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The Cadet 3A golf outing is open to the STA community and will take place on:

Monday, August 5 at Highland National golf course, with a shotgun start at 10:30 a.m.

Registration will open this summer!

 

STA is excited to offer an optional student trip to Washington D.C. through Close Up. The trip is geared towards rising Freshmen and Sophomores who will be taking or have just taken Civics as their Grade 9 Social Studies course.

Students will learn about our nation's government and history and even get to meet with some of Minnesota's elected officials in our nation's capital. The trip will be led by STA Social Studies teacher Nick McCarthy. An informational meeting will occur in the fall. Please contact Mr. McCarthy with any questions about the trip. (nmccarthy@cadets.com)

 

Please return library books to the blue bin on Ms. Judy's desk in the Anderson Learning Commons.  

The ALC also has some copies of summer reading books that are available to students.

The announcement below was shared this week by Saint Thomas Academy President, Brian Ragatz '98:

Dear Saint Thomas Academy Community,

I am thrilled to announce the hiring of Anthony Mullen ‘93 as our new Director of Institutional Advancement. Tony will be joining our team effective June 1, 2024 and he brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record of success in sales, marketing, fundraising, and building strong relationships with alumni, donors, and parents.

Tony comes to STA after leading the Advancement team at Totino-Grace High School. In his time at Totino-Grace, Tony spearheaded several key initiatives designed to improve fundraising performance and donor engagement. Prior to Totino-Grace, Tony enjoyed a successful 25-year career in sales and marketing for three different global corporations. In his last corporate role, Tony was Vice President of Field Sales Operations at Ecolab. Tony holds a B.S. in Biochemistry from UW-Madison, an MBA in Finance from the University of St. Thomas, and a J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law.

Tony is known for his passion for educational philanthropy, collaborative leadership style, and strategic planning. He is deeply committed to Saint Thomas Academy's mission and values, and I am confident that he will be a valuable asset to our Leadership Team.

Tony and his wife, Jocelyn, live in Mendota Heights and are the parents of a daughter, Madeline, who is currently an 8th grader at Visitation. Please join me in welcoming Tony to the Saint Thomas Academy community.

Sincerely,

Brian Ragatz
President

Please consider donating uniform items that your son has outgrown or no longer needs.  Items may be dropped off in Flynn Hall in the bin by the Main Desk.  Cadet spirit wear is also accepted!

Mark your calendars for the Used Uniform Sale (for Upper School students) on Wednesday, July 31 from 12:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Mark your calendars for the New Uniform Sale (for Upper School students) on Tuesday, August 14 from 10:00 - 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday, August 15 from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. in the Court.

The volunteer and shopping sign-ups will be shared in July.

 

The Fathers’ Club BBQ and Smoker at the Military Ball: Saturday, 18 May 2024

Fathers' Club valet parking is a long-standing tradition and one of our most volunteered-for events each year. Arriving early for camaraderie and some helpful instructions, we then greet the Cadets and their dates at Flynn Hall entrance before parking their cars. Available roles include: Traffic Directors, Valets, Golf Cart Drivers, and Key Masters. Once the cars are parked, the fathers head down to the FC garage for a well-deserved barbeque cooked up by our famed Grill Masters!

Let us know you can help here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080C4BA5AF2CA57-49444252-military#/

We are excited to announce the launch of Summer Prep, a brand-new academic program designed exclusively for students in grades 7-12 at Saint Thomas Academy and Visitation School. This innovative program, running for 4 or 8 weeks, offers a unique opportunity to solidify your skills, advance your placement in math or world languages, and even earn high school or college credits.

Whether you're aiming to reinforce math, science, social studies, or world language fundamentals, or seeking expert guidance on navigating the college application process, Summer Prep has something for you!

Here's what makes Summer Prep special:

  • Taught by experienced faculty, you’ll learn from passionate full-time teachers from Saint Thomas Academy and Visitation School.
  • Depending on the course, you have the chance to earn valuable high school or college credits.
  • If you are a middle school student, advanced coursework will allow you to get a head start on high school by taking courses, advancing your placement in math or world languages. 
  • Summer Prep expands your social circle by putting you in class with students across the metro area.

Coursework Includes:

  • College Prep
  • Language Lab
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Theology
  • World Languages

Learn more by visiting cadets.com/summerprep to see the Course Catalog and learn more about registration. 

We encourage you to take advantage of this exciting opportunity to invest in your academic future!

Virtual Info Session Link

Saint Thomas Academy and Visitation School partner each year to offer VISTA Bus Transportation to our families. We provide a convenient, safe mode of transportation for our students - which alleviates the burden on parents to arrange individual rides.  Plus, riding the bus fosters a sense of community amongst our students as they commute together, encouraging social interaction, and camaraderie.

We are excited to also announce that Schmitty & Sons, a Minnesota based, employee owned company with their own full-service maintenance team, will be returning for 2024-25.  Schmitty & Sons has staff onsite during all hours of operation and local management personnel available 24-hours a day.  

Contact Mr. John Kenney at vistabusing@cadets.com.
For the full details, visit our transportation page.

Summer of Champions - Summer Sports Camps!

 

Summer's calling! Registration for Saint Thomas Academy's exciting camps for boys and girls is now open. Explore STEM, art, sports, and more, creating unforgettable memories and developing new skills all summer long!

Visit cadets.com/summer to see all of the camps and to sign-up.  Camps are for kids in grades K through 12.

Visitation Summer Camps are also open - see all of the camp offerings here!

Cadet Maker is having a Red Line sale starting Monday, May 20. 

Sale items will be in the racks and tables will be in the Atrium.  Clothing, hats and more are included. Items have received their final mark down.

Most items are 50% off or more.  While supplies last.

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Cadet Maker regular store hours are: 3-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

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The Cadet Maker is now available ONLINE! 
Are you an alum living in a different state? Maybe a grandparent watching their grandson play on Cadet Broadcasting from Arizona?  You can now have access to great Cadet merchandise without ever having to leave home!  Check us out online at Cadets.Com/Cadetmaker

Upper School

The Quartermaster Store is located in the Military Wing and is where Cadets can find new uniform items.  The Quartermaster is open from 7:30-8:00 a.m. and 2:50-3:30 p.m.

Safeway Driving School offers teen driver's education for Saint Thomas Academy and Visitation students. The Teen Package includes 30 hours of classroom and 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training. 

Informational Flyer

June 3-14
via Zoom from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

July 22-August 2
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
In-Person - Saint Thomas Academy

Registration:
To register or for more information, call Safeway Driving School at 651-351-9150 or go to Safeway's webpage, click on Locations, then, on the right side list, scroll down and click on Saint Thomas Academy. Click the class on the calendar to register. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Middle School

Upcoming Dates to Note
May 20-22 - Haircut Checks - Grade 8
May 22 - Closing Mass, Formal Uniform (Long sleeves, tie, sweater)
May 23 - Eighth Grade Graduation 1:15 pm - Formal Uniform (long sleeves, tie, sweater) 
May 24 - MS Field Trips/Grades 6 & 7 Early Release 11:30
May 28-30 - Semester 2 Exams/Special Schedule

Formal Uniform - May 22 and May 23
All middle school students need to be in formal uniform on Wednesday, May 22 and Thursday, May 23.  Formal uniform requirements are long sleeves, tie, and sweater.  Please be sure that your son’s shoes are in compliance - shoe laces and soles intact.

Eighth Grade Graduation 
Eighth Grade Graduation will be held in Holtz Gym on Thursday, May 23, 1:15 -2:00 p.m.  Please arrive and plan to be seated by 1:10 as the ceremony will start promptly at 1:15. This milestone in your son’s educational journey  is open to 8th grade families (including grandparents).  Please watch for an invitation in the mail. A small reception with professional family photos will be held immediately following the ceremony.  

Eighth Grade Haircut Inspection
On Monday, May 20, 8th grade will have a haircut inspection.  Please make sure your son is prepared for graduation festivities.  You can find the MIDDLE SCHOOL UNIFORM AND GROOMING STANDARDS  here.  Sixth and seventh grade students need to remain in compliance with hair and uniform through the end of the year.  Please check in with your son about haircut needs.     

End of the Year Field Trips
On Friday, May 24, the 8th graders will spend the day at Valleyfair.   Due to the chaperone policy, all students must ride the bus to and from Valleyfair.  Students will not be able to remain at the park. Students must report to school by 8:00 for attendance.  Eighth grade students will clean out lockers and have an opportunity to sign an old uniform shirt.  Please note, students must be in a clean uniform shirt for finals week. The signed shirt may not be worn to school. Thank you. 

The 6th and 7th graders will go bowling from 9:00 - 11:00 at Cedarvale Lanes.  Friday, May 24 will be an early dismissal for 6th and 7th graders only at 11:30. Lunch will not be served. A permission slip and parent letter was passed out in advisory.  Please submit payment here.   All 6th and 7th grade slips and payments are due tomorrow, Friday, May 17.  Please contact Mrs. Krivak at skrivak@cadets.com with any questions.  If your family has a conflict with this date for appointments or travel, please report this to Mrs. Krivak so she can get an accurate count for the bowling alley.  All 6th and 7th grade students should report to advisory by 8:00 a.m. for attendance.  They will have the opportunity to study for finals and clean out lockers.  Extra bags may be necessary for carrying home supplies.  They will board the bus at 8:45 for their field trip. 

Upper School students will be on a regular schedule on Friday, May 24.

Donald’s Uniform Sale
Shop early and save! Donald’s Uniform is having a June sale.  Shop in store or online between June 1 - June 10 and receive 20% off of everything.  Shop in store or online between June 11 -  June 30, and save 15% off of everything.  No coupon code is required.  Please visit https://www.donaldsuniform.com or email donalds@donaldsuniform.com for more information.  Uniforms for middle school students (pants, shirts, and sweater) are purchased through Donald’s.  Please allow time for the embroidery on the oxford shirts. Gym uniforms can be purchased in the Cadet Maker. 

Late Arrivals and Early Dismissals
If your son is arriving to school after 8:00 a.m. or needs to be picked up before 2:50 p.m., he will need to use Flynn Hall doors and check in or out in.  Students will not be excused from the Middle School doors during the day.  If  your son is late due to a medical appointment, please bring in a note from the medical provider. These passes are readily available from the medical provider’s main reception desk upon departure. Please communicate all attendance needs to attendance@cadets.com  or 651-683-1511.  

Attendance
Please email attendance@cadets.com if your son will be out of school.  Please see STA Handbook for the details regarding STA’s attendance policies:

  • If absent or late, please email or call the attendance line (651-683-1511) to notify before 8 a.m. if possible

  • If late, your son should first report to Flynn Hall to get a pass

  • Your son is responsible for missed work. He should check “Schoology” for assignments, email the teacher, ask a trusted friend

Mass and Confession Schedule
On rotation days B, D, G & H, Father Timothy will celebrate Mass in the Chapel at 7:15 a.m.  All are welcome.  Confession will be offered Monday - Thursday from 2:50 - 3:30 p.m. 

Middle School Arrival
Middle School doors will not be unlocked until 7:30 a.m.  Students arriving before 7:30 a.m. should be dropped off at Flynn Hall.  Students are welcome to use the cafeteria as a place to study in the morning and after school.  Breakfast will be available for sale in the cafeteria - cash and credit card accepted.

Middle School Dismissal 
The last period ends at 2:50 p.m., at which time students are dismissed. Tutoring is available from 2:50-3:15 p.m. Monday - Thursday (or by appointment before or after school, per teacher).  
Students may be picked up at Middle School doors (#7) until 3:30 p.m. The Middle School closes at 3:30 p.m., at which time students may:

  • Report to Activities/Athletics (activities bus 5:30 Flynn Hall)

  • Supervised, quiet study in the Anderson Learning Commons or cafeteria until  4:30 p.m.

  • The building will close at 4:30 p.m.  All students on campus after 4:30 will be relocated to Ciresi Atrium in Flynn Hall for pick up

Reminder: Visitors during the school day must check in at the Receptionist Desk at Vince Flynn Hall and pick up a name tag. ID must be presented to be issued a name tag.

Go Cadets!
Ms. Mechtel

 

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Counseling

The Student Services team features the following weekly resource from Mrs. Schultz, Mr. Larson, Ms. VanDiver, Ms. Klimisch and Mr. Moe. 

This week, we are featuring how to keep your brain healthy and active over the summer, which is always important!  See the information here.

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS REPS
College Admission representatives are scheduling visits to STA! Visit times will take place during Community Time and after school.  The full list of college visits will be listed in Naviance, the College Counseling Page: https://www.cadets.com/academics/college-counseling, and announced at formation. This is a great opportunity to connect with representatives and learn more about the college admissions process.

Here's what's happening in college counseling:

ACT Test
June 8, 7:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Events

Join us in supporting the Saint Thomas Academy Alumni Association on May 22.  We will be helping at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery to put up American flags for Memorial Day. Any help is appreciated, and we will work from 9 a.m. to Noon. For parking instructions and to sign up, please email John Barnes at jbarnes@cadets.com.

Represent St. Thomas Academy at the Archdiocesan Eucharistic Procession!

This is a golden opportunity to take part in this nation-wide event and obtain powerful graces for our city, our country and the world.

Join the National Eucharistic Revival, the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis and The Saint Paul Seminary for a Eucharistic procession down Summit Avenue. A flagship portion of the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage‘s Marian Route, we will follow Christ through the heart of St. Paul, from The Saint Paul Seminary to the Cathedral of St. Paul. The Source and Summit procession will begin with Midday Prayer at 12:45 p.m. at The Saint Paul Seminary and head east toward the Cathedral of St. Paul. The procession will conclude with prayer around 4 p.m. inside the cathedral.

Following the prayer, there will be an ice cream social. Buses will shuttle participants back to The Saint Paul Seminary from the cathedral, making a stop at St. Thomas More. See the full route here.

https://www.archspm.org/source-and-summit/

The Aquinas Experience | “Fathers, Sons & the Power of Virtue” 

We are down to our final event but we are still welcoming new fathers and sons.  

The Aquinas Experience | “Fathers, Sons & the Power of Virtue” Sun, May 19 @ 6 pm @ ALC (Library) we will be discussing the virtues of “CHARITY"; surprise speaker possible!

 Dinner provided.

If you are interested, please sign up here or contact Stephen Kelly at scpkelly@gmail.com.

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The Fathers’ Club is an organization that includes all dads and male guardians of Saint Thomas Academy Cadets. By the nature of your son attending Saint Thomas Academy, you are a member of the Fathers' Club!  We’re excited you’ve joined us for the upcoming school year!

Email us at fathersclub@cadets.com if you are interested in becoming more active with our Executive Team!

First Friday Mass - 7:15 a.m. in the Saint Thomas Academy Chapel 

  • Join us in the school cafeteria for coffee and conversation after a short Mass every first Friday of the month 
  • Our next First Friday Mass is Friday, August 30.

Save the Date: 
The Fathers’ Club BBQ and Smoker at the Military Ball: Saturday, 18 May 2024

Fathers' Club valet parking is a long-standing tradition and one of our most volunteered-for events each year. Arriving early for camaraderie and some helpful instructions, we then greet the Cadets and their dates at Flynn Hall entrance before parking their cars. Available roles include: Traffic Directors, Valets, Golf Cart Drivers, and Key Masters. Once the cars are parked, the fathers head down to the FC garage for a well-deserved barbeque cooked up by our famed Grill Masters!

 

The Aquinas Experience | “Fathers, Sons & the Power of Virtue” The Saint Thomas Academy Fathers' Club is sponsoring The Aquinas Experience, a chance for fathers to think about the men they are, walking together with their sons, thinking about the men they want to be.

Using our patron Saint Thomas Aquinas as a guide, fathers and sons will spend an hour every other week, for seven weeks, in discussion, hosting speakers, doing service activities with pop and pizza. We'll meet at the ALC (Library). Dates are May 19. Father Combs will be our guide using Jason M. Craig’s book, The Tradition of Virtues According to St. Thomas Aquinas, A Study for Men. You can purchase the book on Amazon or other retailers. The Fathers Club will have copies you can borrow; just let us know at signup. If you are interested, please sign up here. If you have any questions or would like to be involved in planning, please contact Stephen Kelly at scpkelly@gmail.com.  

The turnout has been tremendous but we are still welcoming new fathers and sons.  If you have missed the first session, we'd love to have you.

We are down to our final event but we are still welcoming new fathers and sons.  

The Aquinas Experience | “Fathers, Sons & the Power of Virtue” Sun, May 19 @ 6 pm @ ALC (Library) we will be discussing the virtues of “CHARITY"; surprise speaker possible!

 Dinner provided. If you are interested, please sign up here or contact Stephen Kelly a scpkelly@gmail.com.

Fathers’ Club Spotlight Events 

  • Join us in celebrating our teams, clubs, and activities all year long with food and fun! 
  • If you know of an STA team or club to Spotlight, please send us a note.  Your son's coaches, team captains and activities leaders also have more information regarding upcoming Spotlight events. 
  • Proceeds from the Burger Stand are used to help fund our other Spotlight Events 

Our Executive Team meets twice a month to organize our activities for the year, connect with other STA constituents and collaborate with school leadership.  If you’re interested in becoming a part of our efforts, or have any other questions about our group, please drop us a note at fathersclub@cadets.com 

Be sure to check out the Fathers' Club homepage for a complete listing of events, mission statements, awards, reps, etc.

Athletics & Activities

Registration deadline is Wednesday May 22 for all summer JG Skates and Camps.

In a continuing effort to offer the opportunity for non-MSHSL High School hockey players to play the sport they love, The Saint Paul Tommies will offer some on-ice developmental sessions aimed at keeping players active and involved during June, July, August.

All activities are open to players who will be in grades 9-12 during the 24-25 school year.  Priority will be given to those players who have exhausted their future USA Hockey bantam eligibility and may be expanded to accommodate bantam-aged players should there be room.

Two 3-day camps will be offered, one in July, and one in August.  In addition, 4 Wednesday Skates will be available throughout June, July, and August for those interested in a more low-key, ‘stay on your skates’ experience.  Players may choose to be involved in as many or few as they choose.  Participation is not mandatory or a requirement for playing Junior Gold Hockey during the upcoming season.  As always, JG hockey is about the opportunity and fun of the game.  Balancing summertime activities, family and other obligations should always be considered.

All ages will participate together in all sessions.

All participants must be registered with USA Hockey for the 24-25 season.

See the details and dates here!

The Saint Thomas Academy Athletic & Activities Department is excited to partner with Game-One in providing athletic gear tailored towards the wide variety of sports and activities we offer at Saint Thomas Academy. This 24/7/365 online store allows fans of all Saint Thomas Academy teams and activities to purchase gear that meets our brand standards.

Click here to shop!

Through the link above, you will be able to customize various types of clothing with a specific sport and the Saint Thomas Academy "ST" logo. Ordering from this site is easy. Once you are done customizing your product, they will ship it to your front door within 7-10 business days. Because each piece of clothing is unique (dependent on placement of the logo, font, color, etc.), purchases from this site are final. Game-One does not accept returns for their customized orders. 

Currently, the site only has stores set up for athletic teams. They are currently creating the artwork for the activities we offer for upper and middle school Cadets. Future communication will be sent when the activities stores are up and running. 

Individual sport programs will still have their "team stores" season-after-season with their vendors, depending on who the head coach prefers to work with for their team's apparel needs.  This store is an opportunity for fans of Saint Thomas Academy to purchase specific sports gear directly to their home, whether they live in Mendota Heights, MN or Albuquerque, New Mexico.

GO CADETS!