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Monday, October 26 | 6-8 PM
Saint Thomas Academy will host our fall Admissions Showcase where prospective families will hear from current students, parents, faculty and staff about the benefits of attending an all-male, college prep, Catholic, military leadership school!  Please share the information and RSVP here.  Thank you for your referrals!

Picture Day has been rescheduled due to COVID-caused uniform delays.
Picture Day: Thursday, November 5
Retake Day: Tuesday, December 1
Upper School uniform - Class A (Seniors: Class B1)
Middle School uniform: Formal with tie & sweater

To order pictures...Visit jostenspix.com, create an account (preferably using the same email you've provided to the school), and use event code FE13820.

Call 1-877-515-1447 if you have questions about the ordering process.

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Thursday, October 29 | Half a bag of non-perishable food items (canned goods) OR $5.00 donation to participate

STA will have an out-of-uniform day for our annual "Haunting for the Hungry" event. Students wanting to participate in the costume/out of uniform day must donate half a bag of non-perishable food items (no glass, please) OR $5.00. Students choosing not to wear costumes are required to be in uniform and are encouraged to donate to support the Franciscan Brothers of Peace Food Shelf. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes.

Costume parameters: pajamas, civilian-wear, and/or sports jerseys are not considered "costumes"; rollerblades, skateboards, wheeled shoes, etc. are prohibited. 

Discussion date for ALL grades is: Wednesday, October 28

Pagers is an activity that gives students a chance to read a book and discuss it with classmates. 

There are three sections: middle school, grades 9 and 10, and grades 11 and 12. Click the appropriate link to sign-up!

Each quarter, books are selected with student input and students have 4-5 weeks to read it. Near the end of each quarter, students will get in small groups with a faculty moderator to take a quiz and discuss the book. Upon completion, students can earn extra credit for their English class. Our selections vary in genre as our goal is to have kids get excited about reading. See the Q1 books here!

 

 

Media specialist, Melissa Judy, has put together a recommended reading list for the month of October. This list honors Breast Cancer Awareness month, Radio Operator's Day, and Teacher's Day. View her suggestions for all ages below!

AGES: BIRTH-6

  What If There Were No Teachers?, by Caron Chandler Loveless

 

 

  My Teacher is a Monster! (No, I Am Not.), by Peter Brown

 

 


 

  Hunter's Hero: My Mommy Has Breast Cancer, by Shannon Pierce, Katie Yost (Illustrator)

 

 

 

AGES 5-11:

  Radio Rescue, by Lynne Barasch

 

 

 

  Because I Had a Teacher, by KobiYamada, Natalie Russell (Illustrator)

 

 

 

  Jeannie Ann's Grandma Has Breast Cancer, by Diane Davies, CA Nobens (Illustrator)

 

 

 

 

AGES: 10-14

  The Teacher's Funeral, by Richard Peck

 

 

 


 

  The Radio Signals Mystery, by Glenn Lindsey

 

 

 


 

  What's Up With Bridget's Mom?: Medikidz Explain Breast Cancer by Kim Chilman-Blair, John Taddeo (Illustrator)

 

 

 

 

 

AGES 13-18

  Radio Silence, by Alice Oseman

 

 

 


 

   Time to Get Out: Recollections of a World War II B-24 Radio Operator, POW and Escapee, by David F. Mundell, Robert F. Mundell

 

 

 

  Lies My Teacher Told Me: Young Reader's Edition: Everything American History Textbooks Get Wrong, by James W. Loewen, Rebecca Stefoff (Adapted by)

 

 

 

 

Ages: 18+

  The Clandestine Radio Operators, by Jean-Louis Perquin 

 

 

 

 

  The Radio Operator: Robert Ford's Last Stand in the Fight to Save Tibet, by James McGrath Morris

 

 

 


 

  Twisting Fate: My Journey with BRCA-From Breast Cancer Doctor to Patient and Back, by Pamela Muenster M.D.

 

 

 

 

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Do you ever wonder what's for lunch before you walk into the cafeteria? Download the Touch of SAGE app so you can check out what's on the menu. You can also provide feedback and let the chefs know what items are your favorites!

As shared in the STrAtegy 2020 document, all positive cases of COVID-19 of students, faculty, staff and administration on campus at Saint Thomas Academy will be shared here. This dashboard is updated daily and each week in this newsletter, will be a reminder to check the dashboard.

Cost: $20 per card

SAGE breakfast items must be paid for with a punch card. Punch cards can be purchased at either the Quartermaster Store or the Cadet Maker for the remainder of the school year.  Middle School students may purchase a punch card from Mrs. Doran. Cash, check or credit card accepted! 

Cadet Maker

Hand sanitizing, face covers and social distancing are required for safe shopping in the Cadet Maker, thank you!

STA Strong and STA Proud! We have several face covering options and more arriving soon!

Letter Jackets
The Cadet Maker stocks and sells all sizes including tall sizes of the letter jackets. We can also special order at any length and we purchase directly through the USA manufacturer.

Cunningham's Sports, our past recommended decorator is currently closed, we are in discussion with several shops that will decorate our letter jackets in the same fashion as has been done in the past. We will post on the Cadet Maker site a list of recommended shops as soon as we are able. Please note: letter jackets are one of the required uniform jackets to be worn after mid-October.

Cadet Maker regular hours during school days:

Monday 2-4 PM
Tuesday 2-4PM
Wednesday 12-4PM
Thursday 2-4PM
Friday 12-4PM

 

Upper School

Monday, October 26 | 6-8 PM
Saint Thomas Academy will host our fall Admissions Showcase where prospective families will hear from current students, parents, faculty and staff about the benefits of attending an all-male, college prep, Catholic, military leadership school!  Please share the information and RSVP here.  Thank you for your referrals!

Blouse Coats: Shipment of blouse coats is delayed until the end of October. Cadets will be notified when they arrive. The first day Cadets will be required to have their blouse coats is Wednesday, November 4, for the B-Block in-ranks inspection. Due to the delay, picture day has been moved to Thursday, November 5.

Blue Shirts: A new shipment of blue shirts is expected by Thanksgiving break.  

White Shirts: A new shipment of white shirts is expected by the end of the year. If your son still needs a white shirt he should have seen Master Gunnery Sergeant Constine by now. If he has not done so yet, he needs to do so. Master Guns will order a white shirt a la carte for your son through a third party vendor.

Shoes: All shoes are in.

Garrison Caps: A new shipment is due in mid to late October. 

Grey Trousers: All sizes of trousers have been delivered. If your son still needs trousers, or he needs another pair, he can get these from the Quartermaster Store.

Quartermaster Store hours: 7:30 AM - 7:55 AM and 3:05 PM - 4:00 PM daily, or by appointment. Contact LTC Lockhart at dlockhart@cadets.com, or MGySgt Constine at nconstine@cadets.com for an appointment. 

 

Media specialist, Melissa Judy, has put together a recommended reading list for the month of October. This list honors Breast Cancer Awareness month, Radio Operator's Day, and Teacher's Day. View her suggestions for all ages below!

AGES: BIRTH-6

  What If There Were No Teachers?, by Caron Chandler Loveless

 

 

  My Teacher is a Monster! (No, I Am Not.), by Peter Brown

 

 


 

  Hunter's Hero: My Mommy Has Breast Cancer, by Shannon Pierce, Katie Yost (Illustrator)

 

 

 

AGES 5-11:

  Radio Rescue, by Lynne Barasch

 

 

 

  Because I Had a Teacher, by KobiYamada, Natalie Russell (Illustrator)

 

 

 

  Jeannie Ann's Grandma Has Breast Cancer, by Diane Davies, CA Nobens (Illustrator)

 

 

 

 

AGES: 10-14

  The Teacher's Funeral, by Richard Peck

 

 

 


 

  The Radio Signals Mystery, by Glenn Lindsey

 

 

 


 

  What's Up With Bridget's Mom?: Medikidz Explain Breast Cancer by Kim Chilman-Blair, John Taddeo (Illustrator)

 

 

 

 

 

AGES 13-18

  Radio Silence, by Alice Oseman

 

 

 


 

   Time to Get Out: Recollections of a World War II B-24 Radio Operator, POW and Escapee, by David F. Mundell, Robert F. Mundell

 

 

 

  Lies My Teacher Told Me: Young Reader's Edition: Everything American History Textbooks Get Wrong, by James W. Loewen, Rebecca Stefoff (Adapted by)

 

 

 

 

Ages: 18+

  The Clandestine Radio Operators, by Jean-Louis Perquin 

 

 

 

 

  The Radio Operator: Robert Ford's Last Stand in the Fight to Save Tibet, by James McGrath Morris

 

 

 


 

  Twisting Fate: My Journey with BRCA-From Breast Cancer Doctor to Patient and Back, by Pamela Muenster M.D.

 

 

 

 

As shared in the STrAtegy 2020 document, all positive cases of COVID-19 of students, faculty, staff and administration on campus at Saint Thomas Academy will be shared here. This dashboard is updated daily and each week in this newsletter, will be a reminder to check the dashboard.

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This week's feature:During the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of people have been feeling out of sorts: angry, sad, frustrated, and just plain bummed out. Part of the reason for these feelings is obvious, and part has been hard to articulate and understand. Click HERE to listen to the Art of Manliness podcast dive into what you may be going through. 

Events

Mark Your Calendars...

  • 3rd Wednesday Mother & Son Mass | 7:15 AM | STA Chapel

Wednesday, October 21 - Class of 2021 & Moms/Guardians Only
There is still space for moms/guardians of seniors to sign up for the October Mass.  Please sign up here: Mother/Guardian and Son Monthly Mass

  • Mothers' Club Closet 
    The Cadet Closet will be open by appointment only during the 2020/21 school year.  Please contact Doreen Feist (651-335-4882 / doreenkf@aol.com) or Yvonne Hundshamer (651-398-4556 / yvonne@bluegrottoinc.com) to schedule your personal shopping appointment.
Used uniforms and Cadet spirit wear donations may be dropped off throughout the year at the Main Office in Founders Hall. Donations and consignments (blousecoats) are also accepted.
  • Moms in Prayer - for STA & VIS Moms
    Moms in Prayer will have FaceTime sessions for a maximum group of 6 people on the first Thursday of each month from 1PM to 2PM starting on October 1, 2020. Additional Thursdays will be added if needed. Contact Eva Silva for details.

 

Thank you! Many thanks to those who signed up to bring flowers for the chapel.  We are looking good into December!  
Here's the sign up: Flowers for the Chapel 2020-21

Check out the Mothers' Club page on the website for more information!

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First Friday Mass | November 6 | 7:15 AM | Chapel | Register HERE
We are excited to celebrate our first Father/Son Mass.

First Friday mass will be limited to twenty (20) Dads + their sons, we ask that you utilize the reservation link above to allow for proper tracing as needed.  At this time, social activities after mass will be postponed until a further date.  We look forward to seeing you.  Thank you for your support.

Spotlight Events
These events will be sponsored by the Fathers' Club membership, all are welcome to join one-hour prior to game start.

  • Friday, October 16 | 7:00 PM - STA vs. Henry Sibley Football
  • Friday, October 23 | 7:00 PM - STA vs. Mahtomedi Football
  • Friday, November 13 | 7:00 PM - STA vs. Park Football

Save the Dates:
These important dates are currently scheduled. More details will follow  soon.

  • Fathers' Club Leadership Meeting | Friday, October 23 | 11:30 AM
  • STA All-School Whiffle Ball Tournament | Saturday, October 24
  • Mother & Son Dance | Saturday, January 25 

The Fathers' Club page on cadets.com has all kinds of great information on upcoming events - check it out!

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