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The 2021-2022 Course Registration process will begin next week. Upper school students will attend a registration session during one of their flex periods. DL1 students will be emailed all information and forms. The Course Description guide can be found online. Students are encouraged to review the course descriptions and expectations before making selections. Core course placement will be approved by current course instructors according to current performance and course trajectory.

Students will have the opportunity to seek guidance from current instructors, advisors, student support services, and college counseling prior to making course selections. 

Parents will review course selections and sign off on the form prior to being returned to advisors the week of April 26. If students/parents have concerns about a course placement, please reach out to either the current instructor, the Department Chair, or Mrs. Mechtel. Final schedules will be emailed home in early August. 

Thank you, in advance, for your attention to this matter. We are grateful for your continued support!

Wednesday, April 21 | 7 PM | via Zoom | Click here to RSVP
The Counseling Department is hosting a parent presentation featuring Dr. Jules Nolan covering the topic: This Is Your Brain on Adolescence - In a Pandemic. We'll focus on the adolescent brain and how changes in the brain affect thoughts, perceptions, feelings, behavior, school performance, and family relationships, with particular attention to the changes brought about by the pandemic. Parents will learn concrete strategies for effective parenting during this critical stage of development and in this time of added stress.

Saint Thomas Academy is now accepting VISTA bus contracts for the 2021-22 school year. Fill out this contract and return it with your $400 deposit to VISTA Transportation by June 3, 2021 (return address is on the contract). 

VISTA Transportation is a cooperative venture between Saint Thomas Academy and Visitation School offering reliable busing throughout the metro area.  

Contact VISTA Transportation Coordinator: Linzy Bannie | 651-683-1768 | with questions.

A simple gesture can brighten up someone's day. Giving a shout out is a great way to recognize those in our community for their work, talents, appreciations, triumphs and accomplishments. Shout Outs are posted on our Facebook and Instagram pages. Help us to contribute to a culture of appreciation, community, and kindness by giving a shout out today! 

Take a moment to recognize a teacher, staff member, student or parent for something they have recently accomplished or if they went above and beyond and need to be appreciated.

Nominate someone here!

Discussion Dates:

Books are available in the Cadet Maker, cost $6 each. 

Middle school reading selection:

Chasing Space, by Leland Melvin

Summary from Barnes & Noble: "In Chasing Space, Leland Melvin tackles stupendous obstacles with dogged determination, showing you what is indeed possible in life—if you belive." —Neil deGrasse Tyson, author of Astrophysics for People in a Hurry and Welcome to the Universe. This middle grade book is an excellent choice for tween readers in grades 5 to 6, especially during homeschooling. It’s a fun way to keep your child entertained and engaged while not in the classroom.

Meet Leland Melvin—football star, NASA astronaut, and professional dream chaser.

When the former Detroit Lion’s football career was cut short by an injury, Leland didn’t waste time mourning his broken dream. Instead, he found a new one—something that was completely out of this world.

He joined NASA, braved an injury that nearly left him permanently deaf, and still managed to muster the courage and resolve to travel to space on the shuttle Atlantis to help build the International Space Station. Leland’s problem-solving methods and can-do attitude turned his impossible-seeming dream into reality.

Leland’s story introduces readers to the fascinating creative and scientific challenges he had to deal with in space and will encourage the next generation of can-do scientists to dare to follow their dreams.

Bill Nye the Science Guy says: “Leland’s story moves fast; once you get started you’ll want to join the chase.”


Upper school reading selections:

Grades 9-10: Winterdance, by Gary Paulsen

Summary from Barnes & Noble: Paulsen and his team of dogs endured snowstorms, frostbite, dogfights, moose attacks, sleeplessness, and hallucinations in the relentless push to go on. Map and color photographs.


Grades 11-12: Shoe Dog, by Phil Knight

Summary from Barnes & Noble: Fresh out of business school, Phil Knight borrowed fifty dollars from his father and launched a company with one simple mission: import high-quality, low-cost running shoes from Japan. Selling the shoes from the trunk of his car in 1963, Knight grossed eight thousand dollars that first year. Today, Nike’s annual sales top $30 billion. In this age of start-ups, Knight’s Nike is the gold standard, and its swoosh is one of the few icons instantly recognized in every corner of the world.

But Knight, the man behind the swoosh, has always been a mystery. In Shoe Dog, he tells his story at last. At twenty-four, Knight decides that rather than work for a big corporation, he will create something all his own, new, dynamic, different. He details the many risks he encountered, the crushing setbacks, the ruthless competitors and hostile bankers—as well as his many thrilling triumphs. Above all, he recalls the relationships that formed the heart and soul of Nike, with his former track coach, the irascible and charismatic Bill Bowerman, and with his first employees, a ragtag group of misfits and savants who quickly became a band of swoosh-crazed brothers.

Together, harnessing the electrifying power of a bold vision and a shared belief in the transformative power of sports, they created a brand—and a culture—that changed everything.

ALL tuition and fees must be paid in full prior to the end of the school year. Please contact Pam Kunkel in the business office ( or 651-683-1510) with any questions.

Have you signed your kids up for summer camps yet?  Registration is open for the many summer offerings from Saint Thomas Academy and Visitation.  Camps include sports, academics, arts, activities and more. Many of the camps are new! Share with your neighborhood friends too! View the options and registration info at

Seniors will be gifted a complimentary copy of the 20-21Kaydet so please don't order one unless you'd like an additional copy.

Grades 6-11, Click here to order.  A limited number of copies are printed each year so reserve yours today!

Volunteers are needed each day to help serve lunch to the boys. Please consider assisting us with this fun task; sign up here! Sign up slots are updated weekly. All parents and guardians are welcome to volunteer.


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.

Cadet Maker

Attention Cadet Maker shoppers!

Additional hours: Tomorrow, April 16 from 12-8 PM

We are closing for remodeling on Friday May 7. Come see us for our Clearing Out Clearance Sales throughout the store! All outerwear, blankets, Nike compression gear and youth 25% off with other discounts throughout the store. Senior families we have STA napkins, picture frames, large and small STA flags, pennants and bandanas for your grad party table decor. Cadet Pillows are in stock and don't forget your Alumni car decal and golf shirt!

Shop for the entire family in-person, by email, phone (651-683-1535) or online.  

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

Cadet Maker regular hours during school days through May 7:

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


Upper School

Swim Instructor at Lifetime Fitness
The Eagan Lifetime Fitness Center is looking for individuals who are passionate about swimming to teach some youth swimmers. Requirement: Lifeguard Certification. Click here for more information.

Warehouse Workers at Yardbird
Yardbird is looking for students to work in their warehouse over the summer. Click here for more information.

Minnesota State Fair | August 26-September 6

Spring and summer Driver's Education opportunities from Safeway Driving School can be found on their website (click on the Locations tab and scroll down to Saint Thomas Academy). Classes will be available via Zoom in May, June, and July. Call 651-351-9150 for additional information and class times.






This week's feature: The Impact of Social Media on Boys
According to a 2015 Pew Research study, 92% of teens reported going online daily (with 24% saying they go online “almost constantly"). We now live in a world where the miles between us easily disappear as friends chat, share pictures, and message one another online.

April 19-22 Virtual College Exploration Signature Events | Register here

Sophomore Parent Night - Virtual | April 27 | 7 PM | ZOOM Link
Meeting ID: 882 6047 3907
Passcode: 484672

Meet with Emory, Johns Hopkins, Notre Dame and Washington University
We are excited to offer you the opportunity to attend a virtual information session with admissions officials from Emory University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Notre Dame, and Washington University in St. Louis. Please click on one of the session dates below to register.

4:00PM Eastern on Sunday, April 25, 2021
4:00PM Eastern on Sunday, May 23, 2021

These exciting events will be addressing the big questions about these major research universities, the admissions application process, and testing requirements. 

Seniors, have you received a scholarship? If so, please fill out the Scholarship Survey with any and all scholarship offers. We will recognize all scholarship offers in the graduation program. The form also allows you to upload your scholarship form. You may access this form as often as needed.

Please check the College Counseling calendar for details!


Mark Your Calendars...

  • Mother & Son Mass | April 21 | 7:15 AM | STA Chapel | Sign up here
    Please contact Susan Neuville with questions.
  • Class of 2021 & Mom/Guardian Brunch | Sunday, May 2 | 11 AM | The Omni Viking Lakes Hotel, Valhalla Ballroom | Register here
    Doors will open at 11 AM for check-in and photos taken by Michael Murray. The program will begin promptly at 11:45 AM.
  • Eucharistic Adoration Volunteers |  Sign up here
    Please contact Kate Horst with questions.
  • Mentor Moms Needed
    Mentor Moms are needed for our new families (2021-22 school year). Mentors serve as partners of Saint Thomas Academy guiding new parents (and their sons) integration into our cadet community. Mentors reach out to new families and provide them with support, information, social opportunities, and familiar faces to help foster a personal connection to the Academy. Additionally, mentors assist new families in understanding school events throughout the academic year. Sign up here!  Click here for more info
  • Volunteers needed daily to help serve lunch to the boys!
    Please consider assisting us with this fun task; sign up here! All parents and guardians are welcome to volunteer.
  • 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 / or Yvonne Hundshamer (651-398-4556 / to schedule your personal shopping appointment. Used uniforms and 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 1-2PM. 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. Here's the sign up: Flowers for the Chapel 2020-21

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


First Friday Mass | Moved to April 9 | 7:15 AM | Chapel | Register HERE
Due to COVID, First Friday mass is 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 further notice. We look forward to seeing you. Thank you for your support.

Mentor Dads Needed
Mentor Dads are needed for our new families (2021-22 school year). Mentors serve as partners of Saint Thomas Academy guiding new parents (and their sons) integration into our cadet community. Mentors reach out to new families and provide them with support, information, social opportunities, and familiar faces to help foster a personal connection to the Academy. Additionally, mentors assist new families in understanding school events throughout the academic year. Sign up here!  Click here for more info

Volunteers needed daily to help serve lunch to the boys!
Please consider assisting us with this fun task; sign up here! All parents and guardians are welcome to volunteer.

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

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