Cyclone Chatter 3/2/23
Dear STM Families,
It is hard to believe that March has arrived … this school year is flying by.
This month will hopefully bring us signs of spring as we journey through Lent. We will focus on the season of Lent during all classes and through special events and liturgies that will take place at the school. Tomorrow and each Friday of Lent, our students will join together in the church at 2:30 p.m. for the Stations of the Cross. You are welcome to join us.
During Lent, we prepare for Easter. This is a time of prayer, restraint, and questioning of what is really important in our lives. We will encourage our students to consider their own Lenten journey and how they might want to live Lent … this might include giving up some things that they like to help them appreciate their blessings or it could include extra acts of kindness and compassion during the season of Lent.
Spring Break is only one week away. Students will begin the break on Friday, March 10 while our teachers and all of the diocesan school employees will come together at STM for a day of faith formation. Bishop Johnston will begin the day with Mass at 9 a.m. in our church. Please pray for us as we take this time to contemplate our own mission as Catholic educators. We look forward to another solid week of learning to end our 3rd quarter next week!
Peace and Blessings,
Linda Crosthwait, STM Principal
STM IMPORTANT DATES:
Friday, March 3 - FIRST FRIDAY STM SPIRIT DAY! (See details below)
Friday, March 3 - STM Troop 601 Fish Fry
Friday, March 3rd: 4:45 pm - 7 pm @ More Hall
Also on March 10, 24, and 31
Friday, March 10–FIRST DAY OF SPRING BREAK FOR STUDENTS
NO SCHOOL–Diocesan Teacher Professional Learning; all diocesan teachers will be at STM for Mass with Bishop Johnston and learning sessions throughout the day
Monday, March 13-Monday, March 20 - SPRING BREAK FOR STUDENTS;
teachers return on 3/20 for a Staff Retreat
Tuesday, March 21 - Students return from Spring Break for first day of 4th quarter of school
Wednesday, March 22 - Freddy’s STM Dine-Out night; mention STM when you order your dinner
- Time period: 5:00PM - 9:00PM - Restaurant location: 13628 Washington Ave, KC, MO
Thursday, March 23 - FINAL Finance Night at Parish Office for school registration from 3:00-6:00 p.m.
Monday, March 27-Saturday, April 1 - STM Booster Club Glory Days
Wednesday, April 5 - Papa Johns STM Dine-Out night; Mention STM when you order your pizza
FIRST FRIDAY STM SPIRIT WEAR DAY TOMORROW:
TOMORROW, all students may wear STM Spirit Wear Tops with STM Spirit Wear bottoms, jeans, khakis, or uniform bottoms. No hoodies, please.
Our STM basketball teams who have advanced to the finals this weekend may wear their basketball jerseys (with a shirt underneath, please). They can also wear the basketball uniform shorts, STM Spirit Wear bottoms, jeans, khakis, or uniform bottoms. These teams are: 5th Grade Girls; 5th Grade Boys; 7th Grade Boys; and 8th Grade Girls. Good luck, teams!!
2023-2024 STM Registration - REGISTER NOW
Late Registration Starts March 23rd - $100 late fee applies to anyone who completes the online process and financial obligations after March 22, 2023.
2023-2024 STM Registration - Financial Night TONIGHT from 3:00-6:00 p.m.
Please know that you need to complete the online portion of registration BEFORE you visit the parish office to complete the financial portion and finalize registration.
The March 1st, 2nd, & 23rd financial nights are from 3pm - 6pm. If you want to stop by during the day, their hours are M-F 8:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; they are closed for lunch from 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Sycamore Online Registration Link: https://sycamore.school/family/admissions/register?school_id=2161
You will also need the following information to get started with online registration:
ORDER YOUR CHILD’S 22-23 STM YEARBOOK NOW:
You can still order a 2022-23 STM Yearbook!
How to Order your LifeTouch Yearbook
Go to ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/SelectOrderHistoryEmailAddress and enter the email address that might have been used with an order. If a transaction is associated with that address, you’ll receive a copy of it via email within moments.
SERVICE HOURS OPPORTUNITY FOR 6th-8th GRADERS:
The Rescue Project
The Rescue Project is an experience for STM parishioners of the gospel surrounded by food, conversation and prayer. Meal & learning sessions are taking place in More Hall on Thursdays through March 30. Here is the Sign-Up Genius link for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students to assist with bussing tables during STM's Thursday evening Rescue Project in More Hall.
Students would transport food from outside the kitchen to the 20 tables of participants, and then bring plates/bowls/silverware back from the tables after the meal. Note: The students will not be able to partake in the meal (since it is pre-ordered for the 200 attendees). Questions? Email Fr. Justin at firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Thomas More Parish MissionMarch 18-21, 2023
Make plans now to attend our upcoming parish mission. Fr. Tom Donaldson, CSSR, will speak at all of the Masses the weekend of March 18/19. There will be evening presentations on March 19, 20, 21 from 6:30-7:45pm. The theme is "Return! Renew! Rejoice!" Reception following each night's presentation. He will also preach at the 8:15 Mass on Monday and Tuesday mornings.
We plan to provide childcare and as well as rides to the parish mission. If you need childcare, contact Mary Begnaud at the parish office, 816-942-2492 or email@example.com. If you need a ride to the evening sessions, contact Jean Donaldson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 816-213-6015. Please RSVP for these services by Wednesday, March 15. For more information, contact David Butel at the parish office, 816-942-2492, x210 or email@example.com.
DRAMA PROGRAM TO BE OFFERED AFTER SPRING BREAK:
Mr. Dan O’Connell, 5th-6th grade Social Studies teacher, will sponsor an after school drama program following Spring Break this year. The weekly classes will run for FOUR days--Monday-Thursday. The cost for the four days is $25.00. If your child comes for one to three days, the cost is $10.00 per day.
Questions? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SUMMER CYCLONES INFORMATION:
For students entering grades Pre-K to 7 Weekdays, Tuesday, May 30—Tuesday, August 8, 2023 8:00am—5:30pm.
The Summer Cyclones Camp is an amazing experience that will offer kids preschool aged to 7th grade the opportunity to forge a community unlike any other centered around an engaging experience of fun and enrichment. The enthusiastic staff at Summer Cyclones cannot wait to make this the best summer ever for the kids as they stay sharp on their academic skills and participate in a healthy dose of fun-filled activities on site.
More info & registration:
Tim Waris email@example.com
A LENTEN PRAYER:
Please help us during this Lenten season to
Fast from judging others; Feast on Christ dwelling in them.
Fast from fear of illness; Feast on the healing power of God.
Fast from words that pollute; Feast on speech that purifies.
Fast from discontent; Feast on gratitude.
Fast from anger; Feast on patience.
Fast from pessimism; Feast on hope.
Fast from negatives; Feast on encouragement.
Fast from bitterness; Feast on forgiveness.
Fast from self-concern; Feast on compassion.
Fast from suspicion; Feast on truth.
Fast from gossip; Feast on purposeful silence.
Fast from problems that overwhelm; Feast on prayer that sustains.
Fast from anxiety; Feast on faith.
We ask these in Your name.
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This is a weekly letter that Linda Crosthwait, Principal of STM puts out for school families.