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St Thomas More Parish School

Living the Real Presence of Christ

Traditions and Events at St. Thomas More School

First day of School Mass – This annual Mass is a fantastic kick off for the new school year. Mass begins at 11am. 

Mass of the Holy Spirit – In September, our school’s Student Council prepares and participates in the liturgical celebration. 

Curriculum Night – This will happen in the first weeks of school. If you have children in several grades, you will need to come to both sessions. If you have 1 student, you will want to come to the later session and then go to Dalton Hall from the General Meeting led by Mrs. Daspit. Parents are encouraged to come without the students. 

Back to School Night – This casual event is sponsored by Parents Club and is a fun social family event. 

Blessing of the Pets -You and your pet(s) are welcome to be blessed by Father blesses. Additionally, we offer a chance for the students to bring in items that are donated to PAWS. 

Conferences – These take place in October. They will start on a ½ day on Thursday and all day on Friday. Look for information from the office to sign up. 

All Hallows Eve Festival– This annual Festival includes raffles, games, food, haunted house, carved pumpkins, costumed kids (& some adults!) 

Veterans Day Assembly – Our assembly is near Veterans Day to honor many military families and veterans of the school and parish community.  

Thanksgiving Food Drive – Families are encouraged to send in items that get distributed by Catholic Community Services. These items are on the altar and blessed at Thanksgiving Mass. This Mass is Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving at 11:00 am. Mass is prepared by Sixth Grade and Kindergarten with a Communion Meditation performed by kindergarten. 

Pixie Gift Shop – Elves (Parents) transform the Renggli Room into the Pixie Gift Shop where your student can do some Christmas shopping for the family. They will bring home wrapped presents so they can enjoy the rest of the joyous season. This event happens in early to mid – December. 

Christmas Concert– The highlight of every Christmas Season is our school Christmas concert. This is an evening event, a date to be determined. 

Martin Luther King Jr Assembly – This assembly is presented by our Intermediate Grades in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

Catholic Schools Week – Please invite any of your family, friends, neighbors, etc. to visit our Open House the last Sunday in January. Students will have a variety of activities during the week to celebrate. 

Speech Tournament – Our school will be busy with poems, prepared readings, expository and more. This annual tournament prepares our students for public speaking, research, writing and reading skills. 

Mandatory Parent Registration Meeting– In March. The School Commission presents the budget information for the upcoming school year, announces the following year’s tuition rate, and distributes registration packets. 

Lent – Our students could contribute to Heifer International, share stone soup with all the students in the school, and prepare for the resurrection of our Lord. Our 8th Grade students walk us through Jesus’ last days performing the Living Stations of the Cross on Good Friday at Noon.  

Stewardship Mass – Prepared by students to recognize the annual Stewardship theme and highlight our service to others.  

Kinship Mass – Before the end of the school year, there will be a celebration honoring the special families of our 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th Grade students.  

Moving Up Ceremony – Our Moving Up Ceremony will be the last day of school. Recognition is given to the school, the classes, and the students’ accomplishments from the school year. Each class is invited to move up to their new grade for the following year. 

 

Ongoing Events 

Family Fun Nights and Special Events – Events typically help 3 to 4 times a year, sponsored by Parents Club. Dates to be determined. 

Coffee & Donuts – The school hosts coffee and donuts the Third Sunday of every month in Dalton Hall after mass, with some exceptions.  

School Sundays – Schools Sundays are done in conjunction with Coffee and Donuts. Students greet parishioners at each mass in school uniforms. 

Volunteer hours are available for several of these events.