August 29, 2012
Strive to be more

Welcome Back! 


Nurse's Note

Welcome back, I am beginning my fourth year here at STM school as the School Nurse.  I am a Registered Nurse and have worked on a medical-surgical floor, doctor's office, urgent care and Catholic schools. I enjoy caring for your children.  Please contact me with any changes or medical problems that arise during the year so we can work as a team.  My clinic hours are Mon,Tues,Wed and Friday 7:30-3:30. On Thursdays, Mrs. Bauer provides first aid services in the clinic and is trained in CPR and First Aid. We also have 31 other staff members who are certified in CPR and First Aid training, ready for the new school year. We have 8 staff members trained in medication administration by Va. Dept. of Social Services.

Thanks to all the parents who have been diligently updating your child's emergency medication and doctor forms.  Each new or returning child who needs emergency medicine in school must have it on site in order for us to be prepared.  If your child needs emergency medicine for food allergy, asthma or other medical condition, there is no "grace period" for completion of forms or bringing in medicine.  These items must be on site no later then Friday morning in order for your child to remain in classes.  This is for your child's safety. 

If your student uses our extended day program regularly or on a drop in basis and also has medicine for a chronic condition in the school clinic, we need a second bottle/inhaler in the extended day office. Epipen pairs can be split and put in clinic and extended day. It is required by Arlington County regulation that we have medicine easily accessible by the extended day staff.

             Therefore, we are requiring a second dose of your child's medication to be kept in the extended day area in a locked cabinet.  This is for your child's safety and will also enable us to respond quickly to your student's needs. No further forms are needed if you have submitted the doctor's orders/plans to the school nurse for this school year already.


       Donna Lorge, RN,BSN

        703-528-6781 ext 28

Sponsor an Ad in the STM Student Directory!
We are finalizing the STM Student Directory. This year, we are offering a full page ad for $500 and 1/2 page ad for $300. Whether you want to advertise your company or simply shout well wishes from the rooftop, this is a unique opportunity for you. Just send us your ad or we will create one for you!  

Act fast as space is filling up! If interested, please send all details to either Sean Perkins at or Dina Hart at

First Parking Spot
Last year one lucky family purchased the premier sport at the auction.  This family will be able to drive right up to the head of the line during dismissal.  This parking spot will be closest to the playground - so please remember to leave that spot available.  Please see Mrs. Bauer if you have any questions.
"Boo Hoo" Breakfasts
After two very well-attended "Boo Hoo" Breakfasts, the Welcome Committee is very much looking forward to seeing the Pre-K parents on Tuesday.  Tissues will be provided. Welcome to our wonderful school!!   
New Families

If you did not receive a blue Welcome Folder, please contact Cristy Rugo This informational packet can be sent to you either via backpack mail or electronically in .pdf format.  



Parish Picnic & Oktoberfest - 
Join Father Rippy and the entire St. Thomas More Cathedral Parish & School Community on Saturday, September 22 from 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
 for an evening of fun, food and friends!  The festivities will take place under tents in the church parking lot by the school.  There will be games for kids, raffles, music and dancing with DJ, good food (hamburgers, hotdogs, bratwurst, sauerkraut, German potato salad, dessert) beer, and soda.  All food is free; there is a minimal charge for beer. 
Enrichment Programs! 

If you would like your child to attend one of  many Enrichment programs offered this year, follow the link to our website  for registration information!  Contact Tara Quaadman if you have any questions at or (703)528-6781 ext 41.
Running Royals
Track season is starting.  All 3-8th grade boys and girls are eligible to run track. 
We have one  meet in the fall which will be held October 13 -14th.  Practice will begin on
Wednesday September 5, 2012.  Practice runs from 3-4pm.  The runners meet in the hallway
by the library in their PE uniform or similar clothes.  There are 3 forms that need to be
completed and returned NO LATER THAN Tuesday, September 4.  The forms and more information
can be found on the website.  There is a $10 participation fee made payable to STM CYO. 


I am looking for a couple committed parents to assist with practice and the meet.  If interested, please
send an email.  Looking forward to another fabulous season.


Lanna Smith (843)830-2761







Come and join us as we sing for school masses.  Come with us on Sundays (usually twice a month) as we sing for the 9:30 Mass here at the Cathedral.  Come share your voice for special performances and celebrations and meet other children from other choirs -  and this year, from around the world.

If you are ready to sing, sing, sing... then download the Choir Contract, fill it out, and bring it to Mrs. Lee or Mrs. Carr in Room 13, by Thursday, September 20th.

Choir practice will begin NEXT THURSDAY, September 6 at 3:00 and will go unto 4:15.  Please meet outside Room 13, ready to sing your heart out and join in the fun!!


Click here for the contract.


**Parents - Choir members will receive a calendar with choir dates and all other necessary information about robes, practices, Masses, etc. at our first rehearsal.

See you then!!


Mrs. Lee and Mrs. Carr


Mark your calendar!
Striving for More Seats - Building Faith and Futures!

Join us on September 25, 2012 to meet with the architectural firm, Cox, Graae and Spack, who was selected by the facilities committee to develop the Master Plan for our school.   
St. Thomas More Ban

New Band Members

Instrument Demonstrations for 4th Grade - All 4th grade students will come to hear an introduction to the instruments offered in the beginning band program at S.T.M.  The meeting will take place in the gym on the following schedule:  band materials will be sent home at the end of these classes.

4A - 9:30 - 10:10 A.M. - Demonstrations of Instruments - 4th grade
4B - 10:15 - 11:00 A.M. - Demonstration of Instruments- 4th grade

Newly interested students from (5th - 8th) grade are welcome to come to the gym at any time between 9:15 A.M. and 12 (noon) to visit with Mr. Ward concerning joining the band.  Come to the gym.
Returning Band Members: 1st General Meeting for all (5th - 8th), 11:15 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.   
1st General Meeting for all returning band members will take place at 11:15 A.M. - 11:30 A.M. in the gym.  Registration materials will be handed out and a short welcome back talk will be given by Mr. Ward.  If a student has played before at another school, they are asked to come at this time as well.  
Parents' (Band Registration) Night Meeting:  Thursday, September 6th 6:45 P.M. / 7:30 P.M. 

An open registration will take place starting at 6:45 P.M., mostly for returning band students / parent and a meeting for new parents and students will also take place in the gym at 7:30 P.M.  Mr. Ward will answer any questions about joining the band program and registration for band will take place at the end.  Music and Arts Stores will be present renting instruments, selling books and supplies.

Band Lessons (4th - 8th) and Full Rehearsal will start on Thursday, September 13th.  Hopefully with instruments.  Thank you in advance for another great year in band at S.T.M.!  
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In This Issue
Welcome Back
Nurse's Note
Sponsor an Ad
First Parking Spot
Boo Hoo Breakfast
Parish Picnic
Enrichment Programs
Running Royals
Mark your calendar!
STM Band

Looking Ahead: 

August 31, 2012
11:30 Dismissal
No Extended Day 
September 3, 2012
Labor Day
No School

September 4, 2012

First Day of School 



Back to School Night

Grades 2 - 4



September 6, 2012

Band Parent Meeting

Grades 4 - 8 

6:45pm Returning


September 7, 2012

Pizza Lunch 


September 10 2012 

Back to School 

Grades 5- 8


September 11, 2012

Back to School 

Grades Pre-K - 1


 September 12, 2012

2:00pm Dismissal

Extended Day Available for all who are registered


September 22, 2012

Parish Picnic 

5:00 - 8:00pm 



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September 4, 2012


Eleanor McCormack
St. Thomas More Cathedral School