From your Principal...
Dear STM Families,

The school year is wrapping up quickly and includes a variety of events. Please take the time to read all sections of this memo.

I would like to once again thank you all for your generosity! With your support, we are able to purchase Fr. Hai a new Censor in recognition of his 19th Anniversary of his Ordination. We will present this gift to him (via a certificate) at our final all school mass on June 1st. Fr. Hai is not aware of this gift so please keep this a surprise!  

Final reminder, join us tonight at our Barnes & Noble Bookfair at the Buffalo Speedway and Holcombe store location. Barnes & Nobel will have our required Summer Reading Books available for purchase. We have many fun activities planned including a scavenger hunt, door prizes, visit from Thomas the Tiger, and story time lead by Mrs. Fontenot, Ms. Coltharp and me. The bookfair started at 2:00pm today with our in-store activities will running from 6:00 - 8:00pm.  Don't forget to use code #12363875 for any in-store or online order so STM gets credit for the sale!  Please see the details below.

This Friday is our 8th grade Graduation. The Graduation Mass will begin at 7:00pm in the Church. Eighth grade parents, please see the Graduation section below if you have any questions. We will miss our 8th grade class and wish them much success in their future endeavors.  

As a followup to my communication yesterday regarding the tragedy at Santa Fe High School, I would like to share several resource options from the Catholic Schools Office for parents who may be seeking resources on how to talk to their children and support their emotions regarding gun violence in schools.
Yours in Christ,
 
Kristen Thome                                      
Principal                                                
8th Grade Graduation News...
8th Grade Graduation is this Friday.  The Graduation Ceremony starts at 7:00pm in the Church.  All students are to meet in Servant Hall at 5:30 for pictures. If you have any questions regarding the rest of this year, please refer to the attached schedule.  
6th & 7th Grade Exams...
6th & 7th Grade Final Exams are scheduled for Friday May 25th, morning and afternoon, Tuesday May 29th  (2) finals in the morning & Wednesday May 30th, (1) final in the morning.  See calendar below.  Students will receive a detailed schedule from their teachers.  Please do not schedule appointments during this time.  Makeup exams will be held on Monday June 4th.  Report cards will be held until exams are made up. Please make every effort to be in attendance for the exam at the scheduled time.  
School Uniforms...
As many of you know, Parker Uniform filed bankruptcy this school year. After meeting with many vendors, we have decided to proceed with Mills Uniform as our supplier. At this time, the decision has been made to update our look and return to our original school colors. Starting next year, our uniform will be: red polo shirt, white dress uniform shirt, red cardigan and v-neck sweater, black fleece jackets, khaki shorts and pants, as well as a navy tie for the middle school boys. All tops, sweaters and jackets will have our St. Thomas More School logo embroidered on them. Our plaid will stay the same, however, short and skirt options have been updated to a more comfortable fit for our girls. Please know that previous plaid items will still be allowed and we will transition out of our green polo shirts, sweaters, and fleece over the next (3) school years. Navy pants and shorts will not be grandfathered.

Mills is working hard to get our items in their stores and anticipate availability mid-late June . They will start sizing and taking orders for our items in June and will ship back-ordered items as they are available. Families will not be charged for back-ordered items until they ship.  

We will keep you updated as information and availability is provided to us. We look forward to a clean fresh look on our students next year and appreciate your support of the new uniform program.
This & That...
As many of you may have heard by now, STM will be running the Before and After School Care (BASC) Program for the 2018-2019 school year. We thank KidVenture for running the after school program this year. Please see the attached for details on our BASC Program. If you have any questions, please contact Nina Coltharp in the Preschool office at 713-729-9062.  

Make plans to join us for our Barnes & Noble Book Fair to be held tonight.  They will display our Summer Reading Books.  Additionally, Ms. Thome, Ms. Coltharp and Mrs. Fontenot will join us to read to the children along with other fun activities planned from 6:00pm- 8:00pm.  Please see the attached for your child's Summer Reading Book List.

The 3rd grade Brownie Troop is collecting used books in good condition for Books Between Kids as a part of their World of Girls Journey. Students can drop off book donations in the collection box by the front office until this Friday, May 25th. Their biggest need right now is Chapter Books.  Thanks for supporting the STM Girl Scouts and giving the gift of reading to children in need.   For more information, visit their website at http://www.booksbetweenkids.org/

Interested in Cub Scouts?
Current Kindergarten-4th grade boys: Come to Pack 99's last pack meeting for the school year this Friday, May 25th at 7:00pm in Prinster Hall and see what Cub Scouts is all about! See the attached flyer for more information.

Looking ahead, join the STM Parish Soccer.  Games and practices will start in August.  Register now before the crazy summer schedule begins.  Contact Caroline Carter with questions at  bolz001@yahoo.com.  See attached registration form.

Summer Programs...
Our own Ms. Macfarlane is offering a 1 week Summer Art Camp this summer. Please see attached for details or visit her website at https://sites.google.com/a/stmorenews.com/ms-macfarlane-s-art-class/home. Space is limited.  

New - STM will host Cheerleading Camps this July.  Instruction will be lead by the University of St. Thomas Cheerleaders, Captain Bridget Reagins (STM class of 2011) and The Cristo Rey Jesuit Cheer Team. Please see flyer for details and registration.  

Once again, KidVenture will host their summer camp at STM. This is a fun camp and always a big hit with our students. Please see  attached for more details and registration information. 

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

St. Thomas High School offers a variety of COED Summer Programs for Elementary and Middle School Students. This years programs include  expanded summer offerings  with an array of coed academic, enrichment and athletic camps that will captivate and challenge elementary and middle school students entering 4th - 8th grades. Please see flyer for details.  

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

Keep supporting STM over the summer with your Amazon Purchases!
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.  
Our PAWS Print...

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


As we wrap up the 2017-2018 academic year we want to take a minute to express our gratitude to ALL our parents for your support, time, donations, energy and willingness to serve our school and students! We have had a great year in spite of some challenges (Harvey! Ring a bell?) and look forward to expanding and improving our PAWS Program for the upcoming year.


Were you able to join us for some of our end of year events? The last PAWS Parent Coffee was held Wednesday, May 16th . 

The following parents were winners of our door prizes:
Justus Tiluwa, Kellie Reedy, Marcela Fandino, Niki Trombley, Elizabeth King, LaTonya Price

Have a great summer and we look forward to seeing you next year!

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!!
PTO News...
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Volunteer Appreciation Event last Thursday evening. About 50 parent volunteers enjoyed the fellowship, food, and our "Is It Summer Yet Sangria" signature drink.


Thank you so much to  Casetta Catering for providing the amazing bites throughout the evening. Congratulations to the following parents who won door prizes:

Rose Castro - $50 Mills Uniform
Karen De La Torre - $50 Mills Uniform
Marisa Mendoza - $10 Starbucks
Lillian Cardenas - $20 Target
Alberto Suarez-Rivero - $20 Target
Madi Gullage - $50 Buchanan's
Heather Gallagher - $20 Target
Monay Gullage - $100 Mills Uniform
Cat McMayon - George Ranch admission tickets
Joel Lester - $10 Starbucks
Marcy Hill - Kendra Scott Necklace and earrings



Coming up at STM...
Virtue of the Month - Respect

Wednesday,  5/23
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm - 4th & 5th Grade Girls Summer League Basketball Practice 
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm - 4th & 5th Grade Boys Summer League Basketball Practice
Thursday, 5/24
  • 3:15pm - 4:15pm - Family Life Series for 7th Grade Students
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm - 7th & 8th Grade Girls Summer League Basketball Practice
Friday, 5/25
  • 7:00 pm - 8th Grade Graduation - Church
  • 6th Grade Math & Literature Final Exams
  • 7th Grade Literature & Social Studies Final Exams 
  • 3:15pm - 4:15pm - Family Life Series for 8th Grade Students
Monday, 5/28 - Memorial Day Holiday - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, 5/29
  • Spirit Day
  • 6th Grade English and Social Studies Final Exams 
  • 7th Grade Science & English Final Exams 
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm - 7th & 8th Grade Girls Summer League Basketball Practice
Wednesday, 5/30
  • Preschool Graduation
  • 6th Grade Science Final Exam
  • 7th Grade Math Final Exam
Thursday, 5/31
  • 6th & 7th Grade Field Trips
Friday, 6/1- Last Day of School
  • Mass and Awards - 11:00am dismissal - NO KIDVENTURE OR AFTER SCHOOL CARE