St. Mary's Communicator

End of 2022-2023 School Year

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Pre-K Graduation

Congratulations to our Pre-K students on their graduation on Monday, May 22. We can't wait to see you continue to grow in Kindergarten and beyond. Thank you Miss Carrie for all you did to make the event memorable.

Last Day of 2022-2023 School Year

On Wednesday, we celebrated Mass as well as held our annual awards ceremony. We were excited to be able to highlight the achievements of our Kindergarten – 5th grade students and are proud of them. The end of year class pictures taken at that award ceremony are below.

Volunteer THANK-YOU

Thank you to those who have volunteered this 2022-2023 school year to assist and help our students and staff. We appreciate your involvement in helping create great experiences and memories for our students as well as giving special treats and support to our staff.

Summer Hours

Our office summer hours are Tuesday-Thursday from 9 a.m. - 1p.m. Call us at 417-623-1465 or the business office at 417-624-5003 or by email at with any questions you may need this summer.

2023-2024 Home and School

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Looking to find more ways to get involved at St. Mary's? Home and School invites you to consider a leadership role for the upcoming school year. Planning for next year's activities will begin in July. Please contact the school office if interested.

Scholarships and Referral Credit

Did you know that we have scholarships available to families? We also introduced a family referral credit opportunity this year. Learn more about these opportunities and download a scholarship application by visiting our website:
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The 2023-2024 school calendar is available on our website: The first day of school is Thursday, August 17.

Summer Opportunities

National Parks and Egypt Summer Enrichment

Join Mrs. Staton for a summer science and social studies enrichment for grades 3-5 on June 19-22 at St. Mary's. Morning session from 9-12 is on National Parks and the afternoon session from 1-4 is on Egypt. Students should wear clothes and shoes that can get dirty. At noon students leaving will be picked up in the commons. Students staying should bring a drink and a sack lunch. Contact Mrs. Staton for more information at

Youth Basketball Camp

Coach Tony Witt is hosting a Youth Basketball Camp on June 5 from 1-3 p.m. at McAuley Catholic. It is open to boys and girls in 4th - 8th grade. Camp fee of $20 includes a t-shirt. Contact Coach Witt at to register.
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Vacation Bible School

The Joplin Area Catholic Parishes invite all children entering pre-k (4-year-olds) through 5th grade to join us at Vacation Bible School (VBS) 2023 as we discover the hidden treasures of the parables June 26-30th. Monday through Thursday will be held at McAuley Catholic High School from 6-8pm. NEW this year will be a FAMILY PICNIC on Friday, 6/30! Mass at St. Peter the Apostle begins at 5:15 p.m., followed by a dinner for the whole family. Registration is $10 and includes a T-shirt. All registrations after June1st will be $15 and your child will not be guaranteed desired T-shirt size. Please make checks out to St. Peter the Apostle. Visit to download the registration form.
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Junior Cheer Camp!

The Junior Cheer Camp for Preschool children - 8th grade is June 6-June 9 at McAuley Catholic High School from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Visit: for more information and to download the registration form.

Joplin Library Summer Reading Program

Summer reading program at the Joplin Public Library begins on May 30. Joplin Summer Reading cards are free and there are prizes for completing game boards. Learn more at

Youth Lacrosse Camp

Open to boys and girls ages 7 to 12 years. June 19-22 from 9-11 a.m. Sticks and ball are provided, $60 for the week. Visit for more information.

Upcoming Events

Summer Events

June 5: Youth Basketball Camp -$20 - grades 4-8 at McAuley Catholic - 1 p.m.

June 6-9: Junior Cheer Camp - $40 - Preschool - 8th grade at McAuley Catholic - 5:30-7:30 p.m.

June 25: St. Peter's Parish Picnic, 12:30 p.m.

June 26-29: Vacation Bible School - $10 - PreK - 5th grade - McAuley Catholic - 6-8 p.m.

Thursday, August 17: 1st Day of School