28 Sep

Dear Saint Mary’s Families,

Thank you very much for your continued patience, understanding and support as we work through this time of transition.  I especially want to thank all of the many special people in the Saint Mary’s community who have reached out with practical support and have been praying for all the faculty and staff. It has been a blessing to see and know your support.

“And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.”  Ephesians 4:32

Teacher In Charge

Robin Rooks

 

Please visit the school calendar regularly for the most up-to-date information as times and dates may change.

IMPORTANT DATES THIS WEEK:
Wednesday October 3rd – School Mass
Friday October 5th – PTO Fall Cookout

PTO Fall Cookout!

Please join the PTO and the rest of your Saint Mary’s family to kick off the new school year!

Food will be provided by Morrissey’s Catering!

Come spend some time enjoying good food and family fun!

Please RSVP so we can have enough food for everyone!

Questions: kim.ethangraham@gmail.com

Date: 10/05/2018 (Fri.) Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm  Location: Cafegymitorium– Parish Hall

This event is FREE and always a good time! Morrissey’s Catering will provide dinner and the 8th grade will be selling desserts!  This is such a great opportunity to visit with friends!

Speaking of opportunity, it is also a great time to get in some service hours, we need your help to make this event as successful as usual. If you can help click here.  To RSVP click here  

LAST CALL! ASC Provided on October 8th:  If you need care for your student on October 8th, please sign up by clicking here.  The hours of operation on this day are 7:30am – 6:00pm. Please remember to send a nut free packed lunch with your child(ren). Full day prices are as follows:

1 child – $75
2 children – $123
3 children – $155
4 children – $162
5 children – $210

The deadline to sign up for care on October 8th is October 1st. Please contact Jennifer Southworth at jsouthworth@saintmary.org with questions.

NEW – School Pictures:  Smile Pretty it is School Picture time! real life studio will be here Wednesday October 10th, 2018. (No PE uniforms for picture day.)

Morning Carpool Additional Help Needed:  We are in need of additional morning carpool help.  If you are interested in being a carpool volunteer, please look at the schedule here and email Andy Branch at abranch72@gmail.com to sign up to help.  Giving a half hour of your time once a week is a great way to help!

Volunteer Information & Virtus Update:  Field Trips and Volunteer opportunities are coming up and I want to make sure that you are ready and you have met the volunteer requirements. ALL volunteers must have attended a VIRTUS session AND be up to date on reading the monthly VIRTUS bulletins.  Also, please visit our school website to read up on the other requirements to volunteer. Please click here to register for an upcoming class.

If you have any questions, please contact Heather at hheishman@saintmary.org

Save the Date High School Night: We would like to invite our middle school students and their parents to our annual High School Information Fair to be held on Thursday, October 11, 2018 from 6:30-8pm in the Upper Commons of our Church.  Print this flyer for date, time and visiting school list HERE.

NEW – PTO Newsletter: Please click HERE for the FIRST edition of the PTO Newsletter.  Welcome Back from you PTO!.

NEW – SCA Charity:   The SCA chose the Maison Fortune Orphanage in Hinche, Haiti as the school’s charity for the year. One of our recent graduates, Eve Maddock, is working on a project at Saint Gertrude’s to help raise funds for the girls’ area of the orphanage. This part has been neglected compared to the boys’ area.   Please feel free to share this video at  https://www.mightycause.com/story/Gogirls with your students for more information.

WORTH REPEATING …

Monday Prayer Group:  “Come start your week with prayer! Join your SMCS community every Monday in the side Chapel after drop off for a time of communal prayer. Let us come together to strengthen our community by inviting God into our midst. All you need to bring is a Rosary and a smile. We hope to see you!”

Boy Scouts Grades Kindergarten – 5th:   Mr. Lombardi is the Cubmaster for Pack 737.  This is his seventh year as a volunteer with the Cub Scouts.  I really love the scouting program, Pack 737 and Saint Mary’s Catholic school.  Your son will be able to move at his own pace and will become friends with boys his own age (his Den) and with boys in all grades of elementary school (our Pack).  Your son is able to still participate in all the sporting programs and extracurricular activities he chooses, while still being a scout…you attend the events that you are able, and since the program is year round there is always something that is available.  We typically meet on Mondays, two or three times a month, and have one weekend activity a month.  The aims of scouting are to promote character, citizenship, fitness and faith in the boy through adventure and being outdoors.  Feel free to reach out to me at 804-263-4995 or email me at alanlombardi@comcast.net with any questions.

 

Church Events:

“Sisters In Christ”
Sarah Hart – Do you have a middle school student (or high school student), if so, consider coming as a family. Speaker, Retreat Leader, Musician “Sisters in Christ” A retreat for women. Saturday September 22, 2018. Click here

“How Do I Talk to My Kids About The Clergy Abuse Scandal?”     If you are a parent or grandparent who is searching for a way to talk to your children about the clergy abuse scandals, we invite you to join us for a special presentation by Mr. Robert Feduccia who is a husband, father, and nationally-known speaker. For many years, Robert focused his efforts in the field of youth ministry, and he is one of the most sought-after Catholic speakers in the USA.  Robert will be coming to St. Mary Church for a presentation about this important topic. Thursday, October 4 at 7:15—8:30 pm in the Upper Commons.

For more information and to RSVP, visit stmarysrichmond.org  or call the Parish Office at 804-740-4044.

“Middle School Rally”  (grades 6-8) Sunday 10/21. It is a fun, faith-focused, field-trip day. There’s a dynamic guest speaker, fun activities, inflatables, games and crafts. We will also attend mass together. This is a great community experience shared among the middle school youth of our diocese.   Registration is OPEN! Space is limited. Email Laura or visit evangelizerichmond.org

for the YOUTH registration form. Early bird price ($40) expires after 10/5. $50 through 10/12. Bus leaves ParkNRide at 8:30 on 10/21.  Submit registrations to Laura (lstapleton@stmarysrichmond.org). Chaperones are also needed.

 

“Are You Interested in Becoming A Catholic?”  
If you have never been baptized, if you were baptized in another Christian denomination and would like to become Catholic, or if you were baptized Catholic, but never received the Sacraments of Eucharist or Confirmation, you are welcome to join our RCIA Inquiry Process.  For more information, call Sr. Pat at 740-4044, ext. 13, or go to our parish web page, and click on “Interest in Becoming Catholic

 

Helpful Links:

Volunteer for Carpool Duty
Volunteer in the Lunch Room
Painless Fundraising
Flynn O’Hara Uniform inform