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(The newsletter formerly known as Family Flyer)

Dear School Families,

Happy Fall! A Giant THANK YOU to all the parents, students, parishioners, and staff who made Morefest a huge success! Our very fun event brought in almost $49,000 after expenses. That is $11,000 more than last year! The new favorite of the event had to be the dunk tank where Mr. Olsen, Ms. Koenig, Novitiate Rob, and Mr. Pryor gracefully took to the water every time the ball connected with the large push button.

We have finished our fall NWEA MAP tests in K-8. You will see the results of your child's progress at Conferences next week. Don't forget that teachers want to see you and your child at your chosen time. We love to hear our students talk about their successes and challenges at school, and see them make smart goals for the rest of the school year.

I also want to pay a special compliment to the 8th graders this year. They have been doing great work as leaders in our school, and we are grateful to have their energy and focus on important school issues. Last spring at our commissioning ceremony, I asked them to step into the leadership of the school and they have exceeded my expectations already. Thank you Grade 8 for being such thoughtful leaders. Our year is sure to be blessed by your positive attitude and commitment to our school!

Have a fantastic rest of the week and weekend,

Mrs. Volkenant

Help others discover MORE:
Wednesday, Oct. 19
No School
School Conferences

Thursday, Oct. 20 - Friday, Oct. 21
No School

Friday, Oct. 28
7PM - 10PM
Middle School Dance (STM Auditorium)

Monday, Nov. 14
6:30PM - 8PM
All School Open House
(Volunteers needed - please contact Mr. Olsen -

Apple Picking at Afton!

Our kindergartners, first and second graders went on a field trip to Afton Apple Orchard this week. We learned all about the life cycle of an apple and how apples even have to wear sunscreen! Each student was able to pick a few apples from the trees and a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch to take home! We sampled home-made apple cider too! It was a fun time had by all on a gorgeous fall day!

We send out special good wishes to one of our first grade teachers pictured here with some of her students. Ms Amy Denning will be married to Blake Gillen next weekend at STM. Our best wishes and God's blessings on them!

MoreFest 2016 Financial Recap

MoreFest 2016 was a great success - thank you to all who participated and contributed this year and congratulations to our raffle winners!

Raffle Winners:

$1500 Grand Prize - Jacqueline Fortier
$500 2nd Prize - Andrea Jones
$500 3rd Prize - Rita Brandt

2016 Financial Recap:

MoreFest 2016 MoreFest 2015
Gross Revenue
$56,365.75 $45,155.00
$7530.62 $7,078.19
Net Revenue
$48,835.13 $38,076.81
Time Volunteered

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Earn CA$H for STM by collecting Box Tops!

Buy, Clip, Send and Earn!
We NEED your Box Tops!!!  Get busy clipping those Box Tops.  October is the month to turn them into cash for our school.  We collected almost $700 last year for our school.  
A few places to look for boxtops.....
1.  Check your kitchen cupboards, the pantry, and even the refrigerator.
2.  Do not forget your tissue boxes and office supplies. 
3.  Ask your family, friends, and even your neighbors! 
Do you have a Smart Phone?  Box Tops for Education has launched a  Box Tops Bonus App to help schools earn even more.  Download the App, find offers, buy products and scan your receipts.  And you can still clip the boxtop for cash for our school!
Do you want to send your kids on a scavenger hunt to find boxtops?  Print a collection sheet and have fun finding those boxtops.  Each one is worth 10 cents.
Collection boxes are located outside of the School Office, downstairs on the Preschool table and in the "Community Corner" at the Church.  
Thanks so much and keep clipping!!!

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Attention 3-5th grade parents:

If you have a son or daughter who has experienced divorce, and you feel s/he would benefit from taking part in a divorce support group, I would look forward to working with your child. The purpose of the group is to allow children to express their feelings in a supportive enviornment, realize they are not alone as children who have experienced or are experienceing divorce, and to help children learn problem-solving and coping skills in dealing with divorce.The group (called, "The Lunch Bunch") would meet in Ms. Livingston's office during lunch time on Thursdays. 

If you are interested in having your child participate in the group, please email Jenna Jovellana, the school counseling intern, to sign up by Monday, October 24.   

The Lunch Bunch will plan to meet for the first time on Thursday, October 27.

French Classes at STM

This class is available to 4 - 10 students.
Wednesdays @ 3:20PM-4:20PM pm
Oct. 26 | Nov.  2 | Nov. 9| Nov. 16| Nov. 30| 
Dec. 7 | Dec. 14  D c. 14

Cost is dependent on enrollment numbers.  It will be between $45 and $115 for the 7-week session.
Please turn your forms into  Ms. Breanna  no later than Oct. 24.  Class tuition will be billed through TADS.

Would you like to be an Altar Server?  We will be hosting a Training Session for new Altar Servers on Saturday, October 29, from 8:30 to 11:30am in the church.  This ministry is open to students in grades 5 and up who are baptized Roman Catholic, registered STM parishioners and a regular attendee at STM's weekend masses.  To register for this training or for more information, contact Dana at  or 651.227.7669.  Once you are fully trained, you can serve at School Masses in addition to Sunday liturgies.  

Adult Men's Morning Basketball

For those of you adult men (18+) who enjoy shooting hoops, there is interest in getting together for a weekly early morning men's basketball game on Friday mornings. 

If interested, please email Mr. Pryor at

First game is this Friday morning at 6:30AM!
Calling all Adult Athletes...

It's time again for Adult Volleyball!  Don't let winter turn you into a couch potato.  Get a "work out" and enjoy some friendly competition.
We play Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 PM starting October 26th, 2016. 

All members of our community, 18 and older, are welcome to join us in the school gymnasium for exercise and some laughs!  

All athletes are welcome; from beginners to the well-conditioned!  Any questions can be directed to Carol Ney (

Volunteers Needed

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