Dear STM Families,
As the holiday of Thanksgiving is upon us, I’d like to share my own gratitude for everyone in the St. Thomas More community. As an outsider looking in, I knew last summer that this was an awesome church and school family. I honestly had no idea how all-encompassing and connectedly caring each member is towards each other and our God. Thank you for all you do to share His word and His works with each other and our entire staff.
May your family relish in the blessings of our Lord this holiday in the most enjoyable and safest ways possible!
Peace and Blessings,
Linda Crosthwait, STM Principal
STM SCHOOL UPCOMING EVENTS:
Nov. 25-27 Thanksgiving Break
Nov. 30-Dec. 4 Distance Learning for all students
Dec. 2 & 3 Kendra Scott Gives Back to STM Nights (see below)
Week of Dec. 7 St. Nicholas Day celebrations
Friday, Dec. 11. Final turn-in for Fun Raffle tickets
Monday, Dec. 14 Fun Raffle Drawing
Thursday, Dec.17 Last day of school before Christmas Break
Dec. 21-Jan. 1 Christmas Break
REMINDER: THANKSGIVING BREAK NOV. 25-27 AND CONNECTED LEARNING FOR ALL NOV. 30-DEC. 4:
Today is the last day of the week for classes at STM (in-person and Connected Learners) in observance of our Thanksgiving Holiday, Wednesday, Nov. 25-Friday, Nov. 27.
In order to proactively respond to the serious increase in the COVID infection rate over the past few weeks and the possibility of greater infection transmittal over the upcoming holiday, the Bishop determined that all Kansas City-St. Joseph elementary and high schools will move to virtual learning for the week after Thanksgiving (November 30 – December 4). During that week, each school will monitor their school’s infection status and determine if they need to continue virtual learning even longer or resume in-person learning.
You should have already heard from your child(ren)’s teachers regarding the details of plans for next week’s learning. To set up your child(ren) for success in the Connected Learning mode, I have attached a list of ‘Connected Learner Expectations’ to enhance focus and learning aptitude.
Thank you for your flexibility and positivity in these most unusual times in our world and specifically in education at STM.
STM AUCTION 2021—GET A JUMP ON YOUR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING!:
The St. Thomas More Auction Committee has been hard at work collecting items for our virtual auction on Feb. 6, 2021.
You can get a jump start on your Christmas shopping and kick-start our auction! Place your bids on these items at www.stmauction.org from today at 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. on 11/30/20.
Winning items will be arranged for pick-up after 11/30/20. Please see the flyer below for details.
SPIRIT WEAR MAKES GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFTS!
Get ready for the cold weather and the holidays! This is the last order for this school year!
The spirit wear committee has a few new things to share and a few requests from the Fall order. We’ve included the size charts for your reference when ordering! Please turn in your form no later than November 30th. In order for us to get to you before the Christmas break, we will not be taking any late orders. If you are unable to turn in your order to school due to virtual learning, please email the form by November 30th to email@example.com.
Please let us know if you are helping shop for Santa and we will make sure these are picked up separately. Thank you!
Spirit Wear Elves
PASS THE ‘VIRTUAL’ TEACHER CHRISTMAS GIFT FUND BUCKET:
There’s no doubt about it, everyone at STM is working hard to keep our students on track during this crazy COVID time. It’s that time of the year where we kindly ask each family to help spread the love and joy to the teachers and staff with their Annual Gift. Every dollar raised goes directly to them! Donating is easy and takes no time by simply texting “STM” to “243725”. If each family gives $25-$30, we’ll be able to provide the same amount as last year. Text to give today and follow instructions or if you prefer to send cash or check, mark envelope ‘Teacher Gift Fund’ and submit to the office. Any questions, feel free to email Courtney Fahey at: firstname.lastname@example.org
STM/KENDRA SCOTT GIVES BACK NIGHT:
Save the date for our STM/Kendra Scott Gives Back Night. Shop for Good online or in stores on December 2nd and 3rd with 20% of sales benefiting the St. Thomas More school Teacher Christmas Gift Fund. Please use web code GIVEBACK-0CN0 or shop in store at Kendra Scott Town Center Crossing for 20% of your purchase to support St. Thomas More school. Please be advised Kendra Scott at Town Center Crossing is limited capacity.
FUN RAFFLE TICKETS:
‘Fun Raffle’ tickets were sent home in backpacks two weeks ago. Each ticket costs $10, and you were sent a pack of five tickets.
For every ticket sold, you will receive dollar for dollar a credit on any remaining 2020-21 STM School Activity Fee amount. We have extended the sale for an extra week due to the Virtual Learning Week that was announced by the diocese today. All sold ticket stubs must be returned by Friday, Dec. 11 (NOTE: the dates on the ticket are now incorrect). The drawing for a grand prize of $500 or STM Family Registration for the 2021-22 school year will take place on Monday, Dec. 14. Also drawn that day will be the 2nd Prize for $300 Cash or Gift Card and 3rd Prize for $100 Cash or Gift Card.
WINTER SPORTS INFORMATION:
All students involved in Parochial League Winter Sports should contact the coach of your team or Tim Waris, STM Athletic Director, with any information about try-outs, practices, etc.
SMILE! SMILE! SMILE!:
Just in time for holiday shopping!
As you begin your holiday shopping, please consider getting yourself, family members and friends set up to use the STM AmazonSmile program so that all your purchases donate a small amount back to our school!
Since August 2020 we have just over $643.00 for STM!
If you have any questions at all, please contact Jill schweiss at 816-942-5581 or email@example.com
CHRISTMAS SHARING DRIVE FOR ST. LOUIS PARISH SOCIAL SERVICES:
This year, we are trying to collect gifts for 84 children whose families are served by St. Louis Parish Social Services. Please help make Christmas brighter for a child/children from our urban core. To participate, go to stmkc.com/cs (be sure to use lower case letters in this email) and click on the children you want to purchase gifts for. Bring the unwrapped gifts to the narthex between now and Sunday, December 6. Be sure to put the information about the child on the gift you purchase so we know what child the gift is for – for example Family #1, Female age 6. For more information or if you have difficulty signing up online, contact David Butel at the parish office, 816-942-2492, x. 210 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following is a prayer you might use with your family on this unusual, but no less blessed, Thanksgiving Day:
Lord, on this special day of thankfulness,
we thank you not only for the delicious food,
lovingly prepared and presented,
but also for special gifts
you’ve given to this family --
loved ones we cherish dearly,
a comfortable place to live,
the beauty that surrounds us,
health, spiritual wealth,
and so much more.
How can we show our gratitude for
the countless blessings You’ve provided?
We thank you for giving us clear direction,
through Your holy word
on how to show our appreciation,
by obeying Your commands
and by loving and serving our neighbors.
Thank you, Lord.
I am thankful for all of you!
Linda Crosthwait, STM Principal