Parent Memo

From Ms. Lorie

St. Mary’s Grade School

 

Friday, March 25, 2022

 

Dear St. Mary’s Families,

On Monday, we will be celebrating our great state of West Virginia.  Students are to wear WVU shirts with uniform bottoms.  The WV Mountaineer will be here for a rousing pep talk and History will come alive with a visit from Stonewall Jackson in the afternoon!

 

On Wednesday, the students will get to meet and greet a police dog from the City of Clarksburg.  They will learn about the training and skills of these amazing dogs!

 

Friday, St. Mary’s and Notre Dame will host an Open House for the public.  This will be an opportunity for anyone interested in attending our schools to come and witness us in action.  If you know of a family interested in attending St. Mary’s or Notre Dame, please invite them to the Open House from 9:00-1:00 on April 1.

 

Notes of Interest:

 

Religion Lesson of the week: Lent and Easter

 

Easter Baskets for the Homeless:  The baskets are finished and overflowing with your generosity.  We will be distributing them this week.  Through your generous donations, we are able to donate $186, in addition to the baskets, to the Mustard Seed.

 

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  (next Monday)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.

 

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 www.stmaryswwv.org

 

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 yearThis 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

www.factsmgt.com.  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 www.stmaryswv.org.  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 jfittrolaw@yahoo.com by May 2.

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

6th grade pictures go to mariaammons@stmaryswv.org by May 2.

 

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:

 

Congratulations to Delaney Sandy!  Delaney is WORLD CROSSFIT Champion in her age group!

Way to go, Delaney!

 

Congratulations to Nico Yates for winning 2nd Place in the Regional Social Studies Fair in World History! Way to go, Nico!

 

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

 

Upcoming Dates and Events:

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!! All grades will participate

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 9:  Field Trip to Fairmont State College to see Shrek the Musical, K-6 students, cost $5

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