St. Mary's Newsletter

St. Mary's Preschool and Elementary School

Holy Week

Holy Week begins this weekend with Palm Sunday, which marks Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem. As Father Joe told us during School Mass on Friday, the palms we hold should act as our "palm palms" to celebrate and welcome Jesus into our lives just like the people in Jerusalem did. Father Joe told us we should be thinking and expressing "Yay, Jesus!" as we hold our palms during Mass this Sunday.

Following Palm Sunday is the Easter Triduum, the three days just before Easter. On Holy Thursday, we reenact the Lord's Last Supper, which He shared with His apostles on the night He was betrayed and arrested. This is one of the most beautiful liturgies of the entire liturgical year. At the Mass, the priest will wash the feet of twelve people, just as Jesus did. Also on this night, priests all over the world will renew their sacred vows. This is because, at the Last Supper, Jesus not only instituted the Mass (Eucharist) but also the ministerial priesthood.

On Good Friday, the day of the crucifixion and death of our Lord, we have the veneration of the Cross. A service is held at three o'clock in the afternoon (the hour He is believed to have died) and another later in the evening. We go forward and kiss the Cross in order to show honor and respect for Christ's sacrifice for our sake. There is no consecration of the Eucharist on this day, and the Communion we receive will be from the night before, which has been reserved in the tabernacle.

Holy Saturday is a vigil as we keep watch for the expectant rising of Our Savior. Also on this night, persons who have spent months of preparation will be received through Baptism and Confirmation into the Catholic Church for the first time. It is a joyous occasion.

Those who engage themselves wholeheartedly in living the entire paschal cycle (Lent, Triduum and Easter's Fifty Days) discover that it can change them forever. This is especially so of the Triduum which, standing at the heart of the Easter season, is an intense immersion in the fundamental mystery of what it is to be Christian. During these days, we suffer with Christ so that we might rise with Him at His glorious Resurrection. Holy Week is a time to clear our schedules of unnecessary activities. Our minds and hearts should be fixed on Jesus and what He did for us. Let us bear the Cross so that may be worthy of wearing the crown He wore ( ).

Penny War Results

St. Mary's Penny Wars this week was a great success, raising over $2,500 for Mother's House, the recipient of Bishop Rice's Youth Lenten Mission of Mercy. Thank you for your thoughtful and generous support of the fundraiser, and for helping your child learn and practice the importance of helping others. All 26 schools within the Diocese of Springfield - Cape Girardeau participate in the Mission of Mercy, with all funds this year being donated to Mother's House. What a beautiful difference our pennies and other change will make!

Congratulations to Mrs. Taylor's Kindergarten class who won the Early Learners - Kindergarten category and to Mrs. Staton's 4th Grade class who won the 1st - 5th Grade category! Both classes will enjoy a movie party with snacks AND a coveted week of free dress days (except for Mass on Friday) the week of April 25 - 29.

Penny Wars is always a fun and exciting week of competition and good sportsmanship for a good cause. Finding out which class won in each category is always big news, but our entire school community is the true winner when we come together to love and care for each other in Christ's name.

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Summer School 2022

Your family should have received a Summer School 2022 booklet in your child's folder or Family Communicator Envelope on Friday. St. Mary's summer school is always a big hit, and this year's classes are going to be fun and enriching experiences for any area child who is entering Advanced Learners (3 yrs. old preschool) - 6th Grade.

You may notice as you look through the booklet that only one week of classes is being offered this year, June 6 -9. Due to faculty and staff family and health obligations this summer, our class offerings are not as plentiful as in years past, but each will be a wonderful experience for your child. The classes we are offering will not only be incredible learning experiences, but will also fill quickly. Class size is limited to 16 students for most classes, and classes are filled on a first come, first served basis. Your enrollment form and $15 registration fee will hold your child's spot. Please note that there are both morning and afternoon classes offered during the week with the option for your child to stay for a full day of fun. More information about the classes, how to enroll, and other details are included in the booklet. Please reach out to the school office or me ( if you have any questions.

Now Enrolling for the 2022-2023 School Year

Registration for the 2022-2023 school year is open! You should have received a letter from Sister Julie last week with information about registering your child for the next school year. Submitting the registration form by April 30, 2022 is critical for several reasons, most importantly to help us plan for faculty and class size for the next school year. St. Mary's has classes that are currently split or were capped at 25 this year, and your prompt attention will help me plan for next year. Current families who register after April 30 will be assessed a late fee and your child could be put on a wait list if the class enrollment is full.

To complete the re-enrollment process: (Please note that this process is difficult to complete on a cell phone. If you do not have a computer available to use, we will have computers available at each school to complete your registration.)

  • Please go to
  • Select Parent Log In from the menu bar and FACTS Family Portal from the drop-down menu.
  • After logging in, click on Apply/Enroll in the left menu.
  • Click on the Enrollment/Re-enrollment link.


Review the information in your packet. Please make sure to update, correct and complete all forms. You will find the Re-Enrollment/Registration forms listed in the left menu, beginning with the Enrollee Information form.

In your online re-enrollment packet, a yellow caution sign will appear in the menu next to forms that are missing required information. If a form contains all required information, a green check mark will appear next to the form's menu item.

You can review the entire enrollment packet at any time by selecting the Enrollment Packet Review item on the left menu. From here, you will also be able to print a PDF of the enrollment packet in its current state.

After you complete the enrollment packet, a Submit Enrollment Packet and Make Payment form will appear. Please follow the instructions provided online to submit the enrollment packet along with the registration fee payment as follows:

Returning Student $50 ($100 after April 30)
New Student $50

If for some reason your child will not be returning to St. Mary's, please log into the FACTS Enrollment portal and select the Will Not Enroll option. If your child will not be returning to St. Mary's next year I ask that you contact me. Every St. Mary's student and family is important to me, and I would welcome the opportunity to visit with you. If your reason for not returning is based on financial need, please feel free to contact Marla Testerman, our admissions coordinator, regarding scholarship assistance opportunities.

Next Steps:

After your enrollment packet is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive a confirmation email, the registration has not been submitted. If you need assistance at any point, please contact us for assistance.

Financial Holds

Please note, if for some reason your tuition payments or incidental billing charges are not up to date, you will not be able to complete your re-enrollment until you have taken care of this financial obligation.

Parish Codes

If you are a registered member of St. Mary or St. Peter the Apostle parishes in Joplin or Sacred Heart parish in Webb City, you will need to obtain a new parish code from your respective parish in order for us to charge you the parish tuition rate rather than full tuition. If you do not yet have your code, you can complete your re-enrollment process and leave the space blank for this. Once you have the parish code you will need to contact Marla Testerman to provide her with this information. When we have this code from you, we will finalize your tuition charges for the new school year. Please provide parish code information by Friday, May 20 so that we may finalize tuition agreements in early June.

If you have any questions about the process, please contact Marla Testerman, who is coordinating our admissions and enrollment process, at 417-624-5003 ext. 203 or You are also welcome to contact St. Mary's school office for general questions about the enrollment process. As always, we are here to help your family in any way we are able.

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Spring Programs and Project Fairs

St. Mary's annual Spring Programs and Project Fairs are just around the corner! Please make plans to join us for these special evenings in May.

Wednesday, May 11: Kindergarten - 2nd Grade Spring Program and Project Fair beginning at 6:00 p.m. in St. Mary's Church

Wednesday, May 18: 3rd - 5th Grade Spring Program and Project Fair beginning at 6:00 p.m. in St. Mary's Church

Tuesday, May 24: Preschool Spring Program beginning at 10:00 a.m. in St. Mary's Church

We will begin the Spring Programs for Kindergarten - 5th Grades promptly at 6:00 p.m. in St. Mary's Church. After each elementary program, students and families will transition to the St. Mary's Parish Hall to see the amazing research projects on display during our annual Project Fair. It will be a wonderful evening highlighting the many gifts and talents of our students, and one night you won't want to miss!

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April Showers Bring May Flowers

April showers bring May flowers and St. Mary's has just what you need to get your garden and home blooming! Instead of using cash or your credit card to purchase flowers, plants, and garden supplies for your yard AND/OR their delicious coffees and desserts, order a few gift cards from St. Mary's to use! This is a great idea for yourself and for any spring gifts you may need including Mother's Day, birthdays, graduations, and showers.

St. Mary's fund raiser will continue through the end of April. With every $25 dollars purchased in gift card sales through St. Mary's, Joplin Greenhouse will donate a generous percentage back to St. Mary's. Gift cards may be purchased for ANY amount in $25 dollar increments, and can be used for both Joplin Greenhouse and The Coffee Shop purchases. Gift cards will be delivered to families twice a month. Please give the school office a call if you need more information.

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Important Dates to Remember

Sunday, April 10: Palm Sunday

Thursday, April 14: Holy Thursday- Noon Dismissal, No After School Care

Friday, April 15 - Monday, April 18: Easter Holiday

Tuesday, April 19: Classes Resume

Wednesday, April 20: Rescheduled 4th Grade GW Carver Field Trip

Thursday, April 21 - Friday, April 22: Inter-State Spring Photos

Thursday, April 21: AHA Sliming of the Priests, 2:00 p.m.

Friday, April 22: AHA Gym Jam, 2:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 24: First Communion at St. Mary's Parish, 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, April 28: 5th Grade Diocesan Retreat at St. Agnes in Springfield

Saturday, April, 30: JACS Auction: Derby 2022

Monday, May 2: May Crowning and Rosary in St. Mary's School Courtyard, 8:30 a.m.

Wednesday, May 4: Charity Dress Day

Wednesday, May 4: 4th Grade Field Trip to Prairie State Park

Monday, May 9: 5th Grade Spanish Trip to Festival

Tuesday, May 10: Great Americans Day in Carthage

Wednesday, May 11: Kindergarten - 2nd Grade Spring Program and Project Fair, 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 12: Preschool's Big Wheel Day

Friday, May 13: Noon Dismissal, Faculty PD Day

Sunday, May 15: First Communion at St. Peter the Apostle

Tuesday, May 17: Advanced Learners and Pre-K Field Trip to Oceans Adventures

Tuesday, May 17: Early Learners Fun in the Sun Day

Wednesday, May 18: 3rd - 5th Grade Spring Program and Project Fair, 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 19: Free Dress Day and FIELD DAY!

Tuesday, May 24: Preschool Spring Program, 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, May 24: 3rd Grade Field Trip to Bluff Dwellers Cave

Wednesday, May 25: Pre-K Graduation, 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 25: 5th Grade Trip to Tulsa

Friday, May 27: School Mass and Student Awards, 8:30 a.m.

Friday, May 27: Noon Dismissal, LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!