ST. THOMAS THE APOSTLE SCHOOL 1331 N. MAIN STREET ELKHART, IN 46514 OFFICE: 574-264-4855 AFTERCARE: 574-361-4848 WEBSITE: STSELKHART.COM January 21, 2015 From the Principal’s Desk……………… Dear STS Families, As you know, this Sunday marks the beginning of Catholic Schools Week. Our students will be leading the ministries at the 11:30 Mass and we look forward to beginning our week of celebration in church. Our annual open house will be held immediately following Mass from 12:302:30. Last week, a parent shared with me that some families from our own parish haven’t visited St. Thomas School because they haven’t been invited to do so, needless to say, Fr. Jason and I will be working to correct that issue. Today, you will receive a flyer for the open house and I would encourage you to copy it and share it with any family that you feel would benefit from visiting our school. Our goal is to provide a tour and information to at least 100 new families. Please spread the word about our fantastic school and parish! Along with an excellent, highly qualified and dedicated faculty and staff, our school is blessed with incredible families. Our children are the best of the best, and you, our families provide amazing support for our school by volunteering, organizing events, actively engaging and participating in programs and organizations, demonstrating respect for our staff and by financially supporting the needs of the school. Jesus, my Savior, thank You for the blessing of my Catholic education. Thank You, too, for the gift of Your Holy Spirit who dwells within me always and who helps me live my faith. Let me not be bashful about spreading my “wings of faith.” Allow me to openly share the good news of Jesus in my daily words and actions. May I have the grace and courage to choose what is right and give witness to Your love always. Amen. One of our programs that provide significant financial support is SCRIP. Because of your loyal dedication to supporting the program, St. Thomas has been able to purchase new lunch tables, classroom desks and two new Promethean boards, totaling more than $20,000 just this year! Like any Catholic school, finances are always tight and as we look to expand curricular offerings, upgrade technologies and improve our facilities, programs like this are vital. If you have not yet tried the SCRIP program, I would encourage you to learn more. Usually, volunteers are set up in the gathering space at church each week after Mass, and they will be glad to answer any questions that you might have. This semester, the SCRIP program will aid in providing tuition reimbursement as well as helping with the playground project. Please help us by participating in the program. I would like to highlight one of our outstanding teachers this week. This year’s recipient of the Light of Learning Award is Ms. Christine Fox. She will be honored for her Christ-like excellence at a special luncheon during Catholic Schools Week. This will be the third time that Miss Fox has received this award. Please congratulate her on her award and thank her for loving the children at St. Thomas! This week we have continued our prayer focus, especially finding the light in others. The journey has lead us to discovering the fruits of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. We will be using Paul’s letter to the Galatians, specifically Chapter 5 as our guide as we continue to pray, Veni, Sancte Spiritus (Come, Holy Spirit). Peace, John Wiggans Principal Reminders….. Catholic School Week Open House, Sunday, January 25th from 12:30 - 2:30 pm. Catholic Schools Week Schedule Monday, January 26th Tuesday, January 27th Wednesday, January 28th Thursday, January 29th Friday, January 30th - Jeans Day/School Colors Spelling Bee for grades 4-8 @ 1:30 pm. Mismatch Day (no pajamas or leggings) Living Rosary (lead by grades 1 and 2) @ 8:15 am Family Group “Crafting” Jeans Day/Favorite Sports shirt or team jersey All School Bingo (family groups) Talent Show Rehearsal - 3:15 - 4:30 pm Pajama Day (School Appropriate) Talent Show @ 1:30 pm and 6:00 pm Dress Up Day (Sunday Best) Mass - Child of the Light Awards St. Jude’s 100 Pennies/All School Collection (100th day of school) 6-8th grade dance 7-9 pm Students scheduled to be altar servers this weekend ar e: Saturday, January 24, 2015 5:30 pm: Jack Shupert, Janaye Acosta, Mila and Seni Nieves, Lauren Bryant Sunday, January 25, 2015 7:00 am: Erin Mahaffa and 2 volunteers 8:45 am: Jenaro DelPrete, Filip Kosel, Matthew DeShone, Matthew Earley and Drake Howard 11:30 am: Tommy Coates, Heather and Logan Curtis, Monica Alvarez and Kellen Demkovich 6:00 pm: Volunteers Please find a replacement if you cannot serve at your designated time. Nighttime PTO meeting If you can't make our morning PTO meeting on Thursday, February 5th, please join us for an evening update meeting that day at 7pm. (Location to be announced) We will review items discussed at our morning meeting and go over upcoming events. Come and share your ideas and find out if there is a committee or activity that could use your help. We hope to see you there!! Hacienda Give Back Night Hacienda will give St. Thomas 20% back on all purchases of food and gift cards on Tuesday, January 27th all day long! Gift cards cannot be used to pay for the meal that day. What better way to celebrate Catholic Schools week together as a community and help give back! Group: Date: Location: ST THOMAS THE APOSTLE SCHOOL 1/27/2015 Elkhart Hacienda Location You must receive this token from your organization prior to your event. Distribution of this token on Hacienda property will disqualify the organization from receiving any proceeds. Don't have time to eat out? Pick up a Hacienda gift card or Fiesta-to-go order. They count towards the fundraiser. PREVIOUSLY PURCHASED GIFT CARDS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED TO MAKE PAYMENT FOR YOUR PURCHASE WITH THIS TOKEN. SCRIP Snippets Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. If you want jewelry for your loved one. We have Macy’s, JC Penney’s and Kohl’s gift cards. If you want your “Honey Do” list completed, buy your own “honey” Menards or Lowes. In addition, we have itunes, Gamestop, Build a Bear and Barnes and Noble for your children’s gifts. Do you have or have access to tickets to a college or professional sporting event that could be donated to the Champs and Scholars Auction? We would very much appreciate your donations of sporting tickets (Notre Dame, Bears, Colts, Bulls, Cubs, White Sox, IU, Purdue) to make our auction baskets exceptional!! Just drop them off in the school office or contact Ann Britzke at [email protected] Thank you so much!! Try Something New This Year! ORDER MARKET DAY Market Day has two great offers for those who order online for February pick up. Receive a $20 promo code to spend at Shutterfly® when you make any purchase online at marketday.com for our February sale pick-up. Plus a Lenten Special! You'll receive a FREE 60 Count Cheese Ravioli when you spend $90 online at marketday.com and enter FEBBONUS at check out! Thank you for your support! Convenient Online Ordering and Pick up at your Leisure 1. 2. 3. Placing an order a. Order on line at www.marketday.com and register St Thomas as your school of choice Payment a. pay on line with credit or debit card Picking Up order a. Select the Gordon’s Food on Cassopolis Street or Mishawaka location as your alternative pick up location. Can be picked up at this location up to 5 days after original pick up date THIS WEEK IN STS SPORTS GAME RESULTS Basketball 5th grade BOYS St Thomas defeated Christ the King-white 38-15 Diego Campos, Alec Markley & Tony Maxwell each scored 8 points. St Thomas defeated St Joseph-gold 21-20 St Thomas lost to St Matthew 16-12 St Thomas defeated Holy Family 27-5 6th grade BOYS St Thomas defeated St Anthony 45-41 St Thomas defeated Holy Family 38-20 7th grade JV BOYS St Thomas lost to Holy Cross-blue 14-25 St Thomas lost to St Joseph-blue 23-33 St Thomas lost to Corpus Christi-blue 21-28 St Thomas lost to St PiusX 22-39 7th/8th grade Varsity BOYS St Thomas lost to Christ the King 26-38 St Thomas lost to St PiusX 22-37 St Thomas lost to St Joseph-SB 24-40 St Thomas lost to Holy Cross 26-53 St Thomas lost to Mishawaka Catholic 40-48 UPCOMING GAMES BASKETBALL 5th grade BOYS 1/25/15, Sunday @ 4:35pm St Thomas vs Mishawaka Catholic @ STS 6th grade BOYS 1/24/15, Saturday @ 12:15pm St Thomas vs St Matthew @ Mishawaka Catholic 1/25/15, Sunday @ 5:40pm St Thomas vs Christ the King-blue @ STS 7th/8th grade JV BOYS 1/25/15, Sunday @ 2pm St Thomas vs Holy Family-blue @ SJHS 7th/8th grade Varsity BOYS 1/25/15, Sunday @ 2pm St Thomas vs St Jude @ Marian HS GO SPARTANS!!! Game locations/times can change so please verify above information @ www.icclsports.org Look for the athletic scores/schedules to be on our new school website that is coming soon!! STS Family Sport Pass 2014-15 $25 Good for family admission (includes parents & their children) to all sporting events hosted in the St. Thomas gym this school year. Anyone can purchase these! Admission to ICCL sport events (volleyball, girls & boys basketball) is $7/family per event. Return order below to school to receive your pass before this weekend. Passes will also be sold at the admission table. These make a great gift for grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends & neighbors! ----------------------------------------------------# of cards_____ x $25=_________ Checks payable to: STS YAC Name__________________________________ Deliver to student________________________ Room#_____ Grade_______ THANKS FOR SUPPORTING STS ATHLETICS!
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