St. Thomas More Cathedral School

PTO Newsletter - Volume 136 - November 13, 2015

Message from the President

Happy Friday!!


Please help spread the word (via your neighborhood listservs, etc.) about Sunday's OPEN HOUSE focused on Pre-K and Kinder programs. The Open House will start at 11 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. See the flyer below about this and future open house opportunities. Thank you to the parents who have stepped up to give tours of the school and talk about the programs.


Congratulations to the 8th graders (and their parents) who received the Sacrament of Confirmation this past Monday evening!


And a few friendly reminders about drop-off and pick-up:

1. We ask that you DO NOT exit onto George Mason drive and make the illegal U-Turn to go up the wrong way on Cathedral Lane to Thomas Street. Reportedly two vehicles attempted this today and put themselves AND other cars/walkers at risk. Parents, should you see a car do this wrong turn, please take a photo of the vehicle and report it to the school office.


2. Also, there are way too many families still trying to get around the correct pick-up procedures as well. Please get in line for either first or second pick-up. Parking in the Cathedral Lot, on Thomas Street, in the McDonalds lot, in the Cathedral's driveway, the Bishop's residence or anywhere else BUT the play lot is against the policies the school has in place. Thank you for keeping the safety of ALL of us in mind!


Have a great weekend!!


Kassie Stewart

PTO President

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Breakfast with Santa is December 5th!

Please join us for the annual STM Pancake Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 5th from 9am to 12noon in the STM cafeteria and Lee Hall. This year's breakfast with Santa includes fluffy buttermilk pancakes and sausage, a wide assortment of crafts and activities, the Little Elves Holiday Shop where kids can shop for the perfect present for Mom and Dad, holiday raffle baskets, and, of course, pictures with Santa himself.


Register!

Reserve your spot today! Click on this link to download and print the reservation form.

https://www.cathedralstm.org/data/files/gallery/School_File_Gallery/BWS_2015_Flyer_2.pdf Reservations for photo time slots with Santa are taken on a first come, first serve basis.


Volunteer!

Want to help? Click on the sign-up genius link below to see how you can help make this year's Breakfast with Santa a success!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4faca62ea0fd0-breakfast


Donate!

We're looking for raffle baskets, raffle items, and gift cards. Remember, every $15 spent counts as 1 volunteer hour. E-mail us at stmholidaybreakfast@gmail.com to coordinate your donation.

OPEN HOUSE - Sunday, November 15, 2015 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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Mark Your Calendars!

Thursday, November 19th is Spirit Night for STM at the Chick-fil-A at Seven Corners. Stop by between 5:30-7:30 p.m. for some yummy chicken with our other STM families. Because we will have two fundraisers so close together (December 2nd at Champps Restaurant), we will have one Dress Down Day granted to the kids who attend one event or the other. Dress Down Day will be December 7th.
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DONATE to the "Race to Space"

Funds will continue to be raised through December 31st.

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Volunteer Hours

The STM-PTO requests each family to volunteer 20 hours per school year in a wide variety of activities. We know some families are not able to do so and we offer an alternate of paying $300 for the school year instead. Each family is responsible for submitting their hours in the electronic Volunteer Service Hour Log Book via the STM webpage, or by clicking the button below.


IMPORTANT!

In order to be a volunteer within the school (pizza lunch, classroom helper, room parent) or for roles such as scout leader, sports coach, field trip chaperone, etc., you must be VIRTUS Trained. All hopeful volunteers must attend a "Protecting God's Children" session, and then fill out the appropriate background check/paperwork - available via the STM School office. Once the office has record of your session attendance, and the paperwork has been received, you are granted the ability to volunteer in the school. Family-based events (such as the International Festival, Breakfast with Santa and Hot Dog Bash) do not require Virtus Trained volunteers, as the children's parents are onsite. Questions? Contact Mimi Neubauer @ mneubauer@stmschool.org.


Visit www.virtusonline.org for training locations throughout Northern Virginia.

Check out Cupcakes Vienna at http://www.cupcakesvienna.com. Cupcakes Vienna donates 10% of STM sales to the PTO.
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