Thursday Newsletter

February 8, 2018

February 8, 2018

Today’s Thursday Newsletter is just that a letter filled with news of upcoming events, not to be missed. 

But first some congratulations!

Congratulations High Schools Across St. Louis

Our Catholic, magnet and charter high schools have made their choices for their 2018-2019 enrollment and they have very wisely chosen our 8th graders to enhance their learning communities.  Super congratulations to each of our 8th graders for their hard work that has paid off with their making it into their high schools of first choice. 

Our Catholic High Schools include:

Cor Jesu Academy, DeSmet Jesuit High School, Nerinx Hall, Rosati Kain High School, St. John Vianney High School, St. Louis University High School, St. Mary’s High School, Villa Duchesne, Visitation Academy.

Magnet and Charter schools include:

Metro Academic and Classical High School, Collegiate School of Medical and Bio-Science.

Well done 8th grade!  Very well done, SMOS faculty, Very, very well done, parents.


Congratulations Speech Team for Bringing Home the Blue and Gold


Blue ribbons to Abby Gerstner and Ella Rose Short; Evey Ohs and Noah Montrey

Gold ribbons to Beatrice Bussen and Nicole Murphy


Blue ribbon to Frank Vacca; Jonathan Speth

Gold ribbon to Greta Reitenbach


Blue ribbon to Chloe Ogier; Ryan Harper

Gold ribbon to Maxine Straka

A blue ribbon is awarded to those students earning first place scores.

A gold ribbon is awarded to those students earning perfect scores from both the morning and the afternoon judge.

Many, many thanks to Ms. Wucher who has led our speech teams for many years to the sort of poise, skill, and enthusiasm necessary among teens to earn blue and gold accolades at the Bellarmine Speech Competitions.

Upcoming Events and Dates

SMOS Youth-led liturgy is this Saturday, Feb. 10, at 4:30.  Young and old, come and enjoy being led in song and prayer by our parish Youth Group.
 Women’s Basketball; at the Chaifetz Arena on Feb. 24. Tickets available in the office or Fast Direct Chris Stephens.
Help our 8th graders afford to invite their parents to their Graduation Dinner without cost AND let your child celebrate Valentine’s Day in his or her PJ with a pretzel and a juice box - $5.00 per child.  (For families who cannot afford such a donation, if you can manage $1.00 to cover the pretzel and juice that would be wonderful.  If you cannot that’s OK too, we would never hold your child back from a treat whether that be wearing PJs to school or eating a pretzel.)

Please remember that all Valentine celebrations will happen on Tuesday so that we can focus on Lent as of Wednesday.

Lent is just around the corner – ASH WEDNESDAY ALL SCHOOL MASS on Wednesday, February 14 at 8:00am.  No Mass on Friday, February 16.
During Lent in observance of our Catholic fasting and abstinence during Lent, pizza will be served meatless.  Abstaining from meat on Fridays is not actually required of young children and the elderly, but I think our children are certainly healthy enough that they can make the sacrifice and go without meat on Fridays in Lent.  The pepperoni will taste so much better on April 13.
Our parish will be holding special events throughout Lent.  Our very own Feasty Boys will be hosting a SMOS fish fry on February 23, 5:00 – 7:00 in our school cafeteria.


Let St. Vincent DePaul Do the Cooking

SVDP will host a Soup Supper on Sunday, February 11 in the Church Hall beginning at 5:00 p.m. As always, we will have a variety of homemade soup, salad and bread and desserts. We gladly accept contributions in the amount of $10.00 per person and $25.00 per family or whatever your budget permits. Please join us for a comfortable evening with our parish community.




Centering Prayer

Looking for something meaningful to do for Lent?  Be mindful like your kids!  Join us for Centering Prayer, an ancient contemplative practice open to all faith traditions.  

Join our vibrant group Wednesdays 8am or Thursdays 7pm in the St. Vincent DePaul Chapel in the Church.  No experience necessary.  

Interested in learning more about Centering Prayer?  Come to our Centering Prayer Workshop February 11, 12-3pm in the St. Margaret of Scotland Church Hall (basement of church).  Register on We Share.

Questions?  Contact school parents, Tom Bushlack ( or Heather Lawyer (


News From The Yearbook Committee
Congratulations to our yearbook cover artwork contest! Thank you to every student who contributed their art - it was a difficult decision as there were MANY amazing designs. We are excited to feature many more in this year's special 100th anniversary edition of the SMOS yearbook.
Our front cover artwork was drawn by 8th grader: Evan Cox and the back cover drawn by Evey Ohs. We are doing a special edition this year to celebrate our 100th year. The following honorable mentions will be featured on the inside front and back covers:
Clementine Killeen                      Abby Gerstner
Carson Heller                            Bella Redd
Luciana Medina                          Caeli Millet
Jonathan Speth                         Barrett Fasano
Speaking of yearbook - be on the lookout next week for a flyer regarding purchasing ad/message space in the back of the yearbook. Give your favorite dragon(s) a shout out or advertise your business! Eighth grade parents send your students off right!! The proceeds from the sales of yearbook messages help to offset the costs of our yearbook. Each year our PTA generously provides a yearbook to each student and faculty member.

��: Garden News : Dragons Grove : ��
New to the garden this year ~ Teri Pohlman has done such wonderful work for the past five years structurally not much will change. However I am excited to announce the making of a sensory wall! This area will offer students the experience to examine, observe, experiment, smell, view, dissect those things from our natural environment. Design work is in its’ final stages and set to launch project in March.
Dragon’s Grove is excited to be working with the WeSNACK �� committee on integrating curriculum, wellness promotion and nutrition education through garden experiences!! Can we grow food to supply our own salad bar? Let’s experiment!
The inaugural spring lesson will be growing wheat berry grass (sprouts in just two weeks) in our pre-K and kinder classrooms. For our older kids we’ll be sowing seeds indoors and in our raised garden beds of radish, carrots, greens, lettuce and peas over the next couple of weeks.
Other happenings & requests: looking for design ideas for a new Dragon’s Grove garden sign, med/large logs for sitting and a small arched wooden bridge. ☛Get FREE burlap bags for garden use or otherwise at Khalid’s on S. Vandeventer Ave. ☛SMOS Dragon’s Grove information has been updated on the SMOS website. ☛Volunteer and visit the garden Tuesday and Thursdays 8-3 weather permitting and in the spring time��
Contact Tonya Clemens 805-423-0933 or via FastDirect


Save the Date

E-Recycling hosted by the Boy Scouts on March 3 from 10:00 – noon.
Mother Son has moved from March to April 28 at the Wild Carrot. Please direct any questions or interest to Carrie Crompton -

Trivia Night has been moved from St. Patrick’s Day to April 21, 2018.

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