“Give me joy, joy, joy, down in my soul.”

Graduation is this Friday, May 22. Congratulations to Mahogany Bonner, Valerie Bownes, De’Ariah Collier, Bernicia Dorris, Arius Edwards, Booker T. Grisby III, Elizabeth Pearson, Jajuan Savannah, Arajah White, and Jamonzee Williams. We wish them a future filled with God’s choicest blessings and much joy.

The Graduation Mass is this Friday, May 22, at 8:30 am. Graduates need to be at the chapel for pictures no later than 7:15am. After pictures, they will come over to school for Morning Prayer and a blessing. As a school we will celebrate those who have been with us and demonstrated that they are more than ready to move onto high school. A Graduation Brunch follows the Mass for all graduates and family members

There is no school on Monday, May 25, due to Memorial Day.

The last day of school will be next Friday, May 29. The day includes our End-of-Year Mass led by the staff at 8:30am, our select group of dance ministers, followed by End of Year awards and a collage of photos taken throughout the year. Please know that all parents/guardians are welcomed to participate in this final Mass and celebration of the school year. Students will be dismissed for the summer at 12:30pm. There will be breakfast and lunch, but no Extended Day. Students may be out of uniform. We are hoping to have bus service, but have not heard a final word from the bus company. Will keep you posted.

Fourth Quarter ends on May 29. Report cards and honor roll certificates will be mailed on June 8.

The last day to return library books was Friday, May 15. Do we have yours?

Ms.Harriel will send home USB flash drives on Wednesday, May 27 with students in Grades 1-3. Grades 4-7 will bring their flash drives home by that Thursday, May 28. Please put them in a safe place over the summer, as these can be used again next year.

Do you remember your first year with children at Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School? Could you have used a little advice now and then about what to expect or what to do? Could you have used a mentor?
This next school year we would like to have mentor families help new families navigate those first few weeks at a new school. If you would like to volunteer, please call the office at 397-0316 and let Ms. Francine or Ms. Mary. Your name will go on a list, and as we get closer to the beginning of next school year, you will be contacted and matched with a family. Thank you.

The Title I Math Summer School will begin Tuesday, June 2, for the students who brought back signed registration forms. Mrs. Magalla will teach the Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades at 8:00- 10:00am. Mrs Brown will teach the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades from 8:00-10:00am, and also the 6th and 7th grades from 10:00am – 12:00 noon. All classes will be held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through the month of June. A reminder will be sent home next week to those who are signed up. We are looking forward to having a great time with math!

Next week, the students at STBCS will start to explore the world of robotics and technology with 5 new Legos Robotics Kits. Each class will have an introductory session where students in small groups will follow a computer’s directions to first build a “robot” figure from Legos, then they use a laptop to program it to do different activities. Maybe they will build a barking dog or snapping alligator…be sure to ask them

Since the first of May, there has been information on applying for tuition assistance through SMART Tuition in your Thursday’s envelope. All families seeking tuition assistance need to apply through SMART. If you need help with this new format, contact SMART Tuition Aid or our office, and we will help you through it. Applications need to be completed by the last day of school, May 29.
***Please note that family tuition this year is: one child-$4,000, two children-$6,000, three children-$7,000, and four children-$7, 5000.

We are thinking of adding two more colors to our uniform for next year: along with white and forest green shirts, students would also be able to wear red or black polo shirts (without a logo). Let us know your thoughts by emailing Ms. Mary at: thea_bowman@yahoo.com. Your opinion is important.

The East St. Louis Catholic Grade School Alumni Golf Classic will be held Friday, July 17, at Grand Marais Golf Course. Part of the money raised through this Golf Tournament is given to our school for operating costs or tuition assistance. If you enjoy golfing, this would be a great way to give back to STBCS.