Dear Future St. Thomas Families,
This has been an active school year. As we celebrate our 45th anniversary, we are pleased to announce our first 8th grade class will graduate in June. We recently learned we earned ongoing accreditation through the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). This was our ten year review since first being accredited in 2007.
During Lent, students prayed, fasted from those things that keep us from following Jesus and shared their treasure. We held a Dress Down Day and donated the funds to Camp Waban and the Rice Bowls. Students in grades 2 – 8 received the sacrament of Reconciliation. The junior high students led the Living Way of the Cross on Good Friday.
Our recent annual Academic Fair was a great showcase of our students’ hard work. Those in grades 7 and 8 interviewed people who served in World War II or experienced life during that time. They wrote, published and shared articles about the interviews. Students in grade 6 participated in the Sea Perch Project sponsored by the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. With partners they built and programmed model submarines and reported on types of submarines and facilities at the shipyard. Grade 5 students completed research projects in science and social science subjects. Grade 4 students researched animals and grade 3 students studied different states. Grade 2 students created book report boxes and dressed as characters from their books. Students in grade 1 wrote directions on how to complete various tasks. Kindergarten students chose their favorite animals, wrote books and dressed up in animal costumes. Pre-K students shared daily writing, math and language activities with their parents.
St. Thomas School offers a faith-based education in the pursuit of academic excellence. If you are considering a Catholic education for your pre-k to grade 8 child, I encourage you to call and set up a time for an interview and school tour. We welcome children of all faith practices. I look forward to meeting with you and discussing your child’s academic future.
Donna Jacques, Principal
St. Thomas School