From your Principal...
Dear STM Families,

T his week we will start administering the IOWA Standardized Test for students in K-8.   Please make sure your child is well rested and eats a healthy breakfast before coming to school each day.  Testing will be each morning starting tomorrow, Wednesday 4/11, and continuing thru mid next week.

Fr. Hai's birthday is coming up soon!  In celebration of his special day we would like to make a monetary donation to the STM Food Pantry.  Students who bring $1.00 to school this Thursday as a donation, will be allowed come to school that day in jeans with an appropriate shirt.  Please see the Family Handbook for non-uniform guidelines.  SHHH.. its a secret, so don't mention to Fr. Hai! 

Our school community relies heavily on the involvement of our parents. Coordination of events and volunteerism would not be possible without our PTO.  Each year, parents are invited to become involved with this valuable organization by joining the board. Please click here for details from this years PTO Board President Aimee Taylor.  

Please join us for the STM Talent Show this Friday at 1:45 in the New Gym.  Come see  our students who will be showcasing their talents to our community.

Recently your family should have received information regarding the Circle of Grace program that the Archdiocese of Galveston/Houston asked all schools to implement.  The Circle of Grace program helps children and youth to identify early on when they are uncomfortable with a situation and includes ways to seek the help of a trusted adult.   Please see attached for common questions and answers about this program.


Yours in Christ,
 
Kristen Thome                                      
Principal                                                
School Safety...
STM Ad Hoc Committee on School Safety

The initial meeting of the Ad Hoc Committee on School Safety will be held on Wednesday, April 11th at 6:30 PM in the STM School Library. This committee will be reviewing research and best practices, soliciting input from school, parish and community members and delivering a report to the Principal outlining recommendations for implementation and action.

All interested STM parents are welcome to participate. Membership on the committee is a 2 month commitment, with approximately 4-6 evening meetings. Please note that this is an "adults-only" meeting, child care will not be available. If you have further questions or would like to RSVP your attendance, please email Mary Gleason MSN, RN at mgleason@stmorenews.com.

Food Allergies...
Did you know that STM has a parent committee that works to provide a safe and inclusive campus for all students including those that have severe and life-threatening food allergies? Did you know that the FoodSafe guidelines that started on our campus have served as a model for several other Catholic Schools in our Archdiocese?

If you are interested in hearing what is new in the area of food allergy management, want to connect with other parents with similar concerns, or want to work to improve our campus response to health issues like food allergies, please plan to attend the annual meeting of the Parent Advisory Committee on Food Allergies (PACA). The meeting will be held in the STM School Library on Wednesday, April 11th at 5:30PM. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Mary Gleason MSN, RN at mgleason@stmorenews.com.
Field Day 2018...
Field Day 2018 is just around the corner.   Many thanks to our generous underwriters

Volunteers needed! Lots of great spots still available.  Check out this map for more information about the exciting events we have planned. Plus, we still have a few things  we need to complete the day. Please let us know if you can help.  

Thank you in advance for your support of this exciting day for our students!

Please contact Susan Farrell ( stmpaws@comcast.net) or 713-446-2629 if you can help with any of the items above. Thank you!

See you on April 20th!
PTO News...
Please join us tonight for the PTO Dads Club meeting at 6:15pm in Donovan's Den - ALL ARE WELCOME!

Please consider serving on the PTO Board for the 2018-2019 school year.  See attached for details.

This & That...
Passion Play DVD's are on sale now for $8.00.  Order yours today and capture this special moment for your child.  Please see attached for the order forms.

Just in time for Mothers Day, our Kendra Scott Shopping Event! Please join us for a Sip, Mingle and Shop.  Cheese, crackers, dessert and wine will be served as you shop for that special someone or spoil yourself!  If you cannot make it for the in-store festivities, orders can be phoned in all day and Kendra Scott will ship for free!  Don't miss this opportunity to buy that special piece of jewelry and support our school! Check out all the details here.  
Summer Programs...
Once again, KidVenture will use our campus for their summer camps. This is a fun camp available at the convenience of our school campus. Please see  attached for more details and registration information. 

The University of Houston will hold Summer camps at our school this summer. Please see the attached brochure for information regarding their programs offered.

The Strake Jesuit No Limits Debate Camp has been teaching kids from all over Texas how to debate for over 15 years now.  This years camp will be held on June 4th-15th.   Please see the attached flyer  for details.  

St. Pius High School offers a variety of Summer Camps.  Offerings and registration information can be found here.

Programs & Events...
All are welcome to join the St. Pius Lacrosse Girls and Boys teams on Saturday, April 14th for LAX-n-BBQ.  Details can be found here.

Order your 2017-2018 yearbook now.  Please submit your order with the attached  order   form and your payment of $57.00.

is a great and easy way to support STM! Simply by visiting Smile.Amazon and shopping like you usually would, STM will receive a portion of your eligible purchases when you select ST. Thomas More as your charity. What a great way to support our school by doing what you already plan to do! Please see details 
here.

Don't forget to celebrate your child's special day.  Click here for our   Birthday in Lights  order form!
Our PAWS Print...

Our STM PAWS Parents make an impact on our school and our students everyday. 


Our PAWS volunteers are already at work planning, staffing and supporting all kinds of activities that support our school in this last semester of the 2017-2018 Academic Year! Here's a sampling of what is coming up:
  • Friday, April 13th @ 8:15am, All-school Mass with Blessing of our PAWS Volunteers. Please join us for Mass and receive the blessing and thanks of our community for all you do as a parent to support our school!
  • Friday, April 20th, Field Day. Come and spend the day on campus facilitating fun, outdoor activities for our students! An event enjoyed by adults and students alike, you won't want to miss this chance to get to know other STM parents.
Please click on the attached link to review all the opportunities to donate your time and talents to our students. Dates, times and contact information is available in the link.

All STM parents are members of the PAWS community, check your email for announcements and information on how to get involved and support our school!!
Coming up at STM...
Virtue of the Month - Fidelity

Wednesday,  4/11
  • ITBS Testing Start Grade K-3
  • 3:45pm - 5:15pm - Track Practice (@ STM)
  • 4:15pm - Baseball Game @ St. Jerome
Thursday, 4/12
  • ITBS Testing Grades 1-8
  • Fr. Hai Birthday Jean Pass - Bring a $1 donation for the Food Pantry and you can wear jeans and an approved shirt
  • 3:20pm - 4:00pm - Art Club
  • 3:45pm- 5:00pm Track Practice (@ STM) (Throwers and Sprinters) 
  • 6:00pm- 7:30pm Track Practice @ Baines Middle School (Sprinters) 
  • Baseball - TBD 
Friday, 4/13
  • ITBS Testing Grades 1-8
  • 1:45pm Talent Show in New Gym - All are Welcome 
  • 5:30pm- 6:45pm at TBD (4x100 relay team members only)
  • Baseball - TBD
Saturday, 4/14
  • 6:30pm - Parents Seminar in Prinster Hall Presented by our STM Parent, Dr. Webber - Topic: To Wear or Not to Wear 
Monday, 4/16
  • ITBS Testing
  • 3:20pm - 4:00pm - Chess Club
  • 5:30pm - 7:00pm Track Practice - location TBD
Tuesday, 4/17 
  • ITBS Testing 
  • 3:30pm - 4:00pm - Beta Club Tutoring
  • 3:30pm - 4:30pm - Speech Team
  • 3:30pm - 4:30pm - Spanish Club
  • 3:30pm -5:30pm - Softball Practice 
  • 3:45pm- 5:00pm Track Practice (Throwers and Sprinters) location TBD
  • 6:00pm- 7:30pm Track Practice (Sprinters) location TBD