June 28, 2024

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2024-2025 SCHOOL YEAR PREPARATION

August is just around the corner, and we are eagerly preparing to welcome our K2-5th grade Wildcats back to the Japonica Campus! We've been busy renovating, repairing, painting, and cleaning to ensure everything is in top shape!

ST. LUKE'S EMPLOYEES ENHANCE CLASSROOM EFFICIENCY AND ENGAGEMENT AT AETC WITH GOOGLE WORKSPACE AND AI WORKSHOPS This group of St. Luke's employees attended sessions at AETC (Alabama Educators Technology Conference) on how to better use Google Workspace in the classroom to increase student engagement, shortcuts, and tech tools to help save preparation time, allowing more time to plan instruction, and to better communicate with parents. They also attended sessions on AI, showing how it can be used in the classrooms, both positively and negatively, and curriculum-specific workshops to increase engagement in their content areas.

MR. CASSIDEY ATTENDS ALABAMA LEADERS IN EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY SUMMER CONFERENCE

Mr. Duncan Cassidey, St. Luke's Director of Technology, attended the ALET summer conference at the Riverview. He enjoyed learning about resources for cyber and physical security provided by the government at cisa.gov. He attended a deep-drive session with Chris Jenks, president of ALET, about the upcoming legislation that affects teachers, districts, and schools. "It was very interesting picking apart the new laws and examining their impacts," reports Duncan.

The final session was a guide to communicating during a crisis. The Communications Director of MCPSS gave a presentation about her plans for communicating critical information to different groups of stakeholders during a crisis.


The cherry on the top was Duncan winning a fabulous door prize, a Sonos Roam SL and 4 months of XM-sirius satellite radio!


Thank you, Mr. Cassidey, for attending this conference, being dedicated to promoting the positive impact of technology in education, and continuing to grow professionally in order to provide St. Luke's students with world-class educational opportunities.

CAMP WILDCAT SUMMER ADVENTURES

Camp Candyland is full of adventures this summer! Each week has a different theme and different activities, including arts and crafts, field trips, Wildcat Waterpark for the junior campers, pool afternoons for the senior campers, ice cream and movie Fridays, and more!


Our campers have enjoyed visits from Animal Rescue, which brought two adorable fur babies, a librarian guest speaker, and our very own "Touch a Truck," where students explored a medical boat, an organ transplant vehicle, an ambulance, a fire truck, and a police car!


Mrs. McGinnis and Mrs. Champagne are having a few summer adventures themselves - driving the little SL bus! Stay tuned for more summer fun!

ST. LUKE'S MIDDLE SCHOOL CHEERLEADERS PREPARE FOR THE

2024-2025 SCHOOL YEAR

Our middle school cheerleaders are GLOWING with excitement as they prepare to cheer on the Wildcats in the upcoming school year! They participated in a two-day camp where they learned many exciting new routines to pump up the crowds! To celebrate their new impressive skills, they held a performance for their family and friends. The cheerleaders executed a variety of stunts, cheers, and routines with enthusiasm, spirit, and energy. As we look forward to the exciting new school year, these middle school cheerleaders will undoubtedly boost school spirit with their infectious passion and enthusiasm.

Thank you to the varsity cheerleaders who came to support and cheer on this fantastic group of girls! Together, our middle school and varsity cheerleaders are set to make the coming school year the BEST yet! Go Wildcats!

CAMP INVENTION: IGNITING YOUNG MINDS AND LIGHTING UP THE FUTURE

Camp Invention was a total success! We had 41 local students from various schools attend this amazing STEM Camp. This year’s program illuminated imaginations, inspired curiosity, and helped kids build essential STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) skills through collaboration and problem-solving. Campers explored hands-on challenges and open-ended adventures designed to unlock creativity and help them shine their brightest! Over the course of four days, the campers had the chance to create their very own light-up game board, build a one-of-a-kind glow box, customize a lab-on-wheels to assist in solving water challenges from around the world, and were able to DIY their very own toolbox to help them complete a series of exciting prototyping challenges.  


Thank you Mrs. Thompson, Mrs. Cote, Mrs. Morrow, and Mrs. Miniard for helping bring this camp to life! Six of our very own high school students took the time out of their busy summer to help encourage and inspire the campers. Thank you Avery VanAlstine, Caroline Hooper, Blakeleigh Ware, Reese Browning, Emma Trammell and Jenna Simpson for your time and dedication! If you are interested in participating next year, keep an eye out this coming fall for more information! 

TWO ST. LUKE'S STUDENTS ATTEND THE 2024 YOUTH LEADERSHIP MOBILE CLASS

Rishi Gupta and Cain Matthews attended the 2024 Youth Leadership Class. The students and their families gathered at Bernheim Hall inside the Ben May Library to celebrate their nine months of hard work and dedication to our community. These 28 students from 12 area high schools served together and executed individual service projects for the betterment of Mobile.


We are proud of Rishi and Cain for being outstanding examples of servant leaders in action!

ALABAMA BOYS & GIRL STATE 2024: MELANIE DAVIS & GAVIN LEEGE

The American Legion believes that the survival of our republic rests on training our youth in the ideals and objects of the American Government. Girls and Boys State does not rely on lectures or textbook scenarios, but hands-on experience and participation in a model state government.


Melanie Davis and Gavin Leege attended Alabama Girls & Boys State for a week-long, hands-on learning opportunity  The program teaches that the preservation of our democracy depends on informed citizens like Melanie and Gavin, who learned about the responsibilities of citizenship, the ABC's of politics, the political units of government and their functions, the branches of government and jurisdictions, functions of each office from city to state, functions of a political party, operating a functional government at all levels, and much more! This emphasis on the role of informed citizens in our democracy instills a sense of responsibility in the participants.


Thank you to Melanie and Gavin for representing St. Luke's!

MADDIE BANKS & ELLA BENTLEY ATTEND HOBY YOUTH LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

Maddie and Ella attended the HOBY Youth Leadership Conference, where they engaged in a leadership development curriculum that gave them the tools needed to make a positive impact on the world around them! They participated in facilitated dialogue and abilities-based workshops to develop awareness of their leadership strengths and an understanding of their leadership values. Through these dynamic activities with peers, they used their skills to learn to recognize, amplify, and collaborate with the diverse strengths of others.


HOBY's Mission: At HOBY, we believe all students have the potential to lead. Our seminars bring students together across different backgrounds, cultures, and communities. We help students discover a newfound sense of awareness, confidence, connection, and purpose.

HALLIE DICKINSON SELECTED TO REPRESENT OUR COMMUNITY & SCHOOL FOR THE SOUTHWEST MOBILE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TALL PROGRAM

Congratulations to Hallie Dickinson for being named to represent our community and school for the Southwest Mobile Chamber of Commerce Tall Program. Throughout her time in the eight-month program, Hallie will be given opportunities to volunteer in the community, tour local businesses and organizations, learn from financial experts, meet with elected officials at the Alabama State Capitol, visit with President Jo Bonner at the University of South Alabama, and more!

PAW PRINTS & SUMMER OFFICE HOURS SCHEDULE

Reminder: the office will be closed the week of July 1st.


You will receive the next Paw Prints newsletter the last week of July.


If you have any questions or need assistance during the summer, please do not hesitate to contact us.


SUMMER OFFICE HOURS SCHEDULE

Monday, 5/27: Closed

Beginning Tuesday, 5/28, summer office hours are 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., closed on Friday

We will be closed the week of July 1st.

Regular office hours will resume on 8/5


We wish you a fantastic rest of your summer, see you soon!

BACK TO SCHOOL INFORMATION 2024-2025

It’s never too early to begin preparations for the upcoming school year. Below, you will find links to the Back to School Guide and the Uniform Guide for your convenience. Should you have any inquiries, please don't hesitate to contact your director.


Click here for the Back to School Guide 2024-2025



Click here for the Uniform Guide 2024-2025


Japonica Campus Summer Assignments (K5 - 5th Grade)


University Campus Summer Assignments


University Campus Text Books


Middle School Supplies

UPPER SCHOOL UNIFORM & TEXTBOOK SALE - TODAY & TOMORROW

The Middle School Student Council will sponsor a University Campus Used Uniform & Textbook Sale on on June 28th from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. and June 29th from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m in room 503.


Important information is listed in the link below including drop-off details.


If. you have any questions, please email kperez@slesmobile.org.


Click here for more information

UNIVERSITY CAMPUS - WILDCAT WELCOME (AUGUST 7)

Are you NEW to the University Campus? All rising 6th graders and any new students in 7th-12th grade (and parents/guardians) have orientation on Wednesday, August 7th at 6:00 p.m. Please bring your laptop for setup. There will be a new parent dinner in the dining hall immediately following orientation. 


If you have any questions, please email atillman@slesmobile.org.


We look forward to seeing you!

JAPONICA BACK TO SCHOOL DATES (AUGUST 8 & 9)

K2-5th grade parents have Parent Preview on Thursday, August 8th at 5:30 p.m. (parents only). Parents will meet in the chapel before being dismissed to the classrooms. There will be a new parent reception in St. Luke's Library from 6:30 - 7:00 p.m.


K2-5th grade students have a meet-and-greet on Friday, August 9th. Drop in anytime between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. to "SEE" your teacher! Email pcummings@slesmobile.org with any questions.


If you have any questions, please email pcummings@slesmobile.org.

BOOSTER CLUB PEP RALLY AUGUST 20th AT 6:00 P.M.

Mark your calendars for August 20th at 6:00 p.m. as the Booster Club hosts the first pep rally of the school year to kick off all fall sports! This exciting event is the perfect way to bring together students, parents, faculty, and community members to celebrate our athletes and generate school spirit. Whether you're a die-hard sports fan or just looking for a fun evening out, the pep rally promises to be an experience filled with energy, enthusiasm, and Wildcat pride.

Wear your favorite Wildcat gear and come ready to cheer loud and proud. Go Wildcats!

BOOSTER CLUB MEDIA GUIDE WILDCAT PRIDE PAGES & BUSINESS ADVERTISEMENTS (AUGUST 23)

Support your Wildcat and support St. Luke's! The Wildcat Pride pages are reserved for parents, grandparents, family, friends, faculty, and administration to show Wildcat pride and cheer on their favorite Wildcats!


Promote your business and/or support your favorite Wildcat with our business advertisements! Our sporting events are filled with students, faculty, families and spectators from MANY local schools.


The annual Media Guide is distributed and available at all fall and spring sporting events while supplies last. Payment and forms are due by August 23rd.


For any Athletic Booster Club questions, please contact us at slesboosterclub@slesmobile.org.


Thank you for supporting St. Luke's K3-12th grade athletics!

HEALTHCARE PARENTS & FRIENDS - SUPPLIES REQUEST

Our Biomed program would love to have any expired or used medical equipment/supplies for our skills labs. We are in particular need of bandages, tape, wound care supplies, casting material, sutures, PPE, and anatomical models. If you have any of these or other items you would like to donate we would appreciate it. 

JOIN US ON LINKEDIN

We are trying to grow our LinkedIn presence to serve as a valuable resource for students, alumni, families, and friends. LinkedIn offers a unique platform for educational institutions to connect with their community members meaningfully.  

St. Luke's Episcopal School, Mobile, Alabama

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL SIGNS FOR K2-12th GRADE

Do you need a First Day of School sign for photos to commemorate this milestone in your child’s educational journey? Print your keepsake sign as a way to celebrate the beginning of a new school year and don’t forget to tag us on social media!


Click here for First Day of School Signs

Click here for Japonica Campus Announcements

Click here for University Campus Announcements

Click here for the All-School Google Calendar



Click here for the 2024-2025 Academic Calendar


Japonica Campus:

  • For regular/full school days, parents provide 1 snack daily and lunch, or you may buy lunch from
  • Wildcat Cafe.
  • We use a monthly menu process with 2 lunch choices daily.
  • Parents are encouraged to pay online at mypaymentsplus.com, but may print and submit the

menu/payment (mypaymentsplus.com and checks are the only forms of payments accepted).

Include your student's name on your check.

  • You will need your student ID (available in Blackbaud) to put money in your account.
  • Order forms will be on the website and sent out through our newsletter, Paw Prints.
  • Order forms will not be accepted after the due date (the due date is listed on the order form).
  • You must submit a form regardless of the payment method.
  • Please fill in ALL fields on the order form.
  • Order as few or as many days as you wish for the ENTIRE month (not daily or weekly).
  • Pre-ordered meals will be deducted from your account once a month, not daily. If you are signed

up on mypaymentsplus.com and see several transactions in one day, those are all the meals you

selected for the month.

  • Credit cannot be given for missed days.
  • If you pre-paid for several months, a form is still required each month.


University Campus:

  • Students will need a snack and a lunch for each full day. You may bring your snack and/or lunch or purchase from the Wildcat Cafe.
  • Food from the Wildcat Cafe may be purchased from your declining account at mypaymentsplus.com.
  • Students will need a student ID (available in Blackbaud) to put money in their account.
  • Menus are posted on the website and listed in our newsletter, Paw Prints.


Click here to add money to your student account


K2-5th Grade CLICK HERE for Helpful Tips and Information about the lunch program


Cheryl Brown

Director of Dining Services

St. Luke’s Episcopal School

cbrown@slesmobile.org

251-666-2991 Ext 8130

Cell 404-403-6688

ST. LUKE'S ONLINE CAMPUS STORE

**PLEASE NOTE: The online spirit store is remodeling and will be back up and running soon! Stay tuned for exciting news!

All proceeds of the Online Campus Store go to school programs and supplies.

We will deliver purchases to your student unless you request to pick-up.


*Please don't forget to leave your student's name and grade level during the checkout process so that we know which campus to deliver to. Thank you for having Wildcat Spirit and supporting SLES!


Click here to shop!

NEED ST. LUKE'S ATHLETIC WEAR? SHOP HERE!

Click the link below to shop for additional St. Luke's merch!

***Please note, BSN is not owned by St. Luke's. The shipping tends to be longer than average - reach out to their customer service with any questions. ***


Click here for link to BSN Store

ST. LUKE'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH WEEKLY NEWS

 Sunday Schedule

Worship Services – 7:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

Adult Education Class – 8:45 a.m.

Children’s Sunday School (k4-5th grade) – 10:00 a.m.

Youth Sunday School (6th-12th grade) – 10:00 a.m.

Youth Outing every Sunday at 11:15 a.m. (bowling, laser tag, mini golf, explore downtown, and more!)

 

Weekly Services:

Mondays: Morning Prayer at 8:30 a.m.

Wednesdays: Evening Prayer at 5:30 p.m.

First Wednesday of every Month: Healing Service at 12:00 p.m.