St. Mary's Newsletter
St. Mary's Preschool and Elementary School
Happy Thanksgiving WIshes
Please remember that this week is a shortened week, classes are in session on Monday and Tuesday. There will be no After School Care provided on Tuesday, November 23 due to Thanksgiving Break. All students will need to be picked up promptly during 3:10 p.m. dismissal.
Outstanding Educator and Benefactor Awards
Winter Recess Guidelines
Please ensure your child has a winter coat, gloves/mittens, and a hat for school each day. The forecasted high each day occurs at a time after school is dismissed each day, and does not take into effect the cold winds that our students and staff experience when they are outside for recess. Please realize that the school does not have extra coats for students to wear, it is a parent's responsibility to make sure his or her child is dressed warmly and according to dress code each day.
Tis the Season for Scrip Shopping
Don't miss the extra percentages retailers are offering on November 19 and 20...105+ retailers are offering bonuses up to 20% during the special two-day event. Mark your calendar and help support JACS with your holiday shopping list—all from the comfort of your home
To order the gift cards just fill out the SCRIP form, add up your totals, write a check to "JACS SCRIP" and drop it off at the St. Mary's school office or mail the order form to JACS Development Office, 930 South Pearl Avenue, Joplin MO 64801. SCRIP orders will take about 2 weeks to arrive and to receive gift cards in time for Christmas giving, orders should be placed by Monday, December 6.
If you would rather shop online, you can create an online account at www.shopwithscrip.com, and percentages will still be given to JACS. Online ordering allows you to select the cards and amounts you would like, completing payment with your credit card.
Updated St. Mary's Lunch Program
Diligent work and careful filing of several USDA waivers for this update began in September, and we are elated that St. Mary’s Preschool and Elementary School is now able to offer students free lunches. Serving sizes will remain the same for all students, carefully planned and prepared by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) standards and our incredible cafeteria staff. Tray lunches for students will be served at no cost to families, milk purchased to go with lunches from home will remain .50 cents and adult lunches will remain $3.70 each.
We are excited to introduce this program to the St. Mary’s school community and take pride in the fact that our lunch program is ranked in the top 5% of Missouri schools. Providing a nutritious lunch free of charge to our students is another example of the commitment St. Mary’s has to nurture and educate the whole child. Please note that this does not mean that school lunches are now included in tuition fees for your child, this is a USDA program in effect for the 2021-2022 school year only. If you have any questions about the program do not hesitate to contact the school office at 623-1465.
Important Dates to Remember
Tuesday, November 23: Preschool's Thanksgiving Feast, 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday, November 23: 3rd Grade's Chocolate Mini Society
Tuesday, November 23: NO AFTER SCHOOL CARE
Wednesday, November 24 - Sunday, November 28: Thanksgiving Break
Sunday, November 28: First Sunday of Advent
Monday, November 29: Classes Resume
Wednesday, December 1: Charity Dress Day benefitting Children's Haven
Monday, December 6: Feast Day of St. Nicholas
Monday, December 6: Reconciliation for 3rd-5th Grades, 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, December 7: First Tuesday at Club 609
Tuesday, December 7: Preschools' Green Color Day and Show and Tell
Wednesday, December 8: Feast of the Immaculate Conception, School Mass at 8:30 a.m.
Thursday, December 9: Ugly Sweater Day!
Tuesday, December 14: Preschool Christmas Program, 10:00 a.m. in St. Mary's Church
Wednesday, December 15: Kindergarten-5th Grade Christmas Program, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 16: Preschool's Polar Express Party, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Thursday, December 16: Christmas Crazy Sock Day and Free Dress Day!
Friday, December 17: End of 2nd Quarter
Friday, December 17: Classroom Christmas Parties, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Friday, December 17: Noon Dismissal, NO AFTER SCHOOL CARE
Saturday, December 18-Sunday, January 2: Christmas Break
Monday, January 3: Classes Resume