Dear St. Mary Families,
St. Mary School is truly a special place! We are so thankful for the dedication and support you have for your children’s education. We appreciate the sacrifices all of you make to send your children to a Catholic School. My husband and I made the same sacrifice for our daughter because we too believed in the importance of catholic education. Now more than ever in the world our children are growing up in today, our ability to talk about God and His love for us truly sets us apart and sets a moral compass in our children at a very early age.
One of the challenges that we constantly face is fundraising. I know it seems like we constantly have our hand out asking you for something. Some of our “asks” are small; others are much bigger and require an extra amount of attention, like the annual spring fundraiser.
The St. Pat’s party is the largest fundraiser for the school. The net proceeds – the profit – from this party are part of the 2016-2017 school budget. This one event is responsible for $80,000 of our school income this year. The money raised helps to bridge the gap between the actual cost of educating a child at St. Mary School and the tuition we charge. Every penny we net is used to bring us closer to the goal of creating an exemplary school that gives every one of our students, PreK through 8th grade, a strong foundation of faith and education that will serve them throughout their lives.
When I arrived here two and a half years ago, textbooks were outdated with copyrights in the 1990s. We now have current and updated English, social studies and science textbooks in all grades. Next year the math textbooks will be new and the following year new reading textbooks will be purchased.
“Specials”, that we make part of our daily curriculum, require funds to keep them up to date and viable. Mrs. Johnson’s art program needs clay, paint, paper, weaving, and printing materials. Mrs. Graves’ music classes benefit with instruments. The foreign language program is offered for students in Pre-K3 through eighth grade.
Our biggest push right now is creating a STEM program that incorporates science, technology, engineering, and math into our day to day learning. The science teachers are purchasing materials necessary to make science come alive, like lamb eyeballs and very large squids for our junior high students to dissect. Mr. Gross is creating an exemplary technology program with the purchase of Macbooks, Chromebooks, computerized cars that students can assemble and program, in addition to Spheros that all the grades use. Our students are learning the responsible use of technology; coding and programing, which will help every single one of them excel in their high school of choice. All of these improvements have been made possible because of the generous and continued support of our fundraising efforts.
There are many opportunities for each of you to help make this year’s party amazingly successful:
- Thank you to everyone who purchased a t-shirt. It is really fun to see the kids wearing them around school. A touch of green everywhere is a sure sign that spring is not too far away!
- Thank you to all of the families who participated in the Grandparent Letter campaign. This effort to reach across the generations exemplifies how our faith is passed on through our families.
- Thank you to everyone who has made their family contribution to the classroom basket project. These amazing raffle prizes generate many “oohs and aahs” the night of the party and make up a big piece of our profit! If you have not made your donation – there is still time to do so.
- Donate a raffle or auction item? Tickets, gift certificates, a party in your backyard…these kinds of ideas make our party unique and fun to attend!
- If you own a business, be a party sponsor. If you know someone who owns a business, please ask them to be a party sponsor. The business name will be prominently displayed and we will acknowledge our sponsors on our website all year long.
Come to the party! This is a chance for our entire community to come together and celebrate. Invite your friends and relatives to come with you. You don’t have to be Irish to attend; I’m not Irish and I have a great time each year. It’s a LOT of fun with great food, open bar and musical entertainment that appeals to all, throughout the entire evening, not to mention fabulous raffle and auction items! Don’t forget to wear your dancing shoes!
Over the next several weeks, there will be emails from the committee. All I ask is that you try as best you can to help support your child’s education. I personally appreciate everything you do to make this such a wonderful community for your children.
God bless all of you. Each day, you are all included in my morning prayers. Please pray for the continued success of St. Mary School.