The Phoenix Flyer: St. Thomas More School Newsletter
June 12-16, 2023
Dates to Remember
6/14 Scrub Day, Knights of Columbus BBQ
6/15 Field Day
6/16 Moving Up Ceremony; Last Day of School
Knights of Columbus Presentation
Summer STEM Programs
iCode, the company we have been partnering with for our afterschool STEM workshops this year, have summer camp programs in STEM. Please see the flyer below for more information as well as a promo code for all STMS families.
This week in library students are receiving their summer Read-Oh cards. It is an optional reading incentive that STMS students can do along with their classroom summer reading activities.
What is Read-Oh?
Read-Oh is like Bingo, but to cover a square, students must complete a reading challenge. Some are fun, others are more difficult. Complete 7 squares in a row and students get to take a dip in Miss Watters prize pool in September. They can complete up to 3 lines (Read-Oh’s), and if they complete the WHOLE card, it’s a “Sun-Out” and in addition to the 3 prizes they get to also come to a special party.
Local Area Events
AMHS Wildcat Buddies
Archbishop Murphy High School’s Wildcat Buddy Program matches elementary school students with AMHS athletes. Please see the link to the flyer below for more information.
AMHS Junior Summer Strength & Conditioning Camp
Archbishop Murphy High School will have a summer strength and conditioning camp from July 11th-August 10th. The cost is $50 for all 5 weeks and is open to 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. Please see the flyer below for more information.
Abraham Lucas’ League Advantage Youth Football Camp at AMHS
Abraham Lucas, current Seahawks Player will be hosting a free Youth Football Camp on June 28th, Wednesday from 3:00-5:30pm @ Archbishop Murphy! Sign your kids up soon! Here’s the link to sign up! https://Leagueadvantageyouthfootballcamp.eventbrite.com
Dear STM Teachers, Staff, Parents & Families,We have accomplished so many things this year in light of all the challenges we have faced. We have stood together and have overcome many hardships and we continue to stand together through many unknowns. We are truly grateful to all of you for your commitment to our children and our school families, nurturing us along the way as we continue to rebuild along the way in our global and school community!
To our retiring and teachers who are leaving – Mrs. Galloway, Mr. Feeney, Mr. Locke, Mrs. Ransford, Mrs. Martin, and Ms. King, thank you for blessing us with your presence and gifts of teaching and for all the love, care, and time you have poured into our children! We wish you all the very best in your next chapter and continued blessings on your journey ahead! You will be missed dearly and hope that you can take the love and wonderful memories from here with you wherever you go! Please stay in-touch and visit us once in a while.To all our teachers, staff, families, and our entire community – thank you for being there to lean on each other, helping one another to cope while giving each other space to grow. You have all graced us with your talents, sharing your laughter, your culture, and your family, stories, values, and histories! We are all a part of the woven quilt here of St. Thomas More School and Parish!
And what I know best about this school is that We are resilient and compassionate! We have strong faith, heart, and our children have always been at the core and center of our community which brings us all together!
It’s been an honor to serve with you!
We can’t thank you enough for all your time and your tremendous contributions!
Have a wonderful summer! With a grateful heart,
Francesca and Suzi
Auction – Teacher Experiences
Thank you to all the teachers and staff that contributed their time and talents with the Teacher Experiences that we auctioned off and sold!
Last weekend we had our Cheer Experience with our alumni teachers, and last week we had our Principals of the Day.
As you all start to plan your Summer activities, keep in mind those outdoor experiences, places you will attend parties, awesome hotels, or any fun restaurants you’ll be eating at. Those will all be great ideas and opportunities for you to start procuring for next year’s Auctions!
Have a Great Summer Vacation,
The Barajas, Golla, & Hardi Families.
In the ’22-’23 School Year, STM School & Parish families earned a total of $16,251.41 in Rebates for our school! 👏👏👏
Several families earned their fundraising commitment shopping with Scrip gift cards!
To get started on next year’s fundraising and keep fundraising we do plan to hold Scrip sales every other Sunday in the breezeway 9:30-10:30am. We could use more volunteers if interested in getting started on hours!!
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t forget to use the RaiseRight App!!
Last chance to order cards not in our inventory from RaiseRight will be THIS Friday 6/9 in order to receive before the end of the year. Get started on your summer plans!! *Last In Person School Day sale will be Wednesday, June 14th. Start planning for summer!😎
In Person Gift Card Sales: Wednesday 8-9am, Friday 2:30-2:30pm and every other Sunday 9:30-10:30am (THIS SUNDAY).
Staffing Changes 2023-24
Please look for an update to be sent out next week.
Party for Departing Teachers
Vacation Bible School
Please see the flyer linked below for more information about St. Thomas More Parish’s vacation bible school.
Parents who wish to volunteer will need to be current on their Virtus Training, Protecting God’s Children and complete the Volunteer Handbook acknowledgement form.
Here are some upcoming training dates that are nearby (register on Virtus):
6/11 Holy Innocents Catholic Church, Duvall
Online sessions are also available in English and Spanish. Visit Virtusonline.org and click on the Current Registration tab.
Trainings are good for 3 years. If you need to renew your status, you can do so online at Virtusonline.org.
Guidelines for COVID, Flu and RSV
Updated May 2023
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 May 15, STMS had 22 reported cases of COVID-19 positive test results since September 2022.
The Snohomish Health District has recently revised their guidelines. The link to the guidelines can be found below:
Important Updates to STMS Guidelines
- If your child tests positive, the quarantine period is 5-10 days. If after 5 days, your child is symptom free and has not had a fever within the last 24 hours, he/she may return to school and will need to remain masked through day 10.
- Day 0 is the first day of the onset of symptoms, or if asymptomatic, the first day of the positive test.
- If your child was previously asymptomatic before testing positive, but starts to exhibit symptoms after testing, day 0 is the first day of symptoms (the 5-day count starts over).
- 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 and remain masked through day 10 of exposure of anyone in the household testing positive for COVID.
- If your child exhibits symptoms of illness at school, they will be asked to wear a mask, and we will call home. We have COVID-19 testing available at school – please email or call the office if you would like your child tested.
If students have active symptoms from any respiratory infections and/or have a fever, they should not come to school.
*If you have any questions regarding STMS guidelines, please contact the school office at (425) 743-4242. Please note that although STMS guidelines are based on the Washington State Department of Health and the Snohomish County Health District, we reserve the right to add extra precautions.
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.