St. Mary's Newsletter

St. Mary's Preschool and Elementary School

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Teacher Appreciation Week at St. Mary's

Thank you to Home and School and the entire St. Mary's school community for making this a special week for our teachers and staff! The Aloha themed week was a thoughtful and perfect way to start the busy month of May. The classroom doors and entire school were all beautifully decorated and the cards, notes, gifts, treats, and delicious meals were such nice surprises. Thank you!

I am proud of the job St. Mary's teachers and staff do each day...always putting the needs of our students first, and being dedicated, nurturing, and trustworthy role models for each child entrusted in our care. There are a lot of schools to choose from in the Joplin area, and I am thankful you have chosen St. Mary's for not only your child's academic formation, but also for the formation of their Catholic Christian faith and values. One of the many wonderful things that sets St. Mary's apart from other schools is that we are able to educate and nurture the whole child...heart, mind, body, and soul...and this is something that our entire campus takes to heart each day. We love who we are as a school, the principles and values we teach and stand for, and who we are able to spend our days with, including your child. Thank you for supporting and praying for our teachers and staff this week and always.

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The Scholastic Book Fair is Here!

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. Spring Book Fairs are always a special treat because all of the 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 are Just Around the Corner!

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.
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Summer School 2022

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.

Register Today for the 2022-2023 School Year

Thank you to the families who have completed the registration process for the 2022-2023 school year. It's hard to believe, but August will be here before we know it! Your prompt registration is very important in the decisions about class size, split classes, and the hiring of faculty and staff. 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. Each student enrollment is truly critical in the process, please complete the 5-10 minute registration process as soon as possible.

Please note that parish families do not need to have their parish code at this time in order to complete the initial registration process, this is an update since last year's enrollment.

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.

Yearbooks Have Arrived!

St. Mary's yearbooks have arrived! 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 fantastic year filled with learning, service, and fun; and having a yearbook will help your child 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.

Important Dates to Remember

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!

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