Friday Flash November 8, 2019

Jesus Christ is the firstborn of the dead;
to him be glory and power, forever and ever.


Revelation 1:5

IMPORTANT DATES THIS WEEK:

  • Monday November 11 – Book Fair
  • Monday November 11 – 7th Grade Field Trip
  • Monday November 11 – Veterans Day Assembly Grades 2nd through 8th
  • Tuesday November 12 – Book Fair
  • Tuesday November 12 – Blaze Pizza Spirit Night
  • Wednesday November 13 – School Mass
  • Friday November 15 – Spanish and French Field Trip
  • Friday November 15 – 7th Grade Field Trip

NEWS/EVENTS/NEED TO KNOW:

MONARCH OF THE MONTH:

Thinker, They apply thinking skills critically and creatively to solve complex problems. Congratulations!

  • First Grade = Jack K, Luke G
  • Second Grade = Lucy C, Emily G
  • Third Grade = Raegan M, Heidi H
  • Fourth Grade = Nate C, Frankie B
  • Fifth Grade = Megan J, Gabbie F
  • Sixth Grade = Zach C
  • Seventh Grade = Sean S
  • Eighth Grade = Lulu A

FALL 2019 MONARCH MESSENGER:

In this issue of our Monarch Messenger read about alumna Katie Hutchinson, a heroic act, an alumna student returns as a teacher and so much more.

VETERAN’S DAY ASSEMBLY:

Our Veteran’s Day Assembly will be on Monday, November 11th, at 2:00p.m., in the Church. The assembly is for grades 2nd through 8th. The speaker this year is Mr. Greg Lilly. Mr. Lilly served in the United States Marine Corps and is currently the Head Football Coach at Benedictine College Preparatory .

BLAZE PIZZA SPIRIT NIGHT:

Pizza! Pizza! Pizza! Join your SMCS PTO on Tuesday, November 12th from 5:00 – 8:00 PM at Blaze Pizza for our next Saint Mary’s Spirit Night! 20% of all proceeds (dine in & carry out) will be donated back to our school. Blaze Pizza is a fast casual, build your own pizza restaurant located at 4101 Dominion Boulevard, Suite 400, Glen Allen, Virginia 23060. 

ANNUAL THANKSGIVING BUFFET SIGN UP CLOSING SOON:

Don’t miss the opportunity to join us for our annual Thanksgiving Buffet on Tuesday November 26th. Our buffet is always a special time for our students and families. Sign up here if you haven’t done so already in your Boonli lunch account. We love seeing our students and families at this wonderful event!

CHAMPIONSHIP CHESS WINTER SESSION:

Championship Chess will continue to offer chess class and will begin the winter session on November 15th (no school on November 8th) and continue for 9 classes ending February 7th. The registration is due by November 10th.

BUY YOUR “ADVENT CALENDAR” BEFORE THEY SELL OUT!:

2019 Chocolate Advent Calendars. Our 8th grade class is selling these fun-for-all ages calendars!  Purchase one, two, or three and support our graduating class. Calendar sales have been extended until 11/15. They will come home with your student the week of 11/18. ONE order per form please! Don’t miss this fun way to count down to Christmas.

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!

LUNCHROOM VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. KINDERGARTEN AND FIRST IT’S YOU TURN, SIGN UP NOW!

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!

November – Kindergarten & First

December – 4th & 5th grades

January 2020 – 2nd & 3rd grades

NEW FOR PAINLESS FUNDRAISING-COKE REWARDS:

Saint Mary’s is now live in the Coke Rewards Program. Refresh yourself and make great things happen for Saint Mary’s Catholic School. How do you do this you may ask, it’s EASY!

SAINT GERTRUDE SPECIAL STUDENT PRAYER SERVICE:

In celebration of Discover Catholic Schools Week, Saint Gertrude High School invites you to join us for a special student-led Prayer Service on Sunday, November 17 at 2 p.m. The service will include a student reflection and will give you a glimpse into how we celebrate chapel each week. For more information and to register to attend please visit our Prayer Service web page.

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:  $25 per person, $40 for reserved seating – Available online at St. Mary’s Catholic Church HERE or in the parish office.

Discounted tickets available for Saint Mary’s Catholic School choir families – email Mrs. Heather Heishman at hheishman@saintmary.org

“Altar Server Training” There will be an afterschool training for students interested in becoming altar servers.  You must be 5th grade or older, have made your 1st Communion, and be willing to participate in training and serve at Mass on a rotational schedule.  Training will be on Tuesday, November 12 after school [2:45-4:00]; we will meet in the church.  To register for this training.  

If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Vrtis in the Parish Office, 740-4044, ext. 22.

“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.