August 14, 2015
St. Luke's Episcopal School
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JAPONICA: Yesterday was a terrific first day of school for our K2-5th grade students who were excited to see old friends and eager to  make new ones!  

UNIVERSITY:  Sixth graders were making themselves at home and having fun on the University Campus as they prepared for Monday.  After hearing from MS Director Jeannie Austin, the students spent the afternoon with the Student Ambassadors who helped them move into their lockers, learn the ropes in the Dining Hall, tie a tie, and gave them THE TOP 12 TIPS for Middle School!  

Here they are on the front steps..."first" day on University!
  They'll be here again in seven years for their graduation photo!

ALL Middle and Upper School students will return on Monday.  The day will start with our annual 6th Grade Promenade (this year it includes the Senior Class) and chapel service followed by the annual 9th Grade Opening of the Gates.  These are great traditions...parents we encourage you to join us!

The center gates of the University Campus are opened only twice each year.  On the first day of school, the freshmen class processes to the OUTSIDE of the gate following chapel service. The freshman students unlock the gate and pass through coming INTO the school.  The other Middle and Upper School students, faculty, staff and parents form a line in the breezeway through which the freshmen walk into campus.  The last freshman to walk through will re-lock the gate.  This tradition represents the passage from Middle School into the St. Luke's Upper School. These students will not pass through this gate again until the day they graduate from St. Luke's.  After the Commencement Ceremony, the Senior Class processes to the INSIDE of  the gate where they each "sign out" for the final time.  Faculty and staff line the breezeway through which the seniors walk OUT, parents and guests watch from the lawn in front of campus. Once every Senior signs out, the class president will unlock and open the gate, and pass through to the outside, with the other Seniors following.  After the Seniors have passed through, the gates are locked again.  Seniors stand on the front steps (in front of the center gate)  to take their class graduation photos. 
Since the opening of the St. Luke's University Campus the only people to have walked through this gate are the students who have participated in these ceremonies.

We are so excited to be working with MMI for the coming school year and thank you for your patience as they work to get everything running smoothly! 

PLEASE REMEMBER: In order to ensure that all systems are set up and working properly, they will only be able to accept cash/check payments during the month of August.  Once the new system is installed, you will be provided instructions to set up an account online for your child(ren).  If there is a balance remaining on your account from last year and MMI is unable to access your previous account, the school will issue a credit to your statement.

The Booster Club is hosting the 2nd Annual  WILDCAT KICK-OFF pep rally for all K2-6th grade families on Thursday, August 20th in the Japonica Gym.  You are invited to join us as we kick-off our 2015-2016 WILDCAT fall sports seasons.  We'll be introducing our YDL teams and our varsity football and volleyball players, cross country team and cheerleaders and our State Championship Golf Team.  FREE HOT DOGS AND DRINKS beginning at 5:45..the "PEP" begins at 6:00.  Varsity players will be signing autographs and taking pictures...bring the whole family out to show your support of our athletes and coaches and have a great night full of Wildcat spirit!!   

The University Campus SGA is hosting a Back to School BBQ on the Quad for Middle and Upper School students on Friday, August 20th.  Tickets  are $10 each and include Meat Boss pulled pork sandwiches, sides and a drink. It will be a great opportunity to hang out with friends!  Tickets can only be purchased in advance from a SGA rep or Mrs. Richardson.  TICKETS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR.  Download the event flyer here.
John Rosemond is the nation's leading parenting expert and one of America's favorite speakers.  He is syndicated in over 200 papers nationwide, has written 11 best selling parenting books, and provides a commonsense approach to parenting  with sound advice, humor and an easy, relaxed, engaging style. His goal is to provide parents with the guidance to raise happy well-mannered children who will, as adults, contribute value to culture and society.

We are very excited to announce we are bringing him to you!  The event is open to the general public and is free of charge..spread the word. Seating will be first come first served.

John Rosemond
"Parenting with Love and Leadership"
Tuesday, October 6th
6:30 pm
St. Luke's Episcopal School
Louise Robinson Moorer Center for Performing Arts
Middle and Upper School Campus
1400 S. University Blvd.


During the course of the school year, you will have several opportunities to participate in   fundraisers for our teams. clubs and programs.  Please know that there is no expectation that you participate in any or all them.  Want to know what will be coming up? Check out the 2015-2016 Group Fundraising Calendar.
*We DO depend heavily on your participation in the school's annual fund, spring and fall school-wide fundraisers.  
Join St. Luke's Episcopal Church for the annual Blessing of the Backpacks, register for Sunday School, join The Rector's Class, and mark your calendars for the Bishop's Annual Visitation for Confirmation.  Learn more about upcoming events at St. Luke's Episcopal Church here.

Juniors Jordon Odom, Caroline Chestang and Elizabeth Thompson met with Mayor Sandy Stimpson, Connie Hudson and Bess Rich  and were interviewed by Fox 10 yesterday as Mayor Stimpson recognized them for their POSITIVE SIGNS at Medal of Honor Park.  After noticing that so many of our signs tell you what you can't do, they decided to create signs that tell you what you CAN do. These signs motivate you to step out of your comfort zone and explore the world around you.

Junior Kane McCreadie was nominated for and participated in the Congress of Future Medical Leaders this summer in Lowell, MA.  The Congress is an honors only program for high school students from across the country who want to become physicians or enter medical research fields. While there, he was inducted into the Society of The Torch and Laurel.

Congratulations to Emily Miles who competed in the 1500 at the USATF National Junior Olympic Track and Field competition at the University of North Florida and finished 29th in the country in her 9-10 year old age group.

The St. Luke's Student Ambassadors present the 2015 SPIRIT SHIRT: a one time design, and a one time offer.  Join the Pride and show off your Wildcat spirit! Shirts are Comfort Colors (short and long sleeve available) and are perfect for students (out of uniform days) and parents and grandparents who want to support their Wildcats! Orders are being accepted through September 2.
Download an ORDER FORM and make sure you have THE SHIRT for 2015!   

The Booster Club is an incredible asset to our school and our to athletes and their contributions, both monetary and in volunteer hours are significant. Membership provides an opportunity for you to support our programs, while receiving some perks for joining including game passes, car decals, etc.  Download a Membership Form.
The Media Guide is almost complete but it isn't too late to submit an ad or a shout out for your favorite Wildcats.  Special pricing is available for parents who want their Wildcats included.  The deadline to submit is August 21st. Download the Media Guide details. here.    


Football season is here and the Wildcats have been working hard all summer for it!  Our first game is next Friday night and we want you to come out and cheer them on.  The Wildcats kick off at 7:00 pm against McIntosh at West Mobile Park (directions).  Admission is $6 for adults (students and children under 6 are free).  Parking is $4.00. 


Our football games are fun for the whole family and the environment is awesome for kids of all ages!  


Our varsity football games at West Mobile Park provide a perfect opportunity for tailgating!  You can tailgate in the open or under the shade of the beautiful trees, from your car or under a pop up tent, with your family or with friends, as simple or as elaborate as you like. Come out and make a night of it with the Wildcats..we appreciate your enthusiasm!


Our Lady Wildcats always schedule a tough season and always rise to the occasion!  Come out and watch these teams in action! Admission is $6 per adult-students and children under 6 are free. Download the varsity and JV schedules.