Dear STM Families,
It is hard to believe that today was the final day of our first quarter of the school year. So much learning is taking place in each of the classrooms. In celebration of their academic achievements so far this year, our grade level buddies got together today for some fun times. See the picture above of 8th graders doing Skeleton Bone Math lessons with their 2nd grade buddies!
Tomorrow there will be NO SCHOOL. The teachers will be attending training and collaborative sessions to enhance our work with your children. Teachers will be at St. Pius X High School and St. Patrick’s School for day-long learning sessions. Please pray for us as we sharpen our saws and take the other side of the podium as students tomorrow.
We are also busy wrapping up the first quarter and preparing for 1st quarter Report Cards (available on Oct. 17 on Sycamore) and Student Learning Conferences. It is important for us to partner with you in the faith formation and education of your child/children. Please see the information below to register for an appointment with your child(ren)’s teacher.
Parent Teacher Conference Sign Ups are Live TODAY, Thursday, October 13th!
Please use Sycamore to sign up for conferences again this year. If you do not have access to Sycamore, please contact Amy Prowell in the Front Office @ 816.942.5581.
- You'll need to login on a desktop version of Sycamore - NOT a mobile device.
- Need to change/edit your times? To change/edit your times contact Amy Prowell at the office or the homeroom teacher.
- Want a Zoom conference? Please email the homeroom teacher with the request after you scheduled your conferences, so they can set up a zoom link for you.
- Want a conference with other teachers? Email that teacher (Core or Specials) directly with times you're available, so they can add you to their schedule.
*If you are new to STM or need a refresher from last year, please watch this short 6 min. on how to access, maintain, and view your conferences video https://vimeo.com/239022319/606fd35f23
We look forward to kicking off our second quarter with your children on Monday!
Have a wonderful LONG weekend with your family!
Peace & Blessings,
Linda Crosthwait, STM Principal
STM IMPORTANT DATES
Friday, Oct. 14
NO SCHOOL–Diocesan Teacher Professional Development Day
Tuesday, Oct. 18
1st & 6th Grade Buddy Field Trip to the KC Zoo
Wednesday, Oct. 19
All School Mass at 8:15 a.m.
Friday, Oct. 21
PINK DAY to support the Jessica Kelsey Scholarship Fund. For all students and staff. $5 donation suggested.
Saturday, Oct. 22
STM Fall Fling from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 22
STM 4 ALL–All for One, Bowl for All! At Ward Parkway Lanes from 2-5 p.m.
Oct. 24-Oct. 28
Scholastic Book Fair
Oct. 24- Oct. 27
FIRE Week at STM--see details in attached flyer
Wednesday, Oct. 26
All School Mass at 8:15 a.m.
Thursday, Oct. 27
School Photo Make-Up or Re-Take Day
Oct. 27 & Oct. 28
Student Learning Conferences:
Oct. 27 from 4-7 p.m.
Oct. 28 from 7:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and noon-4 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 28
NO SCHOOL–Student Learning Conferences
Friday, Oct. 28
Caleb’s Dine-out from 6:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 29
Trunk or Treat, 2-3 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 31
NO SCHOOL–Fall Break
Tuesday, Nov. 1
NO SCHOOL–All Saint’s Day
Thursday, Nov. 3
All-School Skating Party 6-8 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 9
Thursday, Nov. 17
First Reconciliation for 2nd Graders at 6 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 19
Pickleball Tournament, 5-11 p.m.
NO SCHOOL–Thanksgiving Break
Tuesday, Dec. 6
St. Nicholas Day–Classroom Parties 2:30-3:15; Red/Green Dress Down Day
Wednesday, Dec. 7
STM Band Concert in Flanagan Hall
Wednesday, Dec. 7
Christmas Bunco, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 8
Feast of the Immaculate Conception–NO SCHOOL
STM FALL FLING, SATURDAY, OCT. 22:
Mark your calendars! The Fall Fling is coming back and will be bigger and better than ever! There will be food trucks, music, shops, and samplings for all kinds of tastes.
Are you willing to sponsor the Fling? Please reach out to Mindy Clarke & Christine Rogge at email@example.com to learn more about the Fling and how you can get involved.
SCHOOL PHOTO MAKE-UP OR RE-TAKE DAY ON THURS, OCT. 27:
I realize that you haven’t received your proofs for our school photos taken last month yet, BUT we have been told that they are coming soon from Scholastic Photography.
We are booked for re-takes or make-up photos on Oct. 27. Please plan for that date if you need another shot or if your child missed ur original photo date.
FROM FR. KLEINE–OUTPACE POVERTY 5K RUN? WALK:
Saturday, October 22, hosted at Avila University.
Father Andrew's Argonauts, Assemble! Last year, we at STM Parish participated in this run, held at the plaza, and collectively raised $1425.
The start time of the race is 8am, with registration at 7am. Food, music, games, and live entertainment will be provided all morning in the Avila Quad. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to participate in our God-given mission to care for our brothers and sisters most in need.
Visit stmkc.com and click on the Outpace Poverty box on the main page to register.
BOOK FAIR: OCT. 24-OCT. 28:
The book fair is coming soon! The Book Fair is scheduled to kick off on Monday, October 24 and run through Friday, October 28.
Attached is a quick letter all about the fair and an eWallet flyer that includes details where to create the eWallet for students so they can shop cashless!
We also need volunteers to help with shifts during the book fair!
Be sure to sign up for your slot now: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4baead2faafdc61-book
CALEB’S DINE-OUT ON OCT. 28:
Take your family out for breakfast or lunch on a NO SCHOOL day–Friday, Oct. 28! Caleb’s Restaurant in Red Bridge will donate 20% of your ticket proceeds to STM. BE SURE TO MENTION STM WHEN YOU ORDER. This is a conference day so we are out of school!
TRUNK OR TREAT, SATURDAY, OCT. 29:
Trunk or Treat is approaching quickly! On Saturday, Oct 29 please plan to join STM Home and School for some spooky fun beginning at 2:00pm in the STM back parking lot!! Admission to the event is one non-perishable item for Harvesters per candy grabber!
We need volunteers to host a trunk and help at our event so please see the sign-up genius below.
As a reminder, students in grades 6 and higher can get service hours for volunteering. However, we do still need some adult volunteers.
Hosting a trunk is easy!! Arrive at the parking lot no later than 1:50pm and show us your stuff! Simply hand out candy or make your trunk super spooky and win a prize!! If you can’t host a trunk, please consider donating candy for the event. Simply drop off bags of candy in the school lobby. All donated candy will be provided to trunks throughout the event to keep the fun going.
Sign up now: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c094aabac2fabff2-trunk
ALL-SCHOOL SKATING PARTY, NOV. 3:
Mark your calendars for the STM All School Skating Party! Kids and parents, lace up your skates for an evening of fun. A portion of each paid entry is given back to support our school.
The homeroom with the highest attendance wins a pizza party!
When: Thursday, November 3rd 6:00-8:00PM
Where: Skate City Overland Park 10440 Mastin Street, Overland Park, KS 66212
Cost: Admission $7.00, Skate Rental $2.00
STM CHOIR & BAND INFORMATION:
PLEASE SEND UTENSILS FOR YOUR CHILD’S LUNCH:
The huge boxes of forks and spoons we purchased with school dollars last year are all gone. If you send a salad or spaghetti-o’s with your child’s lunch–please send a fork. If you send pudding, applesauce, peaches, or soup–please send a spoon.
Your child and our lunch crew would really appreciate your help!
BRICKS 4 KIDZ–NEW SESSIONS FOR NOV. & DEC.:
STM EARLY ENGINEERS After-School LEGO® CLUB
NEW Models Every Session!
Wednesdays 3:25 – 4:25 PM Nov. 2,9,16,30 Dec. 7,14
Bricks 4 Kidz® enrichment classes are designed to be educational and FUN! We teach children principles of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) utilizing motorized LEGO® models. Every lesson is unique and designed to engage a child's mind.
Each 6-week session features a new theme and models. This club is for grades 1-5. Class size is limited. Students will receive a LEGO® minifig with enrollment.
See all of the details in the flyer below.
FIRE FOUNDATION NEEDS YOUR HELP & INVOLVEMENT!
As a partner school, FIRE is asking STM to help in the fundraising efforts so they can continue to provide services, like our speech therapy program, to children in Catholic schools in Kansas City.
The Fireball Gala on October 29th is expecting 700 people to attend with additional supporters bidding online. FIRE has asked St. Thomas More for help gather items and donations for their auction. In addition to selling the raffle tickets, please consider donating one or more of the following: bottle(s) of wine of $10 or greater value for the wine pull, restaurant gift card(s) of $25-$50 value or donate money to STM which will be put toward our school sponsored auction baskets.
FIRE is also looking for silent and live auction item donations, as well as underwriting and sponsorships. Please take a minute to review the attached Signup Genius, https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4FABAE23ABF8C52-fire and consider donating to support inclusion efforts. There will be a drop off box in the STM school lobby available from 7:30am-3:30pm Monday thru Friday from today until October 11th. Please make checks payable to St. Thomas More and write FIRE in the memo line. Venmo can be sent to @Kristin-Gaughan-3.
If you need to make other arrangements for your items to be collected or have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to purchase tickets to the auction, visit FIRE’s website at https://firefoundation.org.
Please see the attachment below with all of the details!
STM 4 ALL NEWS:
SMART WATCHES DURING THE SCHOOL DAY:
New SMART watch procedures have been put in place at STM. While we have not normally required students with SMART watches to turn them in, an increased number of students wearing them and using them to record, text, play games, etc. during class has become an issue. Just this week we started to announce on the intercom that SMART watches need to be turned in with cell phones, so it is a new procedure for teachers and students to follow.
Some children wear their SMART watch for medical reasons, which is totally appropriate. Please contact Nurse Mandy Hodes, Mrs. Crosthwait, or Mrs. Blair if that is the case with your child.
SYCAMORE NOTIFICATIONS FOR GRADES & CYCLONE CARD INFRACTIONS:
As was shared at Back to School Night meetings, parents are able to receive notifications from our Student Information System regarding grades and Cyclone Card Sycamore Notifications:
Sycamore Grade Notifications
We have been riding the roller coaster of temperatures these last few weeks, but our surroundings tell us that it is FALL! We thank God for the change of seasons and all of the beauty that surrounds us as this time of year.
Here is a prayer you can pray with your family in thanksgiving to Him:
O God of Creation, you have blessed us with the changing of the seasons.
As we welcome the autumn months,
may the earlier setting of the sun
remind us to take time to rest.
May the brilliant colors of the leaves
remind us of the wonder of your creation.
May the steam of our breath in the cool air
remind us that it is you who give us the breath of life.
May the harvest from the fields remind us of the abundance we have been given and bounty we are to share with others.
May the dying of summer's spirit remind us of your great promise that death is temporary and life is eternal.
We praise you for your goodness forever and ever.
This is a weekly letter that Linda Crosthwait, Principal of STM puts out for school families.