St. Mary's School, San Francisco

Ms. Hong's Grade 6

01/27/2014 - MINIMUM DAY

Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 is an early dismissal day. School ends at 12:30PM. At this moment, I do not know if extended care will be available but I will update this post as soon as I find out. Thank you!

01/31/2014 - No School (Chinese New Year!)

Monday, 01/20 - NO SCHOOL! Martin Luther King Jr. Observance Day

[Religion] Chapter 5 - QUIZ on January 17

[Science] Chapter 3, Lesson 1 - QUIZ on January 16

01/10/2014 - MINIMUM DAY

Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 is an early dismissal day. School ends at 12:30PM. Extended care will be available! Please plan pick-up and after school activities accordingly.

[Science] Chapter 13 TEST - 1/09/2014

[Religion] Chapter 6 QUIZ - 01/08/2014

12/21/2013 - 01/05/2014: Winter Break!

12/20/2013 - Minimum Day (12:30PM Dismissal)

St. Mary's Christmas Show 2013

Friday, Dec. 20th 2013 at 9:30am-12pm

660 California St

San Francisco, CA

Please join St. Mary's for our 2013 Christmas Show! The 6th grade students will be performing on their recorders and singing songs. It will be a lovely kick to the holiday season!

Lawrence Hall of Science - Field Trip!

Friday, Dec. 13th 2013 at 7:15am-3:30pm

1 Centennial Drive

Berkeley, CA

Dear Parents,

Please drop your child off at school by 7:15AM. We will be leaving by 7:30AM! If a student is late, they cannot join us for the field trip and will have to remain at school. Please pack your student a HEARTY and nutritious LUNCH! It will be a long, but fun, day!

Also, please leave backpacks at home.

Thank you!

Check out Lawrence Hall of Science's website:

Friday, December 6, 2013

Dear Parents and Students,

There are FOUR important things to note for Friday, December 6:

  1. This day will be an Early Dismissal Day. School ends at 12:30PM. Please plan accordingly. Thank you!
  2. Students will be going to Old St. Mary's for monthly Mass. Mass begins at 9:30AM. We will be celebrating the Feast Day of St. Nicholas!
  3. December Scholastic Book Catalogs are due! Please bring all order forms and money to me on this date. Thank you!
  4. All field trip slip forms to the Lawrence Hall of Science and money ($17.00) is due!

Thursday, Dec. 5 - Chap. 13, Lesson 2 (Different Types of Climate) Quiz!

11/28 & 11/29 - Thanksgiving Break!

Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive

Dear Parents and Students,

In spirit of Thanksgiving, St. Mary's will be participating in a Canned Food Drive to help those who are less fortunate. Students are urged to bring CANNED FOOD (non-perishable items - from MONDAY 11/25 - WEDNESDAY 11/27. St. Mary's SCHOOL-WIDE goal is to collect 100 cans! The prize? Seeing Mr. Ryan and Ms. Gonzalez, the student council advisors, getting whipped cream pie on their faces. Excellent!

Thank you for helping those in need!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Dear Parents and Students,

There are two important things to note for Monday, November 25:

  1. This day will be an Early Dismissal Day. School ends at 12:30PM. Please plan accordingly. Thank you!
  2. The three Scholastic Book Order Forms for the November 2013 catalog are due MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25. Please encourage your children to read, read, read! :)

World's Finest Chocolate Fundraiser pick-up!

Dear Parents and Students,

Your World's Finest Chocolate will be available for pick-up on Thursday, November 21 between 7:15AM and 4:30PM. Please call Mrs. Ha at 415-929-4690 if you are not available during those hours so you can make other arrangements.

Thank you!

Walden West Science Camp

Monday, Nov. 11th 2013 at 8am to Friday, Nov. 15th 2013 at 11am

15555 Sanborn Rd

Saratoga, CA

Dear Parents:

The five-days long Walden West Science Camp has arrived! Please make sure your child packs the appropriate items from the checklist that was sent with the Walden West packet. The total cost of this trip to be payed by Friday, November 15 is $343.00.

If you have any questions or concerns about this trip, please do not hesitate emailing me or Mrs. Hall.

Thank you!

Check out Walden West's website:

November 7 & November 8

Dear Parents,

The Parent-Teacher-Principal Conference will be held on Thursday, November 7 and Friday, November 8. Your child should have brought back a letter to home indicating the possible conference date and time. Please let me know as soon as possible whether your temporary scheduled conference conflicts with your schedule.

Due to the conference, both Thursday 11/07 and Friday 11/08 will be 12:00PM dismissal.

Thank you!

- Ms. Hong

David Suzuki Foundation - The Tideline Project

1st Quarter Report Cards - November 5

Students will receive their FIRST QUARTER report cards on Monday, November 5.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Dear Parents,

There are some important things to mark on your calendar for Friday, November 1, 2013:

  • Minimum Day dismissal at 12:30PM. Please plan accordingly!
  • Monthly Mass at Old St. Mary's Cathedral, 9:30AM-10:30AM
  • All Saints' Day, a Holy Day of obligation, is on this day! This day celebrates the entire feast days of all the saints who have died for their faith. With that said...:
  • my 6th grade students have an All Saints' Day Stained-Glass Poster Project due this day to commemorate our heroes! They will be posted around the school to show the other students the wonders of saints.
  • Walden West permission packets are due! I hope to see your child there!

Please email me if you have any questions! God Bless!

- Ms. Hong

Haunted House Project - DUE HALLOWEEN (10/31)

Students will be building, designing, and creating their own mini Haunted House out of cardboard paper! You are to use a RULER to measure your structures. If you decide to measure with inches, you must convert your measurements to centimeters (and vice versa).

The top three students who have the best overall presentation of their Haunted House will win prizes! The prizes for the top-three winners are:

1st Place: TWO movie gift certificates to the movie theaters of their choice

2nd Place: $10 gift certificate to Jamba Juice

3rd Place: Bagful of CANDY!

Happy building!

Asian Art Museum Field Trip

Wednesday, Oct. 30th 2013 at 9:30am-3:30pm

200 Larkin Street

San Francisco, CA

Our FIRST Fourth Friday Festival (FFF) organized by our 5th grade homeroom teacher, Ms. Pang, will be on Wednesday, October 30! Students will be walking to the MUNI station at Montgomery (2nd and Market Street) where they will board the MUNI Metro Outbound and arrive at the Civic Center Station (UN Plaza exit). Docent-led tours for 6-8th graders will begin at 11:25AM and will end 12:45PM for the Ancient China Tour. Lunch will be at the Civic Center Plaza Playground.

Please have your child bring cash for the public transportation. Field Trip slips will be taken home sometime this week.

Check out the Asian Art Museum website!:

St. Mary's Octoberfest!

Saturday, Oct. 26th 2013 at 10am-4pm

601 California St

San Francisco, CA

St. Mary's Annual Octoberfest (formerly known as Fall Festival) will be held in the auditorium of Old St. Mary's! This event is open to ALL so please encourage your family members and friends to join this event! Show your support for St. Mary's! :)

Contact information: Cassandra (email:


Mark your calendars! There will be NO SCHOOL on Monday, October 21 due to an all-day faculty conference.

Sports Day!

Friday, Oct. 18th 2013 at 12-3:15pm

Willie "Woo Woo" Wong Playground, San Francisco, CA

San Francisco, CA

Sports Day, an event created by St. Mary's Student Council, will be held at the park at Waverly Place, on the north side of Sacramento Street (between Grant and Stockton). This event is to raise student athletic awareness! Please have your child bring $4.00 to participate in this event.

Metric Conversion Test

The Metric Conversion Test will be on Wednesday, October 16! This test will take the entire class period. Students will be taking the test on paper given by the teacher. No other sheets are allowed.


Mark your calendars! There will be NO SCHOOL on Monday, October 14. On this date, we celebrate Columbus Day!

Back-To-School Night!

Wednesday, Oct. 9th 2013 at 5:30-8pm

838 Kearny Street

San Francisco, CA

Dear Parents,

Join us for St. Mary's Back-To-School Night! Meet your child(ren)'s teachers, learn about what is being taught in class, and more!

World's Finest Chocolate Fundraising!

St. Mary's is partnering up with World's Finest Chocolate to help fundraise for the school! Each student is to sell $300 worth of chocolate (one bar costs $2.00). All orders are due TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8.

NO SCHOOL on October 4

Mark your calendars! There will be NO SCHOOL on Friday, October 4 due to an all-day faculty conference.

Contemporary Jewish Museum and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts- Field Trip

Tuesday, Oct. 1st 2013 at 8am-3pm

736 Mission Street

San Francisco, CA

The first school-wide field trip will be on Tuesday, October 1 to the Contemporary Jewish Museum ( located on 736 Mission St. and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts ( located on 701 Mission St (across CJM).

  • Please remember to pack your child his/her lunch OR give them money to buy lunch.
  • Students will be walking to the museum and back to St. Mary's. It is about a mile walk (0.8 miles, to be exact).
  • If you are interested in chaperoning that day, please contact me at Your help is greatly appreciated!

IOWA Assessment Testing (Sept. 23 - Sept. 27)

This upcoming week will be a very important week for the entire school. Your child(ren) will be taking the IOWA Assessment (previously known as ITBS). This is a standardized test and allows the teachers to see how your child(ren) are doing in his/her important academic areas. These academic areas include: Vocabulary, Reading, Language, Spelling, Math, Social Studies, and Science.

The IOWA testing will take place in the morning and students will have classes in the later half of the day. In order for my students to perform well on this test, I will give little to no homework during the testing week.

Parents! Please remember to have your child(ren) eat a healthy breakfast and get a good night's rest each day! I strongly recommend your child(ren) to bring the following each day during the testing week:

  • extra set of No. 2 pencils
  • pencil sharpener (I have no pencil sharpeners in my class)
  • good eraser (sometimes, the eraser on No. 2 pencils don't work well)
  • small snack

Let's all work together to have the student try his/her best! Thank you! I am always praying for my students.

- Ms. Hong

Atul Gawande, Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance

“We always hope for the easy fix: the one simple change that will erase a problem in a stroke. But few things in life work this way. Instead, success requires making a hundred small steps go right - one after the other, no slipups, no goofs, everyone pitching in.”

Ms. Hong's Contact Information

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