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


Christmas is fast approaching and the school's toy drive will be bringing many blessings to families in need this holiday season. Don't forget to bring in your new or gently used toys by tomorrow to increase the hope we spread!

We look forward to seeing you all at the Christmas concerts celebrating this wonderful time of year together as a community! Thank you for your support of St. Thomas More. 

Also, it is with a sad but joyful heart that we bid farewell to our resident Jesuit Novice Mr. Rob! His semester at our school is up and he has been such a blessing to the school, especially downstairs with preschool and extended day. Thank you Mr. Rob from the bottom of our hearts! Make sure you swing by and say hello from time-to-time and blessings on your next steps in your Jesuit training!

Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam,

James Olsen
Advancement Director


Things to look for in this week's newsletter:
  • Early re-enrollment
  • Fairwell Mr. Rob!
  • Last day for Toy Drive and the Book Fair
  • Fund-A-Need Corner
  • Swim Team Sign Ups
  • Ski Club Sign Ups

 
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Please Remember
If you are still contemplating giving to a charitable organization before the end of the year for tax purposes, please consider a tax-deductible gift to St. Thomas More Catholic School in your end of the year giving. Each gift helps ignite a lifetime of learning.
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Friday, Dec. 9 (Last Day of Book Fair)
11AM - 1PM
Usborne Book Fair -  School Library

Saturday, Dec. 10 
11AM - 1:30PM
Toy Drive Giveaway Event - Auditorium

Monday, Dec. 12
6:30PM
Band/Choir Christmas Concert (Auditorium)

Thursday, Dec. 15
6:00PM
Preschool Christmas Concert (Cafeteria)
6:45PM
K-5 Christmas Concert (Auditorium)


Feature Headline

Your children will be bringing home a letter from the school today asking you to check off a 'to-do' on your list early. The letter is about our early timeline for re-enrollment.

In cooperation with our partners from the Healey Education Foundation, we are asking for re-enrollment information earlier in the year than normal to enable us to better prepare for the coming school year. Planning is already underway, and this includes understanding where our current families are in their intent to re-enroll. This aids in our budgeting process, helps determine future staffing needs, focuses our recruitment efforts, and helps us build our vision for new programming, technology, and resources for our students. 

Please see the below forms for more details and to  find the gift that St. Nick left in your inbox rather than your shoe!


Tuition Fees are not yet set for next year, but the increase (if any) should be minimal (1-3%). Also, if you are filling out both PreK and K-8, the enrollment fee becomes that of K-8 family rate.

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.

Happy Advent!

Sincerely,

Mr. Olsen


Thank you Mr Rob!

Thank you Mr. Rob for all that you've done over the course of the last four months at STM! Your presence will be greatly missed, but we wish you all the best in your Jesuit training.

Thank you for living out St. Ignatius' calling to "go forth and set the world on fire" with your faith, hope, and love. Your joy for life and your faith is contagious - thanks for spreading it at STM!


Toy Drive last day - Friday, Dec. 9!
 
We need new or gently-used Toys for children 0 to 16 years oldand Christmas decorations for their homes.
 
For the last 10 consecutive years, through the  Toy Give Away Event.  The Saint Thomas More Community has provided toys and Christmas decorations to low income children and their families.
 
Spread the Spirit of Giving as we help the less fortunate. Bring your donations to the office at the school.
 
Follow this link to sign up to help with either set up on Friday, December 9 or help with the Toy Giveaway Event on Saturday, December 10th.
 
Thanks again for your support of this annual event for our community.
 
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Myriam Grady at 
m yriamg@q.com or Kathleen Murray at kmurraymn@gmail.com
 
Thanks!
 
Myriam and Kathleen

Usborne Book Fair

Last day for the book fair is tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 9th from 11AM-1PM! Stop by to get your holiday shopping done and help St. Thomas More earn free books!  

Get stocked up for winter break and travel!  

You can also shop on-line at www.KellysUsborne.com and choose St. Thomas More book fair at check out!

'Tis the season to Fund-A-Need!

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)
The Fire Marshall came and inspected the preschool in preparations for expansion and due to the combustibility of our current cubbies for our preschoolers, determined that we need new metal lockers for our little tykes. Your support in helping our preschoolers keep all of their gear (especially in winter) in one place will go a long way to making our preschool staff's holiday season and year and help ensure that each child is able to have spare gloves and hats readily available to them in the cold winter weather.



Interested in the Swim Team?      

The STM swim team will begin practice January 3rd.  Please fill out a yellow registration form and return it to the office if your child is interested in being on the swim team.

Click  here  to download a registration form

Buying gifts on Amazon for Christmas and the Holidays? 

Don't forget to use Amazon Smile and choose STM as your charitable organization!
Holiday shopping is easy with Amazon's Holiday Gift Guides. #StartWithaSmile at smile.amazon.com for your holiday gifts and Amazon donates to St. Thomas More Catholic School.
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Buying gift cards for gifts this Holiday season? 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

IRA Charitable Rollover Giving

The Popular IRA Charitable Rollover is now permanently available for those who are 70 1/2 or older (for example, supportive grandparents and/or graduates of St. Luke's or IHM from the class of '59 or ealier). This allows one to support the school without including this distribution as taxable income. 


To make a charitable rollover and qualify for tax relief: 

  • Distributions can only be made from traditional Individual Retirement Accounts or Roth IRAs
  • The IRA owner must be 70 1/2
  • The distribution must be paid directly from the IRA custodian to the school
  • The maximum distribution cannot exceed $100,000 per year
***We ALWAYS recommend that you seek professional advice in these kinds of financial matters. However, if you have any questions or are interested in pursuing such charity, please contact James Olsen in our Advancement Department, 651-224-4836***

Adult Men's Morning Basketball

For those of you adult men  who enjoy shooting hoops, there is early morning men's basketball on Friday mornings at 6:30AM. 

If interested, please email Mr. Pryor at mpryor@morecommunity.org
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 ( neyjc@comcast.net

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)
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!
St. Thomas More Catholic School | 1065 Summit Avenue  St. Paul, MN 55105 
651.224.4836 | info@morecommunity.org 
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