St. Mary Catholic Schools News

December 8, 2021

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Upcoming Events

ZFAB Winter Community Art Project

Early Submission Deadline: December 16

Final Submission Deadline: January 6

All SMCS K-Grade 12 students, as well as parents, parishioners, alumni, and staff, are invited to participate in the Zephyrs Fine Arts Boosters (ZFAB) winter community art project. Learn more and submit art here.

SMCS Mustard Seed/Zephyrs Dads Group

December 15, 6:30 a.m.

St. Mary Catholic High School Commons

The SMCS Mustard Seed Zephyrs Dads group meets at 6:30 a.m. at the high school commons. All men affiliated with SMCS are welcome to attend men's group focused on fraternal, spiritual, and cultural growth. Coffee and donuts are served. Free to attend. No RSVP required.

School Community Rosary

December 20, 8:15 a.m.

St. Mary Catholic Middle School Chapel

All are invited to participate in a Rosary on December 20 at 8:15 a.m. at the SMCMS Chapel. Whether you pray the Rosary daily or it’s been awhile, you're welcome! SMCS Director of Ministry Eric Rudd will lead the Rosary, with coffee, breakfast treats, and casual fellowship to follow. No RSVP required.

SMCMS/HS Christmas Band Concert

December 20, 6:30 p.m.

Jane Bergstrom Fine Arts Education Center

The grade 6-12 band students will present their Christmas band concert on December 20. All are welcome. No tickets required. Admission is free. Masks are required in the theater.

SMCES Christmas Band Concert

December 21, 6:30 p.m.

Jane Bergstrom Fine Arts Education Center

The elementary schools band students will present their Christmas band concert on December 21. All are welcome. No tickets required. Admission is free. Masks are required in the theater.

Read more here.


January 28 and 29, 2022, 7 p.m.

This annual event will feature many fabulous performers and offer an evening of entertainment, apps, and drinks. Tickets are now on sale for ZCabaret 2022, so join us for an evening full of entertainment and celebrating nearly 10 years of excellence in the Jane Bergstrom Fine Arts Education Center. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

Winter Sports

Cheer on your Zephyrs this winter season! View the Big East calendar here to find games that work with your schedule. All SMCS students get in free to home events. Go Zephyrs!

Click here to view the SMCS calendar for more upcoming events and happenings.

COVID Resources

Updated COVID and health protocols and policies are shared with families on a regular basis. The most recent update was on November 12.

Click here to review the most current policies and protocols.

Click here to review daily dashboard and other COVID resources here.

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

Monday, December 13, 4:00-5:30 p.m.

St. Mary Catholic Middle School

The Winnebago County Health Department is hosting a vaccine clinic at SMCMS next Monday. Open to all SMCS families and staff, and children under 18 must have a parent/guardian present.

  • Pfizer-only clinic
  • 2nd dose for individuals who received their first dose on Monday, November 22
  • Booster dose (Pfizer-only) for anyone eligible
  • 1st dose for anyone eligible

No appointment necessary. COVID-19 vaccines are free.

Annual Fund 2021-22 Matching Gift Challenge

SMCS has received a generous match for the SMCS Annual Fund. All gifts, up to $10,000, are doubled now until the end of 2021. Double your impact by making a gift today to the Annual Fund here.

Funds raised support our mission and help provide an exceptional educational experience for students. This includes helping to cover tuition assistance, professional development, and general operational needs. Learn more and donate here.

Scrip Dazzle Days

This Christmas season, do all your gift card shopping in one convenient place, while also making a positive impact on SMCS. Scrip Dazzle Days, running November 27-December 10, will feature surprise mystery bonuses that disappear in 24 hours and two-week bonuses on many popular brands. Check the homepage on the RaiseRight™ mobile app often to reveal surprise bonuses that disappear in 24 hours. Learn more here.

There are other additional special bonuses from local retailers too:

Kwik Trip, 10%, Now - December 31

Fleet Farm, 10%, Nov. 29 - December 19

Tuition Bills

Please continue to check your tuition bill online for payment adjustments due to newly applied fine arts and sports fees, co-curriculars, and quarterly scrip credits.

Families can view their tuition bills at:

If you have not logged in to review your billing statement, select “I AM A FIRST TIME USER”. Make note of your computer-generated username for future log in. (TIP: Click the gold button, “My billing details” to see fees and credits.)

Please contact Shelley Wautlet with questions on fees and discounts. If you need help logging in, please call customer service at Blackbaud Tuition Management at 888-868-8828.

SMCS Emergency Notifications

SMCS utilizes a text message notification system for emergency notifications, weather-related closures and delays, and other information.

A TEST notification was sent at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, December 8 to all phone numbers that have signed up and opted in to this text alert system. If you did not receive the text, please enroll your phone number, at no cost, to the SMCS emergency alert system. To enroll your phone number, please text SMCS to (844) 947-5948. You will receive a confirmation text and a text indicating that when you want to opt out of this service you simply need to reply STOP. You may enroll multiple cell phone numbers using that same process.

With winter nearly here, a reminder that as soon as a weather-related delay or cancellation is determined for school day or activities, information is posted on the SMCS Facebook page, SMCS email, text notification mentioned above, and local TV and radio stations.

Zephyrs Spirit Stop

All clearance items in the Zephyrs Spirit Stop are 40% off.

Shop in person or online using code: CLEARANCE

The Zephyrs Spirit Stop (located outside the SMCHS gymnasium) is also open during most home sporting events and will be open every Friday (school is in session) from 7:30-8:15 a.m.

December 15 is the last day for Christmas orders from the Zephyrs Spirit Stop. Go Zephyrs!

Become a Host Family

SMCS is seeking host families for the following international students:

  • (January 14-June 3, 2022) Marghi is from Italy and will be at SMCHS for one semester. She is a senior and enjoys gymnastics, tennis, horse riding, skiing, fashion, and traveling. Marghi plays the piano and likes to sing. She prefers a home without dogs or only small dog(s). Host stipend of $600 month and pro-rated tuition credit of $500.

  • (January 5-February 3, 2022) Short term host families are needed for middle school aged-students from South Korea, who will attend the middle school in January for a cultural experience. Host stipend of $600.

Host families are an important part of keeping the SMCS international program strong. It's also a great cultural opportunity for all students! Families do not have to have children in SMCS schools to host. Stipends are paid and tuition credits issued for hosting. If interested, please contact SMCS International Coordinator Sue Thelen at or 920-722-7796, ext. 808.

Parish Connection

Summer 2022 Mission Trips

The Neenah-Menasha Catholic community, in partnership with SMCS campus ministry, is hosting three mission trip opportunities for middle and high school students in summer 2022. Learn more here. All students are welcome, regardless of parish/church affiliation.

Neenah-Menasha Summer Service Mission Experience

June 6-10, 2022, Neenah/Menasha, WI

Catholic Heart Workcamp

June 12-18, 2022, New Castle, PA

Catholic Mission Trips

July 9-17, 2022, New Orleans, LA

Upcoming info session is on January 3. RSVP for an informational session here.

Bilingual Mass on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 12, 2 p.m., St. Mary Parish, Menasha

The Neenah-Menasha Catholic community is hosting a Mass for the Third Sunday of Advent for the intention of thanksgiving for the apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This year marks the 490th anniversary of the Blessed Mother appearing to St. Juan Diego in Mexico.

All are welcome! Fr. Phil Schoofs will be the celebrant. A social gathering featuring traditional Mexican food will take place after Mass in Msgr. Hummel Hall at St. Mary Parish. No cost; free will offerings accepted.

  • Confessions: 1-1:45 p.m.
  • Rosary: 1:30 p.m.
  • Bilingual Mass: 2 p.m.
  • Social Gathering: 3 p.m./following Mass

St. Gabriel

The parish's monthly speaker series continues with "Have A 'Mary' Christmas" by Meredith Lauer on Monday, December 13, 2021, at 7 p.m. in the church. No RSVP required. All are welcome!

St. Margaret Mary

Join the parish and school students for the monthly Divine Mercy Chaplet on Tuesday, December 14 at 9:30 a.m. in the church.

St. Mary and St. John the Baptist

An Advent Service of Lessons and Carols will be on Friday, December 17 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary Church. Enjoy this traditional service of prayer, Scripture readings, and meditation in song.

St. Patrick

"Midnight Clear: Evening with the Badger State Girls Choir" is on Friday, December 17 at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the church. The singers will perform traditional and new arrangements of the best loved songs of Christmas.

Employment Opportunities

Staff Opportunities

Spanish Teacher

Food Service Lead Cook

Food Service Aide

Afterschool Care Providers

Instructional Aide(s)

4K Teacher

Learning Specialist

Enrollment Coordinator

Bus Driver

Check out other current openings here.


SMCS is also looking for substitutes for the following positions: teachers, aides, and food service staff. We would love to have you join us!

If you are interested in substitute teaching, you must hold at least a bachelor’s degree to be a substitute teacher. You do not need a teacher or substitute license; however; if you wish to obtain one, please use this link to apply for one through DPI. Interested in attending a substitute training course through CESA 6 to learn classroom management and lesson planning skills? More information on the substitute teacher training can be found here.

If you are interested in subbing as a teacher aide or food service staff, you must hold a high school diploma/GED or higher. Any questions or are interested in applying for a substitute position with SMCS, please contact HR Director Chelsey Kind, or 920-722-7796 ext. 803 or apply with us on our website, or on WECAN.

St. Mary Catholic Schools is preparing and inspiring students to lead meaningful lives, rooted in the teachings of Christ in our Catholic tradition.