31 Mar

Pope Francis said, “Fast from pressures and be prayerful. Fast from bitterness and fill your heart with joy.  Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others.  Fast from grudges and be reconciled.  Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.

Dear St. Mary’s Families,

IMPORTANT DATES:

Friday March 31 – Report Cards Are Coming Home Today

Monday April 3 – 4th Grade Field Trip Monticello

Wednesday April 5 – School Mass

Friday April 7 – Fish Fry Friday

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

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Friday April 14 – Easter Holiday School Closed through April 21 (No ASC)

Thursday April 26 – Sister Nancy Murray, OP; “St. Catherine of Sienna: A Women for Our Times”

Saturday April 29 – Saint Mary’s Catholic School Gala

Friday May 5 – Early Dismissal 12:20, School Mass, May Crowning, Art Show, Grandparents Reception/Classroom visits, and Spring Sing (No ASC)

Friday May 19 – Field Day/Early Dismissal 12:20 ASC available

Thursday May 25 –  May 26 & May 30 Eight Grade Final Exams

Friday May 26 – May 30 & May 31 Middle School Exams

Monday May 29 – Memorial Day School Closed No ASC

Tuesday May 30 – 8th Grade Student Lunch, Graduation Photos and Graduation Rehearsal.

Wednesday May 31 – 8th Grade Fun Day

Thursday June 1 – 8th Grade Retreat to U of R Challenge Discovery

Thursday June 1 – Early Dismissal 12:20 No ASC

Friday June 2 – Last Day of School, Early Dismissal 12:20, Classroom Awards, School Mass, Award Assembly, Kindergarten Graduation, 8th Grade Graduation/Reception

June 5 – Saint Mary’s Catholic School Summer Camps June 5 – 9th.

June 26 – Saint Mary’s Catholic School Summer Camps June 26th – 30th.

July 10 – Saint Cecilia Band Camp July 10 – 14th.

October 2017 – Golf Outing, More Information will be coming

 

PARENTS:

Sister Nancy Murray:

Sister Nancy Murray, OP (sister of actor Bill Murray) will be at Saint Mary’s on Wednesday, April 26 to perform her one-person show, Catherine of Siena: A Woman for Our Times.

Sister Nancy Murray, is making her mark on audiences across the country and throughout the world, bringing to life the Dominican Saint Catherine of Siena, Doctor of the Church. With simple props and a fertile imagination, Sister Nancy portrays Catherine as the colorful, strong, passionate and enthusiastic personality that she was. Thanks to Sister Nancy’s gift of transforming herself into this 14th century saint and patroness of the Dominican Order, numerous churches, schools and organizations have become acquainted with Catherine’s fierce devotion to and love for God.

Tickets are $5 online or $10 at the door, and are available here or at the school front desk.

 

The Diocese Of Richmond Consensus Curriculum Update:  The Diocese of Richmond is committed to nurturing the spiritual, intellectual, social, and emotional growth of each student in the spirit of the Gospels and the teachings of the Catholic Church. The Diocese of Richmond adopted the Consensus Curriculum Process in 1992 to establish a review cycle for each content area. A Master Curriculum Council, a team of teachers and curriculum experts from across the diocese, is established for each content area to carry out the review process. This team is tasked with updating the curriculum based on research within the content area, developmentally appropriate practices, and instructional pedagogy. All teachers within the diocese are invited to provide feedback to the Council as part of this process.
During the 2016-2017 school year, Health and Physical Education, Music, Social Studies, and Visual Arts have been updated and will be implemented for the 2017-2018 school year. On the horizon, Master Curriculum Councils will be convened to update Science and Technology to be implemented for the 2018-2019 school year. The Consensus Curriculum can be found on the Office of Catholic Schools’ website at www.richmondcatholicschools.org. Updates will be available prior to the school year in which it will be implemented.

 

Fish Fry Friday: – See the attached Menu for week 5

Fish Fry Volunteers Needed: – Click on the link below for details.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d45aaa723a0fa7-fish

 

SAINT MARY’S GALA: 

Saint Mary’s 2017 Gala April 29, 2017.  GET YOUR TICKETS NOW, the price per ticket will increase April 1. Each week check out the NEWS FLASH for exciting enhancements to this signature event as we celebrate our 50th anniversary!  Your official invitation was sent through “Backpack Mail”.  We are happy to share that the event will be hosted at the Historic Jefferson Hotel in downtown Richmond for the first time in the history of our school!  We are currently seeking sponsorships and donations.

For any questions, contact Mike School at saintmarygala@gmail.com.

Click Here for tickets: 

 

Change for Haiti Boxes:  This lent, here at St. Mary’s, we are focusing our outreach on our twinning relationship with St. Benoit de Angouman parish and school in Haiti. The needs are great!! We are hopeful to complete a building already begun that will shelter our medical/dental team, enhancing their ability to provide maximum service to our sisters and brothers there, as well as to complete out project to bring enough potable water to this remote village. We are working in partnership with our parish Human Concerns Ministry /Haiti Outreach to help to achieve these goals.

BOXES CAN BE BROUGHT IN Holy Week April 10 through 14, to your students homeroom.

Click on this link to view a video from St. Benoit de Angouman.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Is5_F-zWTPY

 

Saint Mary’s Catholic School Summer Camps: Fun for the summer with our Saint Mary’s teachers. Sports and Games, Monarchs in Motion, Fine Arts, Musical Theater, Learn from the Masters Art Camp, Travel Around the World, S.T.E.M, Craft Club and Band!

For more information, see the Camp attachment and Registration Form

 

Student Highlights: Megan Hopkins and Caden Green took part in a special reading event at the Richmond SPCA.  The children read books for 45 minutes to dogs in the medical recovery unit.  It was a truly remarkable experience.  When the students entered the small unit, one little dog retreated nervously to the back of his kennel, another barked and appeared anxious.  The children sat in front of the kennels and calmly read to the dogs.  Within a couple of minutes, the dogs came to the front of their kennels and sat calmly listening to the children read and watched as the students turned their books to share the pictures.  

Murphy the Beagle, recovering from leg surgery and Edmund the White/Brown Terrier recovering from eye surgery, will go to their forever homes once their fully recovered.   

 

StMarysFishFryMenu2017WEEK5

Summer Camp Information June 5

SummerCampRegistrationForm 317