Monday Morning Memo

St. Mary of the Assumption School

May 9, 2022

Note from the Principal

Happy Monday!


This Saturday is our 80s Prom Gala! We are looking forward to seeing all of you there. If you have not gotten your tickets yet, it's not too late! You do not want to miss out on this wonderful night.


This Wednesday is the last HSA meeting of the year. We hope to see many of you there to find out the winner of the K Claus Scholarship. Please also keep collecting those donations for the Move-A-Thon!


Graduation season is upon us and with that brings traffic from families entering and exiting the Showplace Arena. The graduation schedule can be found here: https://www.uppermarlboromd.gov/news_detail_T10_R301.php. Please give yourself extra time on those days to reach the school building.


Have a blessed week,

Mrs. Lewis

ADW Job Fair- Letter from Kelly Branaman

Dear Families and Friends of the ADW Catholic Schools:


He is risen! I hope that you have had a wonderful Easter and enjoyed quality time with family and friends, last week. We, in The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington (ADW), have come through a very difficult time and yet, also can count our many blessings. Overall, our enrollment is up. Our parent involvement is returning and our students’ test scores are showing significant growth. Our pastors and principals have made countless sacrifices to provide for our students’ needs. Today, I am writing to talk with you about our faculties and staff. I know you join me in thanking our school teachers and staff for the outstanding work they have done throughout the pandemic. Their commitment to Catholic education has been inspiring. As you may have heard in the news, our country is facing a teacher shortage. Our schools have been affected and many of teachers and principals are wearing many hats in order to provide the excellent spiritual and academic excellence you expect. We are putting several recruitment incentives in place to help us meet the teacher shortage challenge for the upcoming school year. We are seeking mission-driven professionals who are called to serve in a Catholic school. We are seeking educators at all levels -- pre-K to 12th grade and in all subjects. We are also looking for counselors, paraprofessionals, and other support personnel. If you or someone you know would like to join us on our mission to provide all students who wish to have a Catholic, academically-challenging and well-rounded educational experience, we encourage you to sign up yourself or encourage others to sign up today for the ADW Virtual Job Fair. The virtual Job Fair will take place Saturday, May 14, 2022, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. I am asking every member of our school communities to help us promote this event, in order to recruit the best and brightest to come work in our schools. Please consider posting the link on your social media, with a comment that encourages your connections to consider serving our schools. You may click the link HERE to register. Thank you for your support and you remain in my prayers, always.


Sincerely in Christ,

Kelly Branaman

Secretary for Catholic Schools Superintendent of Schools

Message from the Library

Baysox tickets can be used at any home game up until June 30th due to Friday's game cancellation. If a student/family chooses to attend a game between May 24 & June 30, they will need to bring their original tickets to the stadium box office and exchange them for a ticket to the game they wish to attend during that time frame. The ticket exchange can be done on the day of the game when they arrive at the stadium.


All Library books are due back May 20th

Move-A-Thon

St. Mary of the Assumption Students and Families ~


Are you ready to MOVE! Let’s Go!


The HSA biggest fundraiser Move-A-Thon is Thursday May 19th in the school parking lot. Our

fundraising kicks-off today, May 2nd – May 20th . Move-A-Thon will be the warmup for Field Day with a live DJ playing our students favorite songs while they move to fundraise for special events next school year.


The HSA will lead the Move-A-Thon and very excited to provide some great prizes for the top

student and top class who fundraise the most money! Those prizes include an Oculus, Flat-Screen TV and Gift-card.


Go St. Mary’s!


  • If each student raises, $125 we will reach our goal of $25,000!
  • You can join us at St. Mary of the Assumption on May 19, 2022 to cheer on your student!
  • If we reach our goal of $25,000 or more, then the HSA can contribute to special school projects during the 2023 school year!
  • Students can win some exciting prizes – Oculus, Flat Screen TV, Gift-card
  • Classroom prizes for top three grades – Chic-Fil-A, Pizza and Ice Cream parties



Let’s Move and have Fun, St. Mary of the Assumption!

HSA Corner

Track it Forward- Here is the link for entering your Parent Service Hours. If you have any questions, please email our Hours Recorder, Mary Butler at hsahoursrecorder@stmaryum.org.

https://www.trackitforward.com/site/st-mary-of-the-assumption-hsa


Amazon Smile- AmazonSmile donates 0.5% of purchases to our school when you sign up!


From your desktop, go to http://smile.amazon.com and sign in to your Amazon account. Click on Select Your Charity, then search all charitable organizations, and type in "Saint Mary of the Assumption". Choose the option located in Upper Marlboro. Every time you shop, go to smile.amazon.com. Purchases from the regular Amazon site are not eligible.


From your app, click on the menu, and go to "All Programs". Click AmazonSmile. Click on Select Your Charity, then search all charitable organizations, and type in "Saint Mary of the Assumption". Choose the option located in Upper Marlboro. If AmazonSmile is "On" on your phone, there is no need to do anything different when you go to your app. You should see the AmazonSmile logo at the top.


If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to Omar Q. Wilkins at hsapresident@stmaryum.org.

Upcoming Dates

May 11: HSA Meeting 7:00 PM

May 13: Progress Check

May 13: 12:30 Dismissal (CHANGE FROM PRINTED CALENDAR)

May 14: 80s Prom Gala

May 19: Field Day

May 20: Candle Mass

May 20: 12:30 Dismissal

May 25: 8th Grade Class Trip

May 26: Graduation Rehearsal

May 27: 12:30 Dismissal

May 27: 8th Grade Honor Ceremony and Graduation

May 30: No School

June 9: Pre-K Graduation

June 10: 12:30 Dismissal