June 13, 2014
How do you capture the essence of 37 years of teaching at
St. Thomas the Apostle? It’s a worthy challenge! The entire STA community celebrated the retirement of treasured teacher Mr. Patrick Driscoll with an all-school assembly that reflected on his numerous contributions to Catholic education. Over the years, Mr. Driscoll has dedicated himself to providing each of his students with a well rounded education, guiding both their academic and spiritual growth and assuring their development as responsible, caring individuals. Whether it was by sharing his interest in current world events, encouraging curiosity and the pursuit of scientific knowledge, fostering an appreciation for classical arts and architecture, or serving as a role model for the Catholic faith, Mr. Driscoll inspired his students to believe in themselves and their potential for achievement. We are grateful for his extraordinary commitment to the mission of St. Thomas the Apostle School and wish him many years of relaxing fulfillment!
Check out this wonderful tribute to Mr. Driscoll that appeared in the Catholic New World!
May 20, 2014
Several Hyde Park community leaders and friends of STA served as guest readers during St. Thomas the Apostle’s observance of the 95th Anniversary of Children’s Book Week. Every class from preschool through 8th grade participated in the event designed to celebrate children’s literature and promote a love of reading. Special guests for the week included: Sr. Mary Paul McCaughey, Archdiocesan Superintendent of Schools; Michael Kampe, Walgreens Store Manager; Ben Beshalske, Walgreens Pharmacy Manager; Dr. Carlos Crudup, Hyde Park Family Medicine; Kurt Schweitz, Jazz Musician; Ellen Rosenberg, Interior Design Consultant; Alexandra Wright, Attorney; Emily Nelson, Associate Director of the Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture; Harry Backlund, Business Manager and Bess Cohen, Education Editor, Southside Weekly; and, Kate Lorenz, Executive Director and Brook Rosini, Marketing & Communications Manager of the Hyde Park Art Center. Thank you for sharing the joy of reading
with our students!
Each year, St. Thomas the Apostle students and teachers
in preschool through 3rd grade commemorate the Week of the Young Child with a series of special events. This year’s celebration included the creation of a friendship quilt, a picnic, a Friendship Performance of songs and plays and a visit by storyteller Judith Heineman. An Illinois Humanities Council “Road” Scholar and an Illinois Arts Council Artstour Artist and Arts-in-Education Artist,
Ms. Heineman captivated students with her interactive tales. “People think storytelling means reading stories to children….This is storytelling as theater.”
May 2, 2014
St. Thomas the Apostle School is pleased to announce the creation of the Monique Lazarde Memorial Scholarship Fund in honor of Monique Danielle Lazarde, a member of the class of 1979. Generously established by Monique’s family and friends, the scholarship will provide assistance for a student who otherwise would not be able to attend STA. Those who knew Monique remember her as a very involved, outgoing young woman who loved music and had a positive influence on everyone she met. Now, thanks to the Monique Lazarde Memorial Scholarship, she will continue to inspire others by ensuring young people have the opportunity as she did to experience Catholic education. Those wishing to make a contribution to the scholarship fund in Monique’s name should send their donation
to the school to the attention of Cecily Fultz, Marketing & Development Director.
April 19, 2014
As part of their Lenten experience, St. Thomas the Apostle eighth graders took a spiritual journey through the Shrine of Christ’s Passion, an interactive pathway with 40 life-sized bronze statues depicting the Stations of the Cross in St. John, Indiana. The prayerful environment brought Christ’s Passion to life, enabling students to sit with Him at the Lord’s Supper, pray with Him in the Garden of Gethsemane, stand with Him before Pilate, walk along side Him on the road to Calvary, hold His hand as He meets His mother and ultimately stand before Him at the foot of the cross. The class was accompanied by Julie Welborn, Assistant Director of Catholic Identity and Mission for the Archdiocese of Chicago and Sr. Mary Judith, OP, whose reflections on the journey helped the students fully appreciate the impact of Christ’s life on their own.