Breast Cancer Awareness Month

“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.” Isaiah 43:2


Dear Saint Mary’s Families,



Friday October 27 – TONIGHT 7:30PM to 9:30PM Knights of Columbus Halloween Middle School Dance

Tuesday October 31 – Saints Parade starting at 9:45AM in the back of the school. Parents are welcome to join us.

Wednesday November 1 – School Mass

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


General PTO Meeting, Come Meet our New Principal:  Hear about the Upcoming School Renovation from Father Mike.

Please join Father Michael Renninger and the PTO Board at the Fall 2017 General PTO Meeting on Wednesday, November 8th at 6:30 PM in the Parish Hall/ Gym.    At the meeting, we will welcome our new principal, Ms. Jenni Ellis, and express gratitude for our interim principal, Dr. Cheryl Henig.  Ms. Ellis will say a few words, followed by Father Mike unveiling plans for the renovation of Saint Mary’s Catholic School.  Father Mike will also explain the capital campaign that will support these renovations.  Also, the PTO Board will provide updates on all of the wonderful events and activities that the students and parents have participated in so far this year!    Please make every effort to attend this important meeting.  As parents, your involvement and feedback is a necessary part of making Saint Mary’s Catholic School a successful place to educate and nurture our children.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Saint Mary’s PTO Board

President John Costain

Vice President Kate Faraci

Treasurer Patricia Blair

Secretary Megan Edds

Marketing Chair Andrew Vehorn

Fundraising Chair Russell Riddell


Early Dismissal After School Care Will Be Provided:   ASC will  be provided on 11/7, 8AM to 6PM, during school conferences.   Please email Florence Smith at if your student/s will be attending ASC on 11/7, so staffing can be determined.


Lunch Help Desperately Needed:   Parents, we are in desperate need of your help for the coming months in our lunchroom. Please consider helping our teachers and students out for 40 minutes or 80 minutes if you help with both lunches.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping out in this area – it is greatly needed and greatly appreciated! Click Here to sign up.


Parent Volunteers Needed for Monitoring: We are in need of several parent volunteers everyday from 2 to 2:45 to monitor students.  Please email Dr. Henig at for further information.


Chocolate Advent Calendars: Our Saint Mary’s Class of 2018 is selling Chocolate Advent Calendars this year.  Each calendar costs $5.00 each.  Please use this CClick Here or ONLINE ORDERING COMING SOON.


Painless Fundraising:  Click Here for updated absolutely PAINLESS Fundraising for our Saint Mary’s School Community.


Parent Conferences November 6 & 7:  Monday, November 6, parent/teacher conferences will be from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.  Conferences will scheduled in 10 minute intervals with 5 minutes in between.  Families may schedule conferences through Sign up Genius beginning October 30th until Friday, November 3rd at 12:00 p.m.   Families with 3 or more students have first preference.  A formal conference may not be necessary for all families.


Middle School Families Conference Information:  A note from our amazing Middle School Teachers.  Unfortunately, the number of conference sessions does not allow for every middle school parent to meet with every middle school teacher.  A rule of thumb is, if you want clarification or if you have concerns, by all means set up a conference.  If you are comfortable with your student’s work and grades, then there’s no need for a conference. The Middle School Teachers understand.


Chess Fall Session: The winter session begins November 3rd for 9 weeks ending January 19th. Click Here for Registration Form. We hope to have your child again in class.


Veterans Day Salute:   Our Veteran’s Day Assembly will be on Friday, November 10th, at 2:00, in the Church. The assembly is for grades 2-8. The speaker this year is Mr. Dana Carroll. Mr. Carroll is the grandfather of Elliott in Mrs. Mickle’s class, a US Air Force veteran, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Director.  Click Here for the Veteran’s Day Salute and Click Here for a letter explaining the salute.  Your Salute must be returned to the office for Mrs. Klein by November 3rd.


Spirit Shop: CLICK HERE to see all of the NEW, FUN and Exciting items that show your Saint Mary’s Spirit!


Saint Gertrude High School FYI:  visit for upcoming events.  Stuart Avenue Players present Godspell on November 2, 3 & 4 at 7p.m.; and Saturday, November 4 at 1p.m at Saint Gertrude’s.  Saturday November 4th calling a 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls to meet me at the matinee!  Lunch & Learn Tuesday November 7th.



Richmond Symphony Orchestra returns to St. Mary Catholic Church:

“Songs of the Angels – A Celebration of the Music of Christmas”

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 7 pm

With special appearance by Saint Mary’s School Choir – Tickets:  $20 per person, available online  HERE or in the parish office.  Discounted tickets available for Saint Mary’s Catholic School choir families, refer to Mrs. Taylor email dated 10/25/2017.