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John 10:14

I am the good shepherd, says the Lord;
I know my sheep, and mine know me.

May 17, 2019

Please visit the school calendar for all your up to date information!


Friday, May 17 – Movie Night
Wednesday, May 22 – School Mass
Friday, May 24 – Field Day 1:30 Dismissal NO ASC


2019 2020 School Year calendar: Click HERE

Movie Night at SMCS: Come enjoy our showing of Incredibles 2! Click HERE for details.

General PTO Meeting Vote for 2019 – 2020 Officers and guest speaker Janet Carter:  “Please join us on Sunday May 19, 4 – 5:30pm for a General PTO meeting in the Parish Hall TO VOTE FOR NEXT YEAR’S PTO BOARD. In addition, Janet Carter, a well-known local writer, speaker and Certified Parent Coach will share her professional insight and wisdom on how to make sense of the constant barrage of opinions on what is best when it comes to technology.  Today’s kids were born into a culture where education, entertainment, information and virtually everything else is simply a click away. Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, teacher, or are fulfilling another influential role in a child’s life, you are welcome to attend!  Presentation followed by a time of Q&A and opportunity for small-group discussion.  For more information, please see RSVP to Jennifer Janus at

NEW – Important Field Day Information:  REMINDER, Field Day is May 24.  Please have your student bring a nut free snack, water bottle, lunch, and don’t forget to apply sunscreen.  Saint Mary’s students eat lunch in school, dismissal is 1:30.

SAVE The Date Skate Night at Ashland Skateland:

We will have a SMCS Skate Night at Ashland Skateland on Wednesday June 5th from 6-8pm!

Annual Fund Raffle Tickets Are Selling Fast!:

Drive, Dine, Dream!

Saint Mary’s Catholic School is selling raffle tickets for a stay-cation getaway you won’t want to miss, with proceeds to benefit the 2018-19 Annual Fund. Enter for a chance to hold the keys — for 24 hours — to a 2018 Porsche Panamera 4*. You can drive this fine vehicle to The Jefferson Hotel, which has donated for this raffle a $700 package that includes dinner for two at Lemaire, Grand Premier Accommodations, breakfast for two, valet parking, a floral arrangement, and a welcome gift.  Add to all of that, a trip to the spa at The Jefferson, donated by Nick Abbate and The Abbate Agency.

Tickets for a chance to win all of this are only $50 for one, or $100 for three — imagine what a fine Mother’s or Father’s Day gift this might make!

Tickets are available online HERE, or in the school office starting May 13th. They will also be on sale after Saint Mary Masses on May 18th and 19th. If you buy online through May 31st, your ticket(s) will be mailed to you.

The drawing will be on the last day of school, June 7, 2019.

Questions? Email Development Coordinator Jennifer Janus at

*Must be age 25 or older to win, and must submit proof of auto insurance.
Vehicle for local, Richmond-use only.
Driving record subject to review.

NEW – Grandparents & Special Friends Day winner:  Many thanks to all the grandparents, parents and special friends who joined us on May 3 for Grandparents and Special Friends Day, May Crowning, Spring Sing and our art show! Thanks, too, to all of you who shared your contact information with us. By filling out the contact-information form, grandparents/special friends entered a raffle to win a year’s membership to the Science Museum of Virginia for their grandchild (or special friend) and his/her family. The winners of the drawing are Marjorie and Allan Vig, whose granddaughter, Charlotte, is in the first grade. Congratulations to the Vigs!

NEW – 2019 2020 School Year Flynn O’Hara Pop Up Sale:  Every summer Flynn O’Hara offers a “Pop-up Shop” for families to be sized, view samples and order uniforms for the new school year. The date for this year’s Pop-up Shop is June 20 from 9-11.

Earlier in the school year a committee of parents was formed to discuss the current uniforms. A few minor changes were suggested that I think you will like:

  • JK-5 girls — Fall/Spring seasonal option — Navy skort paired with light blue polo
  • Middle School — Brown Sperry/boat shoe option for both boys and girls
  • All school — Navy leggings — no SMCS screen print required

Combining the upgraded HVAC in the renovation and providing the skort/polo addition, we are able to eliminate the PE uniform option on hotter days.

Attached you will find the flyer for the June 20 date as well as a comprehensive description of our uniform options.

Click HERE for the Flynn O’Hara Save the date, pop up sale and uniform list.

Click HERE for our SMCS Uniform information.

Thank you for your support of Saint Mary’s Catholic School! Principal Hess


Saint Mary’s Catholic School Summer Camps

3 Easy Steps for registration, camp selection and payment

  1. Print registration form HERE, complete in its entirety, deliver to Saint Mary’s Catholic School, 9501 Gayton Road, Richmond, VA 23229 or email
  2. Indicate your camp selection using this LINK .
  3. Use online payment LINK to complete the process.

Summer camp staff will cross-reference camp selection with completed registration forms and payment. Email Jennifer Southworth with any questions.

June 10 – 14, Monday – Friday (Click HERE for times and cost)
Sports & Games Camp with Mr. Schaefer
STEM Camp with Mrs. Southworth
A Journey Through Art with Mrs. Bourne
Piano Adventure with GRSM
Strategy Board Games with Mr. Garbera
Arts & Crafts Camp with Mrs. Slifka
Bricks for Kidz & I.B. Yogis Combo Camp

June 12 & 13 Only, Wednesday & Thursday (Click HERE for time and cost)
21st Century Google Tech Camp with Mrs. Healy

June 17 – 21, Monday – Friday (Click HERE for time and cost)
Space STEM Camp with Mrs. Southworth
A Journey Through Art with Mrs. Bourne
Instrument Sampler with GRSM
Strategy Board Games with Mr. Garbera
Bricks for Kidz & I.B. Yogis Combo Camp

June 24 – 28, Monday – Friday (Click HERE for time and cost)
Sports & Games Camp with Mr. Schaefer
A Journey Through Art with Mrs. Bourne
Choral Odyssey with GRSM
Strategy Board Games with Mr. Garbera
Arts & Crafts Camp with Mrs. Slifka

July 22 – 26, Monday – Friday (Click HERE for time and Cost)

Middle School Monarchs 101 with Scott Schaefer
A Journey Through Art with Tracey Bourne
Pre-Band Camp with GSRM
Concert/Symphonic Band Camp with GRSM
Martial Arts with Budo Center
Bricks for Kidz & I.B. Yogis Combo Camp
Arts & Crafts with Jeanne Slifka
Strategy Board Games with Brian Garbera

Saint Gertrude High School Summer Camps: Click HERE for a full listing of camps.

Our Lady of Lourdes: July 15 – 19, Monday – Friday.  To register click HERE

Middle School Day Camp hosted at Our Lady of Lourdes. Each summer the Richmond area parish Youth Ministries work together with Diocesan support and sponsorship, to offer a Middle School Summer Day Camp for rising 6th-8th Graders. The goal of the camp is to build community, grow in knowledge of the faith, and encounter Christ through prayer and sacraments. This high-energy themed camp is filled with fun games, service activities, small group discussions, time for prayer, and a pool day. Although the day camp is run by adults, high school students serve as counselors throughout the week to help guide group activities.  We hope you’ll consider joining us.  Please turn forms and fees into Mr. Jenkins or Mrs. Stapleton at the Parish Offices.

Church Events:

“And All Generations Will Call Me Blessed” Monsignor Mark Lane. Tuesday, May 21st at 7pm St. Mary Catholic Church. Click HERE for information.

“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”.

Vacation Bible School is June 24-28, 2019, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon each day.  VBS is open to all children, age 4 (by July 1) through 5th grade (Sept. 2019).  The cost is $20 per child and families also have the option to purchase a music CD for $5 each.  
Visit for more information and to register.
Adult and Youth Volunteers are needed to help with our VBS.  To learn more and to sign up, visit our webpage at

“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 next registration will take place on May 16, 2019 at 7 pm.

Helpful Links:

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