St. Thomas More Cathedral School

PTO Newsletter - Vol. 124 - June 12, 2015

Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2015 and best of luck on your paths ahead!

In This Issue

Message from the President

PTO Board Officer Announcement

School Supplies Order

Teacher Appreciation Volunteer THANK YOU!

2016 Spring Auction Date and Theme!!


Soccer Kicks and STM

STM Student Directory

Message from the PTO President

Happy Last Day of School!!

As the 2014/15 school year comes to an end, I want to let you all know that I have had such a fun time being your PTO President and how much I have appreciated the words of encouragement and notes of thanks I received from some of you throughout the year. I'm extremely thankful for the parental involvement and the increase in volunteerism. Volunteerism builds community, and based on the amount of people who attended and volunteered for the last PTO event of the year, I'm certain that we are a stronger force today than we were in September. I'm looking forward to serving as President again in 2015/16.

This past Monday we celebrated another fantastic Hot Dog Bash! I was so thrilled to see how many families came out - in spite of the thunderstorm AND the tornado watch! Believe it or not, we served all but TWO of the 500 hotdogs AND sold 350 servings of Sno-Kones! Thankfully the weather cooperated between 6-8 p.m. and the children were able to jump in the moon bounce and have fun with their friends on the play lot. Special thanks to Gail Mattoon, [brand new to the school this year!!] who took on the task of Chairperson, and - I dare say - had a really great time running the event. Her team of volunteers did a wonderful job! (Log your volunteer hours TODAY!!)

On September 7th (Labor Day Monday), we will hold our 2nd Annual Welcome Back Picnic at Barcroft Park Pavilion (behind Barcroft Rec Center) at 4 p.m. Consider the Welcome Back Picnic the book end to the Hot Dog Bash. The PTO will provide Hot Dogs and Hamburgers and attendees will bring drinks/side/dessert. Stay tuned for more info, but be sure to mark it on your calendars now. It's not to be missed!!

I'm very excited about the new board members beginning their 2-year term, but it's bittersweet having to say goodbye to Scott Woodcock, Nicole Mayer Seibel and Phil Ludvigson. They have been amazing partners to me on the board. Thank you! To Jen, Leslie and Randy….CONGRATULATIONS! I look forward to working with you in the upcoming year.

And lastly, I would like to extend a HUGE thank you to the teachers, staff and especially to Eleanor McCormack and Nelda Thomas. Their help and support this past year has been a GODSEND! I hope everyone has a wonderful summer and I look forward to seeing you at "Thrilling Thursday" (replacing Wonderful Wednesday).

Don't forget to order your school supplies! Deadline is June 26.

Have a great weekend!

Kassie Stewart

PTO President

Congratulations to our new PTO Board Members!!!

Unfortunately, Jessica Powers had to withdraw her name from the election, so during the Hot Dog Bash, the community voted to appoint the following individuals to their 2-year term on the PTO Board:

VP / Jen Daulby
Treasurer / Randy Nunes
Secretary / Leslie Gutowski

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School Supply Kits!

Sale ends on June 26, 2015


Hello parents! Our School Supply Kit web portal is now live online for Kindergarten through 8th Grade. Please visit and

Use School Account #28057 before June 26, 2015

and your child's kit will be in their classroom on the first day of school!! All supplies are packaged in a keepsake box to hold all of your child's schoolwork throughout the year.

**We understand that you can wait until tax-free day, or shop the 99 cent aisle at your favorite discount store, but you will never find school supply shopping as simple as this! Each kit matches the school supply list provided by the school and we've chosen the best quality items for your convenience.

Not included in the kits: Art shirts, old socks (for white board wiping), or towels for Kindergarten rest time.

Testimonials proving how EASY it is to get School Supply Shopping done NOW!!

"Kassie! This is the absolute best way to order school supplies! I'm so glad the school uses this company."

"I wish everything today was as easy as this! Thanks."

"Yeehaw! Done and done. Thanks, Kassie and the PTO."

"This is awesome! Thank you for the info. Ours are ordered."

"Thank you, Kassie! DONE! So easy, too…"

"Orders placed! Thanks for making this so easy!"


The teacher appreciation committee would like to thank the parents for their participation in teacher appreciation this year. Whether it was donating money, gift cards, food or your time, the STM teachers have enjoyed a school year of great appreciation activities. Some of the fabulous activities we planned were teacher luncheons, multiple yummy breakfasts, soup and bread day, cupcake day, donut and coffee day, Mardis Gras day, cookie day and the list goes on...Throughout the year the teacher's also won raffle items such an iPad mini, gift certificates, centerpieces, a kindle and much, much more. We periodically dropped off little goodies for the teachers in the lounge like trail mix, coffee and personalized notepads. We also included the students in some of our activities so that the teacher's received signed goodie bags from their students as well as appreciation note cards. Thanks so much for your support! We will be in touch next year to reach out for your continued support!


Teacher Appreciation Committee

2016 Spring Auction - Mark Your Calendar!

"My Big Fat Greek Auction" will take place at Belle Haven Country Club on the evening of April 16, 2016. Special thanks to our auction co-chairs, George & Adriana Sifakis who are already beginning to plan this special event!

Did You Fulfill Your Volunteer Service Hour Commitment?

Thank you to the countless families who have stepped up to volunteer at the school this year. We really appreciate you!

If you have put in hours of service to date, please be sure to log them via the web site in a right away. If you have any questions about how many hours you have remaining, please email Nicole Mayer at All families who have not met the minimum requirement were sent a balance notice. If you have not fulfilled your requirement by Friday, you will be billed at the end of the school year. 20 hours or $300 is the commitment. Invoices will be sent after we have compiled the final entries, as many of you are volunteering at the school for end-of-year parties and also the hot dog bash.

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Shoparoo Fundraiser

Just for snapping photos of your shopping receipts, our school earned 107,340 points and earned our school $200 in proceeds. We will reintroduce this again in the fall and see if we can increase STM participation! Thanks.

Soccer Kicks and STM

Soccer Kicks is a soccer specialty store dedicated to soccer fanatics. We specialize in shoes, apparel and all types of soccer equipment.

We are located at:

6019 Wilson Blvd.

Arlington, VA 22205


We are excited to offer a 15% discount to all STM students! So come visit Soccer Kicks where Faith, Family, and Fitness is our Goal! Simply mention STM for your discount.

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