October 29 – November 2

Happy Monday, everyone!  I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend and had a wonderful time at Mane Event on Saturday night.  We are so blessed to be a part of such an amazing community!!


Here are some important dates:

Wednesday, October 31st – Halloween Parties at 2:00p.m. (see note below); Indoor dismissal

Thursday, November 1st – Lions for Life @ 7:10 a.m. Room 221; All Saint’s Day – 9:00 a.m. Mass; December hot lunch ordering opens


This week we will be attending Mass on Thursday instead of Tuesday. Thursday, November 1st is All Saints Day; we will be attending 9 a.m. Mass in celebration of this Holy Day of Obligation. Please make sure your student wears their dress uniform on Thursday and NOT Tuesday this week.

Our Halloween party is being held on Wednesday, October 31st at 2:00 p.m. Students are allowed to bring their Halloween costumes to school and change into them in the afternoon before the Halloween parade and class party! Please follow the list of school-wide guidelines below when selecting a costume for school.

  • Costumes need to fit over uniforms or easy to put on.
  • No witch costumes.
  • No weapons.
  • No visible underwear.
  • Skirt and/or short length must be no more than 2 inches above the knee.
  • No masks or face paint (this is a safety thing, we need to see the faces of every child).
  • Nothing political.
  • Nothing ethically insensitive.
  • Child must be able to walk in it.


This year, STM would like to honor the Veterans in our lives with a video. Please email ONE picture of any and all Veterans in your family to Rachel Espinosa (rachele@stthomasmore.org). We would like to include as many branches as we can including: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines, Reserves and National Guard. Please only send US Vets. All pictures must be submitted by November 2nd, 2018.



We will continue with our study of the Commandments this week. Lectio Divina Week 10 will be due on Friday, November 2nd. Second Step Lesson 6 is also due on Friday, November 2nd.

We are continuing our daily Rosaries here at school for 40 Days for Life. If you and your family say a Rosary at any point this month, let me know and I will add you to the count. Thank you!




In beginning our fractions unit last week, I quickly discovered that this class had several gaps in their foundational knowledge of fractions.  Mostly, being able to identify factors of numbers.  Because of this, I have delayed our unit on fractions and am continuing to fill the gaps with studying prime/composite numbers, divisibility rules, Greatest Common Factors, and Least Common Multiples.  I am hoping to formally begin our fractions unit by the end of the week.  Students will be having a quiz in the topics above on Friday, November 2nd.



We will be wrapping up chapter 4 today and tomorrow!  Students will have an open NOTE test for this chapter so should be familiar with the notes we have taken in class. I do not have a specific date set for this test yet, but will most likely be early next week.


Social Studies

The chapter 2 test is tomorrow, Tuesday, October 30th.  All students have a corrected study guide, and a Quizlet can be found at https://quizlet.com/_2o6uzv. Students are also working on their Help Wanted posters and those should be completed this week, with presentations on Wednesday and Thursday.

Gretchen DeWolfe
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