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Feb. 9: 9 am Mass - led by Grade 8
Feb. 9: EARLY DISMISSAL: 11:30 am
Feb. 9: HSA Ice Skating Party, Northtown Center, 1:30 pm
Feb. 12: Decade Dress Day
Feb. 13: Red, Pink, Purple Valentines Dress Day
Feb. 14: Ash Wednesday Mass led by Bishop Mike
Feb. 14: Student Lenten Retreat
Feb. 14: 9 am Mass - led by Grade 7
Feb. 15: 100th Day of School
Feb. 16: Dress as your favorite storybook character
Feb. 19-23: February Recess, NO SCHOOL
Feb. 29: National Junior Honor Society Induction Dinner and Ceremony
Mar. 1: 9 am Mass - led by Grade 6
Mar. 2: HSA Roller Rink Party, Rainbow Skateland, 5-7 pm
Mar. 4: HSA Meeting, 7 pm
Mar. 6: No Starpoint Bus Service
Mar. 7: 9 am Thursday Mass - led by Grade 5
Mar. 8: NO SCHOOL - Teacher Inservice Day
Mar.15: Pray and Play
Mar. 22: 9 am Mass - led by Grade 3 (Sanderson)
Mar. 25-28: NO Starpoint Bus Services
Mar. 26: Optional Spring Pictures and Kindergarten Graduation Pictures
Mar. 28: 9 am Mass - led by Grade 3 (Ziomek)
Mar. 29: Good Friday - NO SCHOOL
We'd love to have you help out during lunch
As the weather starts to change, some of our students would rather stay inside. In order to accommodate students who want to stay inside and others that would like to go outside, we will need to have three adults present for safety. Please consider helping out.
Thank you so much to those who have been able to volunteer and help out in the lunchroom. It is such a blessing to have dedicated family members who are willing to help out!
A Note from the Cafeteria
Lunch orders for 2/26-3/1 are below. Please complete your order before the noon deadline, Monday 2/13.
This lunch order is for the week AFTER February break.
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Get ready to celebrate SMS next week during SPIRIT WEEK!
February 12th-16th is our SMS Spirit Week. See the images below for the schedule of fun events and themed dress days our Faculty Spirit Commitee has planned for your students all week!
Thank you so much to our HSA for paying for the Kevin McCarthy dance party on Monday of Spirit Week. The fundraising you do helps us to have special days like this!
Join us on Ash Wednesday for Mass with Bishop Mike
Bishop Mike will be joining Fr. Tom and Deacon Rick for our school Mass on Ash Wednesday at 9am. Following Mass he will be visiting classrooms following Mass and enjoying the activities of our schoolwide Ash Wednesday retreat. All are welcome to join us for Mass.
This year's Catholic Schools Week Breakfast was prepared by St. Mary's Knights of Columbus. It was a wonderful ministry to the family of SMS as parents have traditionally worked and prepared this breakfast. Thank you Knights, you allowed our families to relax and enjoy the food and fellowship!
Thanks also to the Spiritual Committee of the HSA and parents who worked together to setup/breakdown the gym, shop for and provide paper products, rolled plasticware, provided drinks/pastries/fruit, and coordinated the valentines for veterans and canned food donations. This combined effort made this year's breakfast a great success!
We need your assistance
St. Mary's School Swormville is in the midst of a self-assessment process that includes feedback and input from the full school community including students, their families, teachers, and other members of your school team. This accreditation process is being carried out by all parish schools and two regional schools in the Diocese of Buffalo.
Your participation in this survey is anonymous and the data from these surveys will be used by a committee at your school to determine the strengths of your school, as well as the areas that may need improvement. The results of the surveys will also be provided to a group representing the Diocese of Buffalo Catholic schools and a team of visitors that will visit your school to validate the self assessment your school has completed and determine if your school should be re-accredited by the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools.
The following survey should take about 10 minutes to complete, includes multiple choice questions, and the survey ends with three narrative questions where you are encouraged to share written comments about any section or any question. Please complete this survey by Friday, February 16th.
Remember to Re-Enroll for Next Year
Re-enrollment has ended, if you have not yet re-enrolled your students you will be receiving an email from Rebecca Kisailus to please do so as soon as possible . Also, if you chose the pay through FACTS option for your re-enrollment fee, that charge will be applied to your account next week and you should receive an email notification from FACTS when it is applied. Thank you!
Altar server training
For those who were not able to attend the training this past summer, a session has been scheduled for Saturday, February 17th from 10:00 am until noon. Boys and girls in grade 4 and above who have received their First Communion are eligible to be trained as an altar server. The training will be conducted by our adult server coordinator, Mr. Dick Marchessault. It will take place in the church. Contact Donna Allan at email@example.com if your child would like to attend.
Special Person Lunch Thank You
It was so wonderful seeing the smiles on not only the faces of our students but also their special friends last week at lunch. A huge THANK YOU goes out to SMS moms Ashley Latona and Becky Kisailus for taking pictures, creating special keepsake cards, and sending them home to each family. We hope you enjoy this labor of love as much as you enjoyed your time visiting SMS.
Come cheer on our SMS “Bees” and enjoy some great youth Basketball!
Fri. 2/9/24, 6 pm: SMS Girls Varsity vs St. Stephen (St. Greg's Gym)
Mon. 2/12/24, 6:30pm: SMS Girls Varsity Game in SMS Gym - 8th grade Rose Ceremony
Mon. 2/12/24, 7 pm: SMS Boys Varsity vs St. Mark's (St. Greg's Gym)
Tues. 2/13/24, 6 pm: SMS Boys JV vs St. Ben/SSPP (SMS Gym)
Mon. 2/26/24, 6 pm: SMS Boys Varsity vs Queen of Heaven (QOH Gym)
Tues. 2/27/24, 7 pm: SMS Boys Varsity vs Christ the King (SMS Gym)
Fri. 3/1/24, 5 pm: SMS Boys Varsity vs DeSales (DeSales Gym)
Fri. 3/1/24, 6 pm: SMS Boys Varsity vs Notre Dame (DeSales Gym)
Bowling Begins February 27th
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Fowler’s Chocolate Spring Candy Sale: 2/1 - 2/16
Roller Rink Party: 3/2
HSA Meeting MONDAY, MARCH 4th 7:00pm
St. Mary’s Spring for Success Auction Gala: 4/20
Save the Date: the 2024 Spring for Success Auction Gala will be held on April 20th!
St. Mary’s Annual Spring for Success Dinner and Auction Gala is Saturday April 20, 2024 at Marygold Manor, owned by our very own school family - the Urbanskis! This premier fundraiser will be extra special this year with our Parish celebrating its 175th year. The Gala will feature cocktails, a gourmet dinner, and silent & live auctions. Online Auction Bidding will also be a big part of our event with hundreds of people participating! With support and donations from parish families, friends, and local businesses, we will be able to raise funds for our faith community to continue our good works we began 175 years ago. Please visit springforsuccess.com to see how you can help. Some ideas are:
An array of contributions are needed including travel experiences, unique items, winery and distillery tours, hometown experiences, gift cards and more. A list was mailed to all parishioners, or you can check out our Amazon wish list here. With your generosity, St. Mary's will continue to offer essential programming and opportunities for all of our children & adult parishioners to grow in their faith and continue being disciples of Christ. Questions on advertising or becoming a sponsor? Please contact the Parish Office at 716-688-9380 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
JOIN US for the HSA ROLLER SKATING NIGHT
Saturday, March 2nd 5-7pm at Rainbow Rink Skateland!
PROCEEDS WILL BE USED TO PURCHASE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE AUCTION ON BEHALF OF ALL SCHOOL FAMILIES.
St. Mary School
Location: 6919 Transit Road, East Amherst, NY, USA