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February 17, 2021
 
Dear Parents,
 
Quick morning drop off reminder. We have had a couple of close calls in the last few weeks. A slight bumper tap, a parent’s foot slipping off the brake while students unload, or a parent pulling around to the left of a stopped car may all seem minor, until they result in someone being hurt:  thank goodness that hasn’t happened...yet.  
 
To ensure that we keep our students safe,  I am asking for your assistance. Specifically, I request that you refrain from exiting your car in the drop off lane, and/or from having yourself or a student stand behind your vehicle.  Perhaps placing items in the front right seat of the car will allow one of our Safety Patrols to assist in distribution. Or having students keep items in their laps and Safety Patrols can help.  I know this gets hard on band day, so if these are not satisfactory solutions, it may be prudent to enter the Cathedral parking lot and walk your student(s) to the main office for COVID Attestation. Whichever way you decide to deliver your children to school, we are certainly here to help, but the safety of our community is our priority.  In advance, I thank you for your understanding.
 
I’d like to welcome our new Counselor, Jessica Reiber. A native of Alexandria, she earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology and a double Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Forensic/Legal Psychology from Marymount University. Her previous work experience involved practicing psychotherapy and teaching general psychology.  She comes to us from private practice and is excited to join the STM team. 
 
As we enter Lent, we are dedicated to providing all of our students with opportunities to attend weekly Mass and Stations of the Cross. We will also spend additional time in class preparing for Easter and the glory of our Risen Lord. Please feel free to join your child for these occasions at the Cathedral and by attending Sunday Mass as a family. This is a great way to reinforce the lessons that they have learned at school.
 
Chat soon,
Cath

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St. Thomas More at a Glance

  • 13:1 Student teacher ratio
  • 1st elementary school to design, build, test and launch a CubeSatellite into space in conjunction with a NASA partnership
  • 400 Students Enrolled
  • VectorSmartObject_390776f9-3da4-4f5b-9bf2-8a92f76841b640% of faculty obtained a graduate degree or higher
  • 40% approximate percentage of students who identify themselves as minority, including African-American, Hispanic and Asian.
  • 15% of students in a military family
  • 30% of students receive financial aid
  • Student body is 81% Catholic
  • 45+ 45+ after school enrichment activities, including CYO sports, scouts and clubs
  • Average class size - 19 students