St. Mary Catholic Schools News

September 15, 2021

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Upcoming Events

Homecoming Week 2021

Homecoming Week 2021 is nearly here. Celebrate and share in our Zephyrs spirit!

Below are a few events SMCS families are invited to during homecoming week:

Sunday, September 19, 2021, 6 p.m., Zephyr Fields

Prayer service with pep rally to follow

Friday, September 24, 2021, 5 p.m., Schildt Park to SMCMS/HS Campus
SMCHS Homecoming Parade

Friday, September 24, 2021, 7 p.m., Zephyr Fields
Varsity Zephyrs Football Game vs. Wonewoc-Center

Stay tuned for more information about homecoming week from your campus principals and online at

Zephyrs student-athletes also compete in a variety of games, matches, and meets next week. Check out the athletics schedule here. Go Zephyrs!

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All Aboard 2021

All Aboard: One Night. One Event. To Ignite Giving.

Our SMCS community is gearing up for a first-of-its-kind event to celebrate and support our elementary and middle schools. We’re calling it ALL ABOARD, and we don’t want you to miss the train.

This casual evening of community on October 16 features three ticketing options, allowing you to customize the ride that’s right for you. You won't want to miss this evening of great food, exciting live entertainment, cash raffle, and more. It is all taking place on our SMC High School and Middle School campuses.

The first stop on this exciting evening is registration. Click here to join us for ALL ABOARD.

Click here to view the SMCS calendar for more upcoming events and happenings.

In Case You Missed It

Celebrate and Support Fine Arts at SMCS

SMCS celebrates National Arts in Education Week this week by showcasing and celebrating fine arts at SMCS. Fine arts curriculum and co-curriculars are a part of the enriching and exceptional student experience at SMCS, preschool through grade 12.

Check out videos from SMCHS Fine Arts students here sharing how fine arts have positively impacted them and their SMCS experience!

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ZFAB Creativity Takes Courage Campaign

Creativity takes courage. Self expression takes courage. Performing a solo takes courage. Showcasing a painting takes courage. Sharing an original song takes courage. Saying your first line takes courage. Creativity takes courage.

Fine Arts students at SMCS are able explore, develop, and share their creativity thanks to the support, generosity, and interest of so many individuals and businesses every year. Fine arts enhance and enlighten the exceptional student experience at SMCS and positively impact students’ well-being and growth, as well as brings performances, art, and music into our community.

Support SMCS Fine Arts through a Zephyrs Fine Arts Booster (ZFAB) year-long sponsorship at one of the following levels:

Diamond - $2500

Platinum - $1000

Gold - $750

Silver - $500

Bronze - $350

Zephyrs - $100

Learn more and become a sponsor this month at Your donation has a huge impact on our students and the success of fine arts programming at SMCS.


Opportunities for Community Mentors, Supporters, and SMCHS Students

The STEM Club welcomes all SMCHS students to join and can help with any STEM projects someone may have!

  • Photo drones to help with photography projects
  • Video equipment to help with video projects
  • Fly drones and rockets for fun
  • Use the mill and the 3-D printer
  • Build planes, robots, and drones for fun
  • Try a hand at aviation with STEM Club's flight simulator
  • And more

STEM Club is open most Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. and Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

This year, STEM Club also offers two more structured programs: VEX Robotics and ESports Team. VEX Robotics teams have roles for builders (lead and assistant), programmers (lead and assistant), technical journalists, drivers, tournament scouts and other.

The STEM Club also helps put on Robotics Tournaments in December and January, a STEM Saturday event for the community in March or April, and a Fly-In in July.

STEM Club is also always on the lookout for adult mentors to help with robotics, drone flying and making, RC Cars and planes, 3-D printing, milling, or any other STEM activity.

If you would like to be added to the STEM Club email list; have a high schooler who may be interested in VEX, ESports, or other STEM Club projects; or are an adult mentor who would like to share your expertise, time, and talents with our students, please email Phil Kerwin at

COVID Resources

Updated COVID and health protocols and policies are shared with families on a biweekly basis. The most recent all-system communication and protocol update was shared on September 10.

As of September 15, a couple new clarifying elements have been added to the protocols document, including what to do if awaiting a household member's test result (under "COVID-19 Testing") and a new chart (page 4) to utilize to determine next steps after exposure or if experiencing symptoms.

Click here to review the updated protocols and policies document.

Review the daily dashboard and other COVID resources here.

Business Office Updates

September Scrip Sale

Scrip sales are on for September for Kwik Trip (10%)* and Scanlan Studios (15%)! Stock up on scrip for fuel, food, updated family photos, next year's senior photos, and more with these deals.

* Scrip bonus rates were misprinted in the last e-newsletter.

ThankScriping Day - September 16 and 17

ThankScriping Day is coming September 16 – 17! Mark your calendar, and get ready to shop brands offering bonuses starting tomorrow.

• This huge earning event happens only 4x each year.

• People earn up to 20% with brands offering bonuses.

• An online account is required to participate.

• Bonuses apply to eGift cards and reloaded gift cards only. (Physical gift cards not included.)

Get the details at

School Menu Changes

SMCS students are not charged for school meals during the 2021-22 school year due to a federally funded waiver program. Because of the ongoing pandemic and disruptions in the food supply chain and labor shortages, last-minute menu changes and product substitutions may be made, but meals will still be balanced, healthy, and plentiful.

Please see this letter from Food Service Director Diane Agrell for more information about menu changes.

Tuition Payments

New for the 2021-22 school year, SMCS is using Smart Tuition for tuition management. Families can conveniently access and pay tuition and class fees online. Upfront, quarterly, and monthly payment options are offered. Pay your tuition online here.

Zephyrs Spirit Stop

Zephyrs Apparel For Sale and FAQs

Show your Zephyrs spirit! Order SMCS apparel from the Zephyrs Spirit Stop here. New styles and discounted items are available for online purchase. The Zephyrs Spirit Stop (located outside the SMCHS gymnasium) is also open during most home sporting events and will be open every Friday (school is in session) from 7:30-8:15 a.m.

Check out some of the most frequently asked questions about Zephyrs apparel and the Zephyrs Spirit Stop here, to help ease your browsing and buying experience!

Parish Connection

St. Gabriel

You are invited to St. Gabriel Parish for the kickoff Mass for 40 Days for Life -- Fox Valley on Tuesday, September 21 at 5:45 p.m.

Fr. Mark Mleziva, SMCHS chaplain and Diocese of Green Bay vocations director, will be the presider. After Mass, Beth Knapinski, SMCS sr. director of strategic advancement, will discuss her experience biking from Green Bay to St. Louis during a weeklong national group ride in support of the mission this summer for Biking for Babies. A second speaker will share her story that involved abortion and how she found forgiveness and peace. Refreshments will be served. No RSVP required.

St. Margaret Mary

Join the St. Margaret Mary Parish community for an outdoor Rosary on Wednesday, September 22 at 6 p.m. by the Statue of the Good Shepherd. Our Lord entrusted us with the fruits of all creation, that we might care for the earth and be nourished with its bounty. Join SMM in prayer together in gratitude for the harvest of food from the earth and those in the parish who distribute it.

St. Mary and St. John the Baptist

St. Mary and St. John the Baptist present "Jesus & The End Times" on Saturday, September 18, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., St. Mary - Msgr. Hummel Hall.

If you’ve ever wondered about where this world is heading and what the ultimate destiny of humanity is, then you don’t want to miss this powerful study of the truth about what the Bible and the Catholic Church teach about the last days. Please contact the parish office at 920-725-7714 to RSVP.

St. Patrick

All are invited to listen to Fr. Albert Haase, OFM, on "Hearing the Voice of God in Your Life" on Friday, September 17, 6:30-8 p.m., and Saturday, 8:30 a.m.- Noon, at St. Patrick Parish.

God speaks to us each and every day in the events and people we encounter as well as in our deepest feelings and most creative thoughts. Are we listening? How do we hear the voice of God in the nitty-gritty of our daily routines? Explore practical ways to grow in a deeper relationship with God by learning how God speaks in our everyday lives.

RSVP at A goodwill offering will be accepted that day or a donation of canned goods.

Employment Opportunities

We are looking for great people to join the SMCS team! Check out our current openings, including an Enrollment Manager, Grade 5 Teacher, Head Varsity Golf Coach, Teacher Aides, and more.

St. Mary Catholic Schools is preparing and inspiring students to lead meaningful lives, rooted in the teachings of Christ in our Catholic tradition.