St. Mary's School

Friday, September 9, 2022

In This Issue

Ice Cream Social

Back to School Night (Kindergarten - Grade 8)

** Student/Parent Handbook Signature Form **

Physical Education

Saint Mary Church Youth Choir

SMS Band

Volunteer Background Screening Process

Lunch Volunteers Needed

2022-2023 Academic Calendar

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Ice Cream Social

Just a reminder that the St. Mary's School PTO is hosting an ice cream social this evening for all school families.

Friday September 9th

5:00 – 8:00 pm

St.Mary’s Lower Church Hall

This is a great time to welcome families back to school. We will also have a uniform swap and opportunities to sign up as a classroom liaison. We hope to see you there!

Back to School Night (K - 8)

* Back to School Night for kindergarten through grade 8 has been scheduled for Thursday, September 22. This will be an in-person event and teachers will be sharing their presentations and answering your questions. There will be two sessions (6:00 - 6:30 pm & 6:30 - 7:00 pm) to accommodate families with children in multiple grade levels. Kindergarten through Grade 5 will meet in their individual classrooms.

Student/Parent Handbook Signature Form

Please click here to view the 2022-2023 Student/Parent Handbook. The Parent/Student Handbook can also be found on the FACTS Family Portal (left navigation panel "Resource Documents").

We ask each family to review the handbook and complete the handbook signature form no later than Monday, September 19.

Click here to complete the handbook signature form.

Physical Education

Mr. Peter Seibel is excited to be working with all classes from PreK through grade 8 again this year. Please remember to send your child to school in his/her gym uniform on their scheduled physical education day.

Mondays: Grades 1-4

Wednesdays: PreKA, PreKB, Kindergarten

Friday: Grades 5-8

Saint Mary Church Youth Choir

If you enjoy singing, come join our parish youth choir for students in grades 2-8. The parish youth choir sings at Sunday 9:30 am Masses.

REHEARSALS: Friday afternoons from 4:30 - 5:30 pm

To sign up, please contact Paula Lowell, Director of Music by phone at (978)658-0161 or by email at

SMS Band

We are pleased to be partnering with Paul Effman Music to offer instrumental band lessons once again this year. The program will be held in person on Mondays after school in the cafeteria. Students in grades 3-8 have the opportunity to learn how to play instruments like the clarinet, drums. flute, trumpet, trombone, and more. Students in grades 1 & 2 are eligible to join the band and learn how to play either the violin or the ukulele. If you're interested in learning more about the program, including how to register, please visit

Volunteer Background Screening Process

Per mandate by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, anyone who volunteers in a Catholic school in any capacity (lunch assistants, field trips, classroom readers, etc.) must complete the following two requirements:

1) Complete a CORI background check annually

2) Participate in child safety training (to be completed only once - see below for more info)

The child safety training program approved by the archdiocese is Protecting God's Children (Virtus Online). In the past, this training has only been offered in person. However, due to the pandemic volunteers may opt to complete the training online. Please go to and click on "First Time Registrant" Select" Boston Archdiocese." When completed, please send a copy of the certificate to and keep a copy for your records.

Lunch Volunteers Needed!

Our teachers could really use your help! For the past two years, our teachers have graciously given up their lunch time to be with their students in the classroom. They were happy to do it and seemed to enjoy spending extra time with their students. However, they missed out on the opportunity to sit and have a meal and conversation with colleagues in a student-free environment, which is an important component of staff cohesion and community.

If you are willing and able to volunteer, please sign up by clicking here.

As grades 1-8 return to the cafeteria this year, we are in need of volunteers to assist with the lunch program.

The responsibilities of a lunch volunteer include the following:

- assist with distribution of lunch orders and milk when students arrive

- circulate the cafeteria to provide assistance to students who may need it

- encourage students to eat their lunch and report to the faculty/staff member on duty if there is a student who does not have a lunch

- when it is time to clean up, assist in monitoring students as they throw trash away and clean up there personal spaces

* Please note that all volunteers must a CORI background check (every year) and the VIRTUS Protecting God's Children training. More information can be found in the section below.