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St. Thomas Episcopal Parish School

September 1, 2011

Mission Statement: St. Thomas Episcopal Parish School is a secure and loving community that nurtures and challenges children. We teach children to honor God, respect others and themselves, care for their world, and develop a lasting enthusiasm for discovering and learning. Theme of the Year: "God for -All - for God."

Virtue for September: Tolerance MONTHLY CALENDAR

Important Dates September 2*ALL Preschool Students (9:00 AM -12:00 PM for Jr. Pre, 2:00 PM for Sr. Pre) *9:00 AM - Jr. Pre Coffee Pegg Residence September 5*NO SCHOOL - Labor day September 6*Sally Foster Gift Wrap Fundraiser Begins *Enrichment/Sports Begin * 8:30 AM - Sr. Pre Coffee Gutierrez Residence September 7Safety Patrol Swear In Chapel *8:15 AM - Annual Giving Committee Meeting Propeck Youth Center September 8*7:30 AM - Advancement Meeting - School Conference Room *8:30 AM - Kindergarten Coffee - Luna Residence September 9*8:45 AM - Steckley Individual Portraits

FOR A PRINTABLE COPY OF CALENDAR CLICK HERE.

Message from the Head Dear Angela, It has been wonderful seeing all of you on campus during these first days of school! Welcome "Home"!

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September 137:30 AM - Executive Board of Trustees Meeting Propeck Youth Center *8:30 AM - 1st & 2nd Grade Coffee - Carolina Cisneros Residence September 14*School Eucharist* - *4th & 5th grade must wear dress uniform September 15*8:30 AM 3rd & 4th Grade Coffee - Valls Residence September 16*8:30 AM - Homeroom Coordinator Meeting ECW/Bedell Room

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Parents are frequently asking me what they need to do in order for their children to be successful. Research shows a link between parent involvement and student success. For us as parents, we are required to have self-discipline and to set a great example for our children. Try to: Put priorities on the calendar, such as study time and school events. Have a quiet place for homework to be accomplished and don't do it for him/her. Create routines. Read. Exercise. Go to the library. Have a nutritious family meal. Talk with your child to show an interest in school. Keep in touch with the teachers and attend parent-teacher conferences and school events. Be consistent. Use a daily and weekly schedule that work The beginning of the year is filled with excitement and new routines for us all. Our children and ALL of us are well on our way to a very successful year! We love being with you and your children and look forward to seeing you at the grade level coffees. Warmly, Kris Matteson Charlton Head of School

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

**ENRICHMENT/SPORTS: Enrichment/Sports Activities begin Tuesday, September 6th.** JR. PRE WELCOME BACK COFFEE UPDATE: In order to coordinate your child's drop off time with the coffee time, the Jr. Pre Coffee scheduled for Friday, September 2nd at the Pegg residence has been moved to 9:00 AM. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

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AROUND THE SCHOOL... SCHOOL DIRECTORY: A hard copy of the 2011-2012 School Directory will be distributed in about two weeks. The directory is currently available on our school webiste. FORMS: If you have not sent in your forms, including the YELLOW Emergency Card, please do so immediately. APPOINTMENTS AND EARLY DISMISSALS: Parents must send a note to the teacher in the morning if their child must leave school early. Please try not to have

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children depart before dismissal. Homework cannot be given with short notice. PLAY DATES: If scheduling play dates for your children, please send a note to the teacher with your child. ONLY in an emergency, will we be happy to call the teacher. Thank you for your cooperation. ALLERGY ALERT: Please note that there are students in school who have severe peanut allergies. We ask that you not send any foods containing nut/peanut products including peanuts, peanut butter and peanut oils. These children are severley allergic and exposure can be life threatening. Please do not send any of these products to school with your child. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. SCHOOL ATTENDANCE: As we begin the school year, it is important to make sure that your child is well enough to attend school. If there is any question of your child being ill, please keep him/her home for the benefit of your child as well as others in the class. As per school policy, all students must be free of fever for a full 24-hour period before returning to school. Also, if your child is sent home due to fever, please do not send your child to school the following day. We need your cooperation for the good health of everyone on campus. BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS: Birthday Blessings will begin on Tuesday, September 6th. If your child has a birthday in September, please contact Mrs. Arriola in the office to schedule a date for your child to be blessed. For children who were born in the months of June, July or August, we offer 1/2 birthday blessings during the months of January, February and March, respectively. Also, please visit Mrs. Jenks or Mrs. du Feu in the Brockway Media Center to purchase your birthday books. WONDERFUL WEDNESDAYS: Wonderful Wednesday happens every Wednesday in the courtyard entrance to Rantz Hall, where parents can come together for coffee, baked goodies and good conversation. Promote your STEPS event, show off your culinary

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talents, or just make some new friends. Please sign up for a shift on the Wonderful Wednesday board in the front office or by contacting Cherie Cole at ccolemiami@bellsouth.net. TICKETS, TICKETS, TICKETS: If you have any available tickets to events that you cannot use, please call or see Mrs. Charlton or Mrs. Lobo so that they can "raffle" them off to faculty and staff. Our employees enjoy getting out! SALLY FOSTER

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BON APPETIT KIDS Introducing Pizza Wednesdays through Bon Appétit Kids

Bon Appétit Kids and Power Pizza have joined forces for St. Thomas! Be advised that no matter what it says the Wednesday meal is on the Bon Appétit Kids calendar, the St. Thomas community will get pizza - UNLESS you choose an alternate meal for that day (six alternate meals [including vegetarian options] that are available every day). Once registered on the Bon Appétit Kids website, you can login and manage your child's account with their simple system. A calendar appears that highlights the days you have purchased meals and allows you click on any date and choose an alternate meal, or post-pone that day if you know your child will be absent. Simply click on the 'alternates' word on any day that you wish and a drop-down list of 6 Bon Appétit Kids alternate meals will appear. Scroll to the meal you would like to select and click it. If you choose to postpone a meal it will simply add an extra day to the end of

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your calendar, so that you receive the meal you paid for. **You must select Alternate Meals and/or Postpone meals at least 48 hours in advance. The program will not allow you to change ANYTHING within 48 hours of a delivery. For those of you who wish to order ONLY on Pizza Wednesdays, follow these directions: 1. From the St. Thomas website, click on the link for lunch registration 2. Click on the link to the Bon AppĂŠtit Kids site 3. Click on sign up and register (Remember to click on Faculty/Staff and order the itsy bitsy lunches for your lunch to be enlarged) 3. Choose the small packet of 5 meals 4. Click on Monday to postpone; Tuesday to postpone; Thursday to postpone; and Friday to postpone 5. Repeat step 4 for the following weeks until you have 5 Wednesdays of orders

STEPS GREEN TEAM Want to get some exercise and help the planet at the same time? Try a Walking School Bus. A walking school bus is an organized group of kids either walking or cycling to school along with an adult supervisor and picked up at designated stops along the way. In a study of 149 fourth grade school children in Houston, Texas, researchers found that children who participated in a walking school bus program were twice as likely to continue "active commuting" -- meaning opting for peoplepowered transportation rather than automobiles -- and increased their daily activity of moderateto-vigorous activity by seven minutes per day. In the control group, kids who did not participate in a walking school bus program showed a decrease in daily moderate physical activity over the five-week period of the study.

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