Dear STM Families,
I have a couple of great announcements to share with you today:
First, it is with great pleasure to share that the FIRE Foundation has approved a grant to STM for the 2021-22 school year to support inclusion education in the amount of $31,000. Our grant award total was the largest percentage increase of any of the schools considered by the FIRE Foundation. In our grant, we pinpointed several specific components of our programming that will benefit from these funds, including:
Thank you so much for bringing these devices to our students and allowing our teachers to facilitate their advancements in learning in the digital age! You will be hearing much more about our planning and utilization of our student devices.
STM SCHOOL UPCOMING EVENTS:
Friday, April 16
Iowa Assessments completed for Grades 3-8
Sunday, April 18
2nd Grade First Holy Communion Masses (details below)
Monday 4/19- Sunday 5/2
Save the Date for the Spring Book Fair
Tuesday, April 20
Dos de Oros tonight for dinner! STM Dine-Out Night!
Tuesday, April 20th
8th Grade Fundraiser—Kona Ice Truck for all students; more details will follow
Week of April 26-30
Spirit Week to support STM for All and BMA Foundation
April 26, 28, 29
8th Grade/Confirmation homeroom retreats
Week of May 3-7
Diocesan Benchmark Assessments for
Grades 3-8 in Math, English, and Written Expression
Wednesday, May 5
Southside tonight for dinner! STM Dine-Out Night!
Wednesday, May 12
8th Grade Graduation at 5 p.m.
Thursday, May 20
Last Day of School for Students; 12:30 p.m. dismissal
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
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
SPRING BOOK FAIR:
Our Spring Book Fair will take place online beginning on Monday, April 19th thru Tuesday, May 2nd. The Book Fair helps our students discover new books, favorite characters and more! Every purchase earns our school rewards for needed resources. Plus, shipping is free on book-only purchases over $25. Please look for the flyers highlighting popular choices and new releases in your students backpacks on Friday. Check out https://www.scholastic.com/bf/stthomasmoreschool6 starting on Monday!
STM SPIRIT WEEK TO SUPPORT STM FOR ALL AND BMA FOUNDATION:
Dancing with Dan Spirit Week:
Monday, April 26: Decades of Dance—Dress in your favorite decade (school-appropriate attire)
Tuesday, April 27: Popsicles with Pals (donate to participate in a class popsicle party)
Wednesday, April 28: Dancing your Socks Off Day—Wear your craziest socks
Thursday, April 29: Hat’s On for STM for All—Wear your favorite hat
Friday, April 30: STM Spirit Day
Dan Tanner (our kindergarten teacher’s husband) is dancing on behalf of STM for All! He is also learning to dance to carry on Brian Anselmo’s legacy, with the BMA Foundation's ‘Dine and Dance with the Stars’ event on June 12th.
Brian would have been 41 years old on February 19. In honor of Brian's birthday, the BMA Foundation created a t-shirt. For a $50 donation - the shirt is yours PLUS he will receive VOTES - it's a Win/Win **When ordering shirt please put Dan's name in the comments so he gets credit!
T-Shirt ORDER: https://bmafoundation.org/product/bma-kansas-city-t-shirt/
VOTE for Dan!
Thank you for your continued support of STM for All!
TIME TO ORDER SCHOOL KITS FOR 2021-22!
It's that time of the year to pre-order your student's school supplies. Go to www.ckasskit.com Enter the city and state and St. Thomas More should pop up. If you have any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org Please make sure you receive an email confirmation once you place your order. Late fee of $7.50 added to orders June 15 through June 30th. No orders accepted after June 30th.
Questions? Please contact the parish office.
IF YOU NEED TO DROP OFF A LUNCH:
If you need to drop off a lunch for your child, please do not bring a soda drink. From our STM Students and Parent Handbook: “Gum and Soda Pop may not be served in the classrooms. Some parents have suggested that we serve 7-UP as a substitute, it is the ingredients in the soda, namely the sugar, which cause stains on the carpet. Gum causes obvious difficulties when not disposed of properly. Therefore, we DO NOT ALLOW soda pop or gum in the classrooms.”
STM COVID DASHBOARD: See image below...
Total # of Student COVID cases this school year: 24
Total # of Staff cases this school year: 14
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:
Loss of taste/smell
Fever (equal to or greater than 100 degrees) or chills
Muscle or body aches
If your child has any of these symptoms, they should not attend school. Notify Amy Hokanson, RN of any symptoms or exposure to COVID-19 by calling 816-942-5581 or email email@example.com
COVID Task Force Meeting Notes:
The COVID Task Force met this afternoon. The next meeting is set for Thursday, April 22. Any additional agenda items for the next meeting can be shared with Mrs. Crosthwait or any COVID Task Force member. Following are the parents who serve on this team: Ben Lizak, Stephanie Rogge, Layne Griffith, Natalie Rellihan, Matt Pomianek, McCall Creswell, and Courtney Fitzgerald.
The following discussions took place during today’s meeting:
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.
Please consider praying this prayer with your family through the unpredictable weather as we welcome our Kansas City Spring!
For the cycle of life which brings death and rebirth…
For the lengthening days and sunlight’s warmth upon the soil…
For a snowdrop’s beauty reflecting its Creator’s artistry…
For newborn animals - their joy and exuberance…
For all creation and the majesty of its Creator…
We rejoice in the promise of Spring..
Peace and Blessings,
Linda Crosthwait, STM Principal