Dear Saint Mary’s Families,

I can’t wait for the Gala on Saturday night!  I have gotten to preview many of the baskets and many of the class projects.  You have a plethora of wonderful things to bid on!

I want to personally thank the wonderful team that has prepared everything for the Gala to make it a fun night of raising money for Saint Mary Catholic School –

A huge thank you to the planning committee:  Tricia Blair, Dawn Carter, Katie Cooke, Angela Corbitt, Mandy Core, Becca Croxton, Megan Edds, Kate Faraci, Becky Gleberman, Kim Graham, Robin Hare and Heather Heishman.

And to the support team:  Camilla Alipanah, Bethany Gasperini, Jackie Giddings, Sandy Hinchman, Andrew Hornbaker, Jennifer Joss, Ellen O’Leary, Jeannete Sabarwhal, Liz Singleton, Kathryn Sproull, Cristen Vehorn, and Maria Wilson.

I also want to thank all the families who contributed to the auction, whose companies and businesses contributed to the auction, all those who have given of their time to help out in a myriad of ways, everyone who purchased a TAG week for their child and/or purchased raffle tickets for pizza and the back to school package, as well as everyone who will be there on Saturday night.

The Gala starts at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday night at the Hilton Hotel and Spa in Short Pump.  Dinner will be served at 8:00 p.m.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

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.

Saturday, April 21 – Saint Mary’s Catholic School Gala
Monday, April 23 – Spring Book Fair
Tuesday, April 24 – Spring Book Fair, Family Night 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 25 – School Mass
Wednesday, April 25 – Spring Book Fair
Thursday, April 26 – Spring Book Fair
Thursday, April 26 – Third Grade Field Trip


NEW Monarch of the Month:  This month our Monarchs are independent spirits that allow themsleves to explore new roles, ideas, and strategies.  They are courageous, but no reckless.  Congratulations to our Risk-Taker Monarchs of the Month!

First Grade – Faith Phelan, Heidi Hubbert
Second Grade – Isabelle Campbell, Sophia Valero
Third Grade –  Mia Herrera, Lucas Lohr
Fourth Grade – Madoc Evans, Megan Hopkins, Mark Porter
Fifth Grade – Cazin School, Olivia Ehemann

Sixth Grade – Ryan Tucholka
Seventh Grade – Mary Kate Phelan
Eighth Grade – Nancy Trout

Musical Monarchs:  The students are challenged to “sing like they mean it” during Mass.  When a child is spotted by Mrs. Taylor, our music teacher, or another teacher that student’s name is entered into a drawing to be recognized as a Musical Monarch for the month.  This month we are recognizing:

Kindergarten – Second Grade: Rennie Yeh
Third Grade  –  Fifth Grade: McKenzie Hare
Sixth Grade –  Eight Grade: Oge Ikem

SMCS Partnering with Cornerstone Christian Church:  Remember we are collecting Flip Flops to send to Belize until May 9th.  They can be any size, color or style. Slides are also welcome.  Students can turn them in to their homeroom teacher.  We have currently collected 105 pairs of flip flops!  Our goal is one pair for each student enrolled at Saint Mary’s – only 325 to go.

Saint Mary’s Spring Book Fair: The book fair is next week. (flyer)

Book Fair Dates: Tuesday, April 24th – Thursday, April 26th
Shopping Hours: 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
Family Night: Tuesday, April 24th from 6:30-8:30 pm

We are in need of several volunteers to help set up, run the cash registers, and break down the book fair. Please click here to sign up for a spot. If you have any issues with the sign-up process or all the times slots are filled (we can always use extra help), please don’t hesitate to email Mrs. Henning at .

If you are unable to attend the Spring Book Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online fair at or by clicking here. Our online fair is available from April 19th – May 2nd.

NEW – Field Day Volunteers: We need your help on “Field Day”, May 25, 2018 from 8 a.m to 12:30 p.m . Our students have so much fun on this special day, so please be sure to sign up to be a volunteer.

NEW –  Richmond Diocesan Safe Environment Victim Assistance:  Promise to Protect, Pledge to Heal.  Richmond Diocese provides our community with victim’s assistance coordinators that are available to provide support for victims of child sexual abuse and their families.

Coordinator – Maryjane W. Fuller
Catholic Diocese of Richmond
Office of Human Resources
7800 Carousel Lane
Richmond, VA 23294


Church Events:

“NEW 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 April 22nd.

“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 or call 859-980-7900 


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