Parent Memo

From Ms. Lorie

St. Mary’s Grade School



Friday, February 24


Dear Parents:


All parents that are signed up in Virtus to be volunteers need to check the site and your account.  Many of you are in need of updated Background Checks and training updates.  If your account is not compliant, then you will not be able to volunteer in the building.  We are also missing accounts for many volunteers!  If you are volunteering – assisting with parties or other events – please make sure you have created an account on the Virtus site.   Check your account quickly and update your needs.  We have an audit at the end of March and need all volunteers to have up- to – date and compliant information.  If you need help with this, please contact Maria Ammons, our counselor.  


Notes of Interest:


Bridgeport Bus Students:  Harrison County Schools will not be open on March 6; therefore, there will not be any bus to Bridgeport.


NDMS Football:  There will be a Parent Meeting for ND Middle School Football on February 28 at 5:30 pm in the ND cafeteria.  All interested students and parents are invited to attend.


Applications are now open to the general public at

If you know a family who has expressed interest in our schools, please refer them to us for a tour and one on one conversation to answer questions and concerns.


Weather Delay/Snow Days:  We follow Harrison County Schools.  In the event of a 3 hour delay, St. Mary’s and Notre Dame operate a Tech/Remote Day.   In the event of a 2 hour delay, Preschool will operate for 1 hour.  Extended Care will be available for Preschool students on Delay Days.


TAPs:   Phase 1 of the Tuition Assistance Program application opens on Feb 1 for all Catholic families and closes on April 30.   Awards will be announced in May.   Phase 11 is now open to Catholics and Non-Catholics and closes on August 31.  This application should be submitted during Phase 1 and will not need to be resubmitted for Phase 2 awards.  See attached information page.


HandS Meeting:   The HandS Meeting has been moved to MARCH 1 at 6 PM in the SMS Auditorium.


PK4 Meeting:  March 1 at 5:00 pm in the school auditorium.  Bring a device to complete the HOPE Application and school application.




*Easter Party

April 2nd from 2-4pm (Sunday)

Clarksburg City Park at Nutter Fort

Lion’s Shelter


Bring the entire family and join us for an afternoon of fun including an Easter Egg hunt (bring your own basket), face painting, and more! Sign-ups for drinks, snacks, and eggs will be available soon.


Read Aloud WV 

Are you or someone you know (relative, alumni, or community member) interested in reading aloud to one of our classrooms every week? If so, you would need to complete a 1-hour virtual training found at (two sessions are currently available – March 7th and 8th, sign up on the website) as well as complete the required volunteer background paperwork from the school. The commitment is once per week for about 15-20 minutes. You would also bring a book to read (a good place to search is at the, so they also could take an AR quiz afterward on the book). Please contact Christina Nielson at 304-541-6372 if you have any additional questions.  This would be in preparation for next school year.


Shoe Drive Results

Thank you to everyone that donated and collected shoes for our drive! We ended the drive today with 2,275 pairs of shoes collected. The generosity and support of the St. Mary’s School family is humbling, especially now as we enter the season of Lent. A special thank you to the HandS Fundraising Committee: Sarah Ford, Ashley Vernon, Melissa Spatafore, Pam Leonard, Kate Kosydar, Jen Randall Reyes, Stasia Shaffer, Shannon Cunningham-Snead and Mason Malone. Many hands make light work – THANK YOU!



Congratulations to Lucia Scalise for winning 1st Place in the WV Young Writer’s Contest for Harrison County!  Lucia will advance to the state competition in Charleston.  Good luck, Lucia!


Catholic Daughter of America’s Contest Winners:

Congratulations to the following St. Mary’s students for winning places in this contest!


Art I –   1st Place:  Blaire Moore    2nd Place:  Audrey Karakiozia   3rd Place:  August Leonette

Art II –   3rd Place:  Caroline Cullen

Poetry I – 1st Place:  Anthony Morris

Essay I – 1st Place:  Michel Gigliotti    2nd Place:  Maria Plywaczynski   3rd Place:  Ryker Leonard

Essay II – 2nd Place:  Emma Yates  3rd Place  Grazia Pishner

Computer Art I – 1st Place:  Silas Malfregeot   2nd Place:  Jacob Szarko    3rd Place:  Tom Armstrong



******CALENDAR ******

Watch for changes each week!


Upcoming Dates and Events:


Feb 28:  ND Middle School Football Parent Meeting at 5:30, ND Gym

March 1:  HandS Meeting 6:00, PK4 HOPE Meeting at 5:00

March 15:  End of 3rd grading period

April 2:  Easter Party by HandS*  see above

April 3:  School Picture Day, Individual spring pictures, wear regular clothes

April 5:  Easter Parties:  PK3 and PK4 @ 9:30, K-6 @ 1:15

April 6:  Holy Thursday, Tech Day

April 6-April 16:   Spring Break

April 17:  Return to school

April 17- May 12:  MAP End of year testing

April 26:  Mid-term, Progress Reports home

May 5:  Class Picture Day, Formal uniforms

May 12:  Scholastic Book Fair

May 12:  PK3 and PK4 last day of school

May 15:  K and 6th grade Graduations

May 24:  Early Dismissal at NOON

May 25:  Early Dismissal at NOON, Last Day of school*

*Last day of school could change due to Snow Days