Eagle News

September 29, 2023

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K-8 - Thursday, October 19

What is Mission Day? Click here for an information page with all the details about 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. This year, our 8th graders have chosen Village Schools International, which has a dual mission: to enable those in African villages who would otherwise never get to go to school to have the opportunity to get an education and to send missionaries into villages where missionaries have never lived before to share the Gospel. Click here to learn more about Village Schools International.

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 Tickets
It's time to buy your child's booth tickets and pizza lunch! Only TICKETS will be accepted at Mission Day booths! Tickets are sold in 50¢ increments. Pre-paid tickets will be disbursed to the student's homeroom on Mission Day. Purchase online through October 15. Tickets also may be purchased with cash or check on Mission Day.

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!

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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Parent-Teacher Conference Days - PK3-K October 9 and 5th-8th October 13

Each fall, we provide an opportunity for parents to meet with their child’s teachers through a built-in Conference Day. This year, Preschool and Kindergarten Conference Day is Monday, October 9; grades 5 to 8 Conference Day is Friday, October 13. Conferences are intended to be a collaboration between teachers and parents, as we are partners in this journey. It is a time for teachers and parents to discuss student progress.

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Nurse's Notes

We recently conducted vision and hearing screenings in grades K, 1, 3, 5, and 7. Our last day of screening was September 27. Vision referral letters from the first round of screenings were sent out the week of September 18. Students who were absent for the first screening or did not have their glasses were screened on September 27; referral letters will follow if indicated. Students that did not pass the first hearing screening on September 12-13 were screened again on September 27. If a student did not pass BOTH hearing screenings, referral letters will be sent out the first week of October.

Please sign and return referral letters. We must have a parent signature on file to show that a parent was notified of the results.

If your child(ren) pass one or both screenings, no notifications are made. This year, we resumed screening the grade levels required by the state: Kindergarten, 1, 3, 5, and 7. The Lions Club also offered optional vision screenings in PK and K; those results have been sent home to parents.

Please email Nurse Rochelle if you have any questions at rochelle@stmbr.org.

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October Lunch Menu

Please click here to view the October lunch menu.

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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.




A huge thank you to the following people who helped make Monday Night Football a success!

Field painting
Travis, Tanya, Cooper and Kiki Hurst
Jules and Vincent Broussard
Philip and Graham House
Mike Sasich
Jonathan McCarney
David and Owen Buckley
Ali Buchart
Greg Pierson

End zone painting and securing paint donation
Gerrin Schwartz
Loc Hoang
Billy Zimmerman
Connor Uffman

Jacques Pourciau





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STM Student Council

The St. Thomas More Student Council has been busy spreading spirit and providing service to the school over the past two months.

The Student Council planned and carried out the Fall Pep Rally for 4th through 8th graders on Monday, September 26, prior to the Monday Night Football game. The cheerleaders worked with the Student Council to present a spirit-filled event, based on the theme “Guard the Yard.” Fall sports teams athletes, including football, basketball, swimming, cross country, and tennis, were honored at the pep rally. Throughout the pep rally, students were entertained with cheers from the cheerleaders and competitive games related to the theme including “Noodle Tag,” “Guardian,” “Red Light/Green Light,” and “Tug of War.” The pep rally ended with the traditional “What Time Is It?”  cheer. The pep rally was a fun event filled with school spirit, teamwork, and friendly competition. Click here to see pep rally pics and videos!

In addition to the pep rally, the Student Council has been carrying out the school recycling program. This is a great service to the school. The organization’s next activity will be Halloween Safety Talks for the younger grades.

The Student Council consists of Junior High Students elected by their peers and is sponsored by faculty members Ashley Llaneza, Reagan Snow, and Jo Samaha.

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Home & School Scoop

Community Coffee Cash for Schools: Please continue collecting Proofs of Purchase from all your Community Coffee products. Funds collected go directly to STM teachers for their classrooms! 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 chairs Colleen Bryant and/or Beth Morgan.

Big thanks to the Kindergarten and 8th grade class parents who celebrated STM teachers with a Thankful Thursday last week! Thankful Thursdays are select Thursdays throughout the school year where parent volunteers provide treats for teachers to show how thankful we are for all they do.

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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STM Church News

Make plans to join us on Sunday, October 29 for the STM Parish Picnic! This special day begins with Mass on the field at 10 a.m. followed by lunch (hamburgers, hot dogs, jambalaya, water, Cane’s sweet tea and lemonade) and then Trunk or Treat. All cars and trucks are welcome to join the Trunk or Treat fun, but you must complete registration prior to the event. Registration opens on October 1: Trunk or Treat Sign Up  Volunteers are needed to assemble burgers and hot dogs, serve bottled water, run supplies, help with Trunk or Treat, and assist where needed: Volunteer here.

Get your flu shot this year at STM. Walgreens is back this year for our annual flu shot clinic the weekend of October 7-8. Drive thru the school parking lot on Saturday, October 7 from 4 to 6 p.m. or Sunday, October 8 from 7:30 a.m. to noon or 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

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Save the Dates

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

OCTOBER 5: K-4 Mass

OCTOBER 6: End of Quarter 1

OCTOBER 9: PK3-K Parent-Teacher Conferences - no school on this day for PK3-K

OCTOBER 10: AR Store

• Living Rosary
• Report cards posted in FACTS

OCTOBER 12: K-8 Mass

OCTOBER 12-16:
No EBR bus transportation

OCTOBER 13: 5th-8th grade Parent-Teacher Conferences - no school on this day for 5th-8th

OCTOBER 19: Mission Day - Grades K-8

OCTOBER 20: Fall break - no school on this day

Book Fair

NOVEMBER 10: Grandparents Day - Grades 1 to 8

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

NOVEMBER 17: No EBR bus transportation

Dad & Daughter Dance - Grades K-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.