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Year at a Glance

 

August

  • First Day of School
  • Back to School Pool Party: Hosted by the STMS Parent Association, this evening at the Munster Community Pool is open to our school students & their families
  • Back to School Night: Parents meet their children’s teachers
  • Back to School Junior High Dance

September

  • Blessed Mother’s Birthday Celebration
  • Fall Sports Begin: Soccer, Cross Country and Girl’s Volleyball
  • Callouts for Student Council and the Fall Musical

October

  • Burgers and Brews Fall Adult Event
  • Halloween Eagle Dash 5K Run/1-Mile Walk
  • Confirmation Commitment Mass for all 8th grade students preparing to be confirmed
  • Halloween Parties/Junior High Halloween Dance/Fall Break

November

  • Fall Musical: Over 140 STMS students participate in the annual fall musical as actors, stage/house crew and set designers. Past performances include: Alice in Wonderland, Jr.• Little Mermaid, Jr.• Aladdin, Jr.• Mulan, Jr.• Willy Wonka, Jr.
  • Mother/Son Dance: Boys bring the special woman in their life (a.k.a. Mom) for dining and dancing
  • Winter Sports Begin: Boys and Girls Basketball
  • Holiday tournament play, as well as regular CYO season schedules begin

December

  • Pizza With Santa: Santa Claus makes a visit to distribute presents & holiday cheer to all STMS students in preschool through third grade
  • D.A.R.E. Graduation: 5th grade students graduate from this Munster Police Department-sponsored program of resisting abusive behaviors
  • Christmas Concerts: Enjoy the sounds of the season with holiday concerts presented by the STMS School Band, the STMS Choir and the student body
  • Mass of the Toys: Donated toys are presented during Mass and sent to the prison in Michigan City to distribute to children of the incarcerated
  • St. Nicholas Day: St. Nicholas visits our youngest students delivering candy treats and describing the good works that made him known and loved
  • 8th Grade Confirmation Retreat: All parish students reflect and prepare for their upcoming Confirmation during this one-day in-house retreat
  • St. Vincent De Paul Toy Drive: Toys are donated to area families in need from our school families
  • Christmas Junior High Dance
  • Kindergarten “Polar Express” Party: Don’t forget your ticket to climb aboard this imaginative train
  • Christmas Parties: Holiday classroom parties start the beginning of Christmas vacation with fun and games

January

  • Open House: The annual STMS Open House invites current and prospective families to see why Catholic education makes a difference
  • Catholic Schools Week: A week dedicated to celebrating our Catholic faith. Students attend special Masses, participate in community service projects, send special “thanks” to those who help them and invite a favorite guest to lunch

February

  • Spring Fest: This fun family event open to the public is filled with games, activities and fun for kids of all ages
  • First Reconciliation: Third grade students prepare for their first Confession
  • Education Fair: Students present research projects based on their favorite educational subject complete with inquiry, report paper and display boards
  • President Lincoln Visits: President Lincoln makes his annual trip to the kindergarten to tell the students about his extraordinary life
  • Junior High Valentine’s Dance
  • Daddy/Daughter Dance: The girl’s have a turn for a special night out with Dad
  • Mardi Gras: Classroom parties offer one last chance to celebrate before Lent begins
  • Boys Volleyball Begins
  • Girl Scout and Boy Scout Sunday: Students involved in scouting at St. Thomas More take part in a Sunday Mass

March

  • Living Stations: 8th Grade students enact the Stations of the Cross
  • Talent Show: Students’ talents shine in this energetic event
  • Disabilities Awareness Week: Students participate in activities during the week to understand those who face physical challenges
  • Scholastic Book Fair: A week-long book bonanza in our library
  • Spring Sport Begins: Co-ed Track & Field

April

  • 8th Grade Confirmation: Bishop Hying celebrates this Sacrament
  • Holy Thursday Chrism Mass: Newly confirmed 8th grade students attend and participate in this Mass at Holy Angels Cathedral
  • China Day: The 7th grade China study unit concludes with a field trip to Chinatown
  • Spring Choir Concert: Enjoy the melodious sounds of our school choir

May

  • First Communion: Usually held on the first Saturday in May
  • May Crowning: All third and eighth grade students participate
  • National Junior Honor Society Induction: Junior High students who have achieved an “A” average and exemplify good character are inducted
  • Spring Band Concert: A peppy spring program never disappoints!
  • 8th Grade Athletic Banquet & 8th Grade Awards Banquet
  • Junior High Dance: The traditional balloon drop bids farewell and signifies the last dance for our 8th grade students
  • Field Day: The favorite day of the year; students form teams with multi-aged schoolmates for a day of games, fun and food
  • Kindergarten Commencement & Pre-K Graduation Programs
  • 8th Grade Baccalaureate Mass/Graduation: Farewell Graduates!

June

  • Summer Band Begins
  • 8th Grade Class Trip to Washington, D.C.: Students explore U.S. history
  • St. Thomas More Parish Festival: Students, school parents & STMS staff volunteer to help our parish
  • Vacation Bible School: Students attend an enriching faith-based summer program

July 

  • New Family Barbeque: All new families to STMS are matched with a current family and invited to an evening of fun