Eagle News

February 23, 2024

STM 2024 Dad and Daughter Dance - March 9

The Dad and Daughter Dance (Grandfather, Uncle, Godfather ... ) is Saturday, March 9 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the STM Gym. Click here to buy your tickets! Only STM students in grades K through 8 may attend. Appropriate attire is Sunday dress: Dresses should be modest (no bodycon) with consideration to length (at least fingertip), and no strapless or cut outs. Tickets are $85 per couple and $30 for each additional daughter.

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2024 Lenten Service Project

For our 2024 Lenten Service Project, we are collecting chocolate bunnies (6 inches) and chocolate Crosses (6 inches) for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Baton Rouge's Build a Basket Effort.

St. Vincent de Paul distributes baskets to the children served at the St. Vincent de Paul Dining Room and also to needy children identified throughout the area.  They provide Easter baskets for the children at the shelter, as well as other area shelters. In addition to candy and small toys, each basket also contains a card explaining what Easter is about in a brief story of Jesus’ resurrection. These young boys and girls have so little, and something as simple as an Easter basket can create a wonderful memory that will last a lifetime.

Please consider purchasing chocolate bunnies and chocolate Crosses for this effort. You may bring them to the school office between now and March 8. Thank you for your generosity!

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Come Work With Us!

STM School is accepting applications for the following positions:

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Requirements for Volunteering at STM

St. Thomas More must provide a safe environment for children and youth. We hold ALL adults who work with minors to a code of conduct that is Christ-centered and professional. The Safe Environment Program implemented by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge requires us to evaluate the background of all paid personnel and volunteers whose duties include ongoing, unsupervised contact with minors.

The Diocese of Baton Rouge has adopted Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. Any one who wants to volunteer at St. Thomas More must be in compliance with this policy. ALL requirements must be met in order to volunteer.

The Diocese is still transitioning to a new system for volunteers to apply for Child Protection Certification. In the meantime, you may still follow these steps to become certified to volunteer at STM:

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5 Most Dangerous Places for Kids to be Online

Parents can’t control all of the doorways that exist for a child to access the web. Creating a tech-ready home is one thing, but how many other ways exist for your child to watch YouTube without you knowing? While parents can’t control all of the places where their kids spend time, there are a few high-risk environments that warrant more attention. Click here to read the full article from Protect Young Eyes.

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STM Talent Show - April 12

The Talent Show is scheduled for Friday, April 12, 2024 at 1 p.m. It is a talent show, not a variety-type show or a competition. The acts must be based on talents such as singing, comedy, dancing, gymnastics, juggling, bands, skits, karate, etc.

The talent show is open to Saint Thomas More students in grades 3-8. Individual student acts or student group acts are all welcome . However, our time and space is limited, so your acts should run 3 minutes or less. We will not put an act in the show that is longer than 3 minutes. Please take into consideration your music choice. We will not put a song in the show with any questionable lyrics. Singers should have music without lyrics.

Interest forms were sent home. If your child is interested in trying out for the talent show, please return the form to your homeroom teacher by Wednesday, March 6. On the afternoon of Thursday, March 20, a special selection
committee of judges will hold tryouts in the gym. Acts should appear ready to be in the show at try-outs. Tryouts for Masters of Ceremony will be March 26.

Once selections are made, letters of congratulations will be sent home to those selected for the talent show.
Those acts selected will need to turn in any musical accompaniment (on USB or email file) to Mrs. Wisdom in
the library. Please be sure your name and grade level are on the USB or in the subject of the email.

One walk-through, dress rehearsal will be held prior to the show on Tuesday, April 9. The exact time
for the rehearsal will be included in the “congrats” letter.

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Coach's Corner

For the STM Athletics full calendar of events, go to stmbr.org/school/athletics.

Our athletic department is looking for coaches for our football teams in 3rd-8th grade, and our girls basketball teams in 3rd-6th grade for the 2024-2025 school year. Interested individuals should contact Athletic Director, Ryan Empson, at empsonr@stmbr.org.



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Nurse's Notes

DISEASES OF THE WEEK: Flu and Covid. Symptoms are similar to other upper respiratory viruses and include: fever, chills, body aches, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, fatigue, headache, congestion or runny nose, nausea/vomiting, and diarrhea. Please follow your doctor’s recommendations for returning to school. Please keep students home until contagious symptoms have subsided for 24 hours. Siblings that do not have symptoms/test negative do not have to be quarantined.

Gently used uniforms are kept in First Aid for emergencies. The following items are needed if you have donations: Shorts for boys in waist sizes 30-40 and undershorts for girls in all adult sizes.

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Home & School Scoop

We are now collecting Community Coffee Cash for Schools proofs of purchase for the 2024-2025 school year. You are welcome to submit them at any time to your child's homeroom teacher or to the school office. Funds from the program go directly to STM teachers for their classrooms! Save your own proofs of purchase, plus consider posting this easy ask flyer at you or your family’s places of work or your STM family-owned local places of business.

Home & School is a home-school partnership involving collaborative working relationships between families and schools and we look forward to working with you! Go to stmbr.org/hsa23 for information about STM Home and School events and committees, and to sign up as a volunteer. Please note that to take advantage of these volunteer opportunities you must be Child Protection Certified.

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SMHS Summer Camps

Spend your summer the Warrior Way! Click here to register now for one of the amazing summer camps offered at St. Michael High School!

SMHS Taste of Warrior Tailgate - March 2

Get ready for the 2024 Taste of Warrior Tailgate Event! Prepare for an unforgettable evening filled with live music by Press One for English, a culinary journey featuring delectable offerings from renowned food vendors, an exciting silent auction and more – all dedicated to supporting our Warriors! Secure your spot today by clicking here to purchase tickets for this exclusive 21 and over event.

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STM Church News

Stations of the Cross are prayed on Fridays during Lent at 6 p.m. in the church.

The Divine Mercy Chaplet of Novenas continues in the church on Tuesdays after 6 p.m. Mass – join us on March 5, 12, 19, 26, and April 2.

During Lent the Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered on Tuesdays at 5 p.m., on Thursdays at 8 a.m., and Saturdays at 3:15 p.m.

All are invited to Fellowship Sunday, coffee and donuts, in the activity center, after the 8 and 10 a.m. Masses on March 10.

Join us for Lenten Fish Fries tonight, February 23, March 8 and March 22. Fish fry dinners are $10 and are served via activity center drive thru from 5-5:30 p.m., or dine in/take away from the cafeteria from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

We’re getting ready for the 43rd Annual STM Parish Festival, May 3-5, 2024. Visit https://www.stmfestival.com/ for all festival news, to buy raffle tickets and become a sponsor!

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Save the Dates

FEBRUARY 29: School Mass for grades 5-8, 8:45 a.m.

MARCH 6: Wonderful Wednesday

MARCH 7: School Mass for grades K-8, 8:45 a.m.

MARCH 8: End of Third Nine Weeks

Dad & Daughter Dance for grades K-8

MARCH 15: Green Accessory Day

MARCH 29 - APRIL 5: Easter Break

Art and Music Show
Wonderful Wednesday

APRIL 12: Talent Show

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St. Thomas More Catholic School is committed to continuing a legacy of excellence in religious and academic education in a nurturing environment that fosters self-discipline.