September 12, 2012
Strive to be more

Student Council Board Members were sworn into office by Father Rippy on Friday, September 7, 2012.  The 2012 - 2013 officers are (left to right):  Alexia McCants, Vice President; Tino Mahlunge, Secretary; Conor O'Connor, Treasurer; Caroline Hickey, President and Hugh Quinn, Editor of the Royal Royal - STM Online Student Newspaper. 

STM teachers recited and signed their Profession of Faith before the entire school community at Mass on September 7, 2012.  
Pizza Lunch This Friday
The Pizza Lunch to benefit STM's Computer Program will be this Friday, September 14.  It is always a little more difficult to get volunteers and market table items for Pizza Lunches which benefit "specials" like computer, art, library, etc., because they do not have room parents.  So, this is a special plea to all parents to please consider volunteering on Friday.  Equally important, if you could send in non-food items and healthy snacks for the market table, that would be a big help.   For every $10 spent on items for the market table,  you can claim credit for 1 hour of volunteer time. 


We will need two parents to come to the cafeteria at 10:30 to set up the market table.  All other volunteers should come at 11:00.  The Pizza Lunch will be over around 1:15. 


If you can come at 10:30 to set up the Market Table, please let me know:


Thank you!


Laurie Purpuro

Nurse's Note

Handwashing!  Beginning tomorrow(Thursday) I will be holding handwashing sessions in each classroom.  We will have a short discussion, then I will allow each child who wants to try the glo-germ gel to apply it, then wash their hands, then place under the black light to see how effective their handwashing was! This is a favorite activity of the children and they will bring home a handout. I emphasize that these are pretend germs that won't hurt them.


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.


Need volunteer hours?  The Lion's Hearing and Vision Testing van will be here October 24th and we need approximately 6-8 parents to make these screenings run smoothly.  Please contact clinic to sign up.

Donna Lorge, RN,BSN 
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.
First in a Series....
Author Visit and Book Signing 

On Wednesday September 19, St. Thomas Morewill be welcoming nonfiction children's author Ginjer L. Clarke from Richmond, VA, to read her exciting nonfiction animal books to grades K to 5 and talk about being an author, how a book gets made, writing tips and exercises, and fascinating facts about some unusual creatures.


All of Ginjer Clarke's books are paperbacks and are part of the Penguin Young Readers series, targeted for ages 6 to 9, but fun for kids and families of all ages. If you would like to purchase her affordable, best-selling books for your children and have them signed, please return the order form by September 18, 2012.  


We are delighted to offer this wonderful opportunity to the students and thank the PTO for making this author visit possible!



Mrs. O'Rourke, Librarian


Ginjer Clarke Book Order Form 

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. 
International Festival - We Need Your Help!


October 13, 2012   12-4 pm


Have you RSVP'd to join us at the International Festival?  The Festival is only a few weeks away! Reserve your spot today at ! Entry Fee is a dish or dessert to serve 8 to 10.


Can you volunteer?  We need volunteers to help with Set-Up/Clean-Up, Food, Donations & Raffle, and the International Space Station Center Activities.  Earn volunteer hours early in the year! Also, a great way to meet STM families!


Can you bake?  We need cake donations for the Cake Walk. Every $10 donated counts as 1 volunteer hour.


Are you creative?  We need donated International or space themed baskets for our raffle.  If you do not have time to create a basket, you may donate small items such as toys, books, recipes, non-perishable goods, and gift certificates to restaurants.  You can send the items to the school office with your children or contact Lorena Permuy at


Did you know you could be the WINNER of an IPod Touch, American Girl Dolls, Nook E-reader, Lego Space Shuttle Expedition, or an International or space themed basket of goodies?  Purchase your tickets after Sunday morning masses or at the Parish Picnic: $2 per ticket or $5 for 3 tickets. You do not need to be present to win!  Contact Jose Dimas or Carolyn Majowka at

-Jose Dimas & Carolyn Majowka

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.


Track Forms


Lanna Smith (843)830-2761
Tennis will start on Wednesday,  Sept 12, 2012 from 6-8 pm at TOWERS PARK, in Arlington at 801 South Scott St.  All practices will be held on Wednesdays from 6-8pm at Towers Park.
Questions please contact Cathy Hickey @ 703-489-2666
Volunteers are needed to ensure we can continue to have a team!


Thanks! Cathy Hickey

Calling All Choir Members!!  

Experienced and New!!






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 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 at 7:00pm 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 Band Schedule - 
Thursday, September 13th

All band students are asked to attend lessons with or without your instrument!
1st Advanced Band Class Schedule
Group 1 All Adv. Flutes 5th - 8th Grade at 9:05 A.M.
Group 2 All Adv. Clarinets 5th - 8th Grade at 9:30
Group 3 All Adv. Alto / Tenor Saxes 5th - 8th Grade at 10:00
Group 4 All Adv. Baritone, Tromb. Bass Clar.  5th - 8th Grade at 10:30
Group 5 All Adv. Trumpets 5th - 8th Grade at 11:00
Group 6 All Adv. Drums at 11:30 5th - 8th Grade at 11:30
* Completed Band Registration forms are required in order to take lessons.
Yes - Band Lunch from 12:00 to 12:20
Full Band Rehearsal (6th, 7th, and 8th Grade) - 12:20 - 12:55 P.M.
add 5th grade next week!
Beginner Band Class Schedule
Group 7 Beginner Flute at 1:00
Group 8 Beginner Clarinet and Alto at 1:30
Group 9 Beginner Trumpet and Trombone at 2:00
Group 10 Beginner Drums at 2:30
Assignments:  Advanced and Beginners are asked to take instrument out of the case and assemble.  Check the instrument out and get extra reeds and have oil for brass.  Make sure your instrument is in operating condition.  Beginners watch the DVD instructions and the Advanced are asked to go over old materials before the Sept. 13th lesson.
Upcoming Events
Cherrydale Fund raiser - Sept / Oct.  - Your efforts and sales help the cost of your trip.  Cookie Dough - Everyone like cookies!
School Christmas Concert - December.
Issue: 3
In This Issue
Around the School
Pizza Lunch
Nurse's Note
Sponsor an Ad
First Parking Spot
First in a Series
Parish Picnic
International Fesitval
Mark your calendar!

Looking Ahead: 

 September 12, 2012

2:00pm Dismissal

Extended Day Available for all who are registered


September 19, 2012

Author Visit and Book Signing

Grades K - 5


September 21, 2012

Middle School Open Gym 

6:00 pm - 9:00pm 


September 22, 2012

Parish Picnic 

5:00 - 9:00pm 


September 25, 2012

Building our Future



International Fesitval

October 13, 2012

12:00pm to 4:00pm


Submissions for the EBlast are due on the Tuesday before the Wednesday Eblast.  Send articles to:


Hot Lunch 



September 4, 2012


STM teaches faith!