Perfect Unity, Colossians 3:13-14 September, 2018


is in!



Dear St. Thomas More families,

I hope this note finds you well as we begin the month of September and enter into

the season of Fall. It has been a tremendous blessing for my family and me to join

the St. Thomas More community, and I consider it a great privilege to partner with

you in the education of your children. I am committed to doing everything I can to

help our students become the women and men God calls them to be, so please reach

out to me if I can be of support to you or your family in any way.

The purpose of this monthly newsletter is to provide valuable information about

many aspects of our school. As our partners, we seek to keep you informed to the best of our ability so as to

serve you and your family well. Please take the time to read through each page to learn about all that is

happening in the STM community. This is a very exciting time in the history of St. Thomas More, and I am

grateful to you and your family for being part of it.

I want to highlight the work being done by Dr. Greg Brandao to develop a strategic plan for the entire St.

Thomas More community. As we plan for the future, Dr. Brandao is conducting parent forums as opportunities

for you to provide input. I strongly encourage everyone to participate as this is your school and the plan for our

future should be rooted in your feedback.

At the Parent Forums, Dr. Brandao will facilitate a discussion of your responses to the following questions:

(1) What are the "mission-critical" elements of the culture of St. Thomas More that must be preserved? In other

words, what’s really good about STM that you particularly value?

(2) In what areas are there opportunities for our school to improve?

(3) How can we partner to maintain the “mission-critical” elements of the culture of St. Thomas More and to

enhance the quality of service that we provide to the children entrusted to our care?

Please feel free to attend the session most convenient for you. Parent Forums are scheduled for:

Wednesday, September 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Friday, September 14 from 7:45 – 8:45 a.m.

Tuesday, September 18 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

If you plan to attend one of the forums, please RSVP to Dr. Brandao via e-mail at to

let him know the forum you plan to attend. That will help him to prepare adequately for each forum. On

Monday, September 10, after he receives RSVPs, he will pick a location for each session and get back in touch

with you.

Thank you in advance for your participation in the strategic planning process. Once again, please reach out to

me if I can be of support to you or your family in any way. May God bless you and your family!

In Christ,

Mr. Moscona

September Dates

3… Labor Day, No School

5… Wonderful Wednesday,

Spirit Shirt & Candy Sale

6… All School Mass, 8:45am

7… First Friday Mass,7:00am

Followed by H & S

Meeting in Mother Teresa


12… Vision & Hearing Tests

Grades: K, 1, 3, 5 & 7

13… 8:45 Mass, Grades: 5-8

7 th Grade Retreat

20… All School Mass, 8:45am

Beta Induction, 5:30pm

in Gym

24… Picture Retakes

27… FunD Run

28… Parent Conferences,

Grades: 5-8

Junior High


Student Council


Cailtyn Rogers


JoJo Lemoine


Havyn Henley


Alex Vidaurre

Beta Club


Emily Ponson


Ella Uffman


Ashlynn Howell


Grace Reynolds



Editors/Photographers for

the 2018-2019 school year


Anna Cooper, Jenna

Guidry, Ashlynn Howell,

Emma Neyland, Emily

Ponson, Ashlyn Rainey,

Grace Reynolds, Josie

Robinson, Caitlyn Rogers,

Beverly Smith, Diana

Truong and Caroline

Wallace. Photographers

also include: Havyn

Henley, Sam Mengarelli

and Taylor Stockwell.

The Yearbook Editors and

Photographers have

begun taking pictures of

events for the 2018-2019

publication. The 2017-2018

Yearbooks are expected

to arrive by the end of

September to early

October. Extra copies will

be available for $45.00.

Parents are invited to eat lunch with their children. Kindergarten and first grade have an assigned day for

visitors to attend, Tuesdays and Wednesdays respectively. This begins after the first nine weeks. In order

to assist the cafeteria, please contact them at 275-4347 by 8:30 am to let them know you are coming.

Volunteering at St. Thomas More

The Diocese of Baton Rouge has adopted Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. Any parent

or adult, 18 and older, who would like to volunteer with children on the St. Thomas More campus, must fill out

the following requirements as mandated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Diocese of

Baton Rouge. For more information, or to start the process, please go to the St. Thomas More homepage then

under Parents & Students tab look for Volunteering at STM. The STM Home & School Association will reimburse

background check fees done between June 1st through September 30th, 2018. Any background checks done

after September 30th will not be eligible for reimbursement from Home & School; therefore, will be the

responsibility of the person completing the child protection application.

Congratulations to our 7th grade students who qualified for the Duke Talent

Identification Program

To qualify for Duke TIP, a student must score in the 95 th percentile on their 6 th grade SAT scores.

Duke is a nonprofit organization that has served academically talented students since 1980. Being

part of this program, the qualified student will take the ACT to better determine the extent of their

academic abilities. We would like to congratulate the following 7 th grade students:

Patrick Adams, Mackenzie Baer, Isabella Berry, Teviss Crawford, Camille Curry,

Jackson Cummings, Christopher Day, Avery Deaton, Ethan DeBarbieris, Brooks

Domenick, Andrew Dugas, Hadley Ewen, Adeline Fields, Ann Geyer, Tam Le,

Jonathan Lemoine, Monica Levron, Madeline McCoy, Isabelle McDermott, Nicolas

Nguyen, Claire Tran, Alexander Vidaurre, and Macy Wascom.

Nurses Notes

The nurse’s office needs uniforms! First Aid needs donations of the following: boys’

short-sleeved uniform shirts - sizes YM and up, girls’ short-sleeved banded shirts - sizes YL and

up, pleated skirts in larger sizes, and undershorts (the Nike/Soffe style shorts for older girls).

Nurse substitutes needed. If you are a parent that is a nurse and have an interest in

substituting for Nurse Rochelle, please contact her at 272-3072 or Child

protection is required. Stop by any time if you would like to check it out!

Hearing and vision screening dates have changed! We will screen K, 1, 3, 5, & 7 on

Wednesday, September 26 th with a follow-up day on Wednesday, October 10 th . Volunteers

are greatly needed and appreciated!

Scoliosis screenings for sixth grade students will be Wednesday, October 17 th . A packet

will be sent home with your student several weeks in advance with more information.

St. Thomas More Pack 228 is inviting your

son to join Cub Scouting. In Cub Scouts, your

son will have lots of fun, learn new things and

make new friends. Cub Scouts is much more

than that; it is fun with a purpose.

Cub Scouting is a family oriented organization that develops character, leadership,

communication skills and good citizenship. Scouting is fun for the whole family. In

Scouting, boys start with their best right now selves and grow into their very best future

selves. It’s fun, hands-on learning and achievement that puts kids in the middle of the

action and prepares them for today – and for life.

Please join us for a Pack meeting on September 5 th from

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.

You can also check out our website at

Contact information for STM Pack 228 Crystal Hebert 225-400-5326.

St. Thomas More

Knights of Columbus

Council 5530

Soccer Challenge

St. Thomas More Football Field

Sunday, September 9, 2018

2:30pm – 4:30pm

Open to all Boys and Girls

Ages 9-14 (as of September 1)

The Goal is to make the most points by accurately kicking penalty kicks!

Home & School Association



The STM Home and School Association provides support, services, enrichment,

and prayer for our students and faculty. We strive to complement the efforts

of St. Thomas More Catholic School in pursuing the goals of Catholic

education. All parents are encouraged to share your talents to enhance our

children’s academic excellence, personal growth and faith development.


Jump In!

This is YOUR invitation to get involved. Please jump in and make a difference at STM. Home and

School has many opportunities for parent involvement. Visit our SignUpGenius page to see the many

volunteer opportunities available at STM. Be sure to check all the tabs. We are in immediate need

of Room Parents, Fun Run Volunteers and Label Parents. We also have ongoing opportunities for

prayer through our Prayer Line and Adoration Hours. Follow this link or visit the school website and click

the link there.

Fun Run is Coming Soon!

The Fun Run kickoff is Tuesday, September 18th. Please look for a more detailed

SignUpGenius coming to the Home & School SignUpGenius tabs soon! Volunteers will

be needed to help count laps, hand out water and cheer on the students. Stay tuned for

more information!

Come to a Home & School Meeting!

We welcome all school families to attend

Home and School meetings. You can find

the Home & School Meeting Schedule on

the school calendar and on the Home &

School page of the school website. Join us

for our September meeting FRIDAY,

September 7th 7:45am in the STM Saint

Teresa Meeting Room (this is the former

church nursery). We make an effort to

begin our meetings on time. Meetings

will not last more than an hour. Join us!

Sign up and spend a beautiful hour with

our Lord on Mondays from 8am to 9am.

Sign up at:


Come to First Friday Mass!

Bring your child(ren) and join us for First

Friday Mass (the first Friday of each

month). September’s First Friday Mass is

on September 7 th at 7am and concludes in

time for students to get to morning

assembly. Walk the kids to the gate then

join Home & School for coffee in the Saint

Teresa Meeting Room. On this Friday –

feel free to stay for the Home & School

meeting if your schedule permits (see


STM Enhanced Learning Team – Volunteers Needed!

Our Enhanced Learning Team is a great way for students to better understand important units during

the school year. The learning and memories of fun last a lifetime. If you would like to be a part of

that - help is needed for the following events:

Date Learning Event Time

12/11 3 rd Grade Colonial Day 7:30AM-10:45AM

01/24 1 st Grade Simple Machines Day 7:45AM-12:00PM

02/05 5 th Grade American History Day 7:30AM-10:30AM

02/22 6 th Grade Cajun Day 12:00NOON-2:30PM

03/14 8 th Grade Pi Day 1:00PM-2:30PM

03/22 2 nd Grade Human Body Day 7:45AM-11:30AM

04/11 3 rd Grade Math Olympics 7:30AM-12:00PM

04/30 Kindergarten Science Day 8:30AM-12:45PM

05/09 4 th Grade Taste Fair 11:15AM-2:30PM

To volunteer, please contact Karen Saunders or sign up on the Home & School signup

genius at

Thankful Thursdays!

Let's treat our faculty and staff to treats! Once a month on “Thankful Thursday” we will provide

refreshments for our hard-working staff. Please sign up to help at The dates are listed below:










Good Samaritan Pantry is Back Open!

STM Home and School is pleased to bring back the “Good Samaritan

Pantry” for Fall 2018! This is a wonderful opportunity to be the

hands of Christ for our STM school community.

What is it?

The STM Good Samaritan Pantry is a freezer with home-cooked frozen dinners we keep on hand for

families when they need a helping hand. Parents become ill, have surgery, have a new baby or just

need a hand from time to time. A home-cooked meal is a wonderful gift for a family.

How does it work?

Each grade level is assigned a month of the school year. During your class’s assigned month we ask

that your grade level contribute five entrees for the Good Samaritan Pantry. A SignUpGenius has

been created for the entire school year.


September 7th grade

October 6th grade

November 5th grade

December 4th grade

January 3rd grade

February 2nd grade

March 1st grade

April Kindergarten

Step 1:

Step 2:

Step 3:

Step 4:

Sign up on the Home & School SignUpGenius to make an


Prepare a home-cooked entree.

Place the entree in a disposable container. Complete the

form included in the SignUpGenius link and tape it to your

entree OR write the information on the top of your


Bring your entree to the school office. Let the office staff

know that the item is for the Good Samaritan Pantry.

How do I ask for a meal(s)?

A family requesting meal support can make a meal(s) request by emailing Home & School

at or calling or emailing our Good Samaritan Pantry Coordinator

Alicia Quebedeaux at 225.221.6005 or Friends or family may make

a request on their behalf as well.

Want More Info? Visit the school webpage or contact: Alicia Quebedeaux, Home and School Association President at or 225.221.6005

2 nd Grade:

Preparation for First


STM will host a parent

meeting for students in 2 nd

grade who will be receiving

their sacraments at St. Thomas

More Parish. The meeting will

be in the Main Hall of the

Parish Activity Center on

Wednesday, September 5 at

Noon, and again at 7:00pm. If

you are unable to attend one of

the scheduled meetings,

please contact Sarah Neau at

the Parish Office, 275-3940 or

by email:

Baptismal Seminars &


If you have a child under the

age of 6 who you would like to

have baptized, informational

seminars are held on the 1 st

Tuesday of each month at

7:00pm in the Church. Forms,

seminar dates, and scheduled

baptismal weekends can be

found on the parish website, under the

Sacraments and Service

tab. For more information,

please contact Sarah Neau at

the Parish Office, 275-3940

or by email:

Join Us for the Next

Great Adventure

Bible Timeline

Study: Acts – The

Spread of the

Kingdom. The Acts

of the Apostles

provides us more than a history of the First

Christians; it is the story of the Early Church with

the Holy Spirit as the protagonist. Christ did not

leave His Apostles alone, He sent the Holy Spirit

to guide, instruct and equip them. Enrich and

deepen your faith as you learn how the Apostles

continued Christ’s mission on earth through the

Power of the Holy Spirit. Join us for Acts: The

Spread of the Kingdom beginning the week of

September 10. This study is offered twice a

week, on Monday evenings at 6:30pm in the Main

Hall of the Activity Center and Tuesday mornings

at 9:30am in the Mother Teresa Room. The study

is 20 sessions long so that it will be broken into

two 10 week sessions, the first occurring from

September through November, and then again

January through April. If you are worried about

committing to the full 20 weeks, don’t fret, along

with your study materials, you will receive an

online access code that will allow you to watch the

presentations from any electronic device with

internet access. However, to get the best benefit

of the study, it helps to meet with the larger group

to share your answers to the workbook questions,

and join in the small group discussions.

Registration forms will be available at the parish

office or on the parish website.

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