St. Thomas More Cathedral School

PTO Newsletter - Vol. 103 - December 12, 2014

Message from the President

Happy Friday!

Welcome to our new and improved PTO eBlast! It was time for an update and a more user-friendly platform. I hope you enjoy!

Kassie Stewart

PTO President

Breakfast With Santa Follow-Up

The STM PTO hosted the annual Breakfast with Santa last Saturday, Dec. 6th. Over 400 attendees turned out for the event to enjoy pancakes, visit with Santa, participate in holiday crafts, and shop for everyone on their Christmas list at the Little Elves' holiday shop. We want to thank the many volunteers who worked so hard to make this event a success! THANK YOU TO ALL OUR VOLUNTEERS including Mrs. Pierce's 7th graders.

We are grateful for the support of the school, PTO, volunteers, and parents. We wish you all a safe and happy holiday!

Christy Herndon & Michelle Williamson

Committee Chairs

Our Fabulous List of BWS Volunteers!

Neil Ayers - Brenda Bauer - Sandra Beauch - Monica Chiapetta - Apostolos Dedes - Jennifer Deibert - Seble Estifanos - Jill Fahey - Pam Fukuda - Lisa Grieco - John Guazzo - Vince Gunville - Francine Hines - Katie Kissal - Dominique Ludvigson - Derek Malagrin - Nicole Mayer - Mara Neyra - Karen Novello - Amy Nunes - Nancy O'Reilly - Alexia Paim - Dan Quaresma - Elaine Perkins - Workye Regassa - - Jill Rogers - Maricia Santillan - Cindi Schaller - Caroline Soberanis -Mindi Spenner - Kassie Stewart - Allison Tracey - Tatiana Viscarra - Fritzi Yurick - Donna Young - Agne Zickiene

STM School Barnes & Noble Book Fair

Saturday, Dec. 13th, 9am

6260 Arlington Blvd

Falls Church, VA

Benefits Our STM School Library!

  • See our school choir perform at 10 a.m.
  • Come hear our teachers read their favorite books (Ms. Wood, Mrs. Bauer, Mrs. Coleman, Mrs. Caskey, Mrs. Baney, Mrs. Rozzi, et. al.)
  • Choose some great Christmas presents!

Can't attend our book fair at Barnes & Noble?

Visit to support us online from 12/13/14 to 12/17/14 by entering Book Fair ID #11461233 at checkout.

A % of your Barnes & Noble purchases will benefit STM.

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Eat Mor Chikin!

Back again! The PTO is hosting the Nugget Tray Fundraiser for St. Thomas More Cathedral School! Purchase your small nugget tray before December 31st and Chick-fil-A will donate a portion of your purchase to STM! Trays are perfect for birthdays, holiday parties and tailgates! Order cards were sent home via back pack and are also available in the school office.

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The STM PTO Presents:

2015/A Space Odyssey

The STM annual auction will take place on Saturday, March 21st. With one giant leap,

we can make this years event the most successful one yet!

New this Year........

The auction committee has enlisted the help of parent volunteers to host a series of parent socials.

Stay tuned for the details!

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Have you signed up for Shoparoo yet???

Our Shoparoo fundraiser now has 48 active participants and representation from every grade! We've earned 49,340 points which translates to just about $100 in cash to STM! Can you imagine how much money we'd earn if we had 100 active shoparoo users?

We didn't win the drawing for November, but with 133 non-grocery receipts submitted for December, there is still a chance to win $1,000 next month!

Don't have a smart phone or app-friendly device? Send in your receipts to the school office attn: PTO/Shoparoo and we will enter them for you!

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The Roar of the Home Team Crowd!

As any coach will tell you, playing in front of a home team crowd gives teams a boost. This year, we have 13 CYO basketball teams who vie for space in our existing gymnasium once or twice a week. While our existing gym gives us some space for practices, it is less than ideal, and too small for actual games.

This means that every weekend, we have hundreds of students and parents traveling to gymnasiums at other schools to compete for STM.

Imagine how nice it would be to host a home game, have intramural scrimmages, or to cheer on various STM teams without having to drive all over Northern Virginia.

If you want your child to experience the joy of playing in front of a home team crowd, please consider using the link below to make a donation to the school’s Annual Appeal today! (Half of what you give goes towards our teachers, the other half towards making this facility a reality).

Support our STM CYO Basketball Teams!

3rd Grade Girls

11:35 a.m. Saturday, December 13th @ St. Ann

3rd Grade Boys

STM White (Rieder) – 1:05 p.m. Sunday, December 14th @ St. Mary

STM Blue (Zamer) - 3:45 p.m. Sunday, December 14th @ St. Ann

4th Grade Girls

7:00 p.m. Saturday, December 13th @ St. Agnes

4th Grade Boys

STM Blue (Richardson) – 3:30 p.m. Sunday, December 14th @ Blessed Sacrament

STM White (Pore) – 4:40 p.m. Sunday, December 14th @ Blessed Sacrament

5th Grade Girls

3:45 p.m. Sunday, December 14th @ St. Luke

5th Grade Boys

2:20 p.m. Sunday, December 14th @ O’Connell HS

6th Grade Girls

2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 13th @ Our Lady of Hope

6th Grade Boys

STM White (Lopez) – 12:45 p.m. Saturday, December 13th @ St. Francis

STM Blue (Hart) – 12:15 p.m. Sunday, December 14th @ St. Joseph

7th Grade Boys

5:15 p.m. Saturday, December 13th @ St. James

7th/8th Grade Girls

1:30 p.m. Saturday, December 13th @ Our Lady of Good Counsel

8th Grade Boys

1:30 p.m. Saturday, December 13th @ St. James

Have You Logged 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

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