Saint Mary School Weekly Newsletter

May 11, 2023 - Volume 4 Issue 36

Thoughts from Mrs. Ambrosio

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for giving me the privilege of being a mom. I pray that you will help me be a beacon that shines the light of Christ to my children as well as the children that I come in contact with through the course of a day. You are the Light of the World and I pray that I will be a shining reflection of that light today. In Jesus’ Name,


Dear Parents,

As we approach Mother’s Day Weekend, we reflect on the gift of motherhood and on the blessings of our children. Life in 2023 is hectic and often overwhelming, but having children grounds us and through our children, we are reminded of what is truly important. I wish all SMS mothers a blessed and happy Mother’s Day. May our Blessed Mother Mary guide and inspire us in our vocation as mothers and in our lives.

God Bless,

A Peek at Next Week at SMS

May 15-19, 2023

Sunday - Track Meet

Monday - Strings; Afterschool - Lil' Penguins Soccer (PK3s-PK4s), Board Games (4-8), Garden Club (4-8)

Tuesday - Band; Afterschool Track and Field (K-3); Messy Little Penguins (PK3's-PK4's), Crochet (3-8)

Wednesday - Senior Luncheon

Thursday - Ascension Thursday Mass, Afterschool - Track and Field (4-8), Dancing Through the Decades (TK-3), First Friday Singers

Friday - Living Rosary; Cheer Clinic (10:30-11:30 - pick up in Gym); Theater with Lil; Middle School Dance


Did you complete the snow day survey?

We are interested in gathering parent opinion on how we handle snow days for the upcoming school year, and value your input. Please click here to complete a brief survey by Friday, May 12, 2023.

Early Dismissal Tomorrow

We have an Early Dismissal Day this Friday, May 12 as our staff will participate in a Professional Development Day:

  • Kindergarten-Grade 8 will dismiss at 10:30 am
  • All Preschool programs will dismiss at 11:00 am
  • There is no aftercare or after school enrichment/office hours


Ascension Thursday

Students in Kindergarten - Grade 8 will attend 9:00 Mass for Ascension Thursday tomorrow, May 30. All students should wear their Spring Uniform. If they have PE, they should wear dress shoes and bring sneakers in their backpacks. To confirm uniform, please click here. Parents are welcome to attend this Parish Mass.

Living Rosary on Friday

Our Kindergarten-Grade 8 students will attend a Living Rosary on Friday, at 1 pm behind the Church around the Crucifix on the hill. All parents are welcome to attend.

RSVP - Middle School Dance on May 19

Attention Middle School Students! Student Government will be hosting a Middle School Dance on Friday, May 19. The dance will be from 7-9 pm. Click here to RSVP no later than Tuesday, May 16.

Memorial Day Parade

Mark your calendars! SMS is planning to walk in the Ridgefield Memorial Day parade again this year, Monday, May 29th! If you haven't participated before - we have a great float, courtesy of the Wertman family! More information to come.

HSA News

May Conversation with Father Lomnitzer

We have a new day/time for our Monthly Conversation with Father Lomnitzer. Please join us on Monday, 5/15 at 12:45pm. All are welcome to join for noon Mass prior. Please RSVP via


Registration is open for our Annual Golf Scramble on May 22nd at Ridgewood Country Club. Click here to register and for sponsorship opportunities

Donate to the Wine Pull

Help support the Golf Outing by donating wine for our "wine pull". Donate bottles valued at $25 or more. You can either drop off a bottle at school, or visit or call our partner, Cellar XV, 88 Danbury Rd, Ridgefield, 203.894.8690. Tell them you are supporting the SMS Scramble and you will receive 10% off your purchase. Any questions, please text Andrea Wolf at 203.644.4526.

Capstone Corner

Theater with Lil

Students in Grades 3-5 are invited to attend this series of classes focused on scene work and singing hosted by Grade 8 student Lillian and proctored by Ms. Arnold. Classes will be held on April 28, May 19 and June 2 from 2:30-3:30 pm. You must register by emailing Mrs. Harco at

St. Mary Parish/Diocese of Bridgeport News

Support Veritas Radio

Did you hear Mrs. Ambrosio on air this week? Veritas Catholic Network is having their spring pledge drive all week – May 8-12th. This is the only 24-hour Catholic station in this area. Listen on the radio or by using the mobile app on your phone. Tune in 1350AM or 103.9FM – and call in! – to show your support for St Mary’s School, and for Catholic radio. The number is (440) VERITAS, or (440) 837-4827.

St. Mary Parish Vacation Bible School Registration for Campers and Volunteers

Registration is open for St. Mary Parish Vacation Bible School, which takes place July 24-28, from 9am-12pm. VBS is available for campers entering K-5th grade AND junior leaders entering 6-12th in the fall.

For information and registration, please visit:


To help families spend time together and share common experiences, The Leadership Institute of the Diocese of Bridgeport provides recommendations for Family Movie Night. Each week, a new movie recommendation and explanation are available for your consideration. Click here for recent suggestions, including this week's suggestion, "Hoot"

Teenager Roy doesn’t know anyone in town after he and his family move to Florida. But he soon becomes curious about another local boy he sees running around barefoot, wondering if he needs help. Meanwhile, a clumsy but well-meaning police officer is trying to figure out who keeps vandalizing a nearby construction site. Based on the middle-grade novel, Hoot is a family-friendly comedy drama that encourages respect for nature and our shared environment, as well as highlighting the meaning of friendship.

Community News

Coach G Summer Soccer Camps

Our own Coach G will be holding soccer summer camps at Immaculate High School in July for students aged 4 and up. Please visit his website for information about Mini Mustangs Camp for ages 4-5, Strive for Growth for ages 6-9 and Strive for Success for 10+. Spots are limited, so sign up today!

High School News

Immaculate High School Practice HSPT

7th graders who would like the opportunity to take a practice exam prior to their High School Placement Test in the fall, we will be hosting a practice exam session, Saturday, May 13th at 8:00 am. Registration is required. Please visit


Immaculate High School invites all area students in Grades 6-12 to take advantage of its Summer Enrichment Program June 20-29, 2023. The courses - which include HSPT prep, math, biology, STEM, English and College Essay Writing - offer students an opportunity to learn and grow over the summer while providing extra instructional time. Classes are open to middle school and high school students. See link for information on fees and program: Summer at Immaculate - Immaculate High School (

High School Tutor Available

Ava Fleming, sister of thre SMS students, and current junior at Immaculate High, is offering *free* tutoring to fulfill honor society requirements. Contact her to set up an appointment at the Ridgefield Library for math, English, or French tutoring at


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