Cyclone Chatter 4-13-23
Dear STM Families,
Alleluia! He is Risen! Happy Easter Season!
Fr. Justin shared at our all school Mass yesterday that the season of Lent is 40 days long while the Easter Season that follows is 50 days long. That gives us more time to be able to thank and praise our Lord for dying on the cross for our sins. It is also our opportunity to focus on the mysteries and doctrines of our faith so we can undertake the work the Spirit has in store for us in Jesus’ name. Fr. Justin stressed the fact that WE are the body of the Risen Lord here on Earth.
STM students will work on displaying their Christ-like behaviors during STM Kindness Week next week. Each day has a specific theme that will allow them to practice treating others with consideration and care. Don’t forget to discuss these efforts with you each evening next week!
The Easter Season also continues through the final weeks of our school year. I have listed the last day of school (Friday, May 19) for this year and the first day of school for next year (Wednesday, August 16) in the ‘STM IMPORTANT DATES’ below. There are so many activities between today and May 19! Please stay tuned and watch our
Thanks so much to all who have completed the online registration process and worked with the business office to make plans for payment. If you have not completed both parts of the registration process, we have not put your child into a seat at their grade level. Classes are filling quickly, so please take care of these requirements ASAP:
Online registration (see below)
Financial arrangements (call or visit the Parish Office)
A review of our registration numbers shows a healthy enrollment for next school year. It is still April, and we have already matched our current enrollment. I know that there has been ‘sticker shock’ regarding the increased combined Registration Fees that cover all of the former fees and a Tech Fee to maintain the safety and viability of all of the technology in our school. Please note that $500 of that amount can be made up through the Football Raffle Ticket sales in the fall. Questions? Please call the school office or the business office.
I hope you can enjoy these warm temperatures and spring blooms with your family!
St. Thomas More, pray for us.
Peace & Blessings,
Linda Crosthwait, STM Principal
STM IMPORTANT DATES
Friday, April 14
First Friday STM Spirit Wear Day (postponed from Holy Week)--Students may wear a STM Spirit Wear shirt (no hoodies, please) with jeans, khakis, or Spirit Wear bottoms (no Jammie pants, please). Of course the uniform is always appropriate.
Saturday, April 15 - STM Music Trivia Night!:
7-10pm in STM Flanagan Hall
$35 / person, $60 / couple. Ten people to a table! (Adults only)
Monday, April 17 - Friday, April 21
KINDNESS WEEK AT STM
Tuesday, April 18
- Grades 5-8 Band Concert at 6:30 p.m. in Flanagan Hall; students need to arrive at 6 p.m. to tune instruments
- STM Blood Drive–2 p.m. - 6 p.m., More Hall
Students earn a spirit wear day by getting your parents, grandparents, friends, or neighbors to donate blood at the blood drive.
Wednesday, April 19 - STM Dine-Out Night
at Southside Starts @ 5 p.m.; Mention ‘STM’ when you order
Thursday, April 20 - 4th Grade Recorder Concert at 2:30 p.m. in Flanagan Hall
Friday, April 21 - Jesus Day for 2nd Graders
Sunday, April 23 - 2nd Grade First Holy Communion at 2 p.m.;
STM Choir will sing at this Mass
Tuesday, April 25 - STM Home & School Recruitment Event:
6:30 p.m. in Flanagan Hall
Friday, April 28
- 8th Grade Graduation Retreat in More Hall during the school day
- STM Home & School Family BINGO Night
At 6:30 p.m. in Flanagan Hall
Details to follow!
Tuesday, May 9 - STM Dine-Out Night
Dos De Oros; 4 p.m. – close
Mention STM when you order - 15% of Proceeds Donated
Thursday, May 11 - 8th Grade Graduation at 5:30 p.m. in the church
Monday, May 15 - Fun Day for grades PK-7; Rain-out day–May 17
Friday, May 19 - Last Day of School for students (dismissal following 10:30 Mass)
2023-2024 STM Registration - REGISTER NOW
Late Registration - $100 late fee applies to anyone who completes the online process and financial obligations after March 22, 2023.
PREK CLASS ENROLLMENT IS CLOSED. PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE ADDED TO THE WAIT LIST. TWO OTHER GRADE LEVELS ARE ALMOST CLOSED. PLEASE GET WITH THE CHURCH OFFICE ABOUT FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS TO ENSURE A SEAT FOR YOUR STUDENT FOR NEXT YEAR.
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.
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:
Video tutorial for Online Registration with Sycamore: https://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/c0nbYqVyDih
Your Parent Sycamore Login & Password (if you do not remember your password, you can go to https://app.sycamoreschool.com/index.php and click "Reset Password." If you do not have your login information, please contact the school office at 816.942.5581)
STM School ID: 2161
Most recent address, telephone, etc. for your family, emergency contacts, etc.
Access to your child's birth certificate, baptismal certificate, and most current immunization record, if they have not already been submitted to the school.
ORDER YOUR CHILD’S 22-23 STM YEARBOOK NOW:
Online ordering from the company is now closed. We will have a few extra copies available for purchase at STM–first come, first served. Call the STM Office if you need to order a yearbook.
DRAMA PROGRAM OFFERED AFTER SCHOOL:
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.
5th and 6th grade only: April 11-14 and April 17-20.
Students will all be in a short play--”Goldilocks on Trial” which will be performed on the last day. Minimum enrollment: 11. THIS TWO WEEK CLASS MEETS from 3:30-5:00. The cost is $60 for the two weeks.
3rd grade only: April 24-27. Minimum enrollment: 4. We will play theater games, use our voices creatively and create puppets to tell a story!
4th grade only: May 1-4. Minimum enrollment: 4. We will read the play Charlotte’s Web, do pantomime activities as well as other creative drama experiences!
1st and 2nd grade only: May 8-11 Music, movement, listening to stories, telling stories, exploring all aspects of drama, what fun!
Questions? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
MUSIC TRIVIA NIGHT!
Get your team together now to join the STM Music Trivia Night on Saturday, April 15 from 7-10 p.m. in STM Flanagan Hall. Cost: $35/person or $60/couple. Ten people to a table. See more details in the flier below. (Adults only)
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: stmkc.com/summercyclones
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Throughout Lent, we professed the Stations of the Cross in all-school services. During this Easter Season, you can celebrate Jesus’ rising from the dead with the Stations of the Resurrection. Here are the 14 Stations and the bible verses to accompany them. You could make these a dinner table or bedtime routine during the Easter Season with two stations each day of the week. Celebrate! Alleluia!
Jesus Rises From the Dead (Matthew 28:1-10)
The Finding of the Empty Tomb (John 20:1-10)
The Risen Lord Appears to Mary Magdalene (John 20:11-18)
Jesus Appears on the Road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-27)
Jesus is Known at the Breaking of Bread (Luke 24:28-35)
Jesus Appears to His Disciples in Jerusalem (Luke 24:36-43)
Jesus Gives the Disciples the Power to Forgive Sins (John 20:19-23)
Jesus Strengthens the Faith of Thomas (John 20:24-29)
Jesus Appears by the Sea of Tiberias (John 21:1-14)
Jesus Tell Peter to Feed His Sheep (Primacy of Peter) (John 21:15-17, 19b)
Jesus Commissions the Disciples on the Mountain (Matthew 28:16-20)
Jesus Ascends into Heaven (Acts 1:6-12a)
Mary and the Disciples Wait in Prayer (Acts 1:12-14)
The Holy Spirit Descends at Pentecost (Acts 2:1-13)
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This is a weekly letter that Linda Crosthwait, Principal of STM puts out for school families.