Dear Saint Mary’s Families,

Today I leave for International Baccalaureate (IB) training.  I will be spending the weekend and the start of next week learning all about the IB Middle Years Programme.  I am excited about the opportunity and look forward to bringing back knowledge that will continue to support our mission here at Saint Mary’s.

On Monday, February 12th at 7:00 p.m. our general PTO meeting will focus on the IB Program.  Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.  We are looking forward to sharing more information with you about the IB Middle Years Programme.

You may have noticed that re-enrollment information for next year has not yet been sent out.  We are moving to an online re-enrollment system, which we think will ultimately make things easier for everyone.  Since this is our first year with the system, it is taking longer to get things set up than we had anticipated.  We will continue to keep you apprised of the progress.

I want to thank you for your continued patience as we have dealt with weather concerns and issues.  Enjoy the warmer weather this weekend!

Jenni Ellis


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

Monday, January 22nd – Middle School Brown Bag Lunch
Wednesday, January 24th – School Mass
Saturday, January 27th – 9th Annual Dad’s Chili Cook-Off


Saint Mary’s Go Forth! Capital Campaign: The Go Forth! Capital Campaign will provide the funds to renovate our elementary school wing classrooms and offices, remodel and increase security of the school entrance, and to convert our library into a state-of-the-art library and digital media learning center. The campaign will also increase our school endowment fund to better position our school for the future.  If you would like to make an online contribution, online contributions can be made here.

Chili Cook-off:  It’s time to start perfecting your chili recipes or your taste testing skills!  The 9th Annual Dad’s Chili Cook-off will be held on January 27th at 6:30 pm in Parish Hall. You provide a pot of chili and we’ll provide the fixings, (plus chicken nuggets and mac n’ cheese for the kids).  (Flyer)  Click Here to Register.  Like any other event, Chili Cook-off volunteers are needed to make it a success.  If you are able to help refresh supplies, sell 50/50 tickets, work the check-in table, or provide a dessert please follow the link below.  This is a great way to get student service hours!  Any help is greatly appreciated. Please volunteer by clicking here.

Teacher Appreciation Week:  This year’s Teacher Appreciation Week is quickly approaching! Teacher Appreciation Week will take place February 2nd – 9th and the theme is “St. Mary’s Teachers are the Best in the World”. This is a wonderful week to show our appreciation and love for all of the faculty and staff that make St. Mary’s such a special school community. Please be on the look out for important information from your Room Parents!

Chess Spring Session: The spring Chess session begins January 26th and goes through March 23rd.  It takes place on Friday after school from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Flyer)


Church Events:

“Polish Night Fundraiser” The Knights of Columbus is sponsoring its annual Polish Night Fundraiser on Saturday, January 20 at 6:30 pm in the Parish Hall.  Tickets are now available online and sell out fast so be sure to get yours today.   Click Here

“The Power of Forgiveness”  Tickets Available Now! Monsignor Charles Kelly Faith Formation Forum. Saturday, January 20, 2018, 10am, St. Mary’s Catholic Church

Tickets $10 per person available at St. Mary’s Church Website or call 804-740-4044 (Flyer)

Join us for this presentation on the effects of forgiveness on our physical and mental health, our relationships, and our spitituality, and how we can move forward to forgiving ourselves and others.

“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.  Child care and refreshments are provided.

Our next registration will take place on January 21.

“Find Your Greatness” Tickets Available Now!  Dynamic Catholic:  “Find Your Greatness”, Saturday, May 19, 2018, 9 am – 1:30 pm, St. Mary’s Catholic Church

Tickets $25 per person available at or call 859-980-7900 (Flyer)

Great habits create great lives.  What are your habits?  Are they helping you become the-best-version-of-yourself?  Our lives change when our habits change.  Dr. Allen Hunt returns to St. Mary Church (after last year’s event “Passion & Purpose for Marriage”) for this half-day event based on Matthew Kelly’s book The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic.   “Find Your Greatness” will introduce you to four simple habits to help you reach your full potential.  Come join us and make 2018 a great year for yourself!


Helpful Links:
Volunteer in the Lunch Room
Painless Fundraising
Flynn O’Hara Uniform inform