October Newsletter 2020

October Greetings!    

 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 strong academics that encourages students to reach their full potential in a world that is ever-changing, while embracing values that do not change.

 I am amazed at our students every day. In a daily environment that calls for caution with relational interaction and personal responsibility that sometimes goes without understanding, our students have accepted the challenge! I am so proud!

I hope that you know how diligent we are in school during this time. Wearing masks is a must and keeping distance from one another, as much as possible, is so important. Lunch time, recess and any activity during the day is always done with Covid-19 guidelines in mind.

 For the benefit of our entire school community, I ask that you continue to do your part to help us stay healthy! Please be sure that your child wears a clean face mask every day and comes to school with a water bottle. Be aware that social activity outside of school affects all of us inside of school.

 October News Notes looks different this month, and will I’m sure, with the months ahead. We might not be meeting with our buddies, gathering for special opportunities after school, or welcoming special guests, but we will meet each day with hearts that reach out to others in prayer, and be responsible learners inside and outside of the classroom. Please find the October News Notes on the back of my letter.

 As always, I want to hear from you if you have any questions or concerns. Your child’s safety and well-being is our primary concern.

 Peace, Sr. Patty

 OCTOBER NEWS NOTES

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.

Meet The Teacher – We are so fortunate to welcome our new faculty member at St. Thomas School. Ms. Hennessey is teaching grade 4 math and science and grade 5 math and religion. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Our Lady of the Elms College and is currently working on her Master’s Degree at American International College. Welcome Ms. Hennessey! We are thrilled you are a part of our school community.

School Picture Day – Wednesday, October 14. Students do not have to wear their school uniforms on this day. If your child does not wear their uniform they are to ‘dress-up’. This is not a ‘dress down’ day. As we are mindful of keeping the children socially distanced, your child’s class picture will look different this year. The class picture will be put together with all of the individual pictures of the students in the class, including the teacher.

FACTS Family Portal – Thank you for completing the parent email information form that went home to students in kindergarten through grade 8.You should have also received the information on accessing the FACTS Family Portal. On the portal you will find your child’s grades for conduct, classwork, homework, quizzes, tests and term grades to date. You can view the school calendar formatted by month or all months presented as a list. Please know that some calendar dates could be subject to change. You can also look at your family page to be sure we have the correct contact information for you as parents. If you have changed any of your contact information, please email Mrs. Whitehead at jmwevan50@comcast.net so we can update your information on the family portal. In the near future we will be using FACTS for our Parent Alert System, replacing the Connect-Ed system. We will let you know when we will be making the transition to the new system. We will also be using the FACTS email service to send important communications out to all families.

All School Halloween Celebration!We are planning an in-school Halloween event for the students.  We will send the details home once plans have been finalized. This promises to be a safe, fun, school day event!

October Calendar Date – Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, October 29. The teachers will be contacting parents to set up conference schedules. Conferences will not take place in school. This is an early dismissal day. Students in kindergarten through grade 8 will be dismissed at 10:00. Preschool students will be dismissed at 10:15.

Please know that there will be NO AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM on Thursday, October 29

Reminder – NO SCHOOL on Friday, October 30 – Diocesan In-Service Day for Teachers– Faculty meetings will take place in individual schools. Diocesan school’s faculty will not meet as a group as in years past.