St. Mary's Newsletter

St. Mary's Preschool and Elementary School

The Lenten Season

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season, 40 days that allow us to grow closer to Christ. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops tells us that Lent is a 40 day season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at sundown on Holy Thursday. It's a period of preparation to celebrate the Lord's Resurrection at Easter. During Lent , we seek the Lord in prayer by reading Sacred Scripture, we serve by giving alms, and we practice self-control through fasting. We are called not only to abstain from luxuries during Lent, but also to seek to follow Christ's will more faithfully. We were marked with ashes on Wednesday during our School Mass to remind us of our new life in Christ. During these 40 days our school family will spend more time in Adoration and will participate in Stations of the Cross during the school day. How blessed we are to experience Lenten traditions together at school!
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St. Peter's Knights of Columbus Fish Fry Fridays

Speaking of the Lenten season, the St. Peter's Knights of Columbus are hosting Fish Fry Fridays during Lent! The delicious meal is $10 per adult, $5 for children aged 5-12, and free for children under the age of 4, or $30 for a family...what a deal! Drive-thru and dine-in options are available each week.

Students and families are welcome to come help to earn Care and Share hours and/or community service hours by helping us out any Friday during Lent. All proceeds from the Fish Fry on March 11 are going to the JACS Auction.

Rescheduled Charity Dress Day for March

Charity Dress Day usually falls on the first Wednesday of each month during the school year. Due to how the March calendar falls this year, the first Wednesday of the month is Ash Wednesday. We have moved March's Charity Dress Day to Wednesday, March 9.

Funds raised on Wednesday will benefit the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a national organization of Catholic laypersons dedicated to helping those around us in misfortune. Today, the Society has conferences around the world operated by over 800,000 members, including 60,000 in the United States. The Conference of St. Mary’s in Joplin, MO has been active for most of the parish’s history beginning in 1939. The Society is financially supported by St. Mary’s Catholic Church parishioners.

March's Free Dress Day is going to be a fun day...students may wear St. Patrick's-themed clothing on Thursday, March 17! Students may also wear typical free dress clothing as well, too.

Thank you to all the families who helped contribute to the Ronald McDonald House for February's Charity Dress Day. St. Mary's raised $415.35 to donate, with Mrs. Staton's class winning as the class raising the most funds. Thank you for your generous and thoughtful support!

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Spring Dress Code

The weather this week has been incredible, it's good to know that Spring is on the way! As a reminder, St. Mary's Spring Dress Code went into effect on March 1. Please read through your Family Handbook for more details, but the big changes from winter to spring dress code are:

  • Students may start wearing modest-length navy or khaki Bermuda or dress shorts to school. Shorts need to touch the bottom of finger tips to be considered dress code appropriate.
  • Girls may start wearing ankle socks with jumpers, skirts, and skorts.
  • As a reminder, ALL St. Mary's students (Preschool and Elementary) are required to wear closed-toe shoes to school. Sandals, crocs, open-backed shoes, etc. may not be worn to school to help ensure student safety.

Hair Length and Other Reminders

We have been giving gentle reminders to several students who are out of dress code guidelines due to hair length, Smart watches, temporary tattoos, and untucked shirts. Please make sure you are aware of the additional dress code guidelines found on page 18-19 in St. Mary's Family Handbook. Thank you for your help in ensuring that your child follows the guidelines.

N. Dress Code Helpful Hints

1. For identification purposes, it is highly suggested that students have their name inside each article of clothing.

2. No manufacturer’s logo, trademark, or embroidery (including same color on color) may be visible.

3. No oversize or tight-fitting clothing.

4. No jackets, coats, hoodies (exception of JACS), sunglasses, hats, caps, or scarves worn as hats may be worn indoors.

5. No body piercing. Any jewelry or accessories (watches, etc.) must be in keeping with the conservative nature of the uniform. Girls may wear one pair of earrings (small hoop or stud only). Smart watches and/or any Fitbit style of device are not to be worn to school.

6. All students should wear their hair in a well-groomed manner. Boys’ hair must be out of the eyes, off the collar, and cover no more than half the ear. Girls’ hair should be out of the eyes. Student’s hair must be of a natural color.

7. Students may not have visible tattoos (permanent or temporary).

8. No layering of clothing items. Only white T-shirts with no graphics may be worn under uniform shirts.

9. Shirts must be tucked in at all times.

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Joplin Greenhouse and The Coffee Shop Fundraiser

Joplin Greenhouse and St. Mary's Home and School are partnering for an exciting fundraiser for our school! Just in time for your spring planting and yardwork projects, Joplin Greenhouse is offering a generous way to raise money to support our students, faculty and staff, and entire school community!

Our fundraiser begins on March 1 and will continue through the end of April. With every $25 dollars spent in gift card sales, Joplin Greenhouse will donate a generous percentage back to St. Mary's. Gift cards may be purchased for ANY amount in $25 dollar increments, and can be used for both Joplin Greenhouse and The Coffee Shop purchases. Gift cards will be delivered to families twice a month.

More information and an order form are included in your family's Communicator Envelope today along with information about student incentives for selling gift cards. Start thinking of spring flowers, landscaping projects, and delicious cups of coffee now!

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Please note there has been a change to conference times and days to allow adequate time for all St. Mary's parents to meet with their child's teacher for 3rd quarter parent-teacher conferences. New conference days and times at St. Mary's are:

  • Thursday, March 17: Conferences from 3:30 - 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, March 18: NO SCHOOL- Conferences from 7:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Originally Friday, March 18 was a half-day of school with a noon dismissal. To allow adequate time for parents to meet with teachers, we have added an extra morning of conferences. St. Peter's and McAuley still have a school on Friday, March 18 and will be dismissing at noon. If you are not able to attend conferences during the scheduled days and times, please contact your child's teacher and she will do her best to find a time to meet with you. It is hard to believe we are moving into the last quarter of the school year!

Gift Basket and Live Auction Items Needed!

The JACS Annual Auction is scheduled for Saturday, April 30! We are seeking items to include in baskets or live auction items. Items we are seeking include: * Kitchen & Cooking items * Children’s Toys and Books * Branson Activities or Timeshares * Movie Night at Home * Car Care * Golf-Related Items * KC Chiefs, KC Royals, St. Louis Cardinals Items * Airline Miles *

You can also check out the Auction's Amazon Wishlist: JACS Annual Auction - Amazon Custom Gift List -

Donation forms are available using the following link:

Kids Heart Challenge Update

❤️St. Mary's will be wrapping up the Kids Heart Challenge in PE this coming week. Students in Kindergarten - 5th Grade have been having a lot of fun with jump rope games and learning about taking care of our hearts. Our families have done an AMAZING job of reaching out to friends and relatives to raise awareness and funds for the American Heart Association.

If you haven't registered online it's not too late. The website is and is very user-friendly. There are a few St. Mary's Elementary schools listed, but look for Joplin, MO and Mrs. Black's name. Students went home with envelopes for in-person donations, and they are due this Wednesday, March 9. Mrs. Black has more envelopes if needed. A couple incentives have been the Pick-A-Priest to slime if a student raises $100, and the Gym Jam if a student raises $150. God bless Fr. Joe, Fr. Brian, and Fr. Paco for being such good sports!

Our school is on track to have its BEST YEAR EVER, we are only a few hundred dollars away from hitting $10,000!!! This is really unheard of from a school the size of St. Mary's, but it certainly speaks to the very HEART (pun intended!) of all the people--near and far--who make up this wonderful community. Thank you very much for all your encouragement and support. If you have any questions, please email me at

Thank you, Mrs. Margie Black ❤️

McAuley Track Fundraiser

McAuley Track is selling Shakespeare’s Pizza as a fundraiser. Ordering is open until March 20 and the cost is $13 per pizza. Checks may be made out to McAuley Catholic Track.

Pizza choices are:

  • Pepperoni
  • Italian Style Pork Sausage
  • Double Cheese
  • Vegetarian
  • Panda’s Pepper (pepperoni, green and banana peppers, and pepper jack cheese),
  • Hawaiian Style (Canadian Bacon and Pineapple),
  • Four Cheese,
  • Spinach Artichoke, and Supreme(pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, green peppers, onions)

View full descriptions of the toppings.

Email Coach Youngworth at to place your pizza order or find a member of the track team. Orders will arrive frozen on April 3, 2022.

Important Dates to Remember

Wednesday, March 9: Charity Dress Day benefitting St. Vincent de Paul

Friday, March 11: End of Third Quarter

Sunday, March 13: Daylight Savings Time Begins, Spring Your Clocks Forward!

Tuesday, March 15: 5th Grade Route 66 Field Day

Thursday, March 17: St. Patrick's-Themed Free Dress Day

Thursday, March 17: Parent-Teacher Conferences, 3:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Friday, March 18: NO SCHOOL Parent-Teacher Conferences 7:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Saturday, March 19-Sunday, March 27: Spring Break

Monday, March 28: Classes Resume

Tuesday, April 5: 1st and 2nd Grade Field Trip to Wonders of Wildlife

Tuesday, April 5: First Tuesday at Club 609

Friday, April 8: 5th Grade Mass and Stations of the Cross at CMC

Sunday, April 10: Palm Sunday

Thursday, April 14: Holy Thursday- Noon Dismissal, No After School Care

Friday, April 15 - Monday, April 18: Easter Holiday

Tuesday, April 16: Classes Resume

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