March 31, 2022
Dear STM Families,
It is officially Spring, even if it doesn’t feel like it today! Did you see the snowflakes mixed in with the raindrops at lunchtime today?!
Spring is Testing Season in schools, and we have time set aside in the next few weeks to take care of these necessary data-gathering tools at STM. Next week (April 4-8), our 3rd through 8th grade students will take the annual Iowa Assessments in Reading, Math, Social Studies, and Science. These timed assessments will be taken electronically for the first time by all STM students. Please be sure your child gets plenty of rest and eats a good breakfast so he/she can show their knowledge and skills on these tests. Also, please avoid any appointments or tardy arrivals.
Our students in grades kindergarten through 8th grade will repeat Iowa Flex testing again during the week of April 25-29. You received your child(ren)’s first Iowa Flex results in January. The results of this testing will show the gains your child has made from January through the end of April. More details on these tests later this month!
We have a couple of Spirit Days coming up:
St. Thomas More, pray for us.
Peace and Blessings,
Linda Crosthwait, STM Principal
STM UPCOMING EVENTS:
Friday, April 1
STM Spirit Wear Day–First Friday!
Friday, April 1
All 2nd semester BAND FEES are DUE
Friday, April 1
Stations of the Cross; 2:00 & 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 2
Glory Days Finals
Monday, April 4
College Spirit Wear Day for NCAA Finals! Wear an appropriate shirt from your favorite college or university and jeans, khakis, or STM Spirit Wear bottoms
Week of April 4-8
Iowa Assessments Testing Window for Grades 3-8
Tuesday, April 5
STM Dine-Out at Papa John’s
Wednesday, April 6
STM Talent Show auditions from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Friday, April 8
Stations of the Cross; 2:00 & 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 9
STM For All MUSIC TRIVIA Night; 7-10 p.m. (see details below)
Thursday, April 14
Holy Thursday; Early Dismissal at 12:30 p.m.
Friday, April 15
Good Friday; NO SCHOOL
Sunday, April 17
He is Risen! Happy Easter!
Monday, April 18
Easter Monday; NO SCHOOL
Week of April 25-29
Iowa Flex Testing Window for Grades K-8
Friday, April 29
Jesus Day for 2nd Graders
Sunday, May 1
First Holy Communion for our 2nd Graders
‘Good-Bye and Good Vibes–8th Graders!’ Spirit Week for all STM Students:
Monday, May 2: Country/Country Club Day
Tuesday, May 3: Celebrity Day
Wednesday, May 4: Hawaiian Day (& Kona Ice Truck fundraiser)
Thursday, May 5: Disney Day
Friday, May 6: STM Spirit Day for K-7 and High School Spirit Day for 8th Graders ONLY
Thursday, May 5
8th Grade Confirmation Retreat at Prairie Star Ranch
Friday, May 6
STM StuCo-Sponsored Talent Show
Wednesday, May 11
8th Grade Graduation at 5 p.m.
Friday, May 20
PK-7th Grade Fun Day (Rain date: May 23)
Tuesday, May 24
Last Day of School (dismissal after 10:30 All-School Mass)
2022-23 REGISTRATION BY APPOINTMENT ONLY–SOME CLASSES ARE CLOSED:
Open Registration events for the 2022-2023 school year have come to an end. Beginning April 1st, new and current families will need to make an appointment to complete enrollment paperwork and register for the 2022-2023 school year. Please call Amy Prowell in the front office, 816.942.5581, to make your appointment.
We have already closed one grade level and are almost full in others. Don’t wait–make an appointment to register your child(ren) TODAY.
STM TROOP 601 FISH FRY:
Tomorrow from 4:45 PM - 7 PM in More Hall
$10 SENIORS, $12 INDIVIDUAL, $35 FAMILY
ALL YOU CAN EAT April 1,8
$1 DESERTS COURTESY OF THE GIRL SCOUTS
$5 BEER/WINE COURTESY K of C
See details in the flier below.
STM FOR ALL TRIVIA NIGHT–APRIL 9:
GET YOUR TEAM NOW! $35 per person or $60 per couple/Tables of 10 for a team
Space is limited, so PURCHASE TICKETS BY APRIL 4TH!
See all the details in the flier attached below
(So sorry that our Mother-Son Dance is canceled for this year!)
8th GRADE PARENTS–IMPORTANT INFO ATTACHED BELOW:
Our 8th Graders’ graduation is only six weeks away! There are so many events ahead before they leave STM.
Please read (possibly copy and hang on the fridge) the attachment below so you can be ready for all of the important dates!
PURCHASE SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR 2022-23 NOW!
A MESSAGE FROM TIFFANY WOODS:
It is hard to think about school supply shopping which is why we are so excited to announce a new partnership with 1st Day School Supplies!
This year, 1st Day School Supplies is going to help parents and teachers get the exact supplies needed for next school year without the headache of shopping at Walmart, Target or Staples. Use the link below! A portion of each sale goes to the 2022 Teacher Bonus Fund!
HOT LUNCH POLICY:
Due to ongoing issues in the lunchroom with forgotten lunches and extra hot lunches, we are making adjustments to how we handle the hot lunches of absent students and students who do not have lunch.
We have seen that unclaimed hot lunches have created issues because students "forgot" their lunch, didn't pack enough food, steal a lunch off the table, etc. In order to alleviate this issue, all leftover hot lunches will be put in the cafeteria fridge. They will be sent home with a sibling at the end of the day, or they will be held until the next day when the student is back in school. No leftover hot lunches will be given out.
If a student does not have lunch, we would give them a Lunchable. Unfortunately, this was becoming very expensive to keep stocked. Students also found creative ways to get a lunchable when they didn't like what they had packed from home. We have purchased a case of cheese & crackers that will be given if a student does not have lunch.
Please make sure your child has a lunch purchased or in-hand every school day. If snack time is made available to them, remind him/her to NOT eat their sack lunch during that time.
ATTENTION 8TH GRADE PARENTS–FIRE SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY:
Each year our 8th grade students are given the opportunity to write an essay about “What inclusive Education Means to Me.” All 8th graders are invited to submit an essay to the FIRE Foundation by March 30th. Winners will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship to the CATHOLIC High School they will attend.
Please see the attached letter for more information as well. Email Meg Burke with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
LENTEN SERVICE PROJECT NEEDS YOUR HELP:
Our 8th grade class has chosen to collect supplies for Project Cure’s Kits for Kids
program this Lent. ‘Kits for Kids’ provide personal hygiene and basic & ”medicine cabinet” items that are scarce in the developing world. Working with pediatricians and nurses, Project C.U.R.E. developed ‘Kits for Kids’ to give parents in developing countries the supplies they need to provide basic care at home. Kits are not just handed out. Volunteer health professionals who bring the kits with them on clinic trips do extensive health education with parents on the appropriate use of the supplies, and preventive care in general, so common problems do not become catastrophic.
Due to a lack of access to basic healthcare, millions of children die each year of preventable and treatable conditions. ‘Kits for Kids’ is a way to provide access to these simple and affordable supplies. If a child gets hurt, families might have to travel a long distance by bicycle, bus or even on foot to receive care at the nearest hospital or medical clinic. These basic supplies can mean the difference between life and death for kids around the world.
Here is a video that talks more about the program:
We will collect supplies each week, and during Holy Week we will pack our kits for kids’ bags in class. Sr. Colette will deliver the prepared bags to the Project Cure / Franciscan Mission Warehouse once they are ready to go.
- Week 1: March 7th - 11th: Bandaids, combs, and ace bandages.
- Week 2: March 21st - 25th: toothbrushes, toothpaste, travel size tissues
- Week 3: March 28th - April 1st: blunt ended scissors, tweezers, nail clippers
- Week 4: April 4th - 8th: bars of soap, face masks
In addition to supplies for the kits, Project Cure asks for a $5 donation to cover the cost of the kit bags as well as shipping them out. Kim Day, a volunteer at the Warehouse has generously offered to cover the costs of the bags for us, but donations would help cut the cost for him, and any funds generated beyond our needs will go directly to Project Cure/Franciscan Mission Warehouse. You can learn more about Project C.U.R.E. at www.projectcure.org .
See more information in the flier below.
COVID-RELATED INFORMATION: STM COVID DASHBOARD:
Week ending 3/10/22 Week ending 3/24/22 Week ending 3/31/22
Students in quarantine 0 0 0
Staff members in quarantine 0 0 0
Students in isolation 3 0 0
Staff members in isolation 0 0 0
Percentage of attendance 93% 93% 93%
Total # of Student COVID cases this school year: 63 on Dec. 16; 106 on March 24
Total # of Staff cases this school year: 2 on Dec. 16; 14 on March 24
Total # of Students in Quarantine this school year: 64 on Dec. 16; 91 on March 24
Total # of Staff in Quarantine this school year: 1
If your child has tested positive for COVID, and STM was not notified, please email Health@stmcyclones.org with the date of the positive test.
We appreciate you partnering with us on school days to verify that every child is fever-free and not experiencing:
Per our plan shared on 1/28/22, we will share a NEW Parent Survey link every two weeks through May 2. This information will be utilized in discussions with both the COVID Task Force and the STM School Advisory Board in upcoming meetings.
Here is the link to the STM Family Survey that posted Thursday, March 24:
Teachers and staff at STM will be surveyed each month for their reactions to the current Mask-Optional protocol at our school. A new survey will be sent to them on April 1.
STM SUMMER ARTS CAMP INFO:
This summer there are some fun and exciting mini-camps being offered for anyone interested in drama activities, acting, singing, and performing. And….Mrs. Parisi is offering something special for band members too. Stay tuned for more information on that!
Mr. O'Connell and Friends will offer stagecraft, and drama and music activity camps in June for incoming grades 7-9, 1-3, 4-6, then…in July a two week musical theater camp with Mr.O’Connell and Mrs.Parisi and others will be held for incoming grades 5-9 ending with a performance! See more info in flier below.
ONE WEEK MORNING CAMPS 9:00-12:00 (Cost to be determined)
*June 6-10: Set Design, Set Construction, Set Painting (Incoming grades 7-9) for the July musical theater camp.
*June 13-17: Exploring Drama, Music, and Performance (Incoming grades 1-3)
*June 27-30 Acting, Improv, Pantomime, Theater Games (Incoming grades 4-5)
TWO WEEK MUSICAL THEATER DAY CAMP 9:00-3:00
July 11-22 (incoming grades 5-9). Musical to be determined; cost to be determined.
Updates will be shared. Any questions? Contact Mr. O’Connell at email@example.com
DRESS DOWN PASS & STM PARISH BLOOD DRIVE:
Saint Thomas More students have an opportunity for an out of uniform or favorite sport team shirt day. Students may have an adult friend or relative donate blood at the upcoming STM Blood Drive on Tuesday, April 5 from 1:30 to 6 PM. The friend or relative will receive a coupon for the student(s) to redeem for the Out of Uniform Day on Monday, April 11.
Appointments are strongly suggested. Please bring ID.
Go to https://linkprotect.cudasvc.com/url?a=https%3a%2f%2fsavealifenow.org&c=E,1,KuhpV3n6BiRloQ5AG6LuLGgKTmpzdHKrOBcgKPKcOFqvHeU_lY8Vet-kPKxo6a5tukG3e6ksQ6g2p_dNN356Yqxb1qRniry04_Mooa4tpLmArcVziVCL&typo=1 (stthomasmore) or email Linda Heiman at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 816-835-5912 to sign up. To answer any questions please visit https://linkprotect.cudasvc.com/url?a=https%3a%2f%2fwww.savealifenow.org&c=E,1,c5cmw3YUJJhxGXwxie7aw8J1CUIJbfyeGJWNpQavz2NrPHaxJteV-4UAq6b_UlHPPH-LFKypjhjJYlOEBu7ZmWmjTBqZUdSee8lCVHeA7acEk5E,&typo=1 or 1-800-688-0900.
BRICKS 4 KIDZ AFTER-SCHOOL STEM ACTIVITY for GRADES K-5:
Bricks 4 Kidz® enrichment classes are designed to be educational and FUN! We teach children principles of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) utilizing motorized LEGO® models.
Every lesson is unique and designed to engage a child's mind. Class size is limited. Students will receive a mini-fig with enrollment. Grades K-5
NEW Models Every Session!
St. Thomas More Elementary LEGO® Club
Wednesdays after school from 3:25 - 4:25pm
Dates: April 6, 13, 20, 27 May 2, 9
Enroll Now: www.bricks4kidz.com/kcnorth
SEE ALL THE DETAILS IN THE ATTACHED FLYER.
LITURGICAL LIVING CALENDAR:
Liturgical living is a beautiful way for individuals and families to learn about the traditions, saints, and rituals of our faith. This leads to a deeper comprehension and connection to our faith. Pick a few things each month to try and start to see the connection of the Catholic Faith to life outside of mass on Sunday! Give it a try! The Liturgical Living Calendar for April with some great ideas for Lenten activities is attached below.
This Sunday is the 5th Sunday of Lent–so close to Palm Sunday NEXT weekend! Here is a prayer for the 5th Sunday of Lent you might share with your family:
My loving Lord,
it's so hard to love the world sometimes
and to love it the way Jesus did seems impossible.
Help me to be inspired by his love and
guided by his example.
Most of all, I want to accept that I can't do it alone,
and that trying is an arrogance of self-centeredness.
I need you, dear God, to give me support in this journey.
Show me how to unlock my heart
so that I am less selfish.
Let me be less fearful of the pain and darkness
that will be transformed by you into Easter joy.
In Your name we pray,
This is a weekly letter that Linda Crosthwait, Principal of STM puts out for school families.