We have one purpose here at Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School, and that is to make your student successful! We know it takes academic, social, and spiritual growth to become future leaders of their communities, so we strive each day to approach education with a whole person growth concept. We appreciate your support of your student and your school!
CURRICULUM NIGHT, THURSDAY, AUG 29 at 7 PM
This is a very important night for you to receive information on changes at the school, classroom and teacher procedures, and your role in your student’s education. This is a MANDATORY attendance event for just the adult. We will meet in the chapel, and then go to your student’s class for specific information.
Please continue to read the enclosed information, sign the envelope, and return it with your student on Friday.
ARRIVAL AND BUSES
We are still pushing District 189 to move up bus times to get students here by 7:30 for breakfast and to add our unassigned bus riders. If you have a bus issue, please contact Ms. Cooper at the District 618-646-3051, and Illinois Central at 618 646-3051. As always, you can contact the office also. Please continue to have students to school by 7:45!
We have gotten better with K-3 out the front door and 4 -8 out the back doors. Family members cannot park on the opposite side of Church Lane, as it is too dangerous. Continue to pull into empty parking spaces in front of the school.
Please review uniform requirements from your handbook. Teachers will send home a uniform reminder if a student is out of uniform. We appreciate you helping them prepare their clothes the night before, so they can arrive in uniform.
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 3. Without a completed application form, all meals are full price.
We NEVER want you to receive LATE FEES or INSUFFICIENT FUND FEES, as they go to SMART, and we lose the dollars for your school. Contact us early if you foresee a payment issue or delay, so we can work it!
Our first peacemaker activity for the year is next Friday, August 30. As a special incentive, students who are Peacemakers during a month (no major discipline issues) attend a Peacemaker Activity on the last school day of the month. This month…Ice cream might be involved!
Our first Mass for the year will be Friday, September 6, at 8:30 AM. in the chapel. You are welcome to join us for this Mass, as well as all Masses held throughout the year. Ordinarily, our Masses are every Friday at 8:30a.m. Please check the calendar for any alternative dates.
There will be NO SCHOOL on Labor Day, Monday, Sep. 2. School will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 3.
VOLUNTEER POSITION OPENINGS:
We have a few volunteer positions open at our school. If you are interested or know a qualified person, please contact the office. All positions require the applicant to complete a volunteer application, Child Protection Training, and background check.
– Lunch/recess monitor: M – F from 11:15 AM to 12:45 PM. Requirements: Good interaction with kids.
– Extended Day K-5 Assistants: M – F from 3:30 – 5:00 PM. Requirements: Good interaction with kids.
PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION (PTO)
We NEED you to help us make your school great. Please join us for our first PTO meeting on Thursday, Sep 5 from 6 – 7 PM. Light Snacks will be provided. If you want to bring your student, they can read in the library during the meeting. We will make introductions at the meeting and plan the year events. All are welcome!
We love volunteers. We will soon send out an official volunteer sign up form, but if you want to get started, here are a few items:
- We have all volunteers fill out applications per Diocese of Belleville guidelines. This includes a background check.
- All Volunteers working with students must complete Child Protection Training:
- Initial Child Protection Training locations and times are at: https://www.diobelle.org/faith-formation/child-protection. You can attend any session. This is for first time volunteers.
- Refresher Child Protection Training is for returning volunteers and is online at: https://safeandsacred-diobelle.org/login/index.php. This is for people who took the Initial training already.
IN THE NEWS
Check out our Believe Room and Kindergarten on Channel 5:
23 Prayer Service K-5: 8:30, 9:00
29 Curriculum Night 7PM Mandatory, Adults only, no students
30 Peacemaker Activity. Prayer Service- Gr. 6-8 8:30am. Peacemaker Flags due
2 Labor Day. No School
5 Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) Meeting 6 PM
6 Opening Mass 8:30am (Grade 8 leads)
13 Mass 8:30 (Grade 7 Leads). 1st Qtr Midterm
19 Believe Reading Room Ribbon Cutting 9:30 AM