Dear St. Mary Families,
The year has been very busy and we find ourselves beginning the month of November already. We just finished with the ghosts and goblins and now we are celebrating our rich Catholic heritage of saints past and present. We began the month with All Saints Day Mass. What a wonderful way to begin the month. Saints are ever present among us and we sometimes do not even realize it. A saint for me is someone who goes about their day living their faith to the fullest. They take the message that Jesus gave us and enrich everyone and everything around them.
We also celebrate All Souls Day. During this month we will pray for all those who have gone home to heaven. We have a prayer jar in the office. Please feel free to put the name of a loved one on a slip and put in the prayer jar.
November is also a time to thank God for all of our many blessings. Please join us on November 21st at 10:00 for our Thanksgiving Prayer Service. It will be held in the gym.
Our children’s safety is always our number one priority. I understand that everyone has schedules to keep; however, there is a traffic plan in place and I’m asking everyone to please follow it. I’m asking everyone to be polite to the adults who are supervising the safety of our children. It has been reported to me that parents are driving around the cones and horses and through the children’s area while they are present. This is very dangerous. Please do not drive around barriers or make a left turn onto Longcommon by Mary Park. There are cones there indicating that there is no left turn. Please help me to keep everyone, children and adults, safe and to be kind to everyone.
Recently our junior high students participated in math and science competitions. Three teams of our students went to the Epic Inventor Competition at Nazareth Academy. Out of 20 teams, we took 2nd and 3rd place overall. A group of our students went to Nazareth Academy to participate in the 8th grade math competition. Our team took second place and one of our students took 5th place individual. Congratulations to our students and their teacher coaches. On November 8th some of our students attended the Fenwick Science Contest. There were 500 participants; two of our St. Mary students placed in the top 25! They received a plaque for 24th place and for 14th place. We are very proud of all who spent time preparing for these competitions.
Our Walk-a-thon was a huge success! Thank you to Mrs. Wood, our sponsors, and all the wonderful volunteers that helped along with all the families who so generously donated. The weather was amazing and everyone had a good time.
Our second graders are receiving the sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time this Saturday. Please keep them in your prayers. This is a very important step toward receiving Holy Eucharist.
There will be an Open House on Sunday, November 12th from 9:00 – Noon. Please invite any interested family, friends, or neighbors to come and visit our school.
November 13th is the School Advisory Board meeting and November 14th is the Family School Association meeting; both are held in the Faculty Lounge. Everyone is welcome to attend either of these meetings.
November 15th is Pizza Day. The students may wear shirts with red or blue in them along with jeans or their school sweatpants. As always, no skinny jeans, leggings or jeggings should be worn.
Parent-teacher conferences will be on Tuesday, November 21st. Dismissal on that day will be 11:00. Conferences begin at 12:00. There will be no school on November 22nd, 23rd and 24th to celebrate Thanksgiving. If you have not signed up for a parent teacher conference, please go online to Sign Up Genius by this Friday. Please sign up for your child’s homeroom teacher. They will have information from the other teachers to share with you. Please only sign up for one 10 minute slot unless instructed otherwise. If you need to see another teacher, email that teacher to arrange a time. Report cards will be given out at conferences.
FSA will be sponsoring a Book Fair on November 19th, 20th, and 21st. This is a great time to pick up some Christmas presents.
Know that all of you are in my prayers and I am very grateful for all of the support you have given to the school.
The faculty and staff wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving.
God bless all of you,