Preschool - Grade 5

Nurturing spirits.  Challenging minds.  Inspiring confidence.

Calendar

List of 4 events.

  • Oct
    20

    Annual Carnival

    Play Field
  • Oct
    24

    Parent University- Raising a Responsible Internet User

    Propeck Youth Center
  • Oct
    31
  • Nov
    1

    NO SCHOOL - Parent/Teacher Conferences

    There is NO SCHOOL on conference day. However, Day Off Camp will be offered. Registration form can be found in the front office.
     
    St. Thomas is providing care for your child during the time of your conference.  From 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., you can bring your child to the library during the time of your parent/teacher conference. Children must be picked up immediately following your scheduled conference time.
     
    Our teachers are looking forward to meeting with you!

The Heart of St. Thomas

News

List of 4 news stories.

  • Namaste: Reaching Our Goals One Stretch and Breath at a Time

    Our school has taken many STEPS to implement new initiatives that help children learn how to connect with themselves and with the world around them. This year we piloted Yoga, a program that is an extension of our physical education curriculum. Yoga has a remarkable impact on children and their physical, mental, social, and emotional well-being. In the spirit of living out our mission and our strategic plan, we have teamed up with Happy Warriors Yoga, and developed a program which includes a structured routine that is tailored to meet the needs of each age group. Our junior and senior preschool students participate in this program, as well as our 2nd through 5th grade boys.
     
    By practicing yoga, our students learn how to incorporate breathing, body movement, and relaxation techniques which help them combat any social and emotional stresses they may have, and they also learn how to better react to any given situations.

    All of our Yoga classes include creative movement, meditation, learning poses, music, instruments, and smart toys. From these exercises, our students learn different ways to use their muscles, build physical strength, understand core training, and improve their mental balance.

    Nationally, yoga is becoming more popular in schools as it ultimately improves focus, concentration, and boosts self-esteem, and confidence. Thus far, we have observed that our students are already learning self-control, self-regulation, and mindful listening. Indeed, our students are becoming little warriors.

    We invite you to attend our Yoga Open House. This Yoga Open House will give you a wonderful glimpse and sneak peak of your child’s yoga class. The dates and times are as follow:

  • What does EMPATHY look like?

    FROM THE DESK OF THE HEAD OF SCHOOL
     
    What does EMPATHY look like?
     
    $10,000 raised for Sammy and Mika, our “friended” orphans in Haiti.
     
    39 fifth graders applauding one another during the student government elections, when only 8 winners were selected.
     
    160 faculty and administrators from St. Thomas, St. Stephens, and St. Philips embarking on courageous conversations about equity, inclusivity and justice during an “Awkward Luncheon” on Friday, September 28th.
     
    100% annual fund participation from our faculty, board, and the annual giving committee in record-breaking time. Are you IN?
     
    100s of books donated from the personal libraries of our students so that underprivileged children in Miami could reap the benefits of reading.
     
    78 HRCs patiently helping the school to work out the kinks of a new form of communication, aimed ultimately at better home/school communication.
     
    62 faculty members conscientiously implementing new assessment tools and standard-based reporting, providing a clearer understanding of the learning profiles of our students and guiding differentiated instruction. Parents can look forward to new report cards distributed four times this year!
     
    Many, many conversations during our responsive classroom morning meetings, giving students strategies and practice in self-awareness, self-management, social-awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making.
     
    Yes, last month’s value of EMPATHY is alive and well at St. Thomas. In our first 5 weeks of school, we have imagined ourselves in someone else’s situation, showing loyalty and respect, patience and kindness, compassion and love.
     
    Thank you, St. Thomas, for living our mission!

    With gratitude,
    Lillian Issa, Head of School
  • Meet our Ambassadors

    St. Thomas is proud to recognize our 5th grade student ambassadors: Veronica Luzine, Will Haller, Lola Pegg, Brett Rubino, Megan Viñas, and Hugo Stenstrum. Students who display responsibility, leadership skills, and who are nominated by their teachers may be selected to serve as our student ambassadors. Last spring, we had 30 students apply for this position, and the top candidates were selected by members of our administration. This year’s ambassadors are tasked with representing our St. Thomas student body at special events throughout the year, including our admission open houses.
  • Are You Ready for i-Ready?

    We are excited to announce that St. Thomas is implementing a Math and Reading program called i-Ready. Below, you will find information on the program and how we will be using it in the classroom.
     
    What is i-Ready?
    i-Ready is an online program that will help us determine your child’s needs, personalize his or her learning, and monitor progress throughout the school year. i-Ready allows us to meet your child exactly where he or she is and provides data for us to increase your child’s learning gains.
     
    The i-Ready Diagnostic is an adaptive assessment that adjusts its questions to suit your child’s needs. Each item a student sees is individualized based on his or her answer to the previous question. For example, a series of correct answers will result in slightly harder questions, while a series of incorrect answers will yield slightly easier questions. The purpose of this is not to give your child a score or grade, but instead to determine how best to support your child’s learning.
     
    i-Ready Instruction provides students with lessons based on their individual skill level and needs, so your child can learn at a pace that is just right for him or her. These lessons are fun and interactive, with games and characters to keep your child engaged as they learn.
     
    What can I do to help?
    To help prepare your child for the i-Ready Diagnostic, encourage them to:
    • Get a good night’s sleep and eat a full breakfast the day of the assessment.
    • Try their best on each question and try not to rush.
    • Try not to worry about questions they do not know—remind them that it is expected they will get about half of the questions correct.
    • Be respectful of other students who take longer to finish.
     
    To deepen your child’s learning in Online Instruction, you can:
    • Discuss your child’s progress on their i-Ready lessons
    • Celebrate your child’s learning and growth.
    • Encourage them to use i-Ready at home.
     
    As always, thank you for your continued support and for being a partner in your child’s learning! We look forward to sharing i-Ready reports with you throughout the year and to providing a learning experience that will attract and hold your child’s interest while teaching important skills and concepts.
     
    If you have any questions about i-Ready, please do not hesitate to contact our Director of Curriculum, Lauren Kohlhoff at lkohlhoff@stepsmia.org. You can also learn more about i-Ready by visiting i-ReadyCentral.com/FamilyCenter.