“Stop judging and you will not be judged.
Stop condemning and you will not be condemned.
Forgive and you will be forgiven.
Give, and gifts will be given to you;
a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing,
will be poured into your lap.
For the measure with which you measure
will in return be measured out to you.”  Luke 6:27-38


February 22, 2019

Please visit the school calendar regularly for the most up-to-date information as times and dates may change.


Wednesday, February 27 – School Mass
Wednesday, February 27 – Monarch Masquerade Ball Pre-Check In 7:45 to 8:30am and 2:30 to 3:30pm in the Lower Commons.
Thursday, February 28 – Monarch Masquerade Ball Pre-Check In 7:45 to 8:30am in the Lower Commons and 2:30 to 3:30pm in the Upper Lower Commons.
Friday, March 1 – Second Grade Field Trip
Friday, March 1 – Sixth and seventh grade N.E.T Retreat
Saturday, March 2 – Saint Mary’s Monarch Masquerade Ball



NEW – Video Memories of our CSW Celebration: Compliments of Agata Schoenborn, click HERE

Go Forth! Capital Campaign Thank You!:  Recently year-end letters were mailed to all the many people who contributed and continue to contribute to Saint Mary’s Catholic School’s Go Forth! Capital Campaign. Every gift to the capital campaign has supported an extensive renovation that has improved the daily experience of our student, faculty and parish community.  We Thank You!  Click HERE to view a video that our students and Mr. Tlusty put together to say thank you to all of the people who support us. You make our world a better place.

NEW – Box Tops For SMCS:  Box tops are due Tuesday February 26!  Thank you for all who donate for our school!

Re-enrollment: We are looking forward to having you back next year!  We emailed the link for re-enrollment this past Tuesday.  If you have not received this link, please let Anne Leigh Bisese know by email at albisese@saintmary.org or call 804-740-1048.  The process should take around 15 minutes to complete.  The due date for completion is Tuesday, February 26th.

Financial Assistance:  The Catholic Diocese of Richmond and Saint Mary’s Catholic School work together to provide financial aid to families who demonstrate need.  In order to qualify for these funds, families must complete a FACTS application form by clicking this link and also provide  supporting documents to FACTS by March 1, 2019 for existing families.  If you have questions or concerns about the FACTS application process, you may speak with a FACTS Customer Care Representative at 1-866-315-9262.

Kids Challenge Running Log: The Kids Challenge Running Log is coming home this week with your student.  It is an optional Sports Backers program, not through the school. Run! Earn! Celebrate! Start running, keep track of your miles, and earn free prizes along the way. They can even run their last mile for the Kids Challenge at the Virginia 529 Kids Run on April 13.  Students Grades JK-1 will have a Kids Challenge Running Log sent home in there folder soon. Grades 2-8 were given the option to take a Kids Challenge log home if they wished.  The running/walking logs are due back to  Mrs. Robinson on or before April 5, 2019.   Please let me know if you have any questions.

Flag Football Registration and Information: 1st and 2nd Grade Coed Flag Football,  3rd and 4th Grade Coed Flag Football, a new season!  Below you will find a link to the registration form for flag football 2019.  All forms must be submitted through the Google form, by Friday, 2/22 at 4 pm.    Please submit a check to the office in c/o of Scott Schaefer made out to Saint Mary PTO- Flag football in the amount of $75.

Games will be on Saturdays on the field near Patterson and Maple Avenue starting on March 9th with the playoffs beginning in early May.  There are no games on April 20th or 27th during Easter Break.   Practices are usually held right before the games.

1st and 2nd Grade Link: Click HERE

3rd and 4th Grade Link: Click HERE

NEW – 8th Grade Ice Cream Sales: Bring money for ice cream!***  On Fridays in March, the 8th grade will be selling ice cream sundaes at lunch time! On 3/1, 3/8, and 3/29, ice cream sundaes can be purchased for $2.  This is a fundraiser for our 8th grade graduating class, we appreciate your support !!

NEW – Sixth & Seventh Grade N.E.T. Retreat: Saint Mary’s 6 & 7th Grade School Students will go on retreat Friday Mar. 1, 2019 at St. Mary’s Church. The retreat will be led by N.E.T. Ministries. You can learn more about N.E.T. ministries and their organization at www.netusa.org.   N.E.T. will do their “Heroic 40” retreat with our students  helping them get ready for the start of the Lenten Season, which begins Ash Wednesday Mar. 6, 2019. The students’ retreat will match the hours of their normal school day, and utilize their normal lunch period. Students should wear their school uniform for the retreat day.

Heroic 40 (Lent, Prayer)
Commit to the Heroic 40; Forty days and forty nights of prayer with guaranteed results.
Think about the many diet plans that promise great results “in just forty days.” What would the world be like if we took these 40 days of Lent to truly grow closer to God?

Prayer and Reflection: There is a group of moms (although dads are also welcome) that has been meeting on Mondays at 8AM in the daily mass chapel to pray the rosary – for all the intentions of our school community. It has been a meaningful start to our week!  This week, we are adding “a bookend” to the other end of the week. Join us Fridays at 1:30PM in the St Mary Room (down among the church offices) to look ahead to the readings for Sunday and reflect, discuss, and continue to help make our Catholic School experience meaningful. We planned it for “just before pickup” in the hope that you can make it work in your day.   For both events, no preparation is required and children are invited.  We look forward to seeing you!

NEW – SPCA Donations: 8th grade students Rachel K and Alice J community project.  Please click  HERE to see a list of items that we are collecting for the SPCA.  A great organization that helps animals, that we want to help. Each classroom will have a box marked clearly for your donations.  Donations will be collected until Friday March 1.

Crayola ColorCycle: Send in your old markers!  We are excited to announce our participation in Crayola ColorCycle program.  “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 grades K-12 in 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 and highlighters.  Let’s keep them out of the landfills! Please send makers in a paper bag marked “Mrs. Trout”.

Masquerade Ball and Casino Night:

Please help set up and volunteer at our Masquerade Ball & Casino Night, Saturday March 2! Click HERE for Sign up Genius.

TAG WEEK SALES ends February 24,  purchase TAG week HERE.  TAG week will be February 25-March 1.

Masquerade Ball and Casino Night, Pre-Check, Don’t STAND in line!

Wednesday, February 27th Lower Commons 7:45 – 8:30am & 2:30 – 3:30pm  

Thursday, February 28th Lower Commons 7:45 – 8:30am or Upper Commons 2:30 – 3:30pm

Field Day Help Needed:

Field day is May 24 this year, please sign up HERE to help with this wonderful event



Church Events:

Parish Lenten Mission” Please join us for a “Parish Lenten Mission”  on the “Meaning of Lent” starting with a family dinner on Friday, March 1 at 6 pm and on Saturday, March 2 at 9 am presented by Fr. Joseph Serano, O. Praem: “Preparing to Renew the Promises of our Baptism”  “A Season of Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving” and “Remembering our Fundamental Call to Join the Communion of Saints”

Child care will be available.  For more details and to register, click HERE

“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 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 next registration will take place on February 21st, 2019 at 7:00p.m. in the evening.


Helpful Links:

Volunteer for Carpool Duty
Volunteer in the Lunch Room
Painless Fundraising
Flynn O’Hara Uniform inform