Cyclone Chatter March 4, 2021
Dear STM Families,
Ahhh, it’s March! I don’t want to jinx us, but these past few days certainly give us hope that spring is just around the corner. STM students are enjoying more time outside with ‘picnic lunches’ and classes on the front porch of our school. Our 6th graders participated in outdoor Stations of the Cross on the track yesterday in the bright sunshine. A kindergarten class experimented with an erupting volcano outside in today’s warmth. This season of Lent coincides with spring, calling to mind the new life and growth, the hope and change that should characterize this time of prayer, sacrifice, and almsgiving. May your family’s 3rd week of Lent continue to bring you closer together and in your relationship with Christ as we journey toward Easter.
STM SCHOOL UPCOMING EVENTS:
TOMORROW, Friday, March 5
STM Spirit Day: Wear STM Spirit Wear, jeans, khakis, Spirit Wear bottoms, or uniform bottoms
Monday, March 8
Yearbook orders and money DUE
Monday, March 8
St. Patrick’s Day Candy Gram Orders are DUE
Friday, March 12
St. Patrick’s Day Spirit Wear Day: Wear school-appropriate GREEN tops and/or bottoms
Weeks of March 8 and March 15
Students in grades 2-8 attend Reconciliation Services during regular Mass times
Monday, March 15-Friday, March 19
Spring Break; NO SCHOOL
Thursday, April 1
Holy Thursday—½ day of school; Students dismissed at 12:30 p.m.
Friday, April 2 and Monday, April 5
Good Friday and Easter Monday—NO SCHOOL
Sunday, April 18
2nd Grade First Holy Communion
STUDENT VISION SCREENING:
A free vision screening sponsored by the Leawood Lions Club will be offered to your child during school from 3/10-3/12/21.
The screening consists of an electronic scan of your child’s eyes to determine the presence of six eye disorders. This scan takes several seconds. Students who wear corrective lenses are screened wearing their glasses/contacts.
No physical contact is made with your child and the school nurse will be present during the screening.
IF YOU PLAN TO TRAVEL OVER SPRING BREAK:
Please inform your child(ren)’s teachers and the Absence line if they will need to quarantine after Spring Break (or other) travel. We requested that you let us know by March 1 so teachers can prepare for your child’s absence. IF YOU HAVE NOT NOTIFIED THE STM OFFICE, PLEASE DO SO TODAY. Please look at the STM Travel Policy with the COVID information below.
Please help support Dan Tanner and his efforts in the 2021 BMA Foundation Dine and Dance with Stars to raise funds for STM for All!
STM for All will be selling Candy Grams to be delivered on March 12th.
“When you support STM for All you are helping to ensure that all aspects of STM are committed to welcoming all of God’s children by providing the resources, acceptance, compassion, and love necessary to support the development of their true potential.”
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
More details will follow. Please watch for additional information from your child’s homeroom teacher and/or in upcoming Cyclone Chatter newsletters.
SPRING PLKC SPORTS INFORMATION:
Boys’ volleyball registration for grades 4-8 is now open on the PLKC website. The session will run from March 8 through May 7. Games will be Friday nights. I am looking for coaches for teams as well so please let me know if you are interested. Rules for season will be same as girls COVID rules which are posted on the website. If you have any questions please feel free to email Jenny Smith at email@example.com.
STM COVID DASHBOARD: See photo 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.
COVID Task Force Meeting Notes:
The COVID Task Force met this afternoon with 18 of the 21 members present on the Zoom call.
Discussed during the 45-minute meeting were:
STM PROTOCOL FOR TRAVEL:
With Spring Break only four weeks away, we have received questions regarding student & family travel guidelines. Attached below is a letter from Dr. Dan Peters, Superintendent of Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese schools. Here is an excerpt from his letter:
“As we approach spring break, some parents may consider taking their family on a trip. While taking a family trip is not inherently “unsafe”, meaning it does not necessarily expose those on the trip to the virus any more than traveling to the grocery store, it can unnecessarily expose our school community depending on the circumstances of the trip. For instance, if a family travels by plane to Florida, where few precautions are required by the local civil authorities, and then spends time in Disney World with hundreds of other persons enjoying the rides and exhibits, there is a much higher chance of exposure to the virus then driving to Colorado and spending time in a cabin where there is little or no exposure to others.
I highly encourage parents to wait on taking any trips for the rest of this year where exposure to the virus is potentially high. If a family decides to take a trip which has a moderate to high chance of exposing the children to the virus, parents should expect the school may require the children to be placed in quarantine after returning from the trip and attend school virtually. This minimizes the exposure to the rest of the school community.”
With this information in mind, STM will enforce the following protocols regarding travel:
The St. Thomas More School Travel Policy
Days in Quarantine
By plane OUT of the U.S.
14 days AFTER your return
By plane IN the U.S.
7 days AFTER your return
Being in crowds of 11 people or more
7 days AFTER not being in crowds of 11 people or more
STM HEALTH SCREENING CARDS:
Your child's current individual Health Screening Card will be due Friday, March 26. Please find the Health Screening Card attached to this email.
We appreciate your partnering with us to verify that every child is fever-free and not experiencing:
STM YEARBOOK ORDERS:
Order envelopes were sent home with your child for the 2020-21 STM School Yearbook. All orders are due on March 8—no extensions available. If you did not receive an envelope, you can order at ybpay.lifetouch.com and use the Yearbook ID code: 12113021
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.
SUMMER CYCLONES INFORMATION:
COST PER WEEK:
$200.00 for 5 days
$150.00 for 3 days
$100.00 for 2 days
$50.00 to add a day
Family discounts for more than one child, i.e., 10% off for 2nd child.
+ ONE-TIME ACTIVITY FEE OF $200 per child -(refundable)
Summer Cyclones will run from June 1st through August 7th. More information to come.
This short Lenten prayer for children reminds them that God loves them and can help them show generosity to others. Please consider praying this together as a family during this 3rd week of Lent.
Thank You that You are loving and forgiving.
Help us to love people in the same way as You have loved us.
Help us do generous things for others because we love You.
Peace and Blessings,
Linda Crosthwait, STM Principal
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This is a weekly letter that Linda Crosthwait, Principal of STM puts out for school families.