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Dear STM Family,

Spring Break is almost here which means that the school year is 2/3 complete - my oh my, how time flies! There is lots of information below, so don't miss out and keep on perusing the newsletter.

Lent is here along with an increased focus on making our selves, our school, and our local and global community better versions of themselves. We look forward to helping your students along this journey and having them help us as staff in like manner. Lent is a time for preparation through fasting, alms-giving, and prayer. While we will not make your children fast, we will provide them opportunities to give to others (see blanket project below) and pray. 





















We hope that you will join us tomorrow morning for March's First Friday Coffee after drop-off and for the parent Happy Hour on March 15th from 6;30PM-8PM to learn more about this year's auction and how you can be a part of it all. For more information, please contact Kara Fairbairn, the Auction Chair at karafairbairn@hotmail.com. 

Remember - tuition pays for the ordinary, philanthropy pays for the extraordinary!  Thank you for helping us be extraordinary through your time, consideration, and support of all of our children. We will see you at The Great Gatsby Gala in April! Please save the date and look forward to tickets going on sale soon. Tickets will be $50 until March 31, and $75 thereafter. Whole tables can be purchased as well.

Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam (to the greater glory of God), 

Mr. Olsen

 

 
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Please Remember - 
STM is a charitable organization for tax purposes. Please consider a tax-deductible gift to St. Thomas More Catholic School in your yearly giving and estate planning. Each gift helps ignite a lifetime of learning.
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"Birthday Bags" is in its Twenty-Third Year!
This K-2 grade service project supports our local food shelf.
Now through  March 24th in the K-2 hallway, we are collecting:

Cake Mixes
Canned Frosting
Boxes of Candles
Cash Donations
New or Gently Used books age 3-12
Small gifts for boys and girls age 3 -12

The K-2 team also needs parent volunteers to help on packing day,  Friday March 24, from  1:45 to 3:15.  This is a fun project to assist with, as you get to witness your kids in the act of helping others - don't miss out!

Thanks in advance for supporting this wonderful service project.

The K-2 Team

Friday, Mar. 3
8:15AM-9AM
First Friday Coffee (School Cafeteria)

Wednesday, Mar. 15
6:30PM-8PM
Auction info Happy Hour (School Auditorium)

Thursday, Mar. 16
5:30PM
7th Grade Wolf Ridge Information Night - Rm 209 (Halverson)

Wednesday, Mar. 29
8:45AM-10:45AM
Celebrate Calm Morning Workship for Parents (School Auditorium)
7PM - 9PM
Celebrate Calm Evening Workshop for Parents (School Auditorium)

Thursday, Mar. 30
7PM
St. Thomas More Catholic Community at the Timberwolves (Target Center)

Tuesday, May 23
Time TBD
Spring K-5 Concert - (School Auditorium)



St. Thomas More Catholic Community at the Timberwolves 

Join us on  March 30th as the T-Wolves play the Los Angeles Lakers. We will have an event at the game for all who attend. Tickets are $22 and you can order them at  timberwolves.com/groupoffers  and enter code:  StThomasMore

Questions? Contact the parish office: 651-227-7669 or contact Ross Uhler (Account Associate for Timberwolves Group Events) for help with buying tickets and using FlashSeats: 612-673-8473.

10 Ways to Stop Defiance, Disrespect & Yelling Workshop
2 FREE Workshops. No Need to Register. 

Wednesday, March 29      8:45am - 10:45am
St. Thomas More Catholic School (Auditorium) / 1065 Summit Ave. / St. Paul, MN 55105
 
Wednesday, March 29      7:00pm - 9:00pm
St. Thomas More Catholic School (Auditorium) / 1065 Summit Ave. / St. Paul, MN 55105
 
Celebrate Calm Founder Kirk Martin, and his son, Casey, will provide parents and teachers with a dozen strategies that will eliminate defiance, disrespect, yelling, bullying, sibling fights and more that characterize our homes and classrooms. 
Kirk provides concrete, practical strategies that work with kids ages 2-22 in everyday situations to:

* Get your kids to listen the first time.
* Stop defiance, disrespect, and yelling.
* Stop whining, tantrums and sibling fights.
* Get kids off video games/screens without a fight.  
* Create stress-free mornings, homework time and bedtime .
 
Visit http://www.celebratecalm.com/attend-live-events/  for a sneak peak of what you will experience Arrive early for the special Q&A with Kirk (that begins 10 minutes prior to the workshop beginning).

Linwood Intramural Baseball

Registration is OPEN at Linwood Community Center for ages 12 and under baseball players.

Cost: $45 - 4 teams, coed


League Commissioner is Joe Seidel, a graduate of St. Luke's and current parishioner.
Don't forget to complete your registration in TADS!

Our online registration is live  for all grades (PreK-8) and ready for you to fill out. You should have received an email from TADS. Your information from last year should transfer over where appropriate to help streamline the process and if you did the early re-registration with Mr. Olsen, your fees paid will be reflected in TADS. You do still need to fill out TADS though. Tuition Assistance will be communicated later this Spring once TADS enrollment forms are completed. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Mrs. Barrett at  lbarrett@morecommunity.org  or 651.224.4836, for K-8 or Ms. Breanna at bwalrath@morecommunity.org or 651.224.9316 for preschool.  
 
Thank you for your continued support to St. Thomas More Catholic School and your commitment to Catholic education. You are the backbone of our school and we appreciate your continued partnership and loyalty over the years.

Saint Thomas More Church's Stewardship Committee to Focus on Planned Giving

Now that our annual stewardship pledging has concluded, your STM Stewardship Committee is turning its attention to bolstering our planned giving  efforts. If you have experience in this area, we could use your assistance!  

No need to make a long-term commitment, this could just be a one-time project. We are looking for professionals with estate planning experience as well as anyone interested in helping us create and sustain this important program. 

Please contact Michael Sarafolean at  sarafolean@comcast.net if you are interested in learning how you might help. Thank you for your consideration.

Keep on clipping those Box Tops!

Earn Cash for STM with Box Tops.  Buy, Clip, Send and Earn!

We NEED your Box Tops!!!  Get busy clipping those Box Tops.  February is the month to turn them into cash for our school.  We have collected almost $300 so far this year for our school.  

A few places to look for boxtops.....
1.  Check your kitchen cupboards, the pantry, and even the refrigerator.
2.  Do not forget your tissue boxes and office supplies. 
3.  Ask your family, friends, and even your neighbors! 

Do you have a Smart Phone?  Box Tops for Education has launched an App to help schools earn even more.  Download the App, find offers, buy products and scan your receipts.  And you can still clip the boxtop for cash for our school!

Do you want to send your kids on a scavenger hunt to find boxtops?  Print a collection sheet and have fun finding those boxtops.  Each one is worth 10 cents.

Collection boxes are located outside of the School Office and downstairs on the Preschool table 

Thanks so much and keep clipping!!!

Volunteers Needed

Our Advancement office needs volunteers with knowledge in the following areas:
                • Marketing
                • Branding
                • Development/Fundraising
                • Video Production
                • Print/Publishing
                • Graphic Design
                • Database Management
                • Archiving (Photos/Docs)
                • Events (Auction/MoreFest)
If you are willing to help or know of others with skills and interests in these areas, please reach out to James Olsen at jolsen@morecommunity.org - thank you!
St. Thomas More Catholic School | 1065 Summit Avenue  St. Paul, MN 55105 
651.224.4836 | info@morecommunity.org 
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