Parent Memo

From Ms. Lorie

St. Mary’s Grade School



Friday, September 2


Dear St. Mary’s Families:

I wish you a long, happy weekend filled with family and friends!

Enjoy and Happy Labor Day!


Notes of Interest:


Grandparents Mass:  On September 9, our Friday morning mass will be a Celebration of Grandparents.  A form was sent home last week asking for numbers so that we can provide enough recognition items for our grandparents/surrogate grandparents attending the mass.  Please return this form quickly or let Ms. Ashley know.  Mass will be at 8:00 am and celebrated by Father Chris Turner.


Tuition Assistance Program (TAPS)

Phase II of TAPS is open to all Catholic families for tuition assistance. Applications may be submitted through FACTS and until August 31. Awards will be announced on September 8.


Phase III of TAPS is currently open to all Catholic and non-Catholic families. Applications will close on September 2nd. We encourage any interested families to apply.


COVID-19 Protocols

The following procedures for COVID-19 are in place for this year. The school will not be conducting contact tracing at this time. Please note, all protocols regarding COVID-19 are subject to change.

  • Masks are optional
  • If a student tests positive for COVID-19, please contact the office as soon as possible.
  • If a student tests positive, he/she must stay home for 5 days. The student may return to school on day 6 if he/she has been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications and symptoms are improving.
  • A student who tests positive must wear a well-fitting mask on days 6 through 10.
  • While the school will not be conducting contact tracing, we encourage families to monitor students for symptoms if they have a known exposure to COVID-19.


Summer Reading Challenge:  Winners announced soon!!!


22-23 Food Service Program:   Meals will be billed directly from Notre Dame Cafeteria on a monthly basis.  The meal costs are:

Breakfast Snack $1.50

Lunch PK3-3 $2.75

4th – 12th $3.50

All reduced meal costs are .40.


Office Forms:  At Open House or the first day of school, you received a packet of forms that need to be completed and returned to school.   Please do this quickly.  The office needs this information immediately.


Mass:  As a school, students and staff in PK3-6th grade will attend Mass every Friday.  Students are to wear Formal Uniforms on Fridays.


21-22 Yearbooks:  We have Yearbooks from last year available for sale from the office.  The cost is $15.  You may send cash or check made payable to St. Mary’s in an envelope and we will send a Yearbook home with your child.


Keepers:  Please send SNACK with your child if they attend the afterschool program.


Bridgeport Bus:  Students may ride a Harrison County School Bus to Bridgeport in the evenings.  It picks up here at 2:25 and goes directly to Simpson Elementary and Bridgeport Middle School. Please complete the form in your packet to let us know if your child will be using this bus.


Notre Dame will be hosting a Golf Tournament on Friday, September 9, at the Clarksburg Country Club. This annual fundraiser benefits the ND High School Athletic Department.  Please contact the school for more information.





Saint Mary’s Grade school will be hosting our annual pumpkin drop in the back parking lot of our school on Friday, September 23, 2022 at 9 a.m.  Families are invited to watch!

We are in need of the following:

  • Tents (will be returned)
  • Donations of bottled water
  • Donations of snacks (any pre-packaged items will work!)
  • Parent volunteers to help during the event

If you are able to help in any way, please contact Mrs. Morris at  As always, we are grateful for your continued generosity and support!


Rosie Morris

SMS Science Teacher


GYM T-Shirt Sale:  On Tuesday, forms will come home to order gym t-shirts that may be worn on Thursday’s Gym Day.  Proceeds will go to HandS.



1st HandS Meeting is Tuesday evening, September 6.  Join us at 6:00 in the school auditorium.


Tech Day:   September 16 is an added Tech Day for students.  Out faculty will be participating in professional development that day.   Students will have school work that will need to be completed at home and returned to school.


Safety Patrol:  Congratulations to the 6th Grade students for taking on leadership roles in our newly formed Safety Patrol.  Every student in this class will have a daily job within our school day to help them build responsibility and leadership skills.  The amazing students will be assisting with morning arrival, breakfast snack, raising of the flags, hall monitoring and crosswalk duties.


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

Watch for changes each week!


Upcoming Dates and Events: 


September 6: HandS meeting, 6:00 pm in school auditorium

September 9:  ND Athletic Golf Tournament

Grandparents Day Mass at 8:00 am Immaculate Conception

September 16:  Tech Day- students work from home

September 22:   Mid-term Progress Reports go home

September 23:  Pumpkin Drop at school, 9:00 am.  This event is open to families.

September 25- October 1:   Homecoming Week

September 29:   Homecoming Mass at 1:00, Formal Uniforms, Families invited to attend

September 30:   Homecoming Parade in Clarksburg

October 7-14:   Scholastic Book Fair

October 10:  Tech Day- students work from home

October 13:  Early Dismissal at NOON, Parent-Teacher Conferences from 3:00-6:00pm

October 13:  Picture Retake Day

October 24:  End of 1st Nine Weeks

October 28:  Report Cards Home

October 31:  Halloween Parties – PK3, PK4 @ 9:30 and K-6 @ 1:15 *More info coming soon