Wednesday, December 12, 2018

STM Newsletter for December 12, 2018

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Dear Friends,

As we approach December 25th we eagerly await the miracle of the Birth of Jesus. During these hectic final few days of Advent let us continue to reflect on the "Good News" during this season of waiting. We use this time to express gratitude for the many blessings in our lives, especially our children. They give us hope for a bright future, they bring joy, love, strength and peace into our lives. The challenge for all of us is to make time in a very busy and hectic schedule to spend time with Jesus. How do we carve out time to spend with our Lord during this sacred season of waiting, hoping, and dreaming? Consider joining us here at St. Thomas More Church on Christmas Eve for the Children's Mass at 5:00pm. Find out what time church services are at your local parish. Take a few minutes to pray with your family. Remind your children often that Jesus loves them and will always watch over them. Take some time to enjoy your family and friends during this holy season.

ADVENT PRAYER SERVICES
Thank you to the TK class for preparing a lovely prayer service yesterday as we continue through the Advent season. Please join us next Tuesday, December 18, for our final Advent prayer service which will be presented by 6th grade in the gym at 8:10am.
SANDWICHES-FOR-THE-NEEDY
This Friday, December 14, is our last collection of sandwiches-for-the-needy before the Christmas break. All are welcome to participate and the 3rd and 6th graders are charged with taking the lead that day. In order to facilitate the distribution of sandwiches, we have been asked to provide just one type of sandwich: turkey on sliced white or brown bread. We thank you in advance for what we hope will be another huge collection for those at the Martin de Porres House of Hospitality.
CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS EVE LITURGY
Calling all Angels, Shepherds, Wise Men and readers! Please consider having your child participate in the Christmas Eve Children's Liturgy. Please see this flyer for more information.
PEANUT BUTTER FRIDAY
We're almost there! Please send a jar (or two!), any kind, any size with your child by Friday, December 14. If we reach our goal of 500 jars of peanut butter by Friday, December 14, the student body will enjoy free dress on Wednesday, December 19.
Current Count: 473!
TOY DRIVE
A BIG thank you to all who donated a new, unwrapped toy for our Toy Drive! We received a great response and the toys were picked up today. What a great way to help the less fortunate kids in our community, especially at this time of the year.
CHRISTMAS PROGRAM
Tomorrow night our students will present their Christmas Program and will sing a selection of non-traditional Christmas Carols. All students will be involved in this production. Again this year we will be presenting the program at the Shah Center for The Performing Arts in our Gym. We are requesting that your child wear Christmas nice fancy dress. No t-shirts, sweats, Uggs or sneakers please. Pants/dressy jeans should be fitted, not baggy or ripped. 

The yard will be open for parking at 6:00pm. The gym doors will open at 6:15pm to allow students to enter their classrooms and for parents to enter the gym. Everyone is asked to line up in an orderly manner until the gym doors open. All students need to arrive by 6:30pm at the latest. We will begin the program promptly at 7:00pm. 

We are asking that everyone attending this fun event considers bringing one or two jars of peanut butter as part of our collection. We look forward to your attendance for this faith-filled and fun-filled production. Everyone is welcome!
As we mentioned last week, we will be sharing some of our WCEA accreditation goals with you over the coming months. Here are some more goals we would like to share with you today:
  • Develop and implement a faith action program. Increase the amount of reflection for the schoolwide service projects. Students need to be clear on the connection between their service to others and their Christian responsibilities.
  • Encourage students to expand their role as full members and ministers in the church beyond school masses and liturgies.
HOOP-A-THON 
The Athletic Board will conduct their annual Hoop-a-thon for TK through third grade this Friday, December 14. Sign-ups are still being accepted. Encourage your child to participate in this fun event! We'd love to see you there to cheer on your children!
AFTER SCHOOL CLASSES
As we mentioned last week, we are excited to introduce some new, exciting after school classes through Electivity. Click here to see more information and to register online. The password to access the page is stmwin19. Classes will be held on campus and are open for all Kindergarten through 8th grade students.
LET OTHERS KNOW WHY YOU LOVE STM
Please take a moment to help market our school by rating us on Yelp and Great SchoolsYour positive feedback matters to those potential families who search schools on these sites. Thank you for helping to spread the word about STM! Please print out a copy of your submission and turn it in to the office for a free dress pass for your child. 
Click here for more information or to register online!
Saturday, February 9, 2019
Crystal Springs Golf Course
Own a business? Consider sponsoring a hole!
For more information, contact Sinead Foley at foleyoshaughnessy@yahoo.com or Melody Dicks at mdicks@stmsf.org
We are reaching out to you, our families, asking for items and services to include as a part of the Cioppino Auction this year. Do you own a business, restaurant, or beauty salon? Maybe you have a season pass to a Bay Area sporting event and wouldn't mind donating some seats. If this sounds like you, or you know someone who has access to such donations, please complete this form. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
SCRIP = STOCKING STUFFERS!
Last chance to order stocking stuffer gift cards such as: Uber, Macy's, Old Navy, Disney, Southwest, Olive Garden, Safeway, Gamestop, Nike, Dicks, gas cards, iTunes, Target, Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts and more from ShopwithScrip! Place your order no later than Friday, December 14, by 8am to receive your gift cards before we dismiss for Christmas break.
CHRISTMAS VACATION
Christmas vacation begins at 12:15pm for grades TK-3 and at 12:30pm for grades 4-8 on Wednesday, December 19. Preschool will be dismissed at 12:00pm. There is afternoon extended care that day for TK-8th grade. Classes resume at 8:10am on Monday, January 7, 2019.

As we reflect back on the past year, we are thankful for so many things. We are thankful for our supportive families, our dedicated teachers and staff, our Parents' Club, and the many parents who volunteer hundreds of hours beyond that required. Most of all we are thankful for our children.

Blessings of the Advent and Christmas Seasons to you and your family.

Marie Fitzpatrick
Principal


"Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can't see."
- 'The Polar Express'
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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

STM Newsletter for December 5, 2018

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Dear Friends,

There is no greater gift to pass on to a child than the gift of faith. As parents of children who attend a Catholic school, you have a desire for your children to understand how wonderful God is in their lives. Their teachers, with you, ignite their awareness of God's life in them and God's love for all of us. St. Thomas More supports you as you create in your home the sacred space children need to grow in their appreciation for God's love.
ADVENT PRAYER SERVICES
Thank you to the 7th graders for preparing a lovely prayer service yesterday as we continue through the Advent season. Please join us next Tuesday, December 11, for our next prayer service presented by Transitional Kindergarten in the gym at 8:10am.
SCHOOL UNIFORM PANTS FOR GIRLS
Beginning tomorrow, December 6 through March 29, girls will be able to wear uniform pants if they wish. Those who decide to purchase uniform pants, may do so through either of the uniform companies that we contract with, Dennis Uniform and Simply Uniforms. Please remember that navy blue knee-high socks need to be worn with the pants. Girls must wear their uniform skirts (not the pants) on field trips or on occasions specified by the school. Please remember that Simply Uniform and Dennis Uniform scrip can be purchased for all your uniform needs!

STAY WARM!
During these cold and wintery days, please be sure to send your child to school with a warm coat or jacket. While we understand that it may be raining upon drop-off and pick-up, we strongly suggest your child does not bring an umbrella to school. Often the strong winds and heavy rain make the umbrellas difficult to use, especially for the younger children.
For Santa's Secret Shop
Rose de Dios
Alaina Guillermo


For the First Communion and Confirmation candidates presentation mass
Mrs. Byrne
Mr. Kavanagh


For the Holiday Faire and Pancake Breakfast
Catherine Elumba
Candace Elumba
Mia Beasley
Janelle Arquiza
Vilaska Nguyen


A special thank you to the 6th and 8th grade dads and moms who showed up to cook/serve breakfast to 205 hungry guests! 

A HUGE congratulations to the successful bidders of the Christmas Tree Auction. This first time event raised $1,830! 
PEANUT BUTTER FRIDAY
We're almost half way there! Please send a jar (or two!), any kind, any size with your child by Friday, December 14. If we reach our goal of 500 jars of peanut butter by Friday, December 14, the student body will enjoy free dress on Wednesday, December 19.
Current Count: 230
TOY DRIVE
Thank you to all who have donated a new, unwrapped toy for our Toy Drive! Let's continue to help the less fortunate kids in our community, especially at this time of the year. We will continue collecting the toys until December 12. All students who donate will received a candy cane!

 
The WCEA accredits Catholic elementary and secondary schools in nine western states (26 archdioceses) and the US Territory of Guam. It began in 1957 in San Francisco and has a long and successful history of assisting school improvement through the accreditation process. STM is in the process of WCEA accreditation and an accreditation committee will visit us in February 2019. As part of the process, we have been tasked to establish several goals. Here are a couple of goals we would like to share with you today:
  • Build understanding of how charitable organizations work. Classes will choose one or two local or global organizations to learn more about, eg. The Red Cross.
  • Increase the role of Faith Families in the school in addition to their monthly meetings.
Over the next few months, we will continue to share some more of our goals with you.
AFTER SCHOOL CLASSES
As we mentioned last week, we are excited to introduce some new, exciting after school classes through Electivity. Click here to see more information and to register online. The password to access the page is stmwin19. Classes will be held on campus and are open for all Kindergarten through 8th grade students.
LET OTHERS KNOW WHY YOU LOVE STM
Please take a moment to help market our school by rating us on Yelp and Great SchoolsYour positive feedback matters to those potential families who search schools on these sites. Thank you for helping to spread the word about STM! Please print out a copy of your submission and turn it in to the office for a free dress pass for your child. 
CHRISTMAS PROGRAM
Next Thursday, December 13, our students will present their Christmas Program and will sing a selection of non-traditional Christmas Carols. All students will be involved in this production. Again this year we will be presenting the program at the Shah Center for The Performing Arts. We are requesting that your child wear Christmas nice fancy dress. No t-shirts, sweats, Uggs or sneakers please. Pants/dressy jeans should be fitted and not baggy. 

The yard will be open for parking at 6:00pm. The gym doors will open at 6:15pm to allow students to enter their classrooms and for parents to enter the gym. Everyone is asked to line up in an orderly manner until the gym doors open. All students need to arrive by 6:30pm at the latest. We will begin the program promptly at 7:00 pm. After their performance, students in grades TK-3 will remain with their teachers in their classrooms for the remainder of the evening and will return to the gym for the Grand Finale.

We are asking that everyone attending this fun event considers bringing one or two jars of peanut butter as part of our collection. We look forward to your attendance for this faith-filled and fun-filled production. Everyone is welcome!
Click here for more information or to register online!
Saturday, February 9, 2019
Crystal Springs Golf Course
Own a business? Consider sponsoring a hole!
For more information, contact Sinead Foley at foleyoshaughnessy@yahoo.com or Melody Dicks at mdicks@stmsf.org
We are reaching out to you, our families, asking for items and services to include as a part of the Cioppino Auction this year. Do you own a business, restaurant, or beauty salon? Maybe you have a season pass to a Bay Area sporting event and wouldn't mind donating some seats. If this sounds like you, or you know someone who has access to such donations, please complete this form. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
An finally, Christmas has come early to St. Thomas More School – we are happy to announce that we have been chosen to receive a $3,300 grant from the Olympic Club Foundation to be used to purchase a new outdoor back-to-back basketball goal and rim. Thank you to the Olympic Club Foundation!
Sincerely,

Marie Fitzpatrick
Principal
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