Eagle News

September 15, 2023

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

K-8 - Thursday, October 19

What is Mission Day?
St. Thomas More’s annual Mission Day is one of the special long-standing traditions of our parish school. This one-day fall festival for students in Kindergarten through 8th grade generates funds for a mission in need of support. The money raised at Mission Day is donated to an organization chosen by the 8th grade students. Games and activities are set up throughout campus, and the students participate while enjoying a fun day with their friends. A great way to have your child more involved in the purpose of Mission Day is to encourage them to find ways to earn/raise money for Mission Day, such as doing special chores around the house or helping out a neighbor in need.

Click here to view last year's Mission Day festivities!

Mission Day Volunteer Opportunities and Amazon Wishlist
We need YOU to help make Mission Day a success! With more than 30 ways you can volunteer on campus for Mission Day, there is something for everyone! Organizing and preparing, setup and cleanup, food, game booths, basketball, volleyball, silly string, hair and nail painting, cake walk, inflatables, and more!  Please click here to volunteer for Mission Day!. Remember, to volunteer on campus, you must complete Child Protection Certification. Click here to view the Child Protection requirements.

If you'd like to help from home, click here to view our Amazon Wishlist with items that will help make Mission Day a success!

Mission Day Tickets
Families will receive an email the week of September 18 with the link to purchase booth tickets, pizza lunch and raffle tickets.

Due to safety and liability coverage, we cannot allow any other children or siblings, younger or older, not enrolled at STM, to attend Mission Day. Only students enrolled in Kindergarten through 8th grade at STM may be present.

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Volunteers Needed for Vision and Hearing Screenings Makeup Day

Hearing and Vision Screenings makeups for grades K, 1, 3, 5 and 7 will be held September 27 in the STM Church Activity Center. We still need volunteers for morning and afternoon shifts. Please click here to review the available slots and sign up. You do not have to have experience with screenings; we will be happy to train you. Current Child Protection Training is required for all volunteers. Thank you!

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Mother & Son Tailgate (K-8) - September 30

It's time to register for the K-8 Mother & Son Tailgate! Click here to register today! This special event is open to any STM male student in grades K-8 and their mother, grandmother, godmother, aunt, or other important female role model.  All activities will take place on the STM athletic field and in the school gym from 1 to 3 p.m. on September 30. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be served, along with ice cream and drinks. We'll have indoor/outdoor games and multiple inflatables. Feel free to bring your lawn chairs and tents! Cost is $40 for a couple, and $10 for each additional male child. Click here to take a look at last year's fun!

Volunteers needed! Volunteers are critical for our event's success. While we welcome teen volunteers to assist with set up, take down, and checking in guests, we need several adult volunteers to monitor and assist children at the inflatables and in the gym and serve food during the event. We need YOU! Click here to sign up as a volunteer! Remember, to volunteer at STM, you must complete Child Protection Certification. Click here to view the Child Protection requirements.

Due to safety and liability coverage, with the exception of teen volunteers who sign up using the form linked above, we cannot allow any other children or siblings, younger or older, not enrolled at STM, to attend the Mother & Son Tailgate. Only boys enrolled in Kindergarten through 8th grade at STM may be present.

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Nurse's Notes

Nurse subs: Are you an RN, PA, or NP? Have you always wondered how much fun it would be to be a school nurse for a day? In the event of an emergency, there are not many people that can sub for Nurse Rochelle. If you are interested in subbing occasionally, please email rochelle@stmbr.org and she would love to set up a time for you to come shadow her and/or answer any questions. Child Protection Certification is required.

ATTENTION FIFTH GRADE PARENTS: State law requires that students entering 6th grade receive booster shots after turning 11. These vaccines include: Tdap and Meningococcal. Please make an appointment with your health care provider after your child’s 11th birthday. Please send updated shot records to the nurse, and confirm that I have received them. Shot records can be faxed, emailed, or sent in an envelope to school. Our fax number is 225-275-0376; my email address is rochelle@stmbr.org. Shot records for entering 6th graders are due by JULY 15, 2024.  If your child will not be 11-years-old before starting 6th grade, please email me and make an appointment for shots the week following his/her birthday.

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Monday Night Football and Class of 2023 Yearbook Signing - September 25

Monday Night Football is September 25! Come out for food and fellowship as we cheer the Eagles on to victory! 6th grade vs St. Aloysius, 5:30 p.m. and 8th grade vs St. Aloysius, 7 p.m.

The Class of 2023 Yearbook Signing Party will be 6:30 to 7 p.m. under the tent near the football field. Yearbooks will be handed out during the party to students who ordered them.

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STM Family Business Website

Do you own or operate a business? The STM Business Directory promotes businesses owned by STM families. If you would like your business listed, or if your business contact information has changed, please click here to send us your information. You must have a child enrolled at STM and own the business to be included on the website.

Please support our STM family-owned-and-operated businesses with your patronage! Click here to view STM businesses.

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Grandparents Day - November 10 and 13

We are excited to welcome grandparents to campus on Grandparents Day at STM! Grandparents are invited to spend the morning with their grandchild(ren) for a reception, musical presentations, old school games and Book Fair shopping! November 10 is for grades 1-8; November 13 is for PK3-K.

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Complete Child Protection Certification by December 1

Later this year, the Diocese will transition to a new system for Child Protection Certifications. To ensure all current applications are processed before this rollover, we ask that anyone who wishes to volunteer at STM and has not completed all Child Protection requirements, please do so by December 1. Click here to view the Child Protection requirements.

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Coach's Corner

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








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Home & School Association

Community Coffee Cash for Schools: Start collecting Proofs of Purchase from all your Community Coffee products. This is how we give our STM teachers their classroom startup money each school year and we need your help! Save your own Proofs of Purchase, plus consider posting this easy ask flyer at your or your family’s places of work or your STM family-owned local places of business. Send Proofs of Purchase to your child’s homeroom teacher or the front office – whichever is easier! For questions about Community Coffee Cash for Schools, contact Home & School President, Lindsey Guillot

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. Go to https://www.stmbr.org/volunteer23 for more information.

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St. Michael High School Magnify MP3 - Grades 6-8 on September 23

Students in grades 6 through 8 are invited by St. Michael Leadership and Faith to MP3. Join us for a night of food, fun and faith! Saturday, September 23 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at St. Michael High School. $10 at the door. Click here to register your group or individuals.

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STM Church News

Blood Drive - September 24: Did you know that a single, whole blood donation can save the lives of three people? Be a donor! Please consider donating blood on Sunday, September 24 from 8 a.m. to noon at STM Church. STM is part of Our Lady of the Lake's Blood Assurance Program; if an STM parishioner needs blood, we have credit toward the cost. Please click here to schedule an appointment to donate. Walk-ins also welcome!

BBQ chicken dinners: The STM Knights of Columbus are selling bbq chicken dinners on Sunday, September 24. Dinners will be sold after 8 and 10 a.m. Masses at church exits, and via activity center drive-thru from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dinners of bbq chicken, bbq beans, wild rice and bread are $10 each.

Drive Thru Flu Shot Clinic - October 7-8: Sponsored by Walgreens. Those without insurance may get a shot at no cost. Walgreens also gives a shot to the developing world for every shot given here. Last year, more than 140 people received their flu shots without ever getting out of the car!

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Save the Dates

• Third Thursday Praise and Worship -
7:20 a.m. in the STM Gym for Grades K-4
• School Mass -
Grades 5-8 wear Mass uniform.

SEPTEMBER 22: Parent/Teacher Conferences - Grades 1-4 (No school for these grades on this day)

SEPTEMBER 24: STM Church Blood Drive

SEPTEMBER 25: Monday Night Football

• School Mass -
Grades K-8 wear Mass uniform.
• 7th grade retreat

SEPTEMBER 30: Mother & Son Tailgate - Grades K-8

OCTOBER 12-16:
No EBR bus transportation

OCTOBER 19: Mission Day - Grades K-8

OCTOBER 20: Fall break

NOVEMBER 10: Grandparents Day - Grades 1 to 8

NOVEMBER 13: Grandparents Day - Grades PK3, PK and K

NOVEMBER 17: No EBR bus transportation

MARCH 9: Dad & Daughter Dance
- Grades K-8

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Our Mission Statement
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.