Weekly Family Envelope ~ December 14, 2017
Weekly Family Envelope ~ December 7, 2017
Principal Newsletter ~ December 7, 2017
Dear St. Mary Families,
December is such a busy month and sometimes we forget to stop and enjoy the stillness and beauty that Christmas represents. Christmas represents the peace that Jesus brought to the world when he was born. It is not just the gifts, the baking of cookies and the eating of great food; it is about what is in our hearts. It is about the difference we can make in the world through goodness and light. Christmastime is not just one day. It is every day of the year. It is in our hearts, in our daily actions and the love we have for one another. Thank you very much for your support of St. Mary. It is truly a great place!!
You have been receiving quite a bit of information about the Tax Credit Scholarship that the Archdiocese has started to create. It will be a reality, but right now it is still being worked out with the State of Illinois. I have sent you all of the information that I have received from the Archdiocese. Yesterday you were sent a Letter of Intent through email and you will get a printed form in your Thursday envelope. In order to qualify to apply for the scholarship, you will need to designate a school. This letter of intent is for the purpose of the scholarship and to help us begin the budgeting process for next year. The formal registration process will begin during Catholic Schools Week. We are working on the tuition and will try to keep the increase within an affordable range. The School Board and I work very hard at helping keep the cost down to a manageable level. My parents always taught me, never spend money you do not have.
I know it seems we are always reaching out to you for support beyond the tuition. However, your support of the fundraisers, along with encouraging new families to enroll at our great school is what helps keep tuition costs at a manageable level. Please help recruit new families and support our fundraisers. All monies raised directly benefit our children. We are examining a new reading series for next year. This will be the last textbook series that we need to update. When I first came to St. Mary, our textbooks had 1995 copyrights. We will be current after this year. We are continuously updating our Technology, Music, Art, PE and Language programs.
Preparations for our major fundraiser, the St. Pat’s Party, are in full swing. The success of this event is completely in the hands of the families, faculty, and staff. Please consider sharing your time, talent, and gifts. A letter requesting grandparent or special person information is going out in the Thursday envelope. Once we receive the information, the students will write appeal letters for support of St. Mary. This is completely optional. We will again be offering the Golden Ticket to win free tuition for a year. All I ask is to try and do the best you can to help.
Mingle Jingle was a lot of fun. We had over 44 crafters, an Elves Cafe, beautiful music in the church, and a Secret Santa Shop for the children. It was so cute to see the children come down with their wrapped gifts telling their families that they won’t be able to open them until Christmas. Thank you so much to the people who worked on the organization of the event: Mrs. Walczak, her mom, dad, sister and Mrs. Tomczak and Jane Birmingham. Thank you to the dads who came to help move furniture around. Thank you Mr. Elliott for helping. Thank you to all the moms and dads, too numerous to name, that helped set up the day of both before and after. We have an amazing group of people here at St. Mary. Please forgive me if I have forgotten anyone.
Our eighth graders took their high school entrance exam on Saturday, December 2nd. Please keep them in your prayers as they await the high school decisions. Our students tested at St. Ignatius, Fenwick, Trinity, Nazareth Academy, Riverside Brookfield High School, and Morton West.
We have many prayer opportunities during the month of December. Friday, December 8th, is the all school mass in the Parish Center. It begins at 9:30. Our Christmas concert is Friday, December 15th beginning at 7 pm. Our beautiful preschool children will have their Christmas program on December 20th from 9-10 in the Oak Room. Anyone is welcome to come see the program. Our final prayer service for this year will be on Friday, December 22nd at 8:30. The Christmas parties will begin at 9:30 and dismissal will be at 11:00. There will be not be after school LEAD on that day.
I would like to end with this prayer:
Let us put ourselves into the hands of the Lord
And pray that God will bless us and our families
During the coming holy days.
May all of us help to make our homes places of joy, love, peace, and safety.
May we be generous and considerate,
Not thinking only about ourselves
But helping others enjoy
The blessings of Christmas.
Have a very blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year,
Mrs. Barbara Rasinski
St. Mary School
Weekly Family Envelope ~ November 30, 2017
- December 2017 calendar
- Out of Uniform Flyer (3)
- Holiday Stroll Activity Sheet 2017 – Front and Back – FINAL
- Volleyball Registration 2018
Oh Little Town of Bethelehem
O little town of Bethlehem,
O pueblicito de Belén,
How still we see thee lie!
que quieto lo vemos acostado!
Above they deep and dreamless sleep
Sobre donde duermes sin soñar
The silent stars go by;
Las estrellas calladas pasan;
Yet in the dark streets shineth
Pero en las calles oscuras brillan
the everlasting Light
la Luz eterna.
The hopes and fears of all the years
Esperanzas y miedos de los años
Are met in thee tonight.
Se encuentran en ti esta noche.
Weekly Family Envelope ~ November 16, 2017
Nazareth Academy Names First Quarter Honor Roll
The following St. Mary alumni have been name to the Nazareth honor roll:
Grace A., Gwenyth A., Matthew I., Jeremy K., Kalea L., Carlie M., Elizabeth P., Kayla S., and Laney W. for the A Honor Roll.
Michael A., Gunnar H., and Justin R., for the B Honor Roll. Congratulations!
Trinity Announces First Block Honor Roll
The following St. Mary alumni have been named to the honor roll at Trinity High School:
Clare B., Erika E., Megan K., Sara L., Victoria M., Bridget O., and Alyssa P., for A Honor Roll and Esmeralda S. for B Honor Roll. Congratulations girls!
Principal’s Letter ~ November 9, 2017
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,
Weekly Family Envelope ~ November 9, 2017