Villa Duchesne Nuts and Bolts | March 14, 2019

Tomorrow, new students and their families will receive their welcome letters from our Admissions Team inviting them to join our Sacred Heart family in the 2019-2020 school year. Join us in welcoming them into our Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill community by watching the welcome video created by our Admissions Ambassadors.
Ms. Bridget Collins
Emily Yn



Congratulations to sophomore Emily Yn who has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a Gold President's Volunteer Service Award. The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program.

Congratulations to Clare Andres '22, Amelia Arns '21, Gwen Emery '19, Kate Fesler '22, Lia Pantenella '20, and Isabel Simpson '20 whose work has been accepted into the St. Louis Artists Guild 2019 Young Artist's Showcase. And, a second round of applause for Gwen Emery whose self-portrait garnered her a special award. Their work will be on display at the Artist Guild at 12 North Jackson Avenue in Clayton through Monday, April 1.



Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School will be closed March 18-22 for Spring Break. Classes will resume on Monday, March 25. Look for the next issue of Villa Duchesne Nuts and Bolts on Thursday, March 28.



Parents are reminded that a current physical dated on or after February 1, 2019, is required for the 2019-2020 school year for all students entering grade 7 and grades 9-12 as well as all students new to Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School and those entering junior kindergarten 3, kindergarten, or grade 4. Each student's medical information should be entered or updated in Magnus by Friday, May 3.

For a list of all health care requirements, please view Health Care | Magnus Health in the Resource Center of the Parent Portal. You will receive emailed notifications from Magnus about incomplete 2019-2020 health record enrollment until you complete all required items. To get started, log in to Magnus Health using your website username and password. This is the same login information used to view grades, submit permission forms, check your billing status, etc.



Thank you to those families who have already submitted their 2019-2020 enrollment contracts. We ask that ALL families, even those not returning, submit their intent for the 2019-2020 year. Returning families are also required to send an enrollment deposit of $1,000 to the Business Office to complete the re-enrollment process. In addition, families who seek financial assistance must reapply each year. If you have any questions, please contact Financial Services Coordinator Alice Tuhro at or 314.810.3531.


To celebrate Pi Day, students started the day with a 'pie' eating contest.

Freshman Saintes Savantes gathering

Freshman played the Great GPA Sorting Game during Sainte Savantes today to help illustrate all the factors and qualities that go into the college admission process. Sacred Heart education is about the body and soul as well as the mind. That's why we hold Saintes Savantes Days at Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School. It means "Wise Saint" or "Holy Scholar" in French.



VDOH is teaming up with Cardinals Nation for a Family Night with Fredbird from 6:30-7:30 pm Wednesday, March 27. Come out, enjoy dinner, and meet Fredbird. Cardinals Nation will donate 15% of your bill back to VDOH when you mention the school.



The Parent Network of Catholic High Schools is offering Bullying 101, Training Trusted Adults to educate participants about the types of bullying--physical, mental, verbal, and cyber--and how they impact both the person being bullied and the one bullying. This program will be presented by CHADS Coalition for Mental Health from 7 to 9 pm Thursday, March 28, in our Auditorium in the 1929 Main Building. No reservations are needed and all are welcome.



As part of her Service Learning, sophomore Ally Bowers has launched a project that can help make a difference in the lives of foster kids and their families in the St. Louis area—"Jeans for Teens (and youth)." The ReFresh Boutique, run by the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition, has a need for gently worn jeans for boys and girls in grades K-12. The boutique's profits allow the FACC to support families and children in foster care across the St. Louis area, and the boutique offers deep discounts to children in foster care. A win-win situation! Ally's "Jeans for Teens" drive will run through Friday, March 29, with collections spots for gently worn jeans at both Villa and Oak Hill. Your small donation can make a huge impact in the life of the foster youth in need!
Movie Night April 11



Set aside the night and plan to join us for Movie Night on Thursday, April 11. We will be showing Incredibles 2 on the Front Lawn beginning at 7:15 pm with The Cheese Shack, a food truck, arriving at 6:30. All VDOH students and their families are invited. Watch for more details and a link to register when we return from Spring Break.



All eight weeks of Passport to Summer Day Camps are full! However, seats are still available for athletic camps. For more information, visit our website or contact Dominic A. Key, Manager of Community Engagement, at



College Corner, a valuable resource for parents and students, offers the latest information on college rep visits, opportunities to connect with colleges, scholarships, and much more. This webpage is updated weekly by our College Counseling Office, so bookmark it and visit often.




Due to Spring Break, Mass will not be held in our Chapel on March 20. Please join us for our next Wednesday morning Mass on March 27, when we will pray for women's rights. Mass begins promptly at 7:15 am in the Chapel and usually concludes no later than 7:35 am. Mass is celebrated most Wednesdays at 7:15 am in our Chapel when school is in session. Everyone in our school community is invited and encouraged to attend. View our 2018-2019 Mass Intentions list to see the specific intentions planned for each week.



All are welcome at 8 am each Wednesday when school is in session in our Chapel to offer the Rosary to Mater for her motherly protection of our children and for all the faculty, staff, and religious of this community who play such a critical role in nurturing and teaching our children.

Friday - March 15, 2019
All day
All day

Out-of-Uniform Day to benefit All For Books

Monday - March 18, 2019
All day
Spring Break
Tuesday - March 19, 2019
All day
Spring Break
Wednesday - March 20, 2019
All day
Spring Break
Thursday - March 21, 2019
All day
Spring Break
Friday - March 22, 2019
All day
Spring Break

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