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Winter Uniforms are in effect. Shorts are not allowed.

Spring Dress Code
Please remember Spring Dress code goes into effect April 1st. All shorts - gym or twill must be purchased from Flynn
& O’Hara.  

Th-Fri 4/17-18 NO SCHOOL - Holy Thursday, Good Friday
Mon. 4/21 NO SCHOOL - Easter Monday
Tues. 4/22 Classes resume; Milk/Juice $ due - $8.40;
Play practice 5pm; Market Day pickup date
Wed. 4/23 PreSchool4’s fieldtrip; Play practice 5pm
Thu. 4/24 Dress Down Day $1; NO Lego Club; Play practice 5pm

School make up day; Mass 9am -
Gr. 5-8; Race for Education Race Progress Reports issued; Confirmation practice 4pm; Vera Bradley Bingo 7pm

Sun. 4/27 Confirmation Retreat and practice
Mon. 4/28 Play practice 5pm
Mon. to Fri.
Chick-Fil-A Spirit Week Fundraiser
NOON Dismissal - Confirmation 4pm; NO afternoon C.A.R.E.S, NO Art Club; NO Springford/Souderton PM buses
Wed. 4/30 Play practice 5pm
Mon. 6/2 Field Day
Fri. 6/6  No Springford/Souderton PM buses

The Help Section:

Keep up the good work!

A huge thanks to all those who have been writing "change" in afternoon dismissal notes. This practice greatly helps with an efficient afternoon dismissal. Thank you for your assistance! Sending in a note about your child’s afternoon dismissal is extremely important. Many teachers are too busy to check email throughout the day. With 298 students and changes to transportation all day long, getting all students to the right mode of transportation is challenging.


Saint Francis Inn Service Project

Please bring in travel size hygiene products to receive a free pajama day on April 30th! Each child must bring in 4 items. Thank you! The last day to bring items in is April 16th.


Supplies Needed
The Pre-K 4’s class is in need of artificial silk flowers  and 18 oz plastic peanut butter jars.

Also, if your child has outgrown their Lego’s, please consider donating them to the Lego Club. The children will be thrilled to play with them. Thanks so much!

Let’s Help out Father DeLacy!

Girls of Goretti Vocation Congress 2014
Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 8:30 am – 6:30 pm
St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
For Grades 6, 7, 8 Girls

Brothers of Borromeo Vocation Congress 2014
Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 8:30 am – 6:30 pm
For Grades 6, 7, 8, Boys

Cost - $25. Please contact the school office for a registration form – forms due June 6th. www.HeedTheCall.org


Looking for Donations....

Do you have a shore house, time share, Phillies, Eagles tickets or any sporting event you would like to donate as an auction item for the adult social? Please contact Jill McCafferty if you can help. Remember it is tax deductible Thanks for considering helping our school!



Volunteers Needed...

Chuck and Tracy Ondo and Karen Mazzio are organizing the Memorial Day Celebration on Friday, May 23rd. We are looking for volunteers to assist them. Anyone interested please call Chuck Ondo at 610-635-9403. This event is always a memorable day!

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. Thanks in advance!!

Simple Ways you can help
Check out this information on simples things you can do to benefit out school.

Volunteer Clearances Info - click here

Library News - Big Thanks!
1001 Books have been cataloged into the library, the last few months. Rachel Dwyer and Amy Missimer have donated a plethora of hours making the new books available in our library. Thank you very much ladies for your dedication to Saint Mary’s. If anyone has any contact paper they'd like to donate, please send them into school.


Sponsor a Classroom

7 of the 12 classrooms now have new desktop computers. Thanks to generous donations by school families and parishioners. Only 5 classrooms to go. Please help us meet our goal in keeping Saint Mary School state of the art!

Help our school and the environment at the same time!

Our school is participating in TerraCycle® Brigade® collection programs! TerraCycle is a company that “upcycles” materials into eco-friendly products. During lunch, we will be collecting empty drink pouches and Entenmann’s Little Bites pack. For each unit of waste collected, St. Mary’s will earn TerraCycle points redeemable for payment to our school. For more information, please check out their website www.terracycle.com!

 Easy Fundraiser
This year we are participating in a hassle-free fundraiser called Shoparoo. Nationwide, 7,000+ schools are already fundraising through Shoparoo and we see it as great opportunity for us to make a difference this year. Please click this link for more information on this FREE and EASY way to help our school.

Corporate Matching Gifts

Corporate Matching Gifts are a great way to maximize contributions to the St. Mary School Fund. The St. Mary’s School Fund plays a vital role in supplying the revenue necessary to bring new instructional practices and resources to our school. Many companies offer their employees and retirees an opportunity to support a favorite charity by matching contributions, in some cases dollar for dollar. Please check with your employer to see if they have a Matching Gift program. Many employer programs are easy, on-line submission, and our Parish Finance Office is experienced in providing support and documentation. Here are just some of the employers in our area that have matching gift programs: Merck, Fidelity, John Hancock, Exelon/PECO, Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline, Vanguard, SKF, Verizon, GE, SAP. Not sure how to get started? Check with your company’s HR dept. for direction on their matching gift program. You can also contact the Parish Office who may be able to point you to a fellow parishioner who has already used your employer’s matching gift program.

Pictures, Pictures, Pictures
Attention Parents: If you have any pictures of your child’s class, clubs, or sports teams from this year that you would like to share, please email them to website@smsk-8.org. Remember - our school facebook, yearbook, and website are always looking for special pictures. Please send your best shots of student happenings to website@smsk-8.org. THE MORE PICTURES THE BETTER!

Check out the Art Room Blog!

The Secret of the Rosary

Thursday, April 10th at 7pm in St. Mary annex. Looking to deepen your faith? THE PATRICIANS is a Catholic discussion group that meets monthly.



Newsletter /April Calendar and April & May Lunch Menus Posted

Living Stations
Congratulations to the 7th grade students who performed in the beautiful and moving Living Stations presentations! Thank-you also to those 8th grade students who assisted and stepped into roles when needed. We are very proud of all of you!


Spring Arts & Music Open House
Amazing performances by our many talented students!! Great job Art Club! A very special thank you to our kitchen volunteers, specifically Megan Bethel and Jeanine Snyder, along with many other ladies who really pitched in and made dinner a wonderful experience. Our Marketing Team, with Joanne McHugh spearheading the tours, was wonderful. Great appreciation goes out to the 8th Grade tour volunteers: Erin Bethel, Sydney Bucher, Courtney Caiola, Kerrin Dunlap, Bonnie Malecki, Susannah McHugh, and Grace Munz plus our amazing art and music teachers Mrs. Kathy Giangiulio and Mrs. Jane Weidemoyer. Also thank-you to the PARENTS who served as the much-needed crew for the music performances. We could not have done it without you!Thanks to all the families that came and participated in the fun!  Note: If anyone took pictures at the event, please send them to website@smsk-8.org, so we can showcase them on the website!

Mulch Volunteers!!
Thank you very much for all the good souls that helped spread the mulch: Saint Mary’s Baseball Team: Christian Caiola, John DeBusi, Nicholas John, Colin McFall, Cole Ridgely, Jack Roberge, Brandon Snyder, Jason Teefy, John and David Wagner – Coaches Ted Caiola, Will John, Kevin McFall, and Paul Wagner. Along with the help of Jack, Ben, and Deb Ford, Maureen and Michael Frederick, Lauryn and Gracyn McFall, Jack & Luke Moratelli, and Victoria Wagner. HASA purchased the mulch, with the contributions of all the Saint Mary Families! Thanks to all for making the playground - kid friendly!

School Pictures
Picture packages went home yesterday. You either send the money in for any packages or you return the pictures. Pay for what you keep and return the rest! Payment and returns are due by April 30th.

2014 Yearbooks
Please look for the Yearbook Order form in the communication envelope this week! The Eighth Grade Students have been working very hard to make this Yearbook special.

Heaven Is For Real - Movie Event
Join us for a private viewing of Heaven Is For Real, a wonderful story of a boy who has been to the other side! We have Limited number of seats left for Holy Thursday, April 17th at the Movie Tavern in Collegeville. Click the title above or image to the right for the flyer with more details.

SMS Chick-Fil-A Spirit Week Fundraiser
BRING THIS FLYER in anytime between 4/28 - 5/2 to the Royersford Chick-fil-A. 10% of ALL sales WITH A FLYER will benefit our school!

Letter of Intent
PLEASE return the letter of intent to school; these forms are extremely important in determining our tuition for next year. Thanks in advance.


Pre-School & Kindergarten registration here!!
Please email epastorius@smsk-8.org for ALL Pre-School and Kindergarten students wishing to enroll for 2014/2015 school year. Forms will be sent home for registration. NOTE: Registering for these classes will hold your spot for 2014/2015.



CYO News

CYO Open Board Meeting

There will be an Open Board Meeting on Tuesday, April 22nd at 7:30 pm. Anyone interested in learning about what our CYO Program offers for the youth of our Parish are most certainly welcome to attend. Information will also be given on upcoming open board positions including: President, Girls AD, and Treasurer.

Save the Dates:
CYO JV Banquet will be held on Saturday, June 7th, in the gym following the 4pm Mass.


CYO Varsity Banquet will be held on Sunday, May 18th, at Spring-Ford Country Club, from 6-9pm.


More details will follow.



Race for Education News

Thank you all who participated in Race for Education. As of April 8th we have raised over $23,000 as of April 14th!!! Special congratulations to Mrs. Michaels and her Third Grade Class for winning the Movie Field Trip for bringing in the most labels!! Congratulations to the Everitt and McCafferty families! Both families won a $25 script gift card for donating stamps to Race for Education. Thank you to all the families that donated stamps!


LEGO Club reminder

Just a reminder that there will be NO Lego Club
April 17th and 24th. See you on May 1st!

Vera Bradley Bingo

Save the date for the Vera Bradley Bingo! It's Friday, April 25th at 7:00pm. $20 in advance for 20 games, $25 at the door. $5 for each additional card. Contact Jill McCafferty to purchase.



Make-Up Days

To bring us current as far as our required days in school and to make up for all the school closings due to weather, St. Mary School will have make-up days Friday, April 25th, and Monday, June 2nd.

First Annual St. Mary Golf Outing and Dinner Social

St. Mary's first annual golf outing and adult social will take place Friday, May 9th at Brookside Country Club in Pottstown. Please click here for details and the registration form.

Save the Date!

Moms, make sure to put Sat. May 24th on your calendar for the event of the year! Yes, we are aware that it is Memorial Day weekend, yet unfortunately that is the only day available! Our last one was a huge success that the girls loved, so make sure to save the date! Thanks!

Children 4 yrs to 9 yrs old are invited to attend Saint Mary’s Vacation Bible School, June 23 to June 27, 2014, 8:45am – 12:00pm. Join us for five mornings of fun Bible stories, Bible games, music, crafts, and snacks. For more information call 610-287-4517 x244.

Spartan Pride through Service - Join in!


A huge shout out to the families who have contributed to the St Mary Service Project. Our original goal was 100 blankets. We will be close. It's not too late to participate or contribute! We will meet in the cafe from 3:30 to 4:30 on Wednesday afternoons until we complete all the blankets! Way to go, St Mary families!

School Uniforms and Shoes
Be sure to check out and take advantage of our school’s uniform exchange! It is located in the lobby of the gym. Feel free at any time to look through what uniform items are available and take what you need. In order to assist those who wish to utilize the uniform exchange, please be sure to return items to their original spots to keep this area looking spiffy. If you have any uniforms in good condition that you can no longer use, please feel free to donate them in the donation bin. Thanks so much!

Note: Uniform Code
Parents please remember - the jumpers and kilts must be NO HIGHER THAN 1 INCH ABOVE THE KNEE. Students with length violations will be given points.

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