Dear Saint Mary’s Families,

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  I hope your time away was filled with family, friends and fun!

Thank you for your patience this week as we made decisions regarding school delays and closings.  I hope that you all received the texts without any problem.  So that you know the order of notification, if there is a change you will first receive a text.  I will then send an email which may include additional information.  I will then contact the news stations.

I want to thank the 83 families who contributed to The Wisemen’s Purse.  Each faculty and staff member is receiving a wonderful Epiphany gift today thanks to your generosity.

Our eighth grade students are just months away from being high school students!  While your child’s academic career may end with us in eighth grade, we are committed to making sure your child is prepared for their next step.  This includes supporting your child through the process of high school admissions.

We are sure to have Saint Mary’s alumni representing us at many schools in the area.  Our eighth graders are applying to Benedictine College Preparatory, Chesterfield County Specialty Centers, Colegio Franklin D. Roosevelt (in Peru), Collegiate, Henrico County Specialty Centers, Maggie Walker Governor’s School, St. Catherine’s, St. Christopher’s School, St. Gertrude School, St. Margaret, Steward School, Trinity Episcopal School.  Since many of our students are applying to more than one school, as of right now a total of 91 applications that have come through.

Thanks to the hard work of Anne Leigh Bisese all applications that were received before December 11th to private schools as well as Maggie Walker Governors’ School were mailed or hand-delivered between December 19th and today.

For those with children applying to Henrico County’s Specialty Centers – your child will bring home a copy of their transcript today.  Upload their transcript to the ZippSlip account you created during the application process.  The teacher recommendations will either be mailed or delivered to the appropriate schools by the deadline of January 12th.

Stay warm this weekend!

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.

Monday, January 8th – Saint Mary’s Go Forth! Capital Campaign Information Meeting & Launch Event at 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 9th – PTO Fundraiser at The Rink at West Broad Village 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 10th – School Mass
Friday, January 12th – Early Dismissal, After School Care is provided
Friday, January 12th – Middle School Dance


Saint Mary’s Go Forth! Capital Campaign Information Meeting & Launch Event:  Please join Father Michael Renninger, Finance and Development Director Gregg Kamper, and Jenni Ellis at an informational meeting on Monday, January 8th at 7:00 p.m. in the St. Mary Church Upper Commons. We’ll present the most current plans and timeline for the renovation, answer your questions and launch the campaign to renovate and revitalize our school building.  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.

PTO Events:  
The PTO has two fundraisers planned in January:

  • January 9th 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: Ice Skating at The Rink at West Broad Village.  Simply tell them you’re with St. Mary’s, and the PTO gets a portion of the proceeds from the evening.  The street address is 2301 Old Brick Road, Glen Allen, VA.
  • January 16th 4:00 p.m.– 8:00 p.m.:  Join St. Mary’s at Chipotle!  Bring the Saint Mary’s flyer, or show it on your smart phone ( and St. Mary’s PTO will receive 50% of the proceeds.  This is only valid at the Chipotle at 7000 Forest Avenue, Richmond, VA 23230.  Look for flyers next week in your child’s backpack.

Thank you for your support of St. Mary’s PTO!

Saint Mary’s Christmas Band Concert:  The concert has been rescheduled for Saturday January 13th, 3:00 p.m. at Benedictine College Preparatory, 12829 River Road, Richmond VA 23238.  Come enjoy Christmas music played by our beginner and concert/symphonic bands and led by Mr. C, our new band instructor.


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