June, 2021 

Dear St. Thomas School Community,

“WE DID IT” are the words in the center of our bulletin board in the entry way outside of the office. It’s covered with cut-out paper figures decorated and representing each student in our school from preschool to grade 8. It’s beautiful and joyful and captures the feeling we all have after being in school since September 3rd.

 We are feeling a great deal of pride as we have moved through following a mandated re-opening plan, to creating an environment each day that has focused on what mattered-learning, community safety and faith.

We had a great school year and our students are ready and prepared to move on. We’ve grown together this year and have become caring individuals, always tuned into what really matters. The heroes of this year are our extraordinary teachers. They came to school each day, concerned about their students and happy to promote learning each day. They wore masks all day, continually sanitized their classrooms, and rejoiced in the fact that in-person learning was real at St. Thomas the Apostle School. I honor and thank them.

I will never forget this year and the goodness that characterized each day. The great heart that is St. Thomas School is stronger than ever.

Thank you for all that you did to make this year an outstanding one in the midst of uncertainty and for allowing me the privilege of taking care of your beautiful children.

On behalf of the faculty and staff, I pray that you have a safe and enjoyable summer.

See you all on Thursday, September 2, 2021!

 Peace, Sr. Patty

 JUNE NEWS

 JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT STOCK MARKET CHALLENGE! As was mentioned in our May  Newsletter, one of the three Stock Market Challenge teams from grade 8 qualified to compete in the National Junior Achievement Stock Market Competition, on May 19th.  With over 1300 high school teams across the country competing, ‘TEAM GAMESTOP FREDA’ finished in 8th place overall in this national competition. ‘TEAM GAMESTOP FREDA’ represented St. Thomas the Apostle School in such an admirable manner! Congratulations to John Ackourey, Mathew Bolduc, Frankie DiSanti and Eric Lu!

MIDDLE SCHOOL ART CONTEST  Mrs. Vosburgh, our Middle School Art teacher, recently held an Art Contest for grades 6, 7 and 8. Students could submit artwork that was completed during art class. The contest winners are as follows: Grade 8 – 1st Place-Cameron Slowick, 2nd Place-Emilia Menard, 3rd Place-Logan Lizardi, 4th Place-Ella Favreau   Grade 7 – 1st Place-Lauren Galica, 2nd Place-Andrew Niemiec, 3rd Place-Brooke Nadle, 4th Place-Chanel Sabol  Grade 6 – 1st Place-Aniyah Santana, 2nd Place-Julia Bonfitto, 3rd Place-Gavin McLain, 4th Place-McKenna Kennedy  Congratulations!

MEMORIAL DAY CEMETERY SERVICE PROJECT  Students in grades 6, 7 and 8, along with their teachers, visited the St. Thomas Cemetery on Tuesday, May 25. Students trimmed grass and cleaned around many of the graves to prepare for Memorial Day. The students found this to be a truly valuable and worthwhile project, and are looking forward to return next May.

LIBRARY BOOKS NOW DUE! If children have books at home from our school library, Mrs. Watroba, our school librarian, would greatly appreciate it if all books are returned to school before the last day of school.  Thank you!

AFTER SCHOOL EXTENDED CARE FOR 2021-2022 Program information and registration forms if requested, will be mailed to you this summer. Please be sure to return the registration forms BEFORE the first day of school in September. If there is any family that has not requested this information, please contact the school office. A reminder…all families that have used the program during the school year 2020-2021 MUST re-register.

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…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. 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 children such a service by building in some time each day to READ and do MATH. Learning can really be lots of fun!

REMINDER 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 or email 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 or email.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2021 GRADE EIGHT GRADUATING CLASS

John Ackourey   Mathew Bolduc   Ernesto Burke-Berroteran   Frankie DiSanti   Brendan Dominik   Ella Favreau   

Sofia Lichwan  Logan Lizardi   Eric Lu   Emilia Menard   Cameron Slowick   Vyom Tiwari   Christopher Watroba