Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School Wellness Program

Student wellness, including good nutrition and physical activity, shall be promoted in the school’s educational program, school activities, and meal programs. This policy shall be interpreted consistently with Section 204 of the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004.


SISTER THEA BOWMAN CATHOLIC SCHOOL is committed to providing a learning environment that supports and promotes wellness, good nutrition, and an active lifestyle for students, staff, and families.


The intent of this policy is to support the entire school environment in becoming aligned to healthy school goals that positively influence the beliefs and habits of students, staff, and families. Its intent is to promote health and wellness, good nutrition and regular physical activity. This policy also intends to provide staff members and families with the information and tools to instruct and model healthy eating and physical activity as a valuable part of daily life.


STBCS committed to compliance with the legal requirements of Public Act 094- 0199 which amended the   Illinois School Code, requiring that all districts have a wellness policy.  This is directly related to the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004.  This law requires local education agencies participating in a program authorized by the National School Lunch Act or the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 to develop a local wellness policy.

It is well-documented that an increasing and substantial number of children are overweight (a triple increase since 1980, according to the National Center for Health Statistics). Students need to exhibit good eating habits and have opportunities for adequate physical activity. The objectives of the wellness policy are to improve the school nutrition environment and promote good health with students, staff, and families.

School communities have the responsibility to help students acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to establish and maintain lifelong healthy lifestyles.  Well-planned and well-implemented wellness programs have been shown to positively influence children’s health.


Students in kindergarten through grade 8 shall receive nutrition education. The program shall be designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to adopt healthy eating behaviors.

  • Students shall receive nutrition information through existing health and science and physical education curriculum
  • Nutrition education should be provided to students each year. Contact hours may include nutrition education provided in health classes, in the cafeteria, at health and career fairs, field trips and assemblies.

Nutrition education shall be emphasized at the district, school, and classroom levels through a variety of media.

  • Examples: Posters, color-coded healthy food choices, and promotional events.

The nutrition education program shall offer experiential learning opportunities that potentially have a greater impact on student attitudes and actions.

  • Examples: Food tastings, family nutrition programs, sugar content studies, etc.

Staff members and parents will be offered training materials or other resources to assist in providing direction to students in the area of nutrition education.

  • Examples: Web resources, newsletter, presentations, etc. GOALS FOR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

Students in kindergarten through grade 8 shall participate twice weekly in physical education and have other opportunities for daily physical activity.

  • The school shall provide a daily supervised recess period to encourage elementary students to be physically active.

STBCS shall provide information and activities that engage families as partners in providing physical activity beyond the school day.

  • Examples include: family nutrition night, health fairs, open gym dates, newsletters with health tips, presentations to parent groups, etc.


Healthy Eating

  • The food service will make information available about the nutritional content of school meals.
  • School meals shall be served in clean, safe and pleasant settings with adequate time provided for students to eat in accordance with state and federal standards and guidelines.
  • All food service personnel shall have adequate pre-service training and regularly participate in professional development.
  • Food providers shall work with suppliers to obtain foods and beverages that meet the nutrition requirements of school meals and nutrition standards for those sold individually.
  • Food providers shall work closely with school instructional staff to reinforce nutrition instruction and foster an environment where students can learn about and practice healthy eating.
  • Food providers shall take every measure to ensure that student access to foods and beverages on school campuses meets federa l,state and local laws and guidelines.
  • Students, parents, school staff and community members bringing foods and beverages to school for parties/celebrations/meetings shall be encouraged to provide healthful options
  • Schools will review fundraising sources and how they might be consistent with school nutrition goals.
  • Partnerships between schools and food businesses should emphasize compliance with nutrition standards.
  • Schools shall promote nutritious food and beverage choices consistent with the current Food Guide Pyramid such as fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy foods and whole grain products.

School Activities and Environment – Physical Activity

  • Teachers of physical education will be provided training support and material resources to ensure the implementation of quality physical education activities.
  • Physical education classes shall have a student to teacher ratio comparable to those in other curricular areas.
  • Physical activity facilities and equipment on school grounds shall be regularly inspected for safety.

Food or Physical Activity as a Reward or Punishment

  • School personnel shall be encouraged to use nonfood incentives or rewards with students and shall not withhold food from students as punishment.
  • School personnel shall avoid withholding participation in physical education class as a punishment, unless the student is determined to be a disruptive influence in that class.


School meals served shall be consistent with the recommendations of the Food Guide Pyramid and/or shall meet, at a minimum, the nutrition requirements and regulations for the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program and all applicable state and local laws and regulations.

  • The school food service department will be responsible in its planning and       record-keeping procedures for following federal, state and local laws and regulations.
  • The PRINCIPAL shall be responsible for ensuring that the school meets the local wellness policy requirements.
  • The PRINCIPAL will include parents, students, teachers of physical education, and school board members in on-going wellness policy  process
  • The PRINCIPAL will conduct an assessment of the wellness policy every three years to determine
    • Compliance with the wellness policy
    • How the wellness policy compares to model wellness policies
    • Progress made in attaining the goals of the wellness policy
  • The PRINCIPAL modify or update the wellness policy as appropriate.
  • The PRINCIPAL will make the policy available to the public through the family handbook and the school website.

STBCS Offers Carpentry Class

STBCS Offers Carpentry Class

The following article is from the Regional Carpenter’s Union Magazine, discussing the Carpentry Class given to our Sister Thea Bowman Academy students during last summer’s Summer Session.

Advent Prayer Service – December 17, 10am

Advent Prayer Service – December 17, 10am

Allow us to share in the true Spirit of Christmas Giving thanks through Violin, Dance and Song! 

Advent Prayer Service

“Full Dress Rehearsal”

Monday, December 17, 2018

10:00 AM

Witness over 120 students playing violin, liturgical praise dancing and singing!

Our students are eager to share with you our holistic learning approach of Education Through Music and the Arts

Refreshment Reception

immediately following in the Library

Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School

8213 Church Lane, East St. Louis, IL 62203


Questions, please contact Roberta Trost at or call 618-397-0316


Canonization cause for Sister Thea Bowman approved

Canonization cause for Sister Thea Bowman approved

Sr Thea Bowman’s Cause for Canonization Could Open at US bishops’ MeetingFrom the Desk of Bishop Braxton“I’m Going Home Like a Shooting Star!”
 The Remarkable Sister Thea Bowman, F.S.P.A.Sister Thea Bowman’s Story“O God, Glorify Thea….”

Canonization cause for Sister Thea Bowman approved

By Chicago Catholic

Catholic News Service
November 20, 2018

Sister Thea Bowman (CNS file photo)

BALTIMORE — The U.S. bishops gave their assent to the canonization effort launched for Sister Thea Bowman by the Diocese of Jackson, Mississippi.

The assent, on a voice vote, came Nov. 14, the third day of their fall general meeting in Baltimore. The “canonical consultation” with the body of U.S. bishops is a step in the Catholic Church’s process toward declaring a person a saint.

Sister Bowman, a Mississippi native and the only African-American member of her order, the Wisconsin-based Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, was a widely known speaker, evangelizer and singer until she died of cancer in 1990 at age 52. She even made a presentation at the U.S. bishops’ spring meeting in 1989, moving some prelates to tears.

“The faithful in, and well beyond, the Diocese of Jackson,” have asked for her canonization process to begin, said Bishop Joseph R. Kopacz of Jackson, who became bishop of the diocese in 2014. “Even well before I arrived in Jackson, the requests were coming in.”

Sister Bowman was a trailblazer in almost every role: first African-American religious sister from Canton, Mississippi; the first to head an office of intercultural awareness; and the first African-American woman to address the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Sister Bowman led the Jackson Diocese’s Office of Intercultural Awareness, taught at several Catholic high schools and colleges, and was a faculty member of the Institute of Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University in New Orleans.

She took her message across the nation, speaking at church gatherings and conventions, making 100 speaking engagements a year, but spreading cancer slowed her. Music was especially important to her. She would gather or bring a choir with her and often burst into song during her presentations.

In addition to her writings, her music also resulted in two recordings, “Sister Thea: Songs of My People” and “Round the Glory Manger: Christmas Songs and Spirituals.” next–>

Sr Thea Bowman’s Cause for Canonization Could Open at US bishops’ MeetingFrom the Desk of Bishop Braxton“I’m Going Home Like a Shooting Star!”
 The Remarkable Sister Thea Bowman, F.S.P.A.Sister Thea Bowman’s Story“O God, Glorify Thea….”

Sorority Distributes Book Bags & Supplies to STBCS

Sorority Distributes Book Bags & Supplies to STBCS

Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School was honored to host members of Sigma Gamma Rho Service Sorority as they distributed Teacher Goodie Bags, Student Book Bags, and Supplies to our students. Sorority Member and Sister Thea Teacher, Ms. Carmelita Spencer joined in on the fun!

Opening the Cause of Canonization for Sr. Thea Bowman, FSPA Approved

Opening the Cause of Canonization for Sr. Thea Bowman, FSPA Approved

Image credit: Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration,

At 11:38 am EST, the General Assembly of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops approved by unanimous voice vote the opening of the cause of canonization for Sister Thea Bowman, FSPA.

USCCB Press Release:

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From the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration:

Welcome New Students

Welcome New Students! – 2018-19 Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School

Driven to Attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Driven to Attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

“When I was in 7th grade, I had my first science fair and I won first place. That is when I knew what I wanted to do,” said Malynnda Aldridge-Johnson ‘20. “My teacher (at Sr. Thea Bowman Catholic Grade School) told me about a school called MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). I went home right after school and looked the school up and I have never been the same since.” Last summer, while participating in the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, Malynnda had the opportunity to meet some MIT professors and visit the campus, making her dream of one day attending MIT seem a bit more real. While she was unable to travel to the east coast again this summer, Malynnda took it upon herself to study the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science courses through MIT’s Open Courseware program. Through her experience over the last two summers, Malynnda learned to embrace change and not to be afraid of failure. “We learned that even the greatest scientists failed, but they used those experiences to push them to where they are today.” In college, Malynnda would like to embrace her love of science and music by double majoring in Electrical Engineering and Music Technology.

Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2018

As we begin our new school year with over 125 students enrolled, we must share the great news of our Graduating class of 2018! Graduation mass was filled with students, families, staff and supporters from our community to celebrate and witness the Class of 2018 receiving their diplomas.

64% of our graduates will be attending area Catholic high schools;  Althoff Catholic High School-Belleville, IL, Gibault Catholic High School, Waterloo, IL, Nerinx Catholic High School, St. Louis, MO, Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory High School, St. Louis, MO, Belleville West High, SIUE Charter High School and Belleville East, IL. We are proud of all of our students and their accomplishments!

Awards and Recognition:

Students received various recognition and awards in many areas including Peacemaker All Year, National Junior Honor Society, “Boys To Men Excellence Award” and “Girlz Empowered Commitment to Excellence”, Violin Special Group and Liturgical Dance Ministry. They participated in Robotics, Community Service Projects and Spelling Bee among others. Awards received included Presidential Education and Citizenship Award and Best Sportsmanship.

Graduate Highlights

Nino is a member of the National Junior Honor Society, Earned 100% on his US Constitution Test, Received the Presidential Education Award, Peacemaker All Year, Participated in Violin Special Group and Robotics. Nino received First Place in Ballroom Dance Rumba and Second Place Ballroom Dance Waltz competition. Nino is attending Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory High School this fall.

Nicole (left) and Money (right) received the Presidential Award for Citizenship, other accomplishments include:

Nicole is attending Nerinx Catholic High School in St. Louis, MO, joining two other STBCS alumni. She was also Peacemaker All Year.

Monye received a scholarship to attend Althoff Catholic High School, Belleville, IL. She is President of the National Junior Honor Society, Peacemaker All Year, Participates in Liturgical Dance and Violin Special Group, placed First in the Ballroom Dance Rumba and Second place in Ballroom Dance Waltz competition and received the Best Sportsmanship Award.

Graduates lead the celebration of mass, Allen and Keadon (left). Fr. Carroll Mizicko, OFM  (right)