Dear STM Families,
What a wonderful day it is! Today we recognized Holy Thursday in our morning and afternoon prayers as the beginning of the Easter Triduum and the final school day before celebrating Christ’s resurrection at Easter! Our students were decked out in KC Royals and STM Spirit Wear and played some funny April Fools’ jokes on each other and their teachers (and principal!). The sun is shing, flowers are blooming, and our students are flourishing. Look at the picture above of the 6th grade student-created bulletin board in their hallway. Each flower petal represents a Lenten sacrifice made by a student. Pretty amazing!
On this joyous occasion of Easter, I would like to share my deepest appreciation for our St. Thomas More School and Parish community. We are a team of like-minded lovers of God and His children who come together each day to give him glory. It’s hard to express how grateful I am to work with you in our mission to bring all of us closer to eternal life in heaven!
I hope you and your family have a blessed and beautiful Easter!
STM SCHOOL UPCOMING EVENTS:
Thursday, April 1
3rd Quarter Grades posted to Sycamore
Sunday, April 4
Alleluia! He is Risen! Happy Easter!
Friday, April 2 and Monday, April 5
Good Friday and Easter Monday—NO SCHOOL
Wednesday, April 7
8thGrade Fundraiser--prepackaged snacks/treats for $1 each at recess
Week of April 12-16
Iowa Assessments for Grades 3-8
Sunday, April 18
2nd Grade First Holy Communion
Monday 4/19- Sunday 5/2
Save the Date for the Spring Book Fair
Tuesday, April 20th
8thGrade Fundraiser—Kona Ice Truck for all students; more details will follow
April 26, 28, 29
8thGrade/Confirmation homeroom retreats
Week of May 3-7
Diocesan Benchmark Assessments for
Grades 3-8 in Math, English, and Written Expression
Wednesday, May 12
8th Grade Graduation at 5 p.m.
Thursday, May 20
Last Day of School for Students; 12:30 p.m. dismissal
THIRD QUARTER REPORT CARDS ARE POSTED:
Your child(ren)’s grades were posted to Sycamore today. Please review the grades with your child to celebrate the learning that has taken place through 3rd quarter and to discuss any challenges, as well.
IMPORTANT—2020-21 STM ACTIVITY FEES PAST DUE!
From Tim Waris: Just a reminder that your unpaid 2020-2021 activity fees are past due. We need all payments settled before your registration is effective for the next school year. If you have an 8th grader your grades will be held until the fee is paid.
8th GRADE FUNDRAISER ON WEDNESDAY:
The 8th Grade will be hosting another Treat Sale during recess on Wednesday, April 7th as a fundraiser for graduation. All treats will be $1.
IOWA ASSESSMENTS SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 12-16:
St. Thomas More teachers will administer the Iowa Assessments for grades 3-8 the week of April 12-16. This is an important academic tool which measures a student's knowledge in reading, language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. The data collected will enable us to better differentiate your child’s learning as he/she moves forward this year and into next school year.
Please make sure your child is not tardy on testing days and avoid any appointments or absences. If your child is sick, though, please keep him/her home. We can arrange a make-up in that case.
Students who struggle the most on testing days are the ones who didn't have enough sleep or a good breakfast the day of the test. Also, your words about testing are so important to their mindset about taking them. You can say, “This will be a great chance for you to show how much you’ve learned this year” instead of “I know how much you hate to take tests.” We appreciate your support to help them do their best.
Connected Learner families should have been contacted already about options for testing. Please call the school office if you have not heard, or if you have any questions.
2ND GRADE FIRST COMMUNION:
Our 2nd grade students will make their First Holy Communion on Sunday, April 18. There will be three individual Masses for each of the classrooms:
2:00 p.m.--Mrs. Anwander’s class
3:30 p.m.--Mrs. Corkins’ class
5:00 p.m.--Mrs. Spiller’s class
SUMMER CYCLONES INFORMATION:
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 they as they stay sharp on their academic skills and participate in a healthy dose of fun-filled activities on site.
Please see the attached flyer for all the details or check it out at this link: https://stmkc.com/summercyclones
STM COVID DASHBOARD: See below...
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 your partnering with us to verify that every child is fever-free and not experiencing:
Because today is Holy Thursday, the STM COVID Task Force agreed to reconvene on Thursday, April 8.
EARTH DAY PROJECT—TRASH PICK-UP ALONG BLUE RIVER ROAD
Saturday, April 24, 10am-Noon
The St. Thomas More Green Team is planning a service project to celebrate Earth Day (which is April 22). On the following Saturday, we will meet at 10am in the parking lot of Children International, which is located at the northwest corner of Red Bridge and Blue River Roads. We will pick up trash for two hours along Blue River Road. We have made arrangements with the city to come and pick up the trash that we have collected.
We encourage young and old, singles and families to come and be a part of this project. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. This is a great opportunity for students to get service hours. We recommend wearing long sleeves, jeans, gloves, and protective footwear. We will provide plastic bags. Please pray for good weather!
For more information or to register for this event, contact David Butel at the parish office by April 21, firstname.lastname@example.org or 816-942-2492, x. 210.
The STM office will review requests for room assignments based upon a written request submitted to Mrs. Crosthwait. All requests must be submitted before May 1. Only requests having a firm educational basis will be accepted for review.
STM SCHOOL ADVISORY BOARD OPENINGS FOR 2021-2024:
We want to share our deep appreciation with three STM School Advisory Board members who have completed their three-year terms on the board. Many thanks to:
Amy Cooper, Kathy Schimmel, and Tiffany Woods
Because of their departure from the board, we need three new board members to serve through the 2021-22, 2022-23, and 2023-24 school years. Please prayerfully consider if you might bring your gifts and talents to serve in this advisory role.
Please see the attachment below or follow this link to access the application. http://www.stmkcschool.org/volunteering.html Scroll down to the School Advisory Board section of the page and click on the 'SAB Application' button. ALL APPLICATIONS ARE DUE TO THE STM SCHOOL OFFICE BY MAY 7, 2021.
Here is a prayer for you as we enter the Easter season:
May the glory and the promise of this joyous time of year
bring peace and happiness to you and those you hold most dear.
And may Christ, Our Risen Savior, always be there by your side
to bless you most abundantly and be your loving guide.
St. Thomas More. Pray for us.
Happy Easter to you and your family!
Peace and Blessings,
Linda Crosthwait, STM Principal