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Eagle News -January 8, 2020
Important Information
Open House

STM Open House will be held on
Thursday, January 16 from 5:00-8:00 pm.

Please join us and invite your family and friends!

RSVP: admissions@stmbr.org
School Mass Uniform Reminder

Out of respect for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, girls must wear their jumpers, skirts, skorts, or long pants and boys must wear long pants ( no shorts, no sweatpants ) with the uniform shirt tucked in. Boys are required to wear pants to Mass from October 1- April 30.
Mother Seton Nomination

STM Home & School Association is accepting nominations for this year’s Mother Seton. Nominees for this outstanding volunteer award must be, per diocesan requirements, a Catholic, non-employee parent, grandparent or guardian who has been involved with STM school for at least three years.

Email your nominations to  stmhands@gmail.com  
St. Thomas More Continues Emphasis on Improving Facilities

During the time between Thanksgiving holidays and our students return to school on January 6, we have made several substantial improvements to school facilities, including:

  • A new roof was installed on the “West Wing” of the Preschool (this area was formerly used for kindergarten classes; it now houses students in PK4 and PK5);
  • Drainage was added in the walkway area between the nurse’s station and the playground; and
  • Blinds were installed in all rooms on the north side of the K-4 Building.

The total cost of these improvements (more than $52,000) was provided without additional charges to parents. 

We will continue our efforts to make our campus more functional and more aesthetically pleasing for STM students, faculty and staff, parents, grandparents and visitors. And, we are grateful for the many positive comments about campus improvements we have received from members of our STM community.
Two Ways to Earn Money for STM

When we began our Annual Fund, we promised that we would reduce the number of “asks” and fundraisers. At the same time, we have begun to explore other ways to generate financial support for our school. We found two methods that do not require additional requests, but rather are based on the existing spending habits of members of the STM community.

BOX TOPS

The first method, Box Tops, has been in place for years, but now has a technology-based update. According to the Box Tops website, “No more clipping. No more sending Box Tops to school. All you need is your phone. Download the ALL-NEW Box Tops app, shop as you normally would, then simply scan your store receipts to find participating products. The app will automatically credit your school's Box Tops earnings online.” Twice a year, we will receive a check and can use that cash for school purposes. More details are available at: https://www.boxtops4education.com/en/How%20To%20Earn

A number of members of our community are already using this method for generating financial support for our school. Through their efforts, STM has received $492.30 this school year. 

AMAZON SMILE

If you shop at smile.amazon.com, a portion of your spending can be donated to St. Thomas More. To date, AmazonSmile has donated a total of $628.34 to STM. More details are available at smile.amazon.com.

THANK YOU!
Thanks for your consideration of these additional ways to assist our school! Please contact Dr. Greg Brandao ( greg@stmchurch.org ) if you have any questions about Box Tops and/or AmazonSmile.
Event Details
Progress Reports / Report Cards - January 8

Reminder that Progress Reports/Report Cards were sent home with students yesterday in their backpacks.
KC Free Throw Contest - January 12

The STM Knights of Columbus invites boys and girls, ages 9-14, to participate in a free throw contest on Sunday, January 12, from 2-4 pm in the school gym.
"Purple and Gold" LSU Alternate Dress - January 13

On Monday, January 13, all students and faculty are invited to participate in “PURPLE and GOLD” LSU Alternate Dress. As we anticipate the college football National Championship game on Monday night, students may wear purple and gold shirts, outerwear, hats, socks, shoes, and accessories with modest pants. 

St. Thomas More will have a normal school schedule on Tuesday, January 14. Recognizing that many of our families may be up late watching the game on Monday night, we will offer excused tardies until 9am on Tuesday morning. We will be running morning Extended Care and carpool as usual. 
2020 Annual Meeting & Gumbo Cookoff January 18

The Men's Club would like to welcome all men of the parish and school to attend our 2020 Annual Meeting and Gumbo Cookoff. The meeting will be held on Saturday, January 18th at 6:00 pm in the Church Activity Center.

We will be accepting nominations to be elected to the Board of Directors at the meeting. Please plan to join us to see what exciting events the Men's Club has planned for 2020.

We continue to accept entries fro the GUMBO competition. If you think you have the best gumbo, this is your shot to dethrone last years Men's Club Champ of the Year, Mr. Chad Chenevert. The gumbo will need to be Chicken/Turkey and Sausage/Andouille. The Men's Club will be providing the rice.

Please let us know that you will be entering a gumbo by sending an email to the Men's Club at  stmenclub@gmail.com .

Thank you and hope to see you there for fun and fellowship with other men of our STM Community.
La Marathon - January 17-19

The Louisiana Marathon takes place January 17-18. Festivities start at the Raising Cane River Center on Friday, January 17 and wrap up on Sunday, January 19.

Schedule of Events :

Saturday, January 18
8:00 am start: 5K (3.1 miles) and the quarter marathon (6.55 miles)
10:30 am start: Kids 1 mile

Sunday, January 19
7:00 am start: marathon (26.1 miles) and half marathon (13.1 miles).
These two courses are different.

Father Michael is running the marathon and Mrs. Mertz is running the half marathon. Come out and cheer them on!

If you are interested in participating in the marathon, visit https://thelouisianamarathon.com/ for more information.
No School - Monday, January 20
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Save the Date

Dad & Daughter Dance for K-8 students
February 8th 

Registration information will be coming soon.
Save the Date

Upcoming Grandparent's Day

3rd Grade - February 13
8th Grade - March 5
5th Grade - March 26
Kindergarten - April 23
Athletics
Wednesday, January 8

Monday, January 13

Tuesday, January 14
8th BB @ St. Aloysius 7:30 PM

Wednesday, January 15
Calendar
Important Dates for January

January 9 - School Mass (all school)
January 12 - KC Council Free Throw Contest 2:00 pm
January 13 - Purple and Gold LSU Alternate Dress
January 16 - Open House 5:00 pm
January 18 - Men's Club Meeting and Gumbo Cookoff 6:00 pm
January 18-19 - La Marathon
January 20 - No School (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
January 21 - Club Pictures and Make-up Pictures
January 23 - School Mass (5-8) / 6th Grade Retreat
 January 23-26 - Boys Basketball Tournament
January 27-31 - Catholic Schools Week
January 29 - 5th Grade American History Day / STM Parishioner Eucharist Parent Meetings at 12:00 and 7:00 pm
January 30 - School Mass (all school)
January 31 - Preschool Pajama Day
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