Eagle News

March 3, 2023

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Last call to purchase tickets! The Dad and Daughter Dance (Grandfather, Uncle, Godfather ... ) is tomorrow - Saturday, March 4 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the STM Gym! Only STM students in grades K through 8 may attend. Appropriate attire is Sunday dress (no jeans or strapless dresses). A limited number of tickets are still available! $80 per couple and $30 for each additional daughter.

Click here to purchase tickets online. Online ticket sales close today — Friday, March 3 — at 3 p.m. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door with cash or Venmo.

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Morning Carpool Reminders

We have been seeing a lot of tardy arrivals lately. Students should on campus no later than 7:35 a.m. to avoid being tardy. Morning assembly begins promptly at 7:40 a.m. every day. Parents should plan enough time to arrive on campus, follow the carpool lines, and let students out of the vehicle and then walk into the building. It takes little feet longer to walk and time should be allotted for that. We appreciate your understanding.

We also have been seeing cars cutting in carpool lines. Click here for carpool directions and maps. As a reminder, in PK carpool, the line begins on Fairhaven, right on Sylvan and left into the PK lot. There should be no right turns into PK.

Please be mindful of STM faculty and staff arriving when lining up for morning carpool, and do not block the entrances or access to the parking lot in front of the school office. Our faculty and staff need access to the parking lot before carpool starts at 7:20 a.m. Please leave the parking lot entrances clear, with enough room for faculty and staff to enter and park. Thank you!

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2023-2024 New Student Applications are Open

Help us spread the word! Applications are OPEN for new students for the 2023-2024 school year. Let your friends and family know we are accepting applications for new students going into PK3 through 8th grade at stmbr.org/apply. Applications are for new students only. Current families who have not yet reenrolled may click here for instructions.

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Purchase Your Child's 2022-2023 STM Yearbook

Yearbooks are memories from cover to cover! It's time to purchase your child's St. Thomas More 2022-2023 Utopia Yearbook. Options include recognition ads, personalization and accessories. Click here to order!

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Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl

This Lent, our school community is participating in CRS Rice Bowl, a program that invites us to reflect on the challenges of global hunger and our Gospel call to care for our global human family. Your child received a Rice Bowl on Monday, February 27. We encourage you to have your children earn the money that they will place in their Rice Bowl; their almsgiving seems to make a bigger impression when there is a physical connection.

Through our prayer, we encounter Jesus, who is present in the face of every member of our human family. When we fast, we encounter the obstacles that prevent us from fully loving God and our neighbor. When we give alms, we share in solidarity with those who need our support. Your sacrifices during this holy season and your participation in the Rice Bowl program have the power to change lives by providing enough nutritious food for families to thrive.

Lent can feel like a long time. Sometimes we’d like to skip right to Easter! But through prayer and sacrifices, we share in Christ’s suffering and prepare for the joy of his resurrection. Let your Lenten sacrifices help not only your family and community but communities around the world. Visit crsricebowl.org to learn more.

The CRS Rice Bowls will be collected Monday, April 3. Thank you for participating in CRS Rice Bowl with your family.

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March Lunch Menu

Please click here to view the March lunch menu.

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Green Accessory Day - March 17

On Friday, March 17, students are invited to wear green t-shirts in place of the uniform shirt or over the jumper, colored socks, ties, turtlenecks, bows, jewelry, beads, hats (not worn inside), scarves and sweatshirts.

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Nurse's Notes

SPRING ALLERGIES: Spring allergy season is the time of year when the pollen count is at its highest, usually March through May. Allergy symptoms vary from mild to severe and include: itchy, red, watery eyes; sneezing; rashes/hives and itchy skin; and respiratory symptoms/wheezing. If your child suffers from seasonal allergy symptoms, now is the time to start taking daily preventative medications like antihistamines, eye drops, and inhalers (if prescribed). Installing new air filters in your car and home and washing your hands, face, and clothing after going outdoors is also helpful. Ask a physician for treatment recommendations if symptoms are persistent. An allergy specialist can help those that have asthma or suffer from severe symptoms during allergy season.

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




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Living Water Junior High MP3 - March 10 at St. Michael the Archangel

Fun! Food! Jesus! Students in grades 6 through 8 are invited to Living Water Junior High MP3 (Music, Praise, Prayer, Play) on Friday, March 10, from 6:30 to 9:15 p.m. at the St. Michael the Archangel High School Gym. $10 at the door. Click here to sign up!

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Adult Volunteers Needed for VBS - June 19-23

Blasting off for adventure! STM needs adult volunteers for Vacation Bible School from June 19 to 23. Please contact Jeanne Mancuso at mancusoj@stmbr.org or 225-275-3940.

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STM Church News

Join us today for the first fish fry of the Lenten season! Dinners of fried fish, fries, coleslaw and a roll are $10. Drive thru the activity center parking lot from 5 to 5:30 p.m., or dine in the cafeteria from 5:30 to 8 p.m. There are no pre-sales; pay at the drive-thru or door. Beverages and sweets will be available for purchase.

Stations of the Cross: Fridays at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the church

Reconciliation: 5 p.m. on Tuesdays during Lent before Mass, 8 a.m. on Thursdays and 3:15 p.m. on Saturdays before Mass

Make plans to join us for our Lenten Mission on HOPE with Deacon Art Miller on March 13, 14 and 15, at 6:30 p.m. Deacon Miller will preach at all Masses the weekend of March 11-12. A reception will be held in the activity center following the mission on the 15th. Deacon Art Miller is on staff at St. Mary's Church in Simsbury, Connecticut. He is an author, radio host, revivalist and retired businessman. Deacon Miller is the former director of the Office for Black Catholic Ministries for the Archdiocese of Hartford. In addition to his assigned parishes, he is also the Catholic chaplain at Hartford’s Capital Community College. He has preached throughout the United States – from New England to the Katrina-ravaged Gulf Coast of Mississippi, from the Rocky Mountains of northern New Mexico, to the south side of Chicago.

Divine Mercy Novena: Join us in praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet on Tuesdays, March 7, 21 and 28; and April 4 and 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the church. On Divine Mercy Sunday, April 16, the chaplet will be prayed at 4:30 p.m. in the church.

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