Next Tuesday, our second grade class will receive the sacrament of First Reconciliation. When we receive this sacrament we find God's unconditional forgiveness for each and every one of us; as a result we are called to forgive others. The peace of mind and soul which this sacrament imparts to us is one for which there is no substitute. It is a peace that flows from a certainty that our sins have been forgiven and that we are right with God. Please keep the second graders in your prayers as they continue their preparation for their First Communion on Saturday, April 21 at 10:00am.
PEACE WALK Thank you to all who joined us for our Peace Walk today. It was great to see our students exchanging "peace (post)cards" with our neighboring Brotherhood Way schools, The Brandeis School of San Francisco and KZV Armenian School.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS Thank you to all who joined us last week for 3rd grades presentation of the first seven stations. Next Thursday, March 22, the 3rd graders will complete them by presenting stations eight through fourteen. Please join us if you can.
PARENT MEETING CAPITAL CAMPAIGN Thank you to all who joined us last night for the mandatory parent meeting. Congratulations to the Bernardo Family and the Guevara Family for winning the free re-registration raffles! We were very excited to roll out our Capital Campaign - More than Bricks. Your involvement and support for your St. Thomas More School is very much appreciated and you are truly a blessing to your children.
The Mother-Son Dinner Dance was a wonderful success! Thank you to Norman and Mariluz Ragasa (parents of Aidan, 8) and all their helpers for all their hard work in making this a fun and memorable event for all mothers and their sons. Below are the winners of the drawing and costume contests. All prizes will be sent to the winners classroom.
Marquez and Mia Beasley (5)
K-2: Emerson Ngoon (K) & Rory Freer (2)
3-5: Eli Reyes (3) & Jared Lim (5)
Overall winner: Matthew Quesada (5) The drawings were awesome which made it hard to choose a winner. Thank you to everyone who participated!
Thank you for another wonderful year at St. Thomas More School. It's time to re-register for the 2018-2019 school year. We ask all families, preschool through seventh grade, to complete their re-registration online by clicking on the buttons above.
The re-registration fee is $375 for each child and will be billed to your FACTS account on Friday, March 23. The payment deadline is Wednesday, April 11. After this deadline of April 11, the re-registration fee is $500 per child. As a reminder, any family with unmet financial obligations to the school may be dropped from the registered list. These include scrip purchases and parent hours.
You must complete one online form for EACH child currently attending STM/Utopia Preschool. (Preschool families who are entering Kindergarten at STM do not need to register online.)
If the online form is not completed by the due date, a seat will not be saved for your child.
As always, re-registration fees are non-refundable.
Friday is a big day for the eighth graders. They will be receiving notification of their acceptances in the various Catholic high schools to which they have applied. They are a wonderful, talented and mature group of students. We know they will do amazingly well!
Remember, this Friday, March 16 is a local holiday and school will NOT be in session. We'll see you again on Monday, March 19.
As part of our preparation for the Resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday, students in grades 3-8 received the sacrament of Reconciliation yesterday.
It was on Easter Sunday evening that Jesus appeared to his Apostles, gathered together in the Upper Room, where they had eaten the Last Supper. Jesus spoke to them reassuringly.
Let St. John (20:19-23) tell it:
Jesus came and stood in the midst and said to them, 'Peace be to you!' When he had said this, he breathed upon them, and said to them, 'Receive the Holy Spirit; whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.'
To paraphrase our Lord's words in more modern terms, what he said was this:
As God, I have the power to forgive sin. I now entrust the use of that power to you. You will be My representatives. Whatever sins you forgive, I shall forgive. Whatever sins you do not forgive, I shall not forgive.
Please consider joining us next Wednesday, March 14 for the following activities.
SCHOOL MASS As we won't be in session next Friday, we will be attending mass as a school on Wednesday, March 14 at 8:30am in the church.
AWARDS CEREMONY Following mass, we will hold our third quarter Academic Excellence and Citizenship Award ceremony.
PEACE WALK As communities of faith, on March 14, at 10am, St. Thomas More School, along with our neighboring Brotherhood Way schools, The Brandeis School of San Francisco and KZV Armenian School, are participating in the National School Walkout to honor the victims of the tragic events that unfolded on February 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. We will exchange "peace (post)cards" with students from the other schools. As you talk to your child about these events, please remind them that during times of tragedy or great sadness our Catholic communities turn to God for solace and guidance.
We are happy to report that Cioppino raised just over $40,000! What a fantastic effort from all involved. Last week we neglected to thank our fantastic teachers who volunteered during the event. A BIG thank you again to alumni, parents and staff volunteers who helped make it such a great success.
MOTHER-SON DANCE Have you sent in your reservation form for the Mother/Son Dance yet? Reservations are due by TOMORROW! If you and your son wish to join in this fun activity, please send in the reservation flyer you received last week.
MANDATORY PARENT MEETING We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, March 13 for a mandatory parent meeting for all families of kindergarten through 8th grade. This is a mandatory meeting for all parents. At least one parent from each family is required to attend. Please click HERE to make a reservation for childcare. Doors open at 6:00pm for hospitality and light refreshments. We will begin the meeting in the gym promptly at 6:45pm. Be on time for your chance to win one of two free re-registration fees (a winning 8th grade parent will have their graduation fees waived)!
As we mentioned last week, we launched a FUND-A-NEED to raise some funds to purchase new desks and chairs for our classrooms. We have now raised $2,115. We're still accepting donations. Please use the envelope you received last week. Thank you for your ongoing support.
We celebrate St. Patrick's feast day every year on March 17. As school is not in session on March 17, we will hold our annual celebration of this great saint who is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland on Thursday, March 15. St. Patrick is also one of the patron saints of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. As is our custom, we will mark the day with a celebration of dance and song with an Irish slant. Please join us at 1:00pm in the gym. The Student Council will hold a bake sale as well as sell pins and tattoos. Students may wear green free dress for a $2 donation.
SCRIP/FINAL COUNTDOWN FOR REBATING! Rebate requirement of $100 per family is drawing to a close on April 30th. Rebate amounts from qualifying scrip programs (Shop with Scrip, Escrip, Benefit Mobile, Uniform Sale) for this year are included in your envelope today. If you do not reach your $100 rebate by April 30th there is a $150 fee (less your earnings). Please note that rebate earnings for 2018-2019 school year begins May 1st! If you have any questions, please contact Judy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Don't forget to get up early and set your clocks ahead at 2:00am on Sunday, March 11, or even better, set them ahead on Saturday night. And while you are at it, change the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.