Cyclone Chatter

CYCLONE CHATTER

The latest news from Principal Crosthwait

September 24, 2020

Dear STM Families,

Thank you for your support today as we shared information of a presumptive COVID-19 case in our junior high school.  Please know that we will continue to follow CDC, Kansas City Health Department, and Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocesan guidelines.  Input we received from Fr. Justin, Tim Waris, Superintendent Dr. Dan Peters, and other diocesan officials were considered as our decisions were determined today.  The safety and health of our school community is of the utmost importance.

The most important things you can continue to do to keep your child safe from COVID:

  • Make sure your child is wearing a mask.
  • Make sure your child is washing their hands.
  • Keep your child home if they are sick.
  • Call your primary care provider and notify STM if you or your child has symptoms of COVID-19

I will continue to update you as more information becomes available about our current situation in junior high school.

 

IF YOU HAVE INFORMATION REGARDING A COVID HEALTH SITUATION: 

We have a new email address for communication regarding COVID and health concerns.  Please send or forward emails to:

health@stmcyclones.org

This will reach administrators of our school & parish COVID task force only.

 

FIREBall 2020 :

A Roaring 20’s Revival – is coming up on October 10th.  FIREBall is our biggest fundraiser that allows FIRE to donate more than $600,000 to St. Thomas More and another 12 FIRE partner schools. In these challenging times, our help is needed more than ever to make this event a success! If you are in a position to help, here are some specific and easy ways that we can join together and make an impact.

What is FIRE?

Fire Foundation raises funds to help partner Catholic schools in Kansas City create successful earning environments for all children. 

How can I help?

Purchase and sell $10 Raffle tickets. Paper tickets were sent home, but an even easier way to purchase is using this online link: 

https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=fire&id=52 

Share the link with your friends, family and on your socials! The contest ends October 7th.

CONTRIBUTE TO THE STM SILENT AUCTION GIFT BASKET: Join together with other families and contribute to the STM group basket.  You can paypal to mrs.mcreswell@gmail.com or drop off money at the front office for McCall and she will put together a basket.  Any other donations of services and items of any kind are also welcomed!

Join the Gaughan / Caron FIRE Ball Party – October 10th from 6-11 pm Tickets are only $25 per person, and include drinks and food.  To provide plenty of room for social distancing, our speakeasy will be held both indoors and outdoors at the Gaughan house, 708 W. 115th Terr., KCMO 64114. 

Masks are suggested when indoors. Tickets can be purchased at www.firefoundation.org.

After purchasing your tickets, make sure you RSVP for the STM speakeasy by sending an email with the names of attendees to: catstone883@gmail.com so we can plan for plenty of food and drink!

Host your own FIRE Ball party UNDERWRITING/SPONSORSHIP/EVENT TICKETS: 

Opportunities still remain if you would like to be an underwriter or sponsor, and don’t forget to purchase tickets so you can participate the night of the virtual event! 

http://weblink.donorperfect.com/FIREBALL2020

 

ASBESTOS NOTICE:

 U.S. Government regulations requires that schools notify patrons that the school’s asbestos management plan is available for review.  St. Thomas More’s plan is available during office hours in the school office at 11800 Holmes Road, Kansas City, MO.

 

VOLUNTEER FOR RECORDING STUDENT MASSES:

We are seeking parents (or other parishioners) who are Virtus-trained or would like to be to help record the school Masses for our Connected Learners. These are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 1:00 p.m.  Please contact the STM office for details.

We are also looking for people who would be willing and able to spray the sanitizer after these Masses are over and before the church is open for private prayer at 2 p.m.

 

SPANISH FEES ARE DUE:

Please submit your child’s Spanish class fees of $150 per student by September 30.  If payment is not returned by the due date, Tim Waris will charge the fee to your auto payment method.  Gracias.

 

2020 NFL RAFFLE TICKET RESULTS FOR WEEK 2:

2020 NFL RAFFLE TICKET RESULTS

 

Week

Ticket No.

Teams

Points

Prize

First Name

Last Name

Sold By

Week 02

1748

BIL

121

$500.00

Matt

Walker

N/A

Week 02

1121

BLS

118

$250.00

Angela

Whall

Nino Steffens

Week 02

0949

IL%

117

$50.00

H

Sullivan

Sullivan

Week 02

2128

HIL

117

$50.00

Molly

Garcia

Garcia

Week 02

2259

UX☼

39

$75.00

 

Ortiz

 

Week 02

3606

MUX

40

$50.00

Dave

Cannon

Mamassero

Week 02

0607

FUX

41

$12.50

Sean

Blachtal (SP?)

 

Week 02

2365

EUY

41

$12.50

Beth

VanLeenwen

VanLeenwen

 

 

 

 

MANDATORY WEEKLY HEALTH SCREENING FORM:

The Diocesan Agreement between parents of in-person learners and our school, mandates that every student must submit a record of daily temperature checks and health questions from the family home.  We are to collect these forms EACH WEEK for the first quarter of the school year.  After that, we will be able to accept them on a monthly basis.  It is imperative that EVERY student brings a completed form every Friday—or that you email that form to your child’s homeroom teacher every Friday. 

Below is a link to this form that is due EVERY FRIDAY—INCLUDING TOMORROW.  Thank you for helping us stay in compliance with diocesan standards by filling these out daily and returning them to homeroom teachers with each student every Friday.

Here is a link to the form:  https://app.sycamoreschool.com/Downloads/2161/Friday_Health_Screening_tracking_form_for_weekly_temp._checks_to_turn_in_to_homeroom_teachers.pdf 

 

CALLING ALL ROOM PARENTS FOR THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR!

What are Room Parents responsible for?

  • A room parent is a parent or guardian that is responsible for helping

coordinate two class parties. Class parties are St. Nicholas (12/4/20)

and Valentine’s Day (2/12/21).

  • Room parents will not be physically in the classroom this year but will provide party activity/favors/treats for the class, mutually agreed upon with the teacher.
  • Room Parents will be reimbursed up to $30 per class, once receipts have been submitted to the Treasurer of Home & School.
  • Room Parents will assist in collecting, coordinating and creating the class basket for the school auction.
  • Room Parents will also act as the liaison between the teacher and class families for teacher support or supplies.
  • Room Parents must be Virtus trained (www.virtusonline.org)
  • We need 3 volunteers for each classroom, PK-8th GRADE .

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer for your child’s class, please send your request along with the grade and teachers name to

jpizzichino@gmail.com .

Thank you for your participation.

Jami Pizzichino, Room Parent Volunteer Coordinator

 

FALL FLING—AN OUTSIDE MARKET:

The STM Holiday Market presents “FALL FLING—AN OUTSIDE MARKET.”  Mark your calendar for this fun fundraising event for our STM teachers and staff.  It will take place in the back STM School parking lot on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

 

As we enter this season of fall, we recognize the beauty and grandeur of God’s love in our changing seasons.  Please pray this prayer of thanksgiving with your family during these times of up and down temperatures:

O God of Creation, you have blessed us with the changing of the seasons.

As we welcome the autumn months,
may the earlier setting of the sun
remind us to take time to rest.

May the brilliant colors of the leaves
remind us of the wonder of your creation.

May the steam of our breath in the cool air
remind us that it is you who give us the breath of life.

May the harvest from the fields remind us of the abundance we have been given and bounty we are to share with others.
May the dying of summer’s spirit remind us of your great promise that death is temporary and life is eternal.
We praise you for your goodness forever and ever.

St. Thomas More, pray for us.

Peace and Blessings,

Linda Crosthwait, STM Principal

 

September 17, 2020

Dear STM Families,
We have had another great week of learning at St. Thomas More School. Our routines are becoming a little more familiar and the initial diocesan testing window ends tomorrow. This weekend marks the last official weekend of summer since fall begins next Tuesday. It sounds like it’s going to be beautiful, so I hope you’ll be able to enjoy some fun, family times!
Please take a look at some of important upcoming events and requirements:

MANDATORY WEEKLY HEALTH SCREENING FORM:
The Diocesan Agreement between parents of in-person learners and our school, mandates that every student must submit a record of daily temperature checks and health questions from the family home. We are to collect these forms EACH WEEK for the first quarter of the school year. After that, we will be able to accept them on a monthly basis. It is imperative that EVERY student brings a completed form every Friday—or that you email that form to your child’s homeroom teacher every Friday.
Below is a link to this form that is due EVERY FRIDAY—INCLUDING TOMORROW. Thank you for helping us stay in compliance with diocesan standards by filling these out daily and returning them to homeroom teachers with each student every Friday.
Here is a link to the form

PICTURE DAY TOMORROW:
TOMORROW is STM Photo Day. Students brought home a backpack plyer last week flyer with payment information. You can order your picture package in advance by using this online address: www.mylifetouch.com and Picture Day ID: EVTGNRQP2 or send back the envelope with your payment tomorrow.
A special note to Connected Learner families: please plan to join us at the STM front doors tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. Your child should wear a mask, and we will escort he/she in for photos in a socially-distanced manner. Both photographers will take Connected Learner student pictures before we begin the photos for the rest of the school.

SERENADE TOMORROW MORNING AT STM:
Mrs. Cheryl Parisi, band & music teacher, has invited a Brass Quintet from UMKC to give 4f our short performances outside in front of the school tomorrow. Please feel free to drop by and enjoy the beautiful weather and the fantastic music. Please make sure you socially distance. Here are the performance times.

  • • 7:55-8:25
  • • 8:28-8:58
  • • Break
  • • 9:51-10:21
  • • 10:24-10:54

UPDATED SCHOOL CALENDAR:
Please find attached below the most recently updated STM 2020-21 School Calendar. Take note of the dates of NO SCHOOL for Virtual Student Learning Conferences. I will share details of those conferences soon, but I want you to be able to mark your calendar for these days when the students will not attend school on Oct. 29-30.

ASBESTOS NOTICE:
U.S. Government regulations requires that schools notify patrons that the school’s asbestos management plan is available for review. St. Thomas More’s plan is available during office hours in the school office at 11800 Holmes Road, Kansas City, MO.

VOLUNTEER FOR RECORDING STUDENT MASSES:
We are seeking parents (or other parishioners) who are Virtus-trained or would like to be to help record the school Masses for our Connected Learners. These are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 1pm.
We are also looking for people who would be willing and able to spray the sanitizer after these Masses are over and before the church is open for private prayer at 2pm.
Contact Linda Crosthwait for details.

SPANISH FEES ARE DUE:
Please submit your child’s Spanish class fees of $150 per student by September 30. If payment is not returned by the due date, Tim Waris will charge the fee to your auto payment method. Gracias.

2020 NFL RAFFLE TICKET RESULTS FOR WEEK 1:
2020 NFL RAFFLE TICKET RESULTS


Week Ticket No. Teams Points Prize First Name Last Name Sold By
Week 1 3821 CL% 119 $500.00 Bill Griffiths Griffiths
Week 1 1068 CLP 115 $50.00 Bill Latta Rogge
Week 1 1244 LU% 115 $50.00 Chad Moore Moore
Week 1 1287 LW% 115 $50.00 Roger Henry Edwards
Week 1 1739 CLQ 115 $50.00 Karissa Parks Hochstein
Week 1 4531 LP% 115 $50.00 Amanda Kuehn Schweiss
Week 1 0948 LPQ 111 $33.34 Becca Helzer Sullivan
Week 1 1065 LUW 111 $33.33 Bill Latta Rogge
Week 1 3428 EL% 111 $33.33 Matt Pomianek Pomianek
Week 1 1408 GHT 30 $75.00 Forrest Roudebush Molly Roudebush
Week 1 2294 HJT 31 $50.00 Erin Murphy Raccuglia
Week 1 552 HTZ 34 $12.50 Matt Hagel Alex Clarke
Week 1 1956 HIT 34 $12.50 Tricia McCullough McCullough

GOOGLE CLASSROOM SIGN-UP:
We truly hope it doesn’t happen, but if a class, grade level, or the entire school must revert to distance learning due to COVID issues, all students must be signed up on Google Classrooms. Teachers have sent (or will send in the near future) an email invitation to your child’s email address to join his/her Google classrooms.
It would be a great idea to for you to check if your child has accepted those Google classroom invitations, and to check out how to access the virtual classrooms, as well. Please contact your child’s teachers for more details.

DROP-OFF & PICK-UP TRAFFIC PATTERNS
Thank you for following our new drop-off and pick-up protocols that allow for multiple entrance areas for the different grade levels. We would appreciate that you do not drive through the grassy areas to get around other cars. Students should ALWAYS be dropped off and exit the car directly to the sidewalk with the exclusion of the back of school where there is no other traffic.
We appreciate your support to keep our children safe!
FIREBALL 2020-A RE-IMAGINED EVENT:
Once again, it’s time to raise awareness and funds to support inclusive
Catholic education in the Kansas City area. FIRE Ball 2020 will be a virtual
Roaring Twenties Party.
Since we’re “prohibited” from gathering as we normally do, how about you
join our speakeasy? We’re putting lots of creative ideas into play to bring
the party to the people! During this new era of “prohibition” (in which large
gatherings aren’t allowed), we’ve come up with a plan that ensures our
friends and supporters get the fun FIRE Ball experience they’ve always
enjoyed.
You’ll mix, mingle, bid and imbibe with our St. Thomas More group, then
tune in to the lively virtual program. The silent and live auctions will be
loaded with one-of-a-kind experiences, travel adventures, art, memorabilia
and special items. You’ll even get to peek in (virtually) on what’s
happening at other speakeasy gatherings around town!
Chris & Kristin Gaughan and Scott & Carol Caron will host a ‘speakeasy’
for our St. Thomas More crowd. We hope you can join us on Saturday,
October 10, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. for an evening of cocktails, food, and
fun.
Tickets are only $25 per person and include drinks and food.
To provide plenty of room for social distancing, our speakeasy will be held
both indoors and outdoors at the Gaughan house, 708 W. 115 th Terr.,
Kansas City, Missouri 64114. Masks are suggested when indoors.
Individual tickets can be purchased at www.firefoundation.org
After purchasing your tickets, make sure you RSVP for the St. Thomas
More speakeasy by sending an email with the names of the attendees to
catstone883@gmail.com so we can plan for plenty of food and drink!
Please see the attached flyer below for more details.

CALLING ALL ROOM PARENTS FOR THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR!
What are Room Parents responsible for?
• A room parent is a parent or guardian that is responsible for helping
coordinate two class parties. Class parties are St. Nicholas (12/4/20)
and Valentine’s Day (2/12/21).
• Room parents will not be physically inthe classroom this year but will provide party activity/favors/treats for the class, mutually agreed upon with the teacher.
• Room Parents will be reimbursed up to $30 per class, once receipts have been
submitted to the Treasurer of Home & School.
• Room Parents will assist in collecting, coordinating and creating the
class basket for the school auction.
• Room Parents will also act as the liaison between the teacher and
class families for teacher support or supplies.
• Room Parents must be Virtus trained (www.virtusonline.org)
• We need 3 volunteers for each classroom, PK-8th GRADE .
If you have any questions or would like to volunteer for your child’s class,
please send your request along with the grade and teachers name to
jpizzichino@gmail.com .
Thank you for your participation.
Jami Pizzichino, Room Parent Volunteer Coordinator
FALL FLING—AN OUTSIDE MARKET:
The STM Holiday Market presents “FALL FLING—AN OUTSIDE MARKET.” Mark your calendar for this fun fundraising event for our STM teachers and staff. It will take place in the back STM School parking lot on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Check out the attached flyer!

Here is a prayer of thanksgiving at the end of summer that you might pray with your children this weekend:

A Prayer of Thanks
Thank you, God, for the pleasures of summer,
the bright sunny days and perfect moonlit evenings,
the smells of mowed grass and air thick with rain.
Thank you for days at the lake
and evenings chasing fireflies,
for vacations, picnics and cookouts,
swimsuits and popsicles.
Thank you for the fireworks of thunderstorms,
for watermelon sweetness,
for summer’s pace and summer’s grace,
for all your beauty and power, faithfulness and fecundity
displayed in summer,
Amen.
Peace and Blessings,
Linda Crosthwait, STM Principal

Sept. 10, 2020

Dear STM Families,

It’s a short week, but an especially great week at St. Thomas More.  Our students and teachers came back from the three-day weekend with renewed energy and excitement for learning!  Today has been a fun Chiefs Spirit Day with so many students sporting their Chiefs’  jerseys, t-shirts, and sweatshirts!   Let’s hope we can celebrate our first victory of the season tomorrow!

MANDATORY WEEKLY HEALTH SCREENING FORM:

The Diocesan Agreement between parents of in-person learners and our school, mandates that every student must submit a record of daily temperature checks and health questions from the family home.  We are to collect these forms EACH WEEK for the first quarter of the school year.  After that, we will be able to accept them on a monthly basis.  It is imperative that EVERY student brings a completed form every Friday—or that you email that form to your child’s homeroom teacher every Friday. 

Please find a clink to this form that is due EVERY FRIDAY—INCLUDING TOMORROW.  Thank you for helping us stay in compliance with diocesan standards by filling these out daily and returning them to homeroom teachers with each student every Friday.

Here is a link to the form

3rd GRADE FAMILIES:  FIRST COMMUNION INFORMATION

The day is finally right around the corner!  First Communion will be celebrated on Sunday, September 13th at 2:00 p.m.  We are all excited to celebrate with your child on their special day.  Don’t forget to sign up on the Sign-Up Genius link if you would like professional photographs taken.  We look forward to seeing our First Communicants and their parents on Sunday! 


YEARBOOK PHOTOS ON FRIDAY, SEPT. 18

Please mark your calendar for STM Photo Day on Friday, Sept. 18.  Check backpacks today for a flyer with payment information.  You can order your picture package in advance by using this online address:  www.mylifetouch.com and Picture Day ID:  EVTGNRQP2 or send back the envelope with your payment on Sept. 18. 

A special note to Connected Learner families:  I will send out a Sign-Up Genius next Monday so you can designate the time you will join us for pictures.

FOOTBALL RAFFLE TICKETS:

 Be sure to get your Football Raffle ticket stubs and payments back to the STM School Office by noon on Thursday in order to be part of that week’s drawings.  For the donation of $20 per ticket, you receive 3 teams for each week.  The scores of these teams will be added together to determine the winning tickets each week.  It doesn’t matter if the teams win or lose.  In case of ties, prizes will be split.  A total of $17,000 will be awarded, so get your tickets in now!

FALL FLING—AN OUTSIDE MARKET:

The STM Holiday Market presents “FALL FLING—AN OUTSIDE MARKET.”  Mark your calendar for this fun fundraising event for our STM teachers and staff.  It will take place in the back STM School parking lot on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

CHECK WITH YOUR CHILD ABOUT HAND SANITIZER:

Please check in with your child(ren) to see how their supply of personal hand sanitizer is holding out.  Some of the students were pretty liberal with their usage in the beginning, and they’re already running low.  If so, please replenish their supply so we can continue the COVID prevention protocols at all levels.

BIRTHDAY TREATS:

When it is your child’s birthday, please feel free to send individually pre-packaged items for classroom treats.  So sorry that we can’t accept baked items that have been bagged by you.  Also, please follow the nut-safer guidelines in choosing your treats.  I’ve witnessed classroom birthday celebrations with individual Rice Krispie treats, Little Debbie cakes, etc. that were appropriate and so appreciated by the children!  I know it seems strange, but so it goes in COVID times.  Thanks for your compliance with these guidelines.

2019-2020 YEARBOOK UPDATE:

We received an update from LifeTouch, our yearbook publisher, about last year’s yearbook.  As of Tuesday, the books were being shipped to STM.  As soon as we receive them, we will notify you and distribute these tardy books.  Please know that we have been in contact many times with the company and are researching other options as we move forward.  Thanks so much for your understanding and patience.

MASKS—NOT GAITERS—AT STM:

We received information from the School Based Health Services office at Children’s Mercy Hospital this week that recommends that students wear masks—not gaiters—at school.  Here’s some of the information they shared:

The Washington Post shared this story in August: In a recently published study, the researchers unveiled a simple method to evaluate the effectiveness of various types of masks, analyzing more than a dozen different facial coverings ranging from hospital-grade N95 respirators to bandanas. Of the 14 masks and other coverings tested, the study found that some easily accessible cotton cloth masks are about as effective as standard surgical masks, while popular alternatives such as neck gaiters made of thin, stretchy material may be worse than not wearing a mask at all.

               Study: https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/6/36/eabd3083

I would recommend focusing education on how not all masks are made alike and some are more effective than others. Educating families on what they need to look for in a mask may help them better understand.

Masks made out of cotton and have two layers are recommended by the CDC. Here is a link on how to make your own face mask: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-to-make-cloth-face-covering.html

Because of this information, we ask that students wear MASKS and not GAITERS to school.  If your child has been wearing a gaiter, I understand that it may take you some time to find a mask that works well for your child, so please don’t run out and buy masks tonight.  I do hope that by Monday of next week, though, you’ll be able to locate appropriate masks. Again, thanks so much for your cooperation in our efforts to keep in-person learning viable at STM.

PATRIOT’S DAY:

Tomorrow is Patriot’s Day, a national day of service and remembrance for all those who died in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.  Below is a Family Prayer for Patriot Day that you can pray with your family in honor of that fateful day:

Dearest Jesus,

You are the source of all hope and peace.  We pray for all souls who lost their lives in terrorist attacks.  Knowing our need for your protection, we ask you to protect our country and our world.

Give our President and leaders wisdom to do the right thing, and give our defenders courage as they serve our country.

We thank you for the sacrificial love shown by so many, like the firefighters, police officers, and other brave men and women, who continue to sacrifice their own time and lives to help others.

Help us follow their example of selfless love and bravery to help those we see in need every day.

Jesus, our loving Savior, watch over us and guide us in your love.

Amen.

Peace and Blessings (and GO CHIEFS!),

Linda Crosthwait, STM Principal

Sept. 3, 2020

Dear STM Families,

So sorry, but due to the length of this newsletter, I’ll be sending all of the attachments to go along with this information in an additional email.

 Well, we’ve had quite an exciting week at STM during this first full week of classes.  While our students and staff are still acclimating to all of our COVID protocols and Connected Learning practices, we had another curve ball thrown at us on Monday when the storm knocked out our power. As the Holy Spirit leads us everyday at STM, we were inspired to create alternate outdoor learning environments for our students.  Our teachers and staff are an amazing bunch of educators who will do whatever it takes to facilitate learning for our students.  Our school was featured on KCTV5 news on Monday evening where we “re-envisioned learning” during the power outage.  Here’s the link.

FIRST FRIDAY + CHIEFS OPENING DAY = TWO SPIRIT DAYS!

 First Friday of each month (including TOMORROW!) is designated as a Spirit Day. Jean or Khaki clothing, adhering to the uniform standard of length, may be worn with the STM uniform or Spirit Clothes top. Shorts, including STM shorts, may be worn if the length is no shorter than as described above.

 With our Super Bowl Champion KC Chiefs kicking off the new season next Thursday, we will have AN ADDITIONAL Spirit Day on Thursday, Sept. 10.  Students can dress as directed above with one additional option of a Chiefs jersey or appropriate t-shirt.  Go Chiefs!

FOOTBALL RAFFLE TICKETS:

 Be sure to get your Football Raffle ticket stubs and payments back to the STM School Office before the end of next week in order to be part of every drawing of the season.  For the donation of $20 per ticket, you receive 3 teams for each week.  The scores of these teams will be added together to determine the winning tickets each week.  It doesn’t matter if the teams win or lose.  In case of ties, prizes will be split.  A total of $17,000 will be awarded, so get your tickets in now!

TWO DINE-OUT NIGHTS NEXT WEEK:

 Please consider supporting the following restaurants next week to support our STM Home &  School activities: 

Tuesday, 9/8/2020–Dos de Oros      

Thursday (Chiefs Season Opener), 9/10/20 –Southside

Don’t forget to mention ‘St. Thomas More School’ when you order so we can receive a percentage of the evening’s revenue.

KINDERGARTEN & NEW FAMILIES:

We hope you’ve enjoyed your welcome sign!  Please don’t forget to return them to school so we can carry on the tradition.  They can be dropped in the front of school or near the playground area at pick-up.

FROM THE SPIRIT WEAR COMMITTEE:

We are so excited to get this school year started! A new year means new STM SPIRIT WEAR. Get ready to show your St. Thomas More SPIRIT! The Fall order form is attached below. Please email the form to stmspirit@gmail.com or have your child turn into their teacher. Please provide payment with your order with a check to STM or you can request the Venmo option and we will send you the details. The deadline to turn in the form is TOMORROW! 

Because we would have sizes to try on, we’ve provided you the size charts for all of the items. Please use these to help make your decisions on sizes. We’ve included the sweatshirts for when it gets cooler, so don’t forget to make sure you are ready when it starts to get cooler in the mornings. Those that they can wear with their uniforms are noted on the form.  Thank you! 

Sarah Mallon & Nicola McDonald 

YEARBOOK PHOTOS ON FRIDAY, SEPT. 18

 Please mark your calendar for STM Photo Day on Friday, Sept. 18.  Check backpacks today for a flyer with payment information.  You can order your picture package in advance by using this online address:  www.mylifetouch.com and Picture Day ID:  EVTGNRQP2 or send back the envelope with your payment on Sept. 18.

MEN OF STM CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT:

 Hello Gentlemen! Our annual Men of STM Charity Golf Tourament is less than three weeks away. So, round up your team TODAY and send in your registration form to assure your spot. If you don’t have a team, send in your registration form and we will connect you up with a team. 

This year the proceeds will help a variety of programs that are supported by our local Knights of Columbus Council. These programs include:

  • P.R.E.D. – Special Religious Education
  • I.R.E – Foundation for Religious Education
  • Parish Seminarian
  • Coats for Kids
  • Holiday Fund Gift Cards

To view in browser, click link. 

UDATES FROM STM HOME & SCHOOL:

 Please see the attachments below from the STM Home & School Association.  There is an update from each of the committees and also a Volunteer Opportunities information sheet.  Please take the time to look these over and recognize all of the great work done by our parents, and then determine if you can help, too!

ATTENTION 3RD GRADE PARENTS OF FIRST COMMUNICANTS:

 Our date for the belated First Communion celebration is next Sunday, Sept. 13 at 2 p.m.  Please expect a detailed message next week with detailed information for that day.  Life Touch photographers will be taking professional photos in More Hall on that day from noon-2 p.m.  You can sign up for a time for photos on this SignUp Genius link.



FALL FLING—AN OUTSIDE MARKET:

The STM Holiday Market presents “FALL FLING—AN OUTSIDE MARKET.”  Mark your calendar for this fun fundraising event for our STM teachers and staff.  It will take place in the back STM School parking lot on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.  More details to follow!

Please know that I acknowledge the gift I have been given to be your principal in such a caring and faith-filled community.  I pray for you every day, and I’d like to share a prayer you can say together, as well.

“O Holy Family”

O holy family–Jesus, Mary, and Joseph–

May we love each other as you did.

May we work together as you did.

May we do God’s will in all things–as you did.

Amen.

St. Thomas More, pray for us.

Enjoy the long Labor Day weekend! 

Peace & Blessings,

Linda Crosthwait, STM Principal 

August 27, 2020

Aug. 27, 2020

 Dear STM Families,

What an amazing and long-awaited first day back to school we had today! It was a delightful and joyous time as our students re-entered St. Thomas More School this morning. The campus was vibrant with students’ cheerfulness, teachers’ exuberance, and the Holy Spirit helping all to reacclimate to a new normal.  The lawn decorations to welcome us (provided by STM alum, Kelly Barry) and the bagpipe serenade (provided by STM grandpa, Kevin Regan) made the morning even more special.  

So today we began the 2020-21 academic year–with just a few technical glitches for our Distance Learners and lots of learning curves for our in-person students and staff.  All in all, though, it was a wonderfully smooth beginning to one of the strangest school years ever!  I want to give a special shout-out to all of our teachers, staff, and tech & maintenance crews who have put in innumerable hours to enable us to offer two forms of learning at the same time while keeping all of us safe. 

I promise that this is my final email of the week.  Thanks so much for following up on all of the protocols we shared and dealing with the paperwork and details of reopening. 

Here are a just a few additional items to note: 

FROM THE SPIRITWEAR COMMITTEE:

We are so excited to get this school year started! A new year means new STM SPIRIT WEAR. Get ready to show your St. Thomas More SPIRIT! Here is the Fall order form. Please email the form to stmspirit@gmail.com or have your child turn into their teacher. Please provide payment with your order with a check to STM or you can request the Venmo option and we will send you the details. The deadline to turn in the form is next Friday, September 4th! 

Because we would have sizes to try on, we’ve provided you the size charts for all of the items. Please use these to help make your decisions on sizes. We’ve included the sweatshirts for when it gets cooler, so don’t forget to make sure you are ready when it starts to get cooler in the mornings. Those that they can wear with their uniforms are noted on the form.

Thank you! 

Sarah Mallon & Nicola McDonald 

MANDATORY WEEKLY HEALTH SCREENING FORM:

Attached below, please find a copy of this form that is due EVERY FRIDAY—INCLUDING TOMORROW.  Thank you for helping us stay in compliance with diocesan standards by filling these out daily and returning them to homeroom teachers with each student every Friday.

LUNCH TOMORROW:

Just a reminder, students will need a sack lunch tomorrow.  There should be no sugary drinks included.  Students will eat at their own desks, so we don’t want a sticky mess left behind.  Milk is available beginning tomorrow.  Please send your child with a FULL water bottle each morning. 

TRAFFIC PATTERN:

During dismissal time, please be prepared to stay put in the ‘No Motion Zones’ until all children are in place, and we start the traffic flow.  Staff members will motion for movement when all children are safe.

 

Following is a prayer you can pray with your children as we embark on new adventures this school year:

A Student’s Prayer for a New School Year

Lord Jesus, I ask for Your help as I begin this new school year.

Allow me to experience Your presence in the many blessings You put before me.

Open my eyes to the new challenges and exciting opportunities that this new school year brings.

Open my heart and mind to new friends and new teachers.

Give me a generous spirit to be enthusiastic with my studies and courage to accept new opportunities.

Help me to be attentive to my teachers and let me experience Your presence in my new friends.

Jesus, inspire me to do my best this year!

Amen.

St. Thomas More, pray for us.

 

Peace and Blessings,

Linda Crosthwait, STM Principal

August 20, 2020

Dear STM Families,

The excitement is building!  We are just one week away from the first 1/2 day of school on Thursday, Aug. 27.  There are so many details of our school year that remain to be configured, but we know for sure that God will continue to lead us in His right paths.  Below is some information that I want to share today, but I apologize in advance for additional messages through this next week.  There’s still so much to cover, and I really didn’t want to attach another 38-page document for you to soak up.  Please check your email through the next week for updates about the details of our plans for the school year.

CLASS LISTS:

Class lists will be made available to parents through Sycamore tomorrow (Friday) afternoon.  We truly appreciate your patience as we have worked through all of the details to space our students, arrange for Connected Learning, and double-check parents’ decisions before we were ready to share them with you.  You will hear from your child’s teacher by email about plans for the Virtual Sneak-a-Peek next Tuesday, Aug. 25. 

If your child is in PreK or Kindergarten, you should have already been contacted about the Meet & Greet next Tuesday or Wednesday.  Please call the office if you have not received an email.

MANDATORY FORMS FOR EACH FAMILY:

 Attached below are four forms required for each family.  Each of the forms must be printed and signed by a parent. 

 Our In-Person Learners must have these four forms signed and ready to turn in on the first ½ day of school, Aug. 27th.  Your child will then bring home the Back to School Packet that includes the revised STM School Calendar and much more important information.

 Our Connected Learners must have these four forms signed and ready to turn in on our Supplies & Packet Pick-Up Days next Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m.-noon at STM.  You will receive the Back to School Packet that includes the revised STM School Calendar and much more important information as you turn in the completed forms.  I will send you more detailed information about this Pick-Up in a separate email tomorrow. 

 AFTER-SCHOOL CARE:

 Our After-School Care Program will begin on Monday, Aug. 31.  Please be aware that there will be no After-School Care on our first ½ day of school on Thursday, Aug. 27 nor our first full day of school on Friday, Aug. 28.  Enrollment in After-School Care is limited to grade K-8 (no preschoolers this year).  If you are interested in After-School Care for your child, please contact Colleen Sullivan in the STM office at 816-942-5581.

 DETAILS ABOUT MASKS:

There are no specific colors or patterns denoted for face/nose masks.  We ask that you test a mask for effectiveness (if you’re not sure) by asking your child to try to blow out a candle through the mask.  If they can blow it out, it’s not effective.  Teachers will wear masks at all times unless eating or drinking.

MY HOT LUNCH BOX DETAILS:

 The hot lunch delivery service is available for your children again this school year.  Following are the restaurant offerings for each day of the week:
Monday:  Panera Bread
Tuesday:  Subway
Wednesday:  Jason’s Deli
Thursday:  Spin Pizza
Friday:  Panda Express 

 DO YOU HAVE A COMPUTER TO DONATE?:

 Three of our Connected Learning students do not have a tablet or computer to use for school.  Please let me know if you have an extra device available to donate.  Thanks in advance for considering.

 UPDATE ON SCHOOL SUPPLIES ORDERS:

 The supplier for our ordered school supply kits shared this week that they have had issues filling the orders in a timely fashion.  Shortages and shipping problems have complicated their processes.  The company has promised, though, that the supply kits will be delivered “before school starts.”  We will keep you posted on pick-up dates for Connected Learners.

As Mary, our Mother, watches over us and our children to begin this school year, I am asking you to pray a Hail Mary with your family each day this week for our STM teachers and staff.  We feel your support and prayers!

Peace and Blessings,

Linda Crosthwait, STM Principal

August 13, 2020

Dear STM Families,

 We are having a GREAT week at St. Thomas More School with the return of our teachers and staff to prepare for the start of the school year!  Though almost all of our meetings have been virtual, and everyone is wearing masks and practicing social distancing, I feel that I am part of ‘the family’ already.  We definitely have some of the most dedicated, talented, and faithful teachers I’ve ever encountered! 

 Besides setting up their classrooms, writing lesson plans, clearing out and cleaning up to prepare for a COVID-safe classroom, we are also working to attain these goals:

  • Learn appropriate technology to be prepared for all modes of learning (Diocesan and Building Goal)
    • Zoom
      • For meetings with parents & STM staff members
      • For teaching from your classroom
    • Google Classroom
      • Set up your entire class
      • Use filters to restrict communication issues from last spring
      • Student assignments posted, completed, and turned in (& graded–possibly)
      • Link Class Dojo or SeeSaw to it (as needed)
      • Link videos, articles, etc. for student learning
      • Become comfortable enough to move to Distance Learning if necessary
  • Curriculum Development Training (Diocesan and Building Goal)
  • Learn practical day-to-day practices to keep staff and yourselves safe:
    • Disinfecting in your classroom throughout the school day
    • Proper mask and face shield practices
    • Monitoring student temperatures throughout the school day
    • Protocols for an ill child in your classroom
    • Passing through the halls
    • Lunch and recess protocols
    • Details for specials 

The Diocesan Convocation Mass will kick off next week for us.  Monday morning’s event will be live streamed from St. James Parish in Liberty, MO.  We plan to socially distance in Flanagan Hall to participate in the Mass together.  The rest of the week, we will continue to work towards our goals to provide the best learning experiences for your child(ren)—whether they will join us in person or through Connected Learning.

KINDERGARTEN AND 8TH GRADE IMMUNIZATIONS:

Attached below are the immunization forms necessary for all kindergarten and 8th grade students to start the school year.  If you have not already had these completed, please take care of this as soon as possible.  

SNEAK-A-PEEK INFORMATION:

Students who will enter kindergarten and preschool this year will be invited to join us from 9-11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 25 or Wednesday, Aug. 26.  The teachers in those classrooms are dividing the students so that half will attend on Tuesday and half on Wednesday.  Please look for an email early next week with details about the date your child will attend.

All other grade levels will have virtual Sneak-a-Peek events the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 25.  Teachers will share details about the 15-minute ‘visits’ that will occur from 6:00-6:15 p.m., 6:15-6:30 p.m., 6:30-6:45 p.m., and from 6:45-7:00 p.m.  You will be able to choose which 15-minute segment you would like to ‘attend.’  For those parents with more than one child, we hope this will enable you and your children the opportunity to see all of your teachers.  More details will come next week.

A PRAYER FOR THE END OF THE VIRUS:

Please consider praying this prayer with your family this week as we receive glimmers of hope regarding a vaccine to guard us against the COVID-19 virus.  A return to ‘normalcy’ in these difficult times can definitely be facilitated through our faith and love in God.

Almighty and merciful Father, who show your love to all your creation.

We come before you asking for a quick control of the Coronavirus currently ravaging our world.

Hear graciously the prayers we make for those affected by the virus in various parts of the world.

Grant healing to the sick, eternal life to the dead and consolation to the bereaved families.

We pray that an effective vaccine to combat the sickness be speedily found.

We pray for the relevant governments and health authorities that they take appropriate steps for the good of the people.

Look upon us in your mercy and forgive us our failings. Amen

 

Our St. Thomas More staff will continue to pray for you.  Please pray for us, as well.

Peace and Blessings,

Linda Crosthwait, STM Principal

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