St. Thomas School Newsletter
October 26, 2016
Dear St. Thomas Families,
Your child(s) first report card of the school year was distributed today, Wednesday, October 26. Report cards are used as a summary assessment of a student's performance during the grading period. Report cards are no doubt important to both students and parents.
While the information below has been shared with our school families last year, believe the information is nice to know when reviewing grades.
Please remember that children may be a little apprehensive about sharing these reports. They will often seek approval of any progress or achievement that they have made. This is the nature of being human - a desire to receive positive feedback. We celebrate when our children do well and often reward their achievements. It is equally important to think about how we react when our children's assessments are less than perfect. It is natural for parents to be upset when a child brings home an unsatisfactory report card. Yet we must remember that showing frustration and anger will not help children improve.
If your child's assessments are not what you would like them to be please consider the following:
- Put assessments in perspective. Poor assessments can negatively impact your child's confidence. Make sure that your child knows that you think report cards are important, but also that report cards don't measure their worth or your love for them.
- Find their successes and build upon them. Ask your child what he or she is most proud of in their schoolwork. Talk about what he/she has done well.
- Look behind the assessments. Poor assessments just tell you that there is a problem. Ask your child what he or she thinks the problem might be in an area. Sometimes it is not academic ability, but poor study habits, a lack of adequate sleep or too many extra-curricular activities. Limiting extra-curricular involvement and providing a quiet place to study with lots of light can make the difference.
- Set realistic goals for improvement. Take each day and each assignment one at a time to prevent overwhelming your child. Teach your child the value of chunking larger assignments into smaller tasks. Elementary and junior high is the ideal time to develop habits of prioritizing and goal setting.
- Make your child a part of the process. When changing study routines, allow your child some ownership in the changes. For example consider homework at the kitchen table where you can monitor challenges and off task behaviors.
- Contact - but don't attack - teachers. Sometimes children try their best but still have a difficult time or they may blame their teachers for their troubles. Don't assume there's something wrong with the program or teachers. Set up a parent conference to gather more information by asking teachers their perception of what's happening. As an education professional, it is part of the teacher's responsibility to help your child stretch and grow. They can provide you a wonderful insight into your child's school day.
Education is a partnership between home and school. We are here to help you and answer any questions you may have regarding your child's progress. Please feel free to contact your child's teacher at any time to discuss his or her progress. If you need further understanding how to look at your child's grades, stop by and I will gladly review the report card with you.
Student achievement and positive attitude toward school are directly linked with parental involvement. A child understands that when parents are involved by attending conferences and volunteer opportunities, that schooling is valued. Your involvement is even more important the older your child becomes such as in those often painful junior high years. This is a time when they develop a greater need for independence. While this is also the age that parents may only get an "eye roll", deep down our children are reassured by the ongoing love and support of our involvement.
With the development of our Jr. High advanced math program for this school year, data is available to weigh in after the first quarter. The program was designed for grades 5 through 8. Students were placed in a grade level based on several variables. Excited to share that the overall grade average for students within this program is 97.1%.
6th grades students, Polly Gold and Ella Tensor, were winners in the Poster Contest for the Campbell County Family Courtroom. The posters are on display at the Courthouse and Judge Woeste stated, "They are quite unique, and my staff have received many positive comments." Congratulations to our Tomcat winners!
St. Thomas will be celebrating the feast of All Saints' Day with an all school Mass on October 28 at 8:15.
The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades will be processing in representing their patron saints. Please come and join us as we pray together to our saints in Heaven.
Important Dates in November:
Tuesday, November 1st , No School
Monday, November 7th and Tuesday, November 8th , No School
Sunday, November 13th, Open House, 12:00 to 2:30 pm
For the remainder of events and no school days, please visit our website to view the school calendar.
Have a blessed week!
Report Cards -
First quarter report cards have been distributed.
Please note that if you are behind in your tuition, you will not receive a report card.
If you have questions regarding tuition, please contact Mrs. Osburg in the Parish office.
Parent-Teacher Conference dates and time
Wednesday, November 2
3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 3
3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
To sign-up for this important conference, please contact Mrs. Clark in the school office at 859-572-4641.
Family Fun Night at Barnes & Noble:
Our family fun night is this Friday, October 28 at Barnes & Noble on the Levee from 6:00-9:00. We will have a Halloween theme and invite all children to wear their Halloween costumes.
All students in attendance will receive an "out of uniform" pass to be used on Thursday, November 3.
Once again Mr. Markey is planning a wonderful musical performance by our students at 7:00.
Miss Osterhage is putting together a selection of student artwork for display.
Enjoy building with Legos and Halloween crafts.
We are in still need of face painters for the evening. If you are able to help please email Mrs. Bailey.
If you have not attended our family night before I really encourage you to attend. It is a fun night for the children, but also a great opportunity to meet and talk with other parents as well.
This is one of the two big fund raisers that are held for our library each year. With your support last year we earned a Barnes & Noble gift card for $462. This enables us to keep up with the latest and best books for our library.
Hope to see you at Barnes & Noble on Friday.
Veterans Day Ceremony
Veterans Day is Friday, November 11
. St. Thomas school will hold a special ceremony to honor our veterans. Veterans are invited to attend the all school mass at 8:15 a.m., followed by a program in the school gym and a Continental Breakfast in the cafeteria. All are welcome to attend. We are looking for memorabilia to add to the display cases. If you have items to lend, please mark with your contact information and send to the office or directly to Mrs. Arnett.
BoxTops are a great fundraiser for our school. There is a box in the school office to drop off the Boxops.
ST. THOMAS SCHOOL
Offering a Catholic education in an academically-accelerated environment with other extracurricular activities. Our school has a long-standing tradition of excellence in service for students from Preschool through 8th grades.
At St. Thomas we strive to educate the whole student Academically, Physically, Socially
and Spiritually based on principles of Respect, Compassion and Love. We are educating children of all faiths and welcome your family to come visit.
If you have additional questions please feel free to contact us at (859) 572-4641. To learn more about St. Thomas Catholic School, please visit the website at www.sttschool.org.
NOW IS THE TIME TO 'SHARE'
OUR OPEN HOUSE DATE WITH FRIENDS & FAMILY,
INVITE THEM TO COME SEE
Student Council Events
The Costume Parade is coming...
When: Monday, October 31 at 1:45 pm
Please see the flier for more details in the Wednesday folder.
Bake Sale Success!
Students and Staff enjoyed the many wonderful baked goods
sent in by the families. Over $200 in sales!
Please mark your calendars
for Turkey Festival on
Saturday, November 19
Dinner will be served in the cafeteria from 4-8pm. The festival will be in the gym from 5-10:30pm. This is a fun event and a very important fundraiser for the parish. Please plan on attending and help spread the word to family, friends and neighbors. We are currently seeking donations for the Silent Auction. We are looking for exciting items that will generate interest and revenue. It could be as simple as a gift certificate to a favorite restaurant, tickets to a sporting or cultural event, or the use of your out of town condo for a weekend. We are also seeking festival sponsors. For Silent Auction donations or if you are interested in sponsoring the festival (or know of a business that might be interested), please contact Elmer Grosser (
). We are once again doing a $5,000 Major Raffle. To obtain tickets for yourself and/or to sell to friends and family, please contact Daniel Mitchell (
) or Christian Naberhaus (
). The Boosters use proceeds from this event to support the school's athletic programs and facilities as well as educational initiatives.
This is our largest fundraiser of the year and
we appreciate your support!
Central Catholic High School
Newport Central Catholic High School invites you to attend Open House on Sunday
, November 13, 2016
2:00 PM to 4:30 PM
. NCC offers you this opportunity to become more familiar with our religious education program, expanded curriculum, advanced placement courses and dual credit program, academic enhancement program, athletics, extracurricular activities and our campus improvements.
The Open House will feature academic department exhibits along with Fine Arts, athletic and extracurricular activity displays.
A presentation in the gymnasium will begin at 2:00 PM followed by student-led tours.
For more details, contact the NCC Development Office
at (859) 292-0001.
Act with Justice
Serving One Another
Most High, Glorious God, enlighten the darkness of our minds. Give us a right faith, a firm hope, and a perfect charity, so that we may always and in all things act according to Your Holy Will.