Our 8th grade graduates are off on their last service project today serving lunch to the Glide Memorial community. Tomorrow they will embark on their graduation trip to Great America before they return for all the activities of graduation day this Friday. We are saying good-bye to a fine class of eighth grade students. They have earned awards and recognition for their academic achievements from several of the high schools at which they have been accepted! The student body will come together for the graduates' last Mass as STM students this Friday at 11:00am. The graduation ceremony will be at 5:00pm. that evening. At those events, students will pray together, share their thoughts about their time at STM, hear the announcements of awards, and celebrate this educational milestone in their lives. We salute our graduates and hope you will join them at either or both ceremonies.
EXTENDED CARE Extended Care bills for May/June will be posted to your FACTS account on Monday, June 13. The due date for that last monthly payment will be June 24.
SUMMER HOURS The office will be open through Friday, June 23, from 9am-12pm and will re-open on Tuesday, August 1st. If you do need us during the summer, please email email@example.com.
FREE DRESS WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY-UNIFORM COLLECTION This is a great time to donate any uniform pieces that your children have outgrown or that you will no longer be using. A used uniform sale will take place in the gym on Sunday, August 6.
NEW UNIFORM SALE/SCRIP Simply Uniform will be coming on campus for a special new uniform sale on Sunday, August 6, 2017 from 9-11am. We will have Simply Uniform scrip on hand so that you can start earning scrip credit for the 2017-2018 school year.
SCRIP Just a reminder that this Friday, June 2 at 8am is the last chance to order any gift cards that are needed before summer vacation. Orders placed by this deadline will be sent home next Wednesday. Remember, gift cards make great gifts for graduations and Father's day!
Thursday, June 1 – 8th grade graduation trip to Great America - Utopia field trip to CuriOdyssey - Parents' Club Installation Dinner 7pm, Library Friday, June 2 – 8th grade graduation Mass, 11am, STM Church - 8th grade graduation ceremony, 5pm, STM Church Tuesday, June 6 - Move Up Day! Students spend time in their next year's classroom. Wednesday, June 7 – Minimum day, 12:15/12:30 dismissal Thursday, June 8 – Last day of school, 10am – NO PM EXTENDED CARE
Wednesday, August 16 - SCHOOL RESUMES, 8:10am start - Minimum day, 12:15/12:30 dismissal
Reminders for Thursday, June 8
Make sure that your family's account is paid up. Report cards are subject to holds for delinquent accounts.
Parents' Club hospitality, Gym, 8:30-9:00am
Donations of pastries, breakfast items and juices may be dropped in the office on Wednesday, June 7.
Prayer Service and Academic Awards Ceremony: 9:00am, Shah Center
Preschool through 7th Grade will dismiss at 10:00am.
No Afternoon Extended Care that day.
School yard parking available at 8:30am
Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our families who volunteered their time this school year. Activities like showing up for yard duty, rain or shine, volunteering as class reps, attending the Parents' Club meetings and School Advisory Board meetings, chaperoning on field trips, working on Cioppino, the Fall Festival, and numerous other school activities, would not happen without you. Your involvement allows St. Thomas More School to be a wonderful place for your children to grow and develop. A special thank you also to those who have donated paper, envelopes, used cartridges, and books for our library. Together we make a big difference in the lives of our children.
As May draws to a close, we reflect on its association with Mary. During this special month, in which we celebrated Christ's Ascension into Heaven, we are reminded to always keep Mary in our hearts. As we carry on through the year, we should continue to develop a deep personal relationship with Mary – one of love, affection, devotion and trust, so that she always has an important place in our lives to deepen our devotion to Mary. Let's all try to take some practical steps such as praying the Rosary or maybe saying a special prayer like the Hail Mary or Memorare throughout the year, not just during May. The Blessed Virgin Mary is the Queen of Peace, so as we pray, we offer our prayers for peace in our city and throughout the world.
Thank you to our 1st grade teacher, Sue Kapovich, and 2nd grade teacher, Kathleen Wilkinson, for preparing a beautiful May Crowning ceremony during Family Mass last Sunday. A special thank you also to all the 1st and 2nd grade students who participated in such a lovely tradition.
SANDWICHES-FOR-THE-NEEDY FINAL COLLECTION FOR 16-17! Just a reminder that our final collection of sandwiches-for-the-needy is this coming Friday, May 26th. We ask that ALL grades pull together to provide sandwiches that day. Thank you once again to all who have supported these collections throughout the year.
SPIRIT WEEK The Student Council reminds everyone that Spirit Week continues tomorrow with Heroes vs. Villains Day and finishes up on Friday with Pajama Day!
YEARBOOK Today those who have pre-ordered a yearbook are receiving it in their Envelope. There are still a few copies available but a sellout is assured! Remember, yearbooks are now $25 and can be purchased from the office until our supply runs out.
Friday, May 26 - Talent Show, 12:30pm, Shah Center Monday, May 29 - Memorial Day Holiday - No School Wednesday, May 31 – 8th grade serve lunch at Glide Memorial Thursday, June 1 – 8th grade graduation trip to Great America - Utopia field trip to CuriOdyssey - Parents' Club Installation Dinner Friday, June 2 – 8th grade graduation Mass, 11am, STM Church - 8th grade graduation ceremony, 5pm, STM Church Tuesday, June 6 - Move Up Day! Students meet their next year teacher Wednesday, June 7 – Minimum day, 12:15/12:30 dismissal Thursday, June 8 – Last day of school, 10am – NO PM EXTENDED CARE
TDAP Parents of current 6th grade students need to submit evidence that their child has received their Tdap shot before August 16. Students without this on file will not be able to begin the 17-18 school year.
STUDENT COUNCIL ELECTIONS
Congratulations to all our candidates for running a very successful and effective campaign for the 2017-18 Student Council. All the candidates provided festive and informative campaign materials and each gave rousing campaign speeches to excite the 4th through 8th grade voters! The results demonstrated that every candidate had the support of many voters and the races were fairly fought and fairly won! The following students will hold Student Council Officer positions for the 2017-18 school year:
President:Matthew Lim Vice President:AJ Salise Secretary:Christian Bustos Treasurers: Jack Kavanagh and Tyler Reyes Boys' Sports Commissioner: Santino Woo Girls' Sports Commissioner:Dominique Cabading Commissioners of Religious Affairs and Social Justice Outreach: Santino Martinez and Daniel Solorzano Commissioners of School Spirit and Publicity: Diego Ruiz and Xavier Chan
Commissioner of Ecology: Alexa Cahua Traffic Commissioners: Isabella Brenes, Huy Duong and Grayson Salomon Lunch Coordinator:Daniel Massarweh Newspaper Editors: Kiely Madrid and Samantha Santiago Yearbook Editors: Bella Dimacali and Arianna Montiel
2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR At this time, we would like to announce that we have a few changes in staff for the new school year and some shuffling from one grade to another.
Natalia Girlich (8th grade/Vice-Principal) will be moving on from St. Thomas More School. We wish her well as she pursues new challenges in her career and take advantage of new opportunities. We are excited that Joanne Kane will be taking the reigns as the 8th grade teacher and are happy to announce that Shelley White has been appointed as the Vice Principal. Moving to a full-time classroom position is Rory McKillion who will be the 5th grade teacher next school year and we welcome Madeline Teegan who will teach ELA in the upper grades.
Also leaving us and retiring after 27 years in the SF Archdiocese, six of those here at STM, is Rita Franchi, our office assistant. Taking over Rita's role full-time is Judy Silva, and we welcome Betty Quinlan who will also join us in the office.
Another change for the 17-18 school year, will be the changing role of Sue Kapovich, our 1st grade teacher. We are extremely excited for this change as Mrs. Kapovich will head the Master's Program, a curriculum for accelerated learners. Please see the flyer in today's envelope for more information about this fantastic program. We look forward to welcoming Orlaith Egan as the new 1st grade teacher.
Some more great news! We would like to congratulate our classroom aide and part time 1st grade teacher, Anjali Goel and her husband, Ajay, on the birth of their first child, Amaya, last week. Congratulations also to our preschool director, Rachelle Frantz, and her husband, Matt, who are expecting their second child in July!
Don't forget, Monday, May 29th is a holiday in observance of Memorial Day.