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(The newsletter formerly known as Family Flyer)
Hello STM Community - 

In this week's newsletter, you will learn about our upcoming food drive, All Soul's prayer service, our 8th grader's poinsettia sales to raise money for their trip to D.C. this coming year, and a whole lot More!

Also, as a reminder, we are holding an Open House  on Monday, Nov. 14th, so please help get the word out and invite your friends to come see for themselves why you and your child(ren) love STM - it is a family friendly event!

If you are a currently considering transitioning your child(ren) from Preschool up into Kindergarten, or from elementary school into middle school, this event is also for you. There will be an opportunity to meet with teachers and learn about curriculum, as well as games, treats, and the great turkey giveaway! 

If you would like to volunteer to help with logistics, please contact me at

Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam,

James Olsen
Advancement Director

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

Monday, Nov. 14
6:30PM - 8PM

Prayer Service of Remembrance Wednesday, November 2

On November 1st and 2nd , All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day, the church remembers those who have died. As a school community we will come together on Wednesday, November 2, to remember our loved ones who have died. Please join us at 8:30 as the fourth graders lead us in a prayer service of remembrance.

As a special memorial, we invite all students to bring pictures of loved ones who have
died. The pictures will be displayed during the prayer service.  We ask that they not be
larger than 8x10, and if possible, that they be in a frame that is able to stand on its own.

After the prayer service the pictures will be returned. Please write your child's name on
the back of the frame/picture. Thank you.
Food Drive Starting Nov. 2nd!

We will kick off our  food   drive  with a visit from Brother Pio, next Wednesday, November 2nd, at 2:30pm i n the auditorium. We will collect  food  for about two weeks and then conclude with a blessing of the food at on Thursday, November 18th, at 2:50pm  in the auditorium.


The holidays are approaching and that means it is poinsettia sale time!   Let the 8th  Grade Class of 2017 help you get a jump start on your holiday season!  

The Holiday Poinsettia Sale is an opportunity to buy great poinsettias from Gertens and support the 8th  Grade Class of 2017 for the trip to Washington DC.  

Photos of the plants available are shown on this Gertens brochure.   The deadline for orders is THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd , and plants will be available on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29th .  Contact any 8th  Grader or Dwight Rueter at  for more information. 

Trivia Fact of the Day - one of Mr. Olsen's first jobs in high school was at a nursery cutting poinsettia's  to prepare them for Christmas season.
LUNCH BUNCH Update - new start date

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 environment, realize they are not alone as children who have experienced or are experiencing 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, at to sign up.

The Lunch Bunch will plan to meet for the first time on Monday, Oct. 31st.

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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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 at 6:30AM. First game should be this Friday morning, so get on Mr. Pryor's list if interested!

If interested, please email Mr. Pryor at
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 (

Please slow down in the alleyway!

Some of our neighbors in the area have asked that we slow down when driving through the alleyways as there have been some close calls of late. Please be cautious for the sake of our kids safety as well as our neighbors. Thank you!
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 Olsen at - thank you!
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