11 May

Dear Saint Mary’s Families,

Last night I attended the first annual Excellence in Catholic Education Banquet at which all of the school nominees from across the Diocese were recognized.  Mr. Schaefer was the school nominee from Saint Mary’s. I am very excited to share with you that Mr. Schaefer is the first ever winner of the Excellence in Catholic Education Award for the Central Region!  

This weekend we have both our choir and our band performing at Kings Dominion tomorrow.  I wish all of our students best of luck with their performances.

The Kings Dominion performance is going to be a bittersweet one for Mrs. Taylor because she has accepted the Upper School Choral Director position at the Steward School next year.  It was a difficult decision for her to make, but she could not pass up an opportunity to work with high school students again.

Ms. Chadwell has also let me know that she will not be returning next year.  As many of you know, her position is only a part-time position at Saint Mary’s and she is looking for a full-time position for the 2018-2019 school year.  The transition in middle school social studies will be minimal, as Mrs. Tuskey will be returning to the classroom full-time next year.

I heard from many of you that there was an issue with the weather on our website yesterday.  This information comes from NOAA (National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration), which is the gold standard for weather forecasting. Because this is government provided information, I was left without recourse in regard to determining the source of the problem. If this happens in the future, please click the weather and it will give you a more detailed description.  Yesterday the narrative stated that the highs would be in the 80s. Technology is wonderful, but from time to time doesn’t work perfectly. Thank you for your understanding.

We need your help! The teachers are working hard to pack up their rooms in preparation for the renovation this summer. We will be here all day on June 2nd and 3rd moving all of their items and this is where we need your help.  Please click on this link to sign up and help. Refreshments and food will be provided. Come and help us, meet new people and have fun while helping us get ready for the renovation. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Heather at hheishman@saintmary.org, who is coordinating the move.

I am also in need of a parent or two who is willing to come pick up old textbooks and taking them to the recycling center during the last week of school.  This can be done either during the school day or after hours.  All textbooks will be located in one central area for ease of loading.  If you can help in this way, please email me at jellis@saintmary.org.

Joyfully,
Jenni Ellis
Principal

 

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

Friday May 11 – TONIGHT GRSM band Spring Concert
Saturday May 12 – GRSM band Kings Dominion Festival of Music Performance
Monday May 14 – Middle School Brown Bag Lunch 5, 6, 7, and 8th Grade
Wednesday  May 16 – School Mass
Thursday May 17 – GRSM band Squirrels Ball Game performing the National Anthem
Friday May 18 – Middle School Knights of Columbus Luau Dance

 

GRSM Band Spring Concert:

When: Friday, May 11, 2018 @7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Where: Benedictine Sheppard Auditorium

Field Day Necessities:  Field Day is May 25th at Saint Mary’s Catholic school.  PLEASE, make sure your student wears comfortable running shoes, is covered head to toe in sunblock, and has a refillable water bottle with their NAME on it!  These things will lead to a great and fun day for you student.

The Move, We Need Your Help: 

THE Move!
Saturday, June 2nd
Sunday, June 3rd

We need your help! The teachers are working hard to pack up their rooms in preparation for the renovation this summer. Sadly, those boxes are unable to move themselves. We will be here all weekend moving all of their items and this is where we need your help on June 2nd and/or June 3rd.

Please click on this link to sign up and help. Refreshments and food will be provided. Come and help us, meet new people and have fun while helping us get ready for the renovation.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Heather at hheishman@saintmary.org

Flip Flops for Belize Update: Thank you all for  your contributions to the flip flop campaign!  It was a huge success!  Mrs. Forkey now has all 8 bins filled with 282 pairs of flip flops sitting in her garage awaiting pick up.

8th Grade Students Present “Capernaum”:    Our 8th grade students are a part of an exciting new tradition that we started working on in January as a part of the Religious Arts and IB progamme. During the day on Monday, May 21st the 8th graders will be opening the gates to “Capernaum” for the fifth, sixth, and seventh grades.  They will travel back to the time of Jesus and visit a town that He visited with our own musical creations, skits, food, coin rubbings, and skits.  It just might be the Greatest Show on Earth.  The presentation for 8th grade families will be the evening of May 21st at 4:45.

News From Our Library:  Notices were sent home with all students that have overdue library books.   All library books are due next week by Friday, May 18th.  Please note report cards are held until library books are returned or paid for.

Knights of Columbus Middle School Luau Dance: We are wrapping up the school year with our last Knights of Columbus Middle School dance, a Luau.  Friday, May 18, 7:30pm – 9:30pm. Please sign up to chaperone, set up, clean up, or send refreshments, here

Cubes in Space: Saint Mary’s Catholic School’s Technology Club Cubes in Space Team has had 3 experiments accepted for space flight!  CONGRATULATIONS!  Click here to read this exciting announcement.

 

Church Events:

“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.  Great habits create great lives.  What are your habits?  Are they helping you become the-best-version-of-yourself?   Tickets $25 per person available at DynamicCatholic.com or call 859-980-7900 

 

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