St. Mary Catholic Schools News
Campus closure information and more
Since campuses will be closed tomorrow. Scrip orders will not be delivered on the normal Thursday schedule. Deliveries will be made to the schools on Friday morning. Thank you for your patience.
Lenten Season 2023
As we enter the season of Lent, we hope a new page on our website will serve as a resource to connect you to the Catholic Parishes of Neenah-Menasha. From Ash Wednesday through Easter Sunday, you're invited to connect with our faith community as we prepare our hearts for the gift of the Resurrection. Click here to view parish offerings designed to help us all grow closer to Jesus
For event details or any questions you have about upcoming events, email Steve Pable, Director of Adult Discipleship Formation for our Catholic Parishes of Neenah-Menasha, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Masses were held on all campuses on this Ash Wednesday, including Masses for middle and high school students at staff in the Jane Bergstrom Fine Arts Education Center.
Planning for the 2023-2024 School Year
Existing students do not need to do anything to register for next year. The non-refundable $75 registration fee will appear on existing tuition accounts in March.
New Students: If you have a new student entering the system in 2023-2024, you can begin the registration process here. Please feel free to share that link with anyone looking to learn whether SMCS is the right choice for their family.
SMCS participates in the state of Wisconsin Parental Choice Program (WPCP). The state application period runs from February 1 to April 20. Please review eligibility requirements at: dpi.wi.gov/choice or contact Shelley Wautlet in the Business Office for more information. Being awarded the WPCP grant can mean free tuition for your child grades 4K-12 at SMCS!
Please see the PDF below for your planning purposes.
For Tax Purposes: Filing Year 2022
Parents may claim the tuition payments for 5-year-old kindergarten through grade 12 on the state of WI Schedule PS tax form.
To access payments made from 1/1/22 to 12/31/22, log in to Blackbaud/Tuition Management and select Family Year End Statement at the right. Please consult a tax professional to inquire about claiming payments on P3/4K tuition. For Part 1 on the PS Form you will enter: St. Mary Catholic Schools, 1050 Zephyr Drive, Neenah, WI 54956. The federal ID will print on your statement as the School Tax ID.
Contact Shelley Wautlet if you need help with logging in to your tuition account.
Join us for Zephyrfest 2023
Invitations are hitting mailboxes this week as we prepare to celebrate and support St. Mary Catholic Schools at Zephyrfest 2023. A spectacular evening is planned for Saturday, April 29, 2023 at the Fox Cities Exhibition Center in Appleton.
Click here for more information and to reserve your spot at this premier fundraising event. Unable to attend? You'll find details on sweepstakes and auction items on our website, allowing everyone to participate in the Zephyrfest excitement!
Camp Zephyr 2023
Registration Now Open: Snow is falling, but the Camp Zephyr team is planning for the best summer ever! If you're ready to make your summer plans, click on the image above to register.
For Your Calendar
The SMCHS Girls Basketball team received the 1st seed in their half of the WIAA Sectional. SMC will host the winner of Necedah/Princeton/Green Lake on Friday, February 24th at 7:00pm in the WIAA Regional Semi-Final.
The SMCHS Boys Basketball team received the 1st seed in their half of the WIAA Sectional. SMC will host the winner of Manawa/ Menominee Indian on Friday, March 3rd at 7:00pm in the WIAA Regional Semi-Final.
WIAA sets the ticketing policy for the playoffs. All regional tickets are $6 per adult/child. Conference passes will not be accepted. All students, parents, and fans will need to purchase a ticket at the gate.
Need new Spirit Wear? The Spirit Stop is running a 10% off sale on Basketball apparel. Click here to shop!
Board of Trustees
Call for New Board Members: Looking to share your skills? Consider joining the SMCS Board of Trustees (BOT). The BOT helps to enhance SMCS with leadership, guidance, decision-making, financial support and public relations. Each year we look for individuals with business, marketing, legal, human resources or financial backgrounds; but most importantly you must be ready to help our Catholic schools grow. We are seeking Catholic individuals who are alumni, parents, parish members or anyone with a connection to our school system. Trustees are elected to one three-year term of office and may serve a subsequent term.
We are currently accepting candidates for consideration. Please contact Paul Seveska at email@example.com if you are interested.
St. Gabriel Fish Fry and Bingo
St. Gabriel Parish’s first fish fry is this Friday, followed by Bingo at 7:00.
Interested in volunteering? Sign up today! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409044fa4ab22a1f85-stgabriel#/
A message from Steve Pable, Director of Adult Discipleship Formation Catholic Parishes of Neenah & Menasha. Learn more about Steve's role here.
On this first milestone in our Lenten journey, we come face-to-face with the reality of our sin. It’s easy to find evidence for Original Sin around us; the bitter fruit of our fallen state plays out in headlines every day. Lent, though, invites me to acknowledge my own brokenness, not that of my neighbor, praying those powerful words: “through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault.”
It is exactly this situation that Jesus came to remedy. He is here to do battle on our behalf against the Enemy who would hold us in perpetual slavery to sin. The weapons Jesus wields are fasting and prayer, and “every Word that comes forth from the mouth of God.” He is our model and inspiration in this fight against temptation. Following His example of self-denial, we draw strength from the fact that He has already won the victory. He has made us sons and daughters of His Father through our baptism.
Lean on God’s love this Lent, and seek His mercy. You are beloved of God, and He wants nothing more than to draw you closer to His heart in this holy season.
©Steve Pable, Director of Adult Discipleship Formation