Parent Memo

From Ms. Lorie

St. Mary’s Grade School

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Friday, January 28, 2022

Dear Families of St. Mary’s,

As we enter into Catholic Schools Week, I want to take this time to thank you for choosing to send your child to St. Mary’s.  Attending St. Mary’s is a huge family commitment and one that is appreciated and respected by all of us at St. Mary’s. We know that you sacrifice many things in your life personally and as a family to give your child/children a Catholic school education. Thank you and blessings to your family. 

Please help us celebrate by starting the week with your child wearing his/her formal uniform to Mass this weekend.  We are proud of our students and their dignity and fortitude. We are proud of our families whom have chosen us, too!

Thank you for your patience as we navigate this unruly weather.  I know that Snow Days and Delay Days can be very hard on working parents. We pray that next week finds us back on normal schedules.  We all need that!

Notes of Interest:

Catholic Schools Week:   Please see the schedule in your email.  A copy of this schedule was sent home.  Please join us for an opening ‘Pastries and Prayer’ on Sunday, January 30, beginning at 5:00 pm.   A social hour will be from 5:00-6:00 pm followed by a Candlelight Prayer Service at 6:00 pm.

Field Trip: On Tuesday, Feb 1, students will be traveling to the new bowling alley for a day of practicing our bowling skills.  A Field Trip Permission Form was sent home with the schedule for Catholic Schools Week.  Please return the form when we return to school.  An extra form is attached in an email in the event you cannot find your child’s form.

Re-enrollment for the 2022-2023 School Year:  All students in Grades K- 5 must complete an Intent to Return form located on our school webpage at www.stmaryswv.org in order to reserve your position for next year.  This online form will be available on February 4.

PK4 Year Olds must complete a full application online in order to secure a position in Kindergarten for next year.  This application is now available on our school webpage.

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.   One is attached to an email.  Also, remember, the TAP (Tuition Assistance Program) opens on February 1.  See notes below for more information on TAP.

TAP (Tuition Assistance Program) is opening SOON!!   See attachment for more specific details. Tuition assistance is based on need relative to all other applicants.   Assistance may be obtained up to 50% of a child’s tuition.  The Phase I application process opens on Feb 1 and closes on April 29, 2022.  Phase I is for families currently enrolled or already accepted for the 22-23 school year.  Families will receive notification of award in late May. Phase II is for families new to the school or who have had a life changing event and will be awarded in early September. Only one application per family is needed.   Applications are made on-line at www.factsmgt.com, click on Grant & Aid Assessment and log in.   The application fee is $35; the diocese will pay $17.50 and the family pays $17.50.  All applications must be complete and all fees must be paid in order to be considered for an award.

Weather Advisory Info:  In the event of the calling of a Snow Day, St. Mary’s will provide Tech Day work for the students.  Please make sure your child completes this work.  Two (2) Hur Delays called by Harrison County Schools will follow the 2 hour delay schedule with school doors opening at 9:20 am and classes beginning at 9:40am.  Three (3) hour delays called by Harrison County will be Tech Days for us due to the large number of families that travel a long distance to attend our school.

Uniform Reminders:  We are in the Winter Uniform time period.

  • No tennis shoes are to be worn except on Gym Day (Thursday).  Shoes for girls and boys are to be regular shoes in blue, black or brown.
  • Girl’s hair bows and head bands are to be in navy blue, white or gray and bows are not to be bigger than the size of a child’s fist.
  • Shirts for both boys and girls must have a collar on them. (except Gym Day-Th)
  • The new or existing sweatshirt/hoodies must be worn over polo shirts.  The collar of the shirt must be showing.

Catholic Daughters Education Contest:  Entries due from 4, 5, and 6 grade on Monday, January 31.

Uniforms:  Land’s End has our new plaids ready for purchase.   This semester and next year will be a transition year.  When it is time for you to purchase a new size, then you can order the new plaid from Land’s End.  Order from landsend.com/my school.  Our school code is 900053315.

The standard, everyday uniform criteria will not change.  We will still use navy bottoms with white, light blue and gray polo shirts. The only things that will change are the plaid on the formal uniform skirts and ties and the navy fleece. The current royal blue fleece can still be worn until we have a full change over in one year. After the full changeover, shirts on Formal Uniform Days are to be WHITE only for both girls and boys.

About You Monograms in Bridgeport will have monogramming available for the new fleeces. Monogramming is optional.  About You Monograms will have a school emblem and personal name option for you to choose from in the event you would like to monogram your child’s fleece jacket. We did not select an embroidered emblem option from Land’s End due to the cost and longer wait time. ND will honor the navy blue fleece for Middle School.

Old Uniforms:  As you replace your uniforms, please send the old plaids to school.  We will be collecting the old plaids and nice shirts and sending them to a school in Africa with the help of Sister Maria.

MAP (Measures of Academic Performance) Testing:  We will continue to finish up our testing of students in grades K-6 next week. A Family Report will come home as soon as all of the testing is completed so that you may see your child’s progress in learning at midterm.

HOPE Scholarship: The Hope Scholarship is an education savings account program developed by the Treasury Department of the State of WV that will allow parents and families to use the state portion of their child’s education funding to tailor an individualized learning experience that works best for them.

Passed by the Legislature during the 2021 Regular Legislative Session, the program is scheduled to begin with the Fall 2022 school year, with an application period to open by March 2022.

The State Treasurer’s Office is currently developing this program in advance of its release.  I encourage you to visit hopescholarshipwv.com for more information.

HandS St. Mary’s T-Shirt Sale:  HandS has designed a t-shirt to sell as a fundraiser.

  • The hoodies   and sweatshirts can be worn with the standard uniform as a cover up over the polo shirt.
  • The t-shirts can be worn on Gym Day (Thursday) only.

https://www.customink.com/fundraising/st-marys-grade-school-1731


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Upcoming Dates and Events: 

Jan 30-Feb 4:   Catholic Schools Week

Feb 8:  Tech Day – Students work from home

Feb 14:  Valentine’s Party Day  – PK 9:30 party entrance and K-6 party entrance time is 1:15

Feb 21:  No School President’s Day