St. Thomas More Cathedral School

PTO Newsletter - Vol. 123 - June 5, 2015

In This Issue

Message from the President

PTO Board Officer Candidates

Spring Box Tops & Labels Update

Hot Dog Bash!

Used Book Sale Benefiting the STM Library

Used Uniform Sale

School Supplies Orders

Volunteer Hours/Volunteer Opportunities


Soccer Kicks and STM

STM Student Directory

STM Calendar Button

Message from the PTO President

Happy Friday!!

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone at the Hot Dog Bash on Monday!!

Have a great weekend!

Kassie Stewart

PTO President

PTO Board Officer Candidates

As a reminder, the election for the open PTO Board Officer positions will be held at the STM Gym at 7:00 p.m. during the the Hot Dog Bash on June 8th. Here are the candidates:

Candidates for VP: Jen Daulby and Jessica Powers
Candidate for Treasurer: Randy Nunes
Candidate for Secretary: Leslie Gutowski

Let's meet the candidates in their own words:

Candidate for VP / Jen Daulby:
My name is Jen Daulby and I am running for the position of Vice President of the
PTA. I have one daughter, Reagan (1st grade), who has attended STM since pre-k.
I have been a room parent and am currently assistant soccer coach for the 1st
grade STM girls team. I have attended and volunteered for most activities at
STM during the last three years. I am proud to be part of the STM community and
have really enjoyed the parents I have met over the last few years - my goal is
to integrate new parents into our school and continue to foster an environment
where parents enjoy volunteering and getting to know one another. I manage an
office on capitol hill and hope this experience can be a valuable asset to the
board as we address issues ranging from budgets, parent involvement and
communication between the school and parents.

Candidate for VP / Jessica Powers:
I am Jessica Powers and I am running for Vice President. I am the mother of
Emma Quaresma (1st grade) and we joined the STM family in August 2013. One
of the things that I like about STM are the many chances to be involved in
my daughter's school, both at the classroom level and across the school, and
demonstrate the value and joy of giving back to others. I have been able to
volunteer at a variety of STM activities over the past two years including
the Corn Feast, the International Festival, Breakfast with Santa, Baby Jesus
Shower, and chaperoning various classroom events. I look forward to
bringing my strong organizational, communication, and networking skills to
the PTO.

Candidate for Treasurer / Randy Nunes:
Randy Nunes is the father of a 4th grader at St. Thomas More Cathedral School. Last year Randy served as the Treasurer of the Alexandria City Swim Team which has a team of 150 swimmers. Randy worked closely with the city of Alexandria Parks and Recreation management to prepare the team financially for new funding obligations occurring due to city budget cuts. Randy also managed and co-owned a successful small business in central Virginia for several years. He currently works for the Department of Defense. During the rare moments Randy is not attending a family event or a child’s athletic event, he enjoys sailing and hiking.

Candidate for Secretary / Leslie Gutowski:
I have been a parent at STM since my daughter Willa started in kindergarten (she is now a rising 5th grader). I have volunteered at STM over the years for many events, and am interested in helping the PTO in 2015-16. In my professional life, I work at an intellectual property law firm and handle drafting and distributing numerous communications (e-mail in particular), as well as documenting meetings, calls, etc. I think my skills would be a good fit for the PTO secretary position.

Hot Dog Bash - June 8th from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

We need your help! Please contact Gail Mattoon at to volunteer for set-up, clean-up, food servers, game supervisor, ticket sales, crafts. Tickets are $3 per person at the door. Sno-Cones will be sold for $1. Don't miss out on this fun and FINAL PTO event of the school year!! PTO Board elections will take place in Lee Hall at 6:30 p.m.
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Used Book Sale at the Hot Dog Bash

Monday evening, June 1st during the Hot Dog Bash the STM library will sponsor a used book sale to benefit the library. If you have any old books you want off your child's book shelves at home, bring them to school and Mrs. O'Rourke will be happy to sell them. PLEASE ONLY BRING CHILDREN'S BOOKS.

If you would like to earn volunteer hours, please stay and help sell the books. For more info, please email Mrs. O'Rourke

Thank you for all your help.


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.


USED UNIFORM HUT will be open for a sale on June 11, Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. in the STM Cafeteria. We’ll roll the racks out and place the bins out for parents to shop through. We have shorts, pants, winter and summer uniform shirts, and a few skorts, jumpers and sweaters. HOPEFULLY, by this date we will have likely received some new PE uniforms (crossing my fingers). "Grammatica Fletcher, Mickey" <Mickey.Grammatica@USPTO.GOV

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 All families who have not met the minimum requirement were sent a balance notice. If you have not fulfilled your requirement, you will be billed at the end of the school year. 20 hours or $300 is the commitment.

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!)
  • Mrs. O’Rourke needs some volunteers during the 1st week of June to scan the books to take inventory in the library. She also needs some volunteers during the Hot Dog Bash to sell used books. Interested parents can email her to set up the time
  • Hot Dog Bash (Monday, June 8th from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.) See flyer included in newsletter.
  • Goods & Monetary Contribution - contributions to PTO events are valued at $15/service hour
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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.