February 4, 2022
Dear STM Families,
I hope this email finds you warm and snuggled in as we rebound from our first real snow event this winter!
Tomorrow, our teacher-requested Student Learning Conferences will be held as planned beginning at 8 a.m. We look forward to visiting with parents to discuss students’ successes and challenges.
All students in grades K-8 participated in Iowa Flex testing last week. Iowa Flex is an online benchmark test tailored to each student’s ability level through adaptive testing. Each child at a grade level begins with the same question in Reading and Math and progresses through harder questions when he/she is correct or a lower level question when he/she is incorrect. Teachers will share the data from your child’s Iowa Flex testing experience in backpacks next Wednesday. Check your child(ren)’s backpack next Wednesday!
See you Saturday at the ‘Gin & Jazz’ Auction beginning at 6 p.m.!!
Peace and Blessings,
Linda Crosthwait, STM Principal
STM UPCOMING EVENTS:
Friday, Feb. 4
No School–Student Learning Conferences
Saturday, Feb. 5
STM Auction–”Gin & Jazz” starts at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 9
Check backpacks for Iowa Flex Testing results!
Wednesday, Feb. 9
Celebrate Vocations Day: All of our K-8 students will participate in a living rosary (grades K, 2, 7 & 8 from 2:15-2:45 and grades 1,3,4,5,& 6 from 2:45-3:15) and ALL students can dress in their Sunday Best or as their Future (school-appropriate) Profession!
Thursday, Feb. 10
Celebrate Teachers & Staff Day: Students can dress like a teacher or staff member and will enjoy watching our annual Teacher v. 8th Grade volleyball game!
Friday, Feb. 11 (and every Friday afternoon)
Join parents to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3 p.m. in the narthex
Saturday, Feb. 12
Father/Daughter Dance (see details below)
Friday, Feb. 18
NO SCHOOL–Diocesan Teacher Faith Development Day
Monday, Feb. 21
NO SCHOOL–President’s Day
Tuesday, Feb. 22
8th Grade Yearbook Ad Deadline–HARD DEADLINE
Wednesday, March 2
Ash Wednesday–School Masses: 9:30 am. & 2:10 p.m.
Thursday, March 10
Last day of 3rd Quarter
Friday, March 11
NOTE: CHANGE TO STM CALENDAR–NO SCHOOL; Diocesan Professional Development Day for teachers
Friday, March 11--
Monday, March 21
SPRING BREAK for Students
Monday, March 21
Staff Religious Formation Retreat–NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, March 22
First day of 4th Quarter
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS’ WEEK MAKE-UP DATES NEXT WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY:
Snow Days today and yesterday have caused the postponement of our ‘Celebrate Vocations Day’ and ‘Celebrate Teachers & Staff Day’--so we’re moving them to next week. Please see the details below.
Wednesday, Feb. 9–Celebrate Vocations Day: All of our K-8 students will participate in a living rosary (grades K, 2, 7 & 8 from 2:15-2:45 and grades 1,3,4,5,& 6 from 2:45-3:15) and ALL students can dress in their Sunday Bests or as their Future Profession! Students will make cards for our clergy members to show how grateful we are for their presence at STM!
Thursday, Feb. 10–Celebrate Teachers & Staff Day: We love to end the week celebrating our wonderful faculty and staff! Students can dress like a teacher or staff member and will enjoy watching our annual Teacher vs 8th Grade volleyball game!
‘GIN & JAZZ’--STM AUCTION–SATURDAY NIGHT!
The big event is finally here! Can’t wait to see you at our ‘Gin & Jazz’ Auction event beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday night!
FATHER-DAUGHTER DANCE, FEB. 12:
STM for All is sponsoring the 2022 Father-Daughter Dance. Join us Saturday, February 12 from 6pm - 8pm in Flanagan Hall for a Valentine Dance. Please join us for Dinner, Music, Raffles and More.
The cost is $25 for each Father/Daughter and $10 for each additional daughter in the family. This year dinner IS included with your tickets. Funds raised will support Anne Alexiou's efforts to raise funds for the children of STM in the 2022 BMA Foundation's Dine and Dance with the Stars. Thank you to Southside for providing dinner.
Don't forget your raffle ticket money, too. Thank you for supporting inclusion at STM. If you have any questions please contact Maeghan Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please see the flier attached and return to school with your reservations by February 9.
8TH GRADE YEARBOOK ADS AVAILABLE:
Once again, this school year you have the opportunity to purchase an ad for your graduating 8th grader.
We are offering 2 size options:
This year we do not have enough room for all 8th grade students to have a ¼ page ad, so it will be first come first serve. All ads received after the ¼ page ads are filled will be business card size.
The editor will have final discretion if a picture does not appear clear enough. Every effort will be made to use what you submit. Please send your typed message in the font and size you would like to have used, again the editor may need to make adjustments.
Your submission should be sent to Dawn Elliott (email@example.com) no later than Tuesday February 22, 2022. Submissions received after this date may not be accepted. Payment should be sent to the STM school office.
PLKC SPORTS PHOTO NEEDED FOR STM YEARBOOK:
Please send your photos of STM students participating in PLKC sports to Dawn Elliott (elliott_dawn@stm cyclones.org) as soon as possible.
We are in dire need of photos of our STM PLKC athletes for the STM yearbook. Our submission deadline is looming, so we need your photos ASAP.
Thanks in advance for your help!
GIRLS’ FLAG FOOTBALL INFORMATION:
KS CYO is looking into starting a girls flag football league beginning this spring. They have invited PLKC schools to participate. Please reach out to Tim Waris if you are interested in putting together a team.
Rules of Competition are the same as the boy’s program except ball size; girls will use Pee Wee in all divisions
(LAST WEEK’S DATA DUE TO SNOW DAYS TODAY & YESTERDAY)
STM COVID DASHBOARD: Week ending 1/13/22 Week ending 1/20/22 Week ending 1/27/22
Students in quarantine 4 8 0
Staff members in quarantine 0 1 0
Students in isolation 7 11 4
Staff members in isolation 1 4 2
Percentage of attendance 91% 90% 94%
Total # of Student COVID cases this school year: 33 on Dec. 16; 73 on Jan. 27
Total # of Staff cases this school year: 2 on Dec. 16; 10 on Jan. 27
Total # of Students in Quarantine this school year: 64 on Dec. 16; 88 on Jan. 27
Total # of Staff in Quarantine this school year: 1
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 you partnering with us on school days to verify that every child is fever-free and not experiencing:
LITURGICAL LIVING CALENDAR:
Liturgical living is a beautiful way for individuals and families to learn about the traditions, saints, and rituals of our faith. This leads to a deeper comprehension and connection to our faith. Pick a few things each month to try and start to see the connection of the Catholic Faith to life outside of mass on Sunday! Give it a try!
Here is the link:
READ ABOUT AN STM 3RD GRADER WHO LIVES HER FAITH:
FROM RAY CLARKE:
I wanted to reach out to you this morning and let you know of how great our kids are at STM. Lola Wellington was the winner of the $250 for the school selling over 3,800 tickets. This was the goal we set at the beginning of the year to assist with raising more funds for the school. When she learned of this she asked her mom if she could donate the money to Children’s Mercy. Natalie reached out to Children's Mercy and they provided a list of items that will be going to the 4HH Unit, which has their oncology patients. Natalie also had the idea of the Booster Club matching the donation which we have proudly approved. So Children’s Mercy will be getting a $500 donation because of the generosity of Lola and the Wellington family. Just a reminder that STM is a great school and has great kids that follow the call of Jesus Christ.
One commendable practice for the month of February is a Consecration to the Holy Family. If you have a prayer corner or a home altar, you can gather the entire family and recite the consecration prayer, which reminds us that we aren't saved individually. We all work out our salvation in conjunction with others—first and foremost, together with the other members of our family.
O God, Heavenly Father,
it was part of Thine eternal decree that
Thine only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race,
should form a holy family with Mary, His blessed mother, and His foster father, Saint Joseph.
In Nazareth, home life was sanctified,
and a perfect example was given to every Christian family.
Grant, we beseech Thee,
that we may fully comprehend and faithfully imitate the virtues of the Holy Family so that we may be united with them one day in their heavenly glory.
Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
St. Thomas More, pray for us.
This is a weekly letter that Linda Crosthwait, Principal of STM puts out for school families.