Dear Saint Mary’s Families,

Thank you!  Thank you! THANK YOU!  What a wonderful week it has been!  I continue to be blown away by the Saint Mary’s community.  Teacher Appreciation Week was wonderful!  There is no doubt that all of us feel very appreciated.  Thank you for all that you did to help us feel loved this week from notes and emails to treats and meals and everything in between.  I feel truly blessed to partner with each one of you as we contribute to the development of your children into the adults that God intends for them to be.

Don’t forget about the General PTO meeting this Monday night, the 12th at 7:00 p.m.  It will be a chance for you to hear an update about the work of PTO and learn more about the International Baccalaureate Programme.

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.

Friday, February 9th – Middle School Dance
Monday, February 12th – Middle School Brown Bag Lunch
Monday, February 12th – General PTO Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 13th – Third, Fourth and Fifth Grade Field Trips
Tuesday, February 13th – Middle School French Mardi Gras
Wednesday, February 14th – Ash Wednesday School Mass
Friday, February 16th – Interims Distributed
Friday, February 16th – Fish Fry


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.

Middle School Valentines Dance:  February 9th 2018,  Admission: $5, a canned food item, and the attached permission slip.  

Lenten Fish Fry Friday:  PTO is hosting its annual “Lenten Fish Fry Fridays” on February 16, March 2, 16, and 23.  Please join Saint Mary’s families for food and fellowship from 5:00 PM – 6:45 PM in the Parish Hall on these dates.  Catering is provided by Morrissey’s Catering.  Stations of the Cross will follow promptly at 7:00 PM.   Print this flyer for a handy reference of dates and times. Menu for February 16th.

NEW2018 Monarch Gala: The Saint Mary’s PTO invites you to attend the 2018 Monarch Gala on Saturday, April 21 at the Hilton Richmond Short Pump Hotel and Spa. Tickets, tables, sponsorship, and other goodies are now available for purchase.  New this year, you can purchase one of two head tables and enjoy the dinner and live auction in the company of Fr. Renninger or Ms. Jenni Ellis. Each head table will include 8 admissions.  Reserved tables are also available which will include 10 admissions.  We have some exciting sponsorship opportunities. The platinum level will offer the sponsor’s logo advertised on silent auction tables. The gold level will feature a branded cocktail of the sponsor’s choice to be listed on the bar menus.  Through the website, you may also purchase raffle tickets for the pizza raffle and the back to school raffle. Winners will be announced at the Gala. And, back by popular demand, is Tag Week, which will take place May 21-24. You can purchase your child(ren)’s tag week for $25 for one child, $10 per additional child.  All proceeds from the Monarch Gala, including raffle and tag week sales will benefit the upcoming school renovation. This renovation will include updated classrooms in the original wing of the school, new entrance with enhanced security, and a state of the art library and digital media center. Gala Tickets

The Flu: A Guide for Parents.  What Parents should know.  We have seen an increase in flu cases.  Please take time to read the flyer for more specific information.

SMCS Summer Camps: Regrettably, all summer activities including summer camps at Saint Mary’s has been cancelled. We are very sorry for any inconvenience.  We are very excited for the wonderful changes that will be happening to our school over the summer.


Church Events:

“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 February 18.

“Words of Love from Calvary”  A series of special presentations for the Season of Lent.  Starting on Thursday February 8 at 7pm, with the same presentation repeated on Friday mornings at 10am. Click Here for more information, dates and to register.

“NEW” Go Forth! St. Mary’s Church Participation Weekends: At all Masses February 17 – 18 and February 24 – 25, 2018 (flyer)

“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 

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