Perfect Unity, Colossians 3:13-14 September, 2018
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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!
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
24… Picture Retakes
27… FunD Run
28… Parent Conferences,
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
also include: Havyn
Henley, Sam Mengarelli
and Taylor Stockwell.
The Yearbook Editors and
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
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.
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 email@example.com. 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
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.
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
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4aafa72ea2fe3-home 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up on the Home & School signup
genius at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4aafa72ea2fe3-home.
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
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0d4da4af23a1f85-thank1. 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. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0d4da4af23a1f85-
September 7th grade
October 6th grade
November 5th grade
December 4th grade
January 3rd grade
February 2nd grade
March 1st grade
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 email@example.com or calling or emailing our Good Samaritan Pantry Coordinator
Alicia Quebedeaux at 225.221.6005 or USL8993@cox.net. Friends or family may make
a request on their behalf as well.
Want More Info? Visit the school webpage www.stmbr.org or contact: Alicia Quebedeaux, Home and School Association President at
USL8993@cox.net 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
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,
www.stmchurch.org 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
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.