Daily Announcements

 Parents Club is accepting nominations for Vice President, Corresponding Secretary and Recording Secretary. Nominations forms are available on the Parents Club link and will be due by Friday May 15, 2015. Candidates will be announced May 18, 2015 and an election held in the auditorium on Wednesday May 27, 2015 from 2pm-3pm and 6:30pm-8pm (one vote per dues paying family). Absentee ballots will also be available on the Parents Club link May 18.


First Annual Memphis in May!
Come join the fun!
See flyer attached...


Memphis in May.pdf

Yankee Candle will be available for pick up at the Parents club meeting Monday May 4, 2015 or in the auditorium Wednesday May 6, 2015 from 8am-9am or 2-3pm. Please contact Chris Church (chandlin@ymail.com) if other arrangements are needed. 

Volunteers are needed for the flower sale Thurs May 7 and Friday May 8, please contact Adrian Sierant  (516-250-0192)

Volunteers are also needed for Field Day Wednesday May 20, please contact Chris Church (chandlin@ymail.com)




Please read the following letter from Bishop Murphy in regard to the Education Tax Credit Bill.


Michelle Schimel.pdf

Dear STA Community,
 
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We celebrate the beauty of poetry during the month of April. Watch my 5th graders recite their favorite poems. Thank you Mrs. Segredahl for working with the children to accomplish these skills.


Our 6th grade students had a "Mystery Skype" with St. Bernard’s Mixed National School in Ireland. The school is located in central Ireland, in the Republic, north east of Co.Longford.

The school is a small rural school with less than 60 students in total.  The students used i-pads and maps to ask questions and guess where each school was located.   We were excited to be able to use our geography skills to pinpoint the location of their school.  

Mrs. Quinn (partner Skype teacher) wanted to share with us the following about her school:

“Just out of interest an Abbeylara native founded orphanages for homeless boys on Staten Island. His name was Fr. John Drumgoole. Our church bell tower built in 1958, situated right beside our school was funded with contributions from benefactors from Staten Island.”

It truly is a small world. Thank you Mrs. Conti for arranging this activity. The Emerald Isle is a wonderful place to connect with!



Looking Ahead....

Please note: Labor Day falls very late this year, Monday Sept. 7th. Every district on Long Island is starting school on a different day which will effect bus transportation for your child. We use 15 different districts to transport our students. While I realize this may cause a hardship for my students who travel by bus, there is no possibility of selecting a first day of school that is convenient for all to receive transportation.

Considering the amount of snow days that we seem to be experiencing regularly as New Yorkers,
losing 4 instructional days by starting after Labor Day is not a prudent decision. I am confident that the majority of parents will be comfortable with my decision and see the value of starting early.

The first day of school will be Tuesday, Sept. 1st.

Sincerely,
Christina Teisch
Principal

Together we feed the hungry....

Long Island Cares Food Bank is asking for your help!

Please send in the following items with your child to assist the poor from April 23rd to May 27th.


School supplies, kids healthy snacks, non-perishable foods, personal care items, household supplies, baby products, pet food.

Thank you!




Dear Parents,

Beginning this spring, our students in grades 5 through 8 will partake in the nationally acclaimed social/emotional life skills program Second Step. Thanks to a grant given to the Rockville Centre Diocese, this program will address topics of problem solving, making friends,coping skills, decision making, managing emotions,controlling aggression,making good choices and ultimately designing a more inclusive environment whereby all children achieve social successes.

The teachers and I are excited to embrace this program with your children. If you wish to read further on this program please go to their web site www.cfchildren.org/secondstep.

Sincerely,
Christina Teisch
Principal 

Open the eyes of your heart to embrace the Lord....
Move towards mirroring His gospel message day by day...
Thank you to my excellent students and teachers in grade 5 for giving us this beautiful Lenten Para-Liturgy.
Happy Easter!
The Lord is Risen!


Question: What would happen if two groups of students used context clues, map skills and their investigative knowledge base to discover where the other students lived? It could be anywhere in the world?

Answer: They would enhance their verbal, auditory, kinesthetic and tactual skills using 21st century advantages!

My 6th grades went on a Mystery Skype today learning various facts about their new friends in....Alaska!

Thank you Mrs. Conte for arranging this exciting lesson! Bravo boys and girls!



Congratulations to our students who participated in our Oratorical Contest. Their excellent efforts and hard work was admirable!

Congratulations to our winners!
First Place.............Samantha Joseph
Second Place........Alessia Pecorella
Third Place............Adele Herry

Thank you Mrs. Conte and Ms. Durante for your wonderful guidance with the children. 


Look who is in Newsday today???My wonderful students!!! Congratulations grade 8 and Mrs. Conte for living our faith! The students spearheaded a project to collect t-shirts for teens in need sponsored through the St. Vincent de Paul Society. This Lenten project solidifies the meaning of giving to others as Jesus did.
(View the full size image Click here)

Congratulations to my wonderfully talented students as they performed at their show! The after school club"Backyard Players Drama Club" did a fantastic job working with these children!
Bravo Boys and Girls!

Students in grades 5 through 8 learned about the history and creation of one of America's most important landmarks, Mt. Rushmore, from its master carver's grandson, Luigi Del Bianco.
Mr. Bianco personified his grandfather's life story from his migration to America from Italy during the turn of the century to his work on this most famous  monument.


The Cradle of Aviation's STEM Competition

STEM(Science Technology Engineering Math) is a meta-physical discipline that uses a range of strategies that assists students in applying concepts and skills from different disciplines to solve meaningful problems. It is an important curriculum strand to all schools as we move forward with NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards).

Our 6th graders, along with 100 students from many public school districts, competed in the MagLev Competition.  (Magnetic levitation is a method where an object is suspended with no support other than a magnetic field. It is a form of transportation being explored by scientists.)

At school, our students were given the opportunity to work on an engineering design to create their team's MagLev vehicle achieving the goal of optimizing their knowledge base in Math, Science and Technology principles.

Congratulations to Devin Gomez and Kylie McShea for winning third place!

A very special thank you to Mrs. Conte and Ms. Durante for working with the students on this enrichment project! You are the BEST!

 Teacher Book Character Day
Some of our favorite book characters came to St. Thomas School! Amelia Bedelia, Madeline, Fancy Nancy, Charlotte, Miss Nelson, Viola Swamp, Pippi Longstocking and many others graced our halls sharing their literary genius with the students!
Students in grades pre-school - 5 enjoyed author Joe Shandrowski's presentation of his novels in "Reading Rocks!"
Celebrate Reading!  

Please note the following change in our school calendar to accommodate the loss of three days due to snow.

School Open....Thursday, May 14th Ascension Thursday

Full days...........Monday, June 15th
                          Tuesday, June 16th

Half days;12 noon dismissal......Wed. June 17th
                                                      Thursday, June 18th
                                                       Friday, June 19th

Last Day of School.........Monday, June 22nd 10AM dismissal

All pre-school and grade 8 end ceremonies and graduation events will remain the same as stated on our calendar.

Chris Teisch
Principal













 

St. Thomas the Apostle School is committed to being a "BUCKET FILLING SCHOOL!" 

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It's time to register your Stop and Shop card! 
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Thanks to you we received close to $1000 last year...so keep shopping!

 
Interfaith education provides our students with an appreciation for the diversity that exists on our planet. We learn that our similarities are greater than our differences! It fosters respect for all of God's children bringing peace in our world!
It all begins with the children....
 
St. Thomas the Apostle School has been designated a lead school for the Tony Blair Faith Foundation. This honor distinguishes us as leaders in providing training to educators in faith principles and forerunners in technological advances including distance learning videoconferences around the globe for our students.

 
 
 
The students, teachers and parents of St. Thomas the Apostle School are committed to creating an environment of mutual understanding and cooperation.
 
We work together to strive towards excellence on a daily basis.
We recognize the uniqueness each child brings to our school and we celebrate it!
 
We thank our Lord for His most precious gift to us-the children!

From the Principal

We strive to teach, build community and to serve members of our school environment with faith.






Monday, May 4
Summer Uniforms Begin
Pre-School Mothers Day Tea
10AM & 1PM

Parents Club Mtg. 8PM
faculty rm.
Tuesday, May 5
Student Council
Student Council $1 Dress Down Jersey Day
to buy new recess equipment


Wednesday, May 6
Nurses Appreciation Day

Thursday, May 7
Flower Sale Delivery
Band
Friday, May 8
Flower Sale
Pizza
Saturday, May 9
First Holy Communion
11AM & 1PM
Sunday, May 10
Mother's Day

Monday, May 11
Faculty Mtg. Dismissal
Barnes & Noble Reading Night
Tuesday, May 12
Grandparents Day
Kindergarten and Gr. 1
1:15PM
Wednesday, May 13
Mixed Bag Sale Ends
Uniform Measurement
2:30-6:30PM


Taco Day

Today, 5/4/2015
High: 78 Low: 53
Mostly clear
0% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 5/5/2015
High: 78 Low: 55
Mostly clear
9% chance of precipitation.