St. Mary Catholic Schools News

September 29, 2021

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SMCS Mustand Seed Introduction
We're coming to the end of the first full month of the 2021-22 school year at St. Mary Catholic Schools, and what a year it has been so far!

In this week's video, SMCS Superintendent Dan McKenna and Director of Ministry Eric Rudd share an exciting announcement about the creation of a new ministry group within our SMCS community to help strengthen our faith, grow our Catholic culture in our school community, and provide formation opportunities for families. Stay tuned for even further details in the coming weeks!

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Upcoming Events

House Mass - October 10

You and your family are invited to join the St. Mary Catholic Schools community for a house Mass on Sunday, October 10 at 2 p.m. at 215 Limekiln Dr., Neenah. Come, receive the Eucharist, celebrate our faith, and grow in community with your SMCS family!

Fr. Bob Kollath of St. Gabriel Parish will preside for the Mass. Mass will be held outdoors along the shores of Lake Winnebago. Please bring your own chair. No RSVP required, but carpooling is suggested due to limited parking. We look forward to celebrating Mass together and growing in community with you and your family!

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All Aboard 2021 - October 16

Our first-of-its-kind ALL ABOARD event is combining the best parts of all of our elementary and middle school fundraisers of years past. That means for some of you Event Boards will be a familiar concept but others may be a little confused. Good news! If you don’t know what an event board is, you’ll learn later this week. If you do know what an event board is, you won’t want to miss them going live on our ALL ABOARD website this Friday!

It’s just another way you can join us as we gather to celebrate and support our elementary and middle schools. Don’t miss the train!

First stop: Registration! Click here to sign up.

Interested in sponsoring? Click here to join our incredible sponsors in supporting academic excellence at SMCS and enhancing our Catholic mission and values.

Please note: All Aboard is the school fundraiser for our three elementary schools and the middle school. There is no tuition credit toward the fundraising fee for All Aboard. The schools raise and distribute the profits of this fundraiser among the four schools for their greatest needs. After second semester, the Development Office will announce the raffle for which families can earn their fundraising credit. Scrip also can offset the fundraising fee, and Scrip can be earned all year round!

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

In Case You Missed It

SMCS Celebrated Homecoming Week 2021

What a week! St. Mary Catholic Schools celebrated Homecoming Week 2021 from September 19-25. It was a week filled with memorable moments and Zephyrs spirit. Check out some photos from the pep rallies, parade, games, service morning, and more here.


Opportunities for Community Mentors, Supporters, and SMCHS Students

The STEM Club welcomes all SMCHS students to join and can help with any STEM projects someone may have!

  • Photo drones to help with photography projects
  • Video equipment to help with video projects
  • Fly drones and rockets for fun
  • Use the mill and the 3-D printer
  • Build planes, robots, and drones for fun
  • Try a hand at aviation with STEM Club's flight simulator
  • And more

STEM Club is open most Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. and Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

This year, STEM Club also offers two more structured programs: VEX Robotics and ESports Team. VEX Robotics teams have roles for builders (lead and assistant), programmers (lead and assistant), technical journalists, drivers, tournament scouts and other. The STEM Club also helps put on Robotics Tournaments in December and January, a STEM Saturday event for the community in March or April, and a Fly-In in July. STEM Club is also always on the lookout for adult mentors to help with robotics, drone flying and making, RC Cars and planes, 3-D printing, milling, or any other STEM activity.

If you would like to be added to the STEM Club email list; have a high schooler who may be interested in VEX, ESports, or other STEM Club projects; or are an adult mentor who would like to share your expertise, time, and talents with our students, please email Phil Kerwin at

COVID Resources

Business Office Updates

September Scrip Sale

Get these Scrip deals before the end of September! Stock up on Kwik Trip (10%)* and Scanlan Studios (15%).

School Menu Changes

SMCS students are not charged for school meals during the 2021-22 school year due to a federally funded waiver program. Because of the ongoing pandemic and disruptions in the food supply chain and labor shortages, last-minute menu changes and product substitutions may be made, but meals will still be balanced, healthy, and plentiful.

Please see this letter from Food Service Director Diane Agrell for more information about menu changes.

Tuition Payments

New for the 2021-22 school year, SMCS is using Smart Tuition for tuition management. Families can conveniently access and pay tuition and class fees online. Upfront, quarterly, and monthly payment options are offered. Pay your tuition online here.

Zephyrs Spirit Stop

SMCS Zephyrs Apparel For Sale

New styles and items are here for the upcoming season!

Zephyrs Girls Basketball apparel and sherpas have been added online to the Zephyrs Spirit Stop here. Boys Basketball and other generic SMCS Zephyrs apparel will be shared soon.

The Zephyrs Spirit Stop (located outside the SMCHS gymnasium) is also open during most home sporting events and will be open every Friday (school is in session) from 7:30-8:15 a.m.

Parish Connection

St. Gabriel

You are invited to St. Gabriel Parish's monthly Call to Action Speaker Series on Monday, October 11 at 7 p.m. in the church.

October's speaker will be Beth Knapinski speaking on He Calls Us All Home: A Young Adult's Journey in Faith. Beth's testimony is one marked by God's grace, mercy, and His call home for us all, reflecting the joy of living in the light of the Gospel and the Church. Both adults and young adults are encouraged to attend. No RSVP required. Free refreshments and snacks available.

St. Margaret Mary

Join St. Margaret Mary Parish for the Divine Mercy Chaplet, Tuesday October 4 at 9:30 a.m. in the church. SMM students will be in attendance. During the school year, the Chaplet will be held on the 1st Tuesday of each month.

Celebrate with SMM students and staff the return of the Divine Mercy Chaplet!

St. Mary and St. John the Baptist

The First Saturday Mass will be offered at St. Mary Parish on October 2. Join the St. Mary/St. John Parish community for Adoration and Confession beginning at 9 a.m., followed by Mass at 10 a.m. The Five First Saturdays Devotion is one of the principal points of the Fatima message. It centers on the urgent need for mankind to offer reparation and expiate for the many injuries that the Immaculate Heart of Mary suffers from the hands of both impious and indifferent men.

St. Patrick

All are invited to St. Patrick’s Pipe Organ Repair Fundraiser: The Clipper City Chordsmen.

The spaghetti dinner and show is on October 9 at St. Patrick's Geenen Hall, with dinner at 5:30 p.m. and the show at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $30/each. Enjoy community, good food, and great barbershop music. Call 725-8381 X 101, or stop at the parish office to make reservations.

Employment Opportunities

Become a part of the SMCS team!

Afterschool Care Providers - Provide afterschool care to students from 3-5:30 p.m. every day that school is in session.

Elementary Enrichment Program Coordinator - Assist with the planning, delivery, assessment, and ongoing improvement of the SMCS Elementary Enrichment Program.

Enrollment Coordinator - Work with the SMCS team to support recruitment, retention, enrollment management functions, and student/family experience at SMCS.

Check out other current openings here.

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