Be Unique - Be a Leader - Be Aquinas
Knightly News - January 28, 2018
" Catholic education strives to make a difference in the lives of individuals and in the wider community  by challenging young people, through God, to find meaning and value in their lives and reach their full potential as compassionate, contributing, life-giving members of society who are highly skilled, informed, tolerant, open and just" (Catholic Education, Diocese of Cairns, 2018).
Principal's Post

This week is Catholic Schools Week. We have several fun activities planned as well as vocation talks and a missionary presentation. Also, STA students are collecting new socks and new or gently used blankets which will be provided to the Catholic Charities homeless outreach program. 

This past Saturday, we held the Alumni Memorial Mass and celebrated the Feast Day of St. Thomas Aquinas, our patron saint. It was a very nice celebration in a full STA chapel.

Please continue to pray for God’s will to be done at St. Thomas Aquinas High School and Middle School as we celebrate Catholic school Week!

Have a great Aquinas week!

St. Thomas Aquinas, pray for us.
Principal Schlueter

Go Knights!
Celebrating the Alumni Memorial Mass and the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas our Patron Saint.
Kairos Retreat
Seniors are encouraged to pick up an information pack, in the Attendance office for the Kairos retreat that will be held on February 18-20, 2018 . The retreat is only 3 weeks away. Get your reservation in this week!
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.

Recent graduates
Please notify Mrs. May of your address, I’d love to send a card to you! If you are living at home, away at college or in the military, keep me posted what you’re doing, studying or where you are working.

This week we will celebrate Catholic Schools week with an All School Liturgy on Wednesday, January 31st. The Middle School students are planning Mass for that day. Held in the gym.

Plan ahead and join us on February 14 on Ash Wednesday 9:35 for Mass and distribution of ashes.

Teen Court
Teen Court is a peer program sponsored through the Stark County Family Court. The selection of students from St. Thomas Aquinas High School meets twice a month and for approximately 14 weeks. Our students have a direct impact on offending youth and holding them accountable for their actions. The students have a training session this Tuesday, January 30th , during the school day and Thursday evening at the Courthouse downtown Canton at 4:30pm (provide own transportation).

Pop tabs
Don't forget to save your aluminum can tabs for The Ronald McDonald House. This collection benefits the House and the families of children who stay. Students can bring in the tabs to Mrs. May’s office. The Right to Life visits the Ronald McDonald House and drops off the pop tabs at the end of the school year. 

Service Opportunities
St. Joseph Care Center is looking for students to help residents play games on tablets and assist residents with a program call “Music and Memory”.
Emmaus House , a community for retired priests, is looking for volunteers once a week to assist with various tasks. Students can talk to Mrs. May about these opportunities during their study hall and pick up a permission slip.

Service Hours
Service hours for our high school students, can be recorded to MyStudentsProgress (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.
Catholic School Week
January 28-February 3
During Catholic Schools Week, we stop to celebrate  the privilege of attending a school that has a focus on faith and service to others  at the heart of their mission, as well as their history of  academic excellence  and commitment to  outstanding athletics and arts programs .

Catholic schools offer something extra! They teach students to act on their faith! In the past week, Aquinas students have joined together in prayer each morning, learned about their faith in theology classes, participated in the March for Life, and delivered canned goods to the Louisville Food Bank!

"There is no substitute for spending 35 hours each week in an educational environment permeated by faith and Gospel values"  (University of Notre Dame, 2017).

"Catholic schools have shown  unparalleled success in educating children , promoting a lifelong commitment to faith and virtue, and encouraging civic engagement" (University of Notre Dame, 2017).
Give in Honor of Catholic Schools Week
93% of our students receive tuition assistance. We believe no one should miss out on the benefits of a Catholic education due to financial need.

The STA Annual Knight Fund funds our scholarship and grant programs. In celebration of Catholic Schools Week, January 28-February 3, please consider a contribution to the Knight Fund. Students receiving tuition assistance will be most appreciative of your generosity.

You may make a donation through the St. Thomas Aquinas website by clicking below:
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 
  • January 29 - Start of Catholic Schools Week
  • January 31 - Whole School Mass - Catholic Schools Week
  • February 3 - Chili Cook off
  • February 6 - U-Rock High School - 9, 10, 11, 12
  • February 5 - ACRE
  • February 7 - Middle School Mass
  • February 10 - Turnabout
  • February 13 - U-Rock High School 10, 9, 11, 12
  • February 13 - Dress down day for Valentine's Day ($2.00 for H&S)
  • February 14 - Whole School Mass (Ash Wednesday)
  • February 15 - Parent-Teacher Conference
  • February 15 - College Credit Plus meeting in Commons - 6:30 
  • February 16-19 - No School

Athletic Events
  • Tuesday, January 30, 6:00 - Boys JV basketball at Mooney
  • Tuesday, January 30, 7:30 - Boys basketball at Mooney
  • Wednesday, January 31, 3:30 - Girls basketball at Beaumont at The Q
  • Thursday, February 1, 4:30 - Freshmen Boys basketball at Cleveland Central Catholic
  • Friday, February 2, 5:30 - Boys JV basketball at Cleveland Central Catholic
  • Friday, February 2, 7:00 - Boys JV basketball at Cleveland Central Catholic
  • Saturday, February 3, 1:00 - Girls JV basketball at VASJ
  • Saturday, February 3, 2:30 - Girls basketball at VASJ

Teacher Awards
We have life-changing teachers here at St. Thomas Aquinas High School and Middle School! We want to celebrate and thank them for their hard work and dedication to education but we need your help. Do you have a teacher that has positively influenced your life? If so, nominate them for a Golden Apple Award ! To nominate your favorite teacher, visit our website for the  nomination form .
Congratulations Emily Davala!
Mr. Schlueter, Emily Davala
Emily Davala was awarded a $1000 Knights of Columbus Scholarships to use toward St. Thomas Aquinas High School tuition. Congratulations Emily.

The Knights of Columbus offer numerous $1000 scholarships for Catholic High School students (9-12) attending Catholic High Schools every September for the current school year.

Requirements for this scholarship are financial need, a GPA of 2.5 or higher, academic awards, community and/or parish involvement, and extracurricular activities. One scholarship per Catholic High School is awarded.
Everything you need to know about the College Credit Plus (CCP) program with Walsh University is in this document.  Download now .
The St. Thomas Aquinas family has our neighbors in our thoughts and prayers. No one stands alone; we stand with them.

Here at St. Thomas Aquinas our Chaplain, Fr. Dyer; Campus Minister, Mrs. May; and our guidance counselor, Mr. Pederzolli, are available to help any student in need. They are available through-out the day. Our staff at-large is also available. All staff members have a connection to their students and are available to talk with anyone who needs a listening ear. Students and family members are encouraged to reach out to us with any needs or concerns they might have so that we can work together for the health of our students. We are focused on the whole child, helping them to realize their unique God-given identities.

If you or someone you know is suffering please reach out to our staff so that we can help and/or use one of the numbers below for help. No one stands alone!

Suicide Prevention Lifelife – 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
This is getting exciting!!

The cast and crew have begun work on our spring performance "The Villian's Last Page", a fairytale adaptation. Jobs behind the scenes such as stage crew, costumes, make-up are still available.

Rehearsals are held at 3:30 every Monday at Central Catholic.

The show will be held March 15 (daytime performance for the elementary students), March 16, and March 17.

See Mrs. Pusateri for more information or questions.
Winter Carnival Fun & Frivolity
2018 Aquinas Gold Auction
A Silent Auction Teaser #5:

The Auction Puppy!
He’s a doodle. The mom is a golden doodle, dad is a double doodle. (Labradoodle and golden doodle parents). 

Puppy is available in the live portion of the Vegas Gold Aquinas Auction, March 24th.
for the 2018 Aquinas Gold Auction
Thank you to this week’s Auction Sponsors! Your generosity is truly appreciated.

Class of 2010

Hiestand Family

Puppy Sponsor
Diano Supply
From the Guidance Office

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
  • 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 1, 2018
STA Knights beat Alliance Aviators
Our team may be small but our fans were mighty! Thanks to all of you that came to support our Knight swimmers and Congratulations Quinn on a PR in the 500!
Athletics - Stay in the Know & Follow Us
Did you know scholar-athletes from St. Thomas Aquinas visit  St. Peter Catholic School  on the 2nd Tuesday of each month to read to the second grade? We're happy to participate in this fun literacy program, thanks to the partnership between the  2nd & 7 Foundation  and  Holy Cross Academy: Stark County, Ohio .  
Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased at the St. Paul School office, by calling 330-337-3451, or after St. Paul’s Church Masses.
Planning a class reunion, email us and we'll post the information in our weekly eBlast!

The Class of '68 reunion is coming up - where are you now? Send us an update !
Judge Taryn Heath '75 - elected to Ohio Common Pleas Judges Association board of trustees. Read more...
Michaela Margida '06 - Michaela, along with her brother Greg, co-founded The Valentine Project in 2010 to help ease the isolation cancer patients and their siblings feel on Valentine’s Day. Currently, she serves as Social Media Director for The Valentine Project and is passionate about making the world a kinder, more loving place. Read more...

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
Eternal rest grant unto them...

To stay in the know with all things STA, please be sure to update your information on the website.
Got News or Photos to Share?
If you have any announcements for the STA eBlast, please email it to the STA eBlast Editor . Please add EBLAST in the subject line.

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.
Upcoming Events - Save the Date
Aquinas Vegas Gold Auction 2018 Needs Your Help

The Auction Committee is seeing TICKET donations for the following:
Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Attractions
Columbus Clippers, Columbus Blue Jackets
Canton Attractions, Blossom/Quicken Loans Arena upcoming events.

Contact Diane Harwood or school 330.875.1631
Ways to Support STA
St Thomas Aquinas High School is partnering with Schoola ( ).

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 and log into your 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!

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