St. Mary's Newsletter

St. Mary's Preschool and Elementary School

Happy Fall Break!

I hope everyone enjoys our Fall Break this weekend! Although it is not as long as we would like, having an extra day to spend with family is always a reason to celebrate. I hope you have a wonderful weekend with your family making memories and staying cozy.

Thank you to everyone who helped to make classroom Halloween parties, the Teacher Luncheon/Dinner during conferences, and Trunk or Treat huge successes! St. Mary's has such a wonderful school community and we are blessed to have students, faculty and staff, parents, grandparents, and members of the Joplin community who love and support our school. The rain may have dampened our outdoor plans, but we certainly had a lot of fun regardless of the weather!

New Masking Guidelines

Please be aware that on Monday, November 1 our new masking guidelines go into effect. You should have received an email from Sister Julie Thursday morning explaining the timing and details of the update. In addition to her letter, a guideline image and masking form were included in the email. Please make sure to read all documents carefully and return the signed masking form back to school on Monday so we may respect your masking wishes for your child. If you were able to attend parent-teacher conferences on Thursday you may have already signed and returned the form to your child's teacher during conferences. If not, please sign and return the form (either a paper copy or a scanned copy emailed to me or the school office) as soon as possible. JACS masking guidelines are relaxing, but my commitment to keeping St. Mary's clean, safe, and open for our students has not wavered.
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Winter Dress Code

St. Mary's Kindergarten - 5th Grade winter dress code goes into effect on Monday, November 1. Please read the following updates carefully and make sure your child's clothing reflects the changes. If your child is out of dress code you will be called and expected to bring the correct item/items so your child will be wearing proper uniform pieces. If you have any questions, please refer to the Dress Code Guidelines your Family Handbook, the items listed below are not the complete dress code.

  • Shorts may not be worn from November 1 until March 1 during each school year.
  • Elementary girls who wear a uniform skirt, skort, or jumper must wear knee high socks, tights (solid white or navy), or leggings (solid white or navy) instead of ankle socks to keep legs covered and warm during the chilly winter months. Ankle socks or crew socks may not be worn with skirts, skorts, or jumpers until March 1, 2022.
  • Sweaters may be crewneck with long sleeves, vest, crewneck or V-neck cardigan, or quarter zip. Sweaters must be solid white, red, or navy blue. No loose weaves, no patterns, no hoods.
  • Only St. Mary’s or JACS sweatshirts/hoodies are allowed to be worn during the school day. JACS hoodies must be worn over a uniform shirt except on Charity Dress Day or Casual Dress Days, and may not be worn to Mass. No other sweatshirts/hoodies may be worn during the school day except when worn outside as outerwear.
  • Solid colored leggings in white or navy may be worn from November 1 to February 28 under skirts, skorts, or jumpers an as extra layer during colder weather. Leggings may not be worn as pants at any time, except on Charity/ Free Dress Days.

In addition to these seasonal changes, please remember that no-show socks MAY NEVER BE WORN to school, they are not part of the uniform dress code. Socks should be solid white, khaki, red, or navy blue in color, no patterns are allowed on normal uniform dress days. Girls may wear ankle length socks with pants but need to follow winter dress code guidelines when wearing skirts, skorts, or jumpers. Boys may wear crew or mid-calf socks and must be clearly visible on the ankle above the top of the shoe. Many students are coming to school wearing no-show socks to school and your attention to following this part of the dress code would be greatly appreciated.

November Charity Dress Day

St. Mary's next Charity Dress Day on Thursday, November 3 will benefit St. Peter the Apostle's Outreach House. The Outreach House provides a free lunch Monday through Friday, and two times a month on Sundays, to anyone in need of a meal in the Joplin area. We will be raising funds that will help volunteers purchase food and other supplies to help those in need to have a delicious and nutritious meal. Thank you in advance for your thoughtful and generous donation to this month's charity. As a reminder, in order for students to dress out of uniform clothing for this day, a monetary donation to the charity should be brought to school in order to participate.
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Día de los Muertos

Students are learning about Day of the Dead or Día de los Muertos. This is a beautiful way that people in Mexico, Latin America and other countries—including the United States—honor their loved ones who have passed away. Our 5th graders have done an amazing job making altars and project boards that portray this special way of remembering and celebrating those who are no longer with us. Their work will be on display in the library for the next week for all to see! Parents are welcome to visit the library before or after school to see the work and loving care that our students have put into the altars for their loved ones.

Día de los Muertos coincides with our own very special Catholic commemoration of the Faithful Departed (All Souls Day), also celebrated on November 2 of each year. On this day, we remember and pray for the souls of those who have died. The Catholic Church considers November to be the Month of the Holy Souls. We have set up an ‘ofrenda’ at St. Mary’s for our school family, and you are invited to send pictures of your loved ones who have passed away. Pictures will be placed on the altar and will be returned toward the end of November. Please be sure to put your name on the back of each picture. We are honored to display photos of our families so they may be kept close in thought and prayer.

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Scholastic Book Fair

The Book Fair is coming! The Book Fair is coming! The Scholastic Book Fair will be at St. Mary's Monday, November 1 - Friday, November 5. The book fair is always a highly anticipated school event and a chance for students to purchase reasonably priced books while helping our school add to our classroom and school libraries. The book fair will be set up on Monday morning, students will visit the book fair on Monday to make their book fair "Wish List" to bring home. The book fair will be open Monday - Friday after school from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. and each school day (Tuesday - Friday) from 7:30 -10:30 a.m. The book fair will be moved into the parish hall for Grandparents Day so there is extra room for students and their families to shop.
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Grandparents Day

Grandparents Day is this coming Friday, November 5 for our Pre-K to 5th Grade students and their families. We will start our special day together at Mass, beginning at 8:30 a.m. After Mass, families will enter the school and rotate within 4 activities within the school: refreshments in the cafeteria, the Scholastic Book Fair in the parish hall, Grandparents Day photos in the Commons, and classroom visits. Grandparents Day is a come and go type of event ending at 10:30 a.m.
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Tinker Bell

McAuley Catholic High School theatre class will be performing Tinker Bell on November 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the McAuley MPR. Tickets for the family friendly play are $5 each. This fresh and intensely theatrical adaptation of the classic story emphasizes play and fun as well as the complicated nature of friendship, and is perfect for children of all ages to attend.

Patrick Flynn's play tells the story of Peter Pan, but from Tinker Bell's perspective. When all the fairies in Neverland start dying, Tinker Bell comes to London to find a friend. She meets a young boy named Peter Pan who has just run away from his family so he can be a little boy forever and have fun. When Tink takes Peter to Neverland, all sorts of wonderful and amazing things happen: flowers grow, animals appear, and pirates arrive. As Peter brings the Darling children and more Lost Boys to her island, Tinker Bell finds she doesn’t like sharing her friend with anyone else, especially that Wendy girl. A new, twinkling light shines on all the characters you love as J.M. Barrie’s story is reborn from this feisty fairy’s point of view.

Inter-State School Picture Retakes

Inter-State Studio pictures arrived this week and if you attended your child's parent-teacher conference on Thursday you received your child's picture packet. If you were not able to attend conferences, pictures will be sent home with your child on Monday. If your child was absent when pictures were taken in early October and/or if pictures didn't turn out as well as you had hoped, retake day is Monday, November 8 and Tuesday, November 9. Elementary students should still wear a navy or red uniform shirt and Preschool students may wear any outfit for retakes.

Parents may preview pictures that were taken in October at, using the St. Mary's order code 61035VB.

St. Mary's Youth Basketball League

Plans are already being made for the St. Mary's Youth Basketball League! The league is open to all 3rd - 5th grade boys and girls who are enrolled at our school. Practices will start in December for most teams, but they may start earlier. Team practices are usually two nights a week. League play will start in January with two games being playing on Saturdays. League play only lasts a few weekends and it is a great experience for our students!

Cost is $25 per student, with the price being waived for families who are current members of the JACS Booster Club. We are in need of coaches who are willing to create a positive experience for our players! Coaches must be VIRTUS trained and these fun-filled hours (either coaching and/or attending games) count towards Care and Share hours. For more information please contact Aubrey Doss at

JACS SCRIP Coordinator

JACS is looking for someone special to head up the SCRIP program for our school system, especially with the upcoming holiday season. Last year JACS sold $5,000+ in SCRIP gift cards during the holidays. There is no additional cost to purchase the gift cards from SCRIP, the gift card companies give the school a percentage back of the gift card sale. It's a great way to shop AND raise money for our school system, too!

Scrip Coordinator duties may include:

  • Ordering gift cards
  • Keeping the boxes stocked
  • Coordinating individuals to sell after Mass

Contact Marjorie Comer at (417) 624-5003 ext. 207 or for more information.

Important Dates to Remember

Monday, November 1: Winter Dress Code goes into effect

Tuesday, November 2: First Tuesday at Club 609

Wednesday, November 3: Charity Dress Day benefitting St. Peter's Outreach House

Friday, November 5: Grandparents Day for Pre-K to 5th Grade, starting with 8:30 a.m. Mass

Monday, November 7 and Tuesday, November 8: Inter-State Retake Pictures

Friday, November 12: Veterans Day Mass and Reception starting at 8:30 a.m.

Friday, November 12: Noon Dismissal, Teacher PD

Thursday, November 18: Free Dress Day

Wednesday, November 24 - Sunday, November 28: Thanksgiving Break

Monday, November 29: Classes Resume