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STMC Family Bulletin #6                                                                                        January 12, 2011

In This Issue
Revamped STMC Web Site
Principal Darrell Hall to Return to STMC Classroom Next Year
Campaign for Athletics & Community Centre Launched!
Parent Ed Night on Young Men's Issues Jan 27th
Dinner Auction May 6
Sports Newsletter Page For Previews & Wrap-Ups
Set-Building Party for Musical
Christmas Craft Fair A Big Success
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Hello  Family!

Happy New Year and welcome back from the holidays!  Along with the new year comes some big news at STMC. 
Take a look below, and don't hesitate to send me your questions, thoughts and suggestions.

Jen Shelnutt
Warm Regards,
Jen
Jen Shelnutt-Jayme
Director of Development & Community Relations
(604) 521-1801 ext 131
STMC Unveils Revamped Web Site!
 
STMC Web Site SnapshotAt long last, we are pleased to launch a revamped STMC web site with improvements to the look and navigation.  Please take a gander!  We hope the new design will make it easier for everyone to stay up-to-date on all that's happening at our great school!

Click here to see the new web site and more info about the revamp.

Principal Darrell Hall To Return to STMC Classroom Next Year

 STMC Begins Search For New Principal for September 2011
 Darrell Hall

STMC recently announced the bittersweet news that next year, current Principal Darrell Hall plans to step down from his administrator's position to pursue his passion, returning to teaching in the classroom and assisting with STMC's campus ministry. 

The Board of Directors is beginning a broad search for a new school leader, recognizing that Mr. Hall leaves big shoes to fill and strong leadership is critical.

To read the original announcement letter from the STMC Board and the Job Opening Announcement visit the STMC News page.

STMC Moves Forward With Campaign To Build New Athletic & Community Centre! 

$600-Per-Family Pledge Introduced and 50 "Angels" Sought


 New Athletic Centre

An important personal letter was mailed to every STMC family in December 2010 announcing that STMC is officially moving forward with an historic $8.2 million campaign to build a stunning new athletic and community complex, featuring a 27,000-square-foot athletic and community centre with an NBA-sized double gym, a lighted artificial turf field, with new scoreboard and bleachers, and a field house. 

 

Given some early major gifts, this longtime dream appears closer than was previously thought possible.  It is important that every current and future STMC family read this letter, which discusses:

  • Progress and funds committed to date
  • The timeline for construction
  • Introduction of a $600 Per Family Pledge to the New Facilities Fund to be included in registration materials for the 2011-2010 school year, and
  • How the start of construction hinges on a search for 50 Angels to make 5-year pledges of $2,000 to $20,000 per year
  • Volunteers to visit personally with every STMC family to discuss these plans

A copy of the letter home can be found on the Forms and Downloads for Parents page.

 

More information on the Admissions and Registration can be found in the Admissions pages.

 

More information on the Campaign For Athletics and Community can be found in the STMC Foundation pages.

 

Parent Education Night
Thursday, January 27th, 7:00pm | approx 90 minutes | Library

 

The St. Thomas More Collegiate Foundation and the STMC Parents Association are pleased to present the next in our monthly series of Parent Education Nights focused on pressing Teen Mental Health Issues.

 

This month, STMC's school counsellor Steve Delazzari will discuss issues of special interest to young men, including:

  • bullying
  • competition & failure
  • making the team 
  • appropriate boundaries with young women

Please RSVP in advance so we can plan refreshments and seating
For more information and to RSVP visit the Parent Education Nights page.


Dinner Auction: Save This Date!

Friday, May 6, 2011 | Italian Cultural Centre

 flapper

We are delighted to announce that the date is set for this year's Dinner Auction!  Mark your calendar and stay tuned details on tickets.

 

This year's gala will feature a dinner-show produced in partnership with STMC's music and drama departments, showcasing numbers from our Spring musical production "Thoroughly Modern Millie."

 

Like the musical, the Auction will have a "Roaring 20's" theme.  So ladies, start looking for a flapper costume and feather boa, and gents, you know you want to dress like a gangster or at least wear a fedora for one night.

 

More help is needed, at all levels of responsibility - from committee chairs to occasional help. 

 

To get involved, email PA President Alice Roder at roder@shaw.ca.

 

For more information visit the Dinner Auction page

Check Out The STMC Sports Newsletter Page for Seasonal Previews and Wrap-Ups On All STMC Sports!

  

Lexie Der
Senior Lexie Der
Photo by Larry Wright
for Burnaby Now

 

To better celebrate and spotlight the ongoing accomplishments of our student athletes, STMC has begun publishing a seasonal Sports Newsletter as we begin and wrap up each season.

Check out STMC's Sports Newsletter page for the Fall Sports Wrap-Up and the latest update on Winter Sports, including reviews of basketball and wrestling results.  
Keep an eye out in February for the Spring Sports Preview and in March for a Winter Season Review!

Set-Building Party for Spring Musical!

 Parent and Student Volunteers Needed March 5th & 6th
 

Thoroughly Modern MillieThe drama department is looking for parents and students to help with set-building for the Spring Musical.  Our set designer/head builder will be there to give direction and show you the designs.  We hope to have the set built over one weekend!  The building dates are:

Saturday, March 5 | 9am-5pm Sunday, March 6 | 9am-5pm.
and tentatively:

Saturday, March 12 - if we do not finish on the 5th and 6th

  

Please RSVP to julia.webber@stmc.bc.ca if you can help out!

For more details on the Spring Musical visit the STMC Drama page.

Christmas Craft Fair A Big Success!
A Review from Craft Fair Captain Rhonda Jackson


Gingerbread House by Mary Rice GroupThe annual STMC Christmas Craft fair welcomed many visitors and shoppers on the weekend of Nov. 27 and 28.  It was a perfect weekend for a craft fair with dry "warmer" weather, a Santa Claus parade to help promote our fair and an army of parent and student volunteers to ensure the fair ran smoothly and efficiently.  Crafters new and old were very pleased with the smiling faces of the volunteers and were happy with their sales.  The STMC craft fair is the highlight event for the crafters and the 2010 craft fair did not disappoint!  New this year was our choir that sang carols in the lobby, an entire room dedicated to used books, and a very popular although short-lived popcorn machine and  sales!  The bake table sold out of baking by Sunday morning.  Many shoppers were disappointed that baking was sold out so early.   
 
A great BIG thank you to all our volunteers:  those that came to decorate the lobby earlier in the week (wasn't the lobby fabulous looking in the evening?), all the parents who donated baking, those that helped with set up and clean up as well as the early risers who came to ensure coffee and breakfast were ready!  There are SO many volunteers, parents, and students to thank.  You are all SUPERSTARS!!
 

If parents who kindly offered to post lawn signs advertising the craft fair could retrieve and return the signs to the office, it would be most appreciated so that they can be revised and reused next year. 


Thank you for helping to make the Christmas Craft Fair a success!

 

Note from STMC:  A very special thanks to Rhonda Jackson for doing her usual exceptional job of making the STMC Craft Fair a wonderful event! 


Jenifer Shelnutt
St. Thomas More Collegiate