Friday, February 8th, 2019

Tartan Times
February 8th, 2019
"The soul of education is the education of the soul."
- Fr. Mac

I pray this email finds each of you well and ready to head into the weekend.  Please know that as we move into next week, we welcome parents to join us on Wednesday, February 13th in the evening from 4-8  p.m. and on Thursday, February 14th from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. for Parent-Teacher Conferences.  If you have a student in 7th or 8th grade, our middle school teachers welcome you to bring your students for student led conferences.  Please know that during your Parent-Teacher conference, you will receive your child's most recent NWEA scores, as well as a parent guide to NWEA.  In addition to parent/teacher conferences, we also welcome our parents to join us for an All School Mass on Wednesday, February 13th to help lead us into conferences and the long weekend.

Dear STA Parent: 

FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment will be conducting the financial need analysis for St. Thomas Aquinas Parish School for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year.  Families applying for financial aid will need to complete an application and submit the necessary supporting documentation to FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment by March 1.  Applicants can apply online by clicking the image above or the FACTS link on our website.

Once an online application has been completed online, the following information will need to be sent to FACTS to complete the application process: copies of your most recent Federal tax forms including all supporting tax schedules and W2’s and copies of supporting documentation for Social Security Income, Welfare, Child Support, Food Stamps, Workers’ Compensation, and TANF.  Further information is available on the FACTS application website.

Tartan Community Builders - Please click the image below to access the "All School Events" and sign up for the many volunteer opportunities here at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish School.   Additionally, you can click on the holiday images for the classroom parities to access your students class to see if they may need additional help for their party.  Thank you again for all of your time and assistance in making St. Thomas Aquinas Parish School great!


Important Dates:

  • Daddy/Daughter Dance - Friday, February 8th
  • Food Bank/Casual Dress Monday - Monday, February 11th
  • All School Mass - Wednesday, February 13th at 8:10 a.m.
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences - Wednesday, February 13th from 4-8 p.m.
  • Valentine's Day Parties - Thursday, February 14th from 10:45-11:30 a.m.
  • HALF DAY - Parent/Teacher Conferences - Thursday, February 14th - Dismissal at 11:30 a.m. and Conferences from 12:30-3:30 p.m.
  • No School - Presidents Day Weekend - Friday, February 15th and Monday, February 18th
  • Hot Lunch Order Window for March - February 18th - February 28th 
  • Preschool Prep - Tuesday, February 26th from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Preschool
  • All School Mass - Friday, March 1st at 8:10 a.m.
  • Food Bank/Casual Dress Monday - Monday, March 4th
  • Accreditation Site Visit from the Diocese of Lansing - Tuesday, March 5th and Wednesday, March 6th
  • Kindergarten Round Up - Tuesday, March 5th from 6 to 7 p.m. in the gymnasium 
  • Ash Wednesday - All School Mass - Wednesday, March 6th at 8:10 a.m.
  • Science Fair - Thursday, March 7th from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the gymnasium
2018 - 2019 Food Bank Donation Goal:
8,500 pounds
Current Food Bank Donation Total:
4,700 pounds

Daddy/Daughter Dance - Please save the date for Friday, February 8th for our annual Daddy/Daughter Dance.  Registration is $15 per girl and you can register via our school website by clicking on the image above. All registrations are due by Tuesday, February 5th so final touches can be put on this extremely special event.  For additional information or for questions, please reach out to Caroline Ruddell at
Food Bank/Casual Dress Monday - On Monday, February 11th we will welcome our next food bank/casual dress day of the 2018-2019 school year.  For our new families, our food bank day is to support the St. John Food Cupboard.  As a reminder, we have set a goal this year to collect 8,500 pounds of food throughout the school year.  These donations will help many families who are in need in our surrounding community.  As you are shopping this weekend, these are the items that the food cupboard is in most need of:
  • white rice
  • cereal
  • juice & canned fruit
  • plain pasta, pasta sauce, ramen noodles
  • tuna fish
  • canned vegetables (we are well stocked on green beans)
  • snacks, crackers
  • paper products (Kleenex, paper towel, and toilet paper)
  • personal needs items (toothpaste, deodorant, soap, shampoo, etc)
We thank you in advance for your generosity and the support you are offering to the greater East Lansing Community.

Wish List Supply Drive Update - Thank you to everyone who has donated to the Classroom Supply Drive!  If you are interested in contributing, please drop off your check made to STA (write Supplies/Teachers name) on notes of check, and drop off to Marilyn.  At this time our wonderful parents have covered $2605.00 of the wishlist requests from Tuesday night!

At this time, to fulfill all of the teachers supply requests, we are asking for 80 families to give $100.00.  If you are looking for a specific teacher to donate to, click the link above to see the outstanding amount per classroom. If you do not see your teachers name, it is because they did not submit a wishlist.

**** We are NOT looking for families to purchase supplies!! We are just accepting cash/check donations or Amazon/Teachers Pay Teachers gift cards.  This serves two purposes- 1) Tax Write-Off for your family and 2) Tax-Exempt purchases for the teacher.  Thank you!!!***

Science Fair 2019 - The Science of Our National Parks - March 7th  6:30 to 8:00 p.m.The science fair is coming!  Please mark your calendars for this year's fair which will focus on our amazing National Park System and the work scientists are doing to protect America's most beautiful places.  Middle school projects are already underway!  Please look for information about the fair and elementary project ideas to come home soon.

***Click the image above to view the prezi presentation from Mrs. Booth for inspiration!***

1st Annual Talent ShowAnnouncing the First All School Talent Show!  Everyone has talent come and be a part of the show! Ideas for talent show acts include:  playing an instrument, singing, dancing, jumping rope, hula hoop, reciting a poetry, performing a skit, telling jokes, doing magic, martial arts or any talent you have that can be preformed on a stage. Acts can be group or individual. 

The Talent Show will be held Friday, March 15th at 7:00 p.m. in the school gym.

All acts must be previewed before the show. Preview dates are Monday March 4 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday March 6 from 3:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Please sign up for a spot by clicking on the image above. 

For additional information, please reach out to Caroline Ruddell at

Middle School Youth Group - Middle School Youth Group continues this spring! Please join us for as many of our meetings as you can. We'll begin in prayer, hear a short talk / view a short video on a faith topic, spend time discussing in small group(s), and then spend the remainder playing games and hanging out! If you have any questions, please email Josh at
Tue, Feb 5 6 pm - 8 pm in Josh's Office
Tue, Mar 5 6 pm - 8 pm in Josh's Office
Tue, April 16 6 pm - 8 pm in Josh's Office

***For additional information or to register a team, please click the image above.***


Important Girls' Basketball Dates:
  • No games scheduled on Wednesday, March 6 (Ash Wednesday) and no games scheduled the weekend of Feb. 15-18 (President’s Weekend)
  • Saturday, March 9 – Girls basketball tournament starts
  • Sunday, March 17 – Girls basketball Championship games at Lansing Catholic HS

Lansing Catholic Cougar Lacrosse -

Dear Parents,

For the last three weeks I have been teaching the basics of boys and girls lacrosse in Mr. Boldman's physical education classes. This is the third year that I have done this and each year more and more kids from St. Thomas have joined our Cougars/Warriors lacrosse program! It is so much fun to see the kids learn and play a new game!

My goal is twofold. First I want to grow the game of lacrosse that I have been involved with for more than 50 years. Lacrosse is an action packed, exciting, free flowing game. I want to grow the Cougars lacrosse program to be one of the best in Michigan. In order to achieve this goal, our program needs more players from St. Thomas!

If your child is interested in trying lacrosse this coming spring, please join me at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, February 5th in the Lansing Catholic High School Cafeteria to learn more about the game and how our program works. This will be about a 45 minute meeting giving you more information about the game and how you can go about getting your children involved. We offer teams for boys and girls at the 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8 level. We have openings for players on all teams. Please bring your son or daughter with you that night if you wish!

See you on Feb. 5th at 6:30 pm!

Rich Kimball
Head Coach, Cougars Lacrosse
( with questions)



Mondays, 4:00-5:00 pm at SJSC
Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00 pm at SJSC
Fridays, 9:00 am-3:30 pm at STA

Come for 10 minutes or for an hour to sit with Jesus and know His presence and peace

Diocesan Catholic Men’s Conference:
"The Man Event"
Saturday, February 23, 10 am-4 pm
Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church
913 Napoleon Road
Michigan Center, MI 49254
More information & details, click the image above.

Annual Parish Blood Drive - Our annual Parish Blood Drive is confirmed for Friday, March 22, 2019, in Father Mac Hall.

Can you please assist with initial "save the date" notices and ongoing reminders leading up to the event via all communications (bulletin, Facebook, newsletters, website, Mass announcements)?

As in years previous, we will be scheduling blood donations from noon to 5:45 PM. Donors can make appointments in the following ways:
I can be reached at 517-980-3234 if you have any questions. Thank you very much for your help in making this another successful blood drive.
Easter Basket Outreach Needs You! - We are forming a committee to organize and coordinate the Easter Basket Outreach Program for this spring.  We need YOU to join!  If you have been wanting to get more involved in the parish this is a great opportunity.  Our Easter Basket Program serves charities in the area by providing them with personal needs items and food in the form of Easter baskets.  There are lots of different jobs that go along with the program and any help is greatly appreciated.  

If you would like to help with the program this year please contact Christina Heidemann at 248-321-6728 or by email at

For More Reflections on the Sunday Readings Bringing Home the Word is a monthly newsletter subscribed to by our parish offering reflections on the Sunday readings.  You can access & download it from on our parish website ( on the Adult Faith Formation page, or we are happy to email it to you monthly upon request.  (Contact Al at
Opening the Word is a video program offering prayer and insights on the Sunday Scriptures and is available through FORMED, to which our parish has subscribed. You can access it by going to the parish web site ( and clicking on FORMED, or by registering at using our parish access code:  07838b    Enjoy this video program, and many more wonderful resources at!

As always, I thank you for taking the time to read through our updates.  I pray that you each have a blessed weekend.  I look forward to seeing all of your students on Monday, February 11th and as always, GO GREEN
Yours in Christ,

Mrs. Meghan Loughlin-Krusky
       915 Alton Road
East Lansing, MI 48823
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Thursday: No Recess - Half Day - Dismissal at 11:30 a.m.
Friday: No Recess - No School 
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