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January 13, 2022 Parent Newsletter

 

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UPCOMING DATES

Friday, January 14
ODD Schedule
Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas All-School Mass celebrated by Archbishop Naumann 9:45 AM


Monday, January 17
NO SCHOOL
OFFICES CLOSED


Tuesday, January 18
9:15 AM START
Faculty Faith Formation
EVEN Schedule


Wednesday, January 19
9:15 AM START
Faculty Meetings
ODD Schedule
Washington DC March for Life


Thursday, January 20
EVEN Schedule
Washington DC March for Life


Friday, January 21
ODD Schedule
Washington DC March for Life

 

ADMINISTRATION

IMPORTANT COVID UPDATES & REMINDERS

Saint Thomas Aquinas is doing all we can to continue to provide a healthy environment for our students and faculty. This is a team effort and we need to make sure we are all understanding the parameters that must be followed. Please take the time to read the information below. It is the responsibility of everyone to follow these guidelines.

INFORMATION

  • REMINDER: If you have tested, you may not return to school until test results are known. Please call the attendance office at 913-319-2415 to inform the school you are waiting for test results (this absence will not count against the waiver). Proof of a negative test is needed to return to school.  
  • See below for protocol for positive tests and close contact.
  • Please call the school if you have any questions or we can help in any way.

 POSITIVE CASES

  • Regardless of vaccination status, an infected person needs to quarantine for 5 full days. 
  • If asymptomatic or symptoms are resolving after 5 days and a person is fever free for 24 hours, without the use of fever reducing medications, they can return to school/activities but must wear a mask for 5 days

CLOSE CONTACT TO AN INFECTED PERSON

  • Boosted or fully vaccinated individuals with Pfizer/Moderna within the last 6 months or Johnson & Johnson within the last two months do NOT have to stay home and should wear a mask around others for 10 days. They should get tested on day 5 if exposure.
  • For persons who are unvaccinated OR have completed the primary series of Pfizer/Moderna vaccine over 6 months ago and are not boosted OR have completed the primary series of Johnson & Johnson over 2 months ago and are not boosted, need to stay home for 5 days. After 5 days, they may return to activities but will need to wear a mask for 5 days. All individuals should get tested on day 5 of exposure.
  • If a student has tested positive within the last 90 days, they do NOT have to stay home but should wear a mask for 10 days.

WAIVER:

  • ALL ABSENCES RELATED TO COVID WILL NOT COUNT AGAINST THE WAIVER.    
 
ALL SCHOOL MASS WITH ARCHBISHOP NAUMANN
Friday, January 14, 2022, at 9:45 AM 

Saint Thomas Aquinas High School’s Annual Mass presided over by Archbishop Joseph Naumann will be on Friday, January 14, 2022, at 9:45 AM. The All-School Mass will also be a celebration of the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas. Immediately following Mass a reception will be held in the Learning Commons. If you plan to attend the Mass, we hope you will join us to meet & greet Archbishop Naumann.
 
RSVP FOR ARCHBISHOP NAUMANN RECEPTION
FAITH & SERVICE
History Club Coat Drive and Cause Day 

There is no school Monday, January 17 in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. To honor  King’s legacy in serving others and to reflect the nationally adopted motto, “a day on, not a day off,” the One Nation Under God History and Civic Engagement Club is sponsoring a coat drive. Please send in gently used coats, hats, and mittens next week (1/17-1/21) for Catholic Charities to help settle and support refugees in the Kansas City area.  In addition, students may bring $5 on Friday, January 21 to wear jeans or sweats with spiritwear in support of this cause. Contact club president, Thomas Kluck, or faculty sponsor, Mrs. Cloues, with any questions. Thanks for your support!
 

ACADEMICS

Current Student Enrollment
Online enrollment for the 22-23 school year will be open from January 5 through January 31, 2022. The enrollment fee is $250. In addition to enrolling in Skyward you must also complete financial enrollment in FACTS by choosing the tuition payment plan option for the 22-23 school year that best fits your family budget. Thanks in advance if you have already completed the enrollment process. Please contact Dawn Bellau at 913-319-2408 or [email protected] if you have any questions.


Financial Assistance Grants for the 2022-23 School Year
NOTE: All returning and new families MUST submit their application by January 15, 2022, to be considered for the 2022-23 school year. 
Returning families must re-submit each school year.

CLICK HERE to access the FACTS Financial Assistance Portal and Application

Saint Thomas Aquinas uses FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment, an independent, outside provider, to collect and objectively evaluate each family’s financial need. We are only able to review completed applications. An application is considered complete when an applicant fills out the application and uploads all 2020 tax documentation, including a 2021 W-2. The application charge is $35.00 per family, payable by credit card at the end of the session.




Saint Thomas Aquinas App

The Saint Thomas Aquinas app is now ready to download.

Apple App Store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/saint-thomas-aquinas-hs/id1599372071

Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.stasaints.mobileup

Through the app, you can access our website, calendars, parent newsletters, social media, etc. You will also have the ability for push notifications for last minute schedule changes, snow days, and emergency contacts. We are starting with a basic interface and we will continue to add more content and update pages accordingly.

Right now, you do not need to log into the app to see all of the content.

If you have any ideas you would like to add to the app, please email
 Bryan Thrasher

 

UPCOMING PARENT EVENTS


Trivia Challenge

Due to the rising number of people with COVID-19, we are POSTPONING the Trivia Challenge until March 26, 2022. MARK YOUR CALENDARS and SAVE THE DATE! If you have any questions, please contact Sam Paradise.

 

STUDENT LIFE

Performing Arts
We wish our Saintsations and Swingin’ Saints Show Choirs good luck as they start off their show choir competition this Saturday January 15, 2022 at Blue Valley High School! There is an open Show Choir Preview Night in our STA Theater Thursday, 1/13/22 from 7:00-9:00 PM, please join us!


Parents of Senior Students – National Letter of Intent Signing Ceremony at Saint Thomas Aquinas High School
Parents, please encourage your Senior student who would like to participate in a mock signing ceremony on Wednesday February 2, 2022, 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.


Fun Spectator Opportunities at Saint Thomas Aquinas High School
Thursday, January 13, 2022 
STA vs Bishop Miege - Freshman Boys A Team at 6:00 PM in the Main Gym
STA vs Bishop Miege – Freshman Boys B Team at 7:30 PM in the Main Gym

Tuesday, January 18, 2022
5:30 PM STA Boys JV Basketball vs Crossroads Preparatory Academy in the Main Gym
6:00 PM – STA Girls Basketball C Team vs Bishop Miege in the Aux Gym
7:00 PM – STA Boys Varsity vs Crossroads Preparatory Academy in the Main Gym
Students, bring your Student ID for free admission! Ticket prices for JV/Varsity are: $7 per adult/$5 per student (K-12).  
NOTE:  There will be no charge for the 6:00 PM Girls Basketball game held in the Aux Gym.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022
STA vs KIPP Legacy - Freshman Boys B Team at 6:00 PM in the Main Gym
STA vs Barstow – Freshman Boys A Team at 7:30 PM in the Main Gym



Student Planners and Student IDs
If your son/daughter has lost their Student Planner and/or Student ID, they may purchase a new one for $5. Students may visit the Saint Thomas Aquinas High School Student Life Office located in Senior Hallway for assistance.

 
ADDITONAL INFORMATION
 
UPDATE CONTACT INFORMATION

If you are a current parent and need to update your contact information, please contact:
Dawn Bellau
913-319-2408

[email protected]