From your Principal...
Dear STM Families,
 
This is the first time I can remember that Valentines Day and Ash Wednesday fall on the same date. On Valentine's day we give gifts of flowers and chocolates to those we care about. On Ash Wednesday, we receive ashes on our foreheads as a sign of the beginning of the penitential season of Lent. Both occasions remind us of love. The love we have for God and others, along with the love God and others have for us. The Lenten season is a time to work consciously on doing things right and improving our relationship with God. We can do this by not only making sacrifices, but also by being merciful, attentive, and generous to others. For more ideas on how you can make Lent more meaningful for your family, click here.

Today we celebrated Mardi Gras with parades and songs. For Ash Wednesday tomorrow, we will have an all school Mass. Please note, the school office will be closed during Ash Wednesday Mass.  If your child is late to school and arrives during Mass, please bring him/her directly to church. While we will not be having Valentine's Day parties, students in K-8th grade may bring a non-food treat/card for their classmates. Remember that students must bring a treat/card for everyone in their homeroom.  

Looking ahead, we will be recognizing Go Texan Day on Friday, February 23rd as our city kicks off the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Students will be allowed to wear jeans and a western shirt to school that day. No boots or hats will be allowed.

Things to Know
Yours in Christ,
 
Kristen Thome                                      
Principal                                                
Steps For Students...
On your Mark, Get Set, GO....
Steps for Students is this Saturday!  

St. Thomas More has 295 people registered!  Below is the schedule for the day as well as parking information, packet pickup opportunities and late registration information. Attached  is the Catholic School Village map. St. Thomas More is tent #13.
 
The schedule for race day is as follows:
5:30-6:30a.m.
Schools set up tents in the Catholic School Village (STM is tent #13)
6:30 a.m. Mass at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
7:45 a.m.
Presentation of the David Guite Spirit Award
8:00 a.m.
5K Run/Walk Start
9:00 a.m.
Post-race party begins!

From here on out, our updates regarding race day will come through our STM website, the Steps for Students website ( steps4students.org), and the Steps For Students Facebook page.  Steps for Students will take place rain or shine but if you have any question as to the status of the event you will find information in those places.

Parking information is included on the race day info sheet that was distributed to all participants. (and is attached to this email). Street parking is available downtown and there will be Steps signs at LAM lots that offer a discounted rate of $7. Addresses of those lots are:
1611 LaBranch
1404 Leeland
1501 Caroline
1501 Austin

We have two final packet pickup dates - this Thursday and Friday, February 15-16, from 12pm-7pm at St. Dominic Chancery in Morkovsky Hall, Room 104. Online registration will close this Friday at 7pm, but we will have race day registration available (although those participants will not be timed). There will also be t-shirts available for sale on race day for $5.
See you at the race!  
Don't forget about our class incentive 
We are rolling out our SPONSORSHIP DRIVE...and our goal is to reach $25,000.

Ms. Thome has agreed to host a Lights, Camera, Action Party during the school day for any grade that raises $1,000.00 in sponsorships,  excluding registration by Friday, February 16, 2018.  All monies coll ected will go directly to St. Thomas More Parish School.
Auction Gala ...
IT'S ALMOST GALA TIME!

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. 
Auction Gala 2018 Update
* Tickets Now On Sale - send your response card back to the school office or stop by the office and purchase your tickets - $75 per person
* Class Basket Donations - if you haven't made your donation to your child's class basket, please send it with your child (in an envelope marked with their name) to their homeroom teacher
* It's not too late to donate an item - some popular items include use of vacation homes, sports tickets, jewelry, religious items, and home/garden items. Feel free to think outside of the box too!!!! All donations are tax-deductible and pick up can be arranged.
* Babysitting is available  click  here  for details
* Be an STM VIP - details found on the  attached
* Underwriting opportunities are still available - please see  attached.  

Thank you for your support!
This and That...
Last call for yearbook ads.    All ads must be in by Friday, February 16th in order to meet the yearbook deadline.  Click  for the dimensions for the ad. NO REFUNDS for late submissions that do not make it in time for the yearbook.  Please see attached for ad dimensions and specifics.

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

Our 2018 track season will begin this week.  Signup information went home from Coach Mouton.  If you need additional forms, please have your student see Coach.

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 
here.

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!
PTO News...
Thank you to all who joined us for Skeeters Family Night Out on Monday. It was a fun night and a great fundraiser for our school. As always, thank you for your support!
Our PAWS Print...

Our PAWS Volunteers Had a Busy Week across our Campus!


Many thanks to the PAWS parents who helped      
prepare for our Mardi Gras celebration. The halls  looked GREAT!




Join us next week for a Parent Coffee  on Wednesday, February 21.
And, mark your calendar for Field Day on Friday, April 20. We have some special guests lined up and lots of fun activities planned. We will need parent volunteers to make this day a success! Please contact Susan Farrell at stmpaws@comcast.net if you would like to help plan the day and/or have contacts in the community that can help make this a great day for our students.
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!

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 - Purity

Wednesday, 2/14 - ASH WEDNESDAY
  • 8:15am - All School Mass
  • 3:20pm - 3:45pm Mini Libarians
  • 3:30pm - 5:15pm - Track Practice
  • 3:30pm - 5:30pm - Baseball Practice
Thursday, 2/15 
  • 3:10pm - 4:00pm  Art Club
  • 3:20pm - 4:30pm  Speech 
  • 3:20pm - 3:45pm Junior Librarians 
  • 3:30pm - 5:15pm Track Practice
  • 3:30pm - 5:30pm Baseball Practice 
Friday, 2/16
  • No All School Mass
  • 3:30pm - 5:15pm Track Practice
Saturday, 2/17 - Steps For Students!!

Monday, 2/19 - No School 
  • 3:30pm - 5:15pm Track Practice  

Tuesday, 2/20 - Spirit Day 
  • 3:30pm - 4:00pm Beta Club Tutoring
  • 3:30pm - 4:15pm Speech Team
  • 3:30pm - 4:30pm Spanish Club
  • 3:30pm - 5:15pm Track Practice
  • 3:30pm - 5:30pm Baseball Practice