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Dear STM Community,

Father Warren, Lynn, and I broke bread and drank much coffee this morning with a group of parents for the scheduled breakfasts and it was a fruitful conversation. We heard how this community comes together to rally around struggling families to care for one another as well as the unique opportunities and challenges that both students and parents are currently facing in our school. It was quite insightful and helps us enhance, adapt, and modify our approaches, so please consider participating in one of the upcoming breakfasts. 

These breakfasts are being held on the following dates from 8:15AM-9:15AM in the school cafeteria (Preschool breakfasts coming soon):

Thursday, January 26 - Grades 3, 4, & 5 parents
Thursday, February 9 - Middle School parents
Thursday, February 23 - Grades K, 1, & 2 parents
Thursday, March 16 - Grades 3, 4, & 5 parents
Thursday, March 30 - Middle School parents

Also, thank you to all who have made getting our new preschool lockers possible. They will be arriving next week, much to the great relief of our preschool staff and students. Your generosity as a community made this possible, so from the bottom of all our staff's hearts - THANK YOU! 

Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam (to the greater glory of God), 

Mr. Olsen



 
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Monday, Jan. 16
All Day
PreK-8 Closed - MLK Day

Tuesday, Jan. 17
All Day
K-8 Closed (No PDPS or More 4s) - Teacher In-Service

Wednesday, Jan. 18
3:15PM-4:15PM 
First Tae Kwon Do Practice - Auditorium

Thursday, Jan. 26
8:15AM-9:15AM  (Cafeteria)
Breakfast with Fr. Warren & Lynn (Grades 3, 4, & 5 parents)

Sunday, Jan. 29
11:30AM-1:30PM
All School Open House 
(Beginning of Catholic Schools Week)



Get your STM Bumper Sticker

Help us "own" our geographical area by making our name known and recognized by getting a bumper sticker for your car! 

They are going fast and there is only a limited supply! $3/sticker and the investment goes a long way in helping out the school.
Calling all Men.....time for pancakes!!!!

We are offering a pancake breakfast at the Open House on Jan. 29th that kicks off Catholic Schools Week and Mr. Olsen is seeking dads and all parish men to volunteer in working in the kitchen and making sure pancakes get served. 

All free-will proceeds from the event will go towards helping the 8th grade class get to D.C. in the spring for their spring trip. 

If able to help, please email Mr. Olsen at jolsen@morecommunity.org
Re-Enroll Today - CSW $500 off Tuition Deal!

Let's celebrate Catholic School's Week by re-committing our children to St. Thomas More Catholic School for 2017-2018!

As an added bonus, leading up to Catholic School's Week, we are offering a re-commitment special - $500 off next year's tuition!  

Everyone who has re-committed by Wednesday, February 1st, by 3:30PM will be entered into a drawing for $500 off of next year's tuition. 

Have you already re-committed? Don't worry! Everyone who has already re-committed or does so by Friday, January 20th will TRIPLE their chances to WIN and be entered into the drawing THREE times.  

The winner will be announced in the Thurs. February 2nd More News All School Newsletter. To be included into the drawing, your re-commitment form must be in the office by Weds., Feb. 1 no later than 3:30PM. 

Congratulations to the Swenson/Wetzel family on winning the Chalet Dental Teeth Whitening gift card with this week's drawing!

General Information:

Re-enrollment fees have now returned to the standard $200 family fee for K-8 and PreK is $100 per child to a $200 max.  Also, if you are filling out both PreK and K-8, the enrollment fee becomes that of K-8 family rate.

Please see the below forms for more details:

Tuition Fees are not yet set for next year, but the increase (if any) should be minimal (1-3%). 

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Mr. Olsen at  jolsen@morecommunity.org  or 651.224.4836, Ext. 302.
 
Thank you for your continued support to St. Thomas More Catholic School and your commitment to Catholic education. You are the backbone of our school and we appreciate your continued partnership and loyalty over the years.

Sincerely,

Mr. Olsen


Fund-A-Need Updates!

Each school year brings its own unique financial challenges and we want to be transparent about such needs as the arise. With your help, we can continue to give our children the experience they have come to expect in such a supportive and nurturing community. 

Thank you in advance for your consideration and your generosity - t he Preschool needs your help!

Lockers for the Preschool (80 lockers ~ $8,000)
THANK YOU FOR HELPING US FUND THIS! 

Laminator (~$1,100)
Our school project laminator died prior to break. Help us find a replacement for all our school project needs!

Celebrate Calm ($2500)
Are you interested in helping our teachers develop better skills for dealing with anxious or frustrated children in the classroom? Are you curious how to reach your teenage student and deal with defiance, yelling, or disrespect? Would your child benefit from 
specific action steps to deal proactively with stress, peer pressure, anxiety, siblings and more?

Mr. Olsen would like to bring the program "Celebrate Calm" to our school to present to parents, teacher s, and students at multiple different seminars to provide our community more tools for addressing some of these issues. Kirk and Casey Martin will help us find the  language and strategies to help our kids be successful both here and at home.

Kirk and Casey have offered to provide STM a discount for a March presentation and i f each family at the school were to pitch in just $15, we could bring this program to STM and equip our children with successful tools for their "toolboxes." If interested in helping bring this to STM, please contact Mr. Olsen via email (jolsen@morecommunity.org) or phone (651-224-4836). 
Tae Kwon Do is Back at STM!

For Boys and Girls in Grades K-8  
 
          Children will learn:
        
Mental Focus
Discipline
Confidence
Courtesy
Integrity
Perseverance
Self Control
Indomitable Spirit
Conditioning
Personal Fitness

Great for children who cannot attend team sports
 
  Wednesdays in the STM auditorium from  3:15-4:15 p.m.


Drawing class is starting again!    Register  now!

Buying gift cards for gifts this year? Use Scrips!


Benefits of Scrip Fundraising
  • No extra time, money, or energy spent.
  • No selling unwanted products to your family and friends.
  • Earnings add up quickly- families can earn $1,000 or more per year.
  • It's a great budgeting tool, and it fits with every financial situation.
  • We offer over 700 retailers, so you can use scrip for practically anything.
    • Delta
    • SAMs Club
    • Walmart
    • Amazon
    • Many More!!!
  • Online ordering lets families buy and use eCards whenever they want.
  • The funds you earn are immediately accessible.
  • It's habit forming- you'll want to use scrip all year long.
Enroll today and use STM's enrollment code: 54CA9F9D1549

Volunteers Needed

Our Advancement office needs volunteers with knowledge in the following areas:
                • Marketing
                • Branding
                • Development/Fundraising
                • Video Production
                • Print/Publishing
                • Graphic Design
                • Database Management
                • Archiving (Photos/Docs)
                • Events (Auction/MoreFest)
If you are willing to help or know of others with skills and interests in these areas, please reach out to James Olsen at jolsen@morecommunity.org - thank you!
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