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Teacher Feature: Kelly Donohue

Kelly Donohue, First/second Multi-ageStaff-15
Education and Certifications: Elementary Education Major, Reading Minor, Kindergarten Endorsement from Saint Cloud State University, Saint Cloud, MN; 18 Credit Post Graduate – Aquinas College

Why did you choose to teach at Saint Thomas the Apostle? 
I previously taught in public schools. I am very active in my parish. Friends of mine, knowing how important my faith is to me, mentioned that I should pursue a teaching job at a Catholic School. One day, a friend told me an opening at Saint Thomas. She wanted me to apply. I prayed about it and applied. During the interview I felt the Holy Spirit at work. I know Saint Thomas was where I belonged. They were welcoming. I was free to not only teach children the academics, but also the love of God.

What do you love about your job?
I love that I can teach the whole child, mind and soul. I love sharing my Catholic faith and my love for learning with children. I teach because I enjoy sharing the journey with God’s precious little ones. I also enjoy partnering with parents.

What advice would you give parents who want to help their child succeed in the classroom?
As their child’s first and most important teacher, it’s important that parents build and keep strong ties to their child’s school. The partnership with the teacher is very important. Of course, reading to your child and encouraging them to read is extremely important. Reading is the key to lifelong reading.

What makes a “good day” at school?
A “good day” is when we don’t forget that Christ is at the center of all we do. A “good day” is also when successes in the classroom outweigh the struggles.

What do you do over summer break?
Over the summers, I spend a lot of time with family. I usually take a trip to Minnesota to visit my parents, my sister, and my brother. I also go to Wisconsin to visit my husband’s family. I love to spend time with my three grandchildren! My husband and I like to go on day trips to Grand Haven, Saugatuck, and Traverse City. I also enjoy baking and going to the theater.

What do hope your students remember about you?
I would like students to remember me as being a role model as a teacher who trusted and loved God. I would also like them to remember me as a teacher who cared for them, made them feel sage, ignited a passion for learning, and inspired them to use their God-given talents to be the best that they can be.

 

Teacher Feature: Mary Ann Bridge

Mary Ann Bridge, Kindergarten
K-8 Certification French, Spanish, Social ScienceStaff-2
Master Catechist, Levels 1-3 Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Lived overseas in France and Spain. Taught in a Montessori School in France.
 
Why did you choose to teach at Saint Thomas the Apostle?
I am passionate about our Catholic faith! I want to walk alongside and accompany each child in their faith journey and help them come to know Jesus! I firmly believe in the mission of Saint Thomas: Dynamic Catholic Education Centered in Christ! My own children went to Saint Thomas – I love it here!
 
What do you love about your job?
I love kindergarteners! You can see the face of Jesus in each one of them! I am privileged to be with the little Saint of our school each day!
 
What advice would you give parents who want to help their child succeed in the classroom?
Love them, love them, love them! Read each day, play outside, and pray with them! These years go by fast!
 
What makes a “good day” at school?
When we get to go to the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd! When everyone is happy and smiling. When we practice the virtues. The “Aha” moments when the light bulb goes on!
 
What do hope your students remember about you?
My love for Jesus and my love for them!
 

Annual school theme, 2019-20

Our school theme for the 2019-20 school year is "Love in Action is Love inDEED!" The bible verse that accompanies this theme is: "If anyone would be first, he must be the last of all and servant of all" (Mark 9:35). 

We are excited about the upcoming school year and know that this theme will be a great kick off to our Saint Thomas Service Initiative of "Service to family, parish and community." 

 

School supplies 2019-20

We are gearing up for another great Saint Thomas school year! If you're out and about, start thinking about picking up school supplies. Here are the lists of supplies according to grade:

 

Remind registration

Remind is a free, safe and simple messaging tool that Saint Thomas administrators use to share important updates and reminders with students and parents. Subscribe by text, email or using the Remind app. All personal information is kept private. Teachers will never see your phone number. Check out the Remind Registration Instructions to sign up for Remind.

 

Uniform guidelines

Educational Outfitters is the Saint Thomas school uniform provider. To order online, please visit the Educational Outfitters web site. For information about our Uniform Policy, check out this Uniform Chart or contact the School Office with questions. 

The last Monday of every month is a uniform holiday for Saint Thomas students. Please check these Uniform Holiday Guidelines for clothing that students should avoid wearing even on uniform holidays.