08 Sep

LET THERE BE PEACE ON EARTH

Dear Saint Mary’s Families,

Saint Medard, patron saint for protection against bad storms, we ask you to intercede for us during the storms of our lives as well as the storms in nature.

Protect our families and our homes.

 We pray for assistance for the victims of hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and other natural disasters.

 Loving God, send in more helpers, and multiply resources and supplies for the aid of those in need.

 You calmed the storm on the Sea of Galilee; deliver us from the storms that are raging around us now.

 Saint Medard, pray for us!

 

IMPORTANT DATES:

Friday September 8 –  TONIGHT Knights of Columbus Middle School Dance

Wednesday September 13 – School Mass

Friday September 15 – Constitution Day

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

PARENTS:

School Office: Our school office hours are 7:30AM to 3:30PM, if you need entry into the school after 3:30PM please use the After School Care entrance on the Parish Hall side of the building.

 

Mass Collection: the money collected during School Mass will be donated to “Noah’s Children”.  Noah’s Children is Central Virginia’s first and only home-based pediatric palliative car and hospice program.  About 45,000 children of Central VA’s 300,000 have special health care needs.  About 7 percent (3,000 to 3,500) of these children are living with a life threatening illness or condition and need palliative care.  About 10 percent (300 to 350) of those children die each year and are in need of hospice care.  Click Here to learn more about how Noah’s Children organization impacts the lives of children.

 

School Lunches and Milk Orders:  School Lunch ordered through Boonli does not include Milk.  Please email lflint@saintmary.org  to order milk for the year.  Please supply your students name, homeroom and milk choice.  2% Milk or Non-Fat Milk, Whole Milk or 1% Chocolate Milk.

 

Carpool:  Carpool signs must be hung in the window where they are visible.  NO CAR should pull out of line and go around cars not yet loaded.  Patience is so very important, but not as important as keeping our students safe.  Please review our carpool policy Click Here

 

Text Notification: Click Here for the instructions to receive text messages from SMCS for School Closing and emergency notifications.

 

Lunch Volunteers Needed:  If each family signed up 4 times to help with lunch, we would be covered for the entire school year?  Please volunteer!  Thank you in advance for your help and support!! Volunteer Here

 

Morning Carpool Team:  We need more volunteers for our great morning carpool team.   Please contact Andy Branch at  or Shana  Branch at branchrva@gmail.com . Click Here for the openings to be filled.

 

Constitution Day: is on Friday September 15th starting at 8:05AM in the back of the school.  Students can wear Red, White and Blue for this special tag day.  The cost is $3.00, the money raised will go to the victims of Hurrican Harvey.  Parents are welcome to join us in the back of the school for this special occasion.

 

School Pictures:  School Pictures (individual and group) will take place on Wednesday, September 20th.  Children will wear their uniforms – not PE uniforms – and boys will wear long pants.   An ordering link will be sent out soon.

 

TONIGHT Knights of Columbus Middle School Dance: Back to School Dance Friday, September 8, 7:30 – 9:30PM.  Dress Code: casual. Tshirts, jeans and shorts are fine.  Students bring: required permission slip, $5, and one canned good (donated to Little Sisters of the Poor)  Please walk your students into the gym before the dance and also come to the gym to pick them up.  The permission slip will be distributed at school the week of the dance, will be available at the dance entrance.

 

Boy Scouts of America:  Cub Scouts = camping, pinewood derby, and lots of fun!  Interested in learning more about Cub Scouts?  We have a great year planned for our first – fifth grade boys.  For more information, come to “Join Scouting Night” on Thursday, September 14 at 7 pm at St. Mary’s Parish Hall.   Or contact one of the pack leaders with any questions:  Al Lombardi alanlombardi@comcast.net, Steve Schrier smschrier@gmail.com or Andy Branch abranch72@gmail.com.

 

Pre – Robotics:  Students in First Grade through fifth grade are invited to join Bricks 4 kidz, a Pre-Robotics program.  This program starts on Monday September 18th and meets on Mondays through October 23rd.  Kid powered or fully motorized project kits will be put together by the students.  Please Click Here for additional information and registration.

 

Go Forth 5k: Kids’ fun run and 5k walk/run. Saturday, September 23 at Deep Run Park. Kids’ run at 8 a.m., 5k at 8:30. Registration link is on the school homepage, or here: Click Here.  We will be looking for volunteers shortly, particularly from among middle school families (service hours available). Please register and join us! Funds raised at the Go Forth events will go toward the next summer’s renovations of elementary wing and library. Contact Jennifer Janus at jjanus@saintmary.org if you’d like to sponsor the event or if you have any questions!

 

Golf Outing for the Endowment: Friday, October 20 at Hunting Hawk Golf Club. This is an early dismissal day for our students. Check-in begins at 12:45 and 1:30 shotgun start. This year we’ll have a parent-child division available to middle school families. We’ll be looking for volunteers to help with the event from among faculty/staff as well as middle school students. Check the school website for registration information coming soon. Contact Jennifer Janus at jjanus@saintmary.org if you’d like to sponsor the event or if you have any questions!

 

Painless Fundraising: Click Here for information on three easy ways you can earn money for our school.

 

Saint Gertrude High School:  Extends an invite to our parents,  Bill Maher  will speak on teenage substance abuse and intervention.  Mr. Maher is a nationally-recognized expert in the field of intervention for chemical dependency.  Please read more,Click Here

 

 

ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC CHURCH EVENTS:

10th Anniversary of the Dedication of St. Mary Catholic Church

Please join us on Wed., Sept. 13th for Mass at 5 pm followed by a wonderful reception in the Upper Commons.  Heavy hors d’oeuvres and Rappahannock Oysters, wine and other beverages served.  We will have tours of the Church and show a video clip of Fr. Mike and Fr. Lewis giving a tour of our beautiful Church, Upper Commons and Chapels.  Parish history books and videos available for purchase as well.  RSVP at www.stmarysrichmond.org or call the parish office at 804-740-4044.

Parish Registration

If you are not yet a registered family with St. Mary Church, we invite you to our parish registration which takes place monthly on Sunday afternoon at 12:30 pm in the Bishop Sullivan Room (lower level of the Church).  During this one-hour program led by Fr. Renninger, you will meet other parishioners, our Pastor and staff, receive an introduction to St. Mary’s Parish, complete the registration forms and enjoy refreshments afterwards. Child care is provided.  Our next registration will take place on September 10, 2017.