to make this a weekly activity until school is out! I will keep you posted if it affects their lunches! Have a wonderful weekend!
MIDDLE SCHOOL 1
We are studying the Framers of the Constitution and how they established a federal system that divides powers and responsibilities between the national and state governments.
MIDDLE SCHOOL 3
We are still reading a book called Drowned City Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans. During our daily reading, we are identifying the problems that occurred during this time and which part of the government is responsible for correcting the problem.
MIDDLES SCHOOL 2
We are learning about the American pioneers that settled in Missouri and increased their population. We also learned that Missouri became a state in 1821.
HIGH SCHOOL 2
We are learning how Portugal sought a new route to China and India. We are learning about technological advances that helped sailors improve their travel.
MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 & 3
Now that we have finished reading “The Janitor’s Boy”, students will begin a book report project. They will choose from five options for creating their expression of key ideas from the book. The options are to create a box of memories, a collage, a diorama, a graphic novel strip for one chapter, or a glossary with a word search. Some of the projects may be done digitally. We will be working on these in class for the next week, and the projects are due Friday, 4/21. I’ll take pictures and send them to you!
MIDDLE SCHOOL 2
We have studied some fascinating creatures in the past – now we are moving on to fascinating sports. This week we started with paragliding and river rafting. Students enjoy watching a video and working on comprehension and vocabulary with a matching paragraph.
HIGH SCHOOL 2 – WRITING
We continue our work on creating a persuasive essay. Students chose a topic and completed an outline with their supporting reasons and examples. Then we began working on the first draft. The students have an excellent range of topics to write about!
MIDDLE SCHOOL 2
This week we reviewed the main contributors to water pollution as we learned more about fertilizers, pesticides, and sewage. We discovered how agricultural science is developing innovative techniques to use hog waste as organic fertilizers and even transforming it into more eco-friendly plastics that can be used for various products in the future. Our class also learned about the benefits of turmeric and how it can be used as an organic pesticide. Students each took home their very own turmeric root to plant and harvest themselves! Next week, we will be continuing to study alternative, eco-friendly ways to help with the pollution problems our planet is facing as we begin Ch.7 Section 4 on Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.
MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 and 3
Our middle school classes began their research for next week’s projects on human impact and water pollution. Each student was assigned a different real-life incident that occurred that had a major impact on water pollution. They were given a set of criteria to examine as they watched several different documentaries and newscasts and read specific articles on their incident. They will be taking all the research from this week and applying it to a project and presentation of their choice starting Monday.
HIGH SCHOOL 2:
This week, high school students reviewed Newton’s Laws of Motion. We developed individual google slides presentations with examples of each of the three laws. We also took advantage of the beautiful weather for a day of application by performing various activities on the blacktop that dealt with inertia, acceleration, and friction. Although, the overall consensus was that they would prefer to be an object at rest rather than an object in motion. We wrapped up the unit by calculating the necessary force required to move in three different scenarios based on our body mass with a specified acceleration, as well as calculating the acceleration required depending on our mass and a given force. We will recap Ch.4 on Work and Movement next week.
MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 & 3, and HIGH SCHOOL 2
This week, students worked on a variety of skills, including problem-solving. They were encouraged to use different strategies and techniques to solve problems, allowing them to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. I monitored the progress of each student and provided feedback to help them improve their understanding of math concepts. I provided one-on-one support to students who needed additional assistance.
MIDDLE SCHOOL 2
This week in math, students focused on independently strengthening their math skills with teacher support provided as needed. Students were encouraged to work at their own pace and level, allowing them to gain a deeper understanding of the concepts they were learning. I provided one-on-one support to students who needed additional assistance.
We are studying the Resurrection of Our Lord!
MIDDLE SCHOOL 1, 2 & 3 and
HIGH SCHOOL 2
We are studying the Resurrection of Our Lord and beginning to study the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.
The cast list for the upcoming play was posted. If your student was given a role, they would have been given a script on Friday, April 14. We will begin rehearsals starting next week so please celebrate with your child and encourage them to give it their all!
This week at Media Club students continued to work on the newsletter, yearbook, and recording for our broadcast! We can’t believe that there are only a few weeks left of school and the Media Club!
This week we have two staff spotlights!
The first spotlight is Ms. Tara-interviewed and written by Michael Rasmussen.
The staff spotlight of this week is Ms. Tara. Ms. Tara’s drink of choice is lemonade or fruit punch.
she had to choose a place between Target, Walmart, or Amazon she would choose Target. Miss Tara’s favorite color is green. Her favorite place to eat is Subway. Miss Tara chose to become a teacher because she enjoys little kids. Her favorite part about the Academy is being able to have opportunities to help students learn new skills and build friendships. Miss Tara was a student for one year at the Academy from 2012 to 2013 and then an assistant at the Academy from October 2020. Miss Tara enjoys helping with the Running Club and sharing experiences with students.
Second Spotlight is Ms. B:
Ms. B is new to our academy staff and primarily works in Mrs. Hartmann’s room. She’s only been here about 2 weeks, but she loves it! Her favorite drink is Dr. Pepper and her favorite place to eat is Chick-fil-a. When going shopping she likes shopping at Target. She enjoys the students and staff at the Academy and enjoys helping the students learn! We are so excited to have you here!
LATE ARRIVALS/EARLY PICK-UPS VISITORS
All students and visitors arriving after 8:30, please enter through Door 15.
Absent/Late – Call 636-534-5099
Each day the entree includes fruit, chips, and your choice of chocolate or white milk.
You can select additional items a la carte.
Please be sure to place your order by midnight the night before.
Please call Mrs. Cantareira with any questions at 636-534-5099.
DON’T FORGET SNACKS!
ITEMS STILL NEEDED FOR THE SILENT AUCTION
- Cigars and a humidor
- Cornhole game on Etsy.com. These are great auction items and go well.
- Lottery Board with $100 of scratch-off tickets
- A Basket full of Local St. Louis Sauces
- APPLE WATCH on Amazon Wish List-LAST ITEM on the list
PLEASE EMAIL KELLY WINTER IF YOU CAN OBTAIN THESE ITEMS.
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