St. Mary's Newsletter
St. Mary's Preschool and Elementary School
Mercy Day Mass
Parking Lot Reminders
- Please do not park in the school bus loading/unloading area in front of the school at any time, especially during morning drop off. The JACS bus takes students to and from the St. Peter's and McAuley campus and needs to stay clear of cars so students may enter or leave the bus safely. A few Preschool parents seem to be parking in the marked bus zone, please choose alternate parking places, thank you.
- Please remember that no one should be pulling out and leaving the carline before your child's group of 6 is loaded and leaving the parking lot together. If you need to leave campus more quickly than carline allows, please park your car and enter the school to pick up your child from the school. Waiting a few extra moments to help ensure that our students stay safe is an investment in time everyone should be willing to make.
- Please remember that although our parking lot has two lanes, drivers should be careful and anticipate children and parents crossing in front of their car as they enter the school in the morning. If you are driving in the left lane in the morning please watch your speed and stay alert.
Congratulations Mrs. Black!
Spirit Wear Last Call!
The last day for ordering St. Mary's and JACS Spirit Wear is rapidly approaching! The deadline to place your order is Thursday, September 30. There are all kinds of styles and finish options for you and your child, perfect to show your St. Mary's school spirit! Spirit Wear shirts and hoodies may be worn to school each Monday of the school year with uniform bottoms. Here is the link to the order forms: https://stmarysspiritstore.itemorder.com/sale. *Please note that the Warrior pictured on the order forms will be substituted with the current JACS Warrior.
Box of Joy Giving Project
Starting next week and through October 22 we are asking families to donate simple toys, small stuffed animals, art materials, and other small items that can be collected and packed with care into a Box of Joy box for a child to receive at Christmas. There is a list of suggested items to donate (and a few items not to donate) in the letter sent home today. Your child and/or family may also write a note or make a drawing to place in the boxes. Students will bring items to their classroom teacher starting next week and we will count and tally the gifts as they come in. We will have a large box in the Commons for classrooms to bring their gifts once they are counted each day.
We will gather as a school and church community on Saturday, October 23 to assemble the gifts into boxes and get them ready to ship to Latin America. You and your family are invited to help pack (and receive Care and Share hours) the Box of Joy boxes up and get them ready for their journey. To help with shipping costs, we will be having a $1.00 Paid Dress Down Day on Friday, October 15 for students and teachers. This is not a Friday Mass day, so we will be able to dress comfy and cozy and help those in need.
Thank you in advance for your thoughtfulness and generosity in bringing the joy and happiness of Christmas to a child. What a meaningful project for your family to work on together and what a beautiful way to help teach our children the importance of thinking and helping others.
Blessing of the Animals
The Feast of St. Francis of Assisi concludes the Season of Creation that is celebrated annually from September 1 to October 4. The Season of Creation has been celebrated by the Church since 2015, recognizing Pope Francis' Encyclical Laudato Si. The title is taken from the first line of the encyclical, "Laudato si', mi Signore," or "Praise be to you, my Lord." In the words of this beautiful canticle, St. Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. Pope Francis' encyclical is divided into six chapters which together provide a thorough analysis of human life and its three intertwined relationships: with God, with our neighbor, and with the earth (usccb.org). Images and details of how St. Mary's students have celebrated the Season of Creation will be included in next week's newsletter.
Get That Smile Ready for School Photos!
Important Upcoming Events
Wednesday, September 29: VIRTUS Training at St. Mary's, 6:00 p.m.
Monday, October 4: Kindergarten Field Trip to Wildcat Glades, Noon-2:00 p.m.
Monday, October 4: Feast of St. Francis Pet Blessing, 2:15 p.m.
Monday and Tuesday, October 4 & 5: School Photo Days
October 4 - 8: ITBS Testing in Grades 3 - 5
Thursday, October 14: Preschool Classes Visit the Pumpkin Patch, leave school at 9:00 a.m.
Friday, October 15: $1.00 Dress Down Day benefitting Boxes of Joy project
Friday, October 15: No School Mass, Rosary in Church at 8:15 a.m.
Friday, October 15: End of First Quarter
Monday, October 18: No School--Diocesan PD Day