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December 9, 2021 Parent Newsletter

 

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UPCOMING DATES

Friday, December 10
9:15 AM START
Faculty Meetings
ODD Schedule
Christmas Market - 5:00 PM


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


Monday, December 13
EVEN Schedule

Tuesday, December 14
ODD Schedule
NHS Wrapping Party - STA Period


Wednesday, December 15
NOON DISMISSAL
EVEN Schedule


Thursday, December 16
NOON DISMISSAL
ODD Schedule
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Christmas Play - 7:00 PM


Friday, December 17
SEMESTER EXAMS
1. 8:00 - 9:35 AM
2. 9:45 - 11:15 AM
Yearbook Senior Ad Deadline
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Christmas Play - 7:00 PM


Monday, December 20
SEMESTER EXAMS
4. 8:00 - 9:35 AM
5. 9:45 - 11:15 AM
BREAK 11:15 - 11:45 AM
6. 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM


Tuesday, December 21
SEMESTER EXAMS
7. 8:00 - 9:35 AM
8. 9:45 - 11:15 AM

 

A LETTER FROM PRINCIPAL CRAIG MOSS


Dear Parents and Students,

Wow! The first basketball games of the season last Friday were one of my favorite nights of the school year so far. There have been many great moments, but the way our student body engaged with each other and the game was simply magnificent! A couple of times I literally had goosebumps and couldn’t believe the growth that I’ve seen from our student body this year...

READ MORE HERE
 

ACADEMICS

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 AM

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.

 
A NOTE FROM DR. SULLIVAN ABOUT FINALS

Dear Parents,

As the semester winds down and we head into finals I wanted to share a few things with you about our finals schedule. We have had a great semester. Thanks for all your cooperation and help to keep our kids safe.  

Finals Details:
We will have a Noon dismissal on both December 15 and 16. Teachers will have office hours from 12:45 PM-3:00 PM and be available to help students prepare for finals if needed. No lunch will be served on either day.
  • The last day of 1st semester is December 16. Finals are on December 17, 20 and 21. 
    • Friday, December 17, Hours 1 & 2.  School begins at 8am and ends at 11:15 AM.  
    • Monday, December 20, Hours 4, 5 & 6. School begins at 8:00 AM and ends at 1:10 PM. There will be a 30 minute lunch break between finals 5 and 6. Lunch will be served in the cafeteria during this time.  
    • Tuesday, December 21, Hours 7 & 8.  School begins at 8am and ends at 11:15 AM. 
If your son/daughter does not have a final for a particular class they do not have to report to that period. So if they use a waiver or have an exemption they do not have to report to that class. If they are in the building and no final they may study in the Learning Commons or Commons.
  • Cell Phones, Smart Watches and Devices will not be allowed in finals. Please review that with your son/daughter.  
  • Second semester classes will begin on January 5 with an “A” Schedule.
As always don't hesitate to call if you have any questions.

Have a Blessed Christmas
Mike Sullivan, Ed.D.
 
SAVE THE DATE
MASS WITH THE ARCHBISHOP

Saint Thomas Aquinas High School’s annual mass presided over by  Archbishop Joseph Naumann will be on Friday, January 14, 2022, at 10:00 AM The all-school mass will also be a celebration of the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas. After the New Year, a form will be available for RSVPs to the reception held immediately after the Mass in the Learning Commons. If you plan to attend the Mass, we hope you will consider joining us to meet & greet Archbishop Naumann. 
 

STUDENT LIFE

Performing Arts Calendar!
Thursday, December 9, 2021
Saint Thomas Aquinas High School Band and Choirs invite you to a Christmas Concert tonight at 7pm in the Theater!  Sounds of the Christmas Season will be enchanting as performed by our Band and all STA Choirs.  The concert is free and starts at 7pm in the Theater.


December 16 and 17, 2021
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!

CHRISTMAS PLAY TICKETS
The Traveling Saints!
Please keep our traveling Saints in your prayers for safe travels and wish them well:
December 9-11, 2021 - Our Saint Thomas Aquinas High School Wrestling Team travels to Council Bluffs Iowa for the Council Bluffs Wrestling Classic.


Fun Spectator Opportunities at Saint Thomas Aquinas High School!
Monday, December 13, 2021 
STA Basketball vs Olathe East in the Main Gym
6:00 PM – Freshman A Boys
7:30 PM – Freshman B Boys

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 
STA Girls Basketball vs Sumner Academy in the Main Gym
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: $7.00 per adult/$5.00 per student (K-12).  

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 
STA Basketball vs Basehor-Linwood in the Main Gym
6:00 PM – Girls C Team
7:30 PM – Girls JV
 

2nd Annual Saints Christmas Market 2021
At Saint Thomas Aquinas High School Commons
11411 Pflumm Road Overland Park, KS 66215

Friday, December 10 from 5:00 to 9:00 PM
And
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)

Shop local and shop with friends and families of Saint Thomas Aquinas Christmas Market in the Commons this Friday, Dec. 10 from 5:00-9:00 PM and Saturday from 1:00-4:00 PM. 

It's an eclectic group of vendors, some you will recognize, like the Spirit Shop, and many that you will really appreciate getting to know. Come for a fun night out and bless small businesses this Christmas season.