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October 14, 2021 Parent Newsletter

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UPCOMING DATES

Friday, October 15
Grandparents Day Mass - 10:00 AM
Middle School Tailgate - 5:00-6:30 PM


Monday, October 18
A Schedule

Tuesday, October 19
EVEN Schedule

Wednesday, October 20
ODD Schedule
Adoration with Archbishop Naumann - 10:00 AM


Thursday, October 21
9:15 AM START
Faculty Faith Formation
EVEN Schedule
Parent Guild Oktoberfest


Friday, October 22
9:15 AM START
StuCo Pancake Breakfast - 7:30-9:00 AM
ODD Schedule
Parent Mixer after the Football Game

 

A LETTER FROM PRESIDENT SCHENCK


Dear Parents and Students,

I want to thank you for the support and prayers for our students and our community over the past week or so.  I am working on an update that I will send out later this afternoon.  I understand it gets frustrating to wait for confirmed details when an investigation is ongoing.  Many of you are aware of the pain some of our students and alumni are experiencing...

CLICK HERE to read more...

 

FAITH & SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

Celebrate Grandparents:
Please join the faculty, staff, and students for Mass on Friday, October 15 at 10:00 AM. All personal invitations were mailed by Monday, October 11. A timeline and parking instructions can be found on the home page.
Link to Grandparents Mass page


Teens for Life - Respect Life Month Activity - Sunday Oct 24
40-Days for Life - Sunday Oct 24 is Saint Thomas Aquinas’ day to participate in this National Prayer campaign to make our community aware of the Abortion activity in our area and to encourage them to stand up and work to end abortion on demand. 
We would like you to participate with us. Bring your family, friends, encourage your student to participate and gather their own group of friends and teammates to take one hour on Sunday Oct 24th.  We have the hours from 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM to pray at the NW corner of College Blvd. and Roe Ave. We will have signs and prayer material for the hour. Each hour needs an adult to participate.
You and/or your student can sign up at the following link:  bit.ly/STAforlife 
Thank you for considering taking part in this prayer activity.  Questions? Contact Barb Loughman, Ryan Best or Jennifer Jones

Purses to Persevere
Hello STA Saints parents! My name is Issy Earp and I am a Senior at Saint Thomas Aquinas. I also am the Founder of Purses to Persevere KC, an organization that seeks to inspire and empower women to persevere through challenges in their lives by providing them with a beautiful handbag filled with essential care items. I started this organization my Sophomore year, and since, we have provided over 1,000 filled purses to women in and outside of the Kansas City area. These purses help encourage self-growth and restore confidence in these women that might have been lost in trying times. 

CLICK HERE to read more...

 

ACADEMICS

We want to remind you of all of the following ways students can access teacher and academic support:

  1. During STA:
    • Math HUB - a room staffed with two math teachers to provide tutoring and help with homework or studying
    • Writing Lab - a room staffed with an English teacher who can help with writing and papers
    • Meeting with specific teachers. Students have the ability to meet with their teachers during STA. It is recommended that they email their teachers and they will also need their planner to travel.
  2. Peer Tutors: We have a lengthy list of students who are available as peer tutors. Please contact Deb Castinado at [email protected] to request information.
  3. Teachers: As always, if your son or daughter is having academic problems, reaching out to his/her teacher should always be the first action.
 

ADMINISTRATION

Graduation Announcements
Graduation Announcement Orders from Balfour are due by October 29, 2021. Extra ordering packets are available in the main office at school. Payment in full or a $60 deposit is required when placing your order. You may also turn in order forms and deposits prior to October 29 to Mrs. Bellau in the Attendance Office.
After the group order deadline, orders must be placed through a late order program which may include special handling. If you cannot place your order at school, please place your order online at www.balfourkc.com.
Group order deadline: October 29, 2021

Uniforms
As the weather cools off, remember that only uniform sweaters and sweatshirts are allowed as part of the dress code. Please take a moment to review the items that are allowed. Also remember that you must have a uniform shirt under your sweater or 1/4 zip sweatshirt. All of these items can be purchased in the spirit shop.
Approved Sweatshirts

Approved Sweatshirts

*The sweatshirts come in a variety of colors but only these designs may be worn.
Additionally, here is a reminder of the dress code requirements regarding skirts and what is approved to wear under the skirts:

  • Color: khaki or navy
  • Style:
    • Hemmed no more than 5 inches from floor when kneeling
    • Tights/Leggings: solid navy or black color (no mesh, pattern, or flared style, etc.)
 

STUDENT LIFE


Grease Musical

November 4-7
This musical will be performed by our students at the Saint Thomas Aquinas High School Theater. Tickets are on sale now!

 

National Letter of Intent Signing Ceremony
Parents, please encourage your Senior student who would like to participate in a mock signing ceremony on Wednesday November 10, 2021, to please stop by the Student Life Office to get on our list of participants. The ceremony is for Senior student athletes who have committed to play a sport at the collegiate level. The ceremony will be held right after school in the Theater.

Sports Physicals 
If your son/daughter is interested in trying out/participating in an STA Winter Sport, we must have a complete Physical file before November 15, 2021. If you already turned in a sports physical for Fall, it is good for the entire school year.  
If you need to complete the forms and physical process, please use the link below to download the forms. Once the forms are completed, please turn them in to the Student Life Office (formerly known as the Athletic Office) located in Senior Hallway. Or you may also email them to Brigid Triggs at [email protected].
Click here to access Physical forms required


The Traveling Saints!
Please keep our traveling Saints in your prayers for safe travels and wish them well:
Girls Tennis State Qualifiers head to the Kansas 5-A State Tennis Championship in Emporia, Kansas October 14-16, 2021.
Girls Golf Varsity Team will travel to the Kansas 5-A State Golf Championship in Hutchinson, Kansas October 17-19, 2021.


Fun Spectator Opportunities at Saint Thomas Aquinas High School!
Thursday, October 14, 2021 
STA Boys Soccer vs Blue Valley West 
5:15 PM – JV at the STA Stadium
7:00 PM – Varsity at the STA Stadium
Students, bring your Student ID for free admission!  Ticket prices are:  $7 per adult/$5 per student (K-12).  
Friday, October 15, 2021
Please join the Middle School Tailgate prior to the Varsity Football Game!
7:00 PM – Varsity Football at the STA Stadium vs. Blue Valley Northwest
Students, bring your Student ID for free admission!  Ticket prices are:  $7 per adult/$5 per student (K-12).  
Saturday, October 16, 2021 
8:00 AM – JV Volleyball EKL Championship Tournament
9:00 AM – Boys Soccer C Team Tournament – STA Stadium
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 
STA Boys Soccer vs. Wichita Trinity Academy
5:15 PM – JV at the STA Stadium
7:00 PM – Varsity at the STA Stadium – STA Senior Night!
Students, bring your Student ID for free admission!  Ticket prices are:  $7 per adult/$5 per student (K-12).  

 

UPCOMING PARENT EVENTS


Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest is Thursday, October 21, 7:00 PM at Janna & Scott Maher’s home.

Parent Mixer
The Parent Guild would like to invite you to our fall Parent Mixer on Friday, October 22nd in the Commons. Come cheer on the Varsity Football team when they meet Blue Valley North for the final regular-season home game! Then join us for socializing, snacks and beverages. We would love to see you there!


Plan for the school’s largest fundraiser which benefits the activities that enrich our students beyond academic excellence. Extravaganza is Saturday, November 13th Start the evening at 5:30 p.m. with Commons Fun & Games, followed by a PB&J catered seated dinner, program & auction. The evening concludes with dancing to the sounds of KC’s most popular band KOKOMO.
 
Last night students assisted at the Extravaganza decorating workshop.