Happy Springtime and Easter Blessings…

I pray that Easter for all of you will be a time for family and friends, and that we feel truly blessed because we know the Great Love of God. May we, as a St. Thomas the Apostle School community continue to be people of faith, right relationships, peace and“Easter Joy”.

There were days this winter when I wondered what season we were experiencing. Believe me, I’m not complaining, but now that spring is really here, the hope that new life and fresh growth is just around the corner, excites me.

As we continue to register new students at St. Thomas School, I am fortunate enough to be able to tell our story to families who are looking for the right educational experience for their children. We have been very careful with our school tours during Covid, giving one family at a time, the opportunity to come on the last Sunday of the month. Believe me, I speak to them with a great deal of pride. It gives me the chance to show them our wonderful school. I don’t let the opportunity go by without sharing a few insights, for instance, that some educational researchers promote the strength and value of a kindergarten through grade eight elementary school experience. That unlike other schools where multiple rooms of the same grades are housed together, kindergarten through grade eight schools like St. Thomas, offer an ongoing age and grade progression that allows the very young students to see where they are able to go, and challenge older students to model learning behaviors and traditions with our younger students. I see it every day at St. Thomas!

March was a great month for celebration and prayerful remembrance……

-On St. Patrick’s Day, I walked down the hall to a sea of green and the sound of joy and laughter. The weather cooperated this year for our preschool and grade two student’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade! The children spread the magic of the “wee Irish folk” to our St. Thomas School community.

-On St. Joseph’s Day, we remembered the gentle spirit of Joseph, Jesus’s father on earth, and our students gave thanks for the Sisters of St. Joseph who have been part of St. Thomas School for eighty plus years.

-The Living Stations of the Cross were prayerfully shared as grade seven and eight portrayed the story of Jesus’s passion and death. Special thanks to Ms. Curran and Mr. Champiney, for all their hard work to make this presentation so memorable.

Spring is here, bringing new life for all of us.  Peace, Sr. Patty

APRIL NEWS

 ReminderThere will be no school on Good Friday, April 2 and Easter Monday, April 5.

Save the Date!   May 1 – 2:30-3:30St. Thomas School PTO – West Springfield Savers Fundrive!  – Items for donation include: clothing, shoes, handbags, backpacks, wallets, hats, scarves, gloves, belts, linens, blankets, comforters, towels, small rugs, curtains, and tablecloths. Savers will weigh all the goods and the PTO will receive a cash amount based on the items per pound that are donated. Please contact Melissa Lizardi to let her know how many bags you will be bringing at 413-204-8258, call/text or email her at melyss092@gmail.com

Announcing – Last Day of School –  Our grade eight students will graduate on Friday, June 4th.  The last day of school for students in grades preschool – grade seven will be Friday, June 11; this will be a full day of school.