January 31, 2020

Dear St. Thomas Family

What a great Catholic Schools Week it has been!  We had so many Grandparents come to our Mass and Lunch, and the students loved being with their family members all day!  The Talent Show was filled with song, dance, and music.  Our students applauded and enjoyed seeing their friends get up and perform!

One of the highlights of the week was the spirited crew from Boosterthon who came to kick off our lead-up into the St. Thomas Fun Run (formerly known as Walk-for-Education).  Your student should have brought home a flyer explaining how friends and relatives can support our children and their school by going on-line and pledging support for the laps they will run/walk next Thursday.  The amount you pledged when you signed your contract--$160.00 per family—is still required.  But do not pay that on-line.  Send that in by check or cash to the front office or to Bookkeeping.  The on-line pledges will allow the school to benefit from additional donors, and the students can earn prizes for the amounts pledged in their names.  Please urge family and friends to help the school and help your student (and the whole class) win a prize. Our goal for the on-line pledges is $15,000.  It is scheduled to be used for classroom/teacher technology (for example, new projectors).  And, if we meet our goal, there is a special treat planned.  (Shhh. It’s a secret, but someone may get a pie in the face!)

We have a serious issue with our Hot Lunch Program:  We are begging for volunteers to come in on Tuesdays and Thursdays and serve lunch.  The students look forward to their special lunches, and parents appreciate a break in packing school lunches every day.  But without enough volunteers, we cannot continue to serve our students. Please call the front office and volunteer or sign up when you are on campus.  The few loyal volunteers we have now are not enough to sustain the program.  As of today, we will have to stop after next week.  Our signup book pages are literally blank!

Read-a-thon begins Monday and goes until March 2nd, Dr. Seuss”s Birthday.  Dr. Seuss Day is a nationally celebrated event recognizing the fun and importance of reading. We celebrate the month leading up to his birthday by encouraging our students to read as much as they can to expand their brains.  (We also offer a Barnes & Noble gift card at the end to the top readers in each group.)  We are changing the guidelines slightly this year.  Information will go home on Monday!

Blessings,

Dr. Dian Pizurie, Principal