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November 18, 2021 Parent Newsletter



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Friday, November 19
ODD Schedule
Canned Food Drive Assembly

Monday, November 22
ODD Schedule
Thanksgiving All School Mass - 10:00 AM

Tuesday, November 23
EVEN Schedule

Wednesday, November 24

Thursday, November 25
Happy Thanksgiving

Friday, November 26



Financial Aid and Tuition
We believe that Catholic education is both a sound investment in your child’s future as well as a considerable financial commitment and responsibility. At Saint Thomas Aquinas, we are committed to making tuition affordable and accessible. We believe the cost of tuition should not deter a student from attending Saint Thomas Aquinas...



School Calendar
We have made it to November! With all the activities planned for this time of the year, time starts to move quicker and quicker as we approach the end of semester. Additionally, the stress of academics may start to rise. The school calendar was intentionally designed to allow students opportunities to focus on their studies, get help with teachers if need be, and to get a little extra rest when needed (think late-start days). Please help your son or daughter set some goals and then make a plan to manage their schedule during a time of the year that can be overwhelming. 
Please note that on December 15th and 16th we have noon dismissal. All teachers will have office hours in the afternoon and will be available to meet with students. Please have your son or daughter take action by contacting their teacher sooner than later if they need academic assistance.

Semester Exams, Exemptions, and Exam Waivers
Semester Exams will take place on December 17, 20, and 21st. Waivers are an option for some students who qualify. Below are the requirements necessary to receive a waiver. This information is also found in the Student Handbook (please note, COVID modifications have been made):
Students who have achieved mastery may be exempt from the semester assessment. 

Exemption and Waiver Policy 

1. Any student (Grades 9-12) with a Semester Grade of 96% or above, before the semester test(s), may be exempt. (This 96% does not include the additional five honors points) 
2. Any student achieving a Semester Grade of 86% or above is eligible to earn one (1) exam waiver for one (1) class if the following criteria is met: 
  • Missed no more than four days, or a total of four days in one semester. (16 block periods total. Block periods missed are added together.) Illness, medical appointments, vacations, personal absences and suspensions DO count against the waiver. School sponsored field trips, college visits and funerals are the only exceptions and will not count against the waiver.


  • Receives no more than two electronic violations in one semester 


  • Receives no more than two dress code detentions in one semester.
  • Also any student who is tardy to class more than three times will not be able to use their waiver in that particular class. All waivers and/or exemptions will be held until fines are paid and equipment is returned. 
3. In some disciplines, mastery of knowledge may be more appropriately measured through a cumulative project or portfolio. Therefore a waiver and/or exemption may not apply in these courses. 


Saints on the Road!
Please keep our traveling Saints in your prayers for safe travels and wish them well:
Dance Team will be competing in the KSHSAA State Game Day Dance Competition on Friday, November 19, 2021. The competition will be held at the Topeka-Stormont Vail Events Center, 1 Expocentre Drive, Topeka, KS. Fan Information may be found on KSHSAA’s website under KSHSAA Spirit Showcase. 
Varsity Football will be competing in a Sub-State post-season game with Mill Valley High School at Mill Valley HS Stadium on 11/19/21 at 7:00 pm. 
Cheer Team will be competing in the KSHSAA State Game Day Cheer Competition on Saturday, November 20, 2021. The competition will be held at the Topeka-Stormont Vail Events Center, 1 Expocentre Drive, Topeka, KS.  Fan Information may be found on KSHSAA’s website under KSHSAA Spirit Showcase. 

Winter Sports 
Basketball (Boys and Girls teams), Boys Swim and Wrestling Tryouts/Practices began on November 15, 2021. 
Link to information about Bowling Tryouts:

Optional Concussion Baseline Testing
Performance Rehab KC is the firm that Saint Thomas Aquinas High School utilizes for Athletic Trainers. Performance Rehab KC is now offering WAVI EEG Concussion Scans as a baseline and recovery management tool for brain injury.
This is an optional offering and is not required by the school for sports participation. Performance Rehab KC is hosting a Winter baseline testing event in December. Please see the attached PDF for additional information.
Questions, please contact Athletic Trainers Sam or CJ.
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What a magical and wickedly fun night!

595 guests, 5 priests, 30 faculty & staff, 58 dinner tables, 24 choir members, 15 band members, 24 alumni and parent volunteers, 40 Class of 2022 senior envoys, 24 choir members, 5 auctioneers, 2 fabulous emcees all under the direction of 6 creative General Chairs and 96 Steering Committee members.

Following the energetic Commons Fun & Games, guests witnessed a hilarious giveaway, a heartfelt video, and a match challenge delivered in President Schenck’s comments. Watch a special announcement for the Extravaganza proceeds reveal and how the funds will be used to improve the student & community experience.
A special thanks to all the underwriters, donors, and bidders who made Extravaganza a great success!

You can still benefit Extravaganza by participating in these Signup Parties!

The Holy Bowlers on Saturday, February 19, 2022 @ St. John’s Catholic Club in Strawberry Hill
Holy Bowlers Signup Party
$50 per person 
A fun-filled night for 75 lucky people: strikes, spares, gutter balls, and socializing with your fellow Saints. (25 spots left - 75 max!)
The evening starts in the Saints parking lot at 5:00 PM with an Arrow Stageline Motorcoach transport to the nostalgic St. John’s Catholic Club in Strawberry Hill.
Cash bar for beer & seltzers.
Wine, water and food provided.
4 hours of bowling
Motor coach leaves at 10:00 PM 

Beer, Brats & Bags Saturday, June 25, 2022 at the Novacek farm
Beer, Brats & Bags Tourney Entry & Watch Entry
Tourney Entry
Beer, Brats & Bags Party at Novacek Farm on June 25, 2022 @ 6:00 PM. This ticket includes an ENTRY into the Bags Tourney and unlimited food & beverages. $50 per person  17 spots left
Watch Entry:
Beer, Brats & Bags Party at Novacek Farm on June 25, 2022 @ 6:00 PM. Come cheer on your friends in the Bags Tourney. This ticket provides access to WATCH the Bags Tourney and unlimited food & beverages.$30 per person 
Donors: Chesley & Chris Jameson, Jenney & Chad Babcock, Patty & Joe Novacek, Stephanie & Jon Novacek, Tara & John Kammerer, Vicki & Dan Masker

Annual Mom's Ornament Exchange
hosted by the Parent Guild
Save the Date
Tuesday, December 7
7:00 PM
More Details to come!!

Saints Christmas Market 2021
At Saint Thomas Aquinas High School
11411 Pflumm Road Overland Park, KS 66215
Friday, December 10 from 5:00 to 9:00 PM
Saturday, December 11 from 1:00 to 5:00 PM
(ACT is taking place in the morning, so we will open at 1:00 PM)

Last year’s Christmas Market had such a positive response from vendors and customers, we are pleased to offer it again. And we are expanding to have a second day to sell items. Please let us know if you would like to sell at this year’s event.

Please contact Serena Price at [email protected] or call 913-319-2434 to reserve your spot, $25 per table.