From your Principal...
Dear STM Families,
Over the last several days I have had many conversations with parents regarding the recent school shooting in Florida. As your Principal, and a parent myself, I know safety is on all of our minds right now. Like you, I worry when my son leaves for school and am so grateful when he returns home safely each day. I wish I could assure you that nothing bad will ever happen, but I can let you know that every member of the STM faculty and staff is dedicated to caring for your children and we do not take this responsibility lightly. Along with practicing regular drills, we have had school-wide reviews of our campus policies by law enforcement agents in the past and are in the process of scheduling a new review as soon as possible.  I have worked with my staff to put together an Adhoc committee to make recommendations on the issue of school safety.  We have registered for an upcoming webinar - Columbine Tragedy: What Happened and Lessons Learned . In this live webinar, Frank DeAngelis, retired principal of Columbine High School, will go step-by-step through the events that occurred that tragic day at Columbine and provide his advice on emergency management and planning. Mr. DeAngelis will discuss the aftermath and share the leadership lessons he learned as the focus of an international firestorm.  We will then meet with the entire staff to share what we learn. The Catholic School's Office has also provided us with a link to a video, Defeating a Violent Intruder and Getting Prepared to Defeat a Violent Intruder, which will help us, as a faculty/staff, to assess classroom activities and procedures.
In addition, I have met with one of the constables assigned to our area and was assured that they will conduct more drive-thru checks of the school and surrounding area several times a day. In addition, I was told a constable will be in the parking lot on Fridays when our children travel to and from Mass. 

Furthermore regarding safety, we have noticed quite a few students being dropped off at school prior to the gym doors opening at 7:30a.m.  All children must stay with their parent/guardian until the teacher opens the gym doors.  Please do not leave your child unattended.  If you are in need of dropping your child before 7:30, please check with Nina Coltharp in the preschool and sign up for our Early Bird Program with drop off as early at 7:00a.m.  

Congratulations to our band members who participated in the St. Edward Catholic School Competition.  We had so many students place in this competition and are so proud of all our band members.  Please see the attached for all results. 

Finally, please include our 2nd grade students in your prayers as they receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation this Thursday morning. Receiving God's Graces through Penance is a true gift in all our lives.  Let us pray for these students as they receive this sacrament for the first time. 
Yours in Christ,
Kristen Thome                                      
Auction Gala ...

Gala is this Saturday from 6:00pm - 11:00pm   The Auction Committee is planning a 
spectacular PARTY that you won't want to miss! The money raised directly benefits 
EVERY CHILD at St. Thomas More.  Please join us!  
Auction Gala 2018 Update
* Limited  Tickets Now On Sale - don't miss out.... send your response card back to the school office or stop by and purchase your tickets - $75 per person.  Limited seats available.
* Babysitting is available  click  here  for details
* Be an STM VIP - details found on the  attached
* Underwriting opportunities are still available - please see  attached.  

The Auction Committee is looking for volunteers to help set-up on Friday during the school day.  Please contact Kathy Prado if you are able to come get everything ready for our spectacular PARTY on Saturday night.  Many hands make for light work.  Your help is appreciated!  

Thank you for your support!
PTO News..

Please join us for our the next PTO meeting which will be held next Tuesday, March 6th at 6:15p.m. in Donovan's Den

From the Clinic...
Recess time for our students is designed to be a safe, relaxing time to expend energy, socialize with friends and get some practice in collaboration and social skills. In order for all students to be safe we have to limit some activities that are more suited to a supervised training environment. Please review with your students that practicing gymnastic skills or competing in sports activities at a level of intensity consistent with a "Team" or "Club" environment are not permitted.

Recess games and activities have the goal of inclusion for all students. Encourage your students to think about how they can interact with classmates in ways that encourage physical activity, demonstrate compassion and build bonds of friendship. The health and safety of our students is our primary concern and we appreciate your support in building a culture of compassion and inclusion both inside and outside of the classroom.
Library News...
Box Tops or Education is an easy way to support our school. Please continue to cut your box tops and turn them into the school office.

Each year at the beginning of March, school children kick off National Reading Month by celebrating the birthday of the beloved Dr. Seuss. Please see the attached Library News for additional details.

This and That...
SugarLand Skeeters Reading Program:
Students in PreK through 5th grade at St. Thomas More Parish School are participating in the Sugar Land Skeeters Reading Program.  On January 29, 2018, Swatson, the mascot for the Skeeters, came to St. Thomas More Parish School for an assembly promoting their reading program.   Each student received a bookmark from Swatson to log the required 4 books for the Skeeters Reading Challenge.  Each student who completes the required reading of 4 books and gets a parent/guardian or a teacher signature before March 9, 2018 will receive 2 free tickets to a Sugar Land Skeeters game.    Do not forget to turn in your completed bookmarks to your homeroom teacher no later than March 9, 2018!

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

Softball is coming back to STM!  The Developmental Girls Team fun is open to girls in grades 4th - 8th. Please let us know your child's interest by filling out and returning the attached   form .
Programs & Events...

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 

Cold weather is upon us! Order your new STM hoodie and gear  here .

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

PAWS Profile 

Meet Charli Carnes, your PAWS Volunteer in the STM Office!

Ms. Carnes has been a member of the STM community for 8 years and has two sons currently enrolled; Lawson in 6th grade and Leighton in 3rd grade.

PAWS Activities:  STM Office helper every Monday, Oktoberfest, Christmas Social, Art Assistant
What I appreciate about my PAWS experiences: "The number one reason I value volunteering with PAWS is the connection it gives me to the school and to my children! I also feel like I am continuing to learn new things everytime I come, I've assisted with fundraisers, with different departments and with different staff I might not have had the chance to get to know. It has been a great experience and I look forward to going to school every week!

The faculty and staff of STM are thankful for all the efforts of our PAWS Parent Volunteers!!

Please see the attached for ongoing volunteer opportunities with the school.
PAWS Parent Coffee
PAWS held its third Parent Coffee/tea get together last Wednesday, 2/21/18 in the STM New Gym. Thanks to all the parents who stopped by to visit, meet some new STM friends and catch up with old ones! A special thanks to our Principal, Ms. Thome for stopping by and to our sponsors who donated door prizes, the winners are listed below. 
Make plans to join us for our final end-of-year Parent Coffee on May 15th from 7:30-8:30 am.

Prize Winners
YogaOne Class Pass: Lamika Iruke, LaTonya Price

Space Center Houston Tickets: Lauren Ladwig
Houston Museum of Fine Arts Tickets: Amelia Higgins

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...

Wednesday, 2/28

  • 3:30pm - 5:15pm - Track Practice (@ STM)
  • 4:15pm - Baseball Game vs SJPII @ home
Thursday, 3/1 -Virtue of the Month - Fidelity
  • 8:00am - 2nd grade Sacrament of Reconciliation 
  • 3:30pm -5:00pm - Softball Practice 
  • 3:30pm - 5:15pm Track Practice (@STM)
  • 4:15pm - Baseball Game vs St. Cecilia - home
Friday, 3/2
  • All School Mass
Saturday, 3/3 - 
Auction Gala - Fun starts at 6:00pm

Monday, 3/5
  • 3:20pm - 4:00pm Chess Club
  • 3:20pm - 4:15pm Ace Scrabblers Club
  • 3:30pm - 5:15pm Track Practice (@ STM)

  • 3:30pm - 5:30pm Baseball Practice 

Tuesday, 3/6 - Spirit Day 
  • 3:30pm - 4:00pm Beta Club Tutoring
  • 3:30pm - 4:15pm Speech Team
  • 3:30pm - 4:30pm Spanish Club
  • 3:30pm - 5:00pm Softball Practice
  • 3:20pm - 5:15pm Track Practice (@ STM)
  • 4:15pm Baseball game vs SVdP @ home