Monday Morning Memo

St. Mary of the Assumption School

January 27, 2020

Note from the Principal

Good morning parents!

It's Catholic Schools Week! A huge thank you to Carlos Pla with the Knights of Columbus, our wonderful HSA, and NJHS student ambassadors for their work at our Open House yesterday. The CSW full schedule is attached to this email. I hope to see many of you at our Open House and Family Pizza tomorrow.

This is the LAST WEEK for re-enrollment before the fee increases from $125 to $150 per student. Please complete your re-enrollment on TADS by January 31st to avoid increased fees.

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Lewis

New Items

Award Ceremony This Friday

Students that made honor roll or hit their AR goal will be honored this Friday. The Award Ceremony will begin after 10:10am Mass.

Future City Competition

This weekend, students from Grade 6 competed in the Future City competition. They had to create a virtual city centered around water conservation and alternate energy sources and create a scale model representing their ideas. Great job Mrs. Vilicic and Grade 6!

March For Life

Mrs. Pla and Mr. Brunk took our 8th grade students on the March for Life in DC last Friday. We are so proud of our students for standing up for the Right to Life for all!

Upcoming Dates

January 26-31st: Catholic Schools Week (See flier for details)

Sunday: Catholic Schools Mass 9:30am; Open House 11am-1pm

Monday: Dress Down Day

Tuesday: Sports Themed Attire; 8:45-11am Classroom Visits; 11-1pm Family Pizza

Wednesday: Character Attire; Canned Food Drive; 7:30-8:30am Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

Thursday: Pajama/Lounge Wear Attire

Friday: Dress to Impress Attire; 10:10am Mass; 12:30 Dismissal

January 31st: Award Ceremony 10:45am

January 31st: Last Day for Re-Enrollment before Fee Increase

February 12th: HSA Meeting

Feburary 17th: No School

February 21st: Progress Reports

February 22nd: Roaring 20s Gala


Golden Apple Nominations

On May 7, 2020, the Archdiocese of Washington Catholic Schools will host the twelfth annual Golden Apple Awards for excellence in teaching. Parents and students are invited to annually nominate a teacher for the Golden Apple Award. A selection committee will then choose 10 winners from the entire ADW with the approval of the Secretary for Catholic Schools.

The winning teachers will be presented a golden apple, a Certificate of Achievement, and a check for $5,000.Our wonderful Mrs. Ruckstuhl is a former winner!

The nomination form is attached. To qualify, teachers must be:

1. A practicing Catholic

2. A full time teacher

3. Completed a minimum of three consecutive full years in their current

Archdiocesan parish based or independent elementary or secondary

school in the Archdiocese of Washington.

4. The teacher must be state-certified to teach in MD, VA or DC and

certified to teach religion by the ADW.

If you have any questions about a teacher's eligibility, please let me know.


Parents, please check out a new website for the Maryland BOOST Scholarship Coalition . The BOOST Scholarship Coalition is dedicated to ensuring that Maryland students have access to high-quality, affordable and diverse educational options, such as our school. There are opportunities for you to sign up for the BOOST Action Network and when doing so, if you click the checkbox to become a Parent Ambassador, you can help the efforts to share positive stories about BOOST with legislators and ensure this program continues for years to come. Parent and community advocacy is critical so if you have benefitted from BOOST, please consider signing up to get more involved!

Raffle Basket Items Needed!

Each class is asked to bring in items to make a raffle basket for the Gala in February. Please bring in any donations to your homeroom teacher. The class with the basket that makes the most money wins a prize!

o Pre-K: Disney: anything Disney, big or small
o Kindergarten: Baking: specialty spices, bakeware, etc.
o 1st grade: Fitness: fitness bags, yoga equipment, small weights, resistance bands, water bottles,
o 2nd grade: Harry Potter: anything and everything Harry Potter from the books to mugs. If it has anything Harry Potter associated with it, we want it!
o 3rd grade: Dad Basket: specialty grilling items, Man Cave items, beer mugs, etc.
o 4th grade: Maryland: We are proud of our State and like to show it. If you see something that screams Maryland, grab it! Anything with our flag to crabs and Old Bay!!
o 5th grade: Coffee, Tea, and Chocolate: mugs, specialty coffee, a tea kettle, an espresso frother, any type of chocolate.
o 6th grade: Sports Fan: items for Ravens, Redskins, Nationals, Orioles, Capitals, Mystics, Wizards....or any of the actual balls/equipment from any sport
o 7th grade: Date Night: restaurant gift cards, movie passes, spa certificates, candles
o 8th grade: Lottery Tickets: scratch offs or cash