Friday, December 10, 2021


Dear Families of St. Mary’s School:

Blessings for a joy filled Advent season as we wait patiently and hopefully for the coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ.  Please join us in our many activities for families listed below as we celebrate and rejoice in our faith.


Notes of Interest:


Religion Lesson of the Week: Feast of St. Nicholas and Advent.


Holiday Open House:  Thank you so much for your patience and support during our 1st annual Holiday Open House.  It was wonderful to have a school full of joy! Thank you.


Christmas Around the World Class Programs:  All families are invited to attend a Christmas Program presented by each grade level.  *See the calendar below for the schedule.  Each class chose a country to explore and research for Christmas/Holiday traditions.   The students then prepared a program to present their knowledge.  Following the class presentation, you are invited to join the class in sharing a traditional cookie and drink from their country. Performances will be held in the auditorium.

Christmas Around the World Class Programs:

Dec 13: 2nd Grade – 12:00

Dec 14: 3rd Grade – 12:00

Dec 15: 4th Grade – 12:00

Dec 16: 5th Grade – 12:00

Dec 17: 6th Grade – 12:00


Santa’s Secret Shopping Event for all Students:  The HandS organization will be offering shopping to our students on Dec 13 and 14 (Monday and Tuesday).  Students may bring money to school to shop for special people in their lives. Items cost $2-$5.  A form is coming home today with your child to create to help your child make a list for gift purchasing.  Dec 13  (Monday) will be a Dress Down Day for your child if you donate gift bags for this event.   Look for volunteer sign ups to help with this event.

Please use this link to sign up to volunteer to help students shop!


HandS St. Mary’s T-Shirt Sale:  HandS has designed a t-shirt to sell as a fundraiser.  To order your shirt go to, Fundraising, type St. Mary’s in the search bar. Sd


Christmas Toy Collection:  Jolee Snyder, a student from Notre Dame, has asked our students to donate new toys for children in the hospital over Christmas.  The toy can be anything.  We will have box in the front hall for the children to drop their donations in until Dec 17.  We have joined this activity with the Feats of St. Nicholas.  St. Nicholas teaches us to have a heart of giving rather than receiving.


Preschool on Delay Days:  On a 2 Hour Delay Day, PK 3 and 4 will still have 1 hour of school.   Extended Care will be available.   On a 3 Hour Delay Day, PK will be cancelled.  Extended Care will be available and students may be dropped off at 10:20 am.


Lessons and Carols:  Lessons and Carols will be held on Dec 22 at 1:00 pm.  All families and alumni are invited to come and observe.  Students must sit with their classes because they will be participating in the event as a class.


Ugly Christmas Sweater Day:  Dec 20


Christmas PJ Day:  Dec 21





Dec 10 is an Early Dismissal Day at 12:00 for SMS and 12:15 for ND. 

No Keepers or extended care for preschool available.


The original calendar has No School for February 14 for President’s Day but President’s Day is actually Feb 21.  So we are changing the day off to February 21.

In addition, the Valentine’s Party was scheduled for February 11 and is now moved to Monday, February 14 at 1:15 pm.

Also…Feb 8 will be a Tech Day for students.  This is a new addition to our calendar!!!



Upcoming Dates and Events: There are some changes!!!


Dec 6-9:  Christmas Around the World Class Programs

Dec 6: Preschool 3 year olds – 10:00

Dec 7: Preschool 4 year olds – 10:00

Dec 8: Kindergarten – 11:30

Dec 9: 1st Grade – 11:30


Dec 8:  Mass for Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Wear Formal Uniform.  Kindergarten will still have their Christmas Around the World Program at 11:30.

Dec 10:  No Mass. EARLY DISMISSAL @ 12:00, No Keepers, No Extended Care for Preschool.

Dec 13:  Dress Down Day for those who donate Gift Bags for Santa’s Shop

Dec 13 and 14:   Santa’s Secret Shopping for students

Dec 13-17:  Christmas Around the World Class Programs*

Dec 13: 2nd Grade – 12:00

Dec 14: 3rd Grade – 12:00

Dec 15: 4th Grade – 12:00

Dec 16: 5th Grade – 12:00

Dec 17: 6th Grade – 12:00

Dec 17:  Mass – formal uniforms. NO KEEPERS after school, Mr. Sammy is not able to be here.

Dec 20:  Ugly Christmas Sweater Day and Preschool 3 and 4 Christmas Party at 9:30

Dec 21:  Christmas PJ Day and Kindergarten – 6th grade Christmas Party @ 1:15

Dec 22:  1:00 Lessons and Carols, dismissal at regular time. Last day before break.

Jan 4:  Students return to school.

Jan 7:  End of 1st Semester.




Special Recognitions:


Ashley Vernon:  I cannot thank Ms. Ashley enough for her dedication and contribution to the Holiday Open House.  We sometimes forget about the person behind the scenes.  Ms. Ashley coordinated all the programs, props, decorations, vendors and music and countless other things that I don’t even know!  Please thank Ashley for her dedication.  Our own families and homes tend to get pushed to the side when we devote so much time to extra activities.  I, also, want to thank her family for being patient with us for taking so much of her time.  We love you and thank you sincerely, Ms. Ashley.


Kayla and Zach Lantz, thank you so much for providing a new battery for the Notre Dame school bus and the gorgeous candy cane balloons to add festivity to our Holiday Open House.  We appreciate your donation and time. God bless you!


Ms. Emily Lehasky, Ms. Cece Landers, Ms. Joyce Shaffer, Ms. Ranee Torchia, Mrs. Sarah Ridenour, Mrs. Rosie Morris, Mrs. Angela Fittro, Mrs. Shelby Baker, Mrs. Mary Beth Martino:  I can’t thank these teachers enough for the entertaining and educational Christmas Around the World programs.  I love that we could have fun and learn cool things too!!  Thank you for your dedication to our school and children.