St. Mary's Newsletter

St. Mary's Preschool and Elementary School

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We're Off to the Races!

Join us Saturday evening for the annual JACS Auction, Derby 2022! The Kentucky Derby theme this year is perfect for Spring, and is sure to be a nice evening to celebrate our incredible school together. Our auction committee has done a beautiful job planning and working to make the event a success, all to benefit our students and school community.

2022 Derby Auction

The Silent Auction and Raffle are OPEN TO ALL, attendance at the Derby Auction is not required.

All bidding is done virtually. Signing in allows you to register to bid, and receive text alerts. Derby event on April 30th is 21 and over.

Check out our Fixed Price items, which are available to purchase now.

Ticket Information

Option 1: Meal and two drinks - beer or wine - $45/person

Option 2: VIP Meal, cocktail hour 5-6 p.m., signature cup and signature drink refills - $125/person

Option 3: Drive-thru meal pick up - meal and a dessert - $45/person


Drive-thru meal pick up: 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Cocktail hour: Platinum and Gold Sponsors, VIP Meal: 5-6 p.m.

Dinner: 6:30 p.m.

Silent Auction Closing: 7:30 p.m.

Live Auction: 7:15 p.m.

Pick up: Evening of April 30 or May 1 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.


St. Mary's Catholic Church - Parish Hall - 3035 S. Central City Road, Joplin, MO 64804

Dress Attire - Derby Attire Optional

Ideas: Seersucker suits, Bowties, Big hats

Auctions & Raffle

The Silent Auction and Raffle are OPEN to ALL! The Live Auction is available to ticketed attendees. Winners not in attendance can pick up items at St. Mary's Church on Sunday, May, 1 or arrange to have items mailed (shipping fee may vary).

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St. Mary's May Crowning

Please join us for St. Mary's annual May Crowning on Monday, May 2 in our beautiful school courtyard. We will begin the crowning ceremony at 8:30 a.m., followed by a procession to St. Mary's Church where our school community will gather to honor our Mother with a Rosary. Students are asked to bring a flower or two to place around the perimeter of Mary's Garden during the ceremony.

It is a Catholic tradition to honor Mary, our Mother, during the month of May by placing on her statue a crown of flowers. Normally done as a devotional ceremony, it honors the Blessed Mother of Jesus and gives thanks to her for bringing our Savior into the world. Beginning this Sunday, May 1 students and families are invited to leave flowers in the front of our school's statue of Mary. This beautiful statue was left untouched during the May 2021 tornado that destroyed our school, parish, and much of the Joplin community. As your child or family leaves a flower or two, please take a moment asking both Mary and Jesus to pray for us by praying a decade of the Rosary, singing a hymn, or praying silently.

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Join Us for Synod!

Have you heard about the worldwide Synod on Synodality? Join us for a Synodal Consultation at St. Mary’s Parish on Tuesday, May 3 at 6:30 p.m. and St. Peter's Parish on Thursday, May 5 at 6:30 p.m.

What is a Synod on Synodality? The global Catholic Church is holding a synod (assembly, discussion) which takes place at the level of parishes, dioceses, nations, and the entire Church. "Synodality" means our ability as a Church to communicate, learn, and adapt at a communal level, from bottom to top, a listening process where all Catholics can listen and learn from each other.

Please join us and let your voice be heard! We are a pilgrim people walking together on the Way! For more information, please visit:

Yearbooks Are In!

St. Mary's yearbooks have arrived! If your child ordered a yearbook this fall, he or she should have come home with a copy of the 2021-2022 yearbook Friday afternoon. If your child did not order a yearbook in the fall, no worries! We have several copies of the fantastic and colorful yearbook for sale in the school office for $20 each. We've had a year filled with learning, service, and fun, and having a yearbook will help you remember these important and fun events! Thank you to Miss Amy for all the work and care that she puts in to the yearbook each year and to the 5th grade class for helping her design the finished project.

St. Mary's May Lunch Menu

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Voice for Life

St. Mary's students recently participated in the 2021 - 2022 Voice for Life Contest. The message of Pro-Life is so important these days for all our students, especially for those in our Catholic Schools, parishes, and communities. The Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau had many entries this year in five different categories. A list of all winners will appear in The Mirror soon. Bishop Rice will award the ribbons and prize money at the Annual Youth Adventure Program/Voice for Life Awards Ceremony, scheduled for May 10, 7:00 p.m. at St. Agnes Cathedral 533 S. Jefferson, Springfield, MO. 65806.

Congratulations to St. Mary’s 2022 Winners!

McLaren Peternell- Honorable Mention in the Coloring Division

Jacob Zeb- Honorable Mention in the Poster Division

Samantha Lone- First Place in the Poem Division

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The Book Fair is Coming! The Book Fair is Coming!

The Scholastic Book Fair will be visiting St. Mary's from Monday, May 9 through Friday, May 13 in the Youth Room located off of the Commons. Your child has a book fair flyer in their backpack or Family Communicator Envelope with featured titles and letting you know that all books in the book fair are Buy One, Get One Free! This is a great time to purchase some special books, especially with the months of summer reading coming up. Book fair hours will be:

  • Monday, May 9: Student Preview, Book Fair Open 3:00 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 10: 7:45 - 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 11: 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. during the Spring Program and Project Fair
  • Thursday, May 11: 7:45 - 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday, May 12: Noon Dismissal - 12:30 p.m.

All books sold in the book fair are BOGO! You may also shop online using the following link, but online purchases are not BOGO.

Spring Programs

St. Mary's annual Spring Programs and Project Fairs are just around the corner and we know you won't want to miss the cuteness and fun!

  • Wednesday, May 11: Kindergarten - 2nd Grade Spring Program and Project Fair beginning at 6:00 p.m. in St. Mary's Church
  • Wednesday, May 18: 3rd - 5th Grade Spring Program and Project Fair beginning at 6:00 p.m. in St. Mary's Church
  • Tuesday, May 24: Preschool Spring Program beginning at 10:00 a.m. in St. Mary's Church

In addition to the dates of the events, you will want to know what your child should wear to their program:

  • Preschool students may wear any Spring or nice outfit of your choice.
  • Kindergarten - 2nd Grade: Spring or Sunday best, NO JEANS
  • 3rd Grade: Western Wear-jeans, overall, flannel/plaid shirts, bandanas. No cowboy hats or holes in jeans/overalls.
  • 4th Grade: Patriotic red, white, and blue. Jeans may be worn, but no holes in jeans.
  • 5th Grade: 5th Grade Shirt with pants or jeans, no holes in jeans.

Register Today!

Submitting your child's registration form by Saturday, April 30 holds his or her spot before enrollment opens for new families on May 1. In addition to your child's spot being guaranteed for next year, it also prevents paying the additional $50 late fee that will be charged for returning families who register after April 30.

Registering as soon as possible is especially important for all of our Preschool classes (Early Learners, Advanced Learners, Pre-K) and other elementary classes that were capped at 25 or split into two classes this year. Your prompt registration is very important in the decisions about class size, split classes, and the hiring of faculty and staff.

Registering through the FACTS system is quick and easy, much easier than in years past when a different information system was used. After you complete the enrollment packet, a Submit Enrollment Packet and Make Payment form will appear. Please follow the instructions provided online to submit the enrollment packet along with the registration fee payment as follows:

Returning Student $50 ($100 after April 30)
New Student $50

If you have any questions about the process, please contact Marla Testerman, who is coordinating our admissions and enrollment process, at 417-624-5003 ext. 203 or You are also welcome to contact St. Mary's school office for general questions about the enrollment process. As always, we are here to help your family in any way we are able.

Important Dates to Remember:

Saturday, April, 30: JACS Auction: Derby 2022

Monday, May 2: May Crowning and Rosary in St. Mary's School Courtyard, 8:30 a.m.

Wednesday, May 4: Charity Dress Day

Wednesday, May 4: 4th Grade Field Trip to Prairie State Park

Wednesday, May 4: Title 1 Spring Meeting, 6:00 p.m. in Cafeteria

Sunday, May 8: Mother's Day

Sunday, May 8: McAuley Graduation, 2:00 p.m.

Monday May 9 - Friday, May 13: Scholastic Book Fair

Monday, May 9: 5th Grade Spanish Trip to Festival

Tuesday, May 10: 5th Grade Great Americans Day in Carthage

Wednesday, May 11: Kindergarten - 2nd Grade Spring Program and Project Fair, 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 12: Preschool's Big Wheel Day

Friday, May 13: Noon Dismissal, Faculty PD Day

Sunday, May 15: First Communion at St. Peter the Apostle, 11:15 Mass

Tuesday, May 17: Advanced Learners and Pre-K Field Trip to Oceans Adventures

Tuesday, May 17: Early Learners Fun in the Sun Day

Wednesday, May 18: 3rd - 5th Grade Spring Program and Project Fair, 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 19: Free Dress Day, FIELD DAY, and Scoop Up!

Thursday, Mary 19: Kindergarten's Park Day Field Trip

Monday, May 23: 5th Grade Walter Woods Field Trip

Tuesday, May 24: Preschool Spring Program, 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, May 24: 3rd Grade Field Trip to Bluff Dwellers Cave

Wednesday, May 25: Pre-K Graduation, 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 25: 5th Grade Trip to Tulsa

Friday, May 27: School Mass and Student Awards, 9:00 a.m.

Friday, May 27: Noon Dismissal, LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!

St. Mary's Preschool and Elementary School

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