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February 24, 2022 Parent Newsletter

 
 

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UPCOMING DATES

Friday, February 25
ODD Schedule
April ACT Deadline

Parent Social After the Game

Saturday, February 26
Class of 2026 Parent Student Orientation 9:00 AM

Monday, February 28
A Schedule
Spring Sports 1st Day of Practices


Tuesday, March 1
EVEN Schedule
Class of 2026 Orientation Makeup Session 5:45 PM


Wednesday, March 2
ODD Schedule
Ash Wednesday All School Mass 10:00 AM


Thursday, March 3
EVEN Schedule

Friday, March 4
ODD Schedule

 

A LETTER FROM PRESIDENT SCHENCK


Dear Parents and Students,

My family kept our Nativity scene up very late this year. We just placed it back in storage last week. I can’t speak for the rest of my family, but I got lazy and didn’t want to get the box from the basement...

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FAITH & SERVICE

Yesterday you received an email about the Guardian Angel Fund, the source for helping families experiencing an unforeseen hardship meet their annual tuition commitment, allowing their students to remain in Catholic education without interruption. Visit Guardian Angel Fund for more information, to make a gift or contact President Schenck 
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40 DAY FOR LIFE
Service Hours

TEAM- SERVICE PROJECT!
OR - Pick an hour that works best for you!
Our day for Service & Love through Prayer is Sunday, March 6th
An adult (parent or coach) is needed with each group of students, please.
There are currently 6 1-hour time slots available.

Date:  March 6th
Time:  Any 1-hour time slot from 7:00am to 6:00 pm
Place:  On College Blvd, just West of Roe - in front of an abortion clinic that does Dismemberment Abortions.  The clinic is Not Open on Sundays.
Purpose: To take a Stand & Pray for
1)  Women who are afraid & in crisis - 
2)  Healing for women who have had an abortion.
Corporal Service Hours:  1.5 hours
SIGN UP HERE: bit.ly/STAforlife
 
ADMINISTRATION

We are so excited to welcome the Class of 2026 to Orientation this Saturday, February 26. If you have an incoming freshman and have not received your yard sign, it will be available that day for pick up in the Commons. Remember to share your pictures with your sign with #Saintsclassof2026 to be featured on our social media!

2022-2023 Tuition and Fees
Saint Thomas Aquinas High School was built through the efforts and sacrifices of thousands of area families. We want Saint Thomas Aquinas to continue to be an affordable place for families to send their children for a quality, faith-filled Catholic secondary education...
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2022-2023 Anchor Dates
 Below are the Anchor Dates for the 2022-2023 school year. While we don’t anticipate having to make any changes to these dates, they are subject to change.
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WPA Pictures
We had a great time last week at WPA. If you are interested in seeing the pictures Michele Gress took at the dance, you can see them all here. 
CLICK HERE FOR WPA PICTURES
 
ACADEMICS
What perfectionism is doing to teens, what to know about test optional admissions
 
HIGH SCHOOL
 
Trying to be “Perfect” is Killing Our Teens and We’re to Blame

A 7.0 GPA!? (Yes, that exists, but we’ll get to that later.)

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PARENTING
 
To My Friend Whose Daughter Has Betrayed Mine

Seeing our children hurt is always a gut-punch. But as parents we know that it’s inevitable.

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OFF TO COLLEGE
 
Professor Offers Best Advice for College Freshmen
I put together a top-ten list of advice for college freshmen based on my years as a professor and the advice of colleagues and former students. 
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COLLEGE ADMISSIONS
 
College Admissions: Grown and Flown 

3/1 Beth Heaton, Former admissions officer University of Pennsylvaniacollege admissions consultant Bright Horizons, how to research colleges to create a college list

Ask your questions during the live (or email us in advance) and the experts will answer you. These are all at 8 PM ET but are available to be watched at any time. 
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Fiske Guide to Colleges (2022) 
 
See why Fiske Guide to Colleges (2022), now in a 38th edition, is the top college admissions guidebook recommended by experts and college counselors. If you plan to buy just one book to help your family through the college admissions process, THIS is the one.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

BUY TICKETS FOR TRIVIA CHALLENGE
WINTER FINALE

Please join us for the STA Dance Team's annual Winter Finale showcase on Saturday, February 26 at 7:00 PM in the Main Gym! The Spirits have been working incredibly hard on this show since October developing the theme of "Spirits Night Live!" celebrating their favorite TV shows from childhood. We will be showcasing all of our crowd-favorite and award-winning routines, as well as brand new routines and guest performances. This is your last chance to see the Spirits before they head to Denton TX to represent the Saints at Nationals! 
 
Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students at the door.
 
Reach out to Coach Tara Yantis ([email protected]) with any questions. 

 
 

Parent Social
The Parent Guild would like to invite you to our Parent Social on Friday, February 25 in the Auxiliary Gym. Come cheer on all the basketball teams as they face Blue Valley High School!!  Games are as follows:
 
4:00 Girls J.V.
4:00 Boys J.V.
5:30 Girls Varsity
5:30 Boys C Team
7:00 Girls C Team
7:00 Boys Varsity
 
When the games are complete, join us for socializing, snacks and beverages. We would love to see you there!


March Parent Guild Meeting 
Any Saint Parent is welcome to attend a meeting, as every Saint Parent is a member of Parent Guild. 

Our next meeting is Thursday, March 3, 2022 at 7:00 PM in the Learning Commons. There is a rosary at 6:30 held in the Chapel, before the meeting.
 
Each meeting lasts approximately an hour and we discuss past & upcoming Parent Guild Events, along with updates from Administration on the happenings around Saint Thomas Aquinas. 
 
We hope you can join us!!  If you have questions, please reach out to Jen & Greg Payne at
[email protected]

 

STUDENT LIFE

Spring Sports!
Information about STA School sponsored Spring Sports may be found:
Click here to access STA Athletic Programs

Information about STA Club Spring Sports may be found:
Click here to access STA Club Sports

Sports Physicals 
If your son/daughter is interested in trying out/participating in an STA Spring Sport, we must have a complete Physical file before February 28, 2022.  If you already turned in a sports physical for Fall and/or Winter, 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:
The Saint Thomas Aquinas High School Wrestling Team competes at the Kansas State 5-A Wrestling Meet at Hartman Arena in Park City, Kansas on February 25-26, 2022.  


Fun Spectator Opportunities at Saint Thomas Aquinas High School
Friday, February 25, 2022
4:00 PM – STA JV Girls Basketball vs Blue Valley High School in the AUX Gym
4:00 PM – STA JV Boys Basketball vs Blue Valley High School in the Main Gym
5:30 PM – STA Boys Basketball C Team vs Blue Valley High School in the AUX Gym
5:30 PM – STA Varsity Girls Basketball vs Blue Valley High School in the Main Gym – Senior Night for Girls Basketball!
6:30 PM – Senior Night for Girls Basketball and Boys Basketball right after the Girls Varsity Basketball game.
7:00 PM – STA Girls Basketball C Team vs Blue Valley High School in the AUX Gym
7:00 PM – STA Varsity Boys Basketball vs Blue Valley High School in the Main Gym – During Halftime, Senior Night for Band, Cheer & Dance
Students, bring your Student ID for free admission! Ticket prices for JV/Varsity are:  $7 per adult/$5 per student (K-12) for games played in the Main gym.  

Saturday, February 26, 2022
2:00pm – STA Varsity Rugby vs Bixby in the STA Stadium  

 
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]