November Blessings

Friday, November 18, 2022



*Reminders for this Upcoming Week


   -Monday…Hot Lunch (K-8th) Monical’s Pizza

   -Monday…Pep Rally for Girls Basketball Team at 11:00 a.m./Trost Gym

   -Monday…Gift Card Orders are Due at 8:30 a.m./

   -Tuesday…Early Dismissal (PK-8th) at 2:00 p.m./Bus Children will be dismissed at 1:35 p.m.

   -Tuesday…No Aftercare

   -Tuesday…No Jr. High Homework Club

   -Wednesday, Thursday, Friday…No School/Thanksgiving Break

   -Next Monday…Hot Lunch (K-8th) Mini Corn Dogs

   -Next Monday…Trivia Night Reservations Open for Tables of 8 People

   -Next Monday…Gift Card Orders are Due at 8:30 a.m./


*Santa’s Secret Workshop is coming back to St. Thomas School (PK-8th) December 5th-9th for our school children to purchase gifts for their family.  To make this happen, we need gently used or even new donations for the Santa Store (garage sale type items).  We need items for children, teens, women, and men.  Feel free to start dropping off donations now until December 2nd at the school or in the back of St. Thomas Church. The school children have so much fun shopping for their family members.


*St. Thomas School Trivia Night will take place on Saturday, February 25, 2023.  While on Thanksgiving Break, gather your team because table sales start Monday, November 28th, at 8 am. Tables are $240, which fit 8 or fewer players, and a mulligan for each round of questions. To purchase your trivia table, go to  If you have any questions, please email Tracy Cain at or call the school office at 217-684-2309.


*Please see attached the following handouts that went home this week in take-home folders from the school office.

1.  2022 St. Thomas School Staff – Christmas Gifts

2.  Hog Donor Letter

3.  Holiday Boxes for the Military


*St. Thomas Food Drive was very successful again this year.  STS donated 1,300 pounds of food for the St. Patrick’s Food Pantry in Tolono.  Thank you so much for all your donations.  The 5th grade class was our 1st Place winner (Philo Tavern Snack).


*Calendar/Raffle Tickets….our winner for Monday, November 14th was Margie Colter.  She won $50.  It was sold by the Reinhart Family.  Congratulations!


Sunday, November 20th

*6:30 p.m.—Youth Group (8th-12th Gr.)/St. Dominic Room


Monday, November 21st

*Hot Lunch (K-8th)—Monical’s Pizza

*Spiritwear Day

*Calendar Drawing ($50)

*11:00 a.m.—Pep Rally for the Girls Basketball Team/Trost Gym/All are Welcome


Tuesday, November 22nd

*5th Grade Band

*No 4th Grade Band

*No Aftercare Program

*No Jr. High Homework Club

*Wear Mass Day Attire

*7:30 a.m.—Choir Practice

*8:30 a.m.—Children’s Mass (K-8th)/St. Thomas Church/All are Welcome/The Mass will be Live Streamed through our school website/This Mass will be prepared by the 8th Graders

*2:00 p.m.—Early Dismissal (PK-8th)/Bus Students Dismiss at 1:35 p.m.

*6:00 p.m.—Boys Basketball Game at Arthur Christian (7th & 8th)


Wednesday, November 23rd through Friday, November 25th

*No School—Thanksgiving Break


Monday, November 28th

*Hot Lunch (K-8th)—Mini Corn Dogs

*Spiritwear Day

*Calendar Drawing ($50)

*8:30 a.m.—Trivia Night Reservations Open by going to

*6:00 p.m.—Boys Basketball Game at St. John Lutheran Champaign (7th & 8th)


**Silent Fundraiser Flyer…please check your child’s take-home folder to find out how to participate in two of our silent fundraisers.  Support STS by: (1) Making Gift Card Purchases through STS (Casey’s Gift Cards are now available for all your gas needs.) & (2) Making STS a charity of choice when making Amazon purchases.


**Remember to Help at the Boys Home Basketball games this season by going to the email with the SignUp Genius for Boys Home Basketball Season.  Thank you for volunteering!


**Save the Dates…

56th Annual Pancake & Sausage Breakfast at St. Thomas School…Sunday, January 15th

Annual Trivia Night at St. Thomas School…Saturday, February 25th (starting getting your team of 8 players together)!


**PTO would like to provide childcare for our upcoming meetings.  If you are interested in babysitting during our next meeting, please contact Ray Zumbahlen at letting him know which dates you would be available to help.  This is a great opportunity to volunteer!


WHERE:  The Aftercare Room

WHEN:  Wednesday, December 14th

TIME:  Meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. and last approximately 1.5 hours.  Babysitters will need to arrive at 5:45 p.m.

DETAILS:  All children will be potty trained.  Parents will be in the John Schumacher Gym and available if needed.  Toys/Games/Activities will be available. 

Thank you for your consideration!


**St. Thomas School collects used printer cartridges all year to recycle for coupons to use towards the purchase of office/teacher supplies.  If you or your company have any to recycle, please leave them in the school office.  Thank you for your support.


**Consider signing up for Casey Rewards and naming St. Thomas School as your preferred school to receive Casey’s Reward Points.


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