November 11, 2021
Dear STM Families,
Happy Veterans Day to all of you who currently serve or who have served our country in the U.S. Armed Forces. While we did not plan a formal ceremony at STM, we have honored our veterans through prayer on this day.
My father was a WWII veteran who along with our mom taught my six siblings and me that our citizenship in the United States of America was a true gift that should be respected and celebrated. His service in the Army took him from his family’s farm home in southern Missouri to the battlegrounds of the Philippines and Japan. He carried shrapnel for the rest of his life from battle experiences. He loved serving his country! I know that he has interceded for all veterans today.
As we celebrate Veterans Day, let us pray for all of our loved ones, living and deceased, who have served our country. Let us always honor them with the respect and dignity they deserve. May their examples inspire us and help us to serve not only our country but one another!
Peace & Blessings,
Linda Crosthwait, STM Principal
STM UPCOMING EVENTS:
Friday, Nov. 12
STM Dine-Out Afternoon at Cookies & Creamery
Saturday, Nov. 13
BMA Mouse Races in More Hall! Join the Fun! See the attached flyer below for details.
Tuesday, Nov. 16
COVID Task Force Meeting from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 17
Home & School Meeting 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 17
School Advisory Board Meeting from 6:30-7:30 pm.
Thursday, Nov. 18
2nd Grade--First Reconciliation:
Mrs. Spiller’s class at 6:00 p.m.
Ms. Sarcone’s class at 6:45 p.m.
Mrs. Anwander’s class at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 20
NOTE: DATE CHANGE
Booster Club Pickleball Tournament at Blue Hills Country Club--see the attached flyer for more details!
Wednesday, Nov. 24- Friday, Nov. 26
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! NO SCHOOL!
Tuesday, Dec. 7
St. Nicholas Day Parties from 2:30-3:15 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 7
All-School Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Outdoor Music Concert (Rain/Snow Date Dec. 13)
Wednesday, Dec. 8
Feast of the Immaculate Conception--NO SCHOOL; Holy Day of Obligation
Thursday, Dec. 9
Reconciliation Services for Grades 3, 5, 8
Friday, Dec. 10
Reconciliation Services for Grades 4, 6, 7
Friday, Dec. 17
Christmas Break Dismissal at 3:20 p.m.
Dec. 20-Jan. 3
MERRY CHRISTMAS!! Christmas Break--NO SCHOOL
ATTENTION 6TH, 7TH & 8TH GRADE PARENTS:
Honor Roll Certificates were distributed to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students today. Please find below how we determine the recipients of these awards for exemplary grades.
How Honor Roll is Determined:
- Students must have an A average (93% or higher).
- The Honor Roll parameters have been programmed into Sycamore to reflect the weight of the grades in Core and Specials classes.
- Core classes are weighted two and a half times greater than Specials classes reflecting the average time spent in the classes.
If your child received a certificate, please know that they worked hard to achieve this distinction. Congratulations are definitely in order for him/her. Give yourself a pat on the back, too!
ANOTHER NOTE: All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students have been asked to carry their backpacks as they travel from class to class WITH THEIR NEW LAPTOPS. We have already had one cracked screen from a student dropping it on the stairs. Please remind your child to take extra care with their device and to always carry it in a backpack--and not in their arms while changing classes.
HAT? COAT? MITTENS?
Does your child arrive at school adequately dressed for the wintery weather? Please keep in mind that the weather can quickly change and our students go outside every day. We have seen students on these recent chilly days without a coat or other warm attire for recess, travelling to church, or other outdoor activities. Thanks for your help!
STM CHOIR NEWS:
SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING MUSIC PROGRAM:
Please save the date! St. Thomas More will be hosting our first ALL-SCHOOL STM Tree Lighting Ceremony on Tuesday, December 7, 2021! (Rain/Snow date: Dec. 13) Start time to be announced. This is going to be an outdoor school-wide function. All students PreK-8th grade will be performing. Details regarding that evening's event will be coming in the near future. We are searching for all of our Hallmark lovers to help make this a special time for all. Please contact Cheryl Parisi (email@example.com) or Laura Mullin (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible if you are willing and able to help in any capacity - planning, set-up, decorating, etc. It will be a wonderful evening sharing in the joy and splendor of Jesus' birth!
November 10th-Martin City Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony-
POST-PONED due to Inclement weather…the new date is Dec. 1st
Please come dressed for the weather with a little Christmas cheer! We will meet next to the Post Office parking lot in front of the KC Running building at 5:30pm. Please take note that this is a different location then years past. The kids will start singing approximately 5:45pm with a 6:00pm end time when they turn on the tree. Please email me if your child is unable to attend.
November 14th-11:00am Mass
Please meet Mrs. Parisi in the Choir Loft by 10:30am to get ready for Mass. Please email me if your child is unable to attend.
November 16th-NO CHOIR PRACTICE
December 17th @6:30-6:45pm
Caroling South Patrol KCPD Family Event
ATTENTION 7TH & 8TH GRADE PARENTS:
7th & 8th graders are invited to a mixer hosted by the Parent Club at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic High School! Join us for a Flannel & Friends mixer from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, December 4. A minimum of 2 parent chaperones are required from each school for schools to participate. Space is limited, so register now! All registration must be online. To register CLICK HERE.
8th graders: Sign up for the High School Placement Test (HSPT) on December 11 at St. Michael the Archangel. FREE HSPT Prep Class on November 30 for those who take the test at SMA. This is a required test to be accepted to St. Michael. Click HERE to register.
PARENT ATTENDANCE AT SCHOOL MASS:
Our students are back to serving at Mass and serving as lectors at our school liturgical celebrations. Seats are limited in the pews, but if your child is serving or lectoring, please feel free to come to Mass and sit in the choir loft or the cry room.
Our students attend Mass each week at 2:10 p.m. on the following days:
Wednesdays: Kindergarten, grades 2, 7, 8
Thursdays: Grades 1, 3, 4, 5, 6
Please let me know if you have any questions.
STM COVID DASHBOARD:
Week ending 10/21/21
Week ending 11/4/21
Week ending 11/11/21
Students in quarantine
Staff members in quarantine
Students in isolation
Staff members in isolation
Percentage of attendance
Total # of Student COVID cases this school year: 16
Total # of Staff cases 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:
STM NIGHT--AVILA UNIVERSITY MEN’S BASKETBALL:
Avila Men’s Basketball program is hosting a Saint Thomas More Day on Saturday, 11/27 vs Oklahoma Wesleyan University. Game time is 5 p.m. at the Mabee Fieldhouse on the Avila campus.
All parents and STM kids that wear an STM item (sweatshirt, T-shirt or basketball uniform, spirit wear) will be allowed into the game for free. The first 25 STM kids in the door get a free bag of popcorn.
Following is a prayer you might share with your family to honor our veterans:
VETERANS DAY PRAYER
Today we honor our veterans,
worthy men and women
who gave their best
when they were called upon to serve and protect their country.
We pray that you will bless them, Lord,
for their unselfish service
in the continual struggle
to preserve our freedom, our safety,
and our country’s heritage, for all of us.
Bless them abundantly.
for the hardships they faced,
for the sacrifices they made,
for their many different contributions
to America’s victories
over tyranny and oppression.
We respect them, we thank them,
we honor them,
we are proud of them
and we pray that you will watch over
these special people
and bless them with peace and happiness.
In Jesus’ name we pray – Amen.
This is a weekly letter that Linda Crosthwait, Principal of STM puts out for school families.