October 5, 2018

Mrs. Marvin's Corner

Picture Day! It's always an exciting day at the school. Everyone comes in with their special picture day attire. Fall is also a popular time for many classes to attend field trips. Last week we went to the apple orchard, the Amish Farm and Der Dutchman and Mohican Outdoor School. Mohican Outdoor School has been a long time experience that develops many memories for our students. Please remember to stop by Sunday after the 11am Mass to the Activity Center. The St. Francis Fall Festival with donuts and cider, activities and a Special Kindergarten Production of "St. Francis and the Wolf. See you there.


Book Fair will be held during Conference Week. We are in need of volunteers to work the Book Fair. Please contact Susan Biery or leave a message with the school if you are able to donate an hour of your time.

Picture Day Photos

Walk a Mile in My Shoes Walkathon and Shoe Drive

St. Mary School's Make-a-Difference Social Justice Club is currently sponsoring Two service projects to raise awareness and provide help for Syrian refugees who have been forced to flee their homeland as a result of more than 7 years of civil war and persecution.

We are sponsoring a "Walk a Mile in My Shoes" Shoe Drive. Partnering with Soles for Souls, (an Ohio-based charity that distributes shoes to refugees throughout the world) we will be collecting donations of new or gently-used shoes of all sizes and all types throughout the month on October. If you would like to help, you may drop off your donations in the big blue and yellow box in the school lobby.

On Monday, October 22nd, the entire school will be participating in a "Walk a Mile in My Shoes" Schoolwide Walkathon. The Walkathon will be designed as a refugee crisis simulation and will generate funds for Catholic Relief Services programs targeting the needs of Syrian refugees in Europe. If you would like to contribute to our walkathon fundraiser, St. Mary students will be available by the church elevators following the Masses on the weekend of October 13-14 if you would be willing to make a pledge for this worthy cause.

When asked why we "shoe-ed" care about refugees who live halfway around the world, one young Social Justice Club member explained, "Well, Jesus said, "Whatever you do for the least of my people, you do for me."

Field Trip Time at the Apple Orchard, Amish Farm and Mohican Outdoor School

St. Mary Preschool enjoying the nice weather

The preschoolers spent time measuring the Big Buckeye Tree in front of the rectory and making tree rubbings outside.

How can you turn "10 Apples Up on Top" Into a STEM Project?

Only Kindergarten knows how! The challenge was to build a contraption to hold 10 apples on top of their heads. A variety of methods were developed and tested. What did they find out? The project was a bigger challenge than what happened in the book.

STEM Projects throughout the Building

Mr. Woods(Science) and Mr. Crawford(Math) have spearheaded the STEM Lab at St. Mary School. With the help of many St. Mary families and the Romich Foundation we have been able to expand our capacity for a varied level of STEM projects in grades 4-7. We are looking forward to expanding our STEM projects to the younger grades. Working in collaborative groups students are asked to research, design and build a project that is a working model. The current projects the teams are working on are Bridge Design and Building, Making a catapult, Designing a Windmill for Alternative Energy.

Dates to Remember

October 12th Teacher Professional Development, No School for Students

October 17th and 18th Parent-Teacher Conferences

October 19th No School for Staff or Students

October 22nd Walk a Mile in My Shoes Walk-a-thon

October 24th Mass with Bishop Nelson Perez at the 9:30 AM Mass and Parent Day

October 31st 2PM The "BOOtiful Parade" and Classroom Festivities