St. Thomas More Cathedral School

PTO Newsletter - Volume 131 - October 9, 2015

Message from the President

Happy Friday!!

As you read in the school office email, STM is currently engaged in a self-review exercise called Design for Excellence (DFE) as part of our reaccreditation process. DFE provides an opportunity for the school to assess curriculum, operations, leadership/administration, personnel, governance/finance, and facilities. A critical part of this process is input from the parent community. Please take the following confidential survey: to let the administration know what you're thinking. The survey will be open until Wednesday, October 21.

Also, the PTO will soon be sending out a survey about Volunteer Hours, the obligatory fee for opting out or not completing volunteer hours, and how we might better track and manage this system, as well as motivate and encourage new people to volunteer.

Have a great weekend!!

Kassie Stewart

PTO President

Help the Teacher Appreciation Committee Support STM Teachers!

Parents, this flyer below went home in your child's backpack this week. Please help support our teachers with a monetary donation, food donation or by sponsoring a breakfast, lunch or raffle. THANK YOU!
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Box Tops "Boxtober" Competition is Underway!!

Boxtober has begun! It is time to send in your Box Tops and Soup Labels. Through Box Tops and Soup Labels you are supporting STM Teachers! Our earnings goal this year is $1,000! Together, we can make that happen. Keep clipping Box Tops and send them to school! Our class competition will begin on Monday and end on October 29th. Please place your Box Tops and Labels in a small bag labeled with your teacher's name OR you can use the attached flyer (click button below) for your Box Tops. The teacher of the winning class will choose an ice cream party, extra recess, or extra PAT minutes to celebrate the win.
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The Race to Space Has Launched!!

The Race to Space GoFundMe page has launched (

Now, it’s time for us to lift off and we need your help!! This is your opportunity to be an integral part of the first elementary school in the US to launch a student built satellite into orbit from Kennedy Space Center. The money raised will also provide increased resources to further the school’s STEM-based curriculum.

How do I make it happen?

1. Copy and paste the GoFundMe link to a personal email and forward to as many family and friends as possible. This is also a great opportunity to expand our donation horizons by utilizing your social media presence to get the word out!

2. In your emails and social media posts, personally remind your loved ones how important the CubeSat launch and the STEM curriculum are to the STM children and school community.

3. You may either bcc: Catherine Ryall, the Race’s Chairperson, or forward her the email you sent ( For social media posts, simply send her a screen shot of the posting.

Class Initiatives:

Pizza Party for Primary/elementary/middle school classes for most MONEY raised!

Dress Down Day for Primary/elementary/middle school classes with most LAPS ran!

Just for Soliciting Donations:

  • Social Media Posts

SM post only = 1 entry into the $50 raffle

SM post + email forwards = 1 entry into the $200 raffle

  • $50 VISA Gift Card Raffle

1-5 email forwards = 1 entry

6-10 email forwards = 2 entries

  • $200 VISA Gift Card Raffle

11-20 email forwards = 4 entries

STM Band Yankee Candle Fundraiser is Underway!

Do you know someone who is in the STM Beginner or Advanced Band at STM? Are you in need of some scented candles and home accessories? Well, STM band members have just started their Yankee Candle Fundraising drive (through October 16) to help raise money for their Hershey Park band trip in May. Reach our to the families you know who have students in the band and help them pay their way to Hershey Park!

STM Students Highlighted in Video Honoring Bishop Loverde

NCEA Seton Award Honoree Bishop Paul S. Loverde

Saturday, April 23, 2016 at Belle Haven Country Club

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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.

Kindergarten Girls Interested in Daisies?

Attention parents of kindergarten girls who might be interested in Daisies (the level of Girl Scouts for Kinder-aged girls) at STM. Please attend a Daisies Information Meeting on Thursday, October 15th from 4:30-5:30 p.m. [Location: one of the kindergarten classrooms]. The first meeting is information for the parents; and of course, some fun for the girls. We will discuss time/day and frequency of Daisy meetings for the year. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mickey Grammatica Fletcher ( For more information about "what Daisies do" check out this link:

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Visit to place a cupcake order, and STM Parent, Maricia Santillan will donate 10% of the purchase back to STM!

Upcoming Important Dates

October 13 - Dress Down Day for $1

October 17 - International Festival

October 28 - Race to Space