St. Thomas Aquinas School celebrates golden anniversary

Current students of St. Thomas Aquinas School in Monterey Park continue a 50-year tradition.

When St. Thomas Aquinas School in Monterey Park first opened its doors in1963, there were five Sisters of St. Joseph of Newark teaching the 50 enrolled students.

Today the school boasts nearly 300 students and continues to carry on in the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Newark with an expansive lay faculty.

This year, the school marks 50 years with a celebration culminating with a Gala and Auction on June 13. Throughout the year, parents, students and alumni have organized and participated in a variety of celebratory events including a wine social, open house, a jog-a-thon and other school activities. “The kids had a great time this year celebrating the school’s birthday,” says parent Elena Nlhoa.

Indeed, when Nlhoa toured the school with alumni during a recent social, she saw how overwhelmed they were about their old school grounds. “They were impressed how technology, like smart boards, is in every classroom,” she said adding they also had fond memories of former teachers and principals.

The school continues to expand, having just added a pre-K class last year. “Alumni who were grandparents were very excited to see that,” said Nlhoa.


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October 25, 2014

  • Saturday, October 25

    World Apostolate of Fatima Conference, 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. (noon Mass, Bishop Alexander Salazar presiding), Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple St., L.A. (310) 890-7912.

    Our Lady of the Angels Region Congress, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., St. Mary’s Academy, Inglewood; $. (310) 216-9587.

    “Sing to the Lord!” formation day for music ministers, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Mary Star of the Sea Church, 463 W. Pleasant Valley Rd., Oxnard; $. (805) 469-6293.

     “Ethical Care at the End of Life,” seminar addressing end-of-life issues, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 3175 Telegraph Ave., Ventura. (805) 642-6403.

    Holiday Boutique, to support Little Sisters of the Poor, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Jeanne Jugan Residence, 2100 S. Western Ave., San Pedro. (310) 548-0625.

    St. Pius-St. Matthias Academy Open House, 10 a.m., 7851 E. Gardendale St., Downey. (562) 861-2271.

    Requiem Mass, for children lost to miscarriage and stillbirth, 10 a.m., St. Therese Church, 510 N. El Molino St., Alhambra. (626) 733-2297.

     “Mission Music,” with De Angelis Vocal Ensemble, 2 p.m., Mission San Juan Capistrano Basilica, 31520 Camino Capistrano,; $. [714] 928-9567.

    St. Philip the Apostle School Fall Festival, 2-10 p.m., 161 S. Hill Ave., Pasadena. (626) 795-9691.

    “Touch & Heal,” Cathedral Chapel  benefit concert, 4:30 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. concert, Bishop Conaty-Our Lady of Loretto HS, 2900 W. Pico Blvd. Los Angeles; $. (323) 930-5976.

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