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September 9, 2021 Parent News

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September 9, 2021

UPCOMING DATES

Fri, Sep 10

ODD Schedule

Saints Annual Appeal Kickoff and BBQ 5:00-6:30 PM

Spirit Shop Open 5:00-7:00 PM

Student Back to School Mixer - After the game


Sat, Sep 11

ACT at Saint Thomas Aquinas - Senior and Freshman Hall


Mon, Sep 13

A Schedule


Tue, Sep 14

9:15 AM START - Faculty Faith Formation

EVEN Schedule


Wed, Sep 15

9:15 AM START - Faculty Meetings

ODD Schedule


Thu, Sep 16

EVEN Schedule


Fri, Sep 17

ODD Schedule

Deadline for October ACT

A LETTER FROM PRINCIPAL CRAIG MOSS

Dear Students and Parents,

I sat outside with my wife on an evening not long ago, with the colors of sunset creeping across the clear sky and the sounds of cicadas filling every crevice of silence. It seemed the night was void of anything else except for one squirrel who bounced back and forth from limb-to-limb…

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FAITH & SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

Washington DC March for Life Pilgrimage

DC March for Life Pilgrimage is being planned.  It will be Jan 20-22, 2022. We plan to attend the National March for Life, the National Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and Arlington Cemetery, see the Monuments, hope to get into some museums, watch and discuss the movie “Unplanned”, have daily mass and spiritual activities throughout the trip. This a a great way for the students to see we are not alone on our fight to end abortion in the US. The sign ups are for current Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors next week, Sept 13-15 with a $300 deposit (of an estimated $700 trip, final cost will be communicated when we have final student numbers and all expenses finalized). Teens for Life members exclusively can sign up on Mon., Sept 13 and then it opens to the rest of the student body Sept 14 &15. Information and sign up materials will be available in your students' Theology classes this week. Talk with your student if you think they may be interested.


COVID-19 may impact the length and events of the trip. We will do our best to plan accordingly, but if changes occur we cannot guarantee refunds.


Key Club Service

One of the pillars of Saint Thomas Aquinas is Service. Throughout the school year, students partake in many activities that allow them to serve...

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ACADEMICS

Picture Packages

Picture Packages are coming home soon-- be sure to check with your student! Packages were delivered this week to Saint Thomas Aquinas High School and are being distributed to your student during their STA period. They should be receiving them on Friday September 10.


Late-Start Days

In our calendar for the year, there are late-start days every other week.  We assure you we are not sleeping in, (though that may be nice) but rather are using the days as follows:

  • Faculty, Faith, Formation through School of Faith

Each school in the KCK Archdiocese devotes time for the faith formation of the faculty.  At Saint Thomas Aquinas, we take an hour every other week for this formation.  Additionally, there are half day sessions and retreats. This time is a gift that allows the faculty to continue to grow in their faith, connect with their colleagues, and finally and perhaps most importantly, we link our experiences during FFF to our instruction in a Catholic school. 

  • Professional Development

During the other late-start day, the administrators and teachers work together on professional development.  The format of these days include:

  • Department Meetings
  • Mandatory Trainings
  • Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)

Academic Support

As we continue to settle into the school year, we thought it was important to highlight again the suggested steps to take if your son/daughter is needing academic support:


Step 1 -- Student talks with teacher and creates plan to get help.

Step 2 -- Student and parent communicate with teacher.

Step 3 -- Student and parent communicate with teacher and department head.

Step 4 -- Student and parent communicate with teacher, department head, and administrator.


Study, Tutor, Assemble (STA)

Have you asked your son or daughter how they use the time during STA? If not, we recommend that you ask him or her. At the beginning of the period, there is “Communion of Saints” which is an intentional time where students can connect with one another as well as plan how to best use their time. There are many opportunities available for the students and a schedule is shown each day. A sample of a STA schedule is as follows:


ACTIVITY

TIME

LOCATION

Communion of Saints

9:45-10:00

Classrooms

Adoration & Reconciliation

10:05-10:30

Chapel

FROSH 101

Group 1: 10:05-10:30

Auditorium

Group 2: 10:35-11:00

Auditorium

Key Club

10:05

Room 147

Environmental Club

10:05

Room 220

Tutor Opportunities

10:00-11:00

Math Hub, Writing Lab, Teachers classroom

Make-up Testing

10:00-11:00

Counselor’s Office


Project Management Experience

The Client Project Management Experience is a project-based learning opportunity for students to engage in the process of managing a real business project from ideation to completion. Open to Sophomores thru Seniors.

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COUNSELING 

We Need Cupcakes!

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STUDENT LIFE

Student Back to School Mixer

Back-to-School Mixer

Friday, September 10, 2021

Starts immediately after the Football Game

Ends right at 10:30 PM.  

Must bring your student ID for admittance

The mixer is only for STA students.

Cost-FREE.


Homecoming

As I’m sure you know by now the Homecoming dance is Saturday, September 25 from 8:00-11:00 p.m. Since this is the first major dance of the year, I thought it would be a good idea to send out a few reminders.

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Athletic Events are Open to all

Athletic Events are Open to all.  Our only COVID specific requirement is for indoor events.  All Spectators, Coaches and Non-Players must wear masks during games held in our gymnasiums.  Masks are required for all AWAY Volleyball games too.


Student Ids are in!

Please ask your son/daughter if they have received their Saint Thomas Aquinas High School Student ID. If not, please ask them to stop by the Student Life Office located in Senior Hallway. Student IDs will get them in free to Saint Thomas Aquinas High School Home sporting events!  For Varsity AWAY games, they need to bring their Student ID with them in order to get the $5 student ticket price.


Masks are required on buses and school vehicles

If your son/daughter is riding on a school bus, a charter bus or a school van/suburban to a sporting event or a school field trip, please make sure that they bring a mask to wear.



Friday September 10, 2021 Fun Opportunities at STA!

5:00 PM – STA Varsity Volleyball vs. Skutt Catholic High School (Omaha, NE) in the Main Gym! Students, bring your Student ID for free admission! Ticket prices are: $7 per adult/$5 per student (K-12) Please bring your mask to wear in the Gym.

7:00 PM STA Varsity Football vs. Lutheran North High School (St. Louis, MO) in the Stadium!  Students, bring your Student ID for free admission, enter through the Pass Gate at the 3rd base dugout entrance. Ticket prices are: $7 per adult/$5 per student (K-12)  


Please note that HALO will also be streaming the game! The link to access HALO is:

https://youtube.com/STAHalo


Saturday September 11, 2021 Evening Cross Country Meet

A must see and opportunity to cheer on our Cross Country team! See attached course map.

The Olathe Twilight Cross Country Meet will be held at the Olathe District Activities Complex (20925 159th Street, Olathe, KS  66062). The High School races begin at 6:00 PM:

6:00 PM C Team Girls Race 5k 

6:45 PM C Team Boys Race 5k 

7:25 PM JV Girls Race 5k 

8:00 PM JV Boys Race 5k 

8:30 PM Varsity Girls Race 5k 

9:00 PM Varsity Boys Race 5k

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Cast of Grease

Congratulations to the students who auditioned for the upcoming STA Musical, “Grease”!  Looking forward to seeing you on the STA Theater Stage at performances November 4-7, 2021!

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PARENT SPECIAL EVENTS


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Make a gift to Saints Annual Appeal

Thermometer - $140,000/56%

With your gift, RSVP for the SAA Kickoff Tailgate which will be held on Friday, September 10 from 5:00-6:30 PM. Please RSVP.


Homecoming Tailgate

Friday, September 24, 2021

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Extravaganza

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Yearbook Ads


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