St. Mary's Newsletter
St. Mary's Preschool and Elementary
Congratulations to Mrs. Turk!
Nominate a St. Mary's Teacher!
Speaking of special teachers, it's time to nominate St. Mary's teachers for the Golden Apple! The Golden Apple Award was established by the Joplin Chamber of Commerce to recognize excellence in teaching and the positive influences a teacher has in a child’s life. How often do we regret our failure to praise someone for a job well done, or thank someone for the positive influence they had on our lives? Please consider taking a few moments to say “thank you” with a nomination for one of our outstanding educators.
Golden Apple nominations may be written on paper and mailed in or submitted digitally. Educators may be nominated by other teachers, administrators, parents, and the general public. The deadline for submissions has been extended to MONDAY, MARCH 6 at 5:00 p.m. More information about the Golden Apple and a digital Nomination Form can be found at https://joplincc.com/goldenapple/. If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie McGrew at the Joplin Chamber, 624-4150.
The Golden Apple Award is a one-time honor, making the award that much more special. The St. Mary's school family is the home to several Golden Apple Award recipients who may not be nominated again--Mrs. Taylor, Mrs. Conklin, Mrs. Lown and Mrs. Black, who was the recipient of the award in 2022.
Congratulations to our Honor Choir Students!
Mardi Gras Celebration on Tuesday!
To make the day more special, Home and School will be serving Mardi Gras cake at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, complete with a hidden good luck baby for each class! We are thankful for the time, special care, and support Home and School provides to our school community, thank you for all of the fun festivities!
Read Across America Week
Read Across America Week is right around the corner! St. Mary’s will join schools throughout the country to celebrate our love of reading and the birthday of Dr. Seuss! To celebrate the week we are having themed days, each inspired by a Dr. Seuss book. Here is the schedule for the week:
Monday: My Many Colored Days - Wear as many colors as you can!
Tuesday: Cat in the Hat Day - Wear your favorite wacky hat and lots of red, white, and stripes!
Wednesday: If I Ran the Zoo - Wear animal prints or camo and bring one stuffed animal to read with at school (stuffed animal MUST fit in your child’s backpack).
Thursday: The Sleep Book - Wear your pajamas or comfy clothing to school as we celebrate reading all day! Guest and faculty readers, reading buddies, and DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) will be fun additions to our day.
Friday: The Foot Book - Wear your wackiest socks and mismatched shoes with school uniform clothing for Mass (Pre-K thru 5th Grade will change shoes after Mass).
K-5th Grade students may be out of dress code each day EXCEPT FRIDAY if they participate in the day's theme. If a student chooses not to participate in a day’s theme, he or she must be in school uniform. Non-ripped jeans, leggings, and sweat pants are appropriate bottoms to wear each themed day, but please ensure your Kindergarten - 5th Grade child is in uniform clothing for Mass on Friday.
St. Mary's Open House
St. Mary's is hosting a Preschool and Elementary Open House for interested families on Saturday, March 4 from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. The morning will include school tours, time spent in classrooms visiting with teachers, and information about what sets St. Mary's apart from other private and public schools in the area. An informational postcard was sent home with your child this week for you to pass on to a family member or friend. Personal testimonials from friends and family are a key way families find out about our school, so please share the postcard with someone you know who may be interested in attending the open house. For more information, please call the St. Mary's office, 623-1465.
If you are available to help host and tour visiting families during the Open House, please let me know. Teachers will be in their classrooms to visit with families, and it would be nice to have smiling, friendly faces showing families around the school and to their respective classroom. We would love to have around 10 parents help out from 8:45 - 11:00 a.m. Thank you in advance for lending a helping hand and a friendly face to our school community.
St. Mary's Penny Wars!
Each year Bishop Rice chooses a deserving charity within our diocese to highlight in his Lenten Youth Mission of Mercy. This year Bishop Rice has chosen the Stockton Area Ministerial Alliance as the beneficiary to the Mission of Mercy, located in Stockton, MO.
The Stockton Area Ministerial Alliance helps people in need with phone bills, propane, electricity and food. Their pantry feeds 150-175 families once a month. Families are only allowed to come once a month because of their limited resources and because the need is great. Of course, children benefit greatly from the food pantry because almost all of the families have children. It is a sad fact that the face of hunger in our country is the face of a woman and of a child.
To help the families who receive support and hope from the Stockton Ministerial Alliance, St. Mary's will be holding our annual Penny War to raise funds for the deserving charity. More details of the Lenten Youth Mission of Mercy and St. Mary's Penny Wars will be included in future Communicator Newsletters and in your family's Communicator Envelope.
Start saving your pocket change now for the always exciting fundraiser, it will be held the week of Monday, March 6 - Friday, March 10!
Yearbook Photos Wanted!
Speaking of yearbooks, don't forget that 2022-2023 yearbooks are still for sale! Yearbook order forms can be picked up from the school office or may be ordered online from Inter-State Studio using www.inter-state.com/order and entering St. Mary's code: 72964D. Online yearbook ordering closes on Friday, March 10!
Important Dates to Remember
Monday, February 20: Presidents' Day, No School
Tuesday, February 20: Mardi Gras-themed Free Dress Day
Tuesday, February 21: Home and School serves Mardi Gras Cake, 2:00 p.m.
February 21-February 28: Kid's Heart Challenge benefitting the American Heart Association
Wednesday, February 22: Ash Wednesday, School Mass at 8:30 a.m.
Monday, February 27-Friday, March 3: Read Across America Week
Tuesday, February 28: Dr. B Dental Visit for EL-K students, 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, March 1: Spring Dress Code Begins!
Wednesday, March 1: Charity Dress Day benefitting Bishop Rice's Lenten Mission Campaign
Saturday, March 4: St. Mary's Open House, 9-11:00 a.m.
Monday, March 6-Friday, March 10: St. Mary's Penny Wars!
Tuesday, March 7: First Tuesday at Club 609
Wednesday, March 15 and Thursday, March 16: Parent-Teacher Conferences, 3:30-6:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 16: St. Patrick's Free Dress Day!
Friday, March 17: No School, Parent-Teacher Conferences
Monday, March 20-Friday, March 24: Spring Break
Monday, March 27: Classes Resume
Tuesday, March 28: St. Mary's Student Penance Service, 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 30: Home and School Spring Meeting, 6:00 p.m.