St. Mary's Newsletter

St. Mary's Preschool and Elementary School

Slimy and Jammy Days at St. Mary's!

Thank you for your generous and thoughtful support of the Kids Heart Challenge! The annual St. Mary's event for our Kindergarten - 5th Grade students raised over $14,000 this year to benefit the American Heart Association. This is our 8th year participating in the Challange and St. Mary's has raised over $65,00 during this time. This speaks to the very HEART (pun intended) of what we do and what we are about at St. Mary's!

The focus during the Kids Heart Challenge is having fun while learning about heart health-learning to make good choices now that will help us grow into healthy adults. Students jumped rope and played several variations of jump rope games, all made even better with Mrs. Black's creativity and fun spirit. Students learned the importance of drinking more water, putting the salt shaker down, being active, not smoking or vaping, and being kind and helpful...all choices that keep us healthy. In addition to learning about heart health, students also raised awareness and donations to help support the work and research the American Heart Association does.

Thursday afternoon was St. Mary's Slime a Priest event, with Father Joe, Father Paco, and Father Brian graciously volunteering to be slimed to inspire our students. For every $100 a student raised, he or she got to 'Pick-A-Priest' to slime. Our priests were such good sports, showing humor and good sportsmanship during the event. The priests were the recipients of a combined total of about 120 cups of green slime from 54 students. It was a fun and exciting event, we are thankful to our priests for being available and to our students and families for supporting the Challenge.

Friday afternoon was St. Mary's Gym Jam, a fun event for the students who raised $150 during the Kids Heart Challenge. The students had a fun time in the cafeteria using a lot of PE equipment, playing games, and enjoying healthy snacks. Several McAuley students were helpers during the event, and our students always benefit from the presence and friendship of older JACS students. The events were both great ways to end the Kids Heart Challenge with fun events.

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April and May are Busy Months!

Keep up to date with all the learning activities, events, and field trips that will be taking place in May by reading the 'Important Dates to Remember' section of the St. Mary's Newsletter each week. This section is at the end of each weekly Communicator Newsletter. I include all school events weeks in advance in this section of the newsletter so you may stay informed and plan for upcoming activities and events at St. Mary's. Your child's classroom teacher will also share these dates in her weekly classroom newsletter. I try to keep at least a month of planning posted in the newsletter and include dates as things are added to a classroom or the school schedule. Read the entire newsletter each week to stay informed and help keep your child prepared!

St. Mary's 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.
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Last Call for Joplin Greenhouse and The Coffee Shop Gift Cards!

This week is the final week of Home and School's Joplin Greenhouse and The Coffee Shop gift card fundraiser! Ordering your gift cards couldn't be easier, just drop off your order and money at the St. Mary's School office and pick up your gift cards from the school office a few days later. Gift cards can be ordered in any amount (in $25 increments), and it's the perfect way to shop AND support our incredible Home and School! This is the perfect way to be ready for spring and summer flowers and landscaping projects, fall mums and pumpkins, fresh Christmas wreaths and trees, and all your year-round gift giving needs! Gift cards can also be used in The Coffee Shop for delicious drinks, snacks, and meals. It's a win-win fund raiser for our school and you!

Special thanks to Curt at Joplin Greenhouse for sponsoring this new annual fund raiser for our school. Curt is a wonderful supporter of our school and the Joplin community, and we are grateful to him for helping raise funds for our students, faculty and staff, and school community.

Register Now for the 2022-2023 School Year

Registration for the 2022-2023 school year is open! Submitting your child's registration form by 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.

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Derby 2022 is Next Saturday!

The 2002 JACS Auction is a week from today and we are so excited about this fun and important event for our school system! 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. Here is some additional information on how to help make the evening even better:

Raffle Ticket Information:

  • Students received an envelope with 10 raffle tickets with a letter
  • Prizes are available when tickets are sold
  • More Raffle tickets are available in the St. Mary's school office

Attend the Auction in Person or Drive Thru

  • Pick up a Drive Thru meal and bid online from home
  • Purchase a meal and participate in the silent and live auction in person
  • Bid virtually and pick up items on Sunday, May 1, 2022
  • Visit for more information

Volunteer. Many hands make light work! Volunteer before, during, or after the auction. Some opportunities include:

  • Auction Prep on April 29 and 30
  • Food runners and bartenders on April 30
  • Live auction spotters, item pick up and site clean up

This is a fun way to help our school thrive AND get those important Care and Share hours that are due by the end of the school year! Sign up to volunteer to lessen the load of the auction committee. Go to to sign up to volunteer, thank you!

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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:

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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.

We will begin the Spring Programs for Kindergarten - 5th Grades in St. Mary's Church, transitioning afterwards to the St. Mary's Parish Hall to see the amazing research projects on display during our annual Project Fair.

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Summer School Classes are Filling Up!

St. Mary's summer school is always a big hit, and this year's classes are going to be fun and enriching experiences for any area child who is entering Advanced Learners (3 yrs. old preschool) - 6th Grade. Many of our classes are filling up, and we don't want your child to miss out on the fun!

You may notice as you look through the booklet that only one week of classes is being offered this year, June 6 -9. Due to faculty family and health obligations this summer, our class offerings are not as plentiful as in years past, but each will be a wonderful experience for your child. Class size is limited to 16 students for most classes, and classes are filled on a first come, first served basis. Your enrollment form and $15 registration fee will hold your child's spot.

Please note that there are both morning and afternoon classes offered during the week with the option for your child to stay for a full day of fun. More information about the classes, how to enroll, and other details are included in the summer school booklet. Please reach out to the school office or to me ( if you have any questions or need more information.

Important Dates to Remember

Sunday, April 24: First Communion at St. Mary's Parish, 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, April 28: 5th Grade Diocesan Retreat at St. Agnes in Springfield

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

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

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

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!