Parent Memo

From Ms. Lorie

St. Mary’s Grade School


Friday, February 25, 2022


Dear Families of St. Mary’s,


Please watch the calendar posted at the end of this memo. It’s hard to believe that we only have about 3 months of school left! We may be adding events and making changes as Spring progresses.  


The HandS organization will be having another Scholastic Book Fair this Spring and they are working  to schedule a History Alive! program for our students. The HandS group is also working towards a Family Movie night to end our school year. If you have not joined this group, I hope you will consider joining next year and helping in our school.   This group of families works tirelessly to plan, implement, and execute fun and educational events for all of our students.


Notes of Interest:


Religion Lesson of the week: Students are learning about the Rosary.


Service Project- Easter Baskets for the Homeless:  The 6th grade has created a service project titled, Easter Baskets for the Homeless.  Our Dress Down Day collected $319.25 from St. Mary’s students to purchase supplies for this project.  Thank you so much for your generosity.  During the month of March, we will collect small Easter baskets and travel size personal items to fill the baskets.  A little candy would be a nice touch too!


Next Week is busy…..

Monday Dollar Dress Down Day:  Casual clothes, full dress down.  Money collected will go to the Hands and Hearts for Christ Mission Trip.


Tuesday Dollar Dress Down Day:  Wear Purple.  Money collected will go to the Hands and Hearts for Christ Mission Trip.  Pancake breakfast for students and Mardi Gras activities with Notre Dame mentors.


Wednesday:  Ash Wednesday – Mass at Noon.  Wear Formal Uniforms.


Thursday:  Wear Formal Uniforms because we are videotaping our students saying the Rosary for a commercial for the diocese.


Friday:  Early Dismissal at noon.  No Keepers this day.  No mass.   Standard uniform day.


Water Bottles:  Please send a water bottle to school with your child.  If they run out of water, the bottle can be filled from the Stream Room kitchen.


Easter Parties:  The Easter Party for students will be on April 13.  The preschool parties will be at 9:30 and the K-6 party time is 1:15.   Party Planners will be permitted to enter at these times.  Due to the addition of the parties to our schedule, we will not have a school wide Egg Hunt.  If you would like to plan that as part of your party, you are welcome to do so.   The hunt would need to be in the classroom.  As per policy, assigned Party Planners permitted in the classroom and no younger/older siblings are to attend.


Free/Reduced Meals and Federal Funding:  We have requested that you complete a Free/Reduced meal application for our school.  This application is used to qualify our school for federal funding.  Federal funding pays for many of our programs within the school such as the Title I teacher, professional development learning sessions for teachers, our music teacher this year, and several of our software programs such as Nearpod.  Without this federal funding, these programs would not exist.  In actuality, you may know that you do not qualify for free/reduced meals but there may be other factors in your family that would qualify us for federal monies.  Please complete this application at In order to complete this application you need a few pieces of information from us.  First, you need to know that our district name is Harrison County Catholic.   Secondly, you need to know your child’s ID number.  You can obtain this number by calling the school or emailing me or Ms. Ashley at or Thank you so much for your time.


Menu Change for next week:  March 2nd will be Grilled Cheese and Tomato soup, celery and dip, fruit and milk.  March 4th will be Pizza, French fries, green beans, fruit and milk.


NDMS Track:  It’s that time of year….training will begin for ND Middle School Track.  Coach Nathan Nardella has scheduled the first practice for March 28 in the ND Gym at 5:30 pm.  Interested students need to bring a Sports Physical and a pair of non-street tennis shoes to wear for practice.


Open Applications Time:  Applications are open for all new students!  The application is available on our webpage at


Tuition for the 2022-2023 School Year:  In order to obtain the Catholic Rate, you must provide the form completed by your parish pastor titled, Registered, Participating and Contributing Parishioner, every year.  This form was sent home a few weeks ago with the Hope Scholarship information.  It is, also, now posted on our webpage under the Admissions button.


TAP (Tuition Assistance Program) is open: Feb 1- April 29.  Application available at


New Parent Handbook:  The new, updated version of the Parent Handbook has been posted on the school website at  Please review this document for a more detailed version of our school policies, especially the Discipline Policy with updated consequences.  A hard copy of the New Parent Handbook will be given to you at your contract signing in August.




Special Recognitions: 


Congratulations to Taylor Ridenour for winning 1st place at the county level in the Young Writer’s Contest!  Taylor will now advance to the state competition.



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


Upcoming Dates and Events: 


Feb 28:  Dollar Dress Down Day to support Hands and Hearts for Christ Mission

March 1:  Mardi Gras/Arti Gras – Pancake Breakfast, Dollar Dress Down Day to support Hands and Hearts for Christ Mission.  Wear Purple!

March 2:  Ash Wednesday

March 4:  Early Dismissal at 12:00, No Mass – NO KEEPERS

March 10:  Lenten Penance Service grades 3-6

March 11:  Mass

March 15:  End of 3rd Nine Weeks

March 18:  Mass

March 22:  Report Cards home

March 25:  Mass

March 28:  WV Day – Dress Down Day – wear your WVU shirt with Uniform bottoms – visit from the WVU Mountaineer

April 1: Mass

April 4:  Picture Day, Individual pictures in dress down clothes

April 7:  WV Dance Company Show for students, cost $2

April 8:  Mass

April 13:  Easter Party Day, PK party 9:30, K-6 party 1:15 (assigned party planners only)

April 14:  Holy Thursday, Tech Day for students

April 15-24:  Spring Break

April 25:  Return to school

April 27:  Midterm Progress Reports Home

April 29:  Mass

May 2-6:  Teacher Appreciation Week

May 10:  Election Day – Tech Day for students

May 13:  Mass

May 20:  PK last day of school

May 23:  6th grade and Kindergarten Graduations

May 26:  Early dismissal at 12:00

May 27:  Early Dismissal at 12:00 – Last day of school