September 19, 2012
Strive to be more
First in a Series....
Author Visit and Book Signing 

Today,  St. Thomas More students welcomed nonfiction children's author Ginjer L. Clarke.  Ms. Clarke read her exciting nonfiction animal books to grades K to 5.  She talked about being an author, how a book gets made, writing tips and exercises, and fascinating facts about some unusual creatures.  The funding for this program was provided by the STM PTO.  


Auction Meeting - Tonight!  

Have you ever wanted to get involved in the STM community? Please join us tonight at 7:00pm in the STM Library as we brainstorm ideas for the 2012 - 2013 Auction.  

All parents and ideas are welcome!  Please email Nancy Meehan at if you are interested in attending or helping with the auction. 
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. 
Pizza Lunch This Friday
This Friday's Pizza Lunch will benefit the 7th grade.  Please send in healthy snacks (no nuts) and non-food items for the market table.  Also, if you are free that morning (and you are VIRTUS trained), please consider volunteering between 11:00 and 1:15.


Reminder: For every $10 spent on items for the market table,  you can claim credit for 1 hour of volunteer time. 


Thank you!


Laurie Purpuro
International Festival - We Need Your Help!


October 13, 2012   12-4 pm



Do you know which country sent the first animal in space to orbit the earth?  Can you name the six International Space Program that have flown animals into deep space?  Did you know the International Space Station weighs 100 million pounds and is four times as large as the Russian space station Mir, and about five times as large as the U.S. Skylab?
Come to the International Festival to find out the answers to these questions and more interesting facts about the Countries and their partnerships on the International Space Station! 
Now, would you believe the International Festival is only 4 weeks away? Have you reserved your spot and is your family name on the attached list?
Entrance fee per family, including volunteers, is ONE DISH or DESSERT from your US State, Country, or Continent of origin to serve 8-10 people. There will be a Cake Walk, donated International Gift Baskets and a raffle that includes an IPOD Touch, Lego Space Shuttle Expedition, Nook e-reader, American Girl dolls and many  more.  The raffle and cake walk tickets are $2 per ticket or $5 for 3 tickets. 
Please volunteer and/or make an International gift basket or other donation for the raffle (every $10 donated is equivalent to 1 volunteer hour), please contact Jose Dimas or Carolyn Majowka at

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.   
STM - 4th Grade Girls CYO Players!


Looking for any 4th grade girl who is interested in playing basketball!


Our 4th grade girls coach for the season is Phil McConnell and our own STM parent David Jayne will be his Assistant.  In addition to this CYO team, Phil coaches another 4th grade team who will play in a fall league only.  He has asked any STM 4th grade girl who is interested in playing basketball for STM this year or maybe for his other team, to send out an email to get you into the gym early.  Coach Phil has a tryout/open gym this week.  There is no pressure on attending nor, if you don't attend, it will have no bearing on playing for STM CYO later in the fall.


If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email Michael Paul at or Coach Phil at  



The tryout will be held on Friday (Sept. 21st) at Weyanoke ES from 6:00pm-7:30pm.(address is below)
Please understand that fall league is about getting the girls out on the court again to play and get to know each other. Winning is a plus but will not be our focus at this time.

If you have any questions, please let me know.
Thank you,

Phil McConnell
Weyanoke ES - 6520 Braddock Road, Alexandria, VA 22312
Hot Lunch 2012 - 2013
Get your hot lunch form here!  Parents have the option to purchase the monthly, quarterly or the full year option.  All payments due by Monday, September 24, 2012.
SeaPerch for 6th, 7th and 8th Grade Students 

Melissa Pore is once again offering the The SeaPerch Program this fall at STM.  SeaPerch is a STEM based curriculum project developed by MIT in which students build underwater rovers from a basic kit of everyday materials. This program introduces students to the basics of engineering and physics as they learn how to use tools to create an underwater robot, modify their design, test and troubleshoot electrical connections, and finally to navigate their vehicle remotely in the water through a series of challenges! STM 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students in the SeaPerch Sub Club will then have the opportunity to enter a regional challenge to see how their underwater rovers measure up under pressure!


In order to participate in the program, students must have a parent present with them for each build session. Each student and parent will attend at least 2 of 3 build sessions to be able to participate in the regional challenge in Manassas, VA on January 21 from 8am-12:30pm.  Parent attendance is a REQUIREMENT for this project.

Use the following link to register your child.  
Enrichment Classes 

Thank you to all the families who are participating in the Enrichment Programs this fall.  Unfortunately, some classes needed to be cancelled due to low enrollment.  We are planning to offer the classes that were cancelled in late November or January. If you have registered for a class that was cancelled, please check your child's backpack for the returned check.  Checks should  go out on Thursday.  

Classes that were cancelled:
Gourmet Chefs
Thinking Skills
Competitive Robotics
Mad Science 

For those students who have registered I have listed the name of the club and the day that it begins: 

Chess Club:
Thursday, September 20, 2012. 

We Do Robotics
Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Junior Jazzercise
Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Flag Football
Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Overtime Athletics - Sports Spectacular 
Monday, October 1, 2012 

The Science Seed 
Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Tiny Chefs
Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Friday, October 12, 2012

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at or at (703)528-6781 ext. 41. 
St. Thomas More Band Schedule - 
Thursday, September 20th - all band students are asked to attend lessons with or without your instrument!
1st Advanced Band Class Schedule
Group 2 All Adv. Clarinets 5th - 8th Grade at 9:05
Group 3 All Adv. Alto / Tenor Saxes 5th - 8th Grade at 9:30
Group 4 All Adv. Baritone, Tromb. Bass Clar.  5th - 8th Grade at 10:00
Group 5 All Adv. Trumpets 5th - 8th Grade at 10:30
Group 6 All Adv. Drums at 11:30 5th - 8th Grade at 11:00
Group 1 All Adv. Flutes 5th - 8th Grade at 11:30 A.M
* Completed Band Registration forms are required in order to take lessons.
Yes - Band Lunch from 12:00 to 12:20
Full Band Rehearsal (5th,6th, 7th, and 8th Grade) - 12:20 - 12:55 P.M.
Beginner Band Class Schedule
Group 8 Beginner Clarinet at 1:00
Group 9 Beginner Trumpet and Trombone at 1:30
Group 10 Beginner Alto Sax and Drums at 2:00
Group 7 Beginner Flute at 2:25
Advanced Assignments:  All adv. students are asked to practice 20 minutes each day.  New music was handed out:  Warm Up and Solos #1, Pirates Cave.  All Clarinet and Sax students are asked to have 2 1/2 Vandoren Reeds, and brass need to oil instruments.  Parents please support the routine of practice and bringing Instruments on Thursday.
Beginner 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 beforethe Sept. 13th lesson.  All beginners need to practice putting their instruments together everyday and play on the mouthpiece( develop embouchures)  Parents support regular practice and bringing instruments each Thursday.
Upcoming Events
Cherrydale Fund raiser - Sept / Oct.  - Your efforts and sales help the cost of your trip.  Cookie Dough - Everyone like cookies! Right.  
School Christmas Concert - December.


Issue: 4
In This Issue
First in a Series
Auction Meeting Tonight
Parish Picnic
Pizza Lunch
International Fesitval
Mark your calendar!
Hot Lunch
Enrichment Classes
STM Band

Looking Ahead: 

September 21, 2012

Middle School Open Gym 

6:30 pm - 8:30pm 


September 22, 2012

Parish Picnic 

5:00 - 9:00pm 


September 25, 2012

Building our Future



October 13, 2012

International Fesitval

12:00pm to 4:00pm


October 21, 2012

Open House

Prospective Pre-K and K


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Please join us at 

Mass on 



21, 2012

at 10:00am in the Cathedral.

The class preparing the mass is 6th grade.


STM teaches faith!