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									                                                                        April 13th, 2011
              Dear Parents:

       This coming Sunday, April 17th, is Palm Sunday. On Palm Sunday we celebrate
the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, the week before his death and
resurrection. Palm Sunday, often referred to as "Passion Sunday," marks the beginning
of Holy Week, which concludes on Easter Sunday. The Bible reveals that when Jesus
entered Jerusalem, the crowds greeted him by waving palm branches and covering his
path with palm branches. Immediately following this great time of celebration, Jesus
began his journey to the cross. During this important time of the church we
encourage you to focus on your faith by attending different services throughout Holy

Soles4Souls: A reminder that tomorrow, and on each Thursday during Lent until April
21st, students can bring in a pair of new or gently used shoes or pay $1 to wear
non-uniform shoes to school that day. For your safety, no open toe shoes or flip-flops
allowed. Tomorrow, April 14th, we will have CRAZY SHOE DAY! Wear your funniest,
craziest shoes or combination of shoes! Your creativity could win you a fun prize. One
person in each class will be chosen by their class as wearing the “ Craziest Shoes” .
PLUS! One CLASS that brings in the MOST shoes, will also win something fun! With
641 pairs already donated, we are well on our way of reaching our
goal of collecting over 700 pairs of shoes. When you bring in a dollar,
that also helps to cover the cost of shipping. Together STM can spread
the message of the Gospel and help those in need. Thanks for all your
support. A BIG thank you also to our great neighbors at St. Thomas
More Church and the residents at Alma Via for collaborating with us on
this very worthy cause. Together we can make a difference.

Monday proves to be a busy day!: On Monday, April 18th, the 2nd grade class will be
part of a beautiful ceremony marking their First Reconciliation. A big thank you to
their teacher, Eileen Ramos for preparing such a prayerful and respectful ceremony.
Two very special upcoming religious occasions at our school are First Communion and
Confirmation. All are welcome to join the seventh grade class as they receive the
sacrament of Confirmation on Friday, May 6th at 5:00pm in the church. Archbishop
George Neiderhauer will be the chief celebrant on this joyous occasion. Please join
the second graders and their families for their very special First Communion liturgy in
the Church on Saturday, May 14th at 10:00. Please keep both classes in your prayers
as they continue on their spiritual journey.

Books to Bravo: The Sixth graders continue with their preparation of Books to Bravo
and will be ready to present the opera they have written, 'The Magical Fish', next
Monday, April 18th at 1:15pm in Carroll Hall. Please consider joining us for this
wonderful musical extravaganza on which the students have worked so hard.
Chevy's Night!: You are receiving flyers to use at our Chevy's fund raiser for
Outdoor Ed next Monday, April 18th between 4-10pm. Make this an enjoyable
family night out while supporting our 5 th and 6th graders. The school will receive
a percentage of all the money spent that night at Chevy’s SSF when the flyer
you are receiving today is turned in with payment of your bill. The faculty will
all be eating there at 5:00. Take out orders will also count. See you there!

               From the Athletic Board: The Athletic Board’s annual Knockout Competition was
               once again a huge success and raised $315 for the Athletic Board! The overall winner
               was 5th grader, Ricardo Vila. The individual grade winners were Dylan Limjoco for 3 rd
               grade, Jonathan Phaophongsavath for 4 th grade, Ian Ostrea in 6th grade, Adrian Embry
               in 7th grade and Jack Harty-Connell in 8th grade. Congratulations to all the
               participants in this fun event.

2011-2012 Enrollment: Here in the office we are busily preparing for the upcoming 2011-2012 school
year. We have re-registered 263 students who have re-registered for next year. This along with the
35 students registered for kindergarten and the 10 incoming 1 st through 8th
grade students brings our enrollment to over 300! Preschool is again close
to capacity for next year also. This strong student base ensures the
viability of our school for many years to come. Thanks for all you do to
make St. Thomas More School and Utopia Preschool great places to be.

                    Parent Agreement and Participation Requirements: Please remember that the
                    deadline for returning the “teal” Parent Agreement-Parent Participation form is
                    next Wednesday, April 20th. By returning that form, we will know how you plan to
                    pay your tuition and how you intend to fulfill your Parent Participation
                    Requirements in the coming year. Please be aware that some tuition payment
plans begin as early as May 1 st. If you have not yet returned that form, please do so as soon as
possible. Also, there are still a few families who have not yet paid their re-registration fees. Please
understand that a spot will not be held for your child until those fees are paid.

2011-2012 Calendar: Today you are receiving the 2011-2012 school calendar, which
has been approved by the Archdiocese. Please note that we will begin our 2011-2012
school year on Wednesday, August 24 th. Hopefully this will help those of you who are
planning your vacations now.

         Extra-Curricular Activities: We are always looking for fun and educational after-school
         activities for your children. We are surveying interest in an instrumental music program at
         St. Thomas More School. The new after-school class would be a year round program open to
         students in grade 3-8 and would begin in the fall. Please read the registration of interest
         flyer in today's envelope and respond by next Wednesday, April 20 th if you are interested.

Desktop School Supplies: We would like your input on whether we should
offer the purchase of desktop school supply kits for the upcoming school
year. Costs continue to increase and the same supplies can be purchased at
local stores for a fraction of the price. Please send an email to Melody
Oakley at moakley@stthomasmoreschool.org if you think we should continue
this service. Our decision on whether to continue the desktop school supply
kit sales will be made depending on the amount of responses we receive.
                         Asian Week Raffle: Thank you for the great response to the Asian Week
                         raffle which went out last week. Those who requested additional tickets are
                         receiving them today. More tickets are still available. To request more
                         tickets, please send a note to the office.

Save the date!: This year, our Dance Festival will be held on Thursday night, May 26th.
This is the most popular event of the year and is always very well attended. Our dance
teacher, Sondra Dwyer, works very hard all year long to ensure that each student has a
role in this spectacular production. All students are expected to participate in this

                       Finally, for over 40 years, Earth Day - April 22 - has inspired and mobilized
                       individuals and organizations worldwide to demonstrate their commitment to
                       environmental protection and sustainability. This year, to mark the day,
                       students are allowed Earth Day themed (think green!) free dress on
                       Wednesday, April 20th. Earth Day Network has chosen 'A Billion Acts of
                       Green' as the theme for Earth Day 2011. Families are encouraged to visit
http://www.earthday.org to find out more about how we can reduce our carbon footprint and keep
the earth 'green' for generations to come.

As always, there is an assortment of flyers and information in the Envelope today. As we say each
week, please check out and thoughtfully respond to all the information you are receiving.


              Marie Fitzpatrick                                  Sr. Patricia Rogers, BVM
              Principal                                          Vice-Principal

                             Schoolwide Learning Expectations
      St. Thomas More School Students are... Thoughtful, Spiritual Individuals
                                                    Highly Effective Communicators
                                                    Involved Citizens
                                                    Nurturing Individuals
                                                    Knowledge Seekers
                           St. Thomas More School Students THINK

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