St. Mary's Newsletter

St. Mary's Preschool and Elementary School

It's Going to be a Spooktacular Week!

It's hard to believe that we are entering the final week of October! We have had a great month filled with lots of learning and fun. The highlight of many Octobers for our students is always our fun Halloween activities and events that happen this week. Here is a listing and explanation of the upcoming week:


  • Tuesday, October 26: Pink Out Day for Breast Cancer Awareness Month- Breast Cancer Awareness is St. Mary's supported charity in October and we want to PINK OUT to show our support! Students may wear any shade of pink shirt, socks, etc. (please remind students that red is not a shade of pink) with jeans or free dress pants on Tuesday. If students do not wish to wear pink, they need to wear normal uniform clothing.
  • Wednesday, October 27: Halloween-themed Free Dress Day- This is a fun day to wear fun Halloween-themed clothing to school with jeans or other free dress pants. Halloween-themed t-shirts, sweatshirts, crazy socks, etc. will be fun items to wear as we gear up for Halloween. Students should not wear Halloween costumes on Wednesday.
  • Thursday, October 28: Halloween Parade and Classroom Parties- Students should wear their Halloween costumes to school this day. Students may bring costume accessories to school as well, but please be mindful that no play/plastic knives, guns, or other weapons should be brought to school. Halloween fun will begin with a costume parade starting at 8:30 a.m. with Mrs. Lone’s 5th grade class leading the way. The classes will parade within the school and then proceed outside so parents can be part of the fun. The northern section of the school parking lot will be closed off after morning drop-off so parents can bring lawn chairs or stand where cars usually park. Students will exit from the Preschool entrance, walking in the middle of the closed-off parking lot until reaching the main entrance of the school. At this point students will walk onto the school sidewalk, entering back into the school through the south parish doors. Parents are also welcome to line up along the outside of the sidewalks or in the church courtyard to watch the parade. Students will return to their classrooms following the parade and class Halloween parties will begin then, ending around 10:00 a.m.


Parent involvement during the classroom parties this year will be limited to the designated room parent/party coordinator and two other classroom parents, there will be no exceptions. Even if you are not your child's classroom room parent or one of the additional helpers, there are many ways to help with this fun day. Food items, treat bags, games, and/or supplies for a party craft are always needed and appreciated.


Don't forget that Thursday, October 28 is a Noon Dismissal Day! If your child will be attending After School Care, please pack him or her an outfit to change into after the Halloween parties end so he or she does not have to stay in an itchy or warm costume all day. After School Care will be available until 5:30 p.m.

Parent - Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences are being held on Thursday, October 28 from 12:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Many parents signed up for conferences during our Open House in August and your child’s teacher will be reaching out to you to confirm your conference time. If you did not schedule a conference time at Open House, please reach out to your child’s teacher to find a convenient time to meet.
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Trunk or Treat

Please join us for a spooktacular evening of fun on Thursday, October 28 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the St. Mary's parking lot! Trunk or Treat is hosted by our 5th grade students and parents as a fundraiser for their spring trip. The event is open to the public so you may invite family and friends to attend with you. In addition to trunk or treating, there will be lots of games and activities for everyone, you don't even have to worry about dinner! Chili, hot dogs, walking tacos, chips, Mrs. Lown's ghost cookies, and drinks will be for sale in the courtyard area in front of the school and there will be tables set up outside for dining.


You are invited to decorate your car, truck, boat, motorcycle, or any other mode of transportation you would like to bring. Set up for the event starts at 6:00 p.m. in the north end of the school parking lot. This is a great family event and there are 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes for the entries. If you have any questions about the event, please call the school office, 623-1465. Mother Nature is going to cooperate so we can enjoy a beautiful evening outside, but if we have to reschedule due to the weather, the make-up date will be Friday, November 5. Please make plans now to attend this festive and fun evening!

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Grandparents Day

Grandparents Day is being held on Friday, November 5 for our Pre-K to 5th Grade students and their families. We will start our special day together at Mass, beginning at 8:30 a.m. After Mass, families will enter the school and rotate within 4 activities within the school: refreshments in the cafeteria, the Scholastic Book Fair in the parish hall, Grandparents Day photos in the Commons, and classroom visits. More details will be included in next week's newsletter, but I wanted to be sure to include information about the special day so families can make plans to attend.


Please fill out and return the Grandparents Day RSVP form that is included in your family's Communicator Envelope today. This helps Home and School better plan for the event.

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Veterans Day Mass

Please make plans to join us for a special Veterans Day Mass on Friday, November 12. We are inviting all St. Mary's family members and friends who are veterans to Mass, with a reception being held in their honor afterwards. More details about the day will be included in the upcoming newsletters, but I wanted to inform you of the special day now.


I would like to update and add to our St. Mary's Wall of Honor in our school's main hallway. This is an area in our school that displays photographs (or paper copies of them) to keep our past and present service men and women close in our thoughts and prayers. If you have a family member or friend you would like to include in our Wall of Honor, please bring a photograph or paper copy to school or scan and email it to me (jlown@jacss.org). Having a Wall of Honor in our school is a meaningful way to keep those who so courageously and honorably serve or served our country close in prayer.

Winter Dress Code Guidelines

St. Mary's winter dress code goes into effect on Monday, November 1. The most evident change is that shorts may no longer be worn to school until March 1. In addition to the change with shorts, here are a few other changes:


  • Elementary girls who wear a uniform skirt, skort, or jumper must wear knee high socks, tights (solid white or navy), or leggings (solid white or navy) instead of ankle socks to keep legs covered and warm during the chilly winter months. Ankle socks or crew socks may not be worn with skirts, skorts, or jumpers until March 1, 2022.
  • Sweaters may be crewneck with long sleeves, vest, crewneck or V-neck cardigan, or quarter zip. Sweaters must be solid white, red, or navy blue. No loose weaves, no patterns, no hoods.
  • Only St. Mary’s or JACS sweatshirts/hoodies are allowed to be worn during the school day. JACS hoodies must be worn over a uniform shirt except on Charity Dress Day or Casual Dress Days, and may not be worn to Mass. No other sweatshirts/hoodies may be worn during the school day except when worn outside as outerwear.
  • Solid colored leggings in white or navy may be worn from November 1 to February 28 under skirts, skorts, or jumpers an as extra layer during colder weather. Leggings may not be worn as pants at any time, except on Charity/ Free Dress Days.



In addition to these seasonal changes, please remember that no-show socks MAY NEVER BE WORN to school, they are not part of the uniform dress code. Socks should be solid white, khaki, red, or navy blue in color, no patterns are allowed on normal uniform dress days. Girls may wear ankle length socks with pants but need to follow winter dress code guidelines when wearing skirts, skorts, or jumpers. Boys may wear crew or mid-calf socks and must be clearly visible on the ankle above the top of the shoe. Many students are coming to school wearing no-show socks to school and your attention to following this part of the dress code would be greatly appreciated.

Masking Guidelines

In addition to changes in uniform clothing, updated masking guidelines will go into effect on Monday, November 1. Sister Julie will be sending an email to all JACS parents about the updates early next week. Please watch your emails for this important and informative email.

Inter-State School Picture Retakes

Inter-State Studio should be delivering school pictures next week, when the office receives the prints we will be sending them home. If your child was absent when pictures were taken in early October and/or if pictures didn't turn out as well as you had hoped, retake day is Monday, November 8 and Tuesday, November 9. Elementary students should still wear a navy or red uniform shirt and Preschool students may wear any outfit for retakes.


Parents may preview pictures that were taken in October at Inter-State.com/order, using the St. Mary's order code 61035VB.

St. Mary's Youth Basketball League

Plans are already being made for the St. Mary's Youth Basketball League! The league is open to all 3rd - 5th grade boys and girls who are enrolled at our school. Practices will start in December for most teams, but they may start earlier. Team practices are usually two nights a week. League play will start in January with two games being playing on Saturdays. League play only lasts a few weekends and it is a great experience for our students!


Cost is $25 per student, with the price being waived for families who are current members of the JACS Booster Club. We are in need of coaches who are willing to create a positive experience for our players! Coaches must be VIRTUS trained and these fun-filled hours (either coaching and/or attending games) count towards Care and Share hours. For more information please contact Aubrey Doss at aparrigon@yahoo.com.

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