November 1, 2012
Strive to be more

Important Information about Report Cards 


Report Cards will be distributed on November 5, 2012.  There is a new grading system for the report cards.  Listed below is the information contained in the handbook regarding the new reporting system. 




Overall evaluation of the student must be based on teacher judgment and observation of the student's daily work, class participation, effort and performance on teacher prepared tests (to include but not be limited to projects, portfolios and other tools of assessment).

The purpose of report cards is to alert the parents and present to them an assessment of their child's achievement in his/her academic studies.


Students with identified disabilities who have a current IEP or Student Assistance Plan should receive an asterisk on their report card grade when modifications have been made to the curriculum. A modification changes the content, instructional level or student work load of subject matter or tests. Conversely, accommodated programs should not be denoted.


GRADING SYSTEM (SCHOOLS ADOPTING NEW REPORT CARD) Please note: STM has adopted the new Diocesan Report Card


Grades 1-2


M Meets Grade Level Standards - Child consistently meets skills

P Progressing Towards Grade Level Standards - Child is in process of developing skill

NI Needs Improvement - Child is not demonstrating skill

Academic Progress Scale

The letter M, P or NI is indicated in the appropriate box for each subject area.

* (asterisk) indicates modified curriculum


Grades 3-8 use numeric (percentage) grades. Below 70 is designated by an F.


Indicators for Effort, Specials and Personal Development

3 Very Good

2 Satisfactory/Good

1 Needs Improvement

X Unsatisfactory


Interim reports are issued at the mid-point of each quarter for students as needed. Both quarterly and interim reports must be returned with parent's signature within three (3) days of issuance. Parents are encouraged to take special note of Effort and Conduct marks and teacher comment section, in addition to the grades for academic areas, in order to aid in the improvement of the child's growth and performance.



Honors for Students in Grades 5 through 8


FIRST HONORS - 93-100 and 2 or 3 in Effort, Specials and Personal Development.


SECOND HONORS - 85-92 and 2 or 3 in Effort, Specials and Personal Development.


Grades/transcripts will not be posted nor will report cards be distributed if all family accounts (Book fee, Tuition, Extended Day, Library etc.) are not current.

Parent Teacher Conferences

November 7th and 8th*
Please use door 13 (Extended Day door after 3:15 to enter building)

* or your mutually agreed upon time.
STM Night at  
Silver Diner 
  in Claredon

November 7, 2012
5:00 - 8:00pm  
Looking for a few good people to help with the event.  Please contact Tina Lyons at if you can help. 

Registration Update - 2013 - 2014


70% of current students have registered for the 2013 - 2014 school year.  Thank you to all the parents helping us plan for next year! 


PreKindergarten - 17 current families registered in PreK with 13 new families received today!  For a total of 30 students - we are starting a waiting list!


Kindergarten - 39 current students registered for Kindergarten and 8 new families


1st Grade - 46 current families and 2 new students 


2nd Grade - 50 current students registered 


3rd Grade - 34 current students registered 


4th Grade - 27 current students registered 


5th Grade - 27 current students registered with 2 new students 


6th Grade - 21 current students registered 


7th Grade - 13 current students registered


8th Grade - 11 current students registered 


If you have not registered as of yet, 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: 
November 1 - Opens to New Catholic Families
December 1 - Opens to All Other Families  
Nurse's Note 

Next Monday, 11/5, we will be checking the Kindergarten hearing and vision from 8-11 a.m. as well as updating their growth patterns on their record.  If any parents would like to assist with this, please call the clinic as we need about 4 people for this to run smoothly. Your service counts as volunteer hours!


Donna K Lorge, RN, BSN
STM School Nurse


The next VIRTUS class hosted at STM will be on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm in the gym.


There are only a few spots remaining. 


Please follow the link to register for the class.  You must include your first and last name. 


If you have any questions, please contact Mimi Neubauer at  

Box Top Wars!

To increase our participation in the Box Tops and Labels for Education programs, we are conducting a contest among the classes to see which class can contribute the most BT4E and L4E points labels (per student average per class).  The class that contributes the most label points/per student will win a popcorn or cupcake party*.


For example:  A class with 20 students that contributes 200 label points has a per student average of 10 label points; a class with 15 students that contributes 200 label points has a per student average of 13 label points.  The class with 15 students would win the competition for class with the most point labels per student average.


The contest includes the collection of both Box Tops for Education (BT4E)

and Labels for Education (L4E).



The contest runs now through November 27, 2012.


Attached is a contest flyer - it will be sent out via Wednesday Blast and the Room Parents.

Also attached are instructions on how the points are tallied and sheets that the students may prefer to use over bundling their labels in plastic bags.


Your class does not have to participate.  Of course, participation is greatly appreciated.  Especially since the proceeds benefit STM - the earnings fund the purchase of additional equipment and supplies. 


With previous years' earnings, the PTO bought the school playground items such as soccer and footballs, lemon twists balls, jump ropes, cones, etc.  Our wish list is long and our goals are high, so please help us in earning more for our school.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Cristina Farias-Gomez and Mickey Grammatica Fletcher.


We appreciate your attention to this matter and thank you in advance for your kindness with this activity.  More Information.



Mickey and Cristina


2013 STM Auction 


Raffle Tickets on Sale Now!  
Enter to win UP TO a year of tuition for one child 
for the 2013-2014 school year. 
Ticket Sales Will Determine Winning Value  
$25 for 1 ticket $100 for 5 tickets  
Early Bird Special ~ $100 for 6 Tickets ~ 
If Purchased by Dec 21st 

Drawing will be held on March 2, 2013  
at the " " Auction  
(Purchaser does NOT need to be present to win!) 
Tickets can be purchased VIA school mail  
Send your check (payable to STM PTO) to 


Tuition Raffle Flyer  

The Royal Roar

Read the latest edition of the STM's own newspaper! 

Chick Fil A Update 


STM has raised $90 through the Chick Fil A fundraiser so far!  The fundraiser runs through December 31, 2012.  Don't forget to stop by and pick up some chicken!  If you have any questions, contact Cindy Kaul.  



CFC is the world's largest and most successful annual

workplace charity campaign, with more than
300 CFC campaigns throughout the country and
internationally to help to raise millions of dollars
each year. Pledges made by Federal civilian, postal
and military donors during the campaign season
(thru December 15th) support eligible nonprofit
organizations that provide health and human
service benefits throughout the world. The
Director of OPM has designated to the Office of
CFC Operations responsibility for day-to-day

management of the CFC.  See flyer for more info.


Give to STM using our designated United Way number:  8976 or the Combined Federal Campaign number:  58640.


Mark Your Calendar

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

See the flyer for more details!

Issue: 10
In This Issue
Important Information about Report Cards
2013 - 2014 Registration
Nurse's Note
Box Top Wars
STM Auction 2013
The Royal Roar
Chick Fil A
United Way/ Combined Federal Campaign
Women's Spaghetti Dinner

Looking Ahead:


November 8

11:30am Dismissal

Extended Day Available


November 9

11:30am Dismissal

No Extended Day


November 12

No School 

Veteran's Day


November 21

No School 

Thanksgiving Holiday 


November 22

No School




November 23 

No School




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:


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