Wednesday, February 8, 2017

STM Newsletter for February 8, 2017

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Dear Parents:
 
As we move closer to the feast day of St. Valentine, we ask that you remember those less fortunate around you by showing a little love. The parable of the Good Samaritan from the Gospel of Luke is a great example of this. The parable tells of a traveler who is beaten and robbed along the side of the road. First a priest and then a Levite come by, but both avoid the man. Finally, a Samaritan comes by. The Samaritan helps the injured man. How can you help and show love as we draw closer to February 14? How about making an extra sandwich, or two, for those in need at the Martin de Porres House of Hospitality. This Friday, February 10, our 2nd and 7th graders will take the lead in providing sandwiches-for-the-needy. We encourage ALL families to provide an extra sandwich. Some of our older students will prepare 50 additional sandwiches with the residents at Alma Via to add to this collection.
Thank you to Sue Kapovich and Kathleen Wilkinson who organized a great Grandparents and Special Friends Day and to everyone who made it such a success! The children were so happy to have over 150 special guests join us for this fun event. A HUGE thank you goes out to Melody Dicks, Rita Franchi, Yvonne Benedict, Judy Silva, Raquel Martinez, and Ana Machuca for their help in preparing breakfast for the grandparents and special friends to enjoy. Thanks also to the many other parent volunteers who pitched in to make the day run so smoothly.
Also a HUGE thank you to Judy Silva, and her competent committee of booksellers for the great job they did all last week with this year's Book Fair. Thanks to all of you who bought books to enrich your children's lives and to donate to the classroom libraries. We are close to our goal of receiving 60% of our sales back in Scholastic dollars. This will be used to purchase additional books for the library.
GOLF TOURNAMENT
Thank you to everyone who supported our 3rd Annual Golf Tournament, The STM Classic. Even though the weather looked gloomy, it turned out to be a wonderful success. After expenses, we brought in almost $14,000 (which almost doubles last years income) to aid in the purchase of lighting and sound for the stage. Congratulations to the winning team - Don Shaw, Joe O'Brien, George Birmingham and Joe Hardiman. A big thank you to Sinead Foley and Michael O'Shaughnessy (parents of Aoife, Preschool, and Anna, 4th grade) for planning and organizing the tournament.
SPELL-A-THON
Today you will receive information about our fourth annual Spring Spell-A-Thon in support for our technology program. As per the financial policies, all K-8 students will participate in this activity. Additional sponsor forms are available in the office.
CALENDAR ITEMS
Wednesday, February 15
3rd quarter Progress Reports go home for students in grades 4-8
 
Friday, February 17
Optional Parent Conferences -
Minimum Day dismissal 12:15pm/12:30pm
Monday, February 20
President's Day Holiday
School is closed
Wednesday, February 22
School Advisory Board meeting, 7:00pm Library
Saturday, February 25
25th Annual CIOPPINO!
Silent Auction
5pm, STM Gym
 
Monday, February 27
Minimum Day dismissal
12:15pm/12:30pm
Free dress for Cioppino attendees/donations
Tuesday, February 28
Prayer Service, 8:10am
STM Gym
Wednesday, March 1
Ash Wednesday
Student Body Mass, 8:30am
CIOPPINO 2017
It's looking like Cioppino is going to be a sell-out again this year! If you haven't yet bought your ticket, you can make an ONLINE RESERVATION NOW! Babysitting is also available on site.

CIOPPINO DONATIONS
The Cioppino Committee is still accepting donations which they will turn into spectacular auction items and balloon prizes. Please drop all donations to the school office and remember to include your child's name so that they may receive free dress!
GAME DEVELOPMENT CLASS for 6-8 grade
This class, held on Fridays from 4:30pm-6pm, will focus on students' creativity to design and develop a full-7edged 2D game from scratch.  Classes begin February 24. Check out this link for more information and to register. There is still some space available.

There won't be a newsletter next week as I will be away, Tuesday through Friday, leading a WASC accreditation team at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School in Tempe, Arizona. We will, however send home any important flyers.

Sincerely,

Marie Fitzpatrick
Principal

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

STM Newsletter for February 1, 2017

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Dear Parents:
 
The Family Mass, Book Fair, the school-wide open house and the general spirit of goodwill were a fitting beginning to National Catholic Schools Week at St. Thomas More School. We have accomplished so much here by working together. A special thank you to our kindergarten teacher, Anna Tyaglo for preparing a beautiful Family Mass with the kindergarten students and their families. We are so proud of our wonderful kindergarten students.

Thank you also to Hydee Mutuc and the Ragasa Family for providing beautiful decorations for the grand opening of our Center for the Performing Arts, and to Raquel Trigueros, Patricia, Leroy and Mia Beasley, and Cecilia Sainez for their help with setting up the hospitality.

This is a good time to reflect on the benefit of being part of a Catholic school. The strong school community, grounded in a shared faith and the support and high expectations of parents, teachers and the larger community, offers your children a foundation for facing the rapidly changing world around them. By sharing this belief in God's goodness and living out their faith every day, your children are blessed with a clear advantage. Faith provides an anchor that will serve your children well into the future.
You are welcome to visit the Book Fair any morning this week before school begins or right after dismissal. Just go straight to the library where Judy Silva and her crew of booksellers will be ready to assist you.  Can't make it to our Book Fair? Check out our Online Book Fair. Click here to purchase books. All orders will ship directly to the school when the Online Fair has ended.                          
Tomorrow is Grandparents and Special Friends Day! Parking will be available in the schoolyard beginning at 8:30am. Breakfast for the grandparents will be provided in the gym beginning at 8:30am and activities with the students will begin at 9:30am. Thank you to the 150+ special guests who have RSVP'd for this fun event. The children are really looking forward to welcoming them to our school. Your children are so lucky to have such special people in their lives.
WARM COAT DRIVE
Thank you so much to everyone who donated a warn coat to those in need. Free dress passes for Tuesday, February 7 will be given to all who contributed.
Total coats donated: 187!
CIOPPINO 2017
It's looking like Cioppino is going to be a sell-out again this year! If you haven't yet bought your ticket, you can make an ONLINE RESERVATION NOW! Babysitting is also available on site.

CIOPPINO DONATIONS
The Cioppino Committee is still accepting donations which they will turn into spectacular auction items and balloon prizes. Please drop all donations to the school office and remember to include your child's name so that they may receive free dress!
GEOGRAPHY BEE
For the fifth year in a row, 8th grader Zachary White won the National Geographic Geography Bee conducted last week by Mr. Kavanagh.  The bee included three qualifiers each from grades 4-8. Second place went to 8th grader Michael Conefrey and 3rd place to 5th grader Breanna Dizon. Congratulations to all of our students who participated.
SPELLING BEE
Another thrilling Spelling Bee, complete with a nail-biting ending, was enjoyed by all on the first day of Catholic Schools Week!  
4th Grade: Devin Angeles, Keily Madrid, Elisa van Mechelen
5th Grade: 1st Place Mikaylla Catangay, Talissa Caragan, Reagan Calaguas
6th Grade: Gracie Aguinaldo, Abram Ali, Jacob David
7th Grade: Ariana Montiel, Chris Malbas, Jacob Umanzor 
8th Grade: 2nd Place Zhari Malig, 3rd Place Zachary White, Adriel Garcia
Congratulations to all our participants!  You are ALL winners!
GAME DEVELOPMENT CLASS for 6-8 grade
This class, held on Fridays from 4:30pm-6pm, will focus on students' creativity to design and develop a full-7edged 2D game from scratch.  Classes begin February 24. Check out this link for more information and to register. 

STUDENT HOLIDAY
Plan ahead - Please remember that the school, preschool through 8th grade, will be closed on Friday, February 3. This is the day set for the annual Archdiocese Professional Development for all Catholic school teachers and administrators.  

Sincerely,

Marie Fitzpatrick
Principal

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