St. Mary Catholic Schools News

August 3, 2021

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Welcome Back, Zephyrs!

Welcome back, Zephyrs!

The 2021-22 school year is nearly here, and we are excited to welcome students, staff, and families back to our St. Mary Catholic Schools campuses for the new school year!

Check out SMCS Superintendent Dan McKenna's message for students and families in the above video as he shares his excitement and vision for the upcoming school year.

Enjoy the final few weeks of summer break, and we're excited to welcome you all back soon!

Back-to-School Information

More information about policies and procedures regarding COVID for the 2021-22 school year are forthcoming (ex: quarantining, testing, etc.) and will be shared with the SMCS community on Thursday, August 12. Review the COVID Guidelines/Resources here released a few weeks ago about the upcoming school year.

Please also watch your email for further communications from school principals and other staff in coming days and weeks with additional back-to-school information, required forms to complete, and more. Below are a few resources to get your back-to-school prep started:

Important Dates & Upcoming Events


Monday, August 30, 2021

First Day of School

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

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

Zephyrs Connect 2021

Friday, September 3, 2021, 4 p.m., Zephyr Fields

All are invited to Zephyrs Connect 2021! This community run/walk event features a 5K run/walk, games, food, entertainment, and the first Zephyrs Varsity Football home game of the season! Funds raised will support SMCS Athletics, Booster Club, Fine Arts, and STEM co-curriculars, as well as SMCS's five supporting parishes: St. Gabriel, St. John, St. Margaret Mary, St. Mary, and St. Patrick.

Early registration discount and deadline is August 18. Click here to register.

SMCS Business Office Updates

Tuition Payments and Management

A sincere thank you to all families for registering and completing the 2021-22 tuition contracts using our new enrollment management and tuition management software through Blackbaud. With your payment plan in place, continue to watch your emails for payment notices and due dates. Family IDs and log in information was emailed from Blackbaud when you created your tuition account.

If you haven’t already logged in, please login here and review your tuition, fees, credits, and your family balance. Check your junk email if you are missing these notifications.

Please contact Shelley Wautlet at in the Business Office with any tuition questions.


Scrip credits will continue to be applied to tuition accounts quarterly. To align the quarters with the calendar year, the next credit will be applied in October and will include credits earned in June, July, August, and September. Credits will be applied every three months going forward.

Not using Scrip? SMCS offers the Scrip fundraising benefit to ALL SMCS families. Enroll today and start earning Scrip credit toward tuition and fees.

Paid in full? Start using Scrip toward future fees! There is no limit to the amount you can earn.

With Scrip, you purchase gift cards for your favorite retailers at face value through or via the Raise Right app on your mobile device. The retailers give specified rebates back to SMCS, and 80% of those rebates are directed to family tuition accounts, school programs, or our participating parishes. The remaining 20% is shared with the participating parishes and is used as an SMCS fundraiser for tuition assistance. (For example, if you buy a $100 Kwik Trip card at 5%, the rebate to SMCS is $5.00. You get a $100 Kwik Trip gift card and earn $4.00 credit toward tuition.)

It’s that easy! These credits can add up fast. Many families earn over $500 each year. Set up a Scrip account and start earning!

1. Create your online Scrip account here and search participating retailers here:

or via the Raise Right app. Enrollment code: Call 967-0021 or 215-7442 or 722-7796 for code.

2. Set up your payment type. Log in to, go to Dashboard, then Payment Types, and authorize online payments from your bank account for fast and convenient checkout every time. Credit cards are now accepted at checkout for a small fee.

3. Fill out the Scrip User Agreement here and return it to your school office or scan/email to in the Business Office. This tells us where you want your cards delivered and where you want the credits to go.

4. DOWNLOAD the RAISE RIGHT app for faster ordering, even without Wifi.

5. Shop HUNDREDS of retailers and use Scrip for purchases big and small. Review the list of retailers here and here.

6. Place your first order online or on the app! Place your orders by Monday at 9 a.m. to have your physical cards delivered to your selected location by noon on Thursdays. Electronic gift cards and reloads will be available for immediate use if paid using an online payment option.

In Case You Missed It: Summer Happenings at SMCS

SMCS has been busy with activity all summer! Our students, families, and community members have been participating in sport camps, STEM events, summer day camp, service and faith opportunities, community theater, the Greater Zephyrs Open, and more at SMCS this summer.

Zephyrs Spirit Stop

Zephyrs Apparel For Sale

Show your Zephyrs spirit! Order Zephyrs apparel from the Zephyrs Spirit Stop here.

New styles and discounted items are available for online purchase. Orders for fall sports season spiritwear must be placed this month (click here for specific dates,) for estimated September delivery.

Parish Connection

St. Gabriel

St. Gabriel Parish is hosting a night out at the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers game on Friday, August 13. $10 for a ticket, hot dog, and drink. Learn more and purchase tickets here.

St. Margaret Mary

Join together and pray for our students during an outdoor holy rosary on Wednesday, August 18, at 6 p.m. at the Statue of the Good Shepherd on the St. Margaret Mary Parish campus.

St. Mary and St. John the Baptist

Students and educators can bring their backpacks to Mass and receive a blessing to begin the school year at Masses the weekend of August 28 and 29.

- Saturday, August 28: 4 p.m. St. John and 5:30 p.m. St. Mary

- Sunday, August 29: 9 a.m. St. John and 10:30 a.m. St. Mary

St. Patrick

Celebrate Mass on the Green and Parish Picnic at 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 7. Cookout/picnic to take place following 4 p.m. Mass.

Employment Opportunities

We are looking for great people to join the SMCS team! Check out our current openings.

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