October Greetings!    

The opening of the school year was wonderful, and even though the energy permeating the halls and classrooms was exciting, there was an element of calmness as well. Students have settled into their jobs of being responsible learners and the faculty and staff are ready to challenge them every step of the way. We are so blessed with our faculty and staff. They are dedicated and loving, and their commitment to our children honors your choice for Catholic Education.

It was wonderful welcoming you to our “Back to School Nights”.  The attendance was great on both nights and clearly spoke of your support and partnership with us in your child’s education. As you walked through the halls and surveyed your child’s classroom, I am sure you could see all the learning which is taking place and the responsibility of your child in the learning process.

We are proud of who we are at St. Thomas the Apostle School. We are not just a building; we are a community of faith and learning that encourages students to reach their full potential in an ever changing world, while embracing values that do not change.

Please know that I want to hear from you if you have any questions or concerns. Your child’s happiness and well-being is our primary concern.

Peace,
Sr. Patty

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OCTOBER NEW NOTES

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

Did You Know……

Every morning at St. Thomas the Apostle School the students recite our ‘Student Pledge’ as follows:

At St. Thomas the Apostle School

I have the responsibility to learn, serve, lead and succeed.

I will be kind and respectful.

I will be a peacemaker by my words and my actions.

Today, I will make a difference.

These are meaningful words that inspire our students to be their very best every day.

Ms. Curran’s grade eight class shared a powerful presentation with students in preschool through grade seven. It was a lesson explaining the power of words. Each classroom was given a heart that stated words can hurt, words can heal, and each student wrote a healing word on the heart to be displayed in the classroom, ever reminding students of the power of their words.

Our grade seven and grade eight students write letters and send greeting cards to our parishioners that are home-bound and in nursing homes. Ms. Curran started this wonderful out-reach program many years ago. Countless times those who receive the letters or their family members will call the school office to let us know how much they or their loved ones enjoy receiving these cards and letters.

Have you ever heard your child talk about their “buddy”?  At St. Thomas, our older students spend time with students in the lower grades, creating works of art, reading stories, doing projects and playing games.
Our older buddies also accompany their younger buddies when attending school liturgies and prayer services in the church. Just recently grade six and their buddies in grade three did a STEM activity together. They tested their Science Method hypothesis deciding which soap detergent created the best bubbles. Students made their own bubble wands and recorded results on a bar graph to see what detergent produced the best bubbles.

Mrs. Provost’s grade five students will participate in the School Environmental Education Classroom (SEEC). On October 2, Nancy Condon, the West Springfield environmental educator, will visit the classroom to prepare students for their visit to Bear Hole Reservoir in West Springfield, where they will discover the environmental wonders of this area.

We are excited about our new club – Girls Who Code – open to girls in grades three through five! The girls will meet for ten weeks to learn about Computer Coding. They will be able to learn from fun and simple online coding tutorials, build community through interactive activities and learn about inspiring female role models. They will work in teams to design and build a Girls Who Code Project that solves real world problems they care about through code. We look forward to the opportunity to offer this club to our middle school girls in the new year. Many thanks to Mrs. Agnes Gonet for organizing and facilitating our Girls Who Code club!

Battle of the Books! Teams have been made and monthly meetings have started! Students in grades three through six have begun making their book selections for this year’s Grand Battle of the Books. Students from area Catholic schools come together for this Grand Battle to test their memories by answering questions regarding the books they have read all year. Last year our fifth and sixth grade team took first place and our third and fourth grade team came in second place!

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BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS AT ST. THOMAS SCHOOL!
On Friday, October 4, at 9:30, Fr. David will offer a special St. Francis blessing to our pets.  Parents are invited to bring the family pet, large or small, furry or non-furry to receive this special blessing. If parents cannot bring their pets, students and or parents can bring a photo of their pet. Students may dress down on this day! Make it fun and wear animal print shirts, socks, sweaters, etc!

SMILE!  – PICTURE DAY – WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER  9
Students do not have to wear their school uniforms on this day. This is a ‘Dress Up’ day. Please be sure your child is dressed appropriately as their pictures will be in our school yearbook.

BIG E – LION’S DEN– Many thanks to all of our families and friends who volunteered at the Lion’s Den at the Big E. We are grateful to you as our St. Thomas School PTO will receive a generous check from the Lion’s Club for the hours we were able to fill!

FALL FUNDRAISER!   Thank you to all of our families who participated in our fall fundraiser. Your support was greatly appreciated!