Dear Saint Mary’s Families,

The end of the year is upon us.  Next Wednesday we will celebrate with the families of our 50 8th grade students that will graduate in the Saint Mary Catholic School Class of 2018.  These students have been at Saint Mary’s anywhere from one year to 12 years. Saint Mary’s will not be the same without them.

Each of them is going on to a great school next year.  Our current 8th grade class will be attending the following high schools:  Benedictine College Preparatory, Colego Franklin Delano Roosevelt – The American School of Peru, Collegiate School, Deep Run High School, Douglas S. Freeman High School – Center for Leadership, Government and Global Economics, Glen Allen High School – with students both in the traditional track and the Center for Education and Human Development, Hermitage High School – with students both in the traditional track and the Center for the Humanities, Manchester High School – Center for Mass Communication, Mills E. Godwin High School, St. Catherine’s School, St. Christopher’s School, St. Gertrude High School, St. Margaret’s School, The Steward School, and Trinity Episcopal School.

I know that each of our students is not only prepared academically but has also been given a foundation of faith which will not only guide them through their high school years but throughout their lives.

In addition to our 8th graders, we have some other folks who are leaving us at the end of this year.  After 17 years of running our After School Care Program, Florence Smith is retiring.  Nicole Speck has loved being a part-time aide in kindergarten, but will not be returning next year because she is looking for full-time work.  Numbers are down in JK for the 2018-2019 school year and we will only be having one JK class next year.  Michele Williamson will not be returning next year.  I know that you join me in wishing them all well in the next step of their journey.

I want to thank everyone in advance for your help with the move this weekend.  Moving begins the moment all of our students have been safely transferred to your care this afternoon.

Over the summer the school office will be in Pat Harris’ classroom in the ECDC hallway.  Feel free to reach out at any time by phone, email or stop by the temporary office.  When you come by, please go through the doors that you enter to go to the church office.  The doors at the end of the ECDC hallway will remain locked all summer.  Our summer hours remain the same and the office will be open from 7:30 to 3:30 every day.

It has been a joy and pleasure having your child as our student this school year.  We have watched them work, learn, and grow throughout this year.  I am very proud of each one of them.  I am thankful to each one of you that you have entrusted us with your child each day and continue to partner with us in guiding your child as they become the person that God intends for them to be.

My prayers are with each of you and your families as summer officially begins.  May you make wonderful memories together this summer.

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 June 4th – 8th Grade Graduation Rehearsal & Photos
Tuesday June 5th – 8th Grade U of R Retreat
Wednesday June 6th – 8th Grade Graduation, Reports cards emailed
Monday June 27th – First day of school


2018 – 2019 Important Key Dates Calendar: Looking toward next year, the key dates calendar for the 2018-2019 school year is linked here.  You will see that the revision date is in the lower right-hand corner.  We will make sure the most updated calendar is always available on our website and we will let families know if any changes to the calendar are made.


NEW – Clinic Reminder: Please make sure to visit the clinic today if you have student medication to be taken home for the summer.

The Move, We Need Your Help: If you have had a schedule change and can help this weekend, we would love for you to join us!  Please click on this link to sign up and help. Refreshments and food will be provided. Come and help us, meet new people and have fun while helping us get ready for the renovation. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Heather at

Flynn O’Hara: Flynn O’Hara our uniform company is holding a “private uniform shopping event” at their store since our renovation doesn’t allow them to visit this summer. Click here for additional information. Please note on the list of uniform items, the Columbia Blue Wicking T-shirt with School Silkscreen is no longer available.



Church Events:

“Are You Interested in Becoming A Catholic?”  
If you have never been baptized, if you were baptized in another Christian denomination and would like to become Catholic, or if you were baptized Catholic, but never received the Sacraments of Eucharist or Confirmation, you are welcome to join our RCIA Inquiry Process.  For more information, call Sr. Pat at 740-4044, ext. 13, or go to our parish web page, and click on “Interest in Becoming Catholic

“Adult Sacramental Preparation”
If you are an adult who was baptized Catholic and has been attending Mass, but never received the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Communion or Confirmation, please give Sr. Pat a call at the Parish Office, or email her at Adult Preparation Sessions for those interested in receiving these three Sacraments, will be offered started in June.  The day and time of these meetings will be determined by the group at the first meeting on Sunday, June 10, at 12:30pm in the St. Anne Room.


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