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CADET COMMUNITY FORUM SPEAKERS SERIES                                          Save the date for our next speakers' series on Tuesday, December 5 from 7:00 - 8:30 PM.  The topic to be covered will be on Marijuana & Vaping.  Register here.

CADET PROMOTION RECEPTION                                                                               Donations of store bought cookies and bars (no peanuts please) are needed for the Cadet Promotions Reception in the cafeteria on Wednesday, November 22.  Please let us know if you can help.  Click here to sign up.

2017 STA Christmas Ornament
These luxury baubles are made of fine English bone china and decorated with genuine gold. Handcrafted by Kina Ceramics in Oxford, UK. Click here to order yours today!

Spring Musical, Les Miserables, auditions will be held on Monday, November 27 and Tuesday, November 28, 3:30-6:00 PM in the Visitation School Choir Room. Callbacks will be on Thursday, November 30 3:30-6:00 PM.
Prepare: 16-32 bars of a song from musical theatre genre and bring printed sheet music (accompanist provided).
Rehearsals will begin February 5. Be prepared to communicate any conflicts with rehearsal times at the audition.
Questions:  Wendy Short-Hays - wshortha@vischool.org or Randi Rexroth - rrexroth@vischool.org

Click here for the link to the Clay Target uniform online store. It's open now and will close on Sunday, November 19 at 11:59 PM. We will have sample sizes in the Cadet Maker, if needed, for the duration of the online store being open.
Christmas in the Cadet Maker!
Come on in and have a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate as you stroll thru the Cadet Maker!
We have bbq tool and hot mitts
Tervis Tumblers in 3 sizes
STA ornament
Golf balls and tees
A variety of blankets
Top gift of leather choppers!
Order your personalized sports bags now for Christmas!  We can take this order over the phone as well!
If you have a knack for decorating and wish to participate in a festive and fun volunteer project, please consider signing up to help decorate our school for the Christmas holidays. We will gather on Friday December 1 from 8:00 AM-1:00 PM to "spruce" up our school. Lunch will be provided.
We will gather, again, on Saturday, January 6, the Epiphany of our Lord, to take down the decorations. Please bring wire clippers if you have them. Click here to sign-up.

You are invited to a formal evening, sponsored by the Fathers' Club, including fine dining and dancing for cadets in grades 9-12 and their mothers. This event is a highlight for students and moms, and is typically sold out so sign up early!  The event will be held on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the Anderson Student Center at the University of St. Thomas.  Details and registration can be found by clicking here

High School Attendance - Please contact Mrs. Doran, kdoran@cadets.com or 651-683-1511
Middle School Attendance - Please contact Mrs. McQuillan, amcquillan@cadtets.com or 651-683-1520
Attendance Policies

Class of 2018 Information

Students needing to change their Senior Speeches need to speak to Mr. Rome.

This is a reminder that all tuition and fees must be paid in full prior to graduation in order to receive your diploma and transcript.  Please contact Pam Kunkel in the Business office;  pkunkel@cadets.com or 651-683-1510 if you have any questions.


Every fall, college representatives from more than 100 colleges and universities visit the Academy to find the best and brightest students. Stay connected with who is visiting by logging into Naviance, Schoology, or visiting the College Counseling page on cadets.com
United States Naval Academy Night at STA 11/21
The US Naval Academy will be hosting an information meeting Tuesday evening of Thanksgiving week 11/21 from 7-9PM.  All interested students, grades 8-12, parents and school facility are invited to attend this most informative event. Meet USNA Midshipmen for an informal discussion about the Naval Academy, entrance requirements, admissions procedures, NROTC, Navy Careers, and the Academy Experience.
Other topics - The Campus, Curriculum, Careers, Training, Extra-curricular activities and Competition
Bring Any Questions You’d Like Answered!!!

Dartmouth Student College Visit 11/30
Please join us in welcoming back class of 2017 Cadet Colonel William Mayleben as he hosts a college visit for Dartmouth College.  The college visit will take place on 11/30 at 11:40 AM in the College Counseling Center.  Learn first hand what life is like for a freshman at Dartmouth from one of our own Cadets! To attend this wonderful visit, please see the College Counseling Center for a pass. 

SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH Engine... a new resource, for students AND PARENTS;  Simply go to COLLEGECOVERED.com and sign-up, by December 30, for emails to get helpful college tips and resources, AND to enter to win a scholarship.  40 eligible students and parents will randomly be selected to win a $2500 scholarship award to help cover college expenses.   Contact Mr. Bartek if you have questions.
SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY for seniors living in Kanabec, Pine or Washington counties in Minnesota...if you have a 3.0 GPA and need financial assistance for college, see Mr. Bartek about the TOZER FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP.  Applications not due till February 1, but check out details now to submit a quality application.

PARENTS: Has your son applied for scholarships yet?  Reunion Student Loan Finance/iHELP Student Loan gives away THREE- $1,000 scholarships and an iPad in Minnesota. These scholarships are awarded to high school seniors attending a college, university or technical institute for the 2018/2019 academic year.
Simply click here, fill it out and submit. It's THAT easy! There will be a random drawing in April. 

RaiseMe Scholarship opportunities...students who took the PSAT can earn up to $3,000 in scholarship money on RaiseMe for simply having taken the test and up to $8,250 for scoring well.  I'm also excited to let you know RaiseMe is offering a new micro-scholarship to SENIORS for completing the FAFSA!    If you have questions, contact Mr. Bartek in the College Counseling Center.  Meantime, sign up for RaiseMe by clicking on this link:  https://www.raise.me/join/st-thomas-academy

Contact Mr. Bartek, lbartek@cadets.com or 651-683-1528 in the College Counseling Center for information or questions about scholarships.

SENIORS: Looking for scholarships?  The Schulze Family Foundation provides assistance to students from middle-income families;  if your son is a SENIOR who has distinguished himself through school, community and/or church activities while showing significant academic achievement in high school, PLEASE see Mr. Bartek. Requirements are: 3.4 cumulative GPA, minimum of 22 ACT, and show unmet financial need through the FAFSA, and NOT receiving a Pell grant.  Check this out if you meet the criteria indicated, or contact Mr. Bartek if you have questions.

JUNIORS: Junior only SCHOLARSHIP:  Do you have a distinguished academic record?  Taking rigorous studies?  Demonstrate academic depth and intellectual curiosity?  Then this one's for you!!!   This is a highly competitive scholarship providing a Full Ride Merit Scholarship.  The deadline is January, but it takes time to put the Application together.  Don't delay - see Mr. Bartek for details.


SWIMMING & DIVING - Cadets.com/Swim
ALPINE SKIING - Cadets.com/AlpineSki
NORDIC SKIING - Cadets.com/Nordic
WRESTLING - Cadets.com/Wrestling
The wrestling season begins on Monday, November 20. Any interested student is welcome to come out for the team and try wrestling - no experience is needed.There will be a meeting for all wrestlers and their parents on Tuesday, November 21 at 6:30 PM in the Wright Lecture Hall. Everyone interested in participating should plan to attend.

The Cadet 3A Club - Academy, Activities, Athletics
Our Purpose:

  • Maintain and enhance Saint Thomas Academy Activities and Athletics
  • Raise funds to supplement the school's activities and athletic budget

What We Support:

  • More than 85% of the students participating in activities and or athletics:
  • 51 teams and activities

Who We Are:

  • Athletic Director
  • Parent liaison representing Mothers' or Fathers' Clubs
  • 3A Board Officers (1 Former Retired STA Coach/Admin, 2 Current Coaches, 2 Advancement Members, 1 Parent Liaison and the STA Athletic and Activities Director, Bob Slater)
  • All 3A members are a vital part of this club, and the Cadets thank them for joining.

What Boosters Is NOT:

  • Biased towards any sport. ALL sports and activities, both interscholastic and club, can receive Booster funds.

How We Generate Funds:

  • 3A Memberships
  • MSBN Game Sponsorships
  • Winter Concession net proceeds
  • Sports specific donations are possible at certain levels of Booster Membership

          The goal each year will be to have 200 memberships
Click here to join today - Go Cadets! 

Last weekend, about 30 STA Cadets skated at the Junior Gold (JG) clinics. This is the perfect time to prepare for the upcoming try-outs. Look below for details on clinics and try-outs.

Junior Gold B Important Dates:
     November 18, 4:30 - 5:40 p.m. ,St Thomas Ice Arena.
Mandatory Junior Gold Tryouts at Saint Thomas Ice Arena:
     November 19, 6:30 p.m.
     November 20 at 9:10 p.m

Junior Gold 16 Important Dates:
     November 18, 5:50 - 7:00 p.m.  St. Thomas Ice Arena.
     Mandatory Junior Gold 16 Tryouts at Saint Thomas Ice Arena:
     November 19, 5:20 p.m.
     November 20, 8:00 p.m.

Players must register with USA hockey before skating with any Junior Gold program- clinics, try-outs, practices, or games.  Bring a paper copy of USA hockey registration confirmation, including your USA hockey number,  to your first skating session.  (USA Hockey registration: https://www.usahockeyregistration.com/login_input.action).
The Junior Gold Hockey Apparel is available through the Cadet Maker online store until Sunday, November 26 at 11:59 PM. There will be NO refunds given on the orders. We need to close the window for ordering quickly as it could take 3 weeks to receive the items.
If you have more questions, please contact:
Junior Gold Team - Stephen Haugh, sjhaugh@comcast.net or Shamus O'Meara,  SPOMeara@OLWKlaw.com
Junior Gold 16 team - Steve Goldade, gold14@iphouse.com

More information may be found at JG website section:

HOCKEY - Cadets.com/Hockey
Captains' Practice / Fall Development Program information are posted on the website



Sunday, December 3
     Registration & Photo Sessions start at 10:00 AM
     Mass at 11:00 AM
     STA Chapel and Holtz Gym
Look for the invite coming soon for this spectacular event. Remember this event is ONE SUNDAY ONLY this year. We look forward to seeing you all there!

CadetWorks leverages and engages the Saint Thomas Academy network to find internships in various industries for STA graduates that are in their sophomore year of college. The goal for CadetWorks is for young alumni to build their resume, develop their professional experience, and select the best career path.

Over the past six years we have placed over 100 young alumni into meaningful internships with more than 25 different companies.

We are looking for opportunities in the following areas: Accounting, Law, Medical, Financial Services, IT, Engineering and Sales & Marketing.  How can you get involved as a CadetWorks Sponsor?  Please contact Mike Maxwell '84 at mmaxwell@cadets.com or 651-683-1577.
Prayer Chain (NEW!) - Visit the Mothers' Club web page to learn more
Father/Son Masses - The first Friday of every month
Mother/Son Masses - The third Friday of every month
Eucharistic Adoration - The first Friday of every month - learn more
Feed My Starving Children - Once a month during the school year - learn more

Hello to returning and new parents! The STA Community Auction offered a number of parent parties. This is a great way to meet parents of your son's classmates. Click here for information about all the parties and to sign up. 
Upcoming Parties:
  • 18 - Curling Party
Curl Like an Olympian! 
Come join these guys for an evening of curling and socializing at the St. Paul Curling Club. What is curling?, you ask. Well, in curling a team is called a "rink," you play on a "sheet," you throw "rocks" at "houses" and "stealing" is legal! Oh, and having fun is mandatory! 

No need to have any "know-how" of this grand old Scottish game, we'll teach you everything you need to know. Spend an evening throwing stones, sweeping, strategizing and socializing with other Saint Thomas Academy parents. Click HERE to register.

  • 2 - Christmas Cookie Party
  • 6 - Holiday Centerpiece
  • 27 - Boot Hockey
Questions? Contact Jodie Whaley at auction@cadets.com.

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