St. Mary's Newsletter

St. Mary's Preschool and Elementary School

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St. Mary's 2022-2023 Registration is Open!

Registration for the 2022-2023 school year is open! You should have received a letter from Sister Julie on Friday afternoon with information about registering your child for the next school year. Submitting the registration form by April 30, 2022 is critical for several reasons, most importantly to help us plan for faculty and class size for the next school year. St. Mary's has classes that are currently split or were capped at 25 this year, and your prompt attention will help me plan for next year. Current families who register after April 30 will be assessed a late fee and your child could be put on a wait list if the class enrollment is full.

To complete the re-enrollment process: (Please note that we are aware that this process is difficult to complete on a cell phone. If you do not have a computer available to use, we will have computers available at each school to complete your registration.)

  • Please go to
  • Select Parent Log In from the menu bar and FACTS Family Portal from the drop-down menu.
  • After logging in, click on Apply/Enroll in the left menu.
  • Click on the Enrollment/Re-enrollment link.


Review the information in your packet. Please make sure to update, correct and complete all forms. You will find the Re-Enrollment/Registration forms listed in the left menu, beginning with the Enrollee Information form.

In your online re-enrollment packet, a yellow caution sign will appear in the menu next to forms that are missing required information. If a form contains all required information, a green check mark will appear next to the form's menu item.

You can review the entire enrollment packet at any time by selecting the Enrollment Packet Review item on the left menu. From here, you will also be able to print a PDF of the enrollment packet in its current state.

After you complete the enrollment packet, a Submit Enrollment Packet and Make Payment form will appear. Please follow the instructions provided online to submit the enrollment packet along with the registration fee payment as follows:

Returning Student $50 ($100 after April 30)
New Student $50

If for some reason your child will not be returning to St. Mary's, please log into the FACTS Enrollment portal and select the Will Not Enroll option. If your child will not be returning to St. Mary's next year I ask that you contact me. Every St. Mary's student and family is important to me, and I would welcome the opportunity to visit with you. If your reason for not returning is based on financial need, please feel free to contact Marla Testerman, our admissions coordinator, regarding scholarship assistance opportunities.

Next Steps:

After your enrollment packet is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive a confirmation email, the registration has not been submitted. If you need assistance at any point, please contact us for assistance.

Financial Holds

Please note, if for some reason your tuition payments or incidental billing charges are not up to date, you will not be able to complete your re-enrollment until you have taken care of this financial obligation.

Parish Codes

If you are a registered member of St. Mary or St. Peter the Apostle parishes in Joplin or Sacred Heart parish in Webb City, you will need to obtain a new parish code from your respective parish in order for us to charge you the parish tuition rate rather than full tuition. If you do not yet have your code, you can complete your re-enrollment process and leave the space blank for this. Once you have the parish code you will need to contact Marla Testerman to provide her with this information. When we have this code from you, we will finalize your tuition charges for the new school year. Please provide parish code information by Friday, May 20 so that we may finalize tuition agreements in early June.

If you have any questions about the process, please contact Marla Testerman, who is coordinating our admissions and enrollment process, at 417-624-5003 ext. 203 or You are also welcome to contact St. Mary's school office for general questions about the enrollment process. As always, we are here to help your family in any way we are able.

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1,2,3,4...I Declare a Penny War!

Monday, April 4 – Friday, April 8

Send in those coins, bills, and checks to help raise funds for

Bishop Rice’s Lenten Youth Mission of Mercy benefitting

Mother’s House

How a Penny War works:

· Each class will have a collection jar located near their classroom doorway

· Students will deposit coins in jars each morning for a specific amount of time

· Gain points by adding pennies, paper bills, and checks to your class door

· Lower other class totals by adding silver coins to other class jars

There will be 2 categories for classes: Early Learners-Kindergarten and 1st-5th grades

The class with the highest positive balance in each category wins!

This year Bishop Rice has chosen Mother's House as the recipient of his annual Lenten Youth Mission of Mercy. The Mother's House Outreach Center is located in Pemiscot County, Missouri and is operated by the Glenmary Sisters. The House opened in June 2005 and is located in the Bootheel region of southeast Missouri, nestled between Arkansas and Tennessee. Sadly, it is one of the poorest counties in the state. Many of the women who seek assistance at Mother's House are foster mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and great-grandmothers, who for one reason or another find themselves caring for children without adequate resources. Mother's House provides diapers, clothing, wipes, bottles, blankets, baby beds, baby swings, and other furnishings to low-income who are caring for young women.

In addition to the Penny War, funds raised in this week's Charity Dress Day will also benefit Bishop Rice's fundraising campaign. Thank you for your thoughtful and generous support and helping those in need in our diocese. What a beautiful legacy to model and teach our children!

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Knights of Columbus Charity Fundraiser

St. Mary's Knights of Columbus will be hosting a charity dinner to honor and support the Joplin Police Department on Friday, April 8. The Lenten Dinner will be held from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. in St. Mary's Parish Hall. All proceeds will benefit the families of the officers and the Joplin Police Department. Thank you for your support!
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April Showers Bring May Flowers

April showers bring May flowers and St. Mary's has just what you need to get your garden and home blooming! Instead of using cash or your credit card to purchase flowers, plants, and garden supplies for your yard AND/OR their delicious coffees and desserts, order a few gift cards from St. Mary's to use! This is a great idea for yourself and for any spring gifts you may need including Mother's Day, birthdays, graduations, and showers.

St. Mary's fund raiser will continue through the end of April. With every $25 dollars purchased in gift card sales through St. Mary's, Joplin Greenhouse will donate a generous percentage back to St. Mary's. Gift cards may be purchased for ANY amount in $25 dollar increments, and can be used for both Joplin Greenhouse and The Coffee Shop purchases. Gift cards will be delivered to families twice a month. Please give the school office a call if you need more information.

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Upcoming Spring Programs and Project Fairs

Speaking of Spring, St. Mary's annual Spring Programs and Project Fairs are just around the corner! Please make plans to join us for these special evenings in May.

Wednesday, May 11: Kindergarten - 2nd Grade Spring Program and Project Fair beginning at 6:00 p.m. in St. Mary's Church

Wednesday, May 18: 3rd - 5th Grade Spring Program and Project Fair beginning at 6:00 p.m. in St. Mary's Church

Tuesday, May 24: Preschool Spring Program beginning at 10:00 a.m. in St. Mary's Church

We will begin the Spring Programs for Kindergarten - 5th Grades promptly at 6:00 p.m. in St. Mary's Church. After each elementary program, students and families will transition to the St. Mary's Parish Hall to see the amazing research projects on display during our annual Project Fair. It will be a wonderful evening highlighting the many gifts and talents of our students, and one night you won't want to miss!

Important Dates to Remember

Monday, April 4 - Friday, April 8: PENNY WARS benefitting Bishop Rice's Lenten Youth Mission

Tuesday, April 5: 1st and 2nd Grade Field Trip to Wonders of Wildlife

Tuesday, April 5: First Tuesday at Club 609

Wednesday, April 6: Charity Dress Day benefitting Bishop Rice's Lenten Youth Mission

Friday, April 8: 5th Grade Mass and Stations of the Cross at CMC

Sunday, April 10: Palm Sunday

Thursday, April 14: Holy Thursday- Noon Dismissal, No After School Care

Friday, April 15 - Monday, April 18: Easter Holiday

Tuesday, April 19: Classes Resume

Wednesday, April 20: Rescheduled 4th Grade GW Carver Field Trip

Thursday, April 21 - Friday, April 22: Inter-State Spring Photos

Sunday, April 24: First Communion at St. Mary's Parish, 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, April 28: 5th Grade Diocesan Retreat at St. Agnes in Springfield

Saturday, April, 30: JACS Auction: Derby 2022

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