Congratulations Class of 2021!

Congratulations to our Graduates!
This fall our graduates will attend:
Althoff Catholic High School, Rosati-Kain, Nerinx Hall, SIUE Charter and other area high schools
Our alumni also attend
Cardinal Ritter College Prep, Grand Center for the Arts and
Gibault Catholic High School
We are proud of all of our graduates!

Students and Experiences at Sister Thea Bowman

Inspire, Prepare, Empower

Graduates share how their experiences have shaped their lives and prepared them for their future…

“Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School has helped me learn what it means to be
a peacemaker. To be a peacemaker means to help others and be respectful to others with your actions and words. School has helped me grow in my faith and I thank Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School because they showed me what it means to be God’s follower… (AC)”

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A Message from our Family:

“STBCS is more than a school, it is a family! Like a family, everyone was involved with Tamia’s learning experience. From the morning greeting to the school dismissal, the day was filled with scholastic and spiritual development. It is said that it takes a village to raise a child, and our family is happy to be part of that. She has grown in confidence and respect. STBCS is “One in a million” school. If you have a student K-8th grade – give them the opportunity to experience learning in the STBCS environment.”

A Message from our Student

Ms. Yannah will attend Althoff Catholic High School this fall. She received several academic awards and honors and the recipient of three scholarships.
Yannah shared, “I really liked religion class – because we can talk about God. ACCESS Academy provided a longer academic day, as well as drama, improv, dance and robotics club. Although not strong in math initially, I worked hard and learned – now I’m an A+ student and High Honor Roll. I will attend college and become an orthodontist.”

To learn more about sponsoring a child’s tuition
Please email Roberta: rtrost@srthea.org or call 618-397-0316.

THANK YOU!

Weekly Newsletter – June 11, 2021

PRINCIPAL’S NOTE

We have made it through the second week of Summer Session, and students are still engaged. We are making up some lost ground, so we hope to start next year close to where we should have been without COVID. Let’s keep prayers going that reopening will not be reversed, and let us continue to pray for those impacted physically, mentally, and spiritually by COVID, and for those who still remain unemployed or under-employed.

REPORT CARDS, FAMILY HANDBOOK, 2021-22 CALENDAR

These were all sent home today. If we missed your student’s report card in the rush, please contact the office!

BOBO’S PIZZA AND KATYDIDS CANDY SALE PICK-UP DAY!!!

Orders will be at the school on June 15 th with a BOBO’s truck here to serve our families at 11:30! Please come by to get your orders, and a huge thank you for your wonderful participation as we had about $5,000 in sales!

REGISTRATION:

Current families need to enroll ASAP! We will only take 15, and wait-list the rest until we find out the numbers we can fit in a classroom next year. Don’t lose your spot!!!
We are online with registration. Go To STBCS.COM, click on FACTS and sign up for an account to reenroll. Our DISTRICT CODE is: STBCS-IL

EMERGENCY BROADBAND PROGRAM!!! GET UP TO $50 TOWARDS INTERNET!!!

JUST STARTED!!! Go to https://www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit and start your application! All families on Free/Reduced Lunch Program qualify…you just need to fill out the application!!! Don’t miss this
opportunity! Also, this program provides up to $100 towards a tablet, laptop, etc purchase!!!

UNIFORMS TOO SMALL, BUT THEY STILL LOOK GOOD?

If you have gently used uniform items that don’t fit, please wash them and send to the school for our loaner closet! If you are out at the thrift store and see a black or brown belt for a good price, think of us!!!

RECALL: Beech-Nut Nutrition Issues Voluntary Recall of Cereal Product

Beech-Nut Nutrition has issued a voluntary recall of one lot of Beech-Nut Stage 1, Single Grain Rice Cereal. The specific Beech-Nut Single Grain Rice item (UPC Code
#52200034705) being recalled has an expiration date of 01MAY2022 and product codes 103470XXXX and 093470XXXX. Consumers who may have purchased Beech-Nut Rice Cereal with
product codes 103470XXXX and 093470XXXX with expiration of 01MAY2022 should discard the product.
They can also go to www.beechnut.com/ricecereal, or call (866) 272-9417.

Calendar

JUNE
June 1-25 Summer Session
June 4 Report Cards completed
June 8 Report Cards go home
June 25 Early Dismissal at 12:00.

SEXUAL ABUSE HOTLINE: Anyone wishing to report an allegation of sexual misconduct by a priest or other
diocesan personnel please call the hotline: 800-640-3044.

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Virtual Online Auction Begins March 10

Help us reach our tuition assistance goal of $100,000 by participating in our Virtual Online Auction featuring over 100 auction items! Win $10,000 in our Mega Raffle. Registered guests are automatically entered into our Attendance Prize drawing.

HIGHLIGHTS!

Fund A Need – Donor will match dollar for dollar up to $25,000
MEGA Raffle – $100 per ticket to win $10,000
Michael Kors Purse Raffle – 1 for $20, 3 for $50 
Gift Cards Raffle – Value $300 – 1 for $20, 3 for $50
Drawings will be held March 15 – winners will be notified!
Auction Items: Dinner for 8 with Bishop McGovern, Golfers Tee Time and so much more!

Thank you to all of our donors and Sponsors

REGISTER HERE

Virtual Auction – March 13

Virtual Auction

March 13, 2021
Bidding opens March 10-13, 2021

More exciting details and how to register coming soon

MEGA-Raffle

Chance to win $10,000!

1st Prize – $10,000
2nd Prize – $1,000
3rd Prize – $500

Tickets: $100
Buy 1, Get 1 / Buy 2, Get 3 / Buy 3, Get 5

CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets through our PayPal account. Make a note for MEGA-Raffle and we will send you the ticket stub.

Or email Karen Waide at kwaide@srthea.org
Purchase Now for Early Bird Drawings!

Drawing will be held on March 13, 2021
Tickets are on sale now!


“Each One Teach One” match returns in 2021!
For every dollar you give to “Fund-A-Need” an anonymous donor will match up to $25,000

For questions or sponsorship opportunities, contact Roberta Trost
rtrost@srthea.org or call (618) 397-0316

Happy Advent STBCS Family!

Happy Advent STBCS Family!

HAPPY ADVENT Sister Thea Bowman Family!

We have had many challenges this year, as you all know, with our Hybrid education approach. With less than half the students at the school, and the rest on remote, the staff still wanted to move ahead with our school’s Education Through Music and The Arts Program. They also wanted to keep our tradition of ministering during this time with our annual Advent Service.

It looks a little different this year, but through a lot of work by staff, students, and our extended Sister Thea family, we overcame Zoom delays and glitches, windy cold weather, dimming twilight, and COVID quarantines. We continued to “Walk By Faith, Not By Sight”, and God made our path to follow.

A special Thank You to Rev Tracy, Mr Phil, Ms Claire, and Ms Erin for a lot of extras!

Please enjoy the video. It is in 3 parts, based on the YouTube limits, but each is graced with Song, Dance, Violin, and our Students and Staff.

Blessings, Peace, and Health,

Dan Nickerson, Principal

Weekly Newsletter – November 19, 2020

PRINCIPAL’S NOTE

We started some more focused work on a special virtual Advent Service for this year. It is hard to celebrate and prepare for Christmas when we have so many stresses, but we hope to present a gift to our school, families, and communities through an Advent celebration to put our focus back on God with Advent.

We know Thanksgiving is going to be difficult this year, but celebrate and be thankful for those closest to you, and maybe have students write a nice note or draw a picture for those not able to attend your traditional celebration!

THANKSGIVING TURKEY AND FIXIN’S BASKET    

If you got a ticket, please redeem it on Monday, November 23:  Pops #3 at 8322 State St between 2:00 and 5:00.

TJ PIZZA FUNDRAISER     POSTPONED

Due to high COVID Numbers, the Sunday event is postponed.

We still have the opportunity to do order forms. They will be due Monday, Nov 30, and pick-up will be Monday, Dec 14 at 3:30 PM. If you need an order form or more information, please contact the school.

CURRENT COVID SITUATION

Gov Pritzker has moved IL into Phase 4, Tier 3. He has left the school closure decision to each District. We are under the Diocese of Belleville, and as of now, we will continue in the Hybrid mode. If you have a student in-school, and you feel it safer to go remote, please contact the office, so we can make the transition smooth. If a change in school Hybrid mode happens, you will receive a notice from the Principal.

THANKSGIVING BREAK

Our school week ends Tuesday with Mass at 2:15, then we are off until Monday, Nov 30. Be Safe; Be Thankful!

MASS TIME:   2:15 PM on FRIDAY

Mass attendance is required for all students (in-school and remote). ZOOM ID: 308 416 1793   PW: brtom

SPECTRUM INTERNET ASSIST PROGRAM

If you do not have Spectrum Internet, You Qualify for Free/Reduced Lunch Program, and want to sign up for free Spectrum Internet through a special program, please email Adult’s name, student name(s) and address to info@srthea.org. Put Spectrum Internet in the Subject line. We will put you on the list to pursue the free internet package.

You can also apply for Spectrum Internet for $17.99 per month for households with students qualifying for Free/Reduced Lunch. You can do this directly if you go to: https://www.spectrum.com/browse/content/spectrum-internet-assist. Act quickly!!!

WHY DO WE WEAR A FACE MASK???

The CDC just announced studies show the Face Mask protects others from your airborne COVID19 virus spread, and it also provides protection to you from COVID19 virus spread from others around you! WEAR YOUR MASKS PLEASE!

VIRTUAL ADVENT SERVICE

We are starting to plan our service! How can you help? Make sure your student attends each Violin class and practices!

Calendar

November

20 Mass 2:15 PM (Staff Leads)

24 Mass 2:15 PM (Staff Leads)

25-29 Thanksgiving Break

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Weekly Newsletter – September 3, 2020

PRINCIPAL’S NOTE

We are about through week two of academics and week three of school. You and your students are doing well to navigate the virtual world of education! We ask you or another adult with the students to team with our teachers and check in on your students at least once an hour. Are they engaged, on task, ready to learn? The more we work as a team, the better our students will do!

I NEED HELP, WHO DO I CONTACT?

For Academics or class issues, we ask you to start with your homeroom or subject teacher. You may use your student’s school email or Google Classroom to correspond with a teacher. If you are not sure or need office assistance, send any questions to info@srthea.org, or call the office at 618 397-0316 / 4926.

ARRIVAL AND SIGN -ON

In-person students: arrive from 7:15 – 7:35 for breakfast; 7:50 if not eating breakfast; remote students log in by 7:55.

NEED AN INTERNET HOTSPOT OR LOAN DESK?

We have requested more HotSpots for families without internet, and we hope to get them soon.  If you need an internet hotspot or desk for your student, please send an email to info@srthea.org.

ATTENDANCE

If a student has an issue, the parent/guardian should send the teacher a message and contact the office.

FACTS for TUITION

All families must be enrolled in FACTS by now. Students will not be allowed in class if this is not done. For questions, contact the office or go to: https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/42LK1 . If you are going to have an issue with a payment, contact FACTS first 866-412-4637, then follow-up with Ms. Francine.

NO SCHOOL

There will be NO SCHOOL on Labor Day, Monday, Sep. 7.  School will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

FREE DENTAL CLINIC: Please see the flyer! Monday October 12, 2020, Columbus Day at the SIU School of Dental Medicine. Pre-Registration Required! Please call 618-474-7200 to pre-register. Appointments for October 12th will be accepted starting September 1st . DUE TO COVID-19, NO WALK-INS WILL BE ACCEPTED

STUDENT TESTING USING AIMSWeb – ALL STUDENTS

We will begin Tuesday with Student Testing in Language Arts and Math using AIMSWeb. It will be a short test done in-person with our in-person students, and via ZOOM with our remote students. Homeroom teachers or staff will let each student know the schedule.

STUDENT TESTING FOR IOWA ASSESSMENTS STARTING SEP 21 – GRADES 2-8

We need to test our students using the IOWA Assessment Testing series. Unfortunately, this will require us to test students at the school. We are working on a plan now to safely allow students to be at school for the testing time

TEACHER OFFICE HOURS

Each Homeroom teacher will host an evening Office Hours weekly, so parents/guardians can ask questions, seek help, or just discuss information with the teacher. Please be sure to attend to keep communication open!

2020 CENSUS AND VOTE!!!

It is very important that you and your family are counted in the CENSUS! If you have not put in your information, please go to: https://2020census.gov/.  America needs your Vote! If you need more information on registering to vote, voting by mail, or if you want to help on Election Day, go to: https://www.illinoisvotes2020.com/.

Calendar

September

7 Labor Day. No School

11 First Mass 2:00 PM (Staff Leads)

18 First Quarter Mid-Term; Pinwheels for Peace Project; Mass 2:00 PM (Staff Leads)

21 Iowa Assessment Begins

25         Mass 2:00 PM (Staff Leads)

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Weekly Newsletter – August 27, 2020

PRINCIPAL’S NOTE

The first week of academics went pretty smoothly! Please help us by having students ready to go. If you are contacted by the teacher or office to pick up resources, please come to the office between 7:15 AM and 5 PM. Also, set up a good academic space for your students. If you need an internet hotspot or desk for your student, please send an email to info@srthea.org.

VIRTUAL THURSDAY ENVELOPE

Each Thursday, you should receive a VIRTUAL Thursday envelope, like this, with important information through Option C. Please read the enclosed information and send any questions to info@srthea.org, or call the office.

ARRIVAL AND SIGN -ON

In-person students: arrive from 7:15 – 7:35 for breakfast; 7:50 if not eating breakfast; remote students log in by 7:55.

MIINEHEALTH

All parents/guardians should update to the new MIINEHEALTH app to record student health.  Call office for questions.

ATTENDANCE

Attendance, including Tardy Counts, have started. If a student has an issue, the parent/guardian should send the teacher a message and contact the office.

UNIFORM

In-person students must follow student handbook uniform rules. Remote students must wear a uniform shirt or Sister Thea Sweatshirt.

REDUCED/FREE MEAL APPLICATION

Don’t forget to complete the application for free/reduced meals and return it as soon as possible. The deadline for the application is Tuesday, September 1.  This is required for all students, so we can continue to receive Federal $$.

FACTS for TUITION

All families must be enrolled in FACTS by now. Students will not be allowed in class if this is not done. For questions, contact the office or go to: https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/42LK1 .

NO SCHOOL

There will be NO SCHOOL on Labor Day, Monday, Sep. 7.  School will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

HOME STORAGE SYSTEM

We received a generous donation of milk crates, and we bought some liners, so each student should have one for school supplies. Decorate the crates and send a picture to info@srthea.org , and you may win a prize!!!

ZOOM ETIQUETTE : Please review these important rules with your students!!!

TEACHER OFFICE HOURS

Each Homeroom teacher will host an evening Office Hours weekly, so parents/guardians can ask questions, seek help, or just discuss information with the teacher. Please be sure to attend to keep communication open!

Calendar

September

1 Free / Reduced Lunch Worksheet Due

7 Labor Day. No School

11 Mass 2:00 PM (Staff Leads)

18 First Quarter Mid-Term; Pinwheels for Peace Project; Mass 2:00 PM (Staff Leads)

25         Mass 2:00 PM (Staff Leads)

30         Iowa Assessment Begins

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If our first line (618) 397-0316 is busy, try our second line (618) 397-4926!

Weekly Newsletter – August 23, 2020

WELCOME

We opened the school year with joy for having our staff back at school and about 30 students in our Learning Center, but we also felt an emptiness as we missed so many students enrolled in remote learning. We continually pray for a decline and final end to this pandemic, so we can have all students and staff back in school, but for now, we will be grateful that we have you all here, there, and everywhere!

PRINCIPAL’S NOTE

Our Theme this year is: “We Walk By Faith, Not By Sight” From 2 Cor 5:7.  As we went through the end of last school year, and the summer, making, changing, and adapting school reopen plans, it just seemed appropriate to give it back to God, and to start to let God’s hand guide us. We are not always knowing the plan God has, but we can have Faith in Him!

VIRTUAL THURSDAY ENVELOPE

Each Thursday, except this week, you will receive a VIRTUAL Thursday envelope with important information through Option C. Please read the enclosed information and send any questions to info@srthea.org, or call the office. Remember, we have two office lines: 618 397-0316 or 618 397-4926.

ARRIVAL AND SIGN -ON

In-person students: arrive from 7:15 – 7:35 for breakfast, or by 7:50 if not eating breakfast.

Remote students: Log in for your homeroom class by 7:55.

MIINEHEALTH

All parents/guardians of in-person students must register on the MIINEHEALTH app. Students must be cleared before they arrive at school each day starting Monday. Several messages and info has been sent. Call office for questions.

ATTENDANCE

Attendance, including Tardy Counts, will start Monday. Students must be on time and in each session. If a student has an issue, the parent/guardian should send the teacher a message and contact the office.

While we have not worked through all technical issues, we should be close as you have access to the student schedules, Zoom information, and contact information for teachers.

DISMISSAL

Monday through Friday: In-person students need to be picked up by 3:35. They are at the front of the school by about 3:25 each day. Remote students will finish about 3 PM as listed in class schedules.

UNIFORM

In-person students must follow student handbook uniform rules. Remote students must wear a uniform shirt or Sister Thea Sweatshirt.

REDUCED/FREE MEAL APPLICATION

Don’t forget to complete the application for free/reduced meals and return it as soon as possible. The deadline for the application is Tuesday, September 1.  This is required for all students, so we can continue to receive Federal $$.

FACTS for TUITION DEADLINE AUG 26!

All families must be enrolled in FACTS by Wed, Aug 26. Students will not be allowed in class if this is not done. For questions, contact the office or go to: https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/42LK1 .

NO SCHOOL

There will be NO SCHOOL on Labor Day, Monday, Sep. 7.  School will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

HOME STORAGE SYSTEM

We received a generous donation of milk crates, and we bought some liners. In-school students will get theirs for school use, and for remote students, please come to the school to pick one up. We want students to keep all of their school supplies, books, Chromebook, etc in a crate to stay organized. Decorate the crates and send a picture to info@srthea.org , and you may win a prize!!!

ZOOM ETIQUETTE : Please review these important rules with your students!!!

TEACHER OFFICE HOURS

Each Homeroom teacher will host an evening Office Hours weekly, so parents/guardians can ask questions, seek help, or just discuss information with the teacher. Please be sure to attend to keep communication open!

Calendar

August

26 FACTS Tuition Registration Due

September

1 Free / Reduced Lunch Worksheet Due

7 Labor Day. No School

11 Mass 2:00 PM (Staff Leads); First Quarter Mid-Term

17 First Qtr Mid Terms Issued

18 Pinwheels for Peace Project; Mass 2:00 PM (Staff Leads)

25         Mass 2:00 PM (Staff Leads)

30         Iowa Assessment Begins

 

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If our first line (618) 397-0316 is busy, try our second line (618) 397-4926!

Prayers of Peace and Health from Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School

Prayers of Peace and Health from Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School.

Over 130 K-8 students completed their school year like so many others doing remote learning from their homes with student packets and ZOOM sessions. They were not able to minister during their Spring Concert due to COVID restrictions, but they kept practicing.

From basements, bedrooms, and kitchen tables, they continued their Violin Classes via ZOOM, and Mr. Phil, their teacher, recorded their efforts to build a mini-concert video. This video is about the need to keep moving forward because “it ain’t over yet”. Our students offer us hope in their dedication to “move” through this time of challenges of COVID sickness and racial progress by doing what they do best: leading by their example of hard work to make themselves and their community better.

Enjoy the ‘perfect imperfections’ of these incredible young boys and girls as they play their best for you.