Reopening Saint Thomas School Info as of 6/26/2020

Friday, June 26, 2020 Dear Parents of Saint Thomas School, We wanted to provide you and your family with an update about the reopening of Saint Thomas School in August.Fr. Ray, Mrs. Holtz and I have spent many hours in meetings with our Reopening Task Force, the Diocese of Covington, and other local school administrators. The parent surveys were considered heavily, and we now have our decision. Our Task Force is comprised of the following:Fr. Ross Kelsch, School AdministratorMrs. Robin Holtz, Asst. School AdministratorMrs. Alexa BaudendistelMrs. Orla BowmanMs. Elizabeth GruenschlaegerMrs. Karly MeyerMs. Kristen SchnellDr. John Bruns, MDMr. Matthew HollenkampMrs. Lisa McClinton This week the Kentucky…

Guidance for Parents From Dr. Julie

Click here for a printable resource for young children.   Click here for a video from Dr. Julie. Guidance for Parents & Caregivers in Supporting the Mental Health of Children During COVID-19 1.       Try to keep a predictable routine: Keeping bedtimes, wake up times, and mealtimes fairly consistent can create a sense of routine and predictability. Older children may help you develop a schedule so they have a sense of agency in these uncertain times. 2.      Talk about feelings: It may be helpful for children if you normalize feelings of anxiety, fear, sadness, confusion, etc. Saying things such as, “It’s normal to feel scared. We…

In-Person Instruction Cancelled 3/16 – 3/27

  St. Thomas school will cease in-person instruction beginning Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27 as instructed by the Department of Education of the Diocese of Covington.  You will be receiving emails from your student's teacher with more detailed instructions.  Please check your email for more information.  

Kindergarten’s Snack Time with Tim from Q102

Q102 visited St. Thomas for a special snack time earlier this year. Snack Time with Tim is a segment that airs on a Q102 radio show. Radio host, Tim Timmerman, visits local schools' kindergarten classes, brings them a snack, and asks a them a question. Tim asked our Kindergarten class, "What is love?" Click the link below and listen to our students' answers! Snack Time with Tim at Saint Thomas

Catholic Schools Week 2020

St. Thomas School celebrated Catholic Schools Week last week. Monday was the Day of Faith. The students started their day with a prayer service and ended their day reciting the Divine Mercy Chaplet with the whole school.  Tuesday was Parent Appreciation Day! Teachers met parents dropping off their children to school to tell them 'Thank You' for all they do for the students and the school and to give them a special treat. On Tuesday afternoon, there was a school wide game of Bingo.  Wednesday was Student Appreciation Day! Students were able to have lunch with their parents, show parents the classrooms…

Eighth Grade Guest Speaker

Exciting news in Mrs. Sams 8th grade Reading class!  The eighth graders just finished reading and discussing Elie Wiesel’s Night, a memoir about Elie’s experience with his father in concentration camps at Auschwitz and Buchenwald during World War II. In addition to reading and discussing Night, Saint Thomas 8th graders experienced a rare opportunity and heard Steve Coppel, (who’s father Werner Coppel was a Holocaust survivor) speak about his father’s experience on Wednesday, January 22, 2020.  Steve Coppel is the son of two Holocaust Survivors, Trudy and Werner Coppel. Steve will share his parents amazing story of survival, perseverance, rebuilding and…

St. Thomas Preschool Earns 5 STARS (Again)!

Saint Thomas Preschool has earned a 5 STAR Rating through the Kentucky Division of Child Care's All STARS Program. A 5 STAR Rating is the highest possible quality rating. Our preschool was the first preschool in Fort Thomas to receive a 5 STAR rating and has been 5 STAR since the program's inception in 2016.Factors considered include Family and Community Engagement, Classroom and Instructional Quality, Staff Qualifications and Professional Development, and Administrative and Leadership Practices.Saint Thomas Preschool is committed to providing a high quality learning environment for three, four and five year old students.Our Open House is on Sunday, January…

Preschool Zoo-phonics

Preschoolers have been working hard learning their alphabet and letter sounds. This year, St. Thomas Preschool implemented a Multi-Sensory Language Arts Program called Zoo-phonics. Students use their eyes, ears, mouths, and bodies to learn their ABC’s. This approach allows all students to learn based on their individual strengths.The program uses animals drawn in the shape of a letter for ease of memory. For each letter, there is a coordinating body movement and a sound. This approach cements the sound to the identification of that letter.Preschool’s hard work is paying off! After just four months using the Zoo-phonics program, 50% of…

Advent Season at St. Thomas

The Advent Season at St. Thomas is filled with some of our longest standing faith traditions with weekly prayer services and a Christmas Play. The theme for this year's advent is "We All Bring Different Gifts" that follows the theme of our school year which is "Different By Design. Better Together." Third and Seventh Grades each prepared an advent prayer service for the whole school based on the theme. Second grade also prepared a prayer service that was in the form of a reenactment of the Nativity based on the Gospels of Luke and Matthew. To cap off the Advent…

Saint Thomas Christmas Concert

Last Thursday evening, the students came together to fill the church with their beautiful singing voices in a Christmas Concert entitled "In Perfect Harmony". Traditional and non-traditional songs were included in the program and even some original work by our music teacher, Mr. Markey. The entire school joined together to sing the last song of the night, "Let There Be Peace on Earth."