Many rich people put in large sums.  A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents.
Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them, “Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more
than all the other contributors to the treasury.
For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had,
her whole livelihood.”  Mark 12

November 9, 2018

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


Monday November 12th – Fall Book Fair
Monday November 12th – PTO Coffee & Doughnuts
Monday November 12th – Brown Bag Lunch
Monday November 12th – Veterans Day Assembly
Tuesday November 13th – Fall Book Fair
Tuesday November 13th – Fall Book Fair Family Night
Wednesday November 14th – Fall Book Fair
Wednesday November 14th – School Mass
Wednesday November 14th – Living Rosary Program 1:30PM
Thursday November 15th – Fall Book Fair
Friday November 16th – Fall Book Fair
Friday November 16th – 8th Grade Foreign Language Field Trip



NEW – Trunk or Treat and Saints Parade in Video:  Two wonderful events took place at our school and here they are in video.  An absolutely amazing time was had by all.  Thank you Agata Schoenborn for the memories in photos and video.

NEW – Coffee and Donuts:  Get to know your Saint Mary’s community on Monday November 12th, 7:45 a.m to 8:45 a.m in front of the playground at Saint Mary’s Catholic School.  Come one, Come all! A great relaxing way to meet and get to know other Saint Mary’s parents.

NEW – Monarch of the Month: Inquirer – They LOVE to learn!  The natural curiosity leads them to find answers to their questions.

First Grade = Kasia D, Emerson B
Second Grade = Seren E, Cooper R
Third Grade = Owen S, Thomas D
Fourth Grade = Brigid G, Julia J
Fifth Grade = Sydney D, Chris B, Zach C
Sixth Grade = Annabelle F
Seventh Grade = Ryan T
Eighth Grade = Maddie T


NEW – District Choir Delegates from Saint Mary’s:   Congratulations!! to Sam E. (7th) and Jane W. (8th) for being selected for District I Choir! They and 3 other talented students went to Holman Middle School this past Saturday to audition. This is a very select choir; only 150 Middle school students were invited to participate!  They will travel to Hanover HS on February 8 and 9 to rehearse with the other students around the district and will have the wonderful opportunity to perform with a guest conductor. Well done, all of those who auditioned!

NEW – Book Fair: Starting Monday, November 12 through Thursday, November 16, 2018. Click HERE for additional information.

Thanksgiving Buffet:  Don’t forget to join us for our annual Thanksgiving Buffet.  Our very own Chef Gene will be preparing a traditional meal for us to enjoy.  This time is for us to share and give thanks as a school community. Click HERE for the Thanksgiving Buffet form.

Thanksgiving Buffet Lunch Schedule:

10:50-11:15am                    3rd & 4th Grades
11:15- 11:40am                   1st & 2nd Grades
11:40-12:05pm                   K & 5th Grades
12:05-12:30pm                   Middle School classes


Help Us Celebrate Our Veteran’s:  Our Veteran’s Day Assembly will be on Monday, November 12th, at 2:00, in the Church. The assembly is for grades 2-8. The speaker this year is Mr. Richard Gasperini. Mr. Gasperini is the grandfather of Matthew, Thomas, James, Mary Grace, and Genevieve Gasperini, and is a US Army veteran.  Please click HERE for the Veteran’s Day Salute and a letter explaining the salute; the salutes are due by November 5th and will be displayed at school.

Advent Calendars Sales: Saint Mary’s PTO is selling Chocolate Advent Calendars this year.  Click HERE for the Order Form, or Click HERE to order online.

NEW – Advent Brunch “Save The Date” and Please Volunteer:  Saint Mary’s PTO is hosting their annual Advent Pancake Brunch on Sunday, December 2nd.  Click HERE to print the “Save The Date” reminder. We are in need of many volunteers to make this wonderful, family friendly event happen!!! We have volunteer opportunities for middle school students, high school students and parents. We also are asking for small food item donations. Any help you can offer will be greatly appreciated.  Please click HERE to volunteer!

NEW – Christmas Shop Volunteers:  It’s almost that time of year.  “Come participate in the magic of our annual school Christmas Shop, happening December 2-5th! We need volunteers to set up/clean up, gift wrap, run the cash register, and help students shop for the special people in their lives. Click HERE to volunteer.  Thank you for helping with this fun event!”



Saint Gertrude High School Fall Admission Events: 

Shadow Days; Multiple dates in November, January, and February, Day begins at 8 a.m. Register at



Exchange Closet:  Saint Mary’s Catholic School offers a Uniform Exchange Closet for all of our families. This is a wonderful resource to utilize as your child grows or outgrows their uniform and best of all – it’s FREE! When your child outgrows their uniform, you can simply add your items to the closet. When you need some uniform items, you can come in and pick up what you need. We have committed parent volunteers who keep the closet clean and easily accessible. We ask that you continue the cleanliness when dropping items off or shopping. To access this closet, please check in with the office and pick up the Uniform Closet key during the school day. Our After School Care will also have the Uniform Closet key for you to access the closet.


Church Events:

“The Monsignor Charles Kelly Faith Formation Forum”  A ministry of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Cardinal Blase Cupich, Saturday November 17th, 10am. Click HERE for information.

“The King’s Singers – GOLD” A Christmas Concert Friday, December 7, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. St. Mary Catholic Church  Tickets:  $40 per person Acclaimed for their life-affirming virtuosity and irresistible charm, two time Grammy and Emmy award winning The King’s Singers are in global demand. Come celebrate 50 years of amazing musical heritage with their special anniversary performance: GOLD.

For concert info and tickets, visit or call the Parish Office at 804-740-4044.  We expect a sellout, so get your tickets now!

“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 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 January 13th, 2019.


Helpful Links:

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