Friday Flash September 6, 2019

Let your face shine upon your servant;
and teach me your laws.

Luke 14:25-33

IMPORTANT DATES THIS WEEK:

  • Tuesday, September 10 – Picture Day
  • Wednesday, September 11 – School Mass
  • Thursday, September 12 – PTO New Parent Cocktail
  • Friday, September 13 – Middle School Dance

NEWS/EVENTS/NEED TO KNOW:

2019/20 School Year calendar: We have created a concise one page calendar for easy reference.

Monarch Of The Month – Caring: These students critically appreciate culture and personal history, and the perspectives of others.  They show empathy, compassion and respect.  They act to make a positive difference in the lives of those around them and in the world.

Congratulations!

  • First Grade = Kinsley G, Adam R
  • Second Grade = George B, Evangeline U
  • Third Grade = Hank E, Kiera W
  • Fourth Grade = Anniston H, Carter B
  • Fifth Grade = Lourdes O, Emma B
  • Sixth Grade = Mercy G
  • Seventh Grade = Thomas G
  • Eighth Grade = Jordan G

School Photos: It’s picture time! Individual and Class photos will be taken this Tuesday, September 10th. Order your pictures online. You will click on our name and that will take you to the online ordering section. Photos are pre-order only and must be ordered online prior to Tuesday, September 10th or use the paper form with payment sent in the morning of the 10th. Retakes will take place October 17th.

A few reminders:

  • No PE Uniforms are to be worn this day
  • 8th graders are to wear their white shirts
  • Either uniform for the girls is acceptable
  • Long pants for boys are preferred
  • Online orders must be placed by Tuesday, September 10th
  • Paper order must be returned to your child’s teacher no later than the morning of Tuesday, September 10th

If you have any questions, please reach out to Heather at hheishman@saintmary.org

Student Absences, Tardy and Early Dismissal: If your student is absent, will arrive to school late or will leave school early, please email attendance@saintmary.org and their homeroom teacher.  Please include your student’s full name and if they are dismissing early, as well as the time the student will be leaving.

REGISTER TODAY! BE PART OF A THIS GREAT ANNUAL EVENT: 

Our annual “Go Forth 5K” is September 21, 2019. A fun time for the entire family and great annual fundraiser.  Register for the race or if you’re willing to help with the 5k, volunteer!

LUNCHROOM VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:

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 month will be assigned to grade levels; however, August is open to everyone! Please consider helping.

Click on the month to sign up!

MORE WAYS TO GET INVOLVED:

Volunteer for Carpool Duty
Painless Fundraising

CHOIR:  

Is your student interested in participating in our SMCS Choir?  Music is a passion that Mrs. Moretti loves to share with students.  Please find more information in the Choir Handbook and use the Choir Registration Form to join.

PAINLESS FUNDRAISING UPDATE:

The easiest way to help earn money for our school is by making purchases through companies like Kroger, Amazon and Publix. Please see the Painless Fundraising flyer for more information.

OUR FIRST MIDDLE SCHOOL DANCE:

The back-to-school middle school dance will take place Friday, September 13, from 7:30pm to 9:30pm in the school gym.  Admission is $5, a canned good, and a permission slip. Please park and walk up for drop off and pick up.  Please volunteer at the dance or help with supplies.

FROM YOUR SMCS PTO: 

  • Thank you: Thank you to everyone who came out for our annual Kick-Off Cook-Out! We had a great turnout and it was a wonderful night to begin the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Coffee & Doughnuts on the Playground – September 17th: Join your PTO on Tuesday, September 17th (Constitution Day) beginning at 7:30am for coffee and doughnuts on the playground. This will take place before our annual student led celebration of the signing of our constitution outside at the flagpole.
  • PTO Event: Panera Spirit Night – September 18th: Please join us on Wednesday, September 18th from 4-8pm at the Panera near Regency Mall for our fist Spirit Night of the school year.  Be sure to show this flyer  to the cashier and SMCS will get back 20% of the proceeds!  Spread the word to your family & friends on Facebook as well!
Join us on September 18th!

RECYCLING OLD MARKERS PROGRAM:

We are excited to announce again this year our participation in Crayola Color Cycle Program.  Last year we sent FOUR big boxes to be recycled, YAY!  “Crayola and schools across North America are banding together to help kids understand the importance of their role in protecting the environment.  Through this initiative, students in K-12 schools across the continental United States and parts of Canada can collect and re-purpose used markers”.  Saint Mary’s will be collecting and recycling all brands of plastic markers.  This will include dry erase markers, highlighters and markers.  Let’s keep them our of the landfills!

ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC CHURCH EVENTS:

“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. Help kick-off the new school year on Sept. 8, 6-8pm, starting with dinner in the gym/parish hall. Additional nights are planned for Nov. 24, Dec. 15, and Jan. 5.

For this first event, interested youth can rsvp or register directly with Chris (cjenkins@stmarysrichmond.org) or Laura (lstapleton@stmarysrichmond.orgby Friday 9/6 so we can order enough food. We can provide families with a paper registration if needed.

“Diocesan Middle School Rally”  Saturday, October 19, 2019.  A gathering of young Catholics from parishes all over Central VA will be held at Charlottesville Catholic School from 10-5pm.  A day of inflatables, activities, music, sacraments, a guest speakers, and more…await! The event specific registration form is available to print. Turn youth registration forms into Laura in the parish office by 10/2 with $40 payable to St. Mary’s Catholic Church. *Chaperones are free. Youth price increases to $50 after 10/2. **We have chartered a bus for this event, departing 8:30am, returning 6:30pm. Space is limited.

“A Concert with David Haas”  St. Mary Catholic Church would like to invite you and your families to a concert with David Haas. David will present “I will Bring You Home; Songs of Prayer, Stories of Faith” on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 7 pm.  David Haas is highly regarded as one of the preeminent authors and composers of liturgical music in our Church today.  Some of his well-known pieces are You Are Mine, Blest Are They, and Song of the Lord’s Command, to name a few.  Information and tickets (only $10 in advance, $15 at the door) are available on our parish website and attached is a flyer with all of the details.  We are pleased to offer a light reception following the concert and hope you and your guests will be able to join us for this very special evening!

“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 September 8, 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.