Friday Flash March 6, 2020

From the shining cloud the Father’s voice is heard:

This is my beloved Son, hear him.

Matthew 17:5

IMPORTANT DATES NEXT WEEK:

  • Sunday March 8 – DAYLIGHT SAVINGS BEGINS AT 2AM SPRING AHEAD
  • Tuesday March 10 – Third Grade Field Trip
  • Wednesday March 11 – School Mass
  • Wednesday March 11 – Spirit Night at Frank’s West
  • Friday March 13 – Second Grade Field Trip
  • Friday March 13 – Fish Fry

NEWS/EVENTS/NEED TO KNOW:

MONARCH OF THE MONTH:

Balanced learners understand the importance of intellectual, physical, and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others. Congratulations!

First Grade = Carmen S, Sydney C
Second Grade = Alexander H, Ellie G
Third Grade = Ella K, Benjamin C
Fourth Grade = Remy M, Caleb T
Fifth Grade = Noah T, Trip C
Sixth Grade = Alex C
Seventh Grade = Michelle M
Eighth Grade = Ellery T

GALA VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!!

We are looking for many volunteers to make this year’s Gala a success. There are volunteer opportunities for not only the evening of the gala, but the week proceeding as well. Additionally, we will need clean up volunteers. If you are able to donate your time, please sign up here

“GALA TICKET SALES END MARCH 9TH!!!!”

Purchase tag week for your students, now!

MOBILE BIDDING – NEW THIS YEAR!!! If you can’t make it to this year’s Gala, you will still have the opportunity to bid on most silent auction items! Simply purchase the mobile bidding package here!

Tickets are now on sale HERE!
Tickets also available to purchase on our website saintmary.org. Look for the orange GALA button at the top of our homepage!
Print this announcement for ticket sales HERE!

PARENT PRAYER DURING LENT:

There’s no better time for prayer than during Lent! Parent Prayer meets Mondays at 8 AM, in our NEW location, the small Blessed Sacrament Chapel. Please join us as we lift up our school, church, and community!

BOXTOPS APP INFORMATION:

We want to make using the BOXTOPS app on your phone even easier; to locate our school information, search; ST MARYS SCHOOL – School ID: 147154

FRANK’S WEST SPIRIT NIGHT WEDNESDAY MARCH 11:

March 11th 3:00 – 8:00 PM Frank’s West 11238 Patterson Avenue Richmond, VA 23238

Join us on March 11th for Spirit Night at Frank’s West! Dine in or take out – simply mention Saint Mary’s when ordering, and our school will receive a portion of the sale! We hope to see you there!

LUNCHROOM VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Fourth and Fifth Grade Parents/Families. 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!

March 2020 – 4th and 5th grades

April 2020 – 2nd and 3rd grades

Click on the month to sign up!

OUR NEXT FISH FRY IS FRIDAY MARCH 13:

Fish Fry Menu For Friday March 13, 2020

BUDO CENTER MARTIAL ARTS NEW SESSION:

The Budo Martial Arts Center is going to be offering its program to Saint Mary’s students again starting on Thursday, March 19th.
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 Class will meet every Thursday, 3:00pm -3:45pm for grades K-5. March 19th through April 23rd (4 week sessions with no class on April 9th or April 16th) Cost: $150 Sign up for this session will end on March 16th. Checks made payable to the Budo Center. Please complete the attached waiver and drop it off along with your check at the front office.   Any questions can be directed to Michelle O’Donnell After School Care Director at modonnell@saintmary.org

NIGHT OF NATIONS APRIL 2, 2020!

Calling all Saint Mary’s families!  We need you to showcase your cultural heritage.  Spots are filling fast, click on the LINK to bring an authentic dish, host a craft station, showcase your country with a poster, and more.

SCHOOL LENTEN PROJECT:

Our SCA, in collaboration with the St. Mary Church Haiti Committee, will be collecting Dry Erase Lapboards – no frame around the edges – and Dry Erase Markers. Bins will be located throughout the school and we will be collecting this for our Twin Parish School in Haiti. If you would rather donate some change, that can be collected in the bins as well and we will purchase the items for Haiti. This is similar to our Change for Haiti boxes we have done the past few years. These items will be collected through Wednesday, April 8. Any questions, please reach out to Heather Heishman at hheishman@saintmary.org

SUMMER CAMP IS COMING!:

Click on the blue links below for a Camp Flyer for each week, Camp Offerings Sign up, Camp Registration, and Summer Camp online payment.
Our camp information can also be found on our homepage under “Latest News” ” Summer Camp”.

SMCS Summer Camp Week 1 Flyer June 8 – 12

SMCS Summer Camp Week 2 Flyer June 15 – 19

SMCS Summer Camp Week 3 Flyer June 22 – 26

SMCS Summer Camp Week 4 Flyer July 13 – 17

Camp Selection Form

Camp Online Registration

Camp Online Payment

MONARCH MESSENGER:

A new issue of Saint Mary’s Catholic School’s alumni newsletter, The Monarch Messenger, has just been released! This edition features Saint Mary’s alum, former NBA player turned ESPN analyst Tim Legler; a donor spotlight on our own celebrity Chef Paul Elbling; word of alumnus Logan Harvey’s new business in N.C.; a Saint Mary’s LEGO Robotics low-down; news of some superstar students; and more! Click here to see the issue!

SAINT GERTRUDE HS SUMMER CAMPS:

June 8 – 12  & June 15 – 19 Open to girls, rising 5th – 9th grade Offerings: Theatre Arts, Coding, Robotics, Art, STEAM, Field Hockey, Volleyball, Basketball, CPR & First Aid
Full camp listings or to register

ST. MARY CATHOLIC CHURCH EVENT:

An Invitation from Fr. Michael Renninger “The story of Jesus is the greatest story ever told…..Join us throughout Lent and especially in Holy Week as we immerse ourselves into the life changing story of Jesus!”  Each week during Lent, Fr. Renninger invites you to take a few minutes to watch and hear about touching aspects of Holy Week as well as personal reflections from some of our very own parishioners at St. Mary’s. 

Click here for this invitation from our pastor, Fr. Renninger, and see how experiencing Holy Week at St. Mary’s may help you more deeply experience the Passion of Jesus Christ. Join us here at St. Mary’s

NO TIME TO COOK?” Back by popular demand, we are taking pre-orders for Knights of Columbus Irish Night food.  Orders for Shepard’s pie, lamb stew, and beef stew can be placed online now at www.stmarysrichmond.org for pick up after each mass in the Lower Commons on March 14th and 15th. All proceeds will go towards building a proper kitchen for the school children of our twin parish in Angouman, Haiti. Pè Gèn, our pastor from Angouman will be at St. Mary’s for the annual Haiti sponsorship weekend on March 21st and is very much looking forward to visiting again with St. Mary’s students.
Questions?  Please contact David Park, Chair of St. Mary Haiti Ministry (dypark@gmail.com).

“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 March 15, 2020.

HELPFUL LINKS:

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