Parent Memo

From Ms. Lorie

St. Mary’s Grade School



Friday, March 18, 2022


Dear St. Mary’s Families,

As we march into Spring, we are welcoming the warm afternoons and time on the playground!  Summer uniform attire will kick in on April 1.  Students will be able to wear navy blue shorts and tennis shoes on regular uniform days.  Formal Uniform days still require dress shoes.


Next week, our students will bring Report Cards home on Tuesday.  On Wednesday, Notre Dame has a Tech Day but we will be in school as usual. We will end the week with Mass on Friday and formal uniforms.


Happy First Day of Spring!


Notes of Interest:


Religion Lesson of the week: Lent


Service Project- Easter Baskets for the Homeless:   Thank you so much for the generous donations for the Easter baskets.  They are really coming along nicely!


COKE  Rewards:   We have an account for our school to receive support from the coke products you purchase.  The school name is ST MARY CENTRAL SCHOOL.  If you don’t feel like taking the time to enter the codes, send them to school and we will enter them!  The codes can be found on the tear off lids to the boxes and on the plastic caps.


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.


Catholic Relief Services for Humanitarian Aid to Ukraine: ND is selling paper sunflowers for $5 each to display in the windows of the school as a sign of solidarity and continued prayers for the people of Ukraine.   If you would like to support this effort, please send your donation to the school with a name that you would like placed on the sunflower.  The monies will be donated to the Catholic Relief Services for Ukraine.


Lions Club Vision Screening:  The Lions Club will be here on April 5 to do eye screenings on students in Grades 3,4,5, 6, and 7.  The paperwork was sent home this week.  Nothing needs to be returned to school unless you prefer your child to Opt Out of the screening.


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


Open House for New Students:  Notre Dame and St. Mary’s will host an Open House on Friday, April 1 from 9:00-1:00pm.  If you know of a family that has been interested in our school, please invite them to this event so they can meet us and see our school.


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  Awards will be announced May 15.


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.


Tuition for 22-23 School Year:  Tuition Rates for 2022-2023 have been posted to our school webpage.   Fees have increased by $150-200 per child due to the higher costs for materials, textbooks, and technology software.   The cost to educate a child at St. Mary’s is approximately $5.775.00. Additional funds used to cover the cost of education are obtained from donations through the parishes, and fundraising. A more detailed Financial Review will come out towards the end of the school year.

Some changes for the Tuition Contracts for next year:

  1.  If you have a child at Notre Dame, your child in St. Mary’s will receive the 2nd child rate reduction.
  2.  Fees must be paid in full at time of contract signing. (August)
  3. Tuition and Fees paid in full 5 days prior to the first day of school will have a 2% discount.
  4. 6th Grade students that plan to play sports at ND Middle School must pay their fees by June 1.


6th Grade Field Trip:  We have planned an overnight field trip to Washington D.C, for 6th grade students for May 16 and 17.  Please be on the lookout for information coming to you in your email.


Kindergarten and 6th Grade Graduations:  These events are scheduled for May 23.  Email 5 photos of your child from birth to now for the class video.

On the day of graduation, students will come to school at regular time and wear their Formal Uniform.   The ceremonies will be held in our school auditorium.

Students may leave after their ceremony.

Kindergarten Graduation will be at 9:00 am.

Kindergarten pictures go to

6th Grade Graduation will be at 12:00 pm.

6th grade pictures go to


Technology Expansion:  A huge thank you to the Roger Lehosit Family Foundation for providing St. Mary’s and Notre Dame with 27 new computers for staff!  This is such a generous donation from an alumnus.  If you see Roger, please thank him on behalf of our schools!!


Uniform Update:  The new Land’s End Plaid and Navy Blue Fleece do not become mandatory until the fall of 2023.   So you have one full year to transition into the new plaid and fleece!  There is no hurry to purchase them unless you need new uniforms.



Special Recognitions: 


Thank you to Jonathon Fittro for fixing our playground fence.

Thank you to Michael Fox for fence fixing in the fall.


We appreciate your time and talents.


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


Upcoming Dates and Events: 

March 22:  Report Cards home

March 23:  ND Tech Day but we are in school!

March 25:  Mass

March 28:  WV Day – Dress Down Day – wear your WVU shirt with Uniform bottoms – visit from the WVU Mountaineer, HandS sponsored History Alive! Program.  Students will meet Stonewall Jackson!

April 1: Mass, Open House for New and Interested Families 9:00am-1:00 pm.

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

April 6: Lenten Craft Day with ND

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

April 8:  Mass, NDHS will have an Easter Egg Hunt for us!!

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 6:  Class Picture Day – Mass – Wear formal uniform

May 10:  Election Day – Tech Day for students

May 13:  Mass

May 16-18:  Scholastic Book Fair

May 16, 17:  6th Grade Field Trip

May 20:  PK last day of school

May 23:  6th grade and Kindergarten Graduations, 9:00 Kindergarten 12:00 6th Grade, school auditorium, students attend school at normal morning time and may leave after their ceremony.

May 26:  Early dismissal at 12:00

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