Monday Morning Memo

St. Mary of the Assumption School

December 9, 2019

Note from the Principal

Good morning parents!

Thank you to all who came out to our Christmas Craft Fair this weekend. I personally got a lot of my Christmas shopping done! Our HSA did a fantastic job decorating, organizing, and running the event and we're so grateful to have such wonderful support from our parents.

Below you will find a letter from Mrs. Campbell regarding donations for the Showalter family. As many as you know, there was a retirement party planned for the former principal, Dr. Showalter, at the end of last year, but he was unable to attend due to an unexpected illness. His health does not allow us to reschedule, but we will be collecting donations for a basket to show our appreciation and well wishes for his many years of service to our school. Please consider donating and keep his family in your prayers this holiday season. This is a surprise!

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Lewis

New Items

Basket for Dr. Showalter

Dear Friends of Dr. Showalter,

As everyone knows, Dr. Showalter retired earlier this year. The plans were to have a big celebration to let him know how much he is appreciated and loved. Unfortunately, because of his unexpected illness we were unable and still are unable to have a party for him. The community of St. Mary’s is such a wonderful community and one big family. The committee would like to give a “ You Are Loved” basket to Dr. Showalter and his family. We are asking for either letters, gifts, or donations by Christmas to show him how much we appreciate everything that he did for St Mary of the Assumption School and Church. We will be collecting items until December 20. We are thinking of religious items such as pictures, books, statues, gift cards, or anything that you would like to donate. You can send or drop off your items to Tamera Campbell at the school, Sharon Bookwalter at the parish office or Lisa Larsen. If you have any questions, you can email Tamera @, Sharon @ or Lisa @ Please do not let him or his family know as we would like it to be a surprise.

Tamera Campbell

Upcoming Dates

December 9: 8:10am Advent Prayer Service

December 9-10: Santa's Secret Shoppe

December 9: 6:30pm Christmas Program

December 13: 10:10am Mass

December 16: 8:10am Advent Prayer Service

December 20: 10:10am Mass

December 20: 12:30pm Dismissal, No Aftercare


Christmas Program on December 9th!

Dear St. Mary’s School Families,

Our school’s annual Christmas Program will be held on Monday, December 9th at 6:30 PM in the gymnasium. All are invited to attend! Students are asked to arrive by 6:15 PM, dressed in “Sunday Best” for their performance. They will sit with their class on the gym bleachers until it is their time to get on to the stage. Once their class’s performance is over, they will come off of the stage to sit with their class on the bleachers.

Our school’s band will perform first, promptly at 6:30 PM, followed by each grade’s performance in the order of Pre K to 8th Grade. The evening will conclude with a Nativity presentation narrated by 7th Grade, which should finish no later than 8:15 PM. We ask that you please stay for the entirety of the program, as a courtesy to other families and in the spirit of traditional audience etiquette.

Thank you and please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Have a blessed holiday season!


Mr. Ben Hardwick

St. Mary’s Music Director


Raffle Basket Items Needed!

Each class is asked to bring in items to make a raffle basket for the Gala in February. Please bring in any donations to your homeroom teacher. The class with the basket that makes the most money wins a prize!

o Pre-K: Disney: anything Disney, big or small
o Kindergarten: Baking: specialty spices, bakeware, etc.
o 1st grade: Fitness: fitness bags, yoga equipment, small weights, resistance bands, water bottles,
o 2nd grade: Harry Potter: anything and everything Harry Potter from the books to mugs. If it has anything Harry Potter associated with it, we want it!
o 3rd grade: Dad Basket: specialty grilling items, Man Cave items, beer mugs, etc.
o 4th grade: Maryland: We are proud of our State and like to show it. If you see something that screams Maryland, grab it! Anything with our flag to crabs and Old Bay!!
o 5th grade: Coffee, Tea, and Chocolate: mugs, specialty coffee, a tea kettle, an espresso frother, any type of chocolate.
o 6th grade: Sports Fan: items for Ravens, Redskins, Nationals, Orioles, Capitals, Mystics, Wizards....or any of the actual balls/equipment from any sport
o 7th grade: Date Night: restaurant gift cards, movie passes, spa certificates, candles
o 8th grade: Lottery Tickets: scratch offs or cash