St. Thomas More Cathedral School

PTO Newsletter - Vol. 106 - January 23, 2015

In This Issue

Message from the President

Catholic Schools Week Calendar of Events

STM Sponsorship Night at Champps Pentagon Row

Book Fair Volunteer Opportunities

57 Days Until the Spring Auction: A Space Odyssey

Volunteer Hours/New Info - Volunteer Opportunities


CYO Basketball

Send in 25 (Silver) Coins with your child before Friday the 30th!

STM Student Directory

Message from the PTO President

Happy Friday! There is a LOT of new/updated information in today's blast - so please READ until the end!

This Sunday marks the beginning of Catholic Schools Week, to be kicked off with 9:30 a.m. mass. Please bring your child in their winter school uniform to celebrate with Bishop Loverde, the STM Youth Choir and our STM Faculty, and they will be granted a Dress Down Pass (good for Tuesday the 27th) being handed out at the mass. After mass, swing by the STM Book Fair being held in the library. It will be open from 10:30 a.m. - 12 noon on Sunday and then from 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. throughout the week. On Tuesday evening, make plans to come out to Champps at Pentagon Row between 4 p.m. - 11 p.m. for an STM Sponsorship Night. Thank you to Kevin Songster, an STM Graduate, current Kindergarten Parent and Managing Partner at Champps for arranging to have 15% of evening sales donated to our STM PTO!!

In case this note is as far as you get in today's newsletter - be sure to remember that Wednesday is Staff Appreciation Day and Thursday is Teacher Appreciation Day. Our wonderful Teacher Appreciation Committee will be putting together a fantastic meal for our Teachers & Staff, but be sure to have your child send a little note of appreciation for their teacher as well. Catholic Schools Week ends on Friday with Parent Appreciation Day. What do we get? REPORT CARDS!! Also - be sure to send in your child with a baggie of 25 (silver) coins to be used as place markers in the All-School Bingo game. Read below for more info.

Have a great weekend!

Kassie Stewart

PTO President

Catholic Schools Week Calendar of Events

Sunday, January 25th

Mass in Cathedral at 9:30 a.m. with Bishop Loverde presiding. Youth choir sings. All STM students who come to Mass in STM winter uniform will receive a dress down day certificate – for Tuesday, January 27!

*Open House has been cancelled due to impending weather* Dress Down passes will be handed out after mass.

Book Fair is OPEN! – 10:30 a.m. - 12 noon, Library

Monday, January 26th (Red accessory day, St. Thomas More’s martyrdom)

CSW Prayer Service and St. Thomas More Play (Lee Hall), 8:30 a.m.

Tuesday, January 27th

Student Appreciation Day - Dress Down Day for those students who attended Sunday's mass in their school uniform.

Title I Parent Breakfast in Cafeteria from 8 to 9 AM

Author Book Talk, Grades 1-3 8:30-9:10 (Lee Hall)

Author Book Talk, Grades 4-6 9:10-10:00 (Lee Hall)

Dance sessions in the afternoon with Mrs. Bauer

Restaurant fundraiser at Champps in Pentagon Row 4 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Wednesday, January 28th - (no accessories, regular uniform)

Staff Appreciation Day

Staff appreciation lunch, 1:30 p.m.

Open House 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Thursday, January 29th - (Green Accessory Day, Stewards of the Earth)

Teacher Appreciation Day (please have your child send a thoughtful note or card)

Band Winter Concert 7:30 p.m.

Friday, January 30th - No Accessories

Parent Appreciation Day

VIP Mass (All-School Mass, Full youth choir)

STM All-School Game - (Bingo) 1:30 p.m. - Please send your child in with a bag of 25 coins (preferably large silver ones!) to be used as bingo place markers. After the game, all coins will be collected and contributed to the Capital Campaign "Go for the Green" collection jar.

Report Cards Go Home with Students

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STM Restaurant Fundraiser at Champps!!

Tuesday, Jan. 27th, 4-11pm

1201 South Joyce Street

Arlington, VA

Not your everyday sport bar... Black Tie. No Tie. And everything in between. We have something for everyone from our Mega Pretzels to our Ribeye Steak you can find what you like at the best seat outside the stadium. Champps will be hosting a Restaurant Fundraiser benefitting STM School on January 27, from 4pm – 11pm. 15% of all sales from Saint Thomas More Families & Friends will be donated to STM. Spread the word. Participants just need to inform their server they are there for STM.

Check out the menu:

Hope to see you the 27th of January.


Pentagon Row Shops

1201 S Joyce Street

Arlington, VA 22202

Mrs. O'Rourke Needs Your Help!

Book Fair during Catholic Schools Week

Catholic Schools Week starts Sunday the 25th and we will be hosting the Annual

Book Fair in the STM library. If you can help at the Book Fair on Sunday, January 25th from 10:30 a.m. - 12 noon or throughout the week (8:30am - 6:00pm Monday, January 26 - Thursday, January 29), please click the link below to volunteer. We could also use some help for Set-up on Saturday, January 24 and Break-down on Friday, January 30. Thank you for your support!

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57 Days Until the STM Spring Auction: A SPACE ODYSSEY!!!

The STM Annual Spring Auction will take place on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 6:30pm in Burke Hall. Preparations are now underway and we welcome your support! There are many jobs and roles available-for those that can give a little or a lot.

Please visit the Auction page on the STM Website to print a copy of the donation letter and form. When you visit your favorite place of business, take a moment to ask if they'd be willing to contribute to STM's largest fundraiser of the year.

Make plans to join your friends and the STM community to celebrate the PTO's annual Odyssey of the Spring Auction. Gather with friends, enjoy fellowship and place your bids at this year's Space Odyssey themed bash. It promises to be a great night, for a great cause.

Thanks in advance for your continued support and generosity!

Questions? Email

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

  • Book Fair cashier - See Mrs. O'Rourke's message above.
  • 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
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STM CYO Basketball Schedules

Please come out to cheer on our STM CYO Basketball teams this weekend. The schedules can be found here Go Royals!

Please Don't Forget to Send in 25 (Silver) Coins for Friday's Bingo Game!