St. Mary School Newsletter

Shaping Hearts and Minds in the Service of Christ 10/8/2021

Accreditation Process is Complete

This week encompassed the final days of our quinquennial five year accreditation process. Your teachers worked in teams with their fellow colleagues compiling data, documents/resources/lesson plans as well as creating thoughtful narratives that provided evidence for the 4 domains, 13 standards and 70 benchmarks of the accreditation tool for the past few months.

Last Tuesday and Wednesday we completed this process with a site visit consisting of ten team members. The team members included 4 individuals from our Diocesan Office (Superintendent of Schools, Curriculum Director, Religious Director and Safe Environment Coordinator), five principals from around our diocese and Angelia Salas, Director of Services from the Michigan Association of Non-Public Schools. These members completed a final review of the documents, evidence and narratives, observed lesson instruction, and interviewed parents, teachers, Father Dwight and myself.

It is always a wonderful experience to share our St. Mary School with visitors. They were all very impressed with the amazing staff and students of St. Mary! I am pleased to announce that we have been recommended for FULL ACCREDITATION!!!!!

My deepest thanks to the teachers and staff of St. Mary. You embody what it means to be a true servant of God. Thank you for all of your hard work, not only through this process but each and every day you show up to do God's work. Thank you to our amazing parent club officers who fed everyone (with the help of The Big Salad!) and provided wonderful hospitality to our guests during their two day visit. Thank you to the Whitten family who provided a wonderful boost of caffeine to the staff today. We really needed it! And finally, thank you to all of our parents for trusting St. Mary School to shape the hearts and minds of your little ones on a daily basis. This community is such a blessing from God.

Job well done by all!

Important Dates Coming Up

  • October 13 - Lansing Catholic Prospective Parent Visit - Click here for link
  • October 15 - Full day of School - No Bussing and No Hot Lunch
  • October 18 - Full day of School - No Bussing and No Hot Lunch
  • October 21 - Picture Retake Day
  • October 27 - Virtuous Student Celebration
  • October 29 - End of First Term
  • November 3&4 - Parent Teacher Conferences

Congratulations to our Virtuous Students

The students pictured below were our first virtuous students for the 21-22 school year. They worked hard at cultivating the virtue of Perseverance all month and were recognized by their teachers and fellow classmates. Congratulation students! Keep up the great work!
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Alumni Looking for our support - Send in on Monday if you forgot!

Please read the message below from one of our alums, Brianna Tennes. She is looking for some support from her St. Mary Family.

St. Mary's Families:

I am Brianna Tennes, a St. Mary's alum, and a current senior at Lansing Catholic. I am also the co-president of the Spanish honor society at LCHS, and I am excited that St. Mary's is teaching Spanish and LCHS will be running our first fundraiser with St. Mary's to collect and send school supplies to The Farm of The Child in Honduras. We will be holding this fundraiser this week Oct. 4-Oct. 8. Any and all school supply donations are appreciated, especially reusable water bottles, art supplies, and general school supplies. Thank you so much for your generosity and support!!!

Lansing Catholic High School Is An Option!

This school year, more parents than ever before have asked about the option of Lansing Catholic High School for their children when they graduate from St. Mary School. Understanding that Catholic Education comes with many benefits, it also comes with a financial burden to our families. Please read the letter below from Mr. Dominic Iocco, President of Lansing Catholic, to learn more about preparing for the Lansing Catholic High School option.

Lansing Catholic is holding a Prospective Parent Night on October 13, from 6:30pm - 8:30pm. To learn more about that night or a visit in general click on the Visit Lansing Catholic High School link below.

Hot Lunch

Students should not bring money into school for lunch or milk. Please use your FACTS account to prepay for your child's milk or hot lunch. Thank you