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Alumni Reunion Celebrates St. Thomas the Apostle School, Lifelong Friendships

August 13, 2016

Over 90 St. Thomas the Apostle gradates of the elementary school and high school gathered in Hyde Park August 5-7 for a celebratory reunion.  Alumni representing classes from 1964 through 1980 attended the weekend’s festivities that included Friday night’s Meet & Greet, Saturday’s Reunion Banquet, and Mass at St. Thomas the Apostle Sunday morning,  followed by a reception and tours of the school.  A heartfelt thank you to reunion committee members for giving everyone in attendance the opportunity to take a walk down memory lane:  Alice Barland, Elizabeth Copper, Zenobia Grubbs, Jan Hicks, Mary Ann Lloyd, Sharon Musser, Lugenia Radoford, Theresa Rhea and Yolande McGee Savory.  Be sure to view special moments from the weekend in the 2016 Summer Reunion gallery!

“Life is a journey, not a destination.  How many times have we heard or read that quote?  The beauty as we well know is definitely in the journey.

We journeyed…We came from all over Chicago – Beverly, Chinatown, Kenwood, Chatham Woodlawn, Englewood.  We traveled from 39th and Cottage Grove, the Westside, South Shore,Federal and State Streets, and a few from up north, and quite a few from the very eclectic Hyde Park.

And we journeyed…We came from two parent homes, single parent homes, affluent and not so affluent homes (even though we didn’t realize we weren’t affluent at the time – because we were able to go to a private, Catholic school).  At STA we weren’t forced to be a family, but we became on due to the hard work and nurturing of the nuns and priests.

We were dropped off from cars, we took CTA, and we walked, all to get to St. Thomas the Apostle Elementary and High School.

Our journey…We entered a school, a building in which we were allowed to be ourselves. To be happy, to be silly, to be nurtured and to most importantly to be educated.  We wore uniforms, which some of us loved while others used to pray for ‘dress-up’ days when we could wear ‘regular clothes’.

Once inside we were safe – safe to explore life lessons and the knowledge of what the world contained.  These lessons the nuns gave to us unselfishly.  We attended Mass and we prayed, which was such a blessing.  We sat in classes that challenged us and made us realize what we could accomplish with our hard and necessary work.

We left realizing that we were prepared for success – whether we started college or started jobs, AND then the real traveling began – realizing that we had developed lifelong friendships.

And here we are – all together.  Brought together from far and near to see old friends, to reminisce, and to consciously honor the fact that we went to St. Thomas the Apostle Elementary School and St. Thomas the Apostle High School.”

Lugenia Radford ’70

 

 



St. Thomas the Apostle Shines at STArry Night

July 22, 2016

The stars were definitely aligned for St. Thomas the Apostle’s STArry Night benefit on April 23, 2016!  Thank you to everyone who made the evening
a stellar success including:

Emcee Derrick Young of CBS2 Chicago.

Chef/Owner Kristen Ashley ‘03 and staff of Cleo’s Southern Cuisine, Mike Mech, the Bungalow Chef, and Oak Park’s Chubby Love Bake Shop.

Mr. Willie Jones, Music Director,
and the STA Gospel Choir.

Principal Candace Scheidt, Assistant Principal Tim Gallo, and all of the
parent volunteers who helped attend to numerous behind the scene details.

Our generous donors and sponsors for believing in the mission of
St. Thomas the Apostle School and helping us raise over $36,000
for God’s Children in Extraordinary Variety!

“The brightest stars are those who shine for the benefit of others!”

 



Steppin’ Out with the Class of ’76

July 21, 2016

St. Thomas the Apostle School recently had the IMG_0492
extraordinary pleasure of welcoming back members
of the Class of 1976 for their 40th reunion.
In addition to those living in the Chicago area,
these very special women traveled from Mississippi, Georgia, Texas, New Jersey and the state of Washington to spend three days getting reacquainted, reminiscing, and renewing their love for STA. Repeatedly, our alumnae expressed what a privilege it was to graduate from a Catholic high school like St. Thomas. After attending Mass on Sunday, the Class of 1976 was joined by several recent STA graduates for a reception and tours of the school. When asked what valuable life lesson they
learned at St. Thomas, one alumna immediately replied,
“To live each day to the fullest.” Wise words even for today’s students.
Check out the photo gallery for more pictures from their event filled weekend!



Catholic Schools Week Celebrates Faith, Knowledge, Service

February 23, 2016

Along with over 6,500 IMG_6128other institutions across the country, St. Thomas the Apostle commemorated Catholic education and it’s focus on faith development, academic excellence and community service during Catholic Schools Week January 31-February 6. With its 130 year legacy-of-learning, STA had much to celebrate! Festivities included an Open House, an in-school,  hands-on science experience High Touch, High Tech, a special Family Mass, creating Valentines for Veterans and a Daddy-Daughter Dance.

Archdiocesan Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jim Rigg joined STA seventh and eighth graders for a Friday Fun Lunch and then followed them to the gym for all-school line-dancing! Both he and God’s Children in Extraordinary Variety were steppin’ with style!

On Capitol Hill, resolutions were introduced in both the House and the Senate to officially recognize the contributions of Catholic elementary and secondary schools in the United States. The Senate resolution read in part: “…the Senate commends Catholic schools, students, parents and teachers across the United States for ongoing contributions to education and for playing a vital role in promoting and ensuring a brighter, stronger future for the United States.”

We are a proud Catholic school!



St. Thomas Hosts Lend a Shoulder Day

November 10, 2015

This fall, St. Thomas the Apostle had the pleasure of hosting Lend a Shoulder Day, an annual event led by Chicago’s Big Shoulders Fund. Lend a Shoulder Day, now in its 16th year, was designed to celebrate student achievement and to allow business and civic leaders to see first-hand how Catholic schools like STA are enlightening minds and brightening the lives of children in their communities. It was also an opportunity for students to engage with many of the supporters who help fund Big Shoulders programs for the benefit of schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago, including St. Thomas the Apostle. Lend a Shoulder Day activities featured interactive science experiments in our newly renovated science lab, creative art projects, and math games for everyone to enjoy!

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