August 26, 2021
Dear STM Families,
What a thrill it was to see so many of you at our Back to School Night event for Preschool through 4th Grade parents last night! There was so much positive energy in the room from all of you as we recounted some upgrades and academic improvements planned for this school year. Many of you also signed up to volunteer with our amazing parent organizations and then visited with your child’s teachers to pave the way to a successful partnership this school year.
I’m anxious for our 5th-8th grade parents to join us tonight, as well. Our preview of Spirit Wear and opportunities for meeting & greeting begin at 5:30 p.m. in Flanagan Hall. Our general meeting will begin at 6 p.m. At 6:30, you’ll be released to go to your child’s homeroom class to pick up his/her class schedule. We will then begin a rotation of our core classes in 10-minute increments so you get to hear about curriculum and standards from each of your child’s teachers. We should be done by 7:45 p.m.
Thank you for allowing us to partner with you to teach and guide your child at STM! Your amazing participation and support are greatly appreciated!
Peace and Blessings,
Linda Crosthwait, STM Principal
STM SCHOOL UPCOMING EVENTS:
Friday, Sept. 3
First Friday (NEXT FRIDAY) Spirit Wear Day!
Monday, Sept. 6
Labor Day—NO SCHOOL
FAREWELL AND THANK YOU TO NURSE AMY HOKANSON!
We bid a fond farewell tomorrow to our nurse, Amy Hokanson. A whole new group of people will benefit from Amy’s expertise and caring heart in her new position. Amy has been the STM School Nurse for the last 11 years, and has been an integral member of our STM team of teachers and staff. Please offer prayers of thanksgiving and well-wishes for this dedicated caregiver.
We are blessed to have Mandy Hodes, STM mother and registered nurse, join us as our new STM School Nurse. She left her most recent position at Advent Health to become our resident health room specialist. Please be sure to share pertinent health information about your child with Mandy from now on. To reach her, you can call our school number, 816-942.5581 OR email email@example.com OR Hodes_Mandy@stmcyclones.org
SERVER TRAINING OR RETRAINING FOR 4TH-8TH GRADERS:
From Fr. Justin: We will train (and re-train) STM School Students who would like to participate as an Altar Server in our Daily, School and Weekend Masses. This ministry is open to boys and girls, Catholics and non-Catholics, in 4th grade and older. As in the past, time in this ministry can count toward service hours.
STM Parishioner Pat Gillespie, who has organized the scheduling of altar servers in the past, will continue to do so. Our training will be led during the school day by a mix of our priests and parish staff.
If your child/children is interested in being trained for this ministry, please fill out and submit the attached form to Fr. Justin Hoye by the end of the day, Tuesday, August 24: firstname.lastname@example.org or print and turn in to Ms. Colleen Sullivan at the front desk of the
SAFETY PATROL SIGN-UP FOR GRADES 6-8:
The St. Thomas More Safety Patrol Program will help create a safe environment for our school community. Students involved in this program will be responsible and respectful, while setting a good example for all students in this school. The student volunteers will be assigned to before (7:30-7:50) and after (3:20-3:30) school traffic duty. This program will consist of student volunteers in grades 6, 7, and 8. These students will be able to earn 30 minutes of service each day for their dedication to the school. Please contact Mrs. O’Leary (email@example.com) by Thursday August 26. to sign up. The first 60 students will be on the schedule. A meeting will be scheduled after signups are finished.
ORDER YOUR STM SPIRIT WEAR NOW!
Please see the attached flyer for all of the details of our new STM spirit wear for the 2021-22 school year!
CUB SCOUT SIGN-UP NIGHT:
Wednesday, Sept. 8, 7p.m., More Hall
Boys in grades 1-4 are welcome to come with their parents to learn more about Cub Scouts. Scouting has been a big part of life at Saint Thomas More since 1966. The program includes three religious awards to help scouts reinforce their Catholic formation. Through Scouting, the boys also gain a sense of belonging, self-confidence as they learn life skills, and responsible citizenship. 195 boys have earned the Eagle badge at STM. Eagles are eligible to receive college scholarship funds. If you are unable to attend the meeting or have questions about Cub Scouts, contact Mike Smith at 816-695-4872 or firstname.lastname@example.org
FIRE FOUNDATION CANDY GRAMS:
Parents who were unable to attend the parent back to school night or parents who didn’t make it over to the FIRE table, we are doing a candy gram fundraiser for FIRE. They are $1 and will be handed out next Friday the 3rd. Please contact McCall Creswell at email@example.com to order by Wednesday September 1st.
BRICKS FOR KIDZ AFTERSCHOOL STEM ACTIVITY:
Please see the attached flyer for more information about an after-school STEM activity called Bricks For Kids that will take place at STM beginning in September.
SCHOOL ADVISORY BOARD AND COVID TASK FORCE CONTACTS:
Thanks so much to our School Advisory Board Members and our COVID Task Force parent members. They serve as consultative teams as an avenue of communication among parents, students, and administration. Here are our members for the 2021-22 school year:
SCHOOL ADVISORY BOARD:
STM COVID DASHBOARD:
Week ending 8/26/21
Students in quarantine
Staff members in quarantine
Students in isolation
Staff members in isolation
Percentage of attendance
Total # of Student COVID cases this school year: 2
Total # of Staff cases this school year: 0
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:
ANNUAL ASBESTOS NOTICE:
U.S. Government regulations require that schools notify parents that the school’s asbestos management plan is available for review. St. Thomas More’s plan is available during office hours in the school office at 11800 Holmes Road, Kansas City, MO.
ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS WITH A BANNER IN THE STM GYM!
The STM Booster Club is pleased to announce a new advertising program for the 2021-
2022 school season. We would like to offer you a chance to put a banner on the wall in
our gymnasium. The success of our school fundraising relies on the support and
generosity of businesses, school parents, faculty, parishioners, and the community.
Founded in 1966, Saint Thomas More School has a long history of inspiring spiritual
and academic growth of students from preschool through eighth grade. We educate
over 490 students whose families are active in South Kansas City and surrounding
Please read the attached information for all of the details.
NEW PAYOUT FOR THIS NFL TICKET SEASON!!
This year we are setting a goal for how many NFL tickets we can sell, and now the seller can get in on the winning as well. Sell more tickets and get entered into the drawing. Below are the goal levels and payouts:
JOB OPENING AT STM:
Position: Lunchroom Supervisor
Job Goal: To supervise students in the lunchroom to ensure a safe, positive, and cooperative environment.
- Reports each full day when school is in session; Hours: 10:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
- Supervises and interacts with students in a friendly, positive manner
- Reinforces the expected behavior of students with verbal praise
- Protects the physical safety of students at all times
- Keeps administration informed of pertinent info. regarding students
- High school diploma or equivalent
- Experience working with elementary children
- Need to be Virtus certified
- CPR certification is preferred
Employed hourly. Please go to the ‘Job Openings’ link on the diocesan website to apply: https://kcsjcatholic.org/start/job-openings/
August is the Month of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. As we conclude this month during the next week, please consider sharing this prayer with your family:
O Immaculate Heart of Mary,
full of goodness,
show your love towards us.
Let the flame of your heart,
O Mary, descend on all people.
We love you immensely.
Impress true love in our hearts
so that we have a continuous desire for you.
O Mary, gentle and humble of heart, remember us when we are in sin.
You know that all men sin.
Give us, by means of your Immaculate Heart, spiritual health.
Let us always see the goodness of your motherly heart
and may we be converted by means of the flame of your heart.
St. Thomas More, pray for us.
This is a weekly letter that Linda Crosthwait, Principal of STM puts out for school families.