Welcome to St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School's website!
We hope to take some time to browse around our website. We are a tiny school big in personality and family values! Students of all faiths are welcome! We offer academic excellence in a faith-based learning environment. Our students treat each other with respect not because we say so, but because Jesus taught us to love our neighbors. Families are encouraged to volunteer in a variety of ways and welcome here!
Registration for 2016-17
St. Thomas School is accepting registrations for the 2016-17 school year!
We will have FREE preschool for the upcoming 2016-17 School Year!
Look under the Home tab for printable forms!
We look forward to working with your family!
St. Thomas School will be holding a school phone-a-thon on April 26th, 27th, and 28th. Volunteers will be calling families that receive our Saint's Alive newsletter do ask for donations for our school! Donations will be used to cover our general operating costs. Did you know that the school has 4 major funding sources: Tuition, Parish subsidy, endowment subsidy and Fundraising! Please consider giving a donation on the evening of April 26th-28th when you receive a phone call. If you are not called and wish to help, donations are accepted at the school year-round. Please mail your check to St. Thomas School, 810 Fifth Street, International Falls, MN 56649 and write phone-a-thon in the memo section! Thank you!
Mission and Philosphy Statements
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School is committed to the development of each students as a well-rounded contributing member of our religious and secular communities. The educational process encompasses all phases of a child's development from preschool through grade eight. Working together, faculty, family, and parish create the learning environment for the success of each child. We do not discriminate according to race, color, religious belief or ethnic origin.
Each child is a unique being from God, and we are committed to developing a Christ-centered environment which fosters children's ability to reach their full potential. Each child will be given a sense of justice and global awareness as a dimension of living their faith.
- Father Ben Hadrich, Pastor
- Dawn Flesland, Principal
- Romona Johnson, Secretary
- Dawn Flesland, Preschool Teacher
- Joanna Brunkhorst, Kindergarten Teacher
- Jane Silvers, First Grade Teacher
- Joan Ecklund, Second and Third Grade Teacher
- Marne Kostiuk, Fourth and Fifth Grade Teacher
- John Faith, Music Teacher
- Senora Sue Nordquist, Spanish Teacher
- Tara Gushulak, Art Specialist, Preschool Aide, Playground Supervisor
St. Thomas School uses Smart Tuition to process payments.
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Parish
Visit our Church's website for more information about parish events.
Father Ben Welcomes You!
Dear (potential) families of St. Thomas Aquinas School,
Jesus told his disciples, and now says to us: “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 19:14).
In my priestly ministry I take this charge from Jesus seriously. It is our job to pass on the faith to the next generation and this is one of your primary duties as parents. It is one of mine as well. I want you to know of my prayers and support as you continue to fulfill this noble task and thank you to your yes to be parents!
I come from an education background (my Mom and Dad and aunt are all retired health and physical education teachers). I knew from an early age that I wanted to be a teacher and I received a degree in high school math teaching from the College of St. Scholastica in 2006. What I didn’t know until more recently that my life would be devoted to teaching the Catholic faith rather than a subject matter!
I am very excited for the future of St. Thomas Aquinas School. We have a lot of potential for growth—the harvest (of potential students) is abundant! I have already experienced the excitement and generosity from our faithful in their spiritual and financial support to rebuild the great traditions we have.
I will do my best to facilitate a Catholic and Christian atmosphere for your students by working with our principal, teachers, parents and students on a daily basis. I consider a priest’s presence at any Catholic school to be of utmost importance and I look forward to working with everyone involved in your child’s education and formation.
My goal is to help make St. Thomas Aquinas an excellent and financially viable option for you as you discern what path to take for your child’s education. If you are considering registering your child for this fall, please fill out the registration form and turn it into the parish or school office. If financial concerns are present, please contact our principal—Dawn Flesland—or myself to discuss different options for your family. My prayer is that no family who wants to enroll their students would be deterred by the cost of tuition. If we all make sacrifices—within the parish and school budgets, by the generosity of the faithful and your personal budgeting—I believe Catholic education can and will be affordable.
Know of my daily prayers and please continue to support our mission of leading our children to Jesus. St. Thomas Aquinas, patron of our parish and patron of all students, pray for us!
Fr. Ben Hadrich