St. Thomas More Cathedral School

PTO Newsletter - Volume 141 - January 8, 2016

Message from the President

Happy New Year, and welcome back to school!! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday break.

I'm pleased to report that we officially have a Student Directory! Scroll to bottom of the page and click on the button labeled STM Student/Family Directory 2015-2016. Thank you to Dina Hart for helping me with the layout & the STM office staff for providing us with updated information.

Reminder that there is a Development Committee meeting next Monday at 6:15 p.m. (new members welcome), a PTO meeting on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., and Team & Club Pictures are scheduled for Monday the 11th. No school on Friday the 15th.

Enjoy your weekend.

Kassie Stewart

PTO President

Help Support the Spring Auction AND Earn a Dress Down Pass for Your Kids!

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The STM Youth Choir to Sing the National Anthem at the Georgetown Basketball Game!

The Georgetown Hoyas take on the DePaul Blue Demons tomorrow at 12:00 p.m. at the Verizon Center. Come out to watch our choir perform AND see some hoops!

Important Focus Group Update

Please join us on January 14 to hear feedback received from the initial survey and from the May 2015 Focus Groups. You are invited to attend a morning or evening session in the STM school cafeteria:

  • Thursday, Jan 14 8:15am-9:15a.m.
  • Thursday, Jan 14 7pm-8pm

For our planning purposes, please log into:

and register your attendance. We look forward to seeing you!

Looking for indoor options for your children on Friday January 15th?

STM is out of school for an Office of Catholic Schools Professional Development Day and Virginia Baseball Club has the solution for working parents!

Virginia Baseball Club (VBC) offers "holiday camps" on select holidays (they have one scheduled on 1/18) and teacher workdays. VBC is willing to host one on 1/15 for STM if we can provide a minimum of 24 kids (ages 7-12) to participate. It's a day-long clinic [9 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.] of hitting, catching, and skill-building at their indoor Merrifield facility.

More details, including cost, are on their website. Visit

If you are interested in signing up, send an email to Jill Rogers at jrogers010@yahoo.comso we can let VBC know that we have at least 24 kids.

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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.


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 @

Visit for training locations throughout Northern Virginia.

Check out Cupcakes Vienna at Cupcakes Vienna donates 10% of STM sales to the PTO.