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Eagle News - September 29, 2020
News & Events
2019 Annual Fund: Comparison of Funds Raised and How Those Funds Were Expended

We collected a total of $132,380 in gifts for the 2019 Annual Fund, and we dedicated the gifts we received to improving the school’s technological resources.

As of September 22, 2020, we spent a total of $132,603.04* on the following:

  • Improvements to the STM technology infrastructure ($47,953.04) including a new server, switches, wireless access points, racks and mounts.
  • Resources for classrooms ($6,285.99) including five iPads, cases, and Apple pencils, five Apple TVs, five mounts and five TVs
  • 27 Dell Latitude 3500 laptops ($20,703.33), each equipped with Microsoft Office for use in classrooms to enhance student learning experiences in a variety of ways, including more effective utilization of classroom interactive boards
  • Sleeves for the laptops mentioned in the previous item, four desktop computers and monitors, and 14 tablets used by our Extended Care program ($4,799.75)
  • 22 additional laptops for classroom use ($16,258)
  • Three Chromebook carts with 30 devices per cart ($24,245.70)
  • 10 additional TVs, two iPads, mounts and supplies for classrooms, and one TV with mounts for the Admin Building Conference Room ($7,674.63)
  • Additional iPads and supplies ($1,537.15)
  • Chromebook seats ($2,340)
  • Chromebook cases and supplies ($805.45)

The technological resources we were able to obtain were a tremendous asset to us in facing the many challenges associated with school closure and the COVID-19 pandemic. These acquisitions continue to serve our students well now that they have returned to our classrooms.

We are very grateful to STM School parents, grandparents and friends who supported the 2019 Annual Fund. THANKS TO ALL!!!

* We spent an additional $223.04 from the school budget for technology to cover the difference between our gifts and expenditures.
A Big Thank You to Our Move the Mulch Volunteers!

We'd like to give a big THANK YOU to all of our STM families, students, and faculty who gave up their Saturday mornings to help Move the Mulch last weekend! We were able to pack the playground areas with fresh mulch in less than 2 hours thanks to the incredible hard work of those who attended.
Cell Phone Policy Reminder

Students may have cell phones on campus, and they should remain in the child's backpack while on campus. A student may only take the phone out with express permission from a faculty or staff member (this has happened occasionally at carpool). If a cell phone is outside the backpack without permission from the teacher, the phone should be confiscated and brought to the office. The teacher will contact the parent to inform them of the incident.
Child Nutrition Program Provides Free Breakfast, Lunch, & Supper

The Child Nutrition Program has been approved for a nationwide waiver from the USDA that will extend the summer feeding program through the end of this semester. Like the summer feeding program we implemented over the summer, ALL STUDENTS will qualify for FREE breakfast and lunch (suppers remain free) from the CNP, regardless of income. Supper can be provided for those in extended care.

We are grateful for this chance to feed children in our communities at no cost to parents and guardians as we all learn to cope with changes brought by COVID19 and Hurricane Laura. We will be sending more information as it comes to us. Please feel free to share this big news with your school families.

Questions? Contact the STM cafeteria at (225) 275-4347 or email stmcafe@diobr.org.
October 7 is Wonderful Wednesday!

Wonderful Wednesday is a day of school spirit on the first Wednesday of every month. Students and faculty wear their spirit shirts to show school pride. We hope to see you in your blue and gold next Wednesday!
Conference Days Update

An email will be sent with a Sign Up Genius link for each family to schedule their conference time. The teacher will follow up with a link for the virtual conference in Google Meet.

PK-4 Conference Day is now scheduled for October 2. There will be no school for PK - 4 students, but students in 5-8 will attend school.

5-8 Conference Day is Monday, October 12, following Fall Break. There will be no school for 5-8 students, but students in PK-4 will attend school.
Carpool Reminders

If you are picking up a child in 1-4 carpool, please line up on Parkwood and turn left into the carpool line.

PK-K carpool: Please be reminded to line up down Fairhaven, NOT down Sylvan that backs up to Goodwood Boulevard. 

As a reminder, morning carpool ends at 7:40 a.m.
Attendance is taken at 7:50 a.m. Students should be in their classroom before this time.
Box Tops, Amazon Smile, and Community Coffee!

Help our Eagles earn additional funds from corporate rewards programs!

The Box Tops for Education program is changing the way we can earn cash for our school and some of you HAVE ALREADY GOTTEN STARTED!

First things First—head to the app store on your smartphone or tablet and download the new Box Tops App.

Then click here, for more information.

Amazon Smile is another rewards program. Simply go to smile.amazon.com. Click the menu icon in the top left of the screen. Scroll to the bottom and select Your Amazon Smile. Choose your charity as St. Thomas More School. When shopping, go to smile.amazon.com and order away. The rest is automated!

We are also still collecting Community Coffee Labels.
8th Grade Retreat Scheduled for October 15

With the move into Phase 3, our first retreat has been scheduled! We will host 8th grade retreat on October 15th and are very excited to provide this opportunity for our students. It will look a little bit different to ensure Covid-19 social distancing protocols, but we know our students will have a day or prayer with our Lord - and fun too!
Learn more about Circle of Grace - Key Concepts

Visit this link for more resources! https://learn.evangcatbr.org/circle-of-grace/
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St. Thomas More Church News
Guidelines for Mass Attendance

We love seeing our parishioners back in the church! If you are coming to STM for Mass, please remember:

  • church opens 30 minutes before Mass
  • an usher will seat you (weekends) - in a marked pews only
  • wear a mask - for the entire Mass
  • bring a small hand sanitizer 
  • maintain 6' social distance from anyone not in your household
  • no gloves, please

We do encourage those at high risk for severe illness from Covid-19 to stay home and watch Sunday Mass LIVE at 10 am (or any time afterwards).

Livestream links are found below. Download worship aid HERE.

YOUTUBE -- or -- FACEBOOK

The Sunday Mass obligation continues to be dispensed for all Catholics indefinitely.

Nurse's Corner
A Word from Nurse Rochelle

UNIFORMS NEEDED: The First Aid office keeps extra uniforms in case of emergencies, and we are low on the following items: 
  • ANY uniforms with the new logo
  • girls jumpers size 4-6
  • girls walking shorts size 4-6
  • large girls skirts
  • adult-sized undershorts
  • and womens L/XL banded shirts
  • boys white uniform shirts size YM, YL, AS, AM, AL, AXL
  • sweatpants (all sizes)
  • We also need belts in all sizes and some plastic hangers and hangers with clips for pants/skirts. 

ATTENTION FIFTH GRADE PARENTS: State law requires that students entering sixth grade receive booster shots. These vaccines include: Tdap and Meningococcal. These vaccines must be given after the eleventh birthday. Updated shot records are due before the start of sixth grade, except when the eleventh birthday is after the start of sixth grade. Please send updated shot records to school after your child receives these two vaccines.

The record can be faxed to 275-0376, scanned and emailed to rochelle@stmbr.org, or sent to the office marked "to the attention of Nurse Rochelle Bowman."
Monthly Calendar
Important Dates for September

October 2 - PK - 4 Conference Day, No school for these students

October 7 - Wonderful Wednesday, wear your spirit shirts & Accelerated Reader last day to test for 1st nine weeks

October 8 and 9 - Fall Break - No school

October 12 - Grades 5 - 8 Conference Day, No school for these students

October 12 - 13 - No Buses

October 15 - 8th Grade Retreat

October 19 - 23 - Red Ribbon Week

October 30 - Orange and Black Accessory Day

Monthly Cafeteria Menu
Upcoming Menu

September 29
Macaroni and Cheese, Steamed Broccoli, Pineapple, Milk Choice

September 30
Flatbread Pizza, Salad Cup, Red Apple Wedges, Milk Choice


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Athletics
Elementary and Middle Schools Suspend Athletic Competition for the Fall Semester

From the August 21, 2020 Diocese of Baton Rouge Catholic Schools Press Release
 
Catholic elementary and middle schools in the Diocese of Baton Rouge reopened in August with appropriate procedures in place to mitigate the chance of COVID-19 transmission on campus. 

The health and safety of students and staff were of primary importance in the decision to reopen school buildings in service to students and families. With that focus, it has been determined that extra-curricular athletics will not be held during the first semester of this school year. With time, it is hoped that it will be possible to consider resuming sports programs in elementary and middle schools during the spring semester.  

These are extraordinary times that have caused us to take this extraordinary action.  School leaders are grateful for the support and cooperation of all stakeholders as decisions are made to ensure safety of all. We share the disappointment of our students, their families, our faculties and staffs, and the communities in which our athletic teams have participated for decades.

We all pray for a safe environment in the spring that will permit a return to spirited sports competition.
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