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February 21, 2018 NEWS...

Thank you, thank you to all who came out to Steps for Students this past Saturday. We had a lot of excitement and fun activities leading up to this event and the day did not disappoint.  Over 300 families registered and together we raised over $22,000.00!  Thank you as well for all those who participated in the fundraising for Steps.

This Friday, February 23, is and Early Dismissal for all students.  The preschoolers will eat lunch before going home on Friday.  Carpool line will begin at 11:45 am.

Friday, February 23 is also GO Texan Day.  WE WILL HAVE MASS on Friday.  Your child may wear appropriate western type clothes but please, NO hats, boots, chaps, ropes, stick horses or play guns. Blue jeans may be worn but NO shorts. For the girls, jean pants are preferred; skirts are acceptable but must reach the knee. 

Box Tops or Education is an easy way to support our school. In order to get these counted and turned in on time, we NEED your box tops by next Tuesday, February 27th. Please clip those box tops this week and send them to school with your child.  Look for the purple Box Top flyer that was sent home!

Saturday, March 3 is the STM Auction/Gala – it is not too late for you to put on your dancing shoes and join in on the fun – purchase your tickets now.  We are also looking for donations to be auctioned at the Gala – they may be big or small…all items needed!   Any questions you may contact Kathy Prado at kprado@stmorenews.com

Auction/Gala is looking for help next week during the school day.  Do you have a good eye and enjoy making things pretty?  We need you!!!  Helpers wanted to organize and merchandize Auction/Gala items, create displays, and to craft and embellish the Auction/Gala baskets.  Contact Theresa Orsburn if you have any questions or would like to volunteer:  713-906-7375 or theresa.orsburn@yahoo.com

Re-Enrollment packets were emailed to every parent yesterday evening – the process is all online and should take about 15 minutes.  We hope that you find this more convenient.  Please note that you must use the Desktop version of RenWeb…no phone apps.  If you have not received an email regarding your child’s re-enrollment, please give us a call to ensure we have the correct contact information for you.  Please note that “ incidental fees” on the enrollment process is referring to lunch account and the Before and After School Care Program.  Also, you will not see the total monthly fees with FACTS at this time.  Our business manager, Mr. Leung, will have to complete this section and confirm with you.  However, you are able to see the tuition rates for the new school year in the email.  Please give me a call if you have any questions concerning the re-enrollment online process, 713-729-9062.

Knight of Columbus FISH FRY FRIDAYS – each Friday during Lent except on Good Friday…starting at 5 pm until the fish runs out…come early it is YUMMY!!!

STM Parish Lenten Mission with Bill Wegner – tonight is the last night to come and hear this charismatic minister…7 pm in the church, Wednesday, February 21.



February 14, 2018 NEWS...

Thank you to all who came out on Monday evening for the monthly STM Spirit dinner at Skeeters Grill – we do appreciate your support and fellowship!

K of C Fish Fry will be back every Friday during Lent beginning with Friday, February 16

Saturday, February 17– RACE DAY!!!There is still time to register for Steps for Students!If you have already registered, we appreciate your support and we look forward to seeing you on race day! Individual registration costs $30 online www.steps4students.org until 7 pm on Friday, February 16.  Race packets can be picked up Thursday or Friday, February 15 and 16 between 12–7 pm at St. Dominic Chancery located at 2403 Holcombe.

STEPS is a family event with the Archdiocesan Schools. You may attend the walk downtown and then walk with your school family – STM will have a table set-up as their meeting place by 7 am…look for the STM school pop–up tent which will be located in the Village of Schools space # 13.  Mass at the Co-Cathedral begins at 6:30 am and is located at 1111 St. Joseph Pkway, 77002 The 5K Run/Walk will start at 8 am. The Post Race Party begins at 9 am. Free Parking is limited, but you may park in the PAY garages or the parking lots in the area…most parking fees cost $7…there will be some street closures.  You may want to bring a rain coat – we do have a 50% chance of showers.

Monday, February 19 is a school holiday…Teacher In-Service – NO SCHOOL.

Friday, February 23 is an early dismissal for all students and then requested Parent/Teacher conferences.  Preschool dismisses at 11:45 am and the carpool line for the preschoolers will begin promptly at 11:45 am. If you have an older sibling, please pick up your preschooler first before getting in the Day School carpool line. The older students will dismiss at 12 noon. Parent/Teacher Conferences will begin at 1:00 pm by appointment only. Please call the Preschool office at 713-729-9062 by Wednesday, February 21, if you would like to schedule an appointment with your child’s teacher.

Friday, February 23, is also Go Texan Day. Students may wear appropriate western type clothes but NO hats, boots, chaps, ropes, stick horses or play guns. Blue jeans may be worn but NO shorts. For the girls, jean pants are preferred; skirts are acceptable but must reach the knees. Remember, this is also a Mass day and all Western Clothing must be appropriate for church. If your child chooses not to dress for Go Texan Day, then they must come to school in dress uniform.

STM’s Registration and Re-admission information will be coming home with your child soon.  Kidventure’s Summer brochure is being sent home with every student today. 

Happy St. Valentine’s Day – love and prayers to all our STM families


February 7, 2018 NEWS...

WOW…after a fun-filled Catholic Schools Week we come back on Monday with the 100 th day of school.  Our 4K students did a marvelous job counting to 100 and their 100 day projects were amazing!  Thank you for working with your children on this special assignment to celebrate their 100 th day of 4K at STM.  We also collected over 100 items for the food pantry from all our preschoolers…thank you 3K and 4K families for all your much appreciated donations.  Deacon Johnson was very grateful with your generosity – the shelves were bare and needed to be restocked – pleasenote thatitems are accepted all year.

Next week we will celebrate St. Valentine’s Day on Monday, February 12.  Your child may bring cards or a non-food treat to share with your child’s classmates…please do NOT address the cards…this makes it much easier for the students to distribute them.

Ms. Howard/Mrs. Moreno-Garza’s 3K class has 13 students
Mrs. Normann-Petersen/Mrs. Orsburn’s 3K class has 12 students
Mrs. El-Ahl’s 4K class has 10 students
Mrs. Mack/Mrs. Larrahona’s 4K class has 12 students
Mrs. Warner/Mrs. Garza 4K class has 13 students

Monday, February 12 is also STM Spirit Night at Skeeters Grill located at 5529 Weslayan.

Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) will be celebrated among the classes on Tuesday, February 13th.

The Lenten Season begins on Wednesday, February 14th, with Ash Wednesday. We will have an all school Mass (please wear dress uniforms) and the children will receive ashes after Mass on Wednesday.  The students will not attend Mass on Friday, February 16.  The Lenten Family Calendar from Loyola Press is attached to this memo.

K of C Fish Fry will be back every Friday during Lent beginning with February 16. 

Steps for Students is a 5K run/walk and is a fundraising event for our school. Participating schools keep 100% of the funds they raise. As of today, we have raised $18,000.00 towards our goal of $25,000.00. We are rolling out our SPONSORSHIP DRIVE...and our goal is to reach $25,000.  Ms. Thome has agreed to host a Lights, Camera, Action Party during the school day  for any grade that raises $1,000.00 in sponsorships, excluding registration, by Friday, February 16, 2018. All monies collected will go directly to St. Thomas More Parish School.

Friday, February 9 is Parents Night Out – please see the flyer…deadline is this Thursday to make your reservation.  NEWS FLASH:  Girl Scout Troop 21126 will also offer babysitting during the Auction/Gala on Saturday, March 3 – more info coming soon.

Saturday, February 10 please pick up your STEPS shirts if you registered after the deadline on January 31.  The school only received those shirts from families that registered early.  The STEPS shirts will be available at St. Dominic’s in Room 106, located at 2403 E Holcombe, 77021 from 10 am to 3 pm.

Monday, February 19 is a school holiday for the students - NO SCHOOL.

February 23 is a noon dismissal for students.  The teachers will have a lunch break and then we will begin the requested Parent/Teacher conferences.



January 31, 2018 NEWS...

On Monday we opened our Catholic Schools week with a prayer service led by Student Council Representatives in the school gym.  After the service we had a special reading program presented by the Sugar Land Skeeters mascot.  Swatson, the mascot, gave a presentation on how if you put your mind to a certain task - then you can do it!  Swatson also acted out his life story in a short skit. The students received a bookmark so they can record their 4 books. The special Swatson story books were not available on Monday, but will arrive shortly…we will send them home to the students when they are delivered to the school.  Please note that you must turn in the completed bookmark to your class teacher by March 9, 2018 to receive the 2 free Skeeters baseball tickets. 

The Pancake Breakfast on Tuesday was a HUGE success!  Thank you everyone for your patience…we had lots of last minute drop-ins.  The children were so excited to eat breakfast at school with their parent and win prizes from the Magician.

Tonight is Open House in the Preschool building from 5pm to 6:30 pm.  The Library will be open until 7 pm so you may visit the Book Fair after visiting with the teachers and seeing your child’s amazing work they have prepared for you.

STEPS - This is also the last day to register for STEPS at a discount…price goes up on Thursday…don’t be late, register today!!!

Tomorrow, February 1 - please help stock our food pantry…your child may wear jeans and tennis shoes of your choice with any STM shirt if you bring a non-perishable item for the food pantry…thank you.

Friday, February 2 the Book Fair will close at noon in the school library.

Next Friday, February 9, from 6 – 10 pm Girl Scout Troop 21126 will host a Parent’s Night Out – please see the flyer.

Sunday, February 11 the K of C are selling Breakfast and Fajitas Tacos – see flyer.

BIG THANK YOU to all our preschool families for the delicious foods at the Teacher Rodeo Luncheon last week – it was a beautiful event and we appreciate your special treat to the staff.  A very special thank you to Mrs. DeLaTorre and Mrs. Kentner for decorating the lounge into a Western affair!  See photos on STM’s social media.


January 24, 2018 NEWS...
National Catholic Schools week is the last week in January.  We have several fun activities planned for our STM students:

Sunday, January 28 please wear your school uniform to Mass to show your school pride.  The Used Uniform Sale begins at 10 am in the Scout House and the Book Fair is at 11am in the Library.  All week we will be watching for students doing random acts of kindness at school.  On Friday, after Mass these students will be recognized in the church for their kindness.

Monday, January 29 is LIKE DAY…plan to dress “alike” with your friends and have your parents “Like” STM on Facebook ,Twitter and Instagram!  The Preschoolers will also attend the Skeeters Reading Challenge presentation in the Gym and meet Swatson, the Sugar Land Skeeters’ Mascot!

Tuesday, Janaury 30 all students need a good night’s sleep to do your best at school  - the Preschoolers may wear pajamas to school with their tennis shoes! (no house slippers).  If you are planning to attend the Pancake breakfast – dads please go directly over to Servant Hall at 7:30 am with your preschooler and take pleasure in this special morning.  Please bring the preschooler back to the preschool building after finishing the breakfast and enjoying the special entertainment!

Wednesday, January 31, please join us with your child between 5pm and 6:30 pm in the Preschool Building for our Open House.  The children have worked hard in school and are eager to show off their work!  You may also visit the Book Fair after our Open House until 7 pm.  This is also the last day to register for STEPS at a discount…price goes up on Thursday…don’t be late, register NOW!!!

Thursday, February 1 - please help stock our food pantry…you may wear jeans and tennis shoes of your choice with any STM shirt if you bring something for the food pantry.

Friday, February 2 recognition after Mass to those students for their random acts of kindness.

MAKE-UP Weather Days: March 29, 2018 will be changed to a regular dismissal school day - a previously planned 11 am dismissal. Also, May 11, 2018 is on the calendar as a "possible weather holiday". This day will no longer be a holiday and we will have a regular school day instead. “Thank you for your cooperation and understanding of these adjustments as we all work together to meet the required number of school days in our year,” Ms. Thome.


January 10, 2018 NEWS...

FLU SEASON is here and it has been reported that 62% of families in Houston have taken ill with the flu – please read the attached flyer on how to keep you and your family healthy.  One of the best precautions is to wash your hands constantly for 20 seconds…have your child sing the ABC song twice while washing their hands and rubbing them back and forth with soap and warm water.

Monday, January 15 is Martin Luther King Holiday - NO SCHOOL.

Tuesday, January 16 Spirit Day - Students may wear the red STM Spirit Shirt or the purple Oktoberfest shirt with uniform bottoms – please wear a sweater too – it will be chilly again in Houston starting on Thursday.

Parker Uniforms has closed their doors but the PTO will have a USED UNIFORM SALE: Sunday, January 28 in Servant Hall – the beginning of Catholic Schools’ Week.  For the remainder of this school year the boys navy uniform pants may be purchased at Wal-Mart, Target, JC Penney, Kohls and Academy stores.  You may also purchase a solid green polo shirt at most stores and the white oxford shirts.  If you need the girls plaid skort and/or navy dress jumper, please come to the Used Uniform Sale or ask STM parents for hand-me-downs.  Do NOT worry about the school logos…we let you know when we have secured a uniform store that carries the STM clothing.  We are sorry for the inconvenience but thank you for your patience and understanding.

Saturday, January 13 please join us in Servant Hall for a Parent Seminar on Technology:  Friend or Foe by Dr. Remi Webber at 6:30 pm in Servant Hall.  

STM ACTS Woman’s Retreat  - January  25-28.  Calling all women interested in building a closer relationship with Christ and establishing lasting relations with like-minded women.  It is being held at the Mother of Perpetual Help Retreat Center at 3417 West Little York and the registration fee is $240.00 which includes 3 nights lodging, all meals and supplies and transportation from STM to the Retreat Center.  Please contact Helen Aneke (STM PARENT) at:  Nykgod14@yahoo.com

STM Combined Choirs GALA XTime After Time at 8 pm on February 2 and 3...tickets are $20 and are on sale after all Masses.

Steps for Students – Saturday, February 17… Race Day Schedule:
6:30 a.m. - Mass at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
6:30 - 7:30 a.m. - Race Day Registration
8 a.m. - 5K Run/Walk
9 a.m. - Post-race party in Catholic School Village

BOX TOPS - A very special thank you to all who continue to cut those Box Tops for Education and send them to the office.  This school year the rewards have totaled almost $500 for STM. Thank you to Mrs. Mack for all your work in preparing the Box Tops for submission…thank you parents for sending them in to your class teachers.



January 3, 2018 NEWS...

Happy New Year 2018 - Welcome Back
and thank you, thank you to our wonderful families for your generosity at Christmas. We are so blessed to have your joyous children in our school!!!  Saturday, January 6 is the Epiphany, or the 12th day of Christmas which is when the Magi visited Jesus. The Galveston-Houston Archdiocese is celebrating the Epiphany this Sunday, January 7, and the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord will be celebrated on Monday, January 8.

There is a special tradition of bringing Christ into your home for the new year that we would like to share with our STM families.  Take a piece of chalk and write CMB plus 2018 over your front door – the numerals of the new year along with the initials of the legendary Magi:  Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar …CMB in Latin also stands for “Christ, Bless this Home”.  We bless our homes knowing that God reveals Himself in the daily experiences of our lives.  Some families also bless each room sprinkling them with holy water. The blessing speaks of journeys ended and journeys begun at the doorway, and prays that all journeys be as satisfying as was the Magi’s.  It prays that the house beyond the door have the quality of love and peace that the Magi marveled at when they at last arrived in Bethlehem.  The CMB+2018 is a good way to share our faith with others when they ask you “What is that over your door?” explain to them that you have Christ in your home -  Be PROUD to be Catholic! Recite this prayer when you mark your door:  The three Wise Men, Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar followed the star of God’s Son who became man two thousand and eighteen years ago.  May Christ Bless this home and remain with us all throughout the new year. Amen.

Friday,January 5 is Mass day – the preschoolers will begin carpool line at 7:40 am.  Parents, please makes sure your child has eaten a good breakfast before coming to school each day and please take your child to the bathroom before coming to school on Mass days.  Also, pack a sweater/jacket in your child’s backpack daily…remember to label all clothing.

Friday, January 5 is Faith and Family Rosary for all students and their families beginning at  5 pm in the Church – start the new year off with prayers for peace and unity.  Afterwards you may attend the K of C Fish Fry!!!

Saturday, January 13 is a Parent Seminar on Technology:  Friend or Foe by Dr. Remi Webber at 6:30 pm in Servant Hall.  

Monday, January 15 is Martin Luther King Holiday - NO SCHOOL.

HELP NEEDED with volunteers to wrap the Auction baskets starting mid February during the school day.  Please contact Kathy Prado if you are able to volunteer:  kprado@stmorenews.com or 713-729-3434. 

The Auction/Gala is on Saturday, March 3, 2018. 

Please remember to check your teacher’s website online with important classroom information! 


December 18 NEWS...

4K NEWS FLASH… Mrs. El-Ahl’s assistant, Carmen Cruz, gave birth to a baby girl weighing 8 pounds 4 ounces and 20 inches in length on Monday afternoon, December 11, 2017.  We want to welcome beautiful Aylin Cruz and ask that you keep the family in your prayers. Mrs. Cruz and Aylin are now at home and doing great – just adjusting to no one sleeping in the house!

Thank you to all who joined us on Friday for BINGO!  What a fun evening and so many happy faces winning Bingo games and lots of door prizes!

The Preschoolers will attend December 20 th, Wednesday’s All School 8:15 am Mass…they may wear Sunday BEST – no jeans please. Immediately after Mass, the preschoolers will process over to Servant Hall (next to the church) to sing Christmas Carols. We welcome you to join us for our annual Christmas Caroling!  Please wait to take photos after all have entered Servant Hall.  Some of our children are very timid and do NOT like cameras in their faces.  Thank you for your cooperation. The students will leave after the caroling and go back to the Preschool building for their classroom Christmas party until dismissal at 10:45 am with our carpool line.

Wednesday, December 20 will be the Preschoolers last day of schoolfor 2017…it is an EARLY dismissal at 11:00 am for both Preschool and Day School.  If you have a Day School sibling, please come to the Preschool building first – we will start our carpool line at 10:45 am and then you may get in line for the back carpool line for Day School students – thank you!  
Wednesday, January 3, 2018, classes will resume.

The Preschool Staff
 wishes everyone a
Blessed and Joyous Christmas

May you have a happy and healthy
New Year 2018




December 6 NEWS...
Happy St. Nicholas’ Day – we had a surprise visitor today who left candy canes!

Thank you to everyone who had a chance to shop at Kendra Scott and/or phone in their orders last week…what a nice PTO event…thank you Mrs. Theresa Orsburn for all your hard work.  The last Spirit night for this year is on Monday, December 11 th.  Please stop by Tapesters for breakfast, lunch or dinner…they are giving STM 20% of the sales back to the school…you may dine in or carry out and they even have a drive through window! Tapesters is located at 4520 Beechnut.

STEPS  - Pictures with Santa at school was today, Wednesday, December 6…please note that all the preschool students had their picture taken with Santa today – so you still have time to order.  Deadline is this Friday, December 8, so the order may be placed by the weekend.  

STEPS - Movie Night is on Friday, December 8from 6 to 8:30 pm…thank you to everyone who has signed up...the children may wear their pajamas that evening (not during school – we will be attending Mass and the students must be in dress uniform).  They may also bring their pillow for the movie night.  We will provide the dinner, movie and crafts.

STEPS – come join us for BINGO and hotdogs on Friday, December 15 in Servant Hall from 5:30 pm to 9 pm.

Scholastic Pajama deadline is December 11…any size new pajamas – thank you.

SVDP FOOD PANTRY needs your help…please bring a non-perishable item to school or to the church this weekend during our Gift Giving Sunday to stock their shelves – thank you.

COLD WEATHER in Houston comes and goes – we always need to be prepared for the unexpected!!!  Please, please dress your child in layers and send a jacket in the backpack – we can always take off layers, but your child will not be able to play outside without a jacket if our weather is cool.  Don’t forget to label them – not all children recognize their own clothes!!!

Please note the last day of school for this year is Wednesday, December 20th
The students will attend the All School Mass at 8:15 am and they may either wear their dress uniform or come to school in their SUNDAY BEST…no jeans.  After Mass, the Preschoolers will walk over to Servant Hall and sing Christmas Carols around the Christmas tree…all are invited to come hear the Preschoolers sing – they have beautiful voices and are very excited to share their singing talent with you!!!  Then they will return to the Preschool for a small class party. We will be dismissing the Preschoolers for carpool line at 10:45 am.  We return in the New Year on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.

We wish all our families a very Blessed Christmas and a Joyous New Year 2018! 



November 29 NEWS....

Our Thanksgiving Prayer Service and Feast was absolutely beautiful last week!  We appreciate Father Hai, Father Joseph, Ms. Thome and all our families joining us on our special day of Praise.  Parents, we thank you for making this a wonderful tradition with our preschoolers.  We are blessed to be a special part of this amazing St. Thomas More Community.  We also thank you for all your generous food donations.  Many families benefitted with Thanksgiving baskets from our students’ generosity of food items to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.  Thank you for sharing in this time of need.  We would now like to replenish the pantry for Christmas.  Please have your child once again do small chores and good deeds around the house to earn a canned good for the Food Pantry.

Grandparents’ Day was a huge success.  We will be posting the Grandparent pictures soon!
Advent begins this Sunday, December 3, and the children are busy preparing for Jesus’ birthday and many Christmas surprises.  Please remember that Advent looks back to the first coming of Christ, our Savior, in Bethlehem; and it looks to the future when Christ will come again.  We hope you will be able to start your own family traditions during this liturgical season – the Advent Wreath is one tradition that we discussed in Religion classes with the students.  You can pray and sing around your Advent Wreath.  Some great Advent websites:  www.usccb.org, www.catholiceducation.org, www.catholicicing.com, and www.catholicmom.com.

Advent Wreaths - We light the first purple candle, PROMISE, to remind us that God promised to send us His son, Jesus.  The second purple candle, LIGHT, reminds us that the light of God’s love will show in our lives when Jesus is guiding us.  The third candle (pink), LOVE, reminds us that God wants us to love HIM and each other.  Finally, the fourth candle (purple), HOPE, reminds us that God gave us a gift of hope and life forever with Him.  Some  Advent wreath traditions also include a  fifth white “Christ”  candle, symbolizing purity, that is lit on Christmas Eve or Christmas day…place this candle in the center of your wreath. Take time to go over ADVENT activities and read from the Bible daily – see the Principal’s memo for the Advent Calendar. 

Come join us for a special PTO event this Thursday, November 30, with shopping at Kendra Scott in Rice Village – 20% of all sales go to St. Thomas More School…if you are unable to attend you may go online on Thursday evening and STM will benefit from your purchase!

Friday, December 1 - FISH FRY CANCELLED...HOWEVER, FREE EVENT ON Saturday morning, December 2 from 8:30 to 10 am - come have breakfast with Santa…bring your own camera please!

STEPS - Pictures with Santa at school on Wednesday, December 6…please see flyer. The Movie Night is on Friday, December 8 from 6 to 8:30 pm…please see the flyer.

Scholastic Pajama deadline is Monday, December 11…any size new pajamas –thank you.


November 15, 2017 NEWS...

Thursday, November 16, all MWF preschoolers and the M-F preschoolers will be hosting a Thanksgiving Prayer Service in the church and our Thanksgiving Feast in Servant Hall.   The preschoolers have worked hard on their costumes and the program. The children are eager to sing their hearts out to you!  Remember, all families and friends are welcome to join us in the Church at 8:30 in the morning for our Preschool Thanksgiving Prayer Service.
Remember, NO Thursday morning carpool.  Please take your preschooler to the church at 8:15 am on Thursday, November 16 and join us for our special service…not a Mass celebration.  We plan to begin our program promptly at 8:30 on Thursday morning.  Then, immediately after the service we will walk over to Servant Hall for our Feast.  We are limited in space, so we will only be able to accommodate one adult at the actual feast in Servant Hall. 

Friday, November 17 is an all school Mass in honor of Grandparents…dress uniforms please.  This is an early dismissal day for all STM students.  The preschoolers will start morning carpool at 7:40 am for Mass and dismissal carpool at 10:45 am.  There is no KIDVENTURE on Friday afternoon…if you are unable to pick up your preschooler by 10:45 am, please do not send them to school on Friday.

THANKSGIVING HOLIDAYSwe wish all our STM families a blessed Thanksgiving!!!  No School November 20 - 27…CLASSES RESUME ON Monday, November 27.

Thank you to all who joined us last night for Spirit Night at Napoli Restaurant.  Our next PTO event is on November 30 with shopping at Kendra Scott in Rice Village – 20% of all sales go to St. Thomas More School, please see the flyer in the Principal's memo.

Friday, December 1 is the K of C Fish Fry from 5 pm until the fish runs out!!!  The Knights are also hosting a free event…Saturday morning, December 2 from 8:30 to 10 am - come have breakfast with Santa…bring your own camera please!

STEPS - Pictures with Santa at school on Wednesday, December 6…please see the flyer in the Principal's memo.

STEPS - Movie Night on Friday, December 8 from 6 to 8:30 pm…please see flyer in the Principal.

Scholastic Pajama deadline is Monday, December 11…any size new pajamas will be appreciated…thank you.
STEPS - Bingo Night is on Friday, December 15 from 5:30 to 9:30 pm.



BIG THANK YOU to all our families for donating food to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry at St. Thomas More Church.  The shelves were bare and our students made an amazing effort re-stocking the shelves and filling the Thanksgiving baskets!

Thursday, November 16, the Preschool classes, all MWF students and the M-F students will be hosting a Thanksgiving Prayer Service in the church and our Thanksgiving Feast in Servant Hall.  We are limited in space, so we will only be able to accommodate one parent at the actual feast.  HOWEVER, everyone is welcome to join us in the Church at 8:30 a.m. for our Preschool Thanksgiving Prayer Service and Song Festival.  We will begin the morning with NO carpool. 

Please take your preschooler to the church at 8:15 am on Thursday, November 16 and join us for our special service…not a Mass celebration.  We plan to begin our program promptly at 8:30 on Thursday morning.  Then, immediately after the service we will walk over to Servant Hall for our Feast.  Please provide your own babysitting for siblings.  November 16 will be a regular Preschool day with the Prayer Service in the morning.  Preschool will be dismissed at our regular hours.  However, you are free to take your preschooler home after the feast.

The preschoolers will also be participating in the Grandparents' Day celebration on Friday, November 17 from 7:45 to 11:00 am.We would love to have pictures of our students with their grandparents to show throughout the day. It's not too late to send your pictures to jfelton@stmorenews.com or make a copy of your picture and send it to the school office as soon as possible. Please do not send any original pictures. School is in session a half day only on Friday.  All students will be dismissed at 11:00 am. 

Friday will be a special Preschool day with the students arriving for our 7:40 am carpool line and then attending Mass.  After Mass is celebrated, the preschoolers will be first to come up on the altar to sing to the grandparents in the congregation.   Immediately after the preschoolers sing, we will take our preschoolers back to the Preschool classrooms. 

The grandparents (if they have no other siblings in the church) are welcome to exit the church and go to Servant Hall and have refreshments). Then the grandparents may walk over to the Preschool building to pick-up their Preschool grandchild and have a photo taken with them in the Preschool building. If you have siblings in the Day School, please stay in the church to hear the older siblings sing and then follow the above schedule with picking up the preschool grandchild and then going to the Day School for the older grandchild.  After you have gathered all the grandchildren, you may have your photo taken in the Day School Library. The preschooler will be dismissed to the grandparent when they arrive to the Preschool building. 

HELP NEEDED – Substitute teachers:  part-time and full time substitute teachers are needed immediately in the Preschool…we do have two teachers in the classrooms so you will have a partner. Teaching in a Catholic School is a calling and we are hoping that you will answer our call.  You must be Virtus trained.  Please call or email me if you are interested at 713-729-9062 or ncoltharp@stmorenews.com

We will celebrate St. Nicholas’ Day with our annual "Pictures with Santa" which is scheduled for December 6th. Please watch for an order form in next week's memo. This is a great way to register early for this year's Steps for Students, as well as have a great picture to share at Christmastime!

Parents Night Out and Kids Night In:  Movie Night with students in Preschool through 3 rd grade is scheduled for Friday, December 8 from 6 to 8:30 pm.  Parents enjoy a few hours to do some Christmas shopping and we will feed your child and entertain them with a movie, games, and crafts.  Proceeds will benefit STEPS for STUDENTS!!!  Older STM School siblings are welcome to join in on the fun evening too.  Students may wear their pajamas and bring a blanket and pillow.

Pajama Drive is back!!! We are partnering with Scholastic Reading Club.  For every new pair of pajamas you donate, Scholastic Reading Club will pair it with a brand-new book!  Any size NEW pajamas will be accepted - from newborn to adult – please send to the Preschool by Monday, December 11 th.  The pajamas and books will be given to a child living in a homeless shelter for a reassuring bedtime.  After the collection in December, the preschoolers will have a pajama party to thank them for their donations…we will announce the day soon when we are wearing pajamas to school.

Bingo Night is Friday, December 13 from 5:30 to 9:30 pm. This is also a STEPS fundraising event. 


Please join us on Thursday, November 16, in the Church at 8:30 a.m. for our PRESCHOOL Thanksgiving Prayer Service with the children.  Then, one parent may join us in Servant Hall for our FEAST immediately after the Prayer Service.  NO CARPOOL LINE on Thursday, November 16.  Please, bring your child at 8:15 am directly to the church for our Prayer Service which will begin promptly at 8:30 am.  After the Feast gathering you may take your preschooler home or wait for the regular dismissal.

Remember, we are also attending 8:15 am Mass for the Grandparents’ Day event on Friday, November 17, with the preschoolers…this is an early dismissal day for all students at 11:00 am.

Please let us know if you will be in attendance so we may plan accordingly:


__________YES, I will attend Thursday’s (Nov 16) Thanksgiving Praise and Worship/Feast


__________YES, I will attend Friday’s (Nov 17) Grandparents Day…11:00 am dismissal


Preschooler’s Name__________________
Thanksgiving Holidays…November 18-26

Parents Night Out - Kids Night IN
3k, 4k, Kindergartners – 3rd Grade
Friday, December 8, 2017


Preschoolers – 3rd graders may wear your pajamas and bring your blanket, stuffed animal, and pillow to school.  Older STM School siblings are welcome to join in on the fun evening too.  This STEPS  fundraiser is hosted by the Preschool and Primary teachers. 

Serving Up: Pizza, Movie, Goldfish, Games & Crafts

Location:
Preschool Building
6:00pm - 8:30pm

Proceeds will benefit STEPS for STUDENTS!!!
$20 per child
 $40 per family






CONGRATS TO OUR HOUSTON ASTROS 
2017 WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS
We are so proud of you!!!

November 2, 2017 News...
Show your ASTROS SPIRIT and wear your Astros shirt or any orange shirt with uniform bottoms on Friday, November 3rd.


Thank you parents, families and friends for joining us at the Halloween Costume Parade and song festival…what an enthusiastic crowd!!!  Our little ones looked amazing in their costumes.  Thank you Mrs. Moreno for your  expertise carving of our Pumpkin along with the explanation of the pumpkin prayer…and thank you Fr. Joseph and Deacon Johnson for the special blessing and extra Astros prayers – they sure did help us bring home the wins…congrats to our CHAMPS/HEROES!!! 

During the All Saints Day Mass on Wednesday, Fr. Joseph blessed our Saints medals for all the students.  May we all strive to be more saintly each day so that we reach Heaven together.

Friday, November 3 is early dismissal at 11:45 am and then scheduled conferences will begin at 1 pm.  We realize the Astros Parade downtown begins at 2 pm…if you need to reschedule your conference please let us know ASAP.  

Congratulations to our 4K students who won the K of C Christopher Columbus Art Contest:
Susan Mondello – First Place
Emily Stasio – Second Place
Oliver Orsburn – Third Place
We are very proud of the good job you did with your coloring project – CONGRATS!!!

Friday, November 3rd, is the famous Knights of Columbus Fish Fry in Prinster at 5 pm. 

Once again this November we will be decorating the halls of STM with our annual Veterans’ Wall Memorial. Please send in the names and/or photos of your loved ones who are serving or have served in the armed forces by Friday, November 3rd. PLEASE BE SURE TO NOTE IF YOUR HONOREE IS CURRENTLY SERVING!  Please contact Mrs. Normann-Petersen if you have any questions at:  cnormannpetersen@stmorenews.com

The STM Student Council is conducting a food drive to help the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry at St. Thomas More Church.  Thanksgiving Food Baskets are being made and we need your help please.  Preschool students were asked to provide either a box of corn bread mix or a one pound box of oatmeal.  Donations must be received by November 7.  Any donation will earn a Jeans’ Pass for Wednesday, November 8.  We ask the preschoolers to do a good deed at home to earn the "food item" for the food pantry…thank you for your help!

Thursday, November 16, the Preschool classes will be hosting a Thanksgiving Prayer Service in the church and our Thanksgiving Feast in Servant Hall.  We are limited in space, so we will only be able to accommodate one parent at the actual feast.  HOWEVER, everyone is welcome to join us in the Church at 8:30 a.m. for our Preschool Thanksgiving Prayer Service and Song Festival.  We will begin the morning with NO carpool.  Please take your preschooler to the church at 8:15 am and join us for our special service…not a Mass celebration.  We plan to begin our program promptly at 8:30 on Thursday morning.  Then, immediately after the service we will walk over to Servant Hall for our Feast.  Please provide your own babysitting for younger siblings.  November 16 will be a regular Preschool day with the Prayer Service in the morning.  Preschool will be dismissed at our regular hours.  However, you are free to take your preschooler home after the feast.

Preschoolers will be participating in the Grandparents' Day celebration at STM.  This special day is Friday, November 17 from 7:45 to 11:00 am.  School is in session a half day.  All students will be dismissed at 11:00 am.  Friday will be a special Preschool day with the students arriving for our 7:40 am carpool line and then attending Mass.  After Mass is celebrated, the preschoolers will be first to come up on the altar to sing to the grandparents in the congregation…immediately after the preschoolers sing, we will take our preschoolers back to the Preschool classrooms.  The grandparents (if they have no other siblings in the church) are welcome to exit the church and go to Servant Hall and have refreshments). Then the grandparents may walk over to the Preschool building to pick-up their grandchild and take them into room 1 in the Preschool building for a photo.  The preschooler will be dismissed to the grandparent when they arrive to the Preschool building.

Saturday, November 4 Daylight Savings Time ends - Turn your clocks back before you go to bed…you fall backwards!!!

Mark your calendars now, the next Spirit Night is scheduled for November 14th at Napoli Pizza and Pasta located at 5266 Beechnut…one of my favorite Italian restaurants!

Fr. Joseph is traveling to the Holy Land.  He has offered to take our special intentions with him on this journey.  Please send your special prayer intentions in to the Preschool by Monday, November 6th.

November 20 through 24 – NO Preschool…Thanksgiving Holidays


October 25, 2017 News...
Thank You, Thank You to all who came out and had dinner on Monday evening and supported the STM Spirit Night at Escalantes – my dinner was delicious and the Tres Leches was amazing…the school earned $500 from your purchases!

HALLOWEEN, Tuesday, October 31, the Preschoolers will parade in their class-made costumes in the Old Gym at 8:30 am.  We will begin promptly at 8:30 am.  You are welcome to join us for this fun event.  The children will also sing a few Halloween songs after they parade into the gym.  Please do NOT send your child to school in their own Halloween costume…they will wear the ones made at school.  This is also our weekly Spirit Day so they may choose to wear spirit clothes instead of the school uniform.  We will put the class made costumes over their clothing for the Halloween Parade.

Wednesday, November 1, is All Saints Day and we will be attending Mass.  Please send your preschooler to school in their dress uniform on Wednesday.  We will NOT celebrate Mass on Friday, November 3…the children may wear the casual uniform to school Friday. 

Friday, November 3 is early dismissal at 11:45 am and then scheduled conferences will begin at 1 pm.  Please see the attached Parent-Teacher Conference Schedule and let us know as soon as possible if you are able to attend your assigned conference time on Friday, November 3, 2017.

STM VETERANS’ WALL OF HONOR is back! Early November we will be decorating the Preschool with our annual Veterans’ Wall Memorial. Please begin to gather the names and/or photos of your loved ones who are serving or have served in the armed forces.  Complete the attached flyer by November 3, 2017 and send to your child’s homeroom teacher - BE SURE TO NOTE IF YOUR HONOREE IS CURRENTLY SERVING!  Photos are welcome, and will be returned to you if they are clearly marked, but please send in the person’s name even if a picture is not available.  If you have any questions, contact Mrs. Normann-Petersen at cnormannpetersen@stmorenews.com

Mark your calendars for:
Sunday, November 5 at 2 am Daylight Savings Time ends - Turn your clocks back before you go to bed on Saturday…you fall backwards.
Thursday, November 16 – Preschool Thanksgiving Praise and Worship Service and Feast
Friday, November 17 – Grandparents’ Day from 7:45 to 11:00 am
November 20 through 24 – NO Preschool…Thanksgiving Holidays
Friday, December 8 - Parents’ Night Out and STM Kids’ Night In…this Steps Fundraiser is hosted by the Preschool and Primary Teachers from 6 to 8:30 pm…more info soon.

WIN HOUSTON ASTROS WIN!!!


Dear Parents,
My name is Ian Novak, an STM alumni. I am building planter boxes for the Preschool students to use in their science classes as my Eagle Project. To pay for lumber and the gardening soil necessary for the project, I am asking for donations. Any donation is helpful, but for donations of $75 or more, a sign with the donator's name will be put near the four boxes in the Preschool Playground.  All donations will go towards the planter boxes.

Email me at itnovak19@mail.strakejesuit.org if you want to donate, or drop off a check at the Preschool office. Please make the check out to St. Thomas More and put it in an envelope that says Eagle Project.

Thank you,

Ian Novak



Veteran’s Wall of Honor 

Name: ________________________________________________

Branch: _______________________________________________


Years Enlisted:__________________________________________

War: __________________________________________________

Awards/Honors Received: _________________________________

Related to(student name): _________________________________

Relationship: ___________________________________________


Please complete the form above and return to the school office by Friday, November 3rd. Contact Mrs. Normann-Petersen at cnormannpetersen@stmorenews.com  with any questions. Please indicate if the veteran’s are currently deployed/serving, were POW, KIA or MIA, on the back of the form.  



October 23, 2017 NEWS FLASH...

ASTRO SPIRIT DAY TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24 - CHEER OUR HOUSTON ASTROS ON BY WEARING AN ASTROS SHIRT OR AN ORANGE SHIRT WITH UNIFORM BOTTOMS!!!


GO ASTROS!

October 18, 2017 NEWS...

Thank you, thank you to all who contributed to the success of this year's Oktoberfest!

We could not do this without all of our wonderful students and their families, teachers and staff, weekend volunteers, booth sponsors, raffle ticket sellers, and those who donated to the rummage sale, plant booth, stuffed animal booth, delicious treats to the sweet shop, cake walk and candy booth. Most of all we thank everyone who came out to enjoy the fellowship of this day. Watch this memo in upcoming weeks for a final amount raised.  Congratulations on a job well done to all students for selling Oktoberfest Raffle Tickets.  As a school community we sold $37,000.00 in raffle tickets…this is absolutely amazing!  

Our top selling families are:   1st place - The Kinsel Family, 2nd place - Tamayo Family, 3rd place - The Vodehnal Family…thank you, thank you!!!   

Rafffle ticket winners:

1st place -- $5000 Visa gift card – Mrs. King -Ticket sold by King Family
2nd place - $1500 Visa gift card – Ms. LeRoy - Ticket sold by the Carnes Family
3rd place - $1000 Visa gift card – Ms. Lopez - Ticket sold by the Lopez Family
4th place - $500 Target gift card - Mr. Mancilla - Ticket sold by Mancilla Family
5th place - $300 Target gift card - Mr. Marsh -Ticket sold by Marsh Family
First place ticket was sold by a new STM family with a preschooler and a Kindergartner  – Congrats!!!

October 19 at 7:30 pm come to the first Mom’s Night Out at Napoli – you may order half price appetizers and desserts and have a chance to meet STM moms for a relaxing evening.

Friday, October 20, we will distribute the 1st Quarter Report Cards via email using the addresses available in Renweb.  We will also print out a hard copy for our Preschool families.  A teacher letter will accompany the report cards informing you that the preschoolers will work on these skills all year – and it also gives you an explanation of the grade coding for the skills.  We look forward to seeing you at the scheduled Parent / Teacher conferences on Friday, November 3 to discuss your child’s progress and to address any concerns…more info on conferences soon.

Please join our Tiger Football team for their GHCAA 6 Man Football Division Championship Game this Saturday, Oct 21at St. Thomas High School, located at 4500 Memorial Dr, 77007. Kickoff is at 9:00am in the stadium. Plan to come out for a fun fall football game and cheer our Tigers onto victory!

K of C Free Family Movie Night and popcorn this Saturday, October 21 from 7:30-9 pm  bring your own lawn chair!

SPIRIT DAY… Monday, October 23 all day, Escalantes on Beechnut in Meyerland will give a portion of the proceeds from sales to STM…BRING THE FLYER and enjoy a delicious meal.

HALLOWEEN is  Tuesday, October 31...the Preschoolers will parade in their class-made costumes in the Old Gym at 8:30 am.  You are welcome to join us for this fun event – the children will also sing some Halloween songs!!!  Please do NOT send your child to school in a Halloween costume…they will wear the ones made at school.

Mark your calendars for the 1st Annual Tiger Family Camp Out on Friday November 10th on the big St. Thomas More Field…please see the flyer that was sent home today for more information and for the registration form.


October 4, 2017 NEWS...

KC Fish Fry, this Friday, October 6 in Prinster from 5pm-8pm (or until they sell out).

Monday, October 9 – NO SCHOOL…teacher in-service…student holiday.

Do you have raffle tickets to sell and don't know what to do? There are parishioners that want that winning ticket. All you have to do is show up after the Masses Oct. 7 and 8. Bring your tickets, a pen, an envelope or something to put your tickets and money in and wear this year’s purple Oktoberfest t-shirt or your school uniform. We need students at all Masses this weekend: 5:00 pm Saturday, and then 7:30, 9:00, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm on Sunday. A parent or an adult must be with the students .  Please contact Mrs.Warner at kwarner@stmorenews.com for which Mass you will be coming to sell tickets…thank you.  The Preschoolers are praying for 100% participation in selling raffle tickets…Preschool Goal is $6,000. Currently, we have collected $2100…only $3900 more to go…sell, sell, sell.

PLEASE, Help needed – have you signed up to work a shift at Oktoberfest???  We need YOU!!!  The Stuffed Animal Booth and the Sweet Shoppe are looking for volunteers on OKTOBERFEST Sunday, Oct 15 – please see the attached flyer!  We are also looking for baked sweets (either home-made or store bought – please label if they have nuts) for the Sweet Shoppe.  You may bring these baked goodies to school on Friday, October 13 when you drop-off your preschooler in the morning or at pick-up in the afternoon…or you may drop them off at the Scout House (Sweet Shoppe) anytime on Sunday during Oktoberfest - we appreciate all your help!

We are still accepting donations for the Beth Yeshuran Preschool:  floor puzzles, manipulatives, magna blocks, duplo legos and toys.  They recently held a book drive, so no books are needed at this time.  Thank you for your help.

From the Business Office, payments for Early Bird and Cafeteria Accounts can be made on the school website, https://stthomasmore-school.org/school-payments
When charging, please put your child’s name in the subject line.

OCTOBER IS FIRE SAFETY MONTH...please see the info from our special visitors at Fire Station 82 located under the Preschool Fun Facts.

OKTOBERFEST HELP NEEDED:

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