News and Announcements
The big “Phase 3” Corona Virus relief bill (called the CARES Act) being considered in the US Senate is at a critical stage. Currently there is a paragraph in the CARES Act allowing for non-public schools to receive relief under the Education Stabilization Fund. We need outreach to Democratic leadership in particular, Senators Schumer and Durbin, Booker and Menendez, also if you have a relationship with other Congressional Representatives or their Staff please also call or email them.
Email to staff is probably the best bet, if you have those relationships, as getting people on the phone is very difficult right now. THIS IS TIME SENSITIVE.
THE ASK: Insist that the funding and “equitable services/proportional share” language for non-public schools that was included in the Sunday version of the CARES Act is retained in the version reportedly to be released today.
ASSISTANCE TO NON-PUBLIC SCHOOLS
5 SEC. 18005. (a) IN GENERAL.—A local educational
6 agency receiving funds under sections 802 or 803 shall
7 provide equitable services to students and teachers in non-
8 public schools, as determined in consultation with rep-
9 resentatives of non-public schools. The level of such serv-
10 ices shall reflect the proportion of students residing within
11 the boundaries of the local educational agency who attend
12 non-public schools.
13 (b) PUBLIC CONTROL OF FUNDS.—The control of
14 funds for the services and assistance provided to a non-
15 public school under subsection (a), and title to materials,
16 equipment, and property purchased with such funds, shall
17 be in a public agency, and a public agency shall administer
18 such funds, materials, equipment, and property and shall
19 provide such services (or may contract for the provision
20 of such services with a public or private entity).
St. Thomas the Apostle School will be closed until further notice.
Please check the school website and the teachers' webpages DAILY for the most recent updates. The teachers will be posting instructions on their webpages regarding how to access their virtual classrooms. Please be sure to check the websites for EACH OF YOUR CHILD(REN)'S TEACHERS, INCLUDING SPECIALS, for assignments and instructions. The students will have all the information they need by Monday evening to begin working on Tuesday.
Finally, please continue to use email to contact all teachers and office staff. All staff email addresses can be found on the school website. As always, we thank you in advance for your patience and assistance while we all learn how to navigate our way through this new virtual learning experience together.
Thank you and have a good day.
2020-2021 New Student Registration Information
New Student registration for the 2020-2021 school year will begin in March. We are currently accepting students in grades Pre-K 3 through 7th. If you would like to schedule a tour, please call the School Office at 732-251-4812, or you can email us at Registration@sttaob.com. All students entering grades 3 and above must schedule an interview with the principal and provide a copy of their most recent report card. For more information, please see our Parent Information Manual, which can be found above in our "News and Announcements" section.
Diocesan Tuition Assistance information can be found here: https://diometuchen.org/tuition-assistance
The deadline to apply for this assistance is March 31.
Action Alert: Assembly Bill 211 - STEM Reimbursement
The New Jersey Catholic Conference has issued an Action Alert regarding Assembly Bill 211. This bill establishes a loan reduction program for PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS who meet certain academic requirements and teach Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Mathematics subjects, or special education, while failing to include nonpublic school teachers in any opportunity for the reimbursement. We are making every effort to get the Assembly version amended to INCLUDE OUR QUALIFIED TEACHERS in the grant program because of the stated purpose of the bill to increase quality STEM education in all of New Jersey’s schools.
Please click the link below to read to full Action Alert, including contact information for the members of the Assembly Science, Innovation, and Technology Committee.
St. Thomas Alumni do great things! Congratulations to Ijeoma Akubueze (Class of 2015) for completing Basic Training at West Point Military Academy! Graduate Completes Basic Training at U.S. Military Academy
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Our website is a great tool to find out what’s happening at the school. It provides updates, monthly schedule highlights, information about what the children are learning in their class, HSA information and much more. Every form and fact sheet can be found there for your convenience.
"The Joy of the Lord is our strength."
NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATORY POLICY AS TO STUDENTS: St. Thomas the Apostle School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.