Welcome Back! We are excited to welcome the thirty-two kindergartners many of whom recently graduated from our preschool, Utopia. Three of the kindergarten students are enrolled in our new 2-year Transitional Kindergarten program. Another special welcome goes out to the eleven, new, first through eighth graders who are joining us this year. It is our expectation that all our new students and their families will again be warmly welcomed and enjoy their time at St. Thomas More School. Our school continues to thrive because of your wonderful community spirit and the precious children you entrust to our care.
IMPORTANT FORMS Important forms that require your attention are included in your weekly (Wednesday) Envelope. Please complete and return them immediately.
Universal Medical Information/Emergency Contact Release and Consent Form
Medical Release and Consent to Treatment/General Terms of Parental Consent
AM Extended Care Sign up (for those using this service)
PM Extended Care Sign up/Authorization/Allergies (for those using this service)
Parent-Student Handbook Acknowledgment
iPad responsibilities (6-8 grade)
Asbestos Letter from San Francisco Archdiocese
5-8 grade responsibilities
Monday Minimum Day Pizza Lunch Order Form (for those wishing to order)
BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT Tuesday, August 22, is our Back-to-School Night beginning at 6:30pm in the gym. This is a mandatory meeting for all families. We will have a raffle for $500 off tuition for all who arrive on time! Please sign in with you child's teacher(s). One ticket per child. At least one parent from each family is required to attend. As per the 2017-2018 Parent Participation Requirements, families without a representative in attendance will be assessed a $25 fee for a missed meeting. While it would be ideal if children could stay at home, we understand this is not always possible. Childcare for younger children enrolled at STM will be available in Carroll Hall at $10 per family. Please click HERE to make a reservation for childcare. We can only accommodate families who have preregistered.. Parking will be difficult, please plan to arrive on time. Limited parking will be available in the school yard. Consider parking on Brotherhood Way or in Park Merced.
SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM Again this year we are partnering with Choicelunch to provide lunches on all full days that we are in session. Lunch will consist of an entree, side, snack and drink. Please note that the snack will be delivered at morning recess. This program will begin tomorrow, Thursday, August 17, and must be pre-ordered online by 9am the previous day (or by 6am day of for an additional fee). How to Register: Visit www.choicelunch.com to create a new account and register your child(ren) (name, grade & allergy info). Please feel free to contact Choicelunch customer service with any question at 1-855-465-8624. Additionally, Choicelunch will offer Jamba Juice (with lunch purchase) on Wednesdays beginning in September.
MONDAY MINIMUM DAY PIZZA SALES On Mondays that are a minimum day, we will offer a special pizza lunch to assist with fundraising for the 5th and 6th grade Outdoor Education program. Order forms for these lunches are included in your envelope today.
IMPORTANT AUGUST DATES
Thursday, August 17 - Choice Lunch Begins - AM and PM Extended Care Begins
Monday, August 21 - PE Classes Begin - Spanish Classes Begin
Thursday, August 24 - Music Classes Begin
Monday, August 28 - Minimum Day, 12:15/12:30pm Dismissal
BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS AT SCHOOL As a courtesy to parents, we do allow birthday celebrations during the school day. If you wish to provide a small treat for your child's birthday, you will need to purchase a birthday book beforehand. A birthday book request must be submitted at least a week in advance through the school website. Once this has been submitted, your child's teacher will contact you to set up a mutually convenient plan. Please do not contact the teacher directly. Requests not received in time may require that your child's birthday will be celebrated on a day other than their actual birthday. For more information and to submit a birthday book request, click HERE.
Greetings and welcome from St. Thomas More School! In just a short time, Wednesday, August 16, we will be back in school. Time does pass too quickly!
Here at school, we have been busy preparing for the new school year, ordering textbooks and supplies, cleaning the school building inside and out, and making some limited repairs. All this in an effort to maintain our level of academic excellence and to keep the facilities in good shape.
SCHOOL HOURS: Our first day of school, Wednesday, August 16, will begin at 8:10, with dismissal at 12:15/12:30pm. There is no after school care that day. Complete school uniforms are to be worn and all students will need their backpacks. The Parents' Club and the Grandparents' Brigade will host a "Welcome Back" reception in Carroll Hall from 8:00 am until dismissal. There will be limited parking in the schoolyard for those who arrive before 7:45 am. Please remember to not park on the street between 9-11am as there is street cleaning on this day and we'd hate for you to receive a ticket! This is such a pleasant way to meet other school parents while students are being oriented to the new school year. All families new to the school are required to attend an orientation beginning at 11:30am in the gym.
After Wednesday's early dismissal we will follow our regular school hours and dismissal times according to the schedule provided. Both morning and afternoon extended care programs will begin on Thursday, August 17.
Regular school hours and dismissal times:
UNIFORM SALES AT STM: The Parents' Club will sell used uniforms on first day of school and also at Back-to-School Night on August 22. Please follow closely the uniform regulations and pay special attention to the shoe requirements. Students wearing incorrect footwear will be required to replace them. If you are unsure of the suitability of a particular shoe, please check with the school office.
MORNING EXTENDED CARE BEGINS 8/17: The before school extended care program is NOT a drop-in program. The program is held in the 3rd grade classroom each morning from 7:00 to 7:45. Students may arrive for the program at any time during that period. The cost of this program is $350 per child, per year, payable in 4 installments. Billing will be through FACTS. Further information and an enrollment form will be sent home to you on the first day of school.
AFTER-SCHOOL EXTENDED CARE BEGINS 8/17: Advance sign up is not necessary for the after-school extended care program. It is a good idea for parents of lower grade students to notify their children's teachers, in writing, when they are planning to use the extended care program. The hourly charge is $5 per hour (per child) or fraction thereof. Extended care runs from dismissal each day until 6:00 p.m. Billing will be through FACTS. Further information and a pick-up authorization sheet will be sent home to you on the first day of school.
SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM: We are partnering with Choicelunch again this year to provide nutritious, delicious meals for all our students. This program will begin on Thursday, August 17, and must be pre-ordered online by 9am the previous day. How to Register: Visit www.choicelunch.com to create a new account and register your child(ren) (name, grade & allergy info). Please feel free to contact Choicelunch customer service with any question at 1-855-465-8624. Additionally, beginning in September, an 8oz all-fruit Jamba Juice smoothie will be available for purchase as an optional add-on to lunch orders (which include snack, drink and fruit) on Wednesdays for $2.85. One flavor will be offered each day, with the flavor rotation including Strawberry Whirl, Mega Mango, Peach Perfection, and Five Fruit Frenzy. Yum!
UPCOMING EVENTS: While you will receive a full calendar of September events in your first Wednesday Envelope, we ask you to please mark your calendar for some upcoming events.
Tuesday, August 22, is our Back-to-School Night beginning at 6:30pm in the gym. This is a mandatory meeting for all families. At least one parent from each family is required to attend. As per the 2017-2018 Parent Participation Requirements, families without a representative in attendance will be assessed a $25 fee for a missed meeting.
Monday, August 28, is a minimum day - 12:15pm/12:30pm dismissal.
The new school year always brings with it a mixed bag of emotions. Disappointment at the end of summer vacation and excitement and anxiety over what the new school year will bring. We look forward to partnering with you and your child as they begin or continue their journey here at St. Thomas More School!
If you have any questions or concerns between now and the start of school do email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you have your child(ren)'s school uniforms yet? Simply Uniforms will be coming on campus for a special new uniform sale on Sunday, August 6. Everyone will receive 10% off of their new uniform purchases during this event.
We will have Simply Uniforms scrip on hand so that you can start earning scrip credit for the 2017-2018 school year.
If you have any questions or concerns between now and the start of school do give us a call. The school office will continue to be open by 9:00am each day during the remainder of the summer with the exception of August 14th which is set aside for faculty and staff development.
Enjoy the last few weeks of summer vacation with your children!