Saint Mary School Weekly Newsletter

May 18, 2023 - Volume 4 Issue 37

Thoughts from Mrs. Ambrosio

So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God.

- Mark 16:19

Dear Parents,

Today we celebrate the Ascension of Jesus into heaven. As humans it can be difficult to comprehend the ways of God. We read in Romans 11:33 “How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!” Both in majesty, such as the Ascension of Jesus, and in those devastating situations that are difficult to comprehend, we must continue to believe that God’s ways are inscrutable, even when we do not understand, and even in tragedy. Sometimes our faith is tested, but we persevere in our faith, and we model that faith for our children. We can tell them that we don’t have the answers, but we know that God has a plan, even when we do not understand or cannot see that plan before us. We must continue to tell our children how much God loves them and how much we love them. For when we face life’s greatest challenges, that faith and love will be what carry us through.

God Bless,


A Peek at Next Week at SMS

May 22-26, 2023

Monday - Saint Mary School Golf Outing; Strings; Afterschool - Lil' Penguins Soccer (PK3s-PK4s), Board Games (4-8), Garden Club (4-8)

Tuesday - Band; Afterschool Track and Field (K-3); Messy Little Penguins (PK3's-PK4's), Crochet (3-8)

Wednesday - Field Day Grades 3-8; Afterschool - Dancing Through the Decades (TK-3) * change of day*

Thursday - Grade 8 Mass with Bishop; Afterschool - Track and Field (4-8), First Friday Singers

Friday - Field Day K-2; Early Dismissal


Living Rosary on Friday

Our Kindergarten-Grade 8 students will attend a Living Rosary on Friday, at 1 pm behind the Church around the Crucifix on the hill. All parents are welcome to attend.

Correction for Cheer

In last week's newsletter, there was a mistake in the time of the final cheer session. Cheer will be Friday, May 19 from 2:30-3:30.

Middle School Dance

We are looking forward to the Middle School Dance tomorrow. Just a few reminders:

  • Students should arrive at 7 pm. Early entry is not permitted.
  • Cell phones will be collected upon arrival.
  • Pick up is 9 pm.


Order your Yearbook by May 26

Now is the time to place your order for the 2022-2023 Saint Mary School Yearbook! The books will be delivered in June. The deadline for ordering is Friday, May 26. The price of a book is $35.

To order:

1. Go to

2. Click on the Order Yearbooks button.

3. Enter the password sms23 and select online order and continue button.

4. Enter your child's name and grade from the 2022-23 school year and the book quantity.

5. If you have another child to order for, select order for another child. If not, select check out.

If you need any help with online ordering please call 1-800-632-2323 x0.

Early Dismissal Friday, May 26 and No School Monday, May 29

We have an Early Dismissal Day Friday, May 26 for Memorial Day Weekend.

  • Kindergarten-Grade 8 will dismiss at 10:30 am
  • All Preschool programs will dismiss at 11:00 am
  • There is no aftercare or after school enrichment/office hours

There is No School on Monday, May 29th.

Memorial Day Parade

Mark your calendars! SMS is planning to walk in the Ridgefield Memorial Day parade again this year, Monday, May 29th! If you haven't participated before - we have a great float, courtesy of the Wertman family! Registration coming next week via email.

HSA News

Not too Late - Donate to the Wine Pull

Help support the Golf Outing by donating wine for our "wine pull". Donate bottles valued at $25 or more. You can either drop off a bottle at school, or visit or call our partner, Cellar XV, 88 Danbury Rd, Ridgefield, 203.894.8690. Tell them you are supporting the SMS Scramble and you will receive 10% off your purchase. Any questions, please text Andrea Wolf at 203.644.4526.

Care Packages for Memorial Day

Attention grades K-5, please support our troops for Memorial Day! HSA is partnering with Soldiers Angels to donate care packages to deployed troops. Please view the wishlist. Collection drive will run until Friday May 26th. Please check your email for additional details about the collection drive, and visit for more information about this important organization.

St. Mary Parish/Diocese of Bridgeport News

St. Mary Parish Vacation Bible School Registration for Campers and Volunteers

Registration is open for St. Mary Parish Vacation Bible School, which takes place July 24-28, from 9am-12pm. VBS is available for campers entering K-5th grade AND junior leaders entering 6-12th in the fall.

For information and registration, please visit:


To help families spend time together and share common experiences, The Leadership Institute of the Diocese of Bridgeport provides recommendations for Family Movie Night. Each week, a new movie recommendation and explanation are available for your consideration. Click here for recent suggestions, including this week's suggestion, "Anastasia"

Orphaned as a child, the young adult Anya remembers very little of her early childhood, and wants to find her family. When a conman notices she looks an awful lot like the missing princess Anastasia, rumored to have survived an attack on her royal family, he quickly decides to present her to Anastasia’s grandmother for a handsome reward. A family-friendly adventure featuring a number of catchy songs, Anastasia explores what it means to be true to yourself, acknowledging that “who you are” is not defined by the circumstances of your past, but the decisions you make today.

Community News

Coach G Summer Soccer Camps

Our own Coach G will be holding soccer summer camps at Immaculate High School in July for students aged 4 and up. Please visit his website for information about Mini Mustangs Camp for ages 4-5, Strive for Growth for ages 6-9 and Strive for Success for 10+. Spots are limited, so sign up today!

High School News


Immaculate High School invites all area students in Grades 6-12 to take advantage of its Summer Enrichment Program June 20-29, 2023. The courses - which include HSPT prep, math, biology, STEM, English and College Essay Writing - offer students an opportunity to learn and grow over the summer while providing extra instructional time. Classes are open to middle school and high school students. See link for information on fees and program: Summer at Immaculate - Immaculate High School (

High School Tutor Available

Ava Fleming, sister of thre SMS students, and current junior at Immaculate High, is offering *free* tutoring to fulfill honor society requirements. Contact her to set up an appointment at the Ridgefield Library for math, English, or French tutoring at


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