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December 2, 2021 Parent Newsletter



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Friday, December 3
EVEN Schedule
2nd Semester Changes End
Winter Sports Assembly
Snowman Mixer - After the Game

Saturday, December 4
High School Placement and Scholarship Test - 8:30 AM

Monday, December 6
ODD Schedule

Tuesday, December 7
EVEN Schedule
Mom's Ornament Exchange - 7:00 PM

Wednesday, December 8
ODD Schedule
Feast of the Immaculate Conception All-School Mass - 10:00 AM

Thursday, December 9
Faculty Faith Formation
EVEN Schedule
Christmas Concert - 7:00 PM

Friday, December 10
Faculty Meetings
ODD Schedule
Christmas Market - 5:00 PM

Saturday, December 11
ACT at Saint Thomas Aquinas
Christmas Market - 1:00 PM



Dear Parents and Students,

The song the Twelve Pains of Christmas went through my head as I was “rigging up the lights” in the beautiful weather this past weekend. It was frustrating because a string of lights that worked at the end of last season only had half the lights working this season...

As the 2021-22 Saints Annual Appeal campaign moves into its final stretch, we are $40,000 away from our goal. Annual giving provides the cornerstone to budget, continue and grow student life activities at Saint Thomas Aquinas High School. To complete the $40K dash, we are appealing to our community of current & past parents and alumni to continue the Legacy of Success with a gift of any size
From faith and academics, student activities, athletics, and the arts, the Saints Annual Appeal provides opportunities to develop the whole student. While tuition covers classroom expenses, proceeds from the Saints Annual Appeal and Extravaganza fund student activities of which 88% of our students participate: 25 activities/clubs, retreats, and 20 athletic programs.


School Calendar
Final Exam Schedule:

Friday, December 17, 2021
1st hour: 8:00-9:35 AM
2nd hour: 9:45-11:15 AM

Monday, December 20, 2021
4th hour: 8:00-9:35 AM
5th hour: 9:45-11:15 AM
Break: 11:15-11:45 AM
6th hour: 11:45 AM-1:15 PM

Tuesday, December 21, 2021
7th hour: 8:00-9:35 AM
8th hour: 9:45-11:15

Wednesday, December 22, 2021
Exam make-up day (if necessary due to unforeseen circumstances)

Students who need to change the time of a final exam
Although we expect that students will take final exams on the days and times scheduled, we recognize that occasionally a student’s travel plans may give rise to a need for a change. In that event, a parent must notify Mr. Moss of the necessity. He will work with the student to complete the change of final exam form and complete the process. We DO NOT allow students to move final exams so that they can go to work or so they can complete the final exam process sooner.

Noon Dismissal Days
December 15 and 16 will be noon dismissal days with teachers available to work with students from 12:45 to 3:00 PM. Any student who needs help with material should contact their teacher to arrange to meet them at that time. Also, please remember that resources such as the math lab and writing lab are available to help students be successful. If you have questions about those resources, please contact Mrs. CastinadoMrs. DiCarlo, or Mr. Moss and they will try to answer them.



Performing Arts Calendar!
Saint Thomas Aquinas High School Performing Arts is presenting The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Christmas Play on December 16 and 17. What a great way to get into the Christmas Spirit! Please use this link to purchase tickets to this family-friendly play! It will be performed by our students at the Saint Thomas Aquinas High School Theater at 7:00 PM each evening. Tickets are on sale now!

Dance Mixer after the Game!
This Friday, 12/3/21, there will be a Snowman Mixer held in the Commons for all Saint Thomas Aquinas High School students. The Mixer will start shortly after the Boys Varsity Basketball game ends.  The Mixer will end at 10:30pm.  Students, bring your Student ID.

Athletic Events are Open to all
Athletic Events are Open to all. Currently we are mask-optional for Winter Sports. 

Fun Spectator Opportunities at Saint Thomas Aquinas High School!
Friday, December 3, 2021 
STA Basketball vs Barstow in the Main Gym
5:00 PM – Boys JV 
6:30 PM – Girls Varsity
8:00 PM – Boys Varsity 
Students, bring your Student ID for free admission! Ticket prices are:  $7 per adult/$5 per student (K-12).  

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 
STA Girls Basketball vs St. Teresa’s Academy in the Main Gym
4:00 PM – Girls C Team – no admission charge
5:30 PM – Girls Junior Varsity
7:00 PM – Girls Varsity
Students, bring your Student ID for free admission! Ticket prices for JV/Varsity are:  $7 per adult/$5 per student (K-12). 

Annual Mom's Ornament Exchange
hosted by the Parent Guild
Tuesday, December 7
7:00 p.m.

At the Festive Home of:
Karen & Rick Oddo
3747 West 117th Terrace
Leawood, KS 66211

Bring a $15 ornament to exchange. Join us for a great evening of food, friendship, and fun.

Last names A-H: Bring an Appetizer
Last name I-R: Bottle of White Wine
Last name S-Z: Dessert

Important Parking Instructions: Street parking is limited. Park on the North side of Church of the Nativity parking lot and from the lot, walk through the split in the wall and enter through the gate to the Oddo home.

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.