Happy June,

Spirit is what sets schools apart. It’s what makes school memories so precious, and even though you can’t define it in a word, you know it when you see it or hear it or feel it! We definitely felt it at our Family Picnic and at our exciting school rally with Olympian Gold Medalist, Kacey Bellamy!

We are a school community that chooses to make a difference in the lives of children who deserve the best that education can offer. “We are blessed at St. Thomas School”.

For those of us involved in education, this time of year affords the opportunity to reflect on our year, grateful for our accomplishments and looking at the challenges and possibilities ahead.

We give thanks for all good things….

…the growth and success that has taken place in each of our students

…the fostering of student leadership and responsibility through Student Council  

…outreach to our neighbors near and far through our Community Outreach days and students performing community service

…a Catholic Schools Week that captured the core of our mission and challenges us to

remember that we celebrate Catholic Schools every day

…for our outstanding drama production –‘The Snow White Variety Show’

…the availability of a wonderful After School/Extended Care program, providing safe and enjoyable care of children for our working families

…a School Board who continually see the big picture and find ways to assure the viability of our school

…the presence of our extraordinary PTO members who work so hard to provide educational experiences for our children inside and outside of the classroom and who generously raise funds for our students

…for our Golf Committee who create a tournament each year that far surpasses all others

…the daily nutritious meals carefully prepared by our dedicated cafeteria staff

…and, of course, our dedicated pastor, teachers and support staff who remain the heart and spirit of this most wonderful institution of faith and learning. “We are blessed at St. Thomas the Apostle School”. Our most profound and humble THANKS are extended to all who have made this a great year.

As we bring our school year to an end, we know that there will be some students who will not join us in the fall. Our graduating eighth grade will be greatly missed. They have inspired us with their love for learning, their concern for our younger students and those less fortunate, and have made their mark at St. Thomas with their individual success. They are shining stars and have illuminated a spirit here that will not be forgotten. Others among us will be attending new schools because of relocation, financial constraints or personal reasons. Each student has been an integral part of the St. Thomas School community and will be missed. We wish them well as they go forth.

On behalf of the faculty and staff, I thank you for a great school year and pray that you have a safe and enjoyable summer.

See you all on Thursday, August 30, 2018

Peace, Sr. Patty

NO VACATION FROM LEARNING

   While everyone loves the summer and its leisurely schedule, as educators, we would like to encourage on-going learning throughout the days of July and August.

     Read…read some more! Our required summer reading is minimal and takes but a short amount of time. The more children read, the better prepared they will be to start school in the fall. Have a book handy at all times.

     In addition to reading, it is also critical for students to sharpen their math skills. Summer is a great time to do this. Depending on grade level, children must be well versed and quick to respond to basic math facts as well as to multiplication and division tables. Invest in (or make) flash cards and spend some time each day mastering these critical skills.

     You will be doing your child/ren such a service by building in some time each day to READ and do MATH. Learning can really be lots of fun!

AFTER SCHOOL EXTENDED CARE REGISTRATION FORMS FOR 2018-2019

All After School registration forms for 2018-2019 are now due! Please be sure to send this information back to school as soon as possible. If you need registration information, please call the school office. All families currently using the program must also re-register.

  UNIFORM SWAP

A school uniform SWAP/TAKE will begin on Monday, June 11. The uniforms will remain on tables outside the main office allowing you to come and browse any day before or after school.

We encourage you to send uniforms in at any time before the SWAP. Please remember that we will not be accepting polo shirts without the school logo. Students will be wearing only the polo shirts with our school logo for the school year 2018-2019.  The shirts must be purchased through Blake’s School Uniform Store.

 SAVE…SAVE…SAVE

Over the summer, we would be most grateful if you would save the following items. In certain cases, they transfer into cash or merchandise for the school.  

Box Tops for Education

 Empty ink jet cartridges 

   Please be sure to attach all Box Tops for Education to a Box Tops for Education collection sheet. You can find these sheets on the Box Tops for Education web site.

 DID YOU KNOW… 

The school office is open during the summer months. If you need information or wish to speak to Sr. Patty or Mrs. Whitehead, please call the office.

If we are not here to answer the phone, please leave a message on the answering machine and we will gladly return your phone call.

You may also email – Sr. Patty  phottinssj@comcast.net    Mrs. Whitehead  jmwevan50@comcast.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love the month of May. It is the month where we can finally say that the long, cold winter is over and God’s promise of new life is showing it’s face all around us…flowers are blooming, the days are longer and summer is ahead!

This is the special month where we remember our second grade students who received the sacrament of Holy Eucharist for the very first time on Saturday, May 2. Their childlike innocence and excitement to receive Jesus is a lesson to all of us. Congratulations to Mrs. Doyle, Mrs. Hourihan and Mrs. Hammond who have prepared our children for this very special day.

May is the month when we set aside a special day to honor those wonderful women who gave each of us the gift of life – our mothers. To all mothers, grandmothers and special women in our lives, Happy Mother’s Day!

May is the month of Mary, the Mother of the Church. Please join us for our Ascension Thursday Liturgy at 9:30, followed by the Crowning of Mary.

Thank you for your support and partnership in Catholic education.

Peace, Sr. Patty

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Please be sure to check the ‘Calendar’ found on the homepage of the website for important dates and events.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!  – FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2018 – The 23rd Annual St. Thomas the Apostle School Golf Tournament and Auction! Crestview Country Club. Not a golfer? Join us after the tournament for cocktails at 5:30, dinner at 6:30 and our fabulous live and silent auctions. Call the school office for more information.

PTO Sponsoring – ‘Reptile Rock’The students will be treated to a great event on Thursday, May 3, during the school day! This is an exciting live reptile show which is both educational and entertaining! The students will meet and learn about fascinating and endangered species from boa constrictors to ‘gators’ to giant frogs and other creatures of the rain forest. Many thanks to our PTO for sponsoring this great event for our students!

Ascension Thursday Liturgy – May 10, 9:30 – followed by  May Crowning and Holy Rosary  We welcome you to attend our school liturgy on Ascension Thursday followed by the crowning of Mary and the holy rosary.

Spring Concert –  Wednesday, May 16, 12:15 in the Church – Join us for our delightful Spring Concert! We are happy to present “Biomes: Animals and Plants in Their Habitats”! This will be a delightful concert and the children have learned so much about animals, plants and their environments.

School Picnic – Friday, May 25! Parents Invited! Come have a picnic lunch with your children! Information to be sent home later this month!

 Drama Club Production – Thursday, May 31, 7:00 PM – Our students in the Drama Club are pleased to invite all our families and friends to the production of ‘The Snow White Variety Show’! Ticket information will be sent home soon! Please plan to attend!