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Bulletin Board: Castlio creates ‘cuddles for kids’

Castlio students working on blankets.

Castlio students working on blankets.

Castlio creates ‘cuddles for kids’

When we are sick, all we want to do is cuddle under a warm blanket.

For children who spend much of their lives in hospitals due to an extended illness, or in shelters, getting a special blanket to hold on to can make a big difference. That’s where the students of Castlio Elementary stepped in to help.

The Castlio Cuddles for Kids event provided students the opportunity to give back to their community by teaming up with a “buddy class” to tie the blankets. Third-graders mentored first-graders, working together to make the blankets as cuddly as possible. Everyone was having fun knowing they were helping other children.

The project would not have been possible without the help of a dedicated committee, spearheaded by kindergarten teacher Kimberly Funk who put in the extra time and effort to ensure the success of the blanket project.

“It’s imperative for our students to understand at a young age how important it is to support the people in their community,” Castlio Principal Dr. Bridgett Niedringhaus said. “One day they will be the adults that help support the community they live in and continue the cycle with their own children. That’s how we build the neighborhoods and school districts we live in, like Francis Howell – one child at a time.”
It wasn’t just the students, though. It was the entire Castlio community coming together to improve the lives of those around them – students, parents and staff. Castlio started this project by asking students and their families to donate $5 to sponsor a blanket. The money raised was used to purchase the fleece for the blankets. The school then held two work nights to cut the blankets and the strips for tying. Both nights were well-attended by teachers and parents.


[FZSCHOLARS:/CUTLINE] The 2016 Missouri Scholars 100 from Fort Zumwalt highs are [from left] Jane Kim, Elizabeth Steiner and Yushin Lee.

The 2016 Missouri Scholars 100 from Fort Zumwalt highs are [from left] Jane Kim, Elizabeth Steiner and Yushin Lee.

Three Fort Zumwalt seniors named to Missouri Scholars 100

Fort Zumwalt West High seniors Jane Kim and Elizabeth Steiner, and Fort Zumwalt North High senior Yushin Lee have been selected to the 2016 Missouri Scholars 100, a statewide program that honors 100 of Missouri’s top academic students graduating this year.

The program is sponsored by the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals. Schools across the state are invited to nominate candidates and selection is based primarily on a formula using the student’s GPA and ACT or SAT score. Each nominee has to meet the criteria of an “Academic Decathlon” that includes 10 “events.” To meet the criteria, a student must have a GPA of 3.750 or better; an ACT of 29 or better or SAT of 1,900 or better; be ranked in the top 10 percent of their class; have taken upper level courses in math, science, English and foreign language; have excellent attendance; be an exemplary school citizen; and be involved in school activities.

Also recognized as Honorable Mention Missouri Scholars 100 were East High’s Gabrielle Mertz and Madeline Watson; North High’s Ben Kramer; and South High’s Ciera Duban and Mackenzie Quirke.


Staff changes in the St. Charles school district

The city of St. Charles School District approved the selection of Dr. Jason Sefrit as assistant superintendent for human resources, effective July 1.

Dr. Sefrit will step into this leadership role when the current Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Dr. Kim Harris retires at the end of the 2015-­2016 school year.

Dr. Sefrit currently serves as principal of Westhoff Elementary in the Fort Zumwalt School District, having served in this position since 2001. Prior to Dr. Sefrit’s current position, he served as an assistant administrator for Mount Hope, JL Mudd and Forest Park elementary schools. He also served as a teacher for the Fort Zumwalt school district.

Dr. Sefrit holds a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Missouri Baptist University, as well as a master’s in educational administration and a doctorate in educational administration from Lindenwood University.

The city of St. Charles School District also approved the selection of Dr. Andrew Stewart as director of the Lewis & Clark Career Center, effective July 1. Dr. Stewart is replacing Kathy Frederking, who will be retiring at the end of the 2015-­2016 school year.

Dr. Stewart has most recently served as assistant director of Lewis & Clark Career Center. He also has served as assistant principal of Jefferson Intermediate School in the St. Charles School District and served as assistant principal at St. Charles West High.

Dr. Stewart holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Hope College in Holland, Michigan, a master of arts in teaching from Washington University in St. Louis and a doctorate in educational leadership from Saint Louis University.


Panhellenic Scholarship Boutique to raise funds for collegiate women

The St. Louis Alumnae Panhellenic Association presents the annual Ladies Night Out Scholarship Boutique. This event will be held, Thursday, April 28 at the Greenbriar Hills Country Club from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Bring your friends! Take part in shopping fun to benefit scholarships for collegiate women from the St. Louis Metro area.

Desserts and a light dinner buffet are included with the $25 ticket [$30 at the door]. A cash only bar is available. Tickets and a vendor list are available online at www.stlpanhellenic.org.



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