The Believe Project Comes to STBCS

The St. Louis Black Authors of Children’s Literature “The Believe Project” comes to Sr. Thea Bowman Catholic School on Thursday, September 19, 9:30-11:30am. Join us as we celebrate and prepare yourself for an opulent literary experience!

2019-20 Supply List



Please do not label supplies.

  • 4 Clorox Wipes
  • 4 boxes of Kleenex
  • 6 big glue sticks (1 liquid glue)
  • 3 plastic pocket folders w/prongs (1yellow, 2 red)
  • (No paper folders)
  • 1 box of sandwich Ziploc Baggies
  • 1 box of quart size Ziploc bags
  • 1 box of gallon size Ziploc bags
  • 3 rolls of paper towels
  • 1 backpack (with name on it)
  • SMALL light weight blanket for naptime
  • 1 plastic pencil/supply box
  • 1pair of scissors
  • 1water color paint set with brush
  • 2 boxes of crayons
  • 1 half inch 3 ring binder
  • 1box of colored pencils


Please do not label supplies.

  • 4 boxes of tissue
  • 2 packets of # 2 plain pencils
  • 3 eraser packets
  • 5 big glue sticks
  • 1 box of colored pencils
  • 2 boxes of crayons
  • 4 plastic pocket folders solid colors (1 red, 1 blue, 1 green, 1 orange)
  • 2 boxes of sandwich Ziploc Baggies that zip
  • 2 boxes of gallon size plastic bags
  • 2 rolls of paper towels
  • 2 clorox containers
  • 1 container of hand sanitizer
  • 1 pair of scissors
  • 1 primary composition notebook
  • 1 wide ruled notebook
  • 2 black dry eraser (expo) marker packets
  • 1 plastic pencil box
  • 1 packet of 5×7 index cards
  • 1 box of healthy snacks (fruit snacks, crackers, pudding etc.)



Please do not label supplies.

  • 1 bottle of hand sanitizer
  • 4 boxes of Kleenex
  • 3 boxes of # 2 pencils (no Pentech brand)
  • 4 glue sticks
  • 1 scissors
  • 1 box of wide washable markers
  • 1 box of thin washable markers
  • 2 rolls of paper towels
  • 2 sm. boxes of crayons
  • 4 black dry erase markers
  • 2 yellow highlighters
  • 1 1″ inch durable binder
  • 5 plastic 2 pocket folders (1 red, 1 black, 1 blue, 1green,     1 yellow)
  • 1 package of 3×5 lined note cards
  • 3 Clorox Wipes
  • 1 USB Flash (Computer Class) if possible, use last year’s
  • 4 pink erasers
  • 2 composition notebooks for journaling
  • 1 plastic school supply box


Please do not label supplies.

  • 1 pencil pouch
  • 4 boxes of Kleenex
  • 4 boxes of # 2 pencils (no Pentech brand)
  • 2 pkgs. Loose-leaf paper (wide rule)
  • 1 clear plastic shoe box container (dollar tree)
  • 4 sm. or 2 large Elmers glue Sticks & 1 Md. bottle of Elmers liquid glue
  • 2 small boxes of crayons
  • 1 pair of scissors
  • 1 box of regular washable markers
  • 4 Black expo markers
  • 2 composition notebooks
  • 1 box of sandwich Ziploc Baggies that zip – A –M (last names)
  • 1 roll of paper towels – N – Z (last names)
  • 4 pink erasers & 1 package of eraser caps
  • 8 plastic pocket folders with prongs (1 yellow, 1 red,
  • 1 blue, 1 green, 1 purple, 1 orange, 1 black)
  • 1 of any design folder
  • 3 Clorox Wipes
  • 1 USB Flash (Computer Class) if possible, use last year’s
  • 4 X- Large plain color stretchable cloth book covers (no small book covers) purple, blue, green, any other extra lg.
  • 1 hand Sanitizer
  • 1 1″ inch black binder clear pocket on top with pockets
  • 1 1″ inch white binder pocket
  • 1 package of 8 tab insertable dividers
  • 1 two package of large yellow highlighters


GRADES 4 – 5 

Please do not label supplies.

  • 6 boxes of Kleenex
  • 50 – #2 pencils (No mechanical pencils)
  • 6 packages of loose-leaf paper (wide ruled)
  • 4 pocket folders (2 red, 2 yellow)
  • 2 – 2 inch 3 ring binder
  • 2 pencil pouches
  • 3 -3 subject spiral notebook
  • 4 large erasers
  • 1 box of 24 crayons (basic colors)
  • 1 box of markers (basic colors)
  • 1 box of colored pencils (basic colors)
  • 2 pack of expo markers
  • 2 composition books for journaling
  • 3 glue sticks & 1 lg. bottle of liquid glue
  • 3 Clorox wipes
  • 1 USB Flash/ for computers if possible, use last year’s
  • 2 large stretchable cloth book covers
  • 1 pair of school scissors
  • 1 ruler (inch & centimeter)
  • 4 rolls of paper towels
  • 2 packages of binder dividers


GRADES 6 – 8 

  • 40 # 2 pencils
  • 1 pkg. each: blue & black ERASABLE pens (no permanent ink)
  • 1 pkg. each: red OR green pens
  • 1 box of WASHABLE markers (no permanent ink)
  • 1 box of colored pencils
  • 1 glue stick
  • 1 pair scissors
  • 4 erasers
  • 1 zippered pencil pouch
  • 8 pkgs. of loose-leaf paper (wide rule)
  • 1 composition book (hard back)
  • 2 Two-Inch hardback 3 ring binders (language arts & math)
  • 2 packages of binder dividers (language arts & math)
  • 10 plastic pocket folders with 3 prongs – (2 red; 2 yellow;
  • 2 blue; 2 green; 2 black)
  • 2 spiral notebooks (two subject)
  • 4 rolls of paper towels
  • 6 boxes of Kleenex
  • 1 container of disinfectant wipes
  • 1 USB Flash (school use) if possible, use last year’s
  • 1 scientific calculator (Recommended: TI-XIIS (Solar))
  • 2 pkgs of 3×5 lined note cards (100 cards per pkg)


STBCS Alumni Debuts in Hamilton

Former STBCS student, Kameron Richardson, was recently featured in The Messenger for his role in the musical Hamilton. READ ARTICLE ON THE MESSENGER

Althoff graduate makes his debut in Hamilton … as Hamilton

Staff writer

It’s one of the most sought-after roles in theater: Alexander Hamilton, the singing, dancing founding father as portrayed in Lin Manuel Miranda’s acclaimed musical “Hamilton.”

For one former student of Althoff Catholic High School and Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School, the dream of standing in that spotlight has become a reality. Kameron Richardson, a 2011 Althoff graduate, has played Hamilton in the Chicago production of the show twice in late June, and was scheduled to appear again in early July.

He’s what’s known as an offstage standby performer, who takes over a leading role in a production when the regular actor can’t appear.

To make his debut in such a high-profile role has been a mixture of exhilaration and the pressure of hard work.

“I’ll have this feeling that this is the greatest job in the world,” Richardson says. “But I’ll also have this feeling that, wow, this is the job I’ve got to do.

“Every role helps you to grow, and this is the most I will have ever grown for a role. Because it’s just so big.”

Richardson’s road to the Hamilton stage began well before Althoff. He says his mom tells people that he was singing before he was walking, and when asked in grade school what he wanted to be when he grew up, he said, “an entertainer.”

He transferred to Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School in sixth grade.
There, he had the chance to take voice and speech lessons, as well as ballroom dancing – a skill that Richardson says still comes in handy.

“Taking formal dance classes teaches you how to pick up choreography – how to be aware of how your body moves in a space,” he says.

When he got to Althoff, he soon met Elaine Laws, who runs the drama program there. “We were in the cafeteria, and when I told her I’d taken ballroom dancing, we started dancing right there in the cafeteria. It was insane.”

He soon became a fixture in Althoff’s drama department.

“He was like a sponge – he learned everything quickly,” Laws says. “He’s a great singer and was in our gospel choir.

“One of the first plays he did with us was ‘The Odd Couple,’ where he played Felix. I knew at that moment that he was going to be an actor – he was always looking for different ways to work with a prop or say a line to make the show funnier.”

For his part, Richardson says the arts opportunities he got at Sister Thea Bowman and at Althoff kept him on the right track.

“Instead of being out on the street, getting into trouble, I was at the theater,” he says. “And it’s not just the arts themselves, it was being around those people. The theater program at Althoff was very strict about being non-alcohol. It kept me straight. While other kids may have been hanging out drinking, we were hanging out listening to music and watching ‘Hairspray.’

“That was very integral.”

After graduating from Althoff, Richardson spent a year at Webster University and then transferred to the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, then moved to New York to start his career. He eventually landed a job with the national production of “Aladdin,” performing in the ensemble and understudying for the role of the evil sidekick Iago.

He came to Chicago for “Hamilton,” which is playing at the CIBC Theatre. Richardson won the standby position when the previous standby performer got a role in the Broadway production. Next came what he calls an “intense learning situation.”

“I learned it in like a month,” he says. “I’ve never been in a rehearsal process before where I wasn’t learning with the whole cast. It would be just me and the music guy, or me and the choreographer. As I learned more and knew it better, they’d layer in other folks.”

When Richardson learned of his June 23 debut, he made sure to let Laws know.

“He said, ‘Hey Coach, what’s going on? What are you doing June 23 and 25?’” Laws says. “I asked what was up and he said, ‘I’m going on as Hamilton on Sunday and Tuesday.’”

A whole cheering section arrived from Belleville, including Laws, Richardson’s mom and other family and school friends.

He notes that while his mother has seen him in other smaller plays, the magnitude of the “Hamilton” production was a huge change.

“This is the biggest role and the biggest show I’ve worked in,” he says. “She was blown away.”

He’s currently learning the two other parts that he covers – Aaron Burr and King George III. Laws has promised to come see each of his debuts. “He said, ‘You don’t have to come for King George, he’s not even in it that much,’” Laws says. “I told him I’m coming.”

Richardson, who turns 27 this week, says he hasn’t thought much about what comes next, after the show closes in January. Right now, he’s still immersed in the life of Hamilton the man, and “Hamilton” the production.

Asked about his favorite moment in the play, Richardson talks about a scene late in the show, after Hamilton has been laid low by scandal and his son has died in a duel.

“He’s talking to his wife and she grabs his hand and he breaks down – I think that’s my favorite moment,” he says. “You have to go way beyond yourself to even understand that place.”

Sr. Thea Bowman Summer Meals

Sr. Thea Bowman Summer Meals

Sr. Thea Bowman Catholic School will be providing free healthy and nutritious meals for children (18 and under) this summer in the school cafeteria on the following days:

June 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, and 21

Breakfast is served from 7:45-8:15am

Lunch is served from 11:45am-12:15pm

Please call (618) 397-0316 with any questions

STBCS Gets a New Basketball Hoop

STBCS Gets a New Basketball Hoop

Flynn O’Connell, from SLUH, and his team install a new, very solid, basketball hoop for the playground. Flynn is completed this Eagle Scout project to provide our students a better basketball hoop and painted basketball key. In addition, Flynn had additional funds for new basketballs and other playground equipment.

Building Bird Houses

Building Bird Houses

Sister Thea Bowman Catholic Academy students enjoy building bird houses as part of their summer school program. Using math skills, measuring and learning to read blue prints in order to create the finished product. We thank the St. Louis Kansas City Carpenter’s Regional Council for their partnership, supplying all of the materials and instructors.


Reading Resource Room Media Event – May 13

Reading Resource Room Media Event

May 13 – 9:00 a.m.

Join us and learn!

The Believe Project – Our partners – St. Louis Black Authors, IKEA, Nine Network, Scholastic Books, Ready Readers and St. Clair County Intergovernmental Grants Office

We will share statistics about the issues in our metro region with students learning to read by Third Grade.

And what Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School is doing to address these issues.

We are the second school in the region to implement this program.

Weekly Newsletter – May 2, 2019


We are now celebrating the virtue of GOODNESS! You will experience a lot of Goodness at our Spring Concert witnessing your students praising God in music, song, and dance!!!  Looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday!


All students must attend! Please check early for black pants, white shirt and black dress shoes. Invite family and friends, as this is going to be a great event!  Students arrive no later than 2:30 PM.


We have not received as many requests as last year. Did you send back a form to sign up for a checkup? If you still need to reserve a spot for your student, contact the office by Friday.


BE OUR MARKETERS! Bring in new students! Registration is now open! Only $50 before May 15! Current families must also register for next year. We ask you to also spread the word to friends, churches and neighbors!

We hold new family appointments Thursday at 4 PM, so have families contact us at the school to schedule a visit.


Help us celebrate our teachers with cards or notes of thanks!  They have worked hard all year with your students!

2nd ANNUAL PTO FAMILY BBQ MAY 10 2:30 – 7:00

Help us make this event a success!!!  Please send back your volunteer form. If your student is a bus rider, we need a permission slip to keep them off the bus.  DON’T MISS IT!


Join us for a Media Event to start our Believe Project Reading Room. Meet us in the Chapel at 8:45 and see what this great project will bring to our young readers!!! All are invited!

SUMMER SESSION: Our Summer Session will run from June 3 – June 21. Please return registrations ASAP!

Regular Summer Session is from 8:30 – 12:15. Sister Thea Bowman Academy Summer Session runs 8:30 – 3:00. Uniform is uniform shirt, appropriate shorts/pants, and tennis shoes. Breakfast and lunch will be served.



1 Gr 1 Mass; All School Spring Concert Rehearsal 10 AM

5 SPRING CONCERT 3 PM (Students arrive 2:30)

6 NO SCHOOL (Spring Concert Rest Day)

7 K-5 Field Trips; Teacher Appreciation Week through Friday

8 Dental Safari at School

9 6th – 8th Ballroom Dance Competition 10 AM

10 8th Gr Field Trip to YMCA Trout Lodge; Family BBQ


13 BELIEVE PROJECT MEDIA EVENT 9 am; Gr 7/8 Springfield Field Trip

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