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Spring is here!

Thu. 5/28 Dress Down Day $1; Confirmation Practice
Fri. 5/29 Mass 9am Gr. K-8; Kindergarten Celebration (last day)
Sat. 5/30 Confirmation 11am
Mon. 6/1 NO SCHOOL
Wed. 6/3 Eighth Grade Commencement 7pm
Fri. 6/5 Close of Third Trimester/Last Day of School – 11am dismissal

Get classroom supply lists, summer reading assignments, and info on camps, tutoring, and programs offered this summer. Check back often, as new information is added frequently (last updated 5/26).

Saint Mary Summer Art Camp!!
Looking for something Creative and Fun this Summer?!
There is still room in the St. Mary Art Camps! This is a Parish Summer Camp, not restricted to school students only. Come join the fun! Bring a friend! Click here for the brochure with more details. Registration Form here.


A Major Thanks...
... to Jackie Wagner, Joan Fitzgerald, and Megan Capperella for their service on the Home and School Board the last two years. They have given much love and time, which greatly benefitted our school. Thank you very much Jackie, Joan, and Megan.

We are grateful to Cathy and Patrick Moore for stepping into Jackie’s shoes. Also, Heather Buckley, Karen Gribosh, Virginia McElroy, and Vanessa Platt have joined the Home and School Board. Saint Mary’s would be nothing without our loving volunteers. Thank you very much!!!!

Click here to see the chairs the students painted in the art room that were auctioned off at the Golf Outing event. They are sooooo cool!

Come check out...
... the two new benches in the plaza area. Two years ago, the Spina’s collected donations honoring Father McElroy and his retirement. Please check them out!

Landscape help needed this summer...
...to expand the school playground area and provide an edge to keep in mulch. If you own a business and can donate some time and/or tools please contact HASA at HASA@smsk-8.org.

SMS Car Magnets
SMS Car Magnets are available for sale for only $5. Tell your friends and relatives to support our school! Proceeds support future marketing.


CYO News

CYO Varsity Banquet!!
May 31st - 6:00pm-9:00pm
Spring-Ford Country Club
More information to follow!

American Legion Essay Contest
Congratulations to the following students who have won awards from the American Legion Essay Contest – “What Does Freedom Mean to My Family”

Class One Winners:
3rd Place – Abigail Nolan
2nd Place – Grace Moore
1st Place – Anna McElroy

Class Two Winners:
3rd Place – Isabella Ardizzi
2nd Place - Meredith McHugh
1st Place – Evan Timlin
Evan also won 1st place at the Berks County Council Contest

Class Three Winners:
3rd Place – Sophia Ardizzi
2nd Place – Cole Ridgely
1st Place – Emmaline Aman
Emmaline also won 1st place at the Berks County Council Contest.

Thank you for your participation and congratulations!

Parent Reminders!

Please send notes to school for change of pm dismissal transportation, vacation, scheduled days off, etc. We have 278 students at Saint Mary’s and we want them all to get to the correct locations. Good communication is essential for things to flow smoothly!! Please help keep EVERYONE informed!

PLEASE REMEMBER to label all student items with their names: lunch boxes, coats, sweat shirts, and sweater, hats, gloves, etc. Items are always being found, and labeling will help find its rightful owner! Thank you in advance for your help!

Remember to discuss with your children the importance of hand-washing - it's the best prevention for spreading germs.

If you have a concern, please remember to address your concerns to the appropriate person as soon as possible, waiting often causes other issues. Remember, most concerns are due to no communication or miscommunication.

Communication Envelopes contain important papers to keep you informed of what is going on at Saint Mary’s School and our community. They are sent home with your child every Thursday. Remember...

  • Please return the communication envelope to school with your child each week

  • Please do not return any completed forms, notes, checks, etc. in the communication envelope. Your child’s teacher does not look through the envelope. Forms, notes, etc. should be sent in through school directly to your teacher or the school office.

Parents - making a difference...

If you'd like to volunteer at Saint Mary School, you must complete the required steps. Please download our “Volunteer Clearance Info” and follow the directions. Call school if you have any questions.

Help make a difference at St. Mary's!
Volunteer SignupSt. Mary School relies on its wonderful volunteers each year. Please consider helping out by clicking this link to see all the areas where volunteers are needed throughout the school year. Check back often as more areas for volunteering are added from time to time. Thanks in advance!!

Simple Ways you can help

Please click "Simple Ways..." above, and take the time to look at some other easy ways that you can help our school. Every little bit helps!

Do you Recycle?
Please use the paper recycle bins across from Church and next to the school café.

Saint Mary’s also collects: used ink jet cartridges, old cell phones, Box Tops, and Campbell Soup Labels. PLEASE SEND TO SCHOOL.

St. Mary School Re-accreditation

St. Mary Catholic School has earned re-accreditation by the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools, a worldwide leader in accreditation and continuous school improvement. Re-accreditation confirms and validates the work we do each and every day to ensure a top quality education for our students. Click here to read more information about this wonderful achievement!



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Newsletter, Calendar, and Lunch Menu posted. Last day for hot lunch is Friday, May 29th!

Busing Transportation for Next Year
Many school districts are now requiring requests for transportation forms. Please check with your school district. If the forms are not completed, the school district will not provide transportation.
Thank you!

2014-15 Yearbooks ...
Click here to get the order form
. 8th grade students are busy designing every page, so if you still have pictures to submit, now is the time. Send photos to yearbook@smsk-8.org Don't miss out!!!

Click here to view pictures from the performances

Field Day 2015 - A Huge Success!!
Our annual field day was a ball of fun! The weather even cooperated! Our field day volunteers are priceless!!! Thank you very much to our wonderful volunteers who took the time to help! We even had a fabulous graduate help Nick Mares came and helped out with the Tug of War event. Kris Kessler and Susanna Pulizzi and their crew did a wonderful job organizing lunch! Rachel Dwyer and family donated and distributed the orange slices. Karen Gribosh aided the wounded. We appreciate Home and School for funding our Field Day. Did I say the faculty and staff beat the eighth grade in volleyball!!! It was a great day! Check back later for a link to images from the day's events.

Race for Education
To all those who donated to Saint Mary’s – we appreciate your support very much!! So far we have raised over $24,000!!

... don't miss this rare opportunity to have our school receive "FREE MONEY" from your employer if you have donated for RACE FOR EDUCATION. Every dollar matters to our school. We are asking you to visit the website that has been set up to see if your company will match: https://doublethedonation.com/smsadvancement.

Reading Olympics
Reading Olympics is a celebration of Reading. The goal is to increase students reading for enjoyment and increase reading skills. All the participants collaborated with their teammates to read 45 books. A committee of professionals read and created questions which teams answered during the competition. This year all of our teams won blue ribbons!! Congratulations on another successful year!!

Rapid Readers:
Rosie Perez
Lia Ritchie
Julia Long
Cierra Mahoney
Kerry McCausland
Peyton McCue
Kyleigh Dunlap
Alli Bellino
Kate Kessler
Kelsey Bryant
Julia Frederick
Read Sox:
Evan Golie
Zane Wood
Chris Klepacki
George Fassnacht
Parker Miles
Adam Yarrison
Pat McCafferty
Max Roberge
Sean Bethel
MJ Petro
Aidan Bryant
Michael Gatto
Fictional Fighters:
Alexei Behrens
Ava Johansson
Juliana Cobb
Bella Ardizzi
Chiky Escudero
Monica Rigby
Reilly Tammaro
Meredith McHugh
James Allwein
Joseph George
Troy Munz
Andrew Grossbauer

Saint Mary Art Show Images
   View images from our recent Art Show


Spring Dress Code is now in effect. Shorts may be worn. All school clothes MUST be from Flynn & O’Hara. Order now, if needed.


- All uniforms must be from Flynn & O’Hara

- NO girls’ uniforms shorter than ONE inch 
  from the top of the knee

- NO makeup or nail polish

For complete Dress Code details, please click here.

A BIG thank you...

...to Amy Missimer & Jill McCafferty for organizing all the clothing exchange donations! The place looks great!!

Alumni News*

Outstanding Alumni!!

Pope John Paul II High School held their Honor Convocation May 13th and we have wonderful news to report on our outstanding graduates...

WOW!!! 35% of the top 10 students in the freshman class are graduates of Saint Mary’s – that is BIG!!!

Congratulations to:
Top 10 % of the Class of 2015
Alexander Olzinski
Samantha Bucher

Top 10% of the Class of 2016

Cassandra McHugh
Caitlyn Yergey

Top 10% of the Class of 2017
Kate Ferdock
Julia Fox

Top 10% of the Class of 2018
John Allwein
Sydney Bucher
Christian Caiola
Kerrin Dunlap
Susannah McHugh
Colleen Morton
Michael Pirrall
John Spina

Special awards were also won by Samantha Bucher (3), Sydney Bucher (2), Matthew Burns, Ashley DeFrancesco, Bonnie Malecki, Cassandra McHugh, and JT Spina. Our Neumann Scholar – Thomas Heibeck was recognized, along with scholarship winners John DeBusi, Mackenzie McCafferty, and Darby Spina. We are so very proud of our students!!!!

Did You Know...
We have graduates coming back to visit all the time. What a wonderful compliment to our school. We love seeing our graduates shine!!

Laura Shelton Commits to The University of Pennsylvania
Laura, one of our fantastic graduates (Class of 2012), is a stellar student and an outstanding field hockey player! We wish you the very best!! Way to go Laura!!!


*To submit alumni news, contact the webmaster

week of
May 18

Eleanor Berquist
Aidan Bryant
Jack Kessler
Leland Kratz
Hope Missimer
IJ Morales
Alessandro Pulizzi
Dalia Shortall
Raymond Sickinger

Congratulations to our students who were caught being good!


Click below to see the video about St. Mary's School

Our themes for Student of the Month this year:

September – Charity February – Generosity
October – Honesty March – Self Control
November – Peace April – Faithfulness
December – Patience May – Respect
January – Kindness/Goodness  


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