Parent Memo

From Ms. Lorie

St. Mary’s Grade School


Friday, August 19


Dear St. Mary’s Families:

Welcome to a new school year at St. Mary’s.  We are anxious and excited to begin a new year!

Open House for students in grades 1-6 is today. Students in grades 1-6 begin on Monday and it is a full day of school.  Tuesday is Open House for PK4 and Kindergarten from 10-2.  Wednesday is Open House for PK3 from 8:30-10.  PK3, PK4 and Kindergarten begin school on Thursday, August 25.

Please mark your calendars for Picture Day on Monday, August 29!  Students are to wear their Formal Uniforms.

Also, on Thursday, September 1, Bishop Brennan will be visiting our schools and he will celebrate mass with us in the afternoon.  All students are to wear Formal Uniforms for this event.

Friday, September 2, is an Early Dismissal Day at noon.  There will not be any mass since we will have attended mass on Thursday. Students may have a Dress Down Day since we are having an early dismissal.

These memos will be sent out in email form every Friday to help keep you up to date on coming events and special recognitions.


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…..It is time to return your Summer Reading Logs!!! Please return all logs by Friday, Sept 2!


22-23 Food Service Program:  Meals will be billed directly from Notre Dame Cafeteria on a monthly basis.  The meal costs are:

Breakfast Snack $1.50

Lunch PK3-3 $2.75

4th – 12th $3.50

All reduced meal costs are .40.


Office Forms:  At Open House or the first day of school, you will receive a packet of forms that need to be completed and returned to school.  Please do this quickly.  The office needs this information immediately.


Uniforms:  Summer Uniforms are in effect until November 1 (except for Mass and Special Events).  New uniform plaids can be ordered from Land’s End using Code 900053315.

Please see your Parent Handbook for specific details about uniform policies.


Mass:  As a school, students and staff in PK3-6th grade will attend Mass every Friday.  Students are to wear Formal Uniforms on Fridays.


Mass with Bishop Brennan:  On September 1, Bishop Brennan will be in our schools to visit with children and then do an all schools mass for our students at 1:00.  Families are invited to attend mass. Students will be required to sit with their class in the front of the church.  Families are asked to fill in pews around and behind the students. Students must wear Formal Uniforms on September 1.


21-22 Yearbooks:  We have Yearbooks from last year available for sale from the office.  The cost is $15.  You may send cash or check made payable to St. Mary’s in an envelope and we will send a Yearbook home with your child.


Keepers:  Keepers is an after school childcare program provided by St. Mary’s from 2:30- 5:30pm.  It is supervised by Mr. Sam Lopez, Mrs. Angela Fittro, and students from Notre Dame High School.  The cost is $5 per hour and is open to all students in grades PK3 – 8th grade.  Students will receive homework assistance the first hour of the program.  The program begins on August 22.


Bridgeport Bus:  Students may ride a Harrison County School Bus to Bridgeport in the evenings.  It picks up here at 2:25 and goes directly to Simpson Elementary and Bridgeport Middle School. Please complete the form in your packet to let us know if your child will be using this bus.


Notre Dame will be hosting a Golf Tournament on Friday, September 9, at the Clarksburg Country Club. This annual fundraiser benefits the ND High School Athletic Department.  Please contact the school for more information.


Evening Pick Up:  Students will be released to the back parking lot the same as last year.  Please be very careful as you are pulling out.  Children have a tendency to wander and run around.  We do not want anyone to get hurt!


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

Watch for changes each week!


Upcoming Dates and Events:


August 22:  First day for 1-12th grades

August 23:  Open House for PK4 and Kindergarten from 10:00am-2:00pm

August 24:  Open House for PK3 from 8:00-10:00am

August 25:  First day for PK3, PK4 and Kindergarten

August 29:  PICTURE DAY – all students wear Formal Uniforms

September 1:  Mass with Bishop Brennan – all students wear Formal Uniforms, families invited

September 2:  Early Dismissal at NOON, NO Keepers, Student Dress Down Day

September 5:  No School for Labor Day

September 9:  ND Athletic Golf Tournament

September 16:  Tech Day- students work from home

September 22:  Mid-term Progress Reports go home

September 23:  Pumpkin Drop at school.  This event is open to families.  More info will come.

September 25- October 1:  Homecoming Week

September 29:  Homecoming Mass at 1:00, Formal Uniforms, Families invited to atend

September 30:  Homecoming Parade in Clarksburg

October 7-14:  Scholastic Book Fair

October 8:  Irish Gala

October 10:  Tech Day- students work from home

October 13:  Early dismissal at NOON, Parent-Teacher Conferences from 3:00-6:00pm

October 13:  Picture Retake Day

October 24:  End of 1st Nine Weeks

October 28:  Report Cards Home

October 31:  Halloween Parties – PK3, PK4 @ 9:30 and K-6 @ 1:15 *More info coming soon