From your Principal...

Dear STM Families,

Today, the students, faculty, and many parents had the pleasure of attending the annual Nativity Play performed by seventh grade. This years production was breathtaking! The students were so well prepared and sang like angels. What a beautiful way to begin our Christmas festivities!

Thank you for those who were able to join us for our Family Bingo Night this past Friday. The evening was fun for our families and parishioners alike and was a nice fundraiser for our Steps for Students event.  We hope to be able to do another such event later in the Spring. As always thank you for your support!  

Please note for those families that will be applying for financial assistance for the 2018-2019 school year, the attached form has important information regarding the steps to apply and deadline dates. These dates must be followed in order to be considered for aid. 

Wishing you and your family a Blessed Christmas and a 
Happy New Year.

Things to Know
Yours in Christ,
 
Kristen Thome                                      
Principal                                                
Steps For Students...
Steps for Students is 5K run/walk and is a fundraising event for our school.  Participating schools keep 100% of the funds they raise.  We have many fun activities planned from now until race day on Saturday, February 17, 2018 . Please register and join us for this fun, community event.   If you would like the school to register you, see registration details  here .  Join the many people already registered.  

Our wonderful faculty leaders are working hard to offer a variety of ways to support this fundraiser, in addition to joining us on race day! On display in the school foyer are items that will be included in the Steps for Students raffle.  In addition to buying raffle tickets, students can earn raffle tickets by participating in the fun activities planned. 
 Please see this brochure for details.  

Don't forget to get family and friends to sponsor 
you at the walk.  We have many incentives in place for a variety of sponsorship levels. Check out all the fun and exciting details  here.   Sponsorship Forms will be sent home with your student.
Middle School Events...
Middle School Students, don't miss out on these upcoming events and opportunities.

St. Thomas High School 
 will host their open house on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 1:00pm

Middle School Students, get a start on those service hours.  
Campus Clean up 
Saturday, January 13th - 8:00 - 11:00 a.m . Sign up with Mrs. Izard by Thursday, January 11th
Events
Our
Loaves & Fishes Service Project has been rescheduled.  Please stay tuned for details.  
Programs & Events...
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STM will once again host the Hoopin on Hillcroft JV & V Boys Basketball Tournament the first week of January.  This tournament is well known in our city as well as across the state for being a well run event.  This success is due largely in part to our parent volunteers.  We need your help again.  If you are able to volunteer in various jobs starting Wednesday, January 3, 2018, please contact Mrs. Felton at jfelton@stmorenews.com.  Thank you in advance for your support!   

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.  Although this program runs year round, please consider signing up for this program as we go into the holiday season.  What a great opportunity to support our school by doing what you already planned on doing!  Please see details 
here.

Be prepared for the cold weather, 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...
As a part of our Faith and Family Program, PTO is organizing a student and family led Rosary in the church on Friday, January 5th at 5pm.    Following the Rosary, you may attend 5:30 mass with your family, and enjoy some of the KC's award winning catfish at the Fish Fry in Prinster Hall until 7pm. We hope that you can join us as we come together in prayer and fellowship to begin the new year.
Our PAWS Print...
Parents are leaving their PAWS Prints all over STM! Many thanks to our wonderful parent volunteers who support the office in so many ways - Kate Alvarado and Charli Carnes. And, thank you to Leah Gaines for packaging our 1st & 8th grader picture frames!

Next up: class Christmas parties on 12/20. Please keep your eyes open for emails from your Grade Level Lead with information on how to get involved.  For a list of your 2017-2018 PAWS Team members, please click  here.

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!!
Neighborhood News...
Play Ball!  Westbury Little League is holding their Spring League registration starting mid January.  Please see attached flyer for times, dates and location.
Coming up at STM...
Thursday, December 21, 2017- Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - Christmas Holiday 
  • Classes resume on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.
Wednesday, 1/3
  • 3:30pm - 5:00pm C/D Girls Basketball Practice 
  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm JV/V Girls Basketball Practice 
  • 3:30pm - 5:00pm  C/D Boys Basketball Practice (old gym)
  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm JV/Varsity Boys Basketball practice (old gym) 
Thursday, 1/4
  • 3:10pm - 4:00pm Art Club 
  • Hoopin on Hillcroft  - JV/V Boys Basketball Tournament @ STM 
    • Coaches will inform teams of game times
  • 4:30pm - C/JV/V Girls Basketball Game vs JPII (away)
  • 3:20pm - 4:30pm - Pep Squad Practice 
Friday, 1/5
  • 8:15am All School Mass 
  • Hoopin on Hillcroft -  JV/V Boys Basketball Tournament @ STM
    • Coaches will inform teams of game times
Saturday, 1/6
  • Hoopin on Hillcroft - JV/V Boys Basketball Tournament @ STM 
    • Coaches will inform teams of game times
Monday, 1/8
  • 3:30pm - 4:15pm Lego Club
  • 3:30pm - 4:30pm Chess Club Grades 6-8
  • 3:30pm - 4:15pm Prayer Club
  • 3:30pm - 5:00pm C/D Girls Basketball Practice (old gym) 
  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm JV/V Girls Basketball Practice  (old gym)
  • 4:30pm - C/JV/V Boys Basketball Game vs SVdP (home)

Tuesday, 1/9 - Spirit Day  
  • 3:30pm - 4:30pm Spanish Club
  • 3:30pm - 5:00pm C/D Boys Basketball Practice (old gym)
  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm JV/V Boys Basketball Practice (old gym)
  • 4:30pm - C/JV/V Girls Basketball Game vs SVdP (home)
  • 3:30pm - 4:00pm Beta Club Tutoring
Have a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

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