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John 14:23

Whoever loves me will keep my word, says the Lord,
and my Father will love him and we will come to him.

May 24, 2019

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


Monday, May 27 – School Closed Memorial Day NO ASC
Wednesday, May 29 – School Mass
Friday, May 31 – 8th Grade Exams


2019 2020 School Year calendar: Click HERE

NEW – Exciting News! Announcing our Student Council Association for 2019 – 2020: 

President = Ellery T
Vice President = Pierce M
Secretary = John B
Treasurer = John Paul J
Treasurer’s Assistants = Katie E & Grace O
Chaplain = Mercy G
Communications = Maggie S
Charity = Savannah R

NEW – More Exciting News! Our 2019 – 2020 PTO Board:

President = Megan Edds
Vice President = Mandy Core
Treasurer = Richard Lewis
Secretary = Cristen Vehorn

NEW – Saint Mary’s Choir at Kings Dominion: This past Saturday, SMCS choir competed at the King’s Dominion Festival of Music. Our Saint Mary’s Choir made us proud and placed 3rd overall and received an Excellent Rating!  The children not only performed beautifully, they also behaved wonderfully and represented Saint Mary’s proudly!   Thank you to everyone who supports the arts at SMCS, we couldn’t have done it without you.

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.

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

Saint Mary’s Summer Camps will be offered to rising K – 8th grade students. Your child may sign up for a morning and/or afternoon session for the week of June 10-14 and July 22-26.  Camp registration is open until May 31.

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 11 & 12 Only, Wednesday & Thursday (Click HERE for time and cost)
21st Century Google Tech Camp with Mrs. Healy

June 17 – 21, Monday – Friday     Sorry Canceled Due to low enrollment 

June 24 – 28, Monday – Friday   Sorry Canceled Due to low enrollment

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:

“How Can We Keep From Hoping?”  Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, O.P. Saint Mary Catholic Church, Saturday June 15th, 10am. Click HERE for additional 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 June 9, 2019

Helpful Links:

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