St. Mary Catholic Middle School
News Update: December 15, 2021
"Loving God, we thank You for the joy You bring us. Help us prepare our hearts for the Lord's coming by helping us see that Christ came for every person we meet wherever we go." Advent Prayer Week 3
Band Concert Next Week
A few notes for our band families:
- Students should arrive at 5:45. Warm ups will begin at 6:00
- Students and families are expected to stay for the duration of the concert to support all of the musicians.
- Band students should wear white band polos or a plain white dress shirt, black dress pants, black socks, and black shoes.
We are offering a guided study hall for students with late work to get caught up in a timely manner. We call this Power Hour. This is an after-school opportunity to empower students to have control over their academic success. Power Hour is offered every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:15-4:30. Students will call home informing you that they need to stay after school for this opportunity to be proactive with their homework.
Please help us to help your child stay current with all homework by supporting this study hall and providing afterschool transportation when it is needed for your student.
Inclement Weather Information
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A Reminder from Mrs. Eggert
Students MUST bring indoor use only gym shoes on the days they have Phys Ed., as noted in the school supply list. As you can imagine, street shoes get wet, salty, and sometimes muddy as students make their way into the building in the morning and that combination is bad news for our gym floor.
Thanks for helping your students remember!
Fitness Center Use
Middle School students are invited to use the fitness center after school, but they must change here at the Middle School before heading over. The high school locker rooms are extremely crowded after school, and more students could pose safety concerns.
Thanks for reminding your student of this.
Better as a Zephyr: Leading down the right track
Congrats to Grace, Gretchen, Joe, and Isabelle for being this week's Better as a Zephyr: Leading Down the Right Track award recipients. These students are being recognized for displaying integrity and compassion in the classroom!
Their names will be displayed in our Commons space and they receive their choice of a reward for being "caught" living out these core values of our SMCS system!
Thanks for Supporting Our Sock Collection
The residents of American Grand Assisted Living will have toasty toes this winter, thanks to the compassion and generosity displayed by our SMCMS family. Socks are being packaged up and delivered to the 60+ residents this week!
Gretchen (grade 6) and Isabelle (grade 8) show off a few of the socks collected
Theology of the Body: a note about upcoming curriculum
Dear Parents and Guardians,
It is appropriate that education in human sexuality find its primary focus within the family context. Each of us begins the long process of moving toward maturity from our first moments of life. Informal education in human sexuality begins right from birth. Particularly with regard to the sexuality education of young children, the family setting is the “preferential place,” for parents seem best suited to offer “clear and delicate sex education” appropriately adapted to the age, maturity, and “sense of decency” of each child. (Taken from Human Sexuality: A Catholic Perspective for Education and Lifelong Learning, p. 71).
This letter comes to you as a reminder of your role in educating your child in human sexuality. As the statement above indicates, the primary education of this matter is best left to parents. As the parent of a middle school child, you need to know that we will again use a program called Family Life, published by RCL Benziger, for grade 6 and Theology of the Body in grades 7 & 8. We will begin those lessons after Christmas break.
What does that mean for you as parents? It simply means that you are encouraged to look for opportunities to initiate and facilitate discussions at home that support this curriculum. If you have not yet talked to your child about things such as puberty, chastity, intercourse, the gift of our sexuality (being male or female), procreation, respect for life, etc., you may want to begin to do so at this time. Middle school students will hear and learn all these things through less desirable channels if you do not take an active role as a parent to help instill our Catholic values.
It is important that conversations about things begin early so that you can establish a rapport with your child, thereby helping him/her to feel comfortable talking to you again in the future. They are not too young to hear and learn about human sexuality.
Please feel free to call with any questions or concerns, or if you are looking for conversation starters. We would be happy to help you in obtaining appropriate information, based on our Catholic teachings, so you can pass it on to your child.
Thank you for your time.
Mary Lou Kalaus
Counselor and Campus Minister
St. Mary Catholic Schools
Hot Lunch Help Needed!
The volunteer shift this year will run from 11:00am-12:30pm. Volunteers must wear closed toed shoes and a hat or hairnet. If you are able to help, click here to reserve your spot.
Middle School After School Care
Saint Mary Catholic Middle School will offer after school care for the 2021-2022 school year from 3:15pm-5:15pm. Students will use this time to work on homework and assignments in the commons.
The fee for after school care will be $5.50 per hour per student. Please send a check to the school office to be credited to your after school care account (much like we do for hot lunch.) We will let you know when your balance is close to 0. Please preregister your student 24 hours in advance to participate.
Middle School students are not permitted to be on campus without adult supervision. If a student is still on campus after 3:30pm, they will be signed into After School Care.
Seeking Short Term Host Families for Special Program
SMCS is seeking host families for middle school aged-students from South Korea from January 5 to February 3. The students will attend middle school and have other cultural activities planned as a group on the weekends. Being a host family is a rewarding, fun and educational experience for all members of the family and an opportunity to create long-lasting relationships! A stipend of $600 will be paid for hosting. If interested, please contact Sue Thelen, SMCS International Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 920-722-7796, ext. 808.
Please share with others who may be interested.
For a complete calendar listing, view our Calendar online
12-16 Mass 9:30am FAEC
12-17 Final Aloha Friday Out of Dress Code for Hasz family
12-20 MS and HS Band Concert 6:30pm FAEC
12-23-1-2 No School Christmas Break