Eagle News

October 28, 2022

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

Mission Day - Thank You!

A sincere THANK YOU for making Mission Day a success! Thank you for your generous giving of supplies, volunteer time and booth ticket purchases. We are tallying the results and will publish the amount raised for the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, who work to provide education to remote and disadvantaged communities in Peru.

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In the Catholic tradition of stewardship, we invite you to prayerfully consider supporting the 2022-2023 STM Annual Fund. Our goal is to raise $75,000 to enhance the safety of our campus by modernizing ourcamera security system, and we need your support. Beginning November 6, you will see more information on social media, in your mail and email. We will share messages from our principal, pastor and parents regarding our Annual Fund goals and what your contribution means to your children at St. Thomas More Catholic School.

Please consider a financial gift to help us improve safety for all students, faculty, staff and visitors to our campus. To donate, please go to stmbr.org/annualfund, or call the school office at 225-275-2820 if you need assistance. Your annual contribution is more than a gift; it is an investment in our students that will have a lasting impact. Thank you for your support!

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Upcoming Accessory Days

Students are invited to wear approved items in the colors listed on the following days. Approved items are 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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Grandparents Day - November 14 (Grades 1-8) and November 15 (PK and K)

We have special days to celebrate our STM grandparents and invite them to spend time with their grandchild on campus. Please mark these dates and share them with your child's grandparents:

Activities include open house reception, photo booth, musical presentations, Book Fair, games, and group art project.
We will need parent volunteers on these days! Stay tuned for opportunities to sign up.

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STM Book Fair 2022: S'more Fun with Books! November 10-16

Get Ready! The Scholastic Book Fair is coming our way (YAY!). Choosing their own books empowers kids and inspires them to become Bolder, Prouder, and Stronger Readers. AND — as always — every book they buy earns rewards for our school.   

Here’s what you need to know about the Fair, which will take place from November 10-16, 2022 in the St. Thomas More Library.

In addition to the shopping opportunities listed above, students will shop with their class on designated days:

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Q1 Principal's List and Honor Roll

Congratulations to our students in grades 4 through 8, who achieved Principal's List and Honor Roll for the first quarter! Click here for the list of honorees.

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EBR Bus Service

There will be no bus service on the following dates:
November 8
December 19 and 20
May 23, 24 and 25

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Home & School Volunteer Days

Throughout the school year, Home & School asks parents to help on campus for various events. Volunteering your time is a great way to support our STM community, meet other parents, and get a glimpse into your child’s life at school. Please click here to view a list of some of these volunteer opportunities. Take a look and find something that you can work into your schedule. The excitement on your child’s face when they see their mom or dad at school will make you so glad you did!

Please note that to take advantage of these volunteer opportunities you must be Child Protection Certified.
Go to https://www.stmbr.org/volunteer22 for more information.

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Dress Code Reminder - Cold Weather

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STM Benefits from AmazonSmile

This quarter, AmazonSmile made a charitable donation to STM school in the amount of $130.82 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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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 (<100.0 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 email fergusone@stmbr.org or call the school office (225-275-2820) to give the reason for absence, name of student, and homeroom. Parents can also email the nurse or child’s teachers, but the office needs to 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 only be requested for grades 2-8. PK - 1 teachers do not give daily assignments unless the absence is lengthy.  Assignments may be picked up at the office between 2:30-5:30 p.m. or sent home with a sibling.

Please sign and return vision or hearing referral letters! We conducted vision and hearing screenings in grades K-8 in late September/early October. If your child(ren) did not pass one of the screenings, you should have received a referral letter. Please sign and return the bottom portion of the letter to Nurse Rochelle. Second notices have been sent out recently. We must have a parent signature on file to show that a parent was notified of a referral. If your child(ren) passed the screenings, no notifications were made. Please email Nurse Rochelle if you have any questions at rochelle@stmbr.org.

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

FALL SPORTS AWARD CONVOCATION - November 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the STM gym. Teams will be recognized and awards given for girls basketball, football, cross country, swimming and tennis.







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Responsible Use of Technology Presentation - November 9 at SMHS

Public and Permanent: Motivate Responsible Use of Technology & Prevent Digital Abuse! Parents of students in grades 6 through 8 are invited to a presentation at St. Michael High School on Wednesday, November 9 at 6 p.m. on responsible use of technology. Richard Guerry is a nationally known speaker and always has good information for his audiences about the sometimes confusing world of technology.  It will be a presentation that can lead to valuable discussions with students. Click here for more information.

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Catholic High School Open House - November 10

Catholic High School will host its 36th annual Open House on Thursday, November 10.  Boys in grades 6 to 8 and their parents are invited to tour the campus and meet students and faculty. Visit the CHS admissions page at www.catholichigh.org/admissions to reserve a time for your Open House tour and see other information about the CHS admissions process.

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STM Church News

There will be no 5 p.m. Mass on October 30.

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Save the Dates

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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.