Friday Flash December 20, 2019

Let the peace of Christ control your hearts;

let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.

Colossians 3:15

A SPECIAL THANK YOU

In the last two weeks Saint Mary’s has had two fantastic musical performances. Last week our school choir performed with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and then last night, grades 1, 3, 5 and 7 performed in both song and act. Both of these stellar events required much time and effort to craft the performances to the polished version we witnessed. Thank you Mrs. Moretti for your time and skill as you work with our youth and provide opportunities for performance. 

IMPORTANT DATES NEXT WEEK:

  • Friday December 20 – SMCS Alumni Dinner
  • Monday December 23 through Friday January 3, 2020 School Closed For Christmas/New Year Holiday!
  • Monday January 6 – School reopens

NEWS/EVENTS/NEED TO KNOW:

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM SAINT MARY’S

Dear Saint Mary’s families: Merry Christmas! We wish you and all of your loved ones a season of hope and joy. To brighten your day, a few Saint Mary’s alumni — with help from our super technology teacher Mr. Tlusty — pitched in to send you these happy video greetings!

SMCS ALUMNI CHRISTMAS POTLUCK DINNER TONIGHT!

RSVP and sign up to bring a salad or dessert!

SUPPORT SAINT MARY’S CATHOLIC SCHOOL’S ANNUAL FUND! 

You have until December 31 to make a gift to the Saint Mary’s Annual Fund that will count toward the GivingTuesday Matching Challenge! Please donate. The Annual Fund link is available at the top of our school homepage, “Donate”, “Annual Fund.”

Many Thanks to all who have made a gift already! I will announce the results of the challenge when we return from the Christmas break. Have a very safe and Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with sharing and caring!


For any questions about the Annual Fund, please contact Development Coordinator Jennifer Janus at jjanus@saintmary.org or 804.740.1048. Thank you for your support of the students and teachers of Saint Mary’s Catholic School! 

LUNCHROOM VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: 2nd & 3rd Grade Parents/Family. This is your opportunity, WE NEED YOUR HELP AT LUNCH!

Parents – are you looking to get involved or see your child and help out in a much needed way?  One way to volunteer is during lunch. Each grade level is assigned a month. Please consider helping!

January 2020 – 2nd & 3rd grades

February 2020 – Kindergarten & First grades

Click on the month to sign up!

BUDO CENTER MARTIAL ARTS AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

The Budo Martial Arts Center is going to be offering its program to Saint Mary’s students again starting on Thursday, January 23rd.
Be part of a fast-paced modern martial arts curriculum led by masters from The Budo Center. Learn basic punches, kicks, blocks and combinations that help build coordination, strength and flexibility. Practice self-control and gain confidence while displaying a positive attitude about yourself and others. All while having FUN! 
The Budo Center Thursdays 3:15-4:00 (grades K-5) January 23rd-March 13th (4 week sessions) Cost: $150; Checks made payable to the Budo Center. Please complete the attached waiver and drop it off along with your check at the front office.  Sign up for this program will end on January 16th.  Any questions can be directed to Michelle O’Donnell After School Care Director at modonnell@saintmary.org

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS BASKETBALL FREE THROW CONTEST

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Basketball Free throw contest

A free throw contest for individuals age 9 to 14 based on their age as of 1 January 2020 is being sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.  The event is open to all families.  

The event will be held on Sunday January 19, 2020 in the gym/Parish Hall at Saint Mary’s Catholic School.  Registration will begin at 2:30 in the gym. Please bring a government issued ID, a birth certificate or passport for age verification.  

The contestants will be divided into categories based on age and gender.   9, 10 and 11 year olds will be permitted to shoot from a 10 foot line. 12, 13 and 14 year olds will shoot from the standard 12 foot free throw line.  Each participant will be allowed 3 warm up shots. The contest is free and will consist of 15 free throws.  

Winners will advance to the District contest in February.  District winners will compete in March.

ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC CHURCH EVENT:

“Middle School Youth Group Nights”  For Grades 6-8…Food, Friends, and Fun!  Gatherings will focus on fellowship and building relationships. Open to ALL Saint Mary’s community middle schoolers and their friends. Participants must be registered for parish faith formation (select Attends Catholic School in the online registration at the parish website) to ensure parental permission. Nights are planned for Nov. 24, Dec. 15, and Jan. 5.

“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”.

“St. Mary’s Catholic Church Registration” Parish registration takes place monthly on Sunday afternoon at 12:30 pm or some weekdays at 7 pm in the Bishop Sullivan Room.  During this one-hour program, you will meet other parishioners, our Pastor and staff, receive an introduction to St. Mary’s Parish and complete the registration documents.  Childcare and refreshments are provided.

Our registration will take place on January 19, 2020.

HELPFUL LINKS:

Volunteer for Carpool Duty
Painless Fundraising
Flynn O’Hara Uniform information