Friday, January 6


Dear St. Mary’s Families:


Welcome back!  We hope you had a joyful and relaxing holiday season.  As we return, we are nearing the end of the 1st semester of school.   Over the next couple of weeks, we will have a school Science Fair, Social Studies Fair, and celebrate Catholic Schools Week.  Students will also be completing the 1st semester of school, participating in their mid-year MAP Testing and Report Cards will be prepared and sent home.  


Attached is a flyer for you to be aware of the activities during Catholic Schools Week from Jan 29-Feb 3.  As you will note, we have a couple themed Dress Down Days and some fun activities planned.



Notes of Interest:


School Science Fair is Monday, January 9:  If you need to bring your project in early, I will be at the school on Sunday, January 8 at 6:00pm.


School Social Studies Fair is Monday, January 23:  If you need to bring your project in early, I will be at the school on Sunday, January 22 at 6:00pm.


No School on Monday, January 16:  Martin Luther King Jr Day


End of 1st Semester:   January 10


MAP Testing will begin Tuesday, January 17.   Please make sure all iPads are charged and ready to go. And, students are well rested.


Report Cards will come home on Wednesday, January 18.


Catholic Schools Week:   January 30- Feb 3.


HOPE Scholarship Recipients:  Attention parents/guardians of HOPE Scholarship students. We are very excited as we continue to move forward with the HOPE scholarship and prepare to receive the funds from the program. All HOPE scholar parents should have received an email from the HOPE scholarship containing a prompt to connect their child to St. Mary’s and/or Notre Dame. Once this email is received, please select the “accept” prompt located all the way to the right of the request located on your dashboard.  This will link your child(ren) to the appropriate institution.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Ashley at 304-622-9831.


Catholic Daughters Education Contest:   Mandatory for all students in grades 4, 5, and 6. The theme this year is “We walk by faith, not by sight”.  Students will have guidelines sent home.  This will be a Religion Grade for your child.


Shoe Drive Update:  We did it – we surpassed our second mini goal of 750 pairs of shoes! Thank you to everyone that has brought in shoes for our drive. As of this morning, we have collected 782 pairs of shoes. We are so grateful for your participation and look forward to you continuing to spread the word and recruit additional shoe collections. We are also very grateful to the parishes of Immaculate Conception (Clarksburg), Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Stonewood), St. James (Clarksburg), Sacred Heart (Salem), St. Anne’s (Shinnston) and St. Boniface (Camden) for collecting shoes within their churches to support our efforts. It takes a whole community to be successful and we have the best supporting us!


Our next mini goal is to hit 1,000 pairs of shoes. Please help achieve this goal by using one of the following ideas:

  • Ask your office or business to collect shoes (flyer attached that can be placed on a collection bin). Reach out if you need help picking up the shoes. We have volunteers eager to help pick up and transport donations to the school.
  • Canvas your neighborhood (flyer attached that can be placed in mailboxes and collected on a day that you choose). We have had several successful neighbor drives already and lots of appreciation from individuals for providing a place to send unwanted shoes.
  • Ask your team, club, or organization to dedicate a game or gathering to collecting shoes. Every pair counts!


Our shoe drive runs until February 3rd (end of Catholic Schools Week). Our ultimate goal is to collect 2,500 pairs of shoes to help those in need. Have questions or need help with a large pick up? Text Pam Leonard at 740-525-2846.