16 Feb

Dear Saint Mary’s Families,

Unfortunately we are continuing to see illnesses in all grade levels. If your child exhibits any sign of illness we ask that you keep your child home.  If your child has recently been ill or out sick, we are encouraging you to keep your child home an extra day.  Following infections our immune systems are still suppressed and our bodies are susceptible to a plethora of pathogens, which is why we feel an extra day home would be helpful.

I have received questions about what we are doing here to keep things clean.  In addition to the regular cleaning that takes place each day, teachers are being extra vigilant about wiping everything down both throughout the day and at the end of the day.

We are working hard to keep your children safe and healthy and we thank you for your support!

Joyfully,
Jenni Ellis
Principal

 

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

Monday, February 19th – Presidents Day School Closed
Wednesday, February 21st – School Mass
Friday, February 23rd – Middle School Retreat Day

 

NEW – Participation! Saint Mary’s Go Forth! Capital Campaign:  The Go Forth! Capital Campaign is in full swing and we hope you’ll be part of it! Thanks to everyone, school and parish, who has participated so far, we have raised more than $500,000 toward our $2 million goal. School family participation is at 30%. Please help our school by donating any amount to this cause. Percent participation is important because it shows that the school families support the project, and organizations awarding grants often look for a certain level of school community support. You can give online Here: or contact Jennifer Janus at jjanus@saintmary.org for more options, or for info on making a pledge to the campaign.

Lenten Fish Fry Friday:  PTO is hosting its annual “Lenten Fish Fry Fridays” on February 16, March 2, 16, and 23.  Please join Saint Mary’s families for food and fellowship from 5:00 PM – 6:45 PM in the Parish Hall on these dates.  Catering is provided by Morrissey’s Catering.  Stations of the Cross will follow promptly at 7:00 PM.   Print this flyer for a handy reference of dates and times. Menu for February 16th.

NEW – Lenten Fish Fry Volunteers:  It’s Fish Fry time and we need your help to make it it possible! Please consider giving of your time. The signup has it all the information you need – Click HereThank you in advance!

2018 Monarch Gala: The Saint Mary’s PTO invites you to attend the 2018 Monarch Gala on Saturday, April 21 at the Hilton Richmond Short Pump Hotel and Spa. Tickets, tables, sponsorship, and other goodies are now available for purchase.  New this year, you can purchase one of two head tables and enjoy the dinner and live auction in the company of Fr. Renninger or Ms. Jenni Ellis. Each head table will include 8 admissions.  Reserved tables are also available which will include 10 admissions.  We have some exciting sponsorship opportunities. The platinum level will offer the sponsor’s logo advertised on silent auction tables. The gold level will feature a branded cocktail of the sponsor’s choice to be listed on the bar menus.  Through the website, you may also purchase raffle tickets for the pizza raffle and the back to school raffle. Winners will be announced at the Gala. And, back by popular demand, is Tag Week, which will take place May 21-24. You can purchase your child(ren)’s tag week for $25 for one child, $10 per additional child.  All proceeds from the Monarch Gala, including raffle and tag week sales will benefit the upcoming school renovation. This renovation will include updated classrooms in the original wing of the school, new entrance with enhanced security, and a state of the art library and digital media center. Gala Tickets

SMCS Summer Camps: Regrettably, all summer activities including summer camps at Saint Mary’s has been cancelled. We are very sorry for any inconvenience.  We are very excited for the wonderful changes that will be happening to our school over the summer.

NEW – GRSM Band Summer Camp:  Save The Dates of July 16th – 20th for summer band camp, which will be hosted at St. Bridget’s Catholic School.  There will be three (3) levels of camps as follows: “Pre-Band Camp” (for those interested in “trying out” the band program with thoughts of joining the “Beginning Band” in the Fall, instruments supplied),   “Intermediate Band Camp” (for those who have been in band for 1-3 years), and  “Advanced Band Camp” (BY APPROVAL/AUDITION OF BAND DIRECTOR ONLY – for those who are at the level worthy of the Symphonic Band).  Additional information will be out soon!

NEW – Alicia Hudalla 2010 Graduate of SMCS: Senior night Basketball game Sunday, February 18 at 3p.m. at the Robins Center at U of R.  The Lady Spiders vs VCU.  Special $3.00 tickets for Saint Mary’s families, Here  Use Code: SMCSR.

 

 

Church Events:

Go Forth! St. Mary’s Church Participation Weekends: At all Masses February 17 – 18 and February 24 – 25, 2018 (flyer)

“Find Your Greatness” Tickets Available Now!  Dynamic Catholic:  “Find Your Greatness”, Saturday, May 19, 2018, 9 am – 1:30 pm, St. Mary’s Catholic Church

Tickets $25 per person available at DynamicCatholic.com or call 859-980-7900 

Great habits create great lives.  What are your habits?  Are they helping you become the-best-version-of-yourself?  Our lives change when our habits change.  Dr. Allen Hunt returns to St. Mary Church (after last year’s event “Passion & Purpose for Marriage”) for this half-day event based on Matthew Kelly’s book The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic.   “Find Your Greatness” will introduce you to four simple habits to help you reach your full potential.  Come join us and make 2018 a great year for yourself!

 

Helpful Links:
Volunteer in the Lunch Room
Painless Fundraising
Flynn O’Hara Uniform inform