Parent Memo

From Ms. Lorie

St. Mary’s Grade School



Friday, September 15, 2023


Dear St. Mary’s Families:


Parent- Teacher conferences will be held from 3:00-6:00 pm on September 21.  You must call the school to schedule an appointment with the teacher that you would like to see. Visits will be scheduled for 10 minute time slots to have room for everyone to attend.   If you need more time with the teacher, it is best to make arrangements to meet/talk at a less hectic time.


No Keepers available on Thursday, September 21.


Uniform Reminder:  Formal Uniform shoes are to be dress shoes!  No white soles or tennis shoes!


Notes of Interest:


PNUT Passes:  *If your child uses a PNUT Pass in lieu of a uniform, the Pass must be turned in to the office on that day.  Passes are only valid if given this school year.


September Service Project:  During the month of September, St. Mary’s and Notre Dame will be assisting Notre Dame student, Christian Arnold, as he fills 10 barrels for items to send to Zimbabwe.  Items include:  clothing, school supplies, small toys


Summer Reading Challenge 2023

Goal:  Read 150,000 pages.

We Achieved:  79,268 pages.

Total participation:   39/142 students

Although, we did not achieve our intended goal, I would like to recognize the Top Reader in each grade!

PK3:  Kane Stewart – 429 pages

PK4:  Jackson Leech – 3689 pages

K:  Gabriella Hefner – 1809 pages

1:  Luca Spatafore – 1143 pages

2:  Cameron Nielson – 2652 pages

3:  Declan Berry – 6376 pages

4:  Kateri Plywaczynski – 8527 pages

5:  Bentleigh Byrd – 1694 pages

6:  Maria Plywaczynski – 24,886 pages

Congratulations to all of these great readers!


Holiday Parties:  We have 4 holiday parties for students a year:  Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Easter.  A couple weeks ago, the form was sent home to sign up for party attendance.  The form was due TODAY!  I am including another form that must be returned by MONDAY, Sept 18, to be considered for party attendance.  Assignments for all parties are going to be made next week.

Reminders for Party Guidelines:

  1. Only 5 adults are permitted in the classroom to assist with each party.  Parents have the first priority for party attendance.
  2. No younger children are permitted at the party with you.  We do not have child care available at the school.  You will need to arrange child care for younger siblings.
  3. Please limit food and focus on crafts and games.   Our students will have just finished lunch right before the parties.  They do not need food, only a snack.
  4. The doors for the Holiday Parties will open at 1:15 pm.  The parties are for 1 hour.
  5. Clean up is from 2:00-2:15.  Please bring supplies for cleanup and allow time for cleanup of the classrooms following the party.
  6. All persons attending a school party MUST complete the Safe Environment Program as mandated by the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston.   This program includes a Background Check and signed documentation that you have received and reviewed the Sexual Abuse Policy of the diocese.  Party attendance will not be permitted without completing this program.  Be aware, it takes almost 2 weeks to complete a Background Check.  Please call the school office if you would like to begin this process.  All volunteers in our school must have completed this program!!!!




HandS Notes:  See attachment in School eMail


Book Fair is Sept 19, 20, and 21.  Students may bring money to purchase books.  The Book Fair will be open during Conference Hours.


School Supply Sale:  HandS will be sponsoring a School Supply Sale during the Book Fair Sept 19-21.  Pens, pencils, erasers, pencil sharpeners, pencil pouches, notebooks, etc. will be available for purchase, and items will range from $1-$5.  Cash or check will be accepted.  If you would like your child to purchase from both the book fair and the school supply sale, please send 2 checks (one for each sale). All proceeds will go to HandS to help offset the costs associated with future HandS sponsored activities.




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

Watch for changes each week!


Upcoming Dates and Events: 


September 19-21:  Book Fair

September 21:  Early Dismissal at NOON.  Parent-Teacher Conferences from 3:00-6:00 pm by appointment only. NO KEEPERS

September 22:  1st Quarter Mid-term

October 1-7:   Homecoming Week Theme:  Give my regards to Broadway!  St. Mary’s will be celebrating the play, Annie!  Students that would like to participate in the parade and float are to dress as the orphans from the show!

October 2:  Movie Day for Homecoming:  Wear PJ’s

October 4:  Homecoming Theme Day:  Dress like an Orphan from the show, Annie!

Mass Thursday, October 5 at 1:00 for ND and SMS.

Parade and soccer game are Friday !

October 6:  Green and Gold Dress Down Day

October 9:  Tech Day – no students in school but assignments will be made to complete at home

October 12:  Make-up Picture Day – Formal Uniforms

October 23:  End of 1st Nine Weeks grading Period

October 27:  Report Cards home

October 30:  Pumpkin Drop 12:30 pm in back parking lot

October 31:  Halloween Party 1:15, see notes above about Party Guidelines