Dear STM Families,
Each October we celebrate ‘Respect Life Month’, and the first Sunday of October (this Sunday) is observed as ‘Respect Life Sunday.’ As Catholics, we are called to cherish, defend, and protect those who are most vulnerable, from the beginning to the end of their lives, and at every point in between. During the month of October, the Church asks us to reflect more deeply on the dignity of every human life.
During this Year of St. Joseph, each of us can find in him “an intercessor, a support and a guide in times of trouble.” St. Joseph shows us how to say “yes” to life, despite our own fears, frailties, and weaknesses. For it is Joseph who was “chosen by God to guide the beginnings of the history of redemption. He was the true ‘miracle’ by which God saves the child and his mother.”
As we begin the month of October, we can start to become more like St. Joseph by asking ourselves a few questions and reflecting on them: Do we realize how precious every person is? As we go about our day, do we treat people accordingly? How can we help those in our society who are struggling to welcome new life, like moms who are pregnant or parenting in difficult circumstances? How can we reach out to those having a hard time seeing the worth of their own lives?
May we take up the mantle of St. Joseph as we begin the month of October tomorrow.
Peace and Blessings,
Linda Crosthwait, STM Principal
STM SCHOOL UPCOMING EVENTS:
TONIGHT, Sept. 30
FIRE FRIEND-RAISER; 6:30-8:30 p.m. at STM (see details below)
TOMORROW, Friday, Oct. 1
Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet with STM parents at 2:55 p.m.
TOMORROW, Friday Oct. 1
STM First Friday Spirit Day! See details below.
Sept. 27-Oct. 5
Scholastic Book Fair
Wednesday, Oct. 13
1st Grade Field Trip to the Kansas City Zoo
Friday, Oct. 15
NO SCHOOL--Teacher Professional Development Day
Saturday, Oct. 16
Fall Fling--An Outdoor Market
Monday, Oct. 18
Picture Re-take Day; Students who need to take or re-take photos have a Dress-Up Day
Thursday, Oct. 21
DATE CHANGE FOR 7TH GRADE
7th & 8th Grade Field Trip to Auschwitz Exhibit at Union Station; 7th Grade at 9 a.m. & 8th Grade at 11 a.m.
Monday-Friday, Oct. 18-22
FIRE WEEK; see details below
Wednesday, Oct. 27
Trunk or Treat
Thursday & Friday, Oct. 28 & 29
Parent-Teacher Conferences (see info below)
½ day for students on Oct. 28
NO SCHOOL for students on Oct. 29
Monday, Nov. 1
NO SCHOOL--Teacher PD Day
Saturday, Nov. 13
Booster Club Pickleball Tournament at Blue Hills Country Club
Thursday, Nov. 18
2nd Grade--First Reconciliation
SPIRIT DAY TOMORROW!
Tomorrow is First Friday STM Spirit Day! Students may wear an STM Spirit Wear shirt with jeans, khaki pants, jean or khaki shorts or bottoms of a uniform-appropriate length, Spirit Wear shorts, or uniform bottoms. Of course the STM uniform is always appropriate, too!
SYCAMORE ACCESS FOR PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES!
Please check to make sure you have access to Sycamore before next Thursday, Oct. 7th. Parents will be using Sycamore to sign up for conferences this year. Sign ups for the Oct. 28th & 29th conferences will go live at the end of next week. If you do not have access to Sycamore, please contact Colleen Sullivan in the Front Office @ 816.941.5581
FRIDAY PRAYER OPPORTUNITY:
Each Friday at 2:55 pm you are invited to join other parents (and little people) to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet. There are no required supplies (though a rosary is helpful) and if you have never prayed it, or aren’t sure how to pray it, handouts and guidance will be provided. What a great way to unite our sufferings and remind us of God’s love and mercy as we enter the weekend! Remember that meeting your child(ren) in the church or in front of the church is not allowed to keep traffic flowing smoothly and so that others in prayer are not disturbed. We hope you can join us by praying together on Fridays @ 2:55!
DRESS CODE ISSUES:
We are having some issues with STM Dress Code adherence. Please review the uniform requirements in the attached STM Student Handbook on p. 37. Here are a few of the most common infractions:
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR 8TH GRADE PARENTS:
The following immunizations are received between ages 11 and 13 years and are required for all 8th grade students. Please check with your health provider for an updated immunization record.
If your child has had any updates please send a copy or fax to school no later than October 13th, 2021. (Fax: 816-941-2450)
STM CHILDREN’S CHOIR AT 11 A.M. MASS THIS SUNDAY:
This Sunday the STM Children's Choir will sing at the 11:00 Mass. Students should arrive at Church by 10:30am dressed in nice Church clothes and go directly to the choir loft to warm-up and get ready. We thank you for your support.
DON’T MISS OUT! GATHERING PARTY INFO:
Gathering parties are a way for our school to raise money or receive auction items for the annual STM Auction on Feb. 5. This year's parties that are already booked are listed below. Invites will be sent home in backpacks closer to your child’s grade level event.
10/2 - 2nd & 4th
10/9 - Preschool & Kindergarten
10/30 - 5th, 6th & 7th
COVID-RELATED INFORMATION: STM COVID DASHBOARD: Week ending 9/16/21 Week ending 9/23 /21 Week ending 9/30/21
Students in quarantine 0 0 0
Staff members in quarantine 0 0 0
Students in isolation 0 0 0
Staff members in isolation 1 1 0
Percentage of attendance 95% 97% 97%
Total # of Student COVID cases this school year: 15
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:
COVID Task Force Meeting Notes:
The COVID Task Force met this afternoon at STM.
FIRE RAFFLE TICKETS SENT HOME IN BACKPACKS:
We are excited to participate in the Annual FIREBall Cup raffle contest, a fundraising effort and friendly competition among schools in our diocese to benefit the FIRE Foundation, students with special needs, and support inclusive education. Each school family will receive 5 tickets to sell. The winning school will be announced on October 21st and will receive a special surprise!
EARN CASH FOR STM!
We’re excited to share that our school is part of the Coca-Cola Give program. This opens up St. Thomas More to new funding opportunities to help improve learning environments for students. The best part? Donations don’t come out of your own pocket. When you make Coca-Cola purchases, you simply enter the product codes here: coke.com/give/schools (make sure to search for St Thomas More using Zip Code 64131) and our school receives a donation. Help STM make the most of this program and learn more at Coke.com/give.
You may also drop off Bottle Caps or Codes from the inside of Coke product cases at the school office for entry.
As we begin Respect Life month tomorrow, here is a prayer you might consider sharing with your family:
A Prayer of Thanks
Dear God, Our Father,
We thank you for our lives.
We thank you for making each one of us a unique person.
We thank you for each other.
We thank you for the many gifts you have given us.
Help us to see the gifts of other people.
Help us to share our gifts with each other.
Help us to care for each other the way you care for us.