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St. Mary School will BE CLOSED today (3/5/15).

Due to weather conditions and potentially unsafe travel conditions, school is closed today. Be safe.
Anyone who would like to help clear snow from the St. Mary campus, please go to the school and see Eric or Jean.

 
2014-2015 SCHOOL INFORMATION

One Faith, One family, One Spirit

Brrrrr!! It's Cold!!

Thu. 3/5 NO SCHOOL DUE TO SNOW
Fri. 3/6 First Friday Mass 9am - Gr. K-8; Second Trimester Ends; Lenten Fish Fry Dinner 4-7pm, Parish hall
Mon. 3/9 PreSchool 4's field trip
Fri. 3/13 Mass 9am - Gr. 5-8; Lenten Fish Fry Dinner, 4-7pm, Parish hall
Sat. 3/14 Reconciliation - Gr. 2
Mon. 3/16
to Fri. 3/20
Capt'n Chucky Spirit Week
Mon. 3/16 Report Cards Issued; PreSchool 4's conferences
Tue. 3/17 Field trip to PJPII - Gr. 5, 6, 7 & 8
Fri. 3/20 Mass 9am - Gr. K-4; Stations of the Cross 1:30pm; Lenten Fish Fry Dinner, 4-7pm, Parish hall
Mon. 3/23
to Fri. 3/27
Terra Nova Testing
Thu. 3/26 Dress Down Day $1
Fri. 3/27 Mass 9am - Gr. 5-8; Stations of the Cross 1:30pm, Living Stations; Lenten Fish Fry Dinner, 4-7pm, Parish hall
Mon. 3/30 School Reconciliation Service
Wed. 4/1 Easter Holiday begins at close of day; NO PM CARES
Tue. 4/7 Classes resume
Thu. 4/9 Spring Arts Open House – 7pm

 

HASA News

Save the Date:

April 18th - Father/Daughter Dance here at SMS. Looking for a DJ. Please email Amy Missimer if available!

OPEN HASA EXECUTIVE BOARD POSITIONS

HASA will have 3 open board positions: President, Recording Secretary, and Treasurer. Please check out News and Announcements on the HASA page (under Parents above) for more details.

Golf Outing Brochure - Click here!
Our second annual golf outing and adult social will be Friday, May 8, 2015. The golf outing is looking for donations of sporting event tickets, vacations, and items for raffle baskets. Please do not forget to get par sponsors for the golf outing! Grade who brings in the most by April 8th wins a trip to see a movie at the Grand Theatre. If you can donate or have any questions, please contact Jill McCafferty jill0619@hotmail.com.

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

Congratulations to the JV Girls Basketball Team!!

The St. Mary JV Girls Basketball Team had a fabulous season. They played in the championship game last night against BTC. The girls fought hard and lost 11 to 15. We are proud of you Girls!!!

CYO Spring Sports registration deadlines
Track deadline is March 6th. Registration cost for Track is $45 for grades K to 3, and $55 for grades 4 to 8. Please forward registration forms to Kathy Aman c/o Emmie Aman room 7A.

Volunteers Needed for CYO!!
St. Mary's CYO Needs You! - Contact Kevin Bryant or John Yasneski to learn more. Open positions include Uniform
& Equipment Coordination, Boys & Girls Athletic Directors

SpiritWear News
Reminder: The St. Mary Spirit wear website is open for basketball and general orders. Check it out! montcospiritwear.com.

Also, if you need St. Mary Spartan Elites, Water Bottles and/ or “It’s a St. Mary Thing” t-shirts, long sleeved t-shirts or hoodies, contact Mhilferty@comcast.net.

HEADBANDS ARE HERE!! St. Mary HEAD BANDS!! Navy w/white “ST. MARY” and white w/navy “ST. MARY” $10 ea. Contact Mhilferty@comcast.net.

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 send your child to school with coats, hats and gloves – students may go out for fresh air at recess. Also, it's a good idea 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!

Virus, cold & flu season are upon us. 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.

Every Thursday Communication Envelopes will be sent home with your child. Important papers to keep you informed of what is going on at Saint Mary’s School and our community will be sent home in the Communication Envelopes. A few things to 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 this year...

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!

Promoting Our School

The Enrollment Management & Marketing Committee needs you! Do you have ideas for promoting SMS or can you help prep for our events? Please contact the EMMC if you can lend a hand. Kathy Leach: ktsleach@verizon.net


St. Mary School Earns 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!


 

Announcements

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NO SCHOOL DUE TO SNOW!!!

Bundle Up, Get Outside and Have Some Fun!! Stay Safe!

Don't drive your parent's nutty today just because you have a day off - help around the house. Don't make a mess.

You could build a snowman or a fort - take a picture. Send it to webmaster@smsk-8.org. Maybe we'll feature your picture on the website!

Newsletter, March Calendar and March Lunch Menu posted.


Lenten Friday Fish Fry Dinners!!
Join us for dinner every Friday in Lent in the Parish Hall, 4-7pm. Dine-in or Take-out. Click here for more details. Proceeds will be used towards the renovation of the Parish Hall Kitchen.


7th Grade Computer Competition
Nine 7th grade St. Mary School students attended the Montgomery County Regional Computer Fair in Norristown this week. They competed in the computer animation design category. No ribbons this time, however, they are excitedly planning for next year. Congratulations to Grace Brady, Abby Yarrison, Natalie Florig, Meredith Ondo, Victoria Cervantes, Clare Hilferty, Natalie Corrado, Teddy Bryant, and Michael Basham. Way to go!! (some pictures from the competition have been added to the slideshow below)

What's in our Slideshow above?

  • Father Bellopede orchestrated a Eucharistic Procession on Friday, January 30th to each classroom after Mass, celebrating Catholic Schools Week. The pageantry was beautiful; Father had the Monstrance, with a cross bearer and altar servers. Sophia Ardizzi led the way with a bell.

  • Mrs. Keefe and her Teacher of the Year Award (pictured l-r: Kevin Conwell, John Moyer - VFW Post Commander, Adrienne Keefe, George Heller - VFW Trustee, and Father Bellopede)

  • The St. Mary's Varsity A Boys Basketball team went 15-0 in regular season and won the Region 18 Championships!!! Check out pictures of the team from the Final, as well as some amazing show of support from the Spartan Fans! Great job everyone!!!

  • Congratulations to Ryan Lamson (2B) who won the grand prize in Bingo during Catholic Schools Week!

  • Our Talent Show for Catholic Schools Week was amazing. We had singing, dancing, drumming, cupping, and synchronized swimming! We are so blessed to have so much talent at Saint Mary’s. Great admiration to the participants, stage crew, announcers, spot light specialists and Mrs. Weidemoyer!! So entertaining!

  • Artwork created by SMS students is currently displayed in the Perkiomen Valley Library in Schwenksville, PA. Stop by to view these amazing works of art created by our talented students! The show will run through the end of February.


Year Book Order Form...
Yearbook Sales coming soon. Click here to get the order form. Online ordering will be available also ... 8th grade students designed the entire yearbook. Do Not Miss Out!


Art Room Needs for the Golf Outing
The Art Room is looking for old wooden chairs or stools. If you have any lying around in your basement or attic, St. Mary artists want them! Students will be painting these into masterpieces to be auctioned off at this year's Golf Outing. Ideally, chairs would be not too large, sanded and maybe primed. Drop them off in the Art Room any time before April 10th. Thank You!!

More needs for the Art Room...
The Art Room is looking for Large Rolls of Paper from Printers!! If anyone works for or knows someone who works with a printing company, the Art Room would love to have any leftover donations of rolls of paper! Many of our murals for the Art Show were created on rolls of paper previously donated to St. Mary School. We are currently running low and are gearing up for this spring's Art Show. Any donations would be greatly appreciated!

also.... Art Room is always looking for Styrofoam egg cartons and large plastic yogurt containers! Please think about recycling these items to our Art Program. Thank you very much to all those who already sent in art room goodies!!

Log onto Artsonia today to see your child's artwork and order gifts online! Every parent should have been emailed a link with their child's access to our school's online gallery. Please email kgiangiulio@smsk-8.org with any questions. To view our school gallery, go to www.artsonia.com/schools/school.asp?id=112141.


LEGO Club

The Lego Club has been hard at work, using their creativity and imaginations. Please stop by Mrs. Sozda’s room during the Art & Music Show on Thursday, April 9 to see what they have created!


Field Day 2015

Field Day is Tuesday, May 19th. We would love to have your help with Field Day – schedule a vacation day and spend the day us!!


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.


Remember to buy Scrip on Fridays!!

Everyone benefits from Scrip sales. Send your order in on Friday mornings and orders are returned home with your student that day. Order forms are on our website (on the Forms page linked under Parents above). Thank you!


Target Take Charge of Education®
Our school is earning money! A big THANK YOU to all of you currently participating in the Target Take Charge of Education® program. By simply shopping with your Target® Visa® Credit Card and designating our school, a percentage of the amount of each purchase you make is donated back to our school. The total earned this year from this program is $2023.26!!

If you're not already taking part, please consider doing so. To enroll or to see how much has been contributed towards our next check, please visit Target.com/TCOE.


Uniform Dress Code!!

Fall/Winter Dress Code is now in effect. Please remember NO shorts are to be worn. All gym clothes must be from Flynn & O’Hara.

Remember:

- 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!!



week of February 23

Ella Delciotto
Chloe Fox
Kylie McMaster
Hope Missimer
Damian Pettit
Alessandro Pulizzi
Olivia Smith

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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