October 10, 2012
Strive to be more

Dear Parents, 


Thanks to all the fundraising efforts in 2011-2012, each classroom has received a new Epson Projector!  Teachers and students are very excited about the new equipment!  Teachers also received new computers and new software has also been purchased!   Thank you, thank you for all your support!


Also new this year is the curriculum focus on the wonderful accomplishments of NASA.  We have several assemblies in the planning stages to include a visit by an astronaut.  Classes are planning field trips and our International Fest celebrates with the theme of the International Space Station.


Due to our increased enrollment, we have also enjoyed an increased enrollment in the Extended Day Program.  To accommodate the students, our Extended Day schedule has received a makeover.  The students have been very flexible as we redesign some schedules and some spaces for all the students in Extended Day.   Information regarding the new schedules is available in Extended Day.


Please note: in order for Mrs. Page to schedule a proper number of staff members, you must register to use Extended Day.    Extended Day is a fee based program.   Expenses must be paid and the program relies on a timely payment of all child care charges to pay the expenses.  All accounts must be paid by the due date or future care may be denied.  Thank you for understanding.


Save the date: Saturday, October 13, 2013... is our annual International Fest in Lee Hall.  Plans are underway for a very exciting event!


Hope to see you there.


Eleanor McCormack


Hate to wait in line at Drop Off in the morning?  At 7:45 there has been little to no cars going through the line. So come early and enjoy an almost stop free drop off. 
International Festival


October 13, 2012   12-4 pm
Please remember to complete the Family Name: Country of Origin Wall Art by this Thursday so we can include it in the Festival.  You can return it via backpack mail to Jose Dimas c/o Hannah Dimas (Magruder).  If you are unable to attend the Festival, please complete one anyway so that everyone can know where your family name originates.
If you are donating a basket or an item for the raffle, please bring it to the STM school front office by Friday and we will pick it up.
Plan on joining more than 300 attendees for "Out of this World"  fun and enjoy food from all over the world! Entrance fee is ONE DISH or DESSERT from your US State, Country, or Continent of origin to serve 8-10 people.
Win an IPOD Touch, Lego Space Shuttle Expedition, Nook e-reader, American Girl of the Year - McKenna, or new American Girl Caroline. Raffle and cake walk tickets are $2 per ticket or $5 for 3 tickets.
There is still time to RSVP, 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 
2013 - 2014 Registration
Really - You want me to do What!??!
Yes, we know it sounds absurd but we need to know your intentions for the next school year.  We have families already lining up to register for the 2013 - 2014 school year.  They have heard about the great programs at STM.  We want to ensure that we have a space for every one of our current students and their siblings. Please complete the attached form and return it to the office with your registration fee of $250.00.  If you have a hardship and cannot pay the $250.00 now, please contact the office and we will work with you.  
Registration Dates: 
October 1 -  Open to Current Families and Siblings
November 1 - Opens to New Catholic Families
December 1 - Opens to All Other Families  
Nurse's Note 
Parent Volunteers Needed for Lion's Van  Vision and Hearing Testing Van will be here October 24th from 8-1.  Thanks to the three volunteers who have called.  However,we need 6-8 volunteers for the whole time to allow the screening to run efficiently. Volunteer hours given for helping with this important testing of our children! Contact clinic to sign up!

Flu season is right around the corner-Get your flu vaccine now for yourself and your children if your doctor recommends it.  See link for more information. 
Food Allergies and Halloween Parties:  Please be mindful of allergies in your classroom as you donate items for the classroom party.  Parents of allergic students: Please provide safe snacks for the teacher's closet so your child may participate in the birthday celebrations.

r is the month we perform confidential hearing and vision
screenings and also update the children's medical record with their growth pattern.  Kindergarten students will be (tested) screened  with picture vision charts/audiometer on a later date by the nurse.  The Lion's van for Grades 1-8 will be here October 24th and has specialized vision equipment and hearing booths to check your student at NO COST.  This is the link to the form under nurse forms if you want your child's hearing/vision tested.  If you do not submit a form by 10/19, unfortunately your child  will not be screened.

If you do not want your child to participate in the confidential medical record update, please send a written note for their file by October 17th-opting out of hearing and vision or medical record confidential growth updates(height and weight).  These readings are done privately, one student a a time, without anyone seeing the results, and are important for medication dosage and emergency use. No letters are sent home regarding these results. More information on nurse's page.
Teacher Appreciation Volunteers Needed!

Please volunteer to help show our wonderful teachers how much we
appreciate them. 

BONUS: You can earn volunteer hours while working from home.

WHAT WE DO: We host approx 4 teacher luncheons, an afternoon tea, and other special treats throughout the year.

WHAT YOU DO: When I contact you, you will choose whether you'd like to provide a food/drink item, which can be homemade or store bought, or make a monetary donation. I will send you a detailed email once you sign up. 

IF INTERESTED: Please email me -
Cheryl Cirenza at: bcirenza@mac.com

provide your name, phone number, and the preferred method of contact. I use email a lot but am happy to call if that's preferred!

Thank You,
Cheryl Cirenza
Teacher Appreciation Committee Chair
Track Meet

Track meet this Saturday and Sunday.  The meet will be held at Falls Church HS.   
7-8th grade compete Saturday morning and need to be there at 7:30am.  
5-6 grade compete Saturday afternoon and need to be there at 11:30am. 
3-4 grade is competing on Sunday and need to arrive at 11:30.  
Please support our runners! Go Royals!

CYO Basketball

The 8th grade girls basketball team is in desperate need of a coach and assistant coach.  Please contact Evan Tracey as soon as possible at 
if you can coach or have any questions about coaching. 

Registration for the 12'-13' St. Thomas More CYO Basketball season is now open!

Please complete the attached 4 forms and send into school, with the necessary payment, addressed to:

STM CYO - Grade and Team (boys/girls). Ex. STMCYO 6 Girls

Registration for all teams closes October 15th. So don't delay. 

Teams must have a minimum of 8 players to form a team.  Please don't delay sign-up NOW!

During registration, if you have any questions about the process or about our CYO program, please contact: Evan Tracey 703.299.9461 or at stmcyo@live.com.


Charity Walk - 

STM Walk for Military Veterans is on!  We will be walking on Oct.31st at 9:00am and returning by 11:00am.  Forms and more information will be sent home on Thurs. Oct. 11th. 
STM Development 
The Development Committee is about to release it's Second Annual Report - we are including a list of all the families and individuals who gave to our school in 2011 -2012 this includes - Auction Donors, Race for Education, Annual Appeal and Fund the Need.   Attached please find the
- if you do not see your name listed and you gave, please contact Tara Quaadman at tquaadman@stmschool.org so that we can rectify the mistake.  
Mark Your Calendar

Women's Council Spaghetti Dinner
 Saturday, November 3, 2012
4:00 to 8:00pm

See the flyer for more details!

America Sings!  

Kindergarten Families - Please join us for a musical extravaganza by STM's wonderful Kindergarteners! See flyer for more details.  Questions about this event?  Please contact Cristy Rugo: cristyrugo@me.com
St. Thomas More Band

Fundraiser Informaiton
Use the following link to purchase wrapping paper, gifts and other items to help support the STM band.  

St. Thomas More Band Schedule
Thursday, October 11th - Fund Raiser going on now!
Advanced Band Class Schedule
Group 5 All Adv. Trumpets 5th - 8th Grade at 9:05
Group 6 All Adv. Drums at 11:30 5th - 8th Grade at 9:30
Group 1 All Adv. Flutes 5th - 8th Grade at 10:00
Group 2 All Adv. Clarinets 5th - 8th Grade at 10:30
Group 3 All Adv. Alto / Tenor Saxes 5th - 8th Grade at 11:00
Group 4 All Adv. Baritone, Tromb. Bass Clar.  5th - 8th Grade at 11:30
 All students are asked to attend lessons and full band practice, with or without their instrument, hopefully with!

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 7 Beginner Flute at 1:30
Group 8 Beginner Clarinet at 2:00
Group 9 Beginner Trumpet and Trombone at 2:25
Group 10 Beginner Alto Sax and Drums at 1:00
Advanced Assignments:  All adv. students are asked to practice 20 minutes each day.  New music was handed out:  Warm Up and 3 - Solos including When the Saints Go Marching in; new band music includes Pirates Cave and Frenzy.  The student received a band new piece written by Mr. Ward this year:  Full Moon.  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 :  Many beginners are starting to show improvement skills on hands, putting together the instruments and mouthpiece blowing, continue to practice this basic skills. Check the instrument out and get extra reeds (Vandoren Reed #2) and oil for brass.  Practice the start of the new worksheet for a first song, Mary Had A Little Lamb. Good lessons last Thursday, keep up the good work. ALL PARENTS SHOULD BE ABLE TO RECOGNIZE MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB in the home practices

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.
The band will be traveling to Kings Dominion for the Music Festival on May 3rd.  The adv. band was informed that it will be performing for a famous band composer at the kings dominion festival in May and hopefully playing his music for judging.  

Issue: 7
In This Issue
Principal's Letter
Morning Drop Off
International Fesitval
2013 - 2014 Registration
Nurse's Note
Teacher Appreciation
Track Meet
CYO Basketball
Charity Walk
STM Development
Women's Spaghetti Dinner
America Sings
STM Band

Looking Ahead: 

October 13, 2012

International Fesitval

12:00pm to 4:00pm


October 17, 2012

Astronaut Joe Allen Visit



October 21, 2012

Open House

Prospective Pre-K and K


October 31, 2012

Charity Walk 


December 8, 2012

Barnes and Noble Book Fair at Seven Corners


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



Please join us at 

Mass on 


October 12

at 10:00 am in the Cathedral.  

STM Night at  
Silver Diner 
  in Claredon

November 7, 2012

5:00 - 8:00pm  

STM teaches faith!