Weekly Newsletter – November 16, 2017

PRINCIPAL’S NOTE

Thanksgiving is coming. Take some time with your family to Thank God for blessings big and small in your lives.

THANKSGIVING BREAK

Enjoy some family time and rest from Wednesday, 22 November until Sunday, 26 November.

NO EXTENDED DAY ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21

Due to the Thanksgiving, there will be no Extended Day this day, so all can start their Thanksgiving Break.

SR THEA BOWMAN INITIAL CHILD PROTECTION TRAINING

We will host an Initial Child Protection training at the school library from 1:15 – 3:15 PM on Tuesday, 21 Nov. This training is required for volunteers at the school more than 1 per month, or for field trip chaperones. Contact the office to sign-up by Monday, 20 November.

FISH FRY

Invite Your Friends and Family: 2nd “Bi-Annual Fish Fry on Friday November, 17 from 3:30 – 7 PM. Eat-in or Take-out. $10 per “loaded” plate and drink.

ROOM SPONSORS

Thank you to our Room Sponsors! They will be helping us get the word out about events!!!

CANDY FUNDRAISER

Please push the chocolate sales over Thanksgiving as friends and family prepare for Christmas gifts! Our Candy Sale supports our school through Tuition Assistance for our students!

ANNUAL FUND DRIVE

Please return your envelope before Thanksgiving. Ask a friend or family member to support your student, or send us back prayers for peace and success in our school. Thank you for your support!

FAMILY READING NIGHT

Today from 5 – 6:30, 5th – 7th grade High School Presentation starts at 6:30. Join us for this fun event!

Weekly Newsletter – November 9, 2017

PRINCIPAL’S NOTE

St Martin De Porres: “Martin’s childhood was spent in poverty. However, in spite of the poor surroundings his mother taught him the Christian virtues of modesty, humility, and charity. All his life Martin had great compassion for the poor and needy.” Our children learn the biggest lessons at home; are they learning Christian virtues from you, or are they learning non-Christian values from music, T.V., videos, or friends?

FISH FRY

Volunteer and Tell Your Friends and Family: 2nd “Bi-Annual Fish Fry on Friday November, 17 from 3:30 – 7 PM. Eat-in or Take-out. $10 per “loaded” plate and drink.

ROOM SPONSORS:

Each grade has a Room Sponsor who will be contacting you to let you know how you can be involved in your school! Expect a call this week and get involved!

PICTURE RETAKES

Your student can do Picture Retakes on Nov 16th if you return a form. Students may wear picture clothes, but will change back into their uniform immediately after the pictures.

CANDY FUNDRAISER

It seems that the TJ’s Pizza just left, but we want to give one more opportunity to fundraise for the school. Our Candy Sale is just in time for people to shop for that “delicious” chocolate Christmas Gift!

ANNUAL FUND DRIVE

Last week you received an Annual Fund Drive Letter and envelope. We ask that 100% of envelopes be returned. This is your chance to give a little extra, ask a friend or family member to support your student, or send us back prayers for peace and success in our school. Thank you for your support!

FAMILY READING NIGHT

Our annual Family Reading Night is Thursday, Nov 16, from 5 – 6:30, 5th – 7th grade High School Presentation starts at 6:30. Plan to join us for this fun event!

FASTDIRECT

Add your e-mail or text option to FASTDIRECT, and receive important messages like SNOW DAYS!

Living Science Room

Living Science Room

This beautiful photo was taken by teacher, Mary Migalla, of a monarch released by our middle school class. This beautiful butterfly used our sanctuary to fuel-up for that long trip south.

The students are enjoying our new living science room and outdoor market place!!! The butterflies are happy, and the tomatoes are just thriving, so we pray the first frost holds off a little longer.

Weekly Newsletter – October 4, 2017

PRINCIPAL’S NOTE
This month we will teach the students about the Rosary. This meditative prayer reflects on the life of Jesus and is a tradition that was passed down from St. Dominic in 1214. Your students should be able to tell you the prayers and mysteries of the rosary, and they will have a rosary to use.

NO SCHOOL FRIDAY
You are receiving the “Thursday Envelope” today because there is no school Friday. All teachers will be attending a special Teachers Convention at Holy Trinity Church.

WE HAVE SCHOOL MONDAY, NO BUS SERVICE
Monday is Columbus Day, but we do have classes. There will be no bus service.

TJ’S PIZZA SALES
So far it looks like you all sold almost $8,000 in product, which will give the school about $3,000. WAY TO GO!!!. Top sellers are… 1st : DeArrion Sayles (K), 2nd: Kamira Wilson (2), 3rd : Damont Jenkins (8). They receive Gift cards of $100, $50, and $25 respectively. The top class to receive a pizza party is Kindergarten.

SISTER THEA BOWMAN PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION PLANNING MEETING
Our first meeting of the year to discuss activities for the year will be Wednesday, Oct 11, from 3:45 – 4:30 in the staff room. If your student stays, they may participate in Extended Day during the meeting time.

PICTURE DAY
Picture Day is October 13. You will receive the Life Touch order form today. Please send back the form and money with your student by next Friday to order photos. We will send one more reminder next Thursday. It will be a non-uniform day, with students following normal non-uniform guidance.

STBCS SWEATSHIRTS
All students had a Sister Thea Bowman Sweatshirt ordered for them, provided by a generous grant. These should be going home to students next week. They can be worn during the entire school day.

FALL CLEAN-UP
Please mark your calendar if you can join your student’s class in a FALL CLEAN-UP on Friday, Oct 20, from 1 – 3 PM. We are doing this a bit differently this year to get all involved!

ANNUAL FUND VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Our Annual Fund Appeal goes directly to Tuition Assistance. Can you help stuff envelopes on Tuesday, Oct 10, at 9 AM? If you can come then or another time next week, please call the office and let us know!

Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School receives $20,000 grant from Ameren Illinois

Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School has received a $20,000 grant from Ameren Illinois! Ameren IL employees Mr. Larry and Mr. Barry visited us recently to provide “My Safe City” education about being safe with electricity.

Ameren IL provided electricity safety education with “My Safe City” presentations.

 

Mr. Larry, Ms. Paula and Mr. Barry from Ameren IL provide “My Safe City” education about being safe with electricity.

Middle-class families most likely to benefit from Illinois tax credit scholarships, expert says

By CAMILLE PHILLIPS • SEP 22, 2017

Students get ready for a violin class taught by Philip Tinge at Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School in East St. Louis.

Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School in East St. Louis is one of hundreds of private schools in Illinois that could see a financial boost from the state’s new tax credit scholarship program.

More than 90 percent of the families who send their children to the school fall below the federal poverty line of $24,600 for a family of four. That gives them top priority to receive a scholarship.

Although children from low-income families get priority, if Illinois follows the pattern of other states with similar programs, most of the tax credit scholarships will go to middle-class families.

SEE THE REST OF THE ARTICLE ON ST. LOUIS PUBLIC RADIO WEBSITE

Window Restoration Event on September 26

You’re invited to a celebratory event, the unique restoration experience of Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School and the unbreakable spirit of the school community.

Tuesday, September 26 – 9:30 a.m.

Join us along with Richard Mark, chairman and president with Ameren IL to learn more about their participation in our unique window restoration – A View to the Future of Education

9:30 am – Welcome ceremony – Richard Mark, chairman and president of Ameren Illinois to share their support

9:45am – Window Demonstration – Special Guest – TV Personality will conduct television segment from the Ameren IL bucket truck

Reception immediately following

We look forward to seeing you there!

Newsletter – September 21, 2017

PRINCIPAL’S NOTE

“What do you want for your child?” This is a question asked at Catholic Baptisms, and the parents respond “Baptism”.
Have you asked yourself this question lately about Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School? What do you want for your student? Is it: Faith Formation, Education, or something else?

More importantly, I think the question is: “What will you do for your student to meet that goal?” We are a team, and neither of us can do it alone. Stay focused on your student’s education and be involved with our school!

IOWA ASSESSMENT TESTS

Students will be testing next week in grades 2-8. These tests are important to help us gauge where students are at in various subjects. It is so IMPORTANT that all students are on-time, present, and well-rested next week for testing! Please be sure they are in bed early Sunday night.

FIRST ANNUAL SISTER THEA BOWMAN CATHOLIC SCHOOL FISH FRY

We did well, making about $1,800 in sales. There is talk of doing this again, so stay tuned for how you can help!

PROGRESS REPORTS AND EXTENDED DAY

First Quarter Mid-Term Reports go home tomorrow with students. Be sure to ask for yours! If you do not see progress that meets your expectations, please ask for a conference with the teacher. Also, we highly recommend students participate in our Extended Day Program to receive individual and small group help (Starts Oct 2).

STEM SCOUTS 3rd – 5th GRADE

Our special STEM SCOUTS Program starts Sep 22 from 3:30 – 5:00. We filled up the program, so if you did not receive a letter stating your student is in the program, then they are on a waiting list.

TJ’S PIZZA SALES

All orders must be turned in with money tomorrow, Friday, Sep 22nd. We appreciate your efforts to support the school. Top sellers will be announced next week.

SIUE MATH HOMEWORK HOTLINE

Tutors will be available to provide free math homework help from Sunday through Thursday evenings from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. to our 5th through 8th grade students.  University mathematics students staff the SIUE Hotline.

EGG CARTONS FOR PEACEMAKER DAY ART

We are building an egg carton castle. Actually, we need your empty, clean egg cartons for an art project.

NEW WINDOWS

We have met our goal of about $150,000 for Phase 2 of our Window Replacement Project. We will start to replace windows in more classrooms probably over the Christmas break. More news to come.

PEACEMAKER DAY SEPTEMBER 29

Our next Peacemaker Day will be Friday, September 29th. A Dress Down Pass will be sent home for Peacemakers.