St. Thomas More Cathedral School

PTO Newsletter - Vol. 113 - March 13, 2015

In This Issue

Message from the President

Auction: Pre-Register TODAY!

Auction: Hot Items for Bid

Auction: Tuition Raffle

Auction: Instant Wine Cellar

Auction: Volunteers Needed

STM Band T-Shirt Orders Due ASAP

Barnes and Nobel Book Purchase Thanks

STM Library Author Visit Thanks

Used Uniform Sale Coming March 30th

Volunteer Hours/New Info - Volunteer Opportunities


STM Student Directory

STM Calendar Button

Message from the PTO President

Happy Friday!

One more week until our BIGGEST fundraiser of the year! Tickets are selling quickly, so be sure to get yours before it's too late!

Enjoy your long weekend!!

Kassie Stewart

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8 Days Until the STM Spring Auction 2015: A SPACE ODYSSEY!!!



Line up your sitter, fill out and return your RSVP card and come have a great time with your STM friends!! Feel free to invite your family or neighbors, too!!

Pre-Register for the Auction TODAY!

Planning to go to the Auction? PRE-REGISTER and bypass the registration line on auction night! Please fill out the form linked below and return it to the STM office by Friday morning, March 20, 2015.

For questions regarding registration, contact Jerry Couri:

Down load the registration form here (login not required).

Check out some of the amazing items up for bid at this year's auction!!

STM Spring Auction, 2015: A Space Odyssey Tuition Raffle Tickets on Sale Now!!

The STM Annual Spring Auction will take place on Saturday, March 21, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. in Burke Hall. Don’t miss your chance to win a Tuition Credit for the 2015-2016 school year! First prize is up to a $1500 Tuition Credit; second prize is up to a $1000 tuition credit; and third prize is up to a $750 tuition credit. Tickets are $20/ticket or $100/6 tickets if purchased in advance of the auction or $25/ticket at the door. Last day to advance purchase tickets is Thursday, March 19.

Raffle ticket order forms are available here (Dropbox login not required). Hard copies of the raffle ticket order form were sent home in back pack mail yesterday and are also available in the school office. To purchase tickets, please fill out the form as soon as possible and return it to the front office. Payments may be made via FACTS, check or cash. Please contact bookkeepers Tara Ashworth ( or Dominique Ludvigson ( with any questions. Thank you for your continued support of our fabulous school!

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Our Stock the Cellar event was a success but we can’t stop now! Help us build the biggest cellar yet by donating one or more bottles of wine ... and if we collect 100 bottles, we’ll raffle off TWO wine cellars the night of the auction!

What is the Instant Wine Cellar?

A sizable collection of donated bottles of wine is raffled off at the STM Auction each year and one lucky winner goes home with an “Instant Wine Cellar!” Last year’s winner took home over 45 bottles of wine!

Donations can be delivered to Tara Ashworth or Renee Richardson at pickup. If pickup doesn't work for you, please email or to arrange an alternate exchange time.

Thank you in advance for your generous donations and don’t forget to purchase your raffle tickets. Advance sales will be starting next week!

Need more incentive to donate? Red White and Bleu Wine & Gourmet Shop (the generous host of our Stock the Cellar Wine Tasting event last week) has offered to donate 10% of sales from March 15th - March 21st back to St. Thomas More. Just take the flyer with you or mention STM at the time of purchase. Download flyer from Dropbox here (Dropbox login not required).

STM Spring Auction, 2015: A Space Odyssey: Volunteers Needed

Thanks to those that have already signed up to volunteer in support of the auction! For those who are looking to fulfill their yearly volunteer commitment, this is your chance!

There are still several much-needed slots available. If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity that is OUT OF THIS WORLD, click on the STM 2015: A Space Odyssey Sign-Up Genius link now!

Thanks in advance for your continued support and generosity!

Questions? Email

STM Band T-Shirt Orders Due ASAP!

Dear STM Band Families

Attached is the Band t-shirt order form. We are working on a very short timeline - and have 90 kids in the band to order for - so please take action now! (Thank you all for your cooperation in advance!)

Please fill out the attached form, shirts are $15 / each, and send into school as soon as possible - hopefully no later than Thursday's band class.

Advanced Band may be able to wear the shirts to the Band Festival on March 28th if we are able to get them back in time.

All Band students will wear them to the Kings Dominion band trip on May 29th. Parents are welcome to order shirts for themselves -- great for our chaperones!

Please let me know if you have any questions,

Thanks, Donna Young

Download the form here (login not required).

STM Library Author Visit Thanks

Last Tuesday Fred Bowen, author of over 20 sports books for children and writer for The Washington Post Kids Page, came to speak to grades 3 through 6. He gave a wonderful talk on how to write from your own experience and how sports books can teach many lessons such as : friendship, integrity and honesty. The children loved his presentation and asked lots of pertinent questions. Thank you so much to the PTO for continuing to provide funds for these author assemblies.

Mrs. O'Rourke, Librarian

St. Thomas More Cathedral School

Barnes and Nobel Book Purchase Thanks

If you were near the Barnes and Nobel at Tyson's Corner on March 7th, you might have seen three very happy teachers buying hundreds of books for our library! Thanks to the support of our wonderful parents at the Barnes and Nobel book fair last December, Mrs. Lee, Mrs. Coleman and myself spent over $1,100.00 on books and are now busily trying to get all those new books on our library shelves. Our parents are the very best. Thank you very, very much.

Mrs. O'Rourke, Librarian

St. Thomas More Cathedral School

Used Uniform Sale Monday March 30th

The next used uniform sale will be Monday, March 30th in the cafeteria from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Please send any uniform contributions or bring them the day of the event.

The STM used uniform sales have been successful with yours support. Now, we need your help to fill the inventory again for the next sale.

As you clean out old uniforms to make room for those summer polos and shorts, please consider sending in your used uniforms to STM. Kids will grow and those long pants will be too short for next year, for sure!

If you have any uniforms that you can contribute to the used uniform hut supplies, please drop them to the STM Front Office or hand them off to Cristina Farias-Gomez or Mickey Grammatica Fletcher.

We thank you for making this a great activity for STM; it helps the STM families save money by passing along uniforms to each other for a discounted price and raises funds for the STM PTO.

Please Log Your Volunteer Hours!

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 timely manner If you have any questions about how many hours you have remaining currently, please email Nicole Mayer at We will be sending out balance due notices with your volunteer status to date.

Ways to Earn Volunteer Hours

Current Volunteer Opportunities

  • Friday Pizza Lunch - assist with pizza lunch or the Market Table (the kids are thrilled to see you there!)
  • Auction Donations - Donate a popular item (American Girl, Apple Products, Video Games/Systems, Travel, Golf, Dining/Entertainment) or secure donations by asking your favorite restaurants, stylists, business owners for monetary or product donations.
  • Auction (Night-of) Check-In - Spend 1-2 hours at the check-in table registering attendees as they enter the Auciton.
  • Auction (Night-of) Check-Out - Spend 1-2 hours at the check-out table printing out invoices and closing attendee accounts.
  • Auction (Night-of) Bid Processing - Spend 1-2 hours entering the winning bid numbers into the computer system.
  • Auction (Night-of) Winning Bid Item Distribution - Spend 1+ hour turning over the product/certificate/item to the winning bidder upon check-out.
  • Auction Set-Up (Friday afternoon/Saturday Day)
  • Auction Decorations Committee - Work 1+ hour on Saturday to help turn Burke Hall into a Space Odyssey
  • Auction Tech Crew - assist our Lighting/Sound committee with set-up
  • Goods & Monetary Contribution - contributions to PTO events are valued at $15/service hour
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