Friday Flash November 22, 2019

Show us Lord, your love; and grant us your salvation.

Psalms 85:8

IMPORTANT DATES NEXT WEEK:

  • Monday November 25 – 6th Grade Field Trip
  • Tuesday November 26 – 1:30 Dismissal, Students Eat Lunch In School, ASC Closed
  • Tuesday November 26 – Annual Family Thanksgiving Luncheon
  • Wednesday November 27 – School Closed For The Thanksgiving Holiday
  • Thursday November 28 – School Closed For The Thanksgiving Holiday
  • Friday November 29 – School Closed For The Thanksgiving Holiday

NEWS/EVENTS/NEED TO KNOW:

PLEASE NOTE THE SCHOOL OFFICE CLOSES AT 3:30PM.

Please use the After School Care entrance at the back of the school for students’ after school activity pick up. Thank you..

VERY IMPORTANT! PLEASE HAVE YOUR CARPOOL SIGN VISIBLE

Saint Mary’s Parents and Guardians, please have your sign with your family name displayed clearly for carpool. It is our goal to have every student dismissed and loaded safely in their car. Please help us by doing your part and displaying your sign. Thank you so much!

FACTS SIS – FACTS Family Online (formerly known as RenWeb – ParentsWeb):

Once you enroll your student(s) you will have access to FACTS SIS, our student information system.  Please make sure all of your information is updated regularly in FACTS Family Online.  Your address and parent contact information, emergency contacts and family/friends/guardians who have permission to pick your student up from school. You will receive an email for billing through FACTS, for incidentals (ie: Field Trips, Student Fees, Milk, Activities etc…)  Your information in FACTS is used by the faculty and staff to communicate with your family.

If you have any trouble accessing FACTS Family Online (ParentsWeb), please contact Mrs. Anne Leigh Bisese at albisese@saintmary.org.

OUR FIRST SMCS TACKY LIGHT TOUR

Join your SMCS PTO for our Tacky Light Tour on December 5th. The bus will depart SMCS at 6:30 PM to tour some of RVA’s finest Tacky Lights. The bus will return at 9:30 PM. The cost is $27.50 per person (ADULTS ONLY) and it is BYOB! Space is very limited & early registrants will receive a welcome gift. You won’t want to miss out on this inaugural event & we anticipate selling out quickly! Purchase your tickets here

POLAR EXPRESS NIGHT

The first ever SMCS Polar Express Night will take place on Friday, December 15th, 6-9 PM in the gym. Come drop off of your kids in their favorite pajamas for a night filled with hot cocoa, sweet treats and of course, The Polar Express. Kids Junior Kindergarten age through 5th grade are welcome!
To purchase tickets

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS SHOP

Get ready to shop! Our annual Christmas Shop will run Wednesday, 12/11 through Friday, 12/13 and during the Advent Brunch 12/15 for class shopping. All gifts range from $.25 to $10. We look forward to helping your child find the perfect gift for loved ones!

Christmas Shop Volunteers Needed 12/11-12/15: Come help make the Christmas Shop a success. We thank you in advance!

ANNUAL SAINT MARY’S ADVENT BRUNCH:

Advent Pancake Brunch

Please join us for the Saint Mary’s Catholic School PTO Advent Pancake Brunch
Sunday, December 15, 2019, Saint Mary’s Parish Hall. There will be two seatings:
10 a.m. and noon. Don’t miss this great annual event, Purchase your tickets now!

We are in need of many volunteers to make this wonderful, family friendly event happen!!! We have volunteer opportunities for middle school students, high school students and parents. We also are asking for small food item donations for our pancake topping bar. Any help you can offer will be greatly appreciated.  We are also looking for volunteers to serve on the Advent Brunch Planning Committee. Please email Cristen Vehorn at cristenrvehorn@gmail.com if you are interested in helping! Please use this SignUpGenius below to volunteer!

SMCS ALUMNI CHRISTMAS POTLUCK DINNER

RSVP and sign up to bring a salad or dessert!

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

Start your holiday season by making a gift to support Saint Mary’s Catholic School’s Annual Fund! The SMCS Annual Fund goal for the 2019-20 school year is $65,000. This amount is built into the school’s operating budget, and ensures that our students and teachers have the tools and learning environment they need. Here’s where you can go to give! The Annual Fund link is available at the top right corner of the school homepage, or at www.saintmary.org/give.

For the third year in a row, an anonymous donor has issued an Annual Fund matching challenge around Giving Tuesday. From now through the end of the year, this donor will match any gift to the SMCS Annual Fund up to a total of $7,500. Please give generously to help us reach our goal of $65,000, and please give soon to double your dollars through this matching gift!

Speaking of which — please check with your employer to see if matching gifts through your workplace might be available too. Many Richmond companies support nonprofits this way, including Altria, Anthem, Bank of America, Brinks, Dominion Energy and Genworth. Another option for seniors: Saint Mary’s supports who are over 70.5 and have an Individual Retirement Account may want to consider giving their Required Minimum Distribution to the Saint Mary’s Annual Fund, so that the RMD does not have to be claimed as taxable income and is instead a gift to Saint Mary’s Catholic School. 


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: 4TH & 5TH GRADE PARENTS WE NEED YOUR HELP AT LUNCH!

Parents – are you looking to get involved, 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!

Click on the month to sign up!

December – 4th & 5th grades

January 2020 – 2nd & 3rd grades

SAINT GERTRUDE 9TH ANNUAL HOLLY SPREE SHOPPERS MARKET:

Get a head start on Holiday Shopping at the Holly Spree! Read here for date, time and what exciting items will be sold!

ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC CHURCH EVENT:

“Richmond Symphony Orchestra”“ Songs of the Angels – A Celebration of the Music of Christmas” Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 7 pm with special appearance by Saint Mary’s School Choir.  Tickets for this concert sold very quickly this year and it is now SOLD OUT.  Please note that tickets will not be available at the door. 

“From Sea to Shining Sea” Join us for a free concert on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 3 pm at St. Mary Church.  Fiddle virtuoso, Michael Ferry, Tom Kaczmarek (piano) and Fr. Renninger (baritone) will explore the musical styles which were popular in America from the time of the 13 Colonies to the end of the Civil War.  All are invited; reception to follow.  RSVP at stmarysrichmond.org or call the parish office at 804-740-4044.

“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 November 17, 2019.

HELPFUL LINKS:

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

Please submit the information on this form so that we can share more about the Saint Mary’s experience with you. Thank you.