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CORRECTION: Grandparents' Day - Friday, February 5, 2021

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CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK
GRANDPARENTS' DAY

Friday, February 5, 2021

We celebrate our Grandparents and all the special people in our lives on Friday, February 5.

We will begin the day at 8:30 with a virtual Mass from St. Thomas More Church with pastor Fr. Marvin Filipe. A video tribute to our grandparents with messages from the children will be live on our website for viewing after the mass.

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STM Newsletter for Wednesday, January 20, 2021

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January 20, 2021

Dear STM Families, 

"I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."-The Constitution of the United States. Article II, Section 1.
Today, in Washington DC, the 46th president of the United States was sworn into office. As we are still in the throes of the pandemic, President Joe Biden's inauguration did not have the usual crowds in attendance to witness this occasion in person and many of the regular activities, such as the inaugural ball, are not being held. However, the occasion was solemn and all activities moved ahead smoothly. Of greater significance in the history of our country is the fact that Kamala Harris is sworn in as the first female vice president, as well as the first woman of color to hold this position. We congratulate them both as we pray for better things to come. 

Twenty-two year old Amanda Gorman, the first National Youth Poet laureate, wowed the crowd with her amazing poem "The Hill We Climb"  that calls for unity and healing. It concluded:

"For there is always light, if only we're brave enough to see it. 
If only we're brave enough to be it."

MASS AT ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH

All scheduled indoor masses continue to be cancelled during this pandemic. However, Fr. Marvin and St. Thomas More Church continue to follow the regularly offered daily mass schedule. All masses are live streamed through Facebook. Students will attend the weekly Friday mass at 8:30am. 

LINK: https://www.facebook.com/STMOfficialPage/videos/2920630201546636/

Weekend masses continue outside on the church steps and all are welcome to attend. For your continued safety, you may tune in to the live mass from your own car and participate as a community of prayer. Please join us on this and future Sundays or the 10am Mass. 

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK

FREE DRESS ALL WEEK!

During Catholic Schools week, our Student Council encourages all students to show their STM Bronco spirit by setting up a week of free dress for all. So start planning

  • Monday, Feb. 1: School Colors or Jerseys 
  • Tuesday, Feb 2: Dress like your teacher day
  • Wednesday, Feb 3: Wacky Wednesday
  • Thursday, Feb. 4: Throwback Thursday
  • Friday, Feb. 5: Pajama Day 

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK
GRANDPARENTS DAY

February 5, 2021

We celebrate our Grandparents and all the special people in our lives on Friday, February 5.

We will begin the day at 8:30 with a virtual Mass from St. Thomas More Church with pastor Fr. Marvin Filipe. A video tribute to our grandparents with messages from the children will be live on our website for viewing after the mass.

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK 

Sunday January 31st

Family Mass,
live streamed from 

St. Thomas More Church

January 11- February 6

Winter is here and there are many families in our community who are in need of a warm winter coat. Between January 11- February 6, St. Thomas More School will be collecting clean, new or gently used coats in conjunction with ONE WARM COAT. Your donations will benefit many local charities in the area which are in desperate need of coats. Please help us keep everyone warm this winter. Thank you in advance for your generosity. Kindly drop coats in the bins outside the front door of the school during school hours, Monday through Thursday.

CALENDAR

Monday, January 25
Minimum Day Dismissal 
12:15 pm: TK-3 and siblings 
12:30 pm: Grades 4-8 and siblings 

Tuesday, January 26
Grade 4 Mysteries of the Deep Virtual Field Trip 1pm

Friday, January 29
2021-2022 TK/K Registration due

Sunday, January 31-Saturday, Feb. 6
Catholic Schools Week
Spirit Week

Sunday, January 31-Saturday, Feb. 13
Scholastic Online Book Fair
STAR Testing 
 

Get notified when you're eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine

The city of San Francisco has a website for those who live or work in San Francisco to get notified when you are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Sign up for notifications below: 

LINK: https://sf.gov/get-notified-when-its-your-turn-covid-19-vaccine.

STM 29th Annual Cioppino Dinner 
Saturday, February 27, 2021 


Cioppino On The Go is approaching! Make it an evening with crab and virtual events including a silent auction, the very popular surprise Balloon Baskets, and the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win $1000! 

Dinner: $45/per person
- (Crab or chicken, green salad, appetizer box, pasta, bread and dessert)
Drinks to Go: $15-$30 
 
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Dinner orders, auction and raffle links open up soon! Look for more information. 

STM school events may be different this year, but the traditions and feelings of community continue. Let's have fun, raise lots of money and keep our Cioppino tradition going! 

DONATIONS NEEDED 

As of today, we raised $3,000! Thank you for your generosity! We have purchased document cameras and desktop speakers for teachers who have requested them. Please continue to support and donate to fund our school improvement projects and to purchase additional PPE supplies to keep our children, faculty and staff safe.  

LINK: DONATE TO SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT FUND

Please follow our Social Media Accounts to see what's happening at STM. 

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Facebook
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With Gratitude,


Marie Fitzpatrick

Principal

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

STM Newsletter for Wednesday, January 13, 2021

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Grade 5 Paper Mountains Activity

Fifth graders are currently learning Mapping & Earth's Surface Features. So, yesterday, students developed a model of the earth's surface and used it to discover an important principle about how rivers work. In the activity, Paper Mountains, students used a spray bottle to make rain fall on paper models of mountains to observe patterns of how water and rivers flow.

January 13, 2021

Dear STM Families, 

Looking for about 250 happy smiling kids; it's much too quiet around here! 

We're delighted to welcome students back on campus next Tuesday, 1/19/2021 following the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. What a contrast it is to celebrate the peaceful protests of the great Rev. King in light of the tragic and violent attack on our nation's capital just one week ago. The events unfolded as I wrote the newsletter last Wednesday and I was shocked and abhorred at what was happening. That six people lost their lives is beyond appalling. That lawmakers and their staff had to hide in fear for their lives was a disgrace. (That children have to practice safety drills and hide in closets is also unconscionable, but that is a topic for another occasion).

As a country we need to teach our children that this is not how a democracy works. We need to share stories of heroes like Martin Luther King for their work in advancing social justice through non-violent protest. There are so many examples of people doing good in this nation and in our world  that we cannot let the mob define who we are. Let's continue to work together to share God's love, to care for one another, and to model respectful dialogue in all situations. 

SAFE RETURN TO SCHOOL

The continued safety of all staff and students continues to be a cause of concern especially in light of the increasing number of cases locally. In preparation for returning to campus next week, all STM employees will be tested for COVID-19 this week. While testing of students is not mandatory we highly recommend testing for any student who travelled outside the Bay Area or who gathered with people outside of their household in the past 14 days. Remember that there is a mandatory quarantine of 10 days for anyone traveling, moving, or returning to San Francisco from anywhere outside the Bay Area.

STM JANUARY RETURN TO SCHOOL FORM

Complete the January Return to School Form ONLY if your child is returning to school for in-person learning on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

Form must be COMPLETED between Tuesday, January 12-Thursday, January 14, 2021

 LINK: STM January Return To School Form

DUE BY 12 noon on Thursday, January 14, 2021

While returning to in-person instruction is very important to us, we also have a responsibility to keep our teachers, administrators, and staff as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are essential to the safe running of our schools and deserve to return to school in an environment where they are protected. If your child has traveled out of the State or Country, if they have been exposed to anyone with Covid-19, or if they have mixed with others outside your household in the past two weeks, they will need to quarantine for 14 days.

Given the Regional Stay at Home Order still in effect, gatherings with people of different households is prohibited. Therefore, in order for your child(ren) to return to on-campus learning on January 19, please answer the questions on the STM January Return to School Form

Email us at office@stmsf.org if you have any questions.

PARKMERCED AND FOOTBRIDGE UPDATES ~ Good News!

In November 2019 the STM school community met with members of the Parkmerced Vision project, specifically in regard to the removal of the footbridge across Brotherhood Way. Many of our parents and students spoke eloquently regarding our various safety concerns. I have since met again with the Parkmerced group and city departments and am thrilled to announce that our voices have been heard! They are now exploring various alternatives to maintaining and modifying the existing footbridge. 

Please visit their website for further details and read the following information Parkmerced has  provided. "Though we encourage everyone to watch the entire video for an overview and brief update on the Parkmerced Vision Plan, as well as context for the pedestrian bridge discussion, for ease of reference the pedestrian bridge discussion begins at the 5:00 mark in the video.

Hopefully this video is helpful. We tried to incorporate much of your feedback and explore various alternatives to maintain the pedestrian bridge as we heard in response to our previous presentations in November 2019 and April 2020. 

After watching the video, please communicate your feedback, comments, and questions to us through email at info@parkmercedvision.com or via phone at (415) 405-4666 by January 15, 2021. For general information on the Vision Plan, please visit the Parkmerced project website www.parkmercedvision.com. For the City's latest developments and updates on COVID-19, please visit sfdph.org or call 3-1-1."

CALENDAR

Friday, Jan. 15: TK and K acceptance notifications sent

Monday, Jan. 18: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - School Holiday

Tuesday, Jan. 19: In-person instruction resumes

Monday, Jan. 25: Minimum Day 12:15/12:30 pm 

Sunday, January 31-Saturday, Feb. 6
Catholic Schools Week
Spirit Week

Sunday, January 31-Saturday, Feb. 13
Scholastic Online Book Fair
STAR Testing 

STM 29th Annual Cioppino Dinner 

Save the date: Saturday, February 27, 2021 

We are doing things a little differently this year - Cioppino On The Go! Let's all continue to support STM by breaking bread (or crab legs!) together. Start thinking about how many servings you'll need so you won't have to share. Or maybe gifting a few Cioppino meals to friends and family. More information to come!

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK

FREE DRESS ALL WEEK!

During Catholic Schools week, our Student Council encourages all students to show their STM Bronco spirit by setting up a week of free dress for all. So start planning

  • Monday, Feb. 1: School Colors or Jerseys 

  • Tuesday, Feb 2: Dress like your teacher day

  • Wednesday, Feb 3: Wacky Wednesday

  • Thursday, Feb. 4: Throwback Thursday

  • Friday, Feb. 5: Pajama Day

Scholastic Online Book Fair

January 31-February 13

For the safety of all, we again urge you to continue to follow the guidelines from the San Francisco Department of Public Health regarding face coverings, physical distancing, avoiding gatherings, and staying home as much as possible. Please let us know if your child or family members are in close contact with anyone who has Covid-19. Keep children home if they exhibit any of the following signs of a possible Covid-19 infection:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Loss of taste or smell in the last 10 days. 
  • Children may say that food "tastes bad or "tastes funny."
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea, nausea or vomiting

We look forward with hope to a quick rollout of the vaccine and an end to this pandemic.

 

Be safe!

Marie Fitzpatrick

Principal

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