January 17, 2020

Dear St. Thomas Family: 

Winter sports begin this week.  Please be sure your child has turned in all paperwork and fees.  Without all paperwork and fees, an athlete may not play. 

Father-Daughter Dance tomorrow night in the Hall promises to be quite an event!  Thanks to Candie Belme and for setting everything up! 

Catholic Schools Week starts on Sunday, January 26, and it continues through Saturday, Feb. 1st.  The week will be packed with fun events and exciting activities including one of our favorite days of the year, Grandparents Day on Wednesday, Jan. 29th.  We start with Mass at 9:00 A.M. followed by Grandparents joining students in their classrooms.  Luncheon will follow.  We are pleased to host lunch for the Grandparents.  Their grandchildren may join them, but we will ask the students to pay for their own lunch that day.  Lunch will be hot dogs.  Prices for students will be posted next week. 

Speaking of lunch, we have to make a menu change for Thursday, January 23.  We will be serving corn dogs ($1.50) and tater tots ($1.00) instead of chicken sandwiches because the chicken patties are no longer available. 

STAR testing has been happening all week and will continue into next.  This week we tested on Math.  Next week’s tests will focus on Reading.  If your child has been absent and missed the testing, we will do makeups next week.  We must get everyone tested by the end of next week because we have a very narrow window of opportunity to cover all the requirements.  The Office of Catholic Schools gives us our timeline, and it is up to us to follow it.  I have looked at all the test scores from Math, and I am pleased to report that, as a school, our scores are higher than they were in September.  If your child’s score did not go up, the teacher and I will work to adjust whatever is needed so they will succeed. 

NO SCHOOL MONDAY in honor of Martin Luther King’s Day.  Teachers have been sharing incidents from Dr. King’s life this week, and your students should be well aware of Dr. King’s contributions to our society.  Enjoy the holiday! 

Blessings, 

Dr. Dian Pizurie, Principal