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Thur. 11/20 Pre-School 3’s Thanksgiving feast; Parent/Teacher Conferences pm
Fri. 11/21 NO SCHOOL - Parent/Teacher Conferences; Christmas Bazaar 5-9pm
Sat. 11/22 Christmas Bazaar 9am-3pm
Mon. 11/24 Pre-School 4’s Thanksgiving feast - café 2:15pm
Wed. 11/26 Thanksgiving Holiday starts at end of class day - NO AFTERNOON CARES
Thur.-Fri. 11/27-11/28 NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Holiday
Mon. 12/1 Classes resume

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. Accreditation is a self-evaluation process that St. Mary Catholic School voluntarily underwent to demonstrate they are meeting a defined set of performance standards. 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!

Boy Scout Troop 50
Annual Holiday Wreath Sale

Halloween is almost here and you know what that means.....Christmas is right around the corner!!
Our St. Mary's Boy Scout troop will once again be selling wreaths as a fund raiser. Please see the flyer for how you can purchase one of these beautiful wreaths and help the Boy Scouts.

Save the Date
AOH is sponsoring their Annual Jack Duffy Basketball shootout between St. Eleanors and St. Marys at ST. MARY's THIS YEAR - the night before Thanksgiving. More details to come but it is a huge event and a fun kick off to the CYO season.

Golf Outing
Our second annual golf outing and adult social will be Friday, May 8, 2015. Registration will begin in January. Any questions please contact Jill McCafferty jill0619@hotmail.com

Parent Reminders

Parent Teacher conference times went home last week. If you did not receive your time, please email epastorius@smsk-8.org. There will be child care in the Pre-School class room.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO PUT NAMES IN ALL COATS, AND SWEAT SHIRTS! Remember, it's a good idea to label all student items with their names: lunch boxes, coats, sweat shirts, and sweater, hats, gloves. 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

Where in the human body do you find the hammer, anvil, and stirrup?

Do you think you know the answer?
Five correct entries will be chosen at random and will win 500 points for our school! Submit your answer to the trivia question via email at support@giantplus.com by 11/21.
When answering the Bonus Trivia, please include our School's Name, ID Number (05820), City and State. If your answer fails to include this information, your entry will not be accepted.
You need to play to win!

Uniform News: Fall 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.

Thank you very much to Amy Missimer, Amy Golie and Jill McCafferty for all their hard work with this extremely valuable program.


- 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.



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Newsletter and December Lunch Menu posted.

Calling all St. Mary Families!! Christmas Bazaar Needs Your Help!!!

Volunteers and Food Donations are still needed for our Christmas Bazaar this weekend. We need your help to make this Bazaar a success. There are many slots still open. If you could help in any way it would be greatly appreciated. Please consider becoming a sponsor or donating food or drink items. And as always, volunteers are especially needed to make this parish event a success! 

VOLUNTEERS: Volunteers are needed both Friday and Saturday for the kitchen, raffle tables, and other St. Mary tables. Click on the picture to the left to volunteer!


Volunteers can also fill out the form below and e-mail to Susan Rodzewich at shrdesign@aol.com or return the completed form to the Parish House in an envelope marked Christmas Bazaar. For more information please contact Susan or Sandi Olzinski at solzinski66@gmail.com.

Consider becoming a Sponsor for the Christmas Bazaar. Three levels of sponsorships are available: Gold, Silver and Bronze. Individuals and businesses welcome.




SMS Advisory Board Fundraiser

The St. Mary School Advisory Board will be selling custom-made woodblock lettering and ornaments at the Christmas Bazaar. 100% of the proceeds to benefit St. Mary's School and the operating budget. Come support this effort at the Christmas bazaar and help us continue our mission. Click here for more info.

St Mary Christmas Bazaar!!
 Friday, November 21st, 5:00-9:00pm
 Saturday, November 22nd, 9:00am-3:00pm

 Over 50 Unique Crafters! • Raffle Baskets • Photo Booth • Baked Goods • Food • Games • 50/50 Raffle • Musical Entertainment • Face Painting • Photos with Santa and more!

Christmas Bazaar 2014 Entertainment Schedule:
All students should report to the music classroom in the annex 15 MINUTES PRIOR to their performance time. They will return to the music classroom following the presentation. Parents, please pick up your children in the music classroom. Students should be dressed nicely – Sunday best – Christmas colors if you have them.

  • 9:30 – PRESCHOOL 3’S AND 4’S

  • 10:00 – KINDERGARTEN

  • 10:30 – FIRST GRADE






Holiday Helpers Sitter Service

On Sunday, December 7th HASA along with the 5th grade SMS class will be hosting a “Holiday Helpers Sitter Service” in the SMS café. Could you use a few hours to get things ready for the holidays? Not sure what to do with the kids? Let us make things a little easier for you! Pre-registration is required. Click here for more information.

Any high school student needing service hours are invited to help with the HASA Babysitting Event on Dec. 7th from
1-4pm. If available, please email ckferdock@windstream.net.

Student Council News:

Student Council will be holding a dance on December 12th. The theme being “white out.” All Catholic School students are invited while public schools will be permitted to come with a St. Mary’s student and a signed permission slip. Dress code is listed on the Student Council page under Activities above.

Student Council will be holding a service project for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. We ask every student at St. Mary’s to write a letter to Santa. The Student Council will then submit all the letters to Macy’s. For every letter Macy’s receives, they donate $1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Huge Thanks...

...Many thanks to Saint Mary School Class of 2013 and the Home and School Association for their generous donation for a NEW Saint Mary Parish SIGN! The MAIN SIGN on the front lawn in front of Saint Mary Church has been recently removed in order for a NEW SIGN to be installed. Mr. Paul Brady will construct a BRICK PILLAR on each side of the NEW SIGN. Electricity and a concrete base will be placed in the same location of our OLD SIGN. The NEW SIGN has been purchased and will be installed in the next few weeks. Our NEW SIGN will be illuminated from within and will have a 4 row marquee for various announcements. Funds have been supplied by the Class of 2013 and our own Home and School Association. We truly appreciate their commitment to Saint Mary Parish.

HASA News:

New committees are being formed for HASA. If you are interested, please email HASA@smsk-8.org.

Holiday Helper Sitter Service - Dec 7th 1-4pm (more info above)

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

  Horse and Wagon Needed
We are looking for a horse and wagon to participate in the Upper Perkiomen Christmas Animal Parade. Our Children’s Choir will be singing and marching in the parade. If you are able to help us, please call the school office. Thank You!

From the Art Room
Holiday Gifts from Artsonia! Parents, looking for a unique holiday gift for family or friends featuring YOUR CHILD'S ARTWORK?! Log onto artsonia today to see your child's artwork on various holiday gifts and cards and order online for 25% off! Artsonia will donate 20% of the sale back to St. Mary School for our Art Program. 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. New artwork is uploaded daily, so keep checking back!!


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  
  PA Catholic Conference   Archdiocese Office of Catholic Education   Faith in the Future  


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