Saint Mary School Weekly Newsletter

June 8, 2023 - Volume 4 Issue 40

Thoughts from Mrs. Ambrosio

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!

Isaiah 6:8

Dear Parents,

Tomorrow we send our eighth grade graduates forward. We send them out into a world bigger and more complex than the world that exists inside the walls of Saint Mary School. We send them off full of pride for all that they have accomplished in their time here. We send them off confident that they will go forth and change the world and make a difference. No matter where they go from here, they will always be a part of us, and we will always be a part of them. They say that your parents' words become the voice inside your own head. It is my hope that some of the words and lessons that our graduates take with them from SMS will be in their heads and hearts as well. When our graduates are faced with decisions and choices that present themselves in teenage years, the lessons that they have learned at Saint Mary School will guide them. Tomorrow will be a day of joy and celebration for our eighth grade graduates. Please pray for them as they leave this place, their second home, that God will protect and guide them as they continue their educational journey and venture into their teenage years. May God bless the SMS Class of 2023.

God Bless,


A Peek at Next Week at SMS

June 12-16, 2023

Monday - Makeup Finals Grades 6 & 7; Middle School Meet and Greet; TK Year End Celebration

Tuesday - Preschool Year-End Celebrations; Last Day of Preschool

Wednesday - Grade 5 Promotion Ceremony; Kinderbration

Thursday - Dress Down Day; Conversation with Fr. Lomnitzer; Ridgefield Library K-5 Presentationsl HSA Ice Truck; Early Dismissal - No Aftercare

Friday - School Mass; Early Dismissal - No Aftercare; LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

Tomorrow at SMS

Class of 2023 Graduation

Congratulations to the Class of 2023! Graduation will take place on Friday at 10:30 am in the Church, and will be followed by a reception for graduates and their families in the Hall immediately following. Due to the size of the class, only Grades 6 and 7 will attend. Students in Grades 6 and 7 will wear their spring uniforms, NO SNEAKERS!

New this year, join us in the parking lot at 10:00 am for a special "clap out".


Grade 5 - Middle School Meet and Greet on Monday

Our Grade 5 students will enjoy a pizza party with Grades 6 and 7 and get a chance to meet some of the Middle School team. Several current students will share their tips for a successful transition.

Final Day of Preschool Tuesday

Our littlest learners will wrap up their year on Tuesday! We are so proud of all you have learned! Individual class celebrations will be held.

Grade 5 Promotion Ceremony Wednesday

Join us at 8:30 am in the Hall as we celebrate the promotion of our Grade 5 students!

Kinderbration Wednesday

We will be celebrating our Kindergarten class on Wednesday at 10:00 am in the Hall! Hope you can join us!

Dress Down Day Thursday

All students and staff are invited to dress down Thursday to celebrate all that we have accomplished this school year!

Conversations with Fr. Lomnitzer Thursday

Please join us on Thursday, 6/15, at 7:30am for our final conversation of the school year with Father Lomnitzer. Meeting will be held in Holy Family Hall. Please rsvp via the link.

Ridgefield Library Summer Program Presentations Thursday

The Ridgefield Library will present to our K-5 students about their summer reading program, "All Together Now". We strongly encourage all students to participate. For more information and to register, please visit

End of Year Celebration Thursday

The Kona Ice truck will be at SMS on June 15th to help students and staff celebrate the end of the year with a shaved ice party! Kona Ice is known for providing a fun-filled experience with festive music and a variety of flavors! Kona Ice is a nut free, gluten free, and dairy free frozen treat. Additional allergy information can be found at

If you have a child with an allergy and would like to send in your allergy-free ice treat early, we would be happy to put it in the freezer. Please label the treat with your child's name and grade.

Early Dismissal Thursday and Friday

We have an Early Dismissal Day on Thursday, June 15 and Friday, June 16.

  • Kindergarten-Grade 8 will dismiss at 10:30 am
  • There is no aftercare or after school enrichment/office hours

Last Day of School Mass

We hope you can join us for the Last Day of School Mass on Friday, June 16 a 9:00 am in the Church. Students should wear Spring Uniforms. No sneakers and no PE uniforms please!

SMS News

Please pick up Medication

Please plan to pick up any medication and supplies your child may have in the nurse's office before the last day of school, Friday, June 16th. Any medications left at school beyond our closing date will be destroyed.

Uniform Donations

We are gratefully accepting donations of gently used uniforms all next week. We will have a uniform swap over several weeks this summer, more information to come!

Would you like to Be a Host Family?

We will be welcoming a number of new K-8 families to SMS next year, and are looking for volunteers to serve as a host family. Ideally, you would be matched with someone in the same grade as one of your students. Your responsibility is to be a resource to answer questions, to reach out and welcome them to the community, and to arrange a playdate over the summer. Interested? Please email Amy Dowding at

Summer News Coming!

Even though our days are numbered this school year, there is still much to share! SMS Summer News will be coming out next week with so much helpful information! Watch for it!

Capstone Corner

Don't Miss the Upcoming Photo Scavenger Hunt at Woodcock

Please join Owen Dunleavy Saturday, June 10 at 3pm for the final event of his Capstone Project, a guided photo scavenger hunt at Woodcock Nature Center. The event is free, but please register to let Owen know you will be coming! For additional details and to register, click here:

St. Mary Parish/Diocese of Bridgeport News

St. Mary Parish Vacation Bible School Registration for Campers and Volunteers

Registration is open for St. Mary Parish Vacation Bible School, which takes place July 24-28, from 9am-12pm. VBS is available for campers entering K-5th grade AND junior leaders entering 6-12th in the fall.

For information and registration, please visit:


To help families spend time together and share common experiences, The Leadership Institute of the Diocese of Bridgeport provides recommendations for Family Movie Night. Each week, a new movie recommendation and explanation are available for your consideration. Click here for recent suggestions, including this week's suggestion, "A Bag of Marbles".

Joseph is a young boy living in occupied France in the early 1940s. He’s not sure why he’s supposed to wear a yellow star on his jacket. His world is further turned upside-down when his parents tell him and his brother to leave home and flee the country together, his father warning him sternly to never tell anyone that he is Jewish. Based on the autobiographical novel by Joseph Joffo, A Bag of Marbles offers an inspiring tale on the power of hope and the gift of family. The film is not rated in the US, but would likely be PG-13, as it includes some mild violence and intense drama.

Community News

Lands' End Sale - Save the Date

Lands' End is running two specials this summer

  • 20% off uniforms from July7-August 11
  • 1 cent logos from July 7-July 14

Coach G Summer Soccer Camps

Our own Coach G will be holding soccer summer camps at Immaculate High School in July for students aged 4 and up. Please visit his website for information about Mini Mustangs Camp for ages 4-5, Strive for Growth for ages 6-9 and Strive for Success for 10+. Spots are limited, so sign up today!

Fathers Day 5K and Fun Run

Ridgefield Boy Scout Troop 431 is holding its annual Fathers Day 5K and Fun Run on Sunday, June 18 at Ridgefield High School. 8am start for the Fun Run; 8:30 am for the 5K. For more information and to register, please visit

Fordham Summer Reading Skills Online Programs

The Fordham School of Professional and Continuing Studies is offering summer online reading skills programs for students from 4 to college freshman. Click here for more information and to register.

High School News


Immaculate High School invites all area students in Grades 6-12 to take advantage of its Summer Enrichment Program June 20-29, 2023. The courses - which include HSPT prep, math, biology, STEM, English and College Essay Writing - offer students an opportunity to learn and grow over the summer while providing extra instructional time. Classes are open to middle school and high school students. See link for information on fees and program: Summer at Immaculate - Immaculate High School (


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