white envelope - St. Thomas the Apostle School

OFFICE: 574-264-4855
AFTERCARE: 574-361-4848
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.
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).
John Wiggans
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
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!
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.
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!
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
Convenient Online Ordering and Pick up at your
Placing an order
a. Order on line at www.marketday.com and register St
Thomas as your school of choice
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
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
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
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
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 &
----------------------------------------------------# of cards_____ x $25=_________
Checks payable to: STS YAC
Deliver to student________________________
Room#_____ Grade_______