St. Thomas More School Newsletter
November 28-December 2, 2022
Pixie Gift Shop
Santa’s Elves are excited to welcome our STMS shoppers! The Pixie Gift Shop will be open Tuesday, 12/06* from 8am-3pm. Your children will be bringing home shopping list envelopes and gift tags. Please help your children fill out both before your child comes to school on the 6th. If your child will be shopping for more than 5 people and you have gift tag stickers at home, please send them with your child. We have plenty of items for our shoppers to choose from and can’t wait to see you!
If you would like to volunteer at the event, please see the Sign Up Genius.
Your Pixie Chairs – Laurie Miller and Nicole Griego
*Please note the change on the original date for Pixie Gift shop on the calendar
Our top priority is always the safety of staff, students, and visitors when making decisions. We recognize that canceled school days disrupt family schedules.
We make every effort to make decisions regarding closings or delays in the evening, understanding that parents need time to make arrangements. However, if the forecast is uncertain and still developing, we wait to get the latest forecast and assess actual road conditions early in the morning. Additionally, if a delayed opening has been announced the night before, and the forecast or conditions worsen overnight, we may need to update the status in the morning and announce that all schools will be closed for the day.
Depending on the winter weather conditions, one of the following options is decided:
- Schools start on time (no messages will be shared)
- Schools start two hours late (no a.m. preschool)
- Schools are closed (When schools are closed, all after school activities and evening facility use are also canceled.)
If schools are delayed or closed, information will be shared through the following communication channels:
- Email : An email will go out to all families. Please make sure your contact information is up to date to ensure you receive these notifications.
- STMS website: A message will be posted to the home page of the STMS website.
- Social media: Messages will be posted to the district Facebook and Instagram pages.
We will not send or post messages if schedules are normal. No news means that schools are open.
Parking Lot: When the parking lot is icy, the snake line may be moved closer to the doors. Please follow the cones when you come into the parking lot.
If you have questions, please contact the school office at 425-743-4242.
Other Local Events
On Saturday, December 17, 2022 Archbishop Murphy will host a Holiday Hoedown. Please see the Holiday Hoedown Flyer for details.
Our specialists work hard to provide a variety of interesting and engaging activities for all of our students. We would like to share some of the highlights of their work, as well as a little bit more about each of them.
Maria G. Casey is our Art teacher and has been working with children and adults for 22 years in both the US and Mexico. Ms. Casey incorporates a true appreciation for art into her lessons, by teaching students about a variety of techniques that different artists use. Her teaching takes into account a variety of skills in art and her lessons are engaging, as well as informative. In addition to teaching, Ms. Casey has her own business, called the The Fat Brush, working with children and adults of all ages, and includes working with people with special needs. We appreciate the authentic way that Ms. Casey brings art to our students.
Hot Lunch Returns
Tara Meucci is excited to be back on Friday’s to help with hot lunch. Orders and payments are due on Thursdays (day before). No Refunds or change will be given. We will be offering Costco pizza and hot dogs to start.
All pizza lunches will include choice of drink (water, soda, juice) and a treat.
Hot dog lunches will include choice of drink (water, soda, juice) bag of chips and treat.
Cost is $5 per lunch extra slice or hot dog is additional $1. Please see the link below for the order form.
If you volunteer to help with our Hot Lunch fundraisers, please use the Sign Up Genius below:
Hot Lunch Schedule through March
|Dec 2 Hot Dogs||Dec 9 Pizza||Jan 6 Pizza|
|Jan 13 NO HOT LUNCH||Jan 20 Hamburger||Jan 27 Pizza|
|Feb 3 Hot Dogs||Feb 10 NO SCHOOL||Feb 17 Pizza|
|Feb 24 Grilled Cheese||Mar 3 Pizza||Mar 10 Pizza|
|Mar 17 Grilled Cheese||Mar 24 Pizza||Mar 31 Pizza|
STMP Christmas EVE Nativity Presentation
Our parish annual 🌟Children’s Christmas Eve LIVE Nativity Presentation is Sat., Dec 24th at the 5 PM Mass.🌟 See the flyer attached for details. I need children volunteers to be barn animals, Roman soldiers, angels, shepherds etc… There will be no speaking parts and rehearsals will be scheduled. To sign up for your children, please click HERE. It’s first come first serve, so don’t delay!
See the Christmas Eve Nativity Presentation Flyer for more information.
Virtual Christmas Card Contest – Deadline December 9
STMS is having a competition for a design for our virtual Christmas card (it’s a new thing we dreamed up). Students who would like to submit an entry should either email their scanned artwork to firstname.lastname@example.org or they may turn their artwork in to the office. Please include your name and grade.
Early Dismissal for Appointments
Please remember to email your child’s teacher and copy the office staff if you are taking your student out of school for an appointment. We appreciate your cooperation on this.
Free Dress Days Reminder
Please remember on Free Dress Days that students may wear more casual clothing as long as they are dressed within school dress code guidelines. Along those lines, please keep in mind that student dress should be modest – no bare mid-diffs or spaghetti straps, clothes must fit properly. No leggings (unless under a skirt) in grades 5 and up.
Anyone looking for volunteer hours? We can always use your help in patrol!! You will receive 1 hour for every AM or PM day. Please contact me (Robert Trias) for which days you are available and either mornings (AM) or afternoons (PM) or both. You contact myself @ (206)353-2000 or TRIAS0175@yahoo.com , I will also be doing patrol every Monday (PM), so you can talk to me at school.
Catholic Community Services Toy Drive
Now – Dec. 16th
Help make Christmas merrier for someone this year! Donate to our Toy and Gift Drive for Catholic Community Services now through December 16th. Remember the youngest babies in need up to the older teenagers who would love to receive something special Christmas morning. Also, don’t forget the batteries!
Have your child bring an unwrapped toy or gift to the collection box in their classroom today.
P.S. use Script cards to make your purchases and help the school too!
Extended Care on Half Days
Extended Care will be offered until 3pm on the half day Mondays that we have PD for teachers. The dates are as follows: November 28, January 23, February 27 and March 27. We will not have a half day Monday during the month of April. On May 22, we will not have school since there will be a full day PD.
On the half days prior to a holiday, we will not offer Extended Care. The effected days are Friday, December 16; Friday, February 17, Friday, April 7 and Friday, May 26.
New Extended Care Supervisor
We are pleased to welcome Emily Eastwood as our Extended Care Supervisor on Thursday and Friday afternoons.
We are still looking for an Extended Care Supervisor for the morning shift, Monday-Friday, 7:00-8:15. If you or someone you know is interested, please call the school office. Any parent who wishes to take on the role can receive free Extended Care services for morning and afternoon.
Parents who wish to volunteer will need to be current on their Virtus Training, Protecting God’s Children and complete the School Volunteer Agreement attesting to their vaccination status. Parents wishing to volunteer inside the school building will need to be fully vaccinated.
Here are some upcoming training dates that are nearby (register on Virtus):
12/5 Holy Cross, Tacoma, 6:30pm (Virtual)
12/5 St. Vincent de Paul, Federal Way, 6:30pm (Virtual)
Parent Pick Up
Please do not arrive before 2:45. We continue to have an abundance of cars lined up on the street, which impedes traffic flow, is dangerous, and upsets our neighbors. Parents, please remember if you are parked in the gravel parking lot, you need to exit via the left lane of the “snake” line out the proper exit. If you are in the timed parking lot, you will need to wait until students are cleared from the lot before you exit.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Virtual Auction last week. It was a fun way to kick off the holiday season, and we were able to raise nearly $5,000.00 for St. Thomas More. Thank you!
Black Friday Shopping/Holiday Sales
As we head into Thanksgiving weekend and the shopping frenzy, please consider taking advantage of the Black Friday and Holiday Sales to fulfill your $250.00 auction procurement commitment.
You can also check out our Amazon wish list if you are looking for ideas: https://www.amazon.com/registries/custom/16MZ1EB1D7KLS/guest-view
|Amazon Custom Gift Listwww.amazon.com|
1st Procurement Deadline – Friday, December 9
Our 1st procurement drop-off deadline is on Friday, December 9, 2022. We will have a pop-up tent in the parking lot at morning drop off, you may also bring in items to the school office during school hours.
*For those who have already turned in their procured items and for those who turn their items in on or before Friday, December 9th you will receive the following:
· Free Dress Pass
· Entry into drawing for $50 Top Golf certificate (There will be three winners)
*Must turn in items valuing $250.00 or more to earn a free dress pass and entry into drawing.
Thank you for your help,
Jessica Lang | Auction Procurement Team | St. Thomas More School
Cell (425) 890-5891
Follow Along @stmsauction
We hope you had a great Thanksgiving!
Just a reminder that Pixie gift shop could use your help. Please consider signing up to support this fun St. Thomas More tradition. Don’t forget to turn in your Pixie forms. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050449aaa72ba5f49-volunteers1
Next Parent Club meeting is Wednesday, December 7 at 8:30 (rescheduled from December 1) – weather permitting.
Francesca and Suzi
Dates to Remember
12/6: Pixie Gift Shop
12/8 Immaculate Conception Mass, 9:00am (no school Mass on Wednesday, 12/7)
12/9 Blue Friday
12/10 Speech Tournament, Bishop Blanchet High School
12/12 Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass, 1:00pm
12/15 Christmas Concert, 6:30
12/16 Noon Dismissal
12/19-1/2 Christmas Break (School Resumes Tuesday, 1/3)
CYO Basketball Game Schedule 12/3 and 12/4:
12/3 – 9:00 AM 4th Grade Girls (Holy Rosary) vs. OLL at Our Lady of the Lake (8900 35th AVE NE Seattle)
12/3 – 10:15 AM 4th Grade Boys (STMS) vs. Evergreen at Holy Rosary (630 7th Ave N Edmonds)
12/3 – 11:30 AM 5th Grade Girls (St. Pius) vs. HRE at Holy Rosary (630 7th Ave N Edmonds)
12/3 – 3:15 PM 8th Grade Girls (Holy Rosary) vs. St. George at St. George (5306 13th Ave S Seattle)
12/4 – 2:15 PM 6th Grade Boys (STMS) vs. Eastside Catholic at East Side Catholic (232 228th Ave SE Sammamish)
12/4 – 5:00 PM 8th Grade Boys vs St. Catherine at Holy Rosary (630 7th Ave N Edmonds)
12/4 – 5:00 PM 8th Grade Boys vs St. Catherine at Holy Rosary (630 7th Ave N Edmonds)
Thank you for all your support!
Guidelines for COVID, Flu and RSV
Please continue to keep your child at home if they are ill. We will continue to follow the advice and recommendations of the Snohomish Health District as we navigate the cold and flu season. If students have active symptoms from any respiratory infections and/or have a fever, they should not come to school.
Please see the letter published from the Snohomish Health District from November 18, 2022.
St. Thomas More School is following the COVID guidelines published by the Washington State Department of Health and the Snohomish Health District. As of the end of October, STMS had 7 reported cases of COVID-19 positive test results to date.
The Snohomish Health District has recently revised their guidelines. The link to the guidelines can be found below:
If your child exhibits COVID-19 symptoms at school, they will be asked to wear a mask, and we will call home. We have COVID-19 testing available and may require proof of a negative test prior to their return to school. The options for testing are:
- Testing is conducted at home by the parent, and a copy of the negative test is sent to the school.
- Testing is conducted by the parent at STMS with our testing supplies.
- Testing is conducted by one of the office staff at STMS.
If your child tests positive, the quarantine period is 5-10 days. If after 5 days, your child is symptom free he/she may return to school (wearing a mask) as long as you provide proof of a negative test result. Negative tests should be emailed to the STMS office staff. Siblings of a child who test positive, or if a child is exposed to someone else in the home who tests positive, may return to school as long as there are no COVID-19 symptoms with proof of a negative and remain masked.
School Mass & Assembly Schedule
The All-School Masses & Assemblies for December:
|Thursday, 12/8||Immaculate Conception Mass*||9:00am||Grade 6 and Kindergarten|
|Monday, 12/12||Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass||12:00||Parish|
This year each grade level will lead the 3rd Sunday Mass (or Saturday vigil Mass), which coincides with Coffee & Donuts (with the exceptions of December, April, and June). Please see the table below for Mass times and participating grade level . All participants and attendees in school uniform will get a free dress pass. Please note we have made revisions to the scheduled Masses.
|Jan 21, 5pm *||7th and 2nd Grades|
|Feb 26, 10:30 **||6th Grade and Kindergarten|
|Mar 19, 8:30||3rd Grade|
|May 21, 10:30||5th and 1st Grades|
*The January date has been changed from 1/14 to /21 to not conflict with Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend.
**The February date has been changed from 2/19 to 2/26 to not conflict with President’s Day weekend.
Below is the link to the Fall Quarter 2022 Newsletter for Catholic Schools published by the Washington State Catholic Conference.
Coffee & Donuts
Please see the links below to sign up. We need more people to sign up for the 8:30 Mass.
The Pastoral Council is a consultative body to the Pastor which serves the people of God through visionary leadership and direction.
The purpose of the Pastoral Council is:
- To create, inspire, and demonstrate leadership and enthusiasm for all matters relating to the spiritual and temporal affairs of St. Thomas More Parish
- To provide recommendations for Parish priorities, directions, and policies through pastoral planning.
- To Promote communication, visibility, and understanding among the Parish Commissions, Committees, Community, Archdiocese, and universal Church.
- Informing community, Council members are challenged to ongoing renewal through prayer, study, listening, and dialogue.
- In developing priorities and directions for the Parish, the Council is to become the means to achieving full participation by the Parish in its mission by giving its voice in guiding and directing Parish life.
- In fostering communication, the Council encourages and initiates dialogue among parish leadership and organizations and brings the concerns to the larger Church.
We invite you to become a part of our Pastoral Council. Our regular schedule is 4th Thursday September- June. For more information, please contact Nick Golla, (818) 903-9140 email@example.com
Shop at all your FAVORITE stores using Scrip Gift Cards and WIN a Hot Cocoa & Cookie Party for your class!
Prepare for ALL of your Holiday Shopping using Scrip Gift Cards and earn REBATES back to St. Thomas More School that counts towards your FAMILY FUNDRAISING commitment!
Scrip Gift Cards are the same Gift Cards that you buy at all your favorite stores, only the brands GIVE BACK to St. Thomas More School!
CHOOSE FROM 750+ BRANDS TO SHOP, GIFT, DONATE OR TRAVEL! ORDER YOUR GIFT CARDS FOR THE HOLIDAYS! WWW.RAISERIGHT.COM/BRANDS
Check out all the $5, $10, & $15 Stocking Stuffers!
*I’m placing Inventory orders each week. Last chance to submit Special Orders for cards not carried in our inventory Dec 9th for pick up Wed, Dec 14th!
PLUS DON’T FORGET! The class* that purchases the MOST Gift Cards or E-Gift Cards between 11/16 and 12/16 will WIN a Hot Cocoa and Cookie Party when we get back from Winter Break!
SIXTH GRADE IS IN THE LEAD! Get your class in on the action and share why YOU love SCRIP!
* For families with multiple students, credit will be split up between siblings evenly See the Holidays with Scrip Flyer for more information on how you can choose from 750+ of your favorite brands!
See the Holidays with Scrip Flyer for more information on how you can choose from 750+ of your favorite brands!
STMS Inventory Order Form also included.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions!—
Tiffany Butts- Scrip Coordinator (Volunteer)
-Always Welcoming New Volunteers!-
We are continuing to revise and improve the website. You can now access the calendar under the Parents tab for to see upcoming events. There is also updated Auction information. We will continue to keep you informed of updates and improvements throughout the year.