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Dear school families,

Merry Christmas! I hope that your holidays are filled with happiness. Thank you for sharing your children with all of us at STM. They are surely the greatest gift I receive, and I am so grateful that I can be with your children, almost every day of the school year. What a blessing!

I also appreciate and honor our faculty and staff during this season. Their dedication to STM is extraordinary. I pray that they too will use this time to rest, relax, sleep in, and enjoy their families.

Soon you will receive an e-invitation to attend a grade level "breakfast" get together with Father Warren and me. Rolls and coffee will be served and you will have the opportunity to talk with us about our school, in a smaller group. We are both looking forward to visiting with you and getting to know you better!

Here are the dates and grade levels so you might plan ahead. All breakfasts will be held from 8:15-9:15 a.m. in the school cafeteria. Please choose one of two dates and RSVP to me, lvolkenant@morecommunity.org: 

Thursday, January 12- Grades Kindergarten, 1 and 2 parents
Thursday, January 26- Grades 3, 4, 5 parents
Thursday, February 9- Middle School parents
Thursday, February 23- Grades Kindergarten, 1 and 2 parents
Thursday, March 16- Grades 3, 4, 5 parents
Thursday, March 30- Middle School parents

Have a safe and joyous Christmas and New Year. I will see you in 2017!

God Bless,

Mrs. Lynn Volkenant



 
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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)


Calling all Men.....time for pancakes!!!!

Mr. Olsen would love to offer a pancake breakfast at the Open House on Jan. 29th that kicks off Catholic Schools Week and is seeking dads and all parish men to volunteer in making and serving them. 

If able to help, please email Mr. Olsen at jolsen@morecommunity.org
Drawing class is starting again!    Register  before 12/31 and get $5 off your registration fees.  
Re-Enroll Today!

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:


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


'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.

Laminator (~$1,100)
Our school project laminator died this past week due to extreme cold...help us find a replacement for all our school project needs!


Interested in the Swim Team?      

Swimmers make sure you have your registration information all turned in as the first swimming practice is the day we return from Christmas Break, January 3rd.  

K-2 will practice from 3:45-4:15 on Tuesdays.  3-8 will practice from 4:15-5:15 on Tuesdays. Thursday practices in January and February will end earlier, 5:00 pm, the time break down will be announced later.

Click  here  to download a registration form

Practices will be held at the Midway YMCA:  761 University Ave., St. Paul, MN 55104.
The St. Thomas More Toy Give Away Event Distributed More Than 800 Toys Thank You for Your Generosity!

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

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!
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