Friday, January 7, 2022


Dear Families of St. Mary’s,

Welcome back! I hope you had a restful holiday season. We have been blessed with an extra day today to relax and enjoy the peace and solitude of the winter storm.  I pray everyone is safe and healthy.  As we embark on the second semester of our school year, let us all pray that God wraps his loving protection around all of us and gives us strength as we weather the illnesses that may come our way.  Amen. 

Happy New Year!



Notes of Interest:


Religion Lesson of the Week:  Welcoming the New Year by asking Jesus to be with us as we change and transform our lives in the New Year and the lesson we are to learn from a 12 year old Jesus becoming lost.


HandS St. Mary’s T-Shirt Sale:  HandS has designed a t-shirt to sell as a fundraiser.  The hoodies  and sweatshirts can be worn with the standard uniform.


Uniforms:  Land’s End has our new plaids ready for purchase.   This semester and next year will be a transition year.  When it is time for you to purchase a new size, then you can order the new plaid from Land’s End.  Order from school.  Our school code is 900053315.


The standard, everyday uniform criteria will not change.  We will still use navy bottoms with white, light blue and gray polo shirts. The only things that will change are the plaid on the formal uniform skirts and ties and the navy fleece. The current royal blue fleece can still be worn until we have a full change over in one year.


About You Monograms in Bridgeport will be doing monograms on new fleeces. Monogramming is optional.   About You Monograms will have a school emblem and personal name option for you to choose from in the event you would like to monogram your child’s fleece jacket. We did not select an embroidered emblem option from Land’s End due to the cost and longer wait time. ND will honor the navy blue fleece for Middle School.


Old Uniforms:  As you replace your uniforms, please send the old ones to school.  We will be collecting the old plaids and nice shirts and sending them to a school in Africa with the help of Sister Maria.


At this time, US Nursing Network in Bridgeport is going out of business and selling all of their uniform separates for buy one get one free.  They do carry the navy bottoms and polo shirts.  This may be a good time to stock up on the basics.


Field Trip:  On Friday, Jan 14, all students will be traveling via ND school bus to Robinson Grand Theater to see the SMS/ND performance of The Little Mermaid.  Due to the extensive length of the play, Preschool students will return to school after the 1st act.  Students in grades K -6 will remain for the entire show.   There is no cost for this performance.


MAP (Measures of Academic Performance) Testing:   Students in grades K-6 will be completing their mid-year testing Jan 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, and 20.  As with all testing, please encourage your child to do his/her very best and show off his/her great mind!  Assist your child by making sure he/she gets plenty of rest on these nights and has a good breakfast. Our students are very intelligent but have taken these tests seriously over the years.  Many just hurry through them to get finished.   These tests are very important.   They give every teacher in this building an overview of the abilities and skills of your child.  The results are then used to re-teach skills that have been missed and provide extra help as needed or advance instruction.  The results of every Catholic school in our diocese are also compared and contrasted to determine the strengths and weaknesses of each school and our Catholic education system as a whole. We will be encouraging the students to do their best and appreciate all of your help with this important piece of your child’s education. Thank you.


TAP (Tuition Assistance Program) is opening SOON!!   See attachment at the bottom of this memo for more specific details. Tuition assistance is based on need relative to all other applicants.   Assistance may be obtained up to 50% of a child’s tuition.  The Phase I application process opens on Feb 1 and closes on April 29, 2022.  Phase I is for families currently enrolled or already accepted for the 22-23 school year.  Families will receive notification of award in late May. Phase II is for families new to the school or who have had a life changing event and will be awarded in early September. Only one application per family is needed.  Applications are made on-line at, click on Grant & Aid Assessment and log in.   The application fee is $35; the diocese will pay $17.50 and the family pays $17.50.  All applications must be complete and all fees must be paid in order to be considered for an award.


HOPE Scholarship: The Hope Scholarship is an education savings account program developed by the state of WV that will allow parents and families to use the state portion of their child’s education funding to tailor an individualized learning experience that works best for them.

Passed by the Legislature during the 2021 Regular Legislative Session, the program is scheduled to begin with the Fall 2022 school year, with an application period to open by March 2022.

The State Treasurer’s Office is currently developing this program in advance of its release.  I encourage you to visit for more information.  More information will be coming home next week in paper form.  This will be the most current information shared with us by the diocese.






The original calendar has No School for February 14 for President’s Day but President’s Day is actually Feb 21.  So we are changing the day off to February 21.

In addition, the Valentine’s Party was scheduled for February 11 and is now moved to Monday, February 14 at 1:15 pm.

Also…Feb 8 will be a Tech Day for students.  This is a new addition to our calendar!!!



Upcoming Dates and Events: There are some changes!!!


Jan 7:  End of 1st Semester.

Jan 11- Jan 20:  MAP testing for all students K-6

Jan 14 : The Little Mermaid performance at RGT

Jan14:  Report Cards home

Jan 17: No School MLK Day

Jan 30-Feb 4:   Catholic Schools Week

Feb 8:  Tech Day – Students work from home

Feb 14:  Valentine’s Parties 1:15

Feb 21:  No School President’s Day




Special Recognitions:


Congratulations to Jaxx and Summer Francis for their great accomplishments in Wrestling!
Jaxx earned a 2nd place at his level and Summer won 4 out of 6 of her matches in their last tournament!


Congratulations to the following winners in the Harrison County Science Fair!

Division I

Blair Moore- 2nd Place

Alex Alvarez, Anna Koscielniak, Mila Vernon – 3rd Place

Jacon Szarko – 3rd Place

Division II

Stephen Minigh – 1st Place

Zachery Lane – 1st Place




If your child has a great accomplishment that you are proud of and would like me to announce, please send me the information via email to


We are proud of our students (and staff and families) and want to shout out the great things they are doing!!!!



TAP Attachment : TAP Bulletin Announcement for 2022-23.docx