By studying the lives of the saints, students are learning ways they can learn from their example and become closer to Jesus during this Lenten season. On Holy Thursday, we will have a Day to celebrate some of our Saints. Each student will choose a particular saint to study and can dress as them and share information about their life with their classmates.
Congratulations to our Cioppino Committee on the resounding success of this annual fundraiser. Their months of preparation made for a very organized event with many compliments ranging from the great food to the smooth pick-up process. While final numbers are not yet available, we have heard nothing but praise for the wonderful dinner, silent auction and other offerings.
A huge Thank You to Committee Members:
Linda Shah, Alumni parent Zodine Spiegel, Alumni parent, former STM teacher Anarose Schelstrate, Alumni parent Jessica Ramirez, Alumni parent Mike Giusti, Alumni parent Jeffrey Spiegel, Alumni parent Trilce Farrugia, (Jianna, 3, and Enzo, 8) Angelina Lee, (Samantha, K) Robert Maldonado, (Mateo, 7) April Dominguez (Antonio, 8) Daniel Padilla, (Luciana, 1) Debbie Mira-Padilla, (Luciana, 1) David Alexander, (Marigold, K)
We are extremely grateful to the following businesses for their sponsorship:
Sam's Chowder House Roti Indian Bistro David Joy Construction Round Table Pizza (Portola) Kerley Construction Vince's Shellfish
Thursday, March 4 Parents' Club Meeting 7 pm T2 Report Cards distributed
Distance Learners: Teachers will email parents a digital copy of the report card and STAR parent report to families with distance learners. You may pick up printed copies from the office.
In-N-Out AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
Thank you to our wonderful students for incredible work this school year. We at STM are so very proud of your many successes. Our friends at IN-N-OUT BURGER think you're terrific as well. Each grade will be awarded five Award of Excellence certificates for their outstanding achievements in the Second Trimester at STM. Excellence can be achieved for high academics, for outstanding citizenship or for extraordinary effort. Keep up the good work!
RETURN TO IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION
Today, March 3, is the last day to submit your request for your child to return for in-person instruction on Monday, March 8, 2021. Now that the majority of our staff and faculty have received their first vaccine,and the transmission rates have dropped significantly in the Bay Area, St. Thomas More school continues to be a very safe place for our students to learn.
Below are the other upcoming return to in-person instruction dates. Please submit your request at least 5 days before your child's return date.
April 12, 2021
May 4, 2021
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CATHOLIC IDENTITY SURVEY
Due by: Monday, March 8, 2021
This Catholic Identity Assessment Guide incorporates a vision of the Catholic character of the school within an assessment and review process designed to identify strengths and target areas for growth.
The focus of this assessment process is to build on the strengths within the school while affirming and encouraging efforts to live out the Catholic character in all aspects of the school's life.
Here are the updated Financial Policies for the 2020-2021 school year. The tuition increase of approximately 4.5% will assist in balancing our budget. The rising cost of employee salaries and benefits, textbooks, school supplies and student activities were all factors in deciding the new tuition rates.
Stay safe, get vaccinated when it's your turn, and continue to pray for the safe reopening of local businesses, a return to sports programs for our children, and the ability to meet safely with family and friends.
With gratitude for the many blessings in our lives,
On Ash Wednesday Pope Francis said that the 40 days of Lent are an opportunity to turn from the slavery of sin to the freedom found in reconciliation with God. Here are some of his suggestions regarding fasting during Lent:
We appreciate the struggles and stresses that this pandemic has placed on all of us this past year. Currently, we have approximately half of our students on campus while the other half continue to distance learn. We understand that your family life has also been impacted severely and you may now be taking a vacation or trip that had previously been postponed. If this is the case, please let us know so that we can mark your child absent and your family can enjoy your vacation. Forcing a child to distance learn from Tahoe, Hawaii or anywhere else besides home is putting an undue strain on all concerned. It takes extra energy and time for teachers to keep students focused on learning and class when faced with so many distractions. Students on vacation don't have all their supplies or books, may have wi-fi issues and like to share stories of their vacation with classmates. It is disruptive for everyone.
We are grateful for your consideration when making decisions that may have an unforeseen impact on others. While San Francisco has removed the travel restriction in place it is still strongly recommended the families avoid unnecessary travel. Our teachers and staff are making your child's learning a priority, we ask that you do the same.
Cioppino on the Go!
Pick-up, Saturday, February 27
Congratulations to our amazing Cioppino Committee. Over 350 dinners have now been sold, far surpassing their original goal of 200. We have more than 100 cars picking up in a 2 ½ hour period so please be patient. Here are a few reminders to ensure a safe pick-up on Saturday:
Follow instructions from the volunteer traffic coordinators.
Do not exit your vehicle.
Wear your mask.
Food will be placed in your trunk where possible.
Try to be on time, but please be patient.
Enjoy the terrific food and drink offerings!
We are still looking for some more parent volunteers to help this weekend. Please email Linda at Lp1114@aol.com if you are available over the weekend. This is a great way to earn your parent hours.
CATHOLIC IDENTITY SURVEY
Standard 4 Catechist Certification Standard 8 Evangelization
Due by: Monday, March 8, 2021
Each year the Department of Catholic Schools require us to review certain standards regarding the Catholic Identity of our school. This Catholic Identity Assessment Guide incorporates a vision of the Catholic character of the school within an assessment and review process designed to identify strengths and target areas for growth.
The focus of this assessment process is to build on the strengths within the school while affirming and encouraging efforts to live out the Catholic character in all aspects of the school's life. Please assist us by taking this short survey to gather data for our report.
Because of the pandemic, we made some adjustments earlier in the year to the required parent hours for this school year, reducing your commitment to just 6 hours. These 6 hours can be completed for volunteer activities sanctioned by the Parents' Club or the St. Thomas More School administration.
Because of the huge response to the Cioppino-To-Go the Committee are looking for extra volunteers for this weekend. Please email Linda at Lp1114@aol.com if you are available this weekend.
Below are alternative ways to fulfill your parent participation hours for this school year.
10 reams of white paper
3 reams of color paper
A Wish List with other needed items will be posted next week
The reduced buy-out fee of $350 is an option for those who do not wish to complete the minimum requirement.
The 2020-2021 Maintenance fee is due on March 1. A late fee of $25 will be assessed if paid after the deadline. Please email our FACTS coordinator, Nancy Cottura at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
As essential workers, some of our faculty and staff have received their first vaccine against Covid19 in the past week. Others have appointments scheduled in the near future. We are grateful for this opportunity as we know that getting vaccinated will help keep us, our families and our coworkers safe.
Here are a few tips from the SF Department of Public Health:
If you've already had COVID-19, we still recommend you get a vaccine. While you may have some short-term protection after recovering from COVID-19, we don't know how long this protection will last.
The vaccines are free and offered in SF regardless of immigration status.
You do not need insurance to book an appointment.
Even after you receive the vaccine, it is important you continue to wear a mask and practice social distancing. As of now, we only know that the vaccine protects you from getting sick from COVID-19. Additional research is needed about whether it prevents vaccinated individuals from transmitting the virus.
If you are interested in learning more about the vaccine these resources address many questions and concerns.
Thank you all who contributed to the One Warm Coat Drive! Amazingly, we collected over 200 coats and jackets. Your donations were dropped off this week at our local chapter of One Warm Coat.
Catholic schools continue to demonstrate their commitment to our students and our families during this pandemic. We are grateful that so many families recognise the value of the education their children receive at St. Thomas More. The benefits of our community working closely together for the good of all our children is priceless. We continue to be so very proud of the many successes of our students as they prepare for a life of service and leadership.