Friday, May 20, 2022


Dear St. Mary’s Families,

This is the final edition of the weekly Parent Memo.  This year has certainly been a whirlwind year with me learning many new things, as well as, the office staff in general learning new things. We should be pros next year!!!  Not really, but, hopefully, we will be better informed and on top of upcoming events.


Thank you for your support this year.  It certainly takes all of us working together to have a successful school year. I will send out a summer Parent Memo by email in early July.  Look for our annual Back to School Bash plans!!!  Plans are not finalized at this time but we are working out the details.  This event will be for all St. Mary’s and Notre Dame Students and families.


Have a wonderful summer and never hesitate to email, text or call.  I would rather answer a question, find an answer for you, or forward you to the correct person than for you to fret and worry about an unknown.


Blessings to you and your family for some rest and relaxation!


Notes of Interest:


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 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.

Kindergarten at 9:00.

6th grade at 12:00.

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.


No Keepers on the VA Park Field Day, May 24.


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 – Drop off and Pick up will be at regular times at the VA Pool location. No Keepers will be available on this day because of the offsite location.   Students are to bring a lunch in all disposable containers, extra water, sunscreen and a towel to sit on.   Students are assigned a color of shirt to wear and should wear comfortable shorts and tennis shoes.

1st grade – red shirts

2nd grade – yellow shirts

3rd grade – green shirts

4th grade – blue shirts

5th grade – white shirts

A concessions stand will be open for students to purchase snack items.  This is optional, not mandatory.

A packed lunch of a pepperoni roll, chips, water, and dessert is available for $6.

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iPads and chargers:  These all need to be back at school by Thursday, May 26.  If a charger is lost, you will be billed for a replacement.


22-23 Food Service Program:  The Covid free meals program has expired.  Next year, families may apply for free/reduced meals as in the past.  If you do not qualify, snack breakfast and lunch will be charged monthly.  Please see the email sent out on May 19 for the Application process.


Scholastic Book Fair:  Thank you for supporting the Book Fair.  The children had a great time shopping!  In addition to students earning free books with the buy one, get one free offer, the school library received 6 free books with funds rounded up to the nearest dollar on each purchase.  Special thanks to all the parent volunteers: Ashley D’Annunzio, Christina Nielson, Heidi Seamon, Kayla Lantz, Kevin Leonard, Kim Karakiozis, Pam Leonard, Rebecca Wanstreet, Rhea Dyer, Sarah Williams, and Shannon Cunningham-Snead and Ashley Vernon for her coordination with Scholastic.  We appreciate everyone’s support!


The HandS (Home and School) organization would like to sincerely thank Beth Gregg for her leadership and organization toward the Spring Scholastic Book Fair. The students thoroughly enjoyed selecting books and other fun paraphernalia. Hopefully everyone is looking forward to summer reading! 📚😎


A special thank you to Master Ian Thokar from ATA Martial Arts in Bridgeport for providing an inspiring and educational program to our children today.  He is offering a special Trial 4 Week Summer course for 20 new students.   Please see the link below. 



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Upcoming Dates and Events: 

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, No KEEPERS available this day

May 25:  Open House for Incoming PK 4 students at 12:00 pm, LAST day of KEEPERS

4th and 5th Grade Field Trip – information coming Monday!

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