St. Mary School Newsletter

Escondido, California

April 29, 2022

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Principal's Message

Congrats to two of our 8th graders for receiving the following Escondido Rotary Awards:

  • Service Above Self Award- Madison
  • Outstanding Scholar Award: Kiersten

We are so proud of you! Thank you for representing our school in such a positive way!

Please keep our second graders in your prayers, as they are in the final stages of First Communion preparation and will receive their First Holy Communion on Saturday, 5/7.

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May Crowning is on Wednesday, May 11th, this year. As in pre-COVID-19 years, this is a mandatory event for Grades 1-8, but Kindergarten families are more than welcome to join us. If your child is unable to attend, please email your child’s homeroom teacher.

May Crowning will start at 7:15 PM in the church. Students in Grades 1-7 must check in with their teacher at 6:45 PM in their classrooms. Eighth graders will need to arrive earlier to take individual pictures with the photographer. Details on arrival will go out separately. The photographer will only be available to take photographs of our eighth graders.

Students are expected to come in "Sunday Best". This means that boys must wear collared shirts, nice pants (no jeans), and nice shoes. Girls must make sure shoulders are covered (no tank tops), and they must wear closed-toe shoes. If you have any questions regarding the proper attire, please contact your child's homeroom teacher.

On Wednesday morning, May 11th, please send your child to school with one or more home-grown or store-bought flower/s. Just like in recent years, each class will create a bouquet to present to Mary during the ceremony.

When May Crowning is over, please be sure to check out with your homeroom teacher.

We cannot wait to share this special ceremony with you!

Teacher Appreciation Week is Next Week!

PTG has some fun things planned for our teachers and staff. Click the image to expand and learn more.


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Spring 2022 Picture Orders/Payments were picked up this past week. Gerardy will be swinging by to pick up remaining photos next week. If you still have unpurchased pictures at home, please turn them in on Monday, 5/2.

Please note: There is no proof for the Spring Pictures. Instead, the actual photos were sent home on Tuesday, 4/12. Please review, select any photos you want, and pay following the directions provided with the photo. Be sure to return any unpurchased photos to the school.

Dennis Uniforms

Next year, Dennis Uniforms will also supply our PE uniforms. They will look a little different than previous years, but this will allow more flexibility to our families as they will be available year round. I recommend purchasing these uniforms on the earlier side. Old PE uniforms will be grandfathered in for the 22-23 school year. Starting 23-24, only Dennis Uniform PE uniforms will be permitted.

Secondly, we have added a couple new pant options for our male students. One is a slimmer cut, and the second is a different material.

PE Uniforms and new pants will be available starting this summer. When we know the date, we will let you know.

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Timeline for COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements in Schools

In the last school newsletter, we discussed how Sen. Richard Pan held Senate Bill (SB) 871. At that time, the governor's mandate was still a possibility.

Since then, the governor’s office has said that the state will further delay the implementation of the student COVID-19 vaccination requirement. This means the soonest the new requirement would take effect is July 1, 2023, effectively pushing back implementation to the 2023-24 school year.

It also important to note that based on the current plan (a governor's mandate), personal belief exemptions will be available for students when the COVID-19 vaccination requirement goes into effect.

7th Grade's April Service Project


Image created by: Mischa, Bella and Mariana

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Dear Parents,

As you know, there is a horrible crisis going on between Ukraine and Russia. They are at war, and there are millions of Ukrainian citizens who are being forced to flee their homes. We have seen them suffer and cry for help. As a Catholic school we pray that they get the warmth and help they need. Therefore, we would like to raise and donate as much money to the Ukrainian refugees so they can get the help they need. St. Mary School is working to raise donations for the International Committee of the Red Cross, a neutral organization based out of Switzerland helping Ukrainian refugees on the ground in Europe. You can read about their organization and what they’re doing to help here:

If you are able to donate, we ask that you use the link below to do so.

Thank you & God Bless

-Gracie and Hannely

Next Year's Calendar

22-23 1-Page Calendar Dates

Click here to see school start & end dates, breaks, holidays, and minimum days for the 22-23 school year

Prayer for Ukraine

Our Lady of Zarvaniza

Holy Mother of God,
spread your maternal mantle over all Christians
and over all people of good will
who live in this great nation.

Lead them to your Son, Jesus,
who is for everyone the way, the truth and the life.


Hot Lunch

Hot lunch for May is now closed.

There will be no hot lunch in June.

We will be working to find new vendors for the 22-23 school year and will share those details once they are available.

8th Grade Vignettes

In Language Arts, our eighth-graders recently read House on Mango Street, a novel told through a series of vignettes. After reading, our students have authored their own vignette collections using themes from the novel as inspiration. Each week, our newsletter will feature one single vignette from one of our student’s collections. If you have any questions or praise for the authors of these vignettes, please reach out to, who will pass your comments along. Enjoy!

Working Out

By Anonymous

I like working out, I like having to dedicate myself so I can discipline myself. It makes you work hard for something. If you want big arms you have to motivate yourself to get bigger arms, but one thing I don't like about working out is that it takes forever to accomplish your goals in the gym because if you want to become leaner you have to do a lot of cardio which takes forever and tires your legs. Then your body has the audacity to take forever to see some results, which makes you want to quit, then if you want to maintain your body you have to keep exercising for the rest of your life. But I don't think I’ll quit any time soon.

Service Opportunity

Save the Date! Catholic Schools Night at Petco Park

Please note that this event coincides with our Middle School End of the Year Dance we anticipate having for grades 6-8.

Tickets for the Padres game can be ordered online by clicking the link below.

School Wish List

Nothing needed at this time. Thanks to everyone who purchased items off our list!

Decision Tree

The school uses public health's decision tree when determining if/how long students must remain out based on symptoms, exposure, or positive test result. You can view that decision tree here.

We understand that many symptoms can be a number of things, not necessarily COVID-19. The decision tree is rigid and does not allow for discretion on our part.

If your child has a chronic illness that has one or more symptoms listed on the decision tree, contact to learn steps you can take with your child's doctor.

The decision tree was most recently updated on 4/22.

NEW: We can now accept home rapid tests for symptoms as long as a second rapid test is administered 12 or more hours later to confirm the first. Once we have two negative rapids, he/she can return as long as symptoms are improving and the child has been fever free for 24 hours.

We can also now accept a doctor's note from the child's primary doctor saying that it is not COVID-19 in lieu of a test. Like with testing, this letter must be submitted and approved before your child can return.

2021-2022 School Calendar

Our school calendar is through Google and gets updated in real time. Click the link below to see our calendar. You may access our one-page calendar with all half days and days off.
One-Page Calendar

Updated 9.7.21

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Volunteer Opportunities


If you are interested in helping out with our main fundraiser, the gala, email our gala chair, Megan Handy, at We have volunteer opportunities that are both large and small, so there is something for everyone.


If you are interested in joining our PTG, please contact

Parish Items

"The Chosen" TV Series


Monthly Devotion

The month of April is traditionally dedicated to devotion to Jesus in the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. The Catholic Church teaches that the Blessed Sacrament is the real and living presence of Christ—His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity—received into our souls with every reception of Holy Communion. Our Eucharistic Lord is the source and summit of our Christian life, the ultimate proof of His infinite love for us.


St. Mary Parish Website

For more information about the parish and its events, visit their website here.

Currently Enrolling

St. Mary Preschool is currently enrolling for the 2021-2022 school year.

Contact the preschool director, Amanda Harriff, at 760.705-9906 or, to set up a tour and to learn more information about their program.

About Us

St. Mary School provides all students a quality, Catholic education rooted in faith, dedicated to academic excellence, and committed to service.