Be Unique - Be a Leader - Be Aquinas
Knightly News - March 4, 2018
Did you know that 93% of our families receive some level of tuition assistance? An outstanding Catholic education is possible for any family! 

Be sure to visit the " Financial Assistance & SmartAid " page on our website to see the many ways we make St. Thomas Aquinas High School and Middle School affordable. The deadline for the Wolsonovich Scholarship is March 16th and the deadline for many of our first wave tuition assistance options is March 23!
Principal's Post

I know this may be premature, but I have the feeling that Spring is just around the corner. Winter sports have wrapped up and spring sports are beginning official practices. We just held the annual Diocese of Youngstown Catholic Men's Fellowship Conference at STA yesterday. Additionally, we have had two days in a row with sunshine!

Another beacon of spring is our annual STA auction. The auction will be held Saturday, March 24th at La Pizzeria in Canton with the theme being “Aquinas Gold.” Please consider attending this spectacular event and sending in your reservations as soon as you can. This auction is a guaranteed fun time with many amazing items available to bid on including some great vacation getaways and the most adorable and well-behaved puppy! This is Aquinas’ biggest fundraiser of the year and we need everyone’s support to make it a success.

Please continue to pray to God that St. Thomas Aquinas High School and Middle School fulfills the will of God everyday.  
 
Have a great Aquinas week!

St. Thomas Aquinas, pray for us.
Principal Schlueter

Go Knights!
On Monday, we were visited by Bishop George Murry from the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown. He visited our classrooms to speak with students and staff and took time to see what is happening in our classrooms this quarter. We hope he enjoys his visits as much as our students and staff enjoy having him!
Notes from Campus Ministry
Mrs. Michelle May is our Campus Minister and has worked at St. Thomas Aquinas since 2010. She assists with the faith and leadership development of our students through planning school Mass, prayer services, retreats, blood drives, and service opportunities throughout the year.

Liturgy
The juniors and seniors will celebrate liturgy on Wednesday, March 7th. Freshmen and sophomore will celebrate Liturgy on Tuesday, March 13th. 

Retreats
The Sophomore retreat will take place on Thursday, April 12th . Students will arrive at school and be taken by bus to Little Flower Church. Students are to bring their own lunch and are able to dress down and to follow the dress code for guidelines. A permission slip will be given to students in their Religion class. 

Service Opportunities
Volunteers are needed to help Holy Cross Catholic Schools setup for the Art & Design Symposium at the Cultural Center on Friday, March 16, from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Students can volunteer for the entire time or signup for shifts. Students interested in volunteering for this event should please see Mr. Hill.

Help is needed for Science and Literacy Night at Regina Coeli on Wednesday, March 21 from 5:45 - 7:30 p.m . Students interested in volunteering for this event should please see Mr. Hill.

Service Hours
Service hours for our high school students, can be recorded to My School Progress (MSP). Students should use their own account (not the parent account) to record the hours. Go to the MSP website, click the menu tab and click on volunteer hours and add all service opportunities and description. Once hours are added, Mrs. May will approve them. Students should keep a written record of their own service hours, as well.
Kairos 2018

"Renewing, refreshing and reflecting" - thoughts about the 2018 Kairos Retreat. "There are so many great people around you (at STA)" - Trevor Young, a junior student who attended Kairos.

Senior and junior students attended an overnight retreat, Kairos, on February 18-20. Kairos is an important part our a student's faith development. Students were excited about their experience and say they grew closer and developed a stronger understanding about what it means to live a life of faith, by celebrating the unique identity of each person and showing compassion for everyone's unique life circumstances. 
Middle School Mass in the STA Chapel
A Busy Week for Middle School Students
Congratulations!

6th grader Kip Anna (left) won 3rd place in the Algebra/Data Probability category at the Stark County Math Tournament.

6th grader Nick Luchitz (right) won 8th place in the Number Sense category at the Stark County Math Tournament.
Kiyah Jackson represented St. Thomas Aquinas Middle School in the Canton Repository Spelling Bee
Middle School students at Malone University for the Pen-Ohio Writing Competition
STA Tuition Assistance for 2018-2019
Wolsonovich Scholarship:
The Diocese of Youngstown provides an annual grant in memory of Mary Ellen Cushwa Wolsonovich based upon financial need determined by SmartAid. The application is now open. This year, applications must be submitted digitally through SmartAid. The scholarship deadline is March 16 . Please note, in order to complete the application process, you will need your 2017 1040 Tax Form.



Teachers' Confederation Scholarship:
The Youngstown Diocesan Confederation of Teachers donate toward a scholarship fund. This year four freshmen attending STA may win this scholarship. The freshmen must have a 3.0 or higher GPA and must show leadership and responsibility. Each winner w ill receive $100, renewable yearly, and applied toward their STA tuition. A 3.0 GPA must be maintained all four years. Interested students should obtain an application and reference sheets from the Guidance Office by March 2, 2018. Deadline for turning in the completed application and essay to Mr. Pederzolli is March 16, 2018. 
Important Meetings & Info - Please Read!
All 2017-2018 School Forms are available on the St. Thomas Aquinas website.

Regular School Hours 
Mon - Fri 7:30am - 3:30pm STA Phone 330-875-1631

Upcoming Events 
  • March 5-6 - EVT Review
  • March 5-8 - MS Iowas
  • March 7 - 11/12 Grade Mass
  • March 9 - Diocesan In-Service
  • March 12 MS Cogats
  • March 14 - 9/10 Grade Mass
  • March 16 - Wear Green Day
  • March 16 - Candy delivered from Middle School fundraiser
  • March 20 - Communal Penance Service (10:30 for HS; 12:30 for MS)
  • March 21 - Middle School Mass
  • March 21 - State tornado drill
  • March 21 - 23 - Faith and Science Camp (Fritz and Chelsea)
  • March 23 - End of Quarter 3
  • March 24 - Auction
  • March 26 - Senior Parent Meeting
  • March 27 - Passion Mime (2:30 for school; 7:00 pm for parents)
  • March 28 - Whole School Mass (Holy Week)
  • March 30 - April 6 - Easter Break
  • April 13 - Father/Daughter Dance, 7:00-10:00. Nikolena will be the DJ

Athletic Events
  • None - We have a short break between Winter and Spring seasons
Safety Reminder

All staff, students, and family members are reminded that NO ONE should open the door and let other people in , no matter who they are or whether you know them. We have a procedure in place for allowing individuals entry into the school. Our doors are always to remain locked. Everyone must buzz in, visually identify themselves, and report to the main office to sign-in during the school day. Further, if you or someone you know ever hears or sees something of concern, please SAY something to an administrator. School safety requires everyone's help! We're a close-knit, faith-centered community; together we will continue to ensure our students thrive in a safe, family environment.
Officer Kelly Crowl speaking with the students about safety in the school
Community Resources

Several school districts, locally and nationally, have been responding to actualized and threatened instances of violence. We ask you to join us in prayer for all those affected. Please be assured that our staff monitors all of these situations closely and stays abreast of local developments. As always, the safety and physical, spiritual, and mental well-being of our students is our top priority. Stark County Catholic High Schools do have safeguards in place consistent with state law for the protection of our students and staff. For safety reasons, our doors are always locked, admittance to our building is monitored, and anyone who enters our schools during the day must sign-in and sign-out. No staff, student or parent should open doors for visitors; they must be admitted by our office staff who permit entrance after visually confirming a visitor’s identity and the reason for their visit. Our staff has had training for emergency situations, we have practiced lock-down drills, we have reunification plans, and we have emergency plans and procedures in place to address critical conditions.

We feel fortunate to have a small, close-knit community that allows us to stay personally connected to our students and their families. Students and family members are encouraged to reach out with needs or concerns to any member of our staff so that we can work together for the health of our St. Thomas Aquinas and Central Catholic family. Both schools have counselors, campus ministers, religious staff, and committed faculty members on staff to help any student and are available throughout the day to lend a listening ear.

If you or someone you know is suffering or acts in a behavior that causes concern please reach out to our staff so that we can help and/or call one of the numbers listed below. With the help of our partners at home and the vigilance of our staff and student body, we are hopeful that St. Thomas Aquinas High School and Middle School and Central Catholic High School will continue to be a safe, faith-centered environment where students can flourish.

Important Numbers:  
St. Thomas Aquinas High School and Middle School – 330.875.1631  
Louisville Police (responds to St. Thomas Aquinas) – 330.875.1607 (call 911 for 24/7 Help)  
Central Catholic High School – 330.478.2131  
Perry Police (responds to Central Catholic) – 330.478.5121 (call 911 for 24/7 Help)   
Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 24/7 Help – 1.800.273.8255   
Crisis Intervention & Recovery Center – 24/7 Help – 330.452.6000   
Crisis Intervention (Youth Mobile travels to homes) – 330.452.6000  
Text 4hope – 24/7 – 741741

Helpful Starting Points For Popular Social Media Apps:  
Honors Biology with Mr. Woods
Tickets can be purchased at the school or the Canton Palace Theatre
From the Guidance Office

HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Please check in with the Guidance Office for many more College Scholarship opportunities or the STA website for recent additions .

College Scholarships:
  • Day Ketter Scholarship - March 9, 2018
  • Canton Lincoln High School Alumni Assn Scholarship - March 15, 2018
  • Walsh University Gary Farey Endowed Scholarship - March 15, 2018
  • Ohio News Media Foundation 2018 Minority Journalism Scholarship - March 21, 2018
  • Quota International of Alliance Inc. - March 30, 2018
  • $5000 KNR Don't Text & Drive Scholarship - March 31, 2018
  • Stark Community Foundation - April 1, 2018
  • Italian-American Festival Foundation - April 1, 2018
  • The William D. Squires Scholarship - April 5, 2018
  • Christopher Columbus Italian Mutual Benefit Society - May 14, 2018
  • Unique Club of Canton Scholarship - May 25, 2018
  • The Canton Student Loan Foundation - June 1, 2018

HS & MS School Scholarships for 18-19 School Year
Cushwa/Wolsonovich Scholarship Application is now open, $30 application fee. Deadline is March 16, 2018
Middle School Basketball Champions!
Girls Volleyball honored with the State Runner-Up Banner
Katie Hiestand signs with Wittenberg to play volleyball.
Natalie Vinci signs with Baldwin Wallace to run.
Athletics - Stay in the Know & Follow Us
St. Peter 2nd & 7 Reading Program

STA high school students visit St. Peter to read with the 2nd graders.
2018 Aquinas Gold Auction
A Silent Auction Teaser:

Don't Pass Dirty!
Get trumped up and bid on this awesome Euchre paying night at The "B" Club! Shake the bush and find 16 people to come and have dinner, desserts, drinks and play Euchre! Don't send the boy and get left in the barn! If you must, go ALONE! Restrictions may apply if you renege or get skunked! -- Compliments of Bliss Catering

Send in your reservations today! Or purchase your tickets online with the link below.
for the 2018 Aquinas Gold Auction, March 24, 2018
Thank you to our generous sponsors this week. There's still time for your business to sponsor the STA Auction! Please consider supporting St. Thomas Aquinas HS & MS. Your generosity is truly appreciated.

Platinum Sponsor $1250
Oster Enterprises  

Diamond Sponsor $500
Dr. John & Dixie Park 
Doyle Excavating
Knight Spnsor $250
Robert F. Fay CPA
Joan & Randy Kreinbrink
Ron & Associates

Friends
Belmont Printing
Lisa & Larry Mudd
Don't forget about your chance to win a new car!! Winning ticket drawn at the Auction.

What a great graduation gift it would be!

Or spoil yourself!
Planning a class reunion, email us and we'll post the information in our weekly eBlast!
CLASSMATE UPDATES

The Class of '68
Friday, June 22, 2018 - Meet & Greet 7:00 pm
Arrowhead Banquet Center
1500 Rogwin Circle SW
North Canton, OH 44720



Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 50th Reunion Dinner - 6:00 pm
Skyland Pines Event Center
3550 Columbus Rd NE
Canton, OH 44705
6:00pm

Check out the new CLASS OF '68 website for all details
2019 REUNIONS

  • Class of 1979 is looking for a few fabulous alumni who would love to be a part of the 40th Reunion Planning Committee. Please contact Don Trubisky at 330-265-9647
CLASSMATE MEMORIALS
Eternal rest grant unto them...
STA IN TOUCH

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The weekly deadline is Saturday at noon to be included in that week's newsletter. Any announcements submitted after this deadline will be in the following week's STA eBlast.
Ways to Support STA
St Thomas Aquinas High School is partnering with Schoola ( www.schoola.com ).

What’s Schoola? It’s a great way to raise funds for our school. Schoola collects pre-loved women's and children’s clothes, preps and sells them online, and gives 40% of the proceeds (minus the cost of inbound shipping) back to St Thomas Aquinas High School to help fund programs for our kids. That’s $2 out of every $5 earned back to our school! Simply click on the image to view our very own Schoola landing page where you can request a bag and view our progress and funds earned

The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to St. Thomas Aquinas High School & Middle School to help fund programs for our students. Every little bit counts, donations quickly add up.

It's easy! Type smile.amazon.com and log into your Amazon.com account. Select St. Thomas Aquinas High School (yes the Middle School benefits too!), Louisville, OH. That's it. Now whenever you make a purchase STA benefits.

Thank you for your support!

STA Helping YOU Save Money

Mention you are a student, have a student attending, or work for St. Thomas Aquinas HS/MS and receive 15% off.

Don't forget to forward this to your family and friends! And encourage them to  sign up  to receive their own copy of this email blast.