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This is your first chance to be involved in the 59th Annual Community Gala & Auction on May 4. Even if you can't attend the Auction in person, there are wonderful prizes to be won - starting with the raffle!

The prizes for the raffle are:
     $50 Ticket
          First prize: $20,000 cash or credit towards 2024-2025 tuition
          Second prize: $5,000 cash
          Third prize: School lunch for one cadet for the 2024-2025 school year
     $25 Ticket
          First prize: $1,000 Visa gift card
          Second prize: $500 gasoline gift gard
          Third prize: $200 Raising Cane's gift card
     $5 Ticket
          Favorite Faculty/Staff - Say "thank you" to your favorite faculty/staff members. Three winners will receive a well deserved gift!

Click here to print and fill out the form. Forms may be returned with a check via mail or drop off at the school (949 Mendota Heights Road, Mendota Heights, MN 55120) OR you can call Julie Tell (651-683-1588) and place your order with your DEBIT card.

The Community Auction for Saint Thomas Academy is successful because of YOU!  Each year, we ask for your support of our largest fundraising event.  This year, the Community Auction will take place on Saturday, May 4 - mark your calendar to join us!

Let us know if you are able to help us by filling out the Family Impact Form.  Maybe you have some wine to donate?  Gift cards for your favorite restaurant, or Cane's or Chick-fil-a?!  You can see more ideas with our Amazon Wish List!

However you can help or volunteer - fill out the form today!

On Friday, March 1, students may be out of uniform.  Students should bring $5 (or more) to benefit the United Heroes League.

The United Heroes League is a non-profit that helps military families by providing their children with free sports equipment, camp opportunities, and financial assistance for sports-related costs. This helps military kids stay active, engaged, and connected to their communities.

Proceeds from the JROB Youth Wrestling Tournament on March 3 support the United Heroes League.

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!

At the start of Lent, we're aiming to provide Cadets more opportunities for prayer during community time.  Please see the revised Sacraments schedule here.

Father Combs has created a page full of resources for you to utilize this Lenten season.  Visit the page HERE

The campus ministers are encouraging all students to consider giving to Catholic Relief Services (CRS) this Lenten season.  The boys will direct their donation to world hunger.  See the link for more details.

CRS- World Hunger

Money will be collected during each lunch from February 16-March 22.  Thank you for encouraging your son to support this cause!

Campus Ministry

All current students (grades 6-11) will be considered enrolled at Saint Thomas Academy for the 2024-25 academic year (unless otherwise notified) or a notification of Student Withdrawal is received on or before March 1, 2024.  Notifications of Student Withdrawal must be submitted via the Request to Transfer form.

The $500 non-refundable 2024-25 deposit will be billed directly to your BlackBaud Tuition Management account in April 2024.

Questions?  Please contact Stephanie Nonnemacher, Registrar or Deb Kilen, Business Office.

The Catholic Athletic Association (CAA) is hiring officials!

If you have experience, we can get you up and running right away. If you’re just getting started or you’re newer to officiating, we offer training and mentoring and do not require membership in the state high school league.

If you’re interested in learning more or are ready to sign up, please complete an Officials Application, which can be found on our website at: https://stpaulcaa.org/officials.

We request that you complete a background check before officiating. Simply complete the form located on the website and return it to us as indicated. We’ll take care of the rest! 

CAA Sports:
Boys & Girls Soccer
Volleyball
Boys & Girls Basketball
Co-ed Hockey
Baseball
Softball

Officials Pay Rate:
Soccer - $50
Volleyball - $30
Basketball - $35
Hockey - $45
Baseball & Softball - $50

Have questions or need additional information? Please contact CAA Director of Operations Megan Jacobson at megan.jacobson@stpaulcaa.org. 

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!

Saint Thomas Academy is proud to feature Joe Cavanaugh, Founder and CEO of Youth Frontiers, in an interactive program, “Deliberate Parenting.” Leveraging 30+ years of experience working with youth, Joe shares strategies for raising kids who are strong and responsible and who know they are precious, not perfect — three traits essential to their resiliency and readiness to navigate the often bumpy road of life.

Date: Monday, February 26
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: The Court, Saint Thomas Academy Founders Hall
Please RSVP here.

 

The deadline to apply for financial assistance was January 15.  We are extending the deadline, so if you plan to apply for financial assistance for the 2024-25 school year, please complete your TADS application ASAP.

Financial assistance must be applied for each year.  You will need to have your 2022 taxes completed in order to complete the request.  To apply for financial assistance, please visit mytads.com.

As a reminder, ALL tuition and fees must be paid in full prior to the end of the academic year.  

If you have questions, please contact Pam Kunkel via email or call at 651.683.1510.

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

February Special!
50% off knit rolled beanies and 20% off in-stock coats (regularly $99.99 or more).

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

USED WHITE PANT SALE | Thursday, February 29 | 3-4:15 p.m. | Cafeteria
All Upper School cadets wear white pants for the Archbishop Review in the spring. Any cadet attending Military Ball will wear white pants. Seniors wear white pants for Military Ball and graduation. Pants are $10 per pair. This is a first-come, first-served sale after school. 

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. 

February 26 - March 8
Monday - Friday, 3:15 pm - 6:15 pm
In-Person - Saint Thomas Academy, Middle School classroom 055

*In the event of school cancelation due to inclement weather, class will be moved to Distance Learning.

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feb 11-17

The Brigade had a calm week this past week. Companies held company inspections led by company leadership. As the Brigade Formal Inspection rapidly approaches, company leadership has taken it upon themselves to start preparing by leading their own inspections. In addition, the boys continued shooting in the range. They have been continuing their shooting in standing, kneeling and prone positions. Go Cadets!

 

 

The Honor Guard is looking for several more outstanding cadets to join our company!  Parents, please share with your student(s):

We are the first group called to add a professional presence to many VIP events and are proud to serve the alumni community in their time of need.  Our services are available upon request through our moderator, CW3 Kimberly Friede, and these requests are increasing in number.  We hope to grow our company to ensure the same level of support our community depends on. 

Honor Guard service is typically compensated with merits and/or service hours.  It is also a nice addition to your resume! If you would like to join the ranks of the STA ambassadors to the community, please stop any cadet with an "H" on their collar to hear more about us or stop by one of our weekly meetings on Wednesdays at 7:30am in the WLH. Ready to join now? See Robbie Wollan, Avery Millican or Liam Carey. 

Middle School

Upcoming Dates to Note
February 23, 24, 25 - Middle School Musical
Monday, February 26 - Speaker Series, Joe Cavanaugh, Deliberate Parenting
Wednesday, March 6 - Late Start
March 11-15 - Spring Break

The Middle School enjoyed a visit from The Raptor Center this week.  It’s always fun to learn new information about nature and get an up close encounter with these amazing birds. 

Middle School Play - Schoolhouse Rock Live, Jr.
Visitation and Saint Thomas Academy Middle Schools have worked hard to prepare for this year’s school musical, Schoolhouse Rock Live, Jr.  Performances will be held in the DeSales Auditorium on February 23rd and 24th at  7:30 p.m and February 25 at 2:00 p.m. To purchase tickets, please click here

RSVP! STA Parent Speaker Series
On Monday, February 26, Saint Thomas Academy proudly welcomes Joe Cavanaugh, Founder and CEO of Youth Frontiers, in an interactive program, “Deliberate Parenting.” Leveraging 30+ years of experience working with youth, Joe shares strategies for raising kids who are strong and responsible and who know they are precious, not perfect — three traits essential to their resiliency and readiness to navigate the often bumpy road of life. Register HERE.

Middle School Volleyball Mixer
The volleyball mixer with Visitation has been rescheduled from February 2 to March 22.  

Eighth Grade Graduation - Save the Date
Eighth Grade Graduation will be here before we know it.  This event is open to 8th grade families (including grandparents).  Please mark your calendars for Thursday, May 23, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. at Saint Thomas Academy.  

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 “Unified Classroom” 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

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:

Coffee Chat
March 1, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Virtual

Service Academy/ ROTC and College Athletics Night
March 20, 6:30 PM
STA court and Wright Lecture Hall

Spring Senior Parent Night
March 27, 6:30 PM
Saint Thomas Academy - Wright Lecture Hall

Coffee Chat
April 5, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Virtual

ACT Test
April 13, 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
STA

College Fair
April 17, 6:30 PM
Academy of Holy Angels

Junior Parent Night
April 24, 6:30 PM
Saint Thomas Academy - Wright Lecture Hall

Events

All women from Visitation School and Saint Thomas Academy are invited to join together to pray, reflect, and have small group time to share and get to know other women in the Visitation and Saint Thomas Academy communities. All Visitation and Saint Thomas Academy mothers, guardians, alum moms, and Visitation alumnae are invited!

Join together on Friday, February 23 at STA from 8:30-11:45 a.m. for a beautiful morning of prayer, friendship and a wonderful speaker, Gina Bauer. She will speak on topics from her new book Undivided Love, You Are Worth the Fight. The book is a love story—a story of the extravagant, lavish love that God has for all of his children. Gina will explore the principles outlined in Saint John Paul Il's Apostolic Letter, On the Dignity and Vocation of Women (Mulieris Dignitatem). Saint John Paul Il believed in women. In his Apostolic Letter, he summons the women of the Church to take the place God has prepared for them. This means that women, inspired and guided by the Holy Spirit, are called to step it up, to be a part of the answer for the many dangers that humanity is facing. He is directing all women to influence human change as the grace is given to them through the power of the Holy Spirit. All who attend this morning of reflection will be challenged, inspired, and encouraged to seek a better understanding of what it is to live in Undivided Love. You are worth the fight.

$10-$15 suggested donation at the door, please RSVP HERE.  Volunteers are also needed, please consider helping HERE.

The morning begins with Mass at 8:30 in the STA chapel. We will transition to the Sjoberg Gym for
light refreshments, speaker and small group time. The morning will adjourn by 11:45. The event is sponsored by the STA Mothers' Club and the Visitation Parents' Association.

Congratulations to the Saint Thomas Academy Choir who will be performing the National Anthem at the Minnesota Timberwolves Game on Tuesday, March 19, 2024. Save the date!

School choirs who are interested in performing the National Anthem at a NBA game, have to first submit a recent recording singing the Anthem. Before Christmas break Adrian Singh successfully recorded the STA Choir  -  after three takes we all felt the magic and knew we had a fantastic recording.

The Saint Thomas Academy Choir is recognized for singing the National Anthem. We are known as the Anthem Singers. Over the years my students have performed this patriotic song in many different ways - as a featured soloist, trio, small group and or full choir. It definitely takes talent, teamwork, pride and confidence to perform it well. My choir is so ready for this opportunity!

Click here now to reserve your seats for this exciting NBA Game: MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES VS DENVER NUGGETS. Use the promo code: 2324stthomaschoir

There are three price points to see the game in person. I am told that the Wolves will release these seats to the public one month prior to the game, so act fast.

My Choir students are excited for this opportunity to perform the Anthem and see the T'wolves play in front of 16,000 excited fans!  We hope to see the Saint Thomas Academy community come out and support the Choir!

Go Cadets!
Julia Fahey

Boys in grades 3 through 5 are invited to register for our upcoming STEM Camp on Saturday, March 2!  Boys will take part in science, technology, engineering, and math in a fun, hands-on STEM Camp.

THERE ARE TWO SESSIONS TO CHOOSE FROM:

  • 9:30 - 11:30 A.M.
  • 12:30 - 2:30 P.M.
Sessions will include activities that showcase aerodynamics, forces in motion, biodiversity, and block coding with sphero.
Boys in grades 3-5 are invited to register HERE!

SPACE IS LIMITED!

2024 SUMMER CAMPS
Registration opens February 1

cadets.com/summer
 

 

The Mothers' Club is a great way to get involved and meet other moms. Please join us at one of our many events and volunteer opportunities! Click here for the January Mothers' Club newsletter.

First Mother/Guardian & Son Mass | All are Welcome
Mother/Guardian & Son Masses for the 2023-2024 school year will be held the second Friday of the month at 7:15 a.m., with the exception of the Feast Days or days that conflict on the school calendar.  Mothers/guardians and their sons of all faiths are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please contact  Erin Probst with questions.

The schedule is as follows:
March 8
Apr. 12
May 10

Eucharistic Adoration 
Eucharistic Adoration is a time of quiet prayer in front of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. The exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will follow the Mother/Son Mass at 7:45 a.m. each month, with the reposition of the the Blessed Sacrament at 3 p.m. You don't have to "do" anything: just come and pray or take some quiet time for reflection.  Sign up here!

Eucharistic Adoration is open to anyone of any faith! Please contact Eucharistic Adoration Chair Myriam Grady with questions or to get involved.

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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, March 1.

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. This year's The Aquinas Experience, “Fathers, Sons & the Power of Virtue,” session 3 kicks off on March 3. 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 March 3, April 7 and 21 and May 5 and 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.

Please contact Stephen Kelly at scpkelly@gmail.com.

Mother Son Dance - March 23
The much anticipated Mother Son Dance (aka the "Mom Prom") will take place on Saturday, March 23. See all of the details and register here.

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

The Macalester College mens' basketball team will hold a Youth Basketball Camp this summer in the Leonard Center. There will be two sessions: August 5-8 and August 12-15. The camp is for boys in grades 4-8 and will focus on basketball skills, competitive games and character development.

Click here to register and to view all of the detail for the Youth Basketball Camp. A 10% discount is offered for two or more registrations.

Please contact Macalester head coach Abe Woldeslassie at 651-696-6245 or awoldesl@macalester.edu if you have any questions.

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!