St. Mary's Newsletter

St. Mary's Preschool and Elementary School

Welcome Easter Triduum

Happy Easter! I hope your family has a blessed Easter holiday and that you celebrate the Resurrection of Christ by attending Mass together as a family. Easter festivities of egg hunts and the Easter Bunny are fun for adults and children alike, but the true place to celebrate the miracle and blessings of Easter is by going to Mass together.

The summit of the Liturgical Year is the Easter Triduum—from the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday. Though chronologically three days, they are liturgically one day unfolding for us the unity of Christ's Paschal Mystery. The single celebration of the Triduum marks the end of the Lenten season, and leads to the Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord at the Easter Vigil (

The liturgical services that take place during the Triduum are:

  • Mass of the Lord's Supper
  • Good Friday of the Lord's Passion
  • Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord
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Summer School 2022

St. Mary's summer school is always a big hit, and this year's classes are going to be fun and enriching experiences for any area child who is entering Advanced Learners (3 yrs. old preschool) - 6th Grade. Last week your child brought home an informative Summer School 2022 booklet with general information, course descriptions, and enrollment forms. This week your child should have brought home a single registration page for Summer School 2022 to help make the registering and/or enrolling process convenient for you. We are still completing summer school registration/enrollment "Old School" this year, but hope to have this process up and going online for registration for Summer 2023.

You may notice as you look through the booklet that only one week of classes is being offered this year, June 6 -9. Due to faculty and staff family and health obligations this summer, our class offerings are not as plentiful as in years past, but each will be a wonderful experience for your child. The classes we are offering are not only going to be incredible learning experiences, but will also fill quickly. Class size is limited to 16 students for most classes, and classes are filled on a first come, first served basis. Your enrollment form and $15 registration fee will hold your child's spot.

Please note that there are both morning and afternoon classes offered during the week with the option for your child to stay for a full day of fun. More information about the classes, how to enroll, and other details are included in the booklet. Please reach out to the school office or to me ( if you have any questions.

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Register Now for the 2022-2023 School Year

Registration for the 2022-2023 school year is open! You should have received a letter from Sister Julie 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. Current JACS family's have their child's class placement held until April 30, after this date enrollment is open to new families which makes your registration all the more important.

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

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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Join Us for Synod!

Have you heard about the worldwide Synod on Synodality? Join us for a Synodal Consultation at St. Mary’s Parish on Tuesday, May 3 at 6:30 p.m. and St. Peter's Parish on Thursday, May 5 at 6:30 p.m.

What is a Synod on Synodality? The global Catholic Church is holding a synod (assembly, discussion) which takes place at the level of parishes, dioceses, nations, and the entire Church. "Synodality" means our ability as a Church to communicate, learn, and adapt at a communal level, from bottom to top, a listening process where all Catholics can listen and learn from each other.

Please join us and let your voice be heard! We are a pilgrim people walking together on the Way! For more information, please visit:

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Spring Programs and Project Fairs

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!

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Derby 2022 is Almost Here!

The 2002 JACS Auction is almost here and we are so excited about this fun and important event for our school system! The Kentucky Derby theme this year is perfect for Spring, and is sure to be a nice evening to celebrate our incredible school together. Our auction committee has done a beautiful job planning and working to make the event a success. Here is some additional information on how to help make the evening even better:

Raffle Ticket Information:

  • Students received an envelope with 10 raffle tickets with a letter
  • Prizes are available when tickets are sold
  • More Raffle tickets are available in the St. Mary's school office

Attend the Auction in Person or Drive Thru

  • Pick up a Drive Thru meal and bid online from home
  • Purchase a meal and participate in the silent and live auction in person
  • Bid virtually and pick up items on Sunday, May 1, 2022
  • Visit for more information

Volunteer. Many hands make light work! Volunteer before, during, or after the auction. Some opportunities include:

  • Auction Prep on April 29 and 30
  • Food runners and bartenders on April 30
  • Live auction spotters, item pick up and site clean up

This is a fun way to help our school thrive AND get those important Care and Share hours that are due by the end of the school year! Sign up to volunteer to lessen the load of the auction committee. Go to to sign up to volunteer, thank you!

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Joplin Greenhouse and The Coffee Shop Gift Cards

All the wonderful April showers will help those May flowers bloom! Our Home and School fundraiser will be wrapping up at the end of April, which means you still have time to purchase Joplin Greenhouse and The Coffee Shop gift cards for yourself and for gifts. Ordering your gift cards couldn't be easier! Just drop off your order and money at the St. Mary's School office and pick up your gift cards from the school office a few days later.

Gift cards can be ordered in any amount (in $25 increments) and it's the perfect way to shop AND support our incredible Home and School, too! Curt at Joplin Greenhouse is a wonderful supporter of our school and the Joplin community, and we are grateful to him for helping with such a wonderful fundraiser, with all funds benefitting our students, faculty and staff, and school community.

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Important Dates to Remember

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

Thursday, April 21: AHA Sliming of the Priests, 2:00 p.m.

Friday, April 22: AHA Gym Jam, 2:00 p.m.

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

Monday, May 2: May Crowning and Rosary in St. Mary's School Courtyard, 8:30 a.m.

Wednesday, May 4: Charity Dress Day

Wednesday, May 4: 4th Grade Field Trip to Prairie State Park

Monday, May 9: 5th Grade Spanish Trip to Festival

Tuesday, May 10: Great Americans Day in Carthage

Wednesday, May 11: Kindergarten - 2nd Grade Spring Program and Project Fair, 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 12: Preschool's Big Wheel Day

Friday, May 13: Noon Dismissal, Faculty PD Day

Sunday, May 15: First Communion at St. Peter the Apostle

Tuesday, May 17: Advanced Learners and Pre-K Field Trip to Oceans Adventures

Tuesday, May 17: Early Learners Fun in the Sun Day

Wednesday, May 18: 3rd - 5th Grade Spring Program and Project Fair, 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 19: Free Dress Day, FIELD DAY, and Scoop Up!

Thursday, Mary 19: Kindergarten's Park Day Field Trip

Tuesday, May 24: Preschool Spring Program, 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, May 24: 3rd Grade Field Trip to Bluff Dwellers Cave

Wednesday, May 25: Pre-K Graduation, 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 25: 5th Grade Trip to Tulsa

Friday, May 27: School Mass and Student Awards, 9:00 a.m.

Friday, May 27: Noon Dismissal, LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!