From Ms. Lorie
St. Mary’s Grade School
Friday, May 13, 2022
Dear St. Mary’s Families,
This week will find our 6th graders on an exciting class trip to Washington D.C. on Monday and Tuesday. For the rest of us, our week will kick off with a Spring Book Fair for all of our students. Students may shop on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. This is a special Buy One, Get One Free event and the perfect opportunity to load up on books for the Summer Reading Challenge! See all about the new Challenge below!
Friday will be the last day of Preschool for the 3 and 4 year old programs. Their presence has brought so much joy to our school. We will miss them. We pray you have a safe summer and look forward to seeing their joy filled faces in the fall!
Friday, May 20, will be our final mass of the school year. It has been a true blessing to watch these students grow in their faith and knowledge of God this year.
Notes of Interest:
Religion Lesson of the week: May, the month of Mary
Scholastic Book Fair: The St. Mary’s Home and School (HandS) organization is hosting a BUY ONE GET ONE FREE Scholastic Book Fair May 16th-18th. Students will have the opportunity to shop each day. Volunteers are needed – sign up online at https://signup.com/go/EfFYHKW or text Beth Gregg at 304.322.0233. All volunteers must have completed the diocesan pre-approval process. Please let our office manager, Mrs. Ashley Vernon, know if you would like to complete the pre-approval process. More detailed Book Fair information will be sent home with students in the near future.
Summer Reading Challenge: Teachers will not post a list of assigned reading for this summer but we have issued a Summer Reading Challenge to all students!!!…We, the staff of St, Mary’s, challenge our students to a reading competition! Students vs Staff…whichever group reads 5000 pages this summer will get an Ice Cream Party. You will receive a form with your Report Card to log the name of your book and the number of pages read. Return the form at the beginning of the school year and we will calculate the numbers! This means, there are not specific books for children to read this summer; we, simply, want our students to read for enjoyment! Exception: Mrs. Ellis’s 3rd graders need to read Stellaluna! So…buy the books ou want to read at the Book Fair next week and log them on your contest forms! If you misplace your form, it will be posted on the webpage.
Dress Down Day: May 16 will be a Dress As Your Favorite Book Character for the opening day of the Book Fair!
Dress Down Days: Students may ‘dress down’ on the final two half days of school, May 26 and May 27.
Kindergarten and 6th Grade Graduations:
These events are scheduled for May 23.
On the day of graduation, students will come to school at regular time and wear their Formal Uniform. The ceremonies will be held in our school auditorium.
Students may leave after their ceremony.
Keepers will end on Wednesday, May 25: There will not be any after school care on Thursday, May 26 or Friday, May 27.
May 24: VA Park Day – Students in grades 1-5 will have a Park Day on Tuesday, May 24 at the Clarksburg City Park. Morning Drop off will be at the Pool location at regular time 7:20. Students need to bring a packed lunch. Pick up will be at the same location, pool area at 2:25.
*6th graders – Mrs. Yazvac will not be at the park but if a 6th grader wants to come and help with the younger students, they are welcome!
Reaching for the Moon 2022 Katherine Johnson Graphic Art Contest
As part of 2022 West Virginia Katherine Johnson Day celebrations, the Greenbrier Historical Society (“GHS”) in Lewisburg, West Virginia, invites students in grades 6-8 to creatively visualize Katherine Johnson’s story in the 2022 GHS “Reaching for the Moon” Graphic Art Contest. The contest is open to all children in grades 6-8 attending public, private, parochial, or home schools who are residents of West Virginia. For more details on the contest, https://www.greenbrierhistorical.org/art-contest.html .
The Art Contest submission period begins May 27, 2022 and concludes on July 8, 2022 at midnight EST. We are asking schools, organizations, and community groups to encourage parents to submit one entry per student. A first place, second place, third place, and honorable mention winner will be selected from all entries. For additional information or questions, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calendar Event additions for 22-23: (attached at bottom of page)
Sept 9: Mass with Grandparents! Invite Grandparents to attend Mass with your child.
Sept 16: Constitution Day Program will include recognition of military service family members.
Uniform Reminder: New plaid uniforms are to be ordered from Land’s End. When you replace the old plaid with the new plaid, send your old uniforms to school. We will send the old plaid with Sister Maria to Zimbabwe. The new plaid is not required until the beginning of the 23-24 school year. Next year is a transition year.
Preliminary Budget: Attached is a brief outline of the working costs and proposed budget for our 22-23 school year. This budget does not reflect detailed costs, nor list every expense we face in our school. Many times, unexpected costs surface that need to be handled with our yearly budget. This will give you an idea of what it takes to run our school and where your tuition dollars are being directed.
Congratulations to these students for winning the Sumdog Math Contest:
Nico Yates – 8th place
Caroline Arnold – 9th place
Upcoming Dates and Events:
May 16: Dress as your Favorite Book Character
May 16-18: Scholastic Book Fair
May 16, 17: 6th Grade Field Trip
May 16: 5th Grade Walking Field Trip – you may dress down as your favorite book character
May 18: Father Brian speaking on WV Vocations
May 20: PK last day of school, Final Mass of the school year
May 23: 6th grade and Kindergarten Graduations, 9:00 Kindergarten 12:00 6th Grade, school auditorium, students attend school at normal morning time and may leave after their ceremony.
May 24: Field Day at the VA Park for grades 1-5…more information coming later
May 25: Open House for Incoming PK 4 students at 12:00 pm
May 26: Early dismissal at 12:00, Dress Down Day
May 27: Early Dismissal at 12:00 – Last day of school, Report Cards home, Dress Down Day