Eagle News

August 19, 2022

In this issue (click to jump to a section):

PK-3rd Grade Back to School Night - August 22 at 5 p.m.

This night is intended for parents/guardians only. The evening will begin at 5 p.m. with a short presentation in the STM Gym, and then you will proceed to your child’s homeroom classroom.

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Free and Reduced-Price Meals - Apply before October 1

Families will once again be asked to complete and submit meal applications to see if their children qualify for free or reduced priced meals. Approval is based on the household’s income. Families that believe their income is under the limit should fill out an application for free or reduced-price meals before October 1, 2022.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY for free or reduced-price meals before October 1, 2022.

Income Eligibility Guidelines

Frequently asked questions about free and reduced-price meals

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Vote for STM Every Day through August 31!

Thanks to our amazing and loyal STM community, we placed in the Top 5 of this year’s BR Parents Family Favorites! Through Family Favorites, the Baton Rouge community nominates and votes for their favorite schools. Voting for Family Favorites 2022 is open through August 31, 2022. Vote for STM for your favorite Preschool, Private Elementary School, Private Middle School, Afterschool Program, Private Elementary School Principal and Private Middle School Principal! We need your help winning a top spot in this year’s winners circle! Click here to submit your votes! You can vote once a day. Thank you for the support!

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Picture Day - August 24

School picture day for all students is Wednesday, August 24. Girls wear skirt and banded shirt OR jumper without blouse. Preschool girls wear smock dress. Boys wear shorts or long pants with shirt.

Nurse's Notes

Disease of the week: FLU, or influenza. Symptoms of flu are similar to other illnesses, and include: fever, sore throat, cough, body aches, malaise, headache, and runny nose. Please remember our 24 hour illness policy: Students should be free of fever (below 100°F without the aid of medication), vomiting, diarrhea or other contagious symptoms for 24 hours prior to returning to school.

Tracking illnesses: Nurse Rochelle keeps track of the number of cases of flu, strep, covid, and other contagious illnesses. Please email rochelle@stmbr.org if your child is diagnosed with a contagious illness.

To report an absent student: Please call the school office to give the reason for absence, name of student, and homeroom (225-275-2820). Parents can email the nurse or child’s teachers, but the office must also be notified.

To request homework: Please call the office before 7:30 a.m. on or after the second day of absence. (Pro tip: voicemails can be left late at night for the following day.) Homework can be only requested for grades 2-8. PK – 1st grade teachers do not give daily assignments unless the absence is lengthy. Assignments may be picked up at the office at the time of dismissal or sent home with a sibling.

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STM Welcomes New Business Manager

We would like to introduce our new business manager, Michelle Fontenot. Michelle is on campus full time now and is working her way through past emails and phone messages. If you have reached out to the business office and have not received the needed information, please email Michelle directly at this time - fontenotm@stmbr.org. We want to ensure that all needs have been addressed, but in a transition, sometimes things fall through the cracks. Please be patient with us as Michelle learns our systems. She is picking up on things very quickly and is doing a wonderful job! Please help us in welcoming Michelle to the St. Thomas More family.

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FACTS Family Portal User Guide

FACTS Family Portal is a private and secure parents’ portal that will allow you to view academic information specific to your child, while protecting your child’s information from others. You may view your child’s grades, attendance, homework, conduct and financial, as well as other useful school information. You can also communicate with teachers and other school staff online whenever necessary.

Please click here for a video that will help you navigate FACTS Family Portal, which is our Student Information System.

Click here for written instructions on accessing Family Portal.

For on-the-go access to your Family Portal:

Launch Safari.
Navigate to factsmgt.com.
The District ID is STTM-LA
Tap the Share icon (the square with an arrow pointing out of it) at the bottom of the screen).
Scroll down to the list of actions and tap Add to Home Screen. (If you don't see the action, scroll to the bottom and tap Edit Actions, then tap Add next to the Add to Home Screen action.)
Use this menu to name your new home screen web icon anything you’d like.

Launch Chrome.
Navigate to factsmgt.com.
The District ID is STTM-LA
Tap the menu icon (three dots in upper right-hand corner) and tap Add to homescreen.
You'll be able to enter a name for the shortcut, and Chrome will add it to your home screen.

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Fall sports registration closes on August 22 at midnight for Cross Country (grades 5-8), Swimming (grades 5-8), and Tennis (grades 5-8). Email Athletic Director, Ryan Empson, with questions - empsonr@stmbr.org.    

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First Annual Mother & Son Tailgate - October 1

When: Saturday, October 1 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Where: STM Field
Who: Boys in grades K through 8 and their mothers (aunts, grandmothers, godmothers ... )
What: Burgers, hot dogs, chicken tenders and ice cream, inflatable obstacle course and games. Please bring your own chairs.
How much: $35/couple + $10/extra child. More information on ticket purchase to come!

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STM Benefits from AmazonSmile

This quarter, AmazonSmile made a charitable donation to STM school in the amount of $158.62 as a result of qualifying purchases made by customers who selected STM as their charity. If you are an Amazon.com shopper, please consider using AmazonSmile. Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase to STM! All you have to do is be a member of Amazon Prime, go to smile.amazon.com and, at the top, search for St. Thomas More Catholic School. (There are a few, so be sure to find the Baton Rouge location.)

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STM Be More Auction - August 27

Grab your friends and come celebrate the end of summer while supporting STM at our annual auction on August 27 at 7 p.m. in the STM Gym! For information, visit stmbrauction.com, @stmbrauction on Instagram, email stmbrauction@gmail.com or call Colleen Bryant at 225-241-5583.

Donations are needed for auction night's wine pull and fork pull. Please consider donating a bottle of wine ($25+ value) and/or a restaurant gift card ($25+ value). Drop donations off at the church office by August 24.

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Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) Informational Meeting
Tuesday, August 23

Are you not Catholic and interested in learning more about what the Catholic church teaches and believes? Are you married to a Catholic but don’t quite understand everything that your spouse believes? There is a process for you to participate in – it is called the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults.

This process looks at the core teachings of the Catholic Church as expressed in the Catechism of the Catholic Church – what we believe (The Creed), how we celebrate what we believe (Sacraments), how we live our beliefs (Morality) and how we grow our faith (Prayer). Participation in the process does not mean commitment to become Catholic but often leads to that decision. This process can also be for adults who were baptized in the Catholic church as infants or young children but never received any further religious education or sacraments and now wish to complete their initiation journey.

There will be an informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 23 in the Mother Teresa Room. There is also an adapted process for students in 5th grade or above who have not been baptized and have a desire to be baptized and received into the Catholic Church. The youth group would meet on a weekday afternoon from 3 to 4:30 p.m. A meeting with student and parents is required before acceptance into this process.

Please contact Sarah Neau (neaus@stmbr.org) at the Parish Office for more information on either the adult process or the youth process.  

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Save the Dates

Now through AUGUST 31: Vote for STM for BR Parents Magazine Family Favorites! Go to ff.brparents.com and click on "Schooled" to vote for STM. You can vote once a day through August 31. Categories: Preschool, Private Elementary School, Private Middle School, Afterschool Program, Private Elementary School Principal and Private Middle School Principal

AUGUST 22: Back to School Night for grades PK-3 - 5 p.m. in the STM Gym

AUGUST 22: Fall sports registration closes for Cross Country (grades 5-8), Swimming (grades 5-8), and Tennis (grades 5-8)

AUGUST 23: Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults Informational Meeting -
6:30 p.m. in the Mother Teresa Room at STM Church

AUGUST 27: STM BE MORE AUCTION - 7 p.m. in the STM Gym. For information, visit stmbrauction.com, @stmbrauction on Instagram, email stmbrauction@gmail.com or call Colleen Bryant at 225-241-5583.

OCTOBER 1: Mother & Son Tailgate (K through 8) 2-4 p.m. Ticket information to come!

OCTOBER 30: St. Thomas More Catholic Church Mass of Dedication -
Celebrated by the Most Reverend Bishop Michael Duca at 2:30 p.m. with reception in the STM Gym to follow

MARCH 4: Dad & Daughter Dance (K through 8)

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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.