School News & Announcements

Scholastic Book Fair @ STM

posted Jan 22, 2020, 8:49 AM by Tania Gamache

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The Scholastic Book Fair will be held at St. Thomas More on Feb. 5th and 6th.  All proceeds will be used to purchase resources for the Learning Commons. A preview of the Fair will be scheduled for all classes on either Tuesday, Feb. 4th or Wednesday, Feb. 5th.  The Fair will be open for purchasing on Wednesday, Feb. 5th and Thursday, Feb. 6th during the school day.  

Your child will receive a brochure, highlighting some of the titles that MAY BE included in the Fair.

***PLEASE NOTE NOT ALL TITLES LISTED MAY BE AVAILABLE.***

Please note: School Cash On-line is NOT an option for the Book Fair. Cash ONLY - NO CHEQUES please.

Many thanks for your continued support.

Mrs. Smith-Davey (STM Library Technician)

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Dental Screening JK/SK and Grade 2

posted Jan 22, 2020, 8:46 AM by Tania Gamache

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Lynne Bérubé, a registered dental hygienist with Ottawa Public Health, will provide a dental screening using a tongue depressor on February 19-20, 2020 for STM students in grades JK, SK and Grade 2 and other children as necessary. If your child’s grade is not selected, but you wish for the dental hygienist to see him/her, please advise the school. All children screened will bring home a report.  Follow-up school visits by the dental hygienist for individual children may be done. The screening helps identify children with oral problems, dental needs and pain. Free dental care may be possible, if eligible.

THE SCREENING DOES NOT REPLACE REGULAR DENTAL VISITS WITH YOUR FAMILY DENTIST. 

This dental screening is provided in accordance with the Ontario Public Health Standards from Ontario Ministry of Health. Personal and personal health information collected during the screenings will be used for the purposes of delivering, administering and managing screening services and for statistical purposes provided under Sections 5 and 7 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act (as amended) and the Ontario Public Health Standards (2018). Information may be used and shared among Ottawa Public Health authorized employees in the provision of dental screening services.  Questions concerning the dental screening, the collection and use of this information or if you want to have your child excluded, call the Supervisor of Dental Health Promotion, Ottawa Public Health, 400-1580 Merivale Rd., Ottawa, ON, tel.: 613-580-2424 ext 26376.

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Popcorn Cycle 2

posted Jan 15, 2020, 8:01 AM by Tania Gamache

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The STM School Popcorn Program Cycle 2 will run from February 28 to June 12. Popcorn is available to all students (Kindergarten - Gr. 6). The popcorn is compliant with the nutritional guidelines related to PPM 150. Orders and payment for Cycle 2 are available now, live via School Cash Online. Do not miss out, orders will be accepted until Feb. 3rd, 2020.

Popcorn delivery will be on Fridays unless there is a PD Day in which case delivery will be on the Thursday of that week. School Cash Online is the preferred method of payment. Please note, STM no longer accepts cheques.
Payment accepted through to Monday, February 3, 2020.

Many thanks!

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Kindergarten Registration Week Jan. 13-17th / 2020

posted Jan 6, 2020, 11:59 AM by Tania Gamache

Kindergarten Registration Week Jan. 13-17, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Next week (Jan. 13-17, 2020) is FDK Registration Week in the Ottawa Catholic School Board. Children, who will be 4 years old by December 31, 2020 are eligible to begin Kindergarten in September 2020.  Parents are invited to drop by the school to complete the registration package at your convenience next week, Monday, Jan. 13 to Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 during the following hours: 9:00-11:00am and 12:30-2:30pm. Please see our school board website (http://www.ocsb.ca) for detailed information and required documentation for new registrations.  FDK REGISTRATION INFO

We will be offering brief guided tours of our school at designated time slots on the following dates: Monday, Jan. 13th @ 1:00, 1:30 and 2:00pm and Thursday, Jan. 16 @ 9:00, 9:30, 10:00 and 10:30am. Please call or email the school (613-739-7131)(thomas.more@ocsb.ca) to book an appointment for a school tour. 

St. Thomas More School will be hosting a Kindergarten information session with more specific details about the FDK program later in the spring.

If you wish to have a registration package sent home with an older sibling this week, please contact the school. Please feel free to share this information with friends and family.

We look forward to welcoming new families/students to the St. Thomas More community.

Thank you and God Bless.

Ms. Gotell, Mrs. Gamache and Mrs. Martin

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MAZZOLA - January Menu

posted Dec 17, 2019, 9:01 AM by Tania Gamache

Dear Parents/Guardians,

For your convenience, here is the January Mazzola Hot Lunch Menu options.

With thanks,

STM Parent Council

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Last Week Before Holidays!

posted Dec 16, 2019, 10:11 AM by Tania Gamache

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Family and friends are welcome to join our "Christmas Liturgy of the Word" on Tuesday, Dec. 17th at 1:50pm. 

STM will be celebrating our Christmas spirit with a theme day "Everything Christmas" on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019.

Staff and students are invited to wear festive clothing, hats, socks, accessories or the colors red and green on Friday.  We look forward to a cheerful day with lots of school spirit!

A heartfelt thank you to the STM community for your amazing generosity and support with our Advent projects. We collected many items for the Shepherds of Good Hope "Christmas Shoebox Campaign" again this year. Our community will bring joy to many children in need this Christmas (at STM and St. Luke Ottawa) due to your generous gift-giving with our STM Angel Tree. Thank you for sharing peace, hope, joy and love with those in need during the Advent season. Special thanks to the STM Parent Council for their generous donation to our STM Christmas Hamper Program (providing Christmas dinner to families in need). The generosity of our STM community has been overwhelming and greatly appreciated! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Joy to the World!

Please note: Due to the size of our growing school community, we will not be hosting a school-wide event with parent invitations this week. Christmas celebrations are happening throughout the week at various grade levels. Classroom teachers have extended invitations to special events this week that are family orientated. Thank you.

Safety Reminder: If you need to bring your dog on school property during arrival or dismissal, please ensure your dog is on a short leash at all times. Your dog should never be left unattended. Thank you.

On behalf of the STM community, we extend to you and your family best wishes for a most blessed Christmas holiday!

God Bless! 

Ms. Gotell and Mrs. Gamache

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SNOW Day Dismissal Procedure

posted Dec 8, 2019, 6:08 PM by Tania Gamache

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Winter has arrived! Please review the following protocol for snow days (when bus and small vehicle transportation is cancelled)

WALKING STUDENTS:

In the event of bus or small vehicle cancellations due to inclement weather, parents are asked to notify the school of absences for "walking students". It is very important that parents call (613-739-7131) or email (thomas.more@ocsb.ca) the school to indicate absences for walking students related to snow days.

Junior students, who walk home from school 'without their parents' on a regular school day, will be dismissed to walk home alone from the foyer. Please notify the main office and your child's teacher, if permission is NOT granted, for junior students to walk home alone on snow days.

For walking students, who attend Extended Day Programming (EDP), parents are required to report any absences to BOTH the school and the EDP program on snow days.

STUDENTS USING BUS TRANSPORTATION:

For students, who regularly travel on the bus, absences will be automatically noted due to the cancellation of bus transportation. Parents are not required to contact the school to report the absence for students, who travel on the bus.

Please note: On snow days, all students will be dismissed from the foyer of the school. All students will be in the foyer at 2:50pm, sitting in the designated areas of the foyer (as outlined on this MAP). Please go to these designated areas to pick up your child from the classroom educator. This NEW organization for dismissal from the foyer will ensure student safety and offer a more efficient pick-up at the end of the snow day for parents/guardians. 

Thank you!

Your continued support and cooperation are greatly appreciated.                                                                                                                             

Ms. Gotell, Mrs. Gamache and Mrs. Martin

Season of Advent

posted Dec 2, 2019, 7:37 AM by Tania Gamache   [ updated Dec 2, 2019, 7:40 AM ]

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Today we begin the Season of Advent and at the same time, we begin a new Liturgical calendar year. (Year A) 

Advent is an opportunity for preparation and anticipation. Christmas is the fulfillment of the hope given in Advent and the realization of God's promise. As Advent begins, we are called to reflect upon how ready we are for Jesus' coming. Are we "awake and attentive" to the numerous ways that God speaks to us on a daily basis?

May this Season of Advent be a time when you and your family prepare your hearts for the coming of our Lord.

The staff of St. Thomas More extend to you and your family best wishes for a blessed Advent Season!

Ms. Gotell and Mrs. Gamache

"Lord, as Advent begins, help me to put my eyes on You. Help me to open my ears to Your voice. Help me to open my heart to Your glorious presence.  May I be attentive to You in every way You desire to come to me. Jesus, I trust in You."     Amen.

Advent Project - 12 Days of Giving

posted Nov 26, 2019, 4:18 PM by Tania Gamache   [ updated Dec 2, 2019, 8:04 AM ]

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The Advent season is upon us, which means Christmas is just around the corner.  Students from STM will be involved in a community Advent project to experience the act of giving to the less fortunate. The Shepherds of Good Hope run a “Shoebox Program” for the homeless, who live or go to the shelter for Christmas dinner.

Each person, who goes to the shelter is given a wrapped shoebox, with a Christmas card attached. Inside the shoebox are items that they can use or consume. The items in the shoebox include, 1) Clothing- (something warm) - hats, mitts, gloves, socks, scarves.  2) Toiletry items- toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo ( approx. 385ml), deodorant, body wash (approx. 385ml), lip balm 3) Treats- mints, chocolate bars, or gum.  Other items may include a deck of playing cards, small notebooks and gift cards for a Tim Horton’s coffee. ($5 amount only)

This year, our Advent Project “12 days of Giving”, will continue to support the Christmas ShoeBox Campaign for the Shepherds of Good Hope. Beginning Nov. 27, students will be invited to bring in a variety of items outlined by the “12 Days of Giving”. Each of the 12 days will promote a different item that is in great need by The Shepherds of Good Hope. There is no expectation to bring in items every day, instead, as a family, please decide what you would like to contribute towards this campaign and send it in on the chosen day of the campaign. Our Social Justice Club will be tallying donations and organizing the donations into the Shoeboxes (to be ready for delivery). Special thanks to our Social Justice Club for their leadership with this special school-wide project. This year the Shepherds of Good Hope has asked our us to consider the urgent need for “toiletries for men”. 

We thank you in advance for your cooperation and support with our Advent project. The 12 Days of Giving will be an amazing opportunity for students, staff and families to engage in meaningful and deep conversations about love, kindness and mercy and the true spirit of giving during the Advent season.

With heartfelt appreciation,

STM Social Justice Club 2019

Angel Tree

posted Nov 22, 2019, 8:05 AM by Tania Gamache

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We have set up our "Angel Tree” in our foyer to support children in our community during the holidays. You are invited to take an angel from the tree, which will indicate the gender and age of a child. Please return an UNWRAPPED gift, with the angel tag attached, by December 16th. These gifts will support children in our community and children from St. Luke Catholic School in Ottawa, our sister school. This is a unique opportunity for our students to learn about the social Catholic teachings of Jesus Christ.

Thank you for being the "light of Christ" during the upcoming Advent season.

Thank you for your consideration to support this worthwhile initiative.

Your leadership team,

Ms. Gotell and Mrs. Gamache

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