From the Principal
How fitting that we wrapped up our two week study of the virtue of PERSEVERANCE with All Saints’ Day and St. Mary’s School’s traditional Parade of Saints! Many of the saints I saw in the parade demonstrated perseverance throughout their life. As Father Dave mentioned in his homily today, this means they spent life constantly asking, “What more can I do for God?” Even when the answer was something scary or difficult, the saint perseveres. We can learn much from the saints we saw on parade today, and we will continue to do so as we keep focused on “Soaring with the Saints” this year.
I know many of you joined us for our All Saints’ Day liturgy this morning. I hope you noticed how beautifully our two middle school choirs came together to lead our song. I was especially touched by the words in the offertory hymn that seemed to speak directly about our prayer to God for PERSEVERANCE:
“Teach us to make use of the time we have. Teach us to be patient even as we wait.
Teach us to embrace our every joy and pain,
To sleep peacefully, and to rise up strong.”
This week we identified PERSEVERANCE CHAMPIONS in our school. These members of the St. Mary’s family were identified as the “ones to watch” to see the virtue of Perseverance in action. Hope your first November weekend is blessed with joyful moments!
This morning, Mr. Dunn (Pastoral Associate) visited 5th and 6th grade during religion class to give them a lesson on how to write the universal prayers for our Friday masses.
SMART Aid applications for the 2020-2021 school year
Current families who apply for aid are encouraged to adhere to the December 1st, 2019 first round application deadline. Bishop’s Scholarship funds are determined using this deadline. Scholarships given by the Bishop’s fund alleviate the amount that is taken from the Parish scholarship account, therefore, allowing us to service more families. If you applied last year your information rolls over but you will still need to update your financial information.
SMART Aid application information and instructions
can be found on this LINK.
NOTE: Families will not be eligible to receive any Parish scholarship funds until their SMART Aid application has a “verified” status.
If you have questions after reading through the linked documents,
please contact Mary Peel in the school office at 616.842.1282 ext. 202.
Election time is quickly approaching!
We are very excited for the 2019-2020 St. Mary’s Student Council!
Monday, October 21:
Student Council Mission:
“The purpose of this body shall be to represent the views of the student body,to provide service and activities for the school and community and to provide leadership training and experience for the students.”
Happening now in 7th grade Theology --Parables that point us to service, courtesy and help us soar with the Saints!
7th Annual Daddy Daughter Dance - GLOW IT UP!
Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 6:30 - 9:00 pm
at St. Patrick/St. Anthony Family Center
$20 per couple and $5 per addt'l child
No advance ticket sales this year - Tickets will be sold at the door.
Photos 6:30- 7:15 pm
Snacks will be provided: sweet and salty with ice cream sundae bar
Balloon drop, dancing and more!
ALL PROCEEDS SUPPORT ST MARY'S ATHLETICS
(League and referee fees)
Election time is quickly approaching
PERMISSION SLIPS WENT HOME WITH YOUR STUDENT FRIDAY.
Permission slips can also be found on our website at STUDENT COUNCIL LINK
If your child would like to participate in student council this year, please read all information carefully before giving permission to join the election race.
Permission Slips are due Tuesday, October 8 to their homeroom teacher.
Please note the other important dates on the permission slip form. 😀
Come watch the new ScreenAgers movie and talk with an expert panel on October 21st at 7PM.
Click here for TICKETS & EVENT DETAILS
Our 6th-8th grade students were busy working on a project for Priesthood Sunday - October 29.
They also updated our Mary Light of Learning campaign goal signs to reflect the generosity of those who have contributed - We are so close to our goal and ARE SO GRATEFUL! If you’d like to pledge, please visit our website at www.stmarysl.org/Mary-light-of-learning.html
Unlimited popcorn refills from NOW through December 31, 2020!
Funds raised are for the purchase of student Mass music books.
5th graders go on a figurative language scavenger hunt, roll the vocabulary cube to learn new words, and discover the different elements of plot as they rotate through different centers to learn more about The Watsons Go To Birmingham, 1963.
Our kindergarten students are decorating their dog kennels after selecting their perfect puppy to commit reading to for 20 minutes each night. Thank you Regina Readmore-Books and Bob Books for rescuing 24 puppies and having faith in our Kindergarten class to help care for these puppies by reading to them EVERY SINGLE NIGHT! We LOVE this! It leads us into next week when we honor St. Francis with our Francis’ Fall Feast Fest at St. Mary’s School on October 4th! Mass - Annual Blessing of the Pets - Visit from Harbor Humane - FREE Hot Dog Lunch...and more!
A big thank you to all who attended our 14th Annual Tri-Cities Golf Classic outing this past August. We are so grateful for organizers Nick Miller, Lori Dean, and all committee members for their hard work planning this fun event! $22,120.38 was raised to benefit Catholic education.
Our annual Blessing of the Pets is scheduled for Friday, October 4 at 9:45AM
(directly following our 9AM morning mass). It will be held on our south campus green space.
Our students will also receive a special visit from Harbor Humane Society who will demonstrate appropriate and respectful animal engagement – specifically dogs – for bite prevention.
Please take a moment to browse their wish list. Harbor Humane is always in need of supplies to make sure they provide the best care possible to their animals.
Harbor Human Society Amazon LINK
Francis’ Fall Feast Fest will also include a FREE Hot Dog Lunch for all students who wish to have hot lunch on Friday October 4. Thank you to our Parish Festival for providing the hot dogs, Fricano family for donating potato chips and bottled water, and our lunch ladies for adding in fruit and a special dessert!! Lunch will be extended for all to include some fun fall themed games and activities on the playground.
Welcome to Happy Healthy You!
This is 1 of 4 new electives offered to our 5-8th grade students meeting 2 days per week. This class is taught by Mrs. Derck and focuses on balancing mind, body, and soul. They will be studying and practicing nutrition, exploring forms of exercise, and learning from guest speakers focusing on social and emotional health. Each student participates in research, presentations, exercise, trying healthy recipes, and journaling.
Under the direction of Bishop Walkowiak, leaders of all 31 of our Catholic schools will facilitate weekly formation in Theology of the Body with faculty from all grade levels and subject areas. This study is an ongoing formation that further prepares our educators to teach about being made in the image & likeness of God. See the Office of Catholic School’s announcement HERE. St Mary’s faculty is five sessions into our formation in Saint Pope John Paul’s Theology of the Body. This week we examined the question, “Why does God reveal himself?” and learned that His revelation is the “bubbling over” of the abundant love found in the Trinity.
While His revelation remains somewhat a mystery, we learned from Saint Pope John Paul’s teaching that it’s a happy mystery of endless beauty, truth and goodness.
As our teachers study this material, Diocesan religion curriculum is being updated to include
Theology of the Body Standards.
We are always interested in growing the list of guest teachers who could fill in for short and long term teacher absences. If you are interested and have completed 90+ hours of post secondary education, we would love to talk with you about opportunities to substitute teach in our school. VIRTUS training is also required, but we can help connect you with upcoming sessions. Please call 616.842.1282 and make an appointment with Ms. Doyle to begin your guest teaching journey at St. Mary School.
Our students certainly practiced the virtues GENEROSITY and KINDNESS for our Hurricane Dorian Relief Penny Drive Fundraiser. They were excited to add coins earned doing chores at home to help families in the Bahamas living with uncertainty. We studied the work of St. Peter Claver and found a link between his work and the call to be virtuous in our “concrete actions.”
$869.10 was collected and will be sent to Catholic Relief Services.
If at all possible, please join your St. Mary’s family as we celebrate the liturgy together this Sunday at the 9 a.m. Mass. Students should come in MASS UNIFORM to show their school pride and identify themselves as St. Mary’s students. You will see/hear St. Mary’s School’s presence in the Mass, and we will be looking for student volunteers to help distribute tokens of appreciation to parishioners. We hope many of our school families will stay for coffee and donuts to serve as ambassadors for our school. The faculty and administration will be in attendance, and we all look forward to seeing you and your students there.
Fifth-eighth grade students will be singing in the choir for this liturgy. Ms. Draeger requests they arrive at 8:40 Sunday morning and report to the choir area.
St. Mary's School Penny Drive Fundraiser begins today in response to Bishop Walkowiak's request to support relief efforts in the Bahamas. Our students have been asked to exercise the virtues of generosity and kindness to meet this need.
Prayer for disaster relief:
God of hope and mercy, we lift up to you all victims of natural disasters and those responding with assistance and aid. Protect all who are in any form of danger; provide practical help to those in need; strengthen the weary, console the grieving, heal the suffering; and bless those engaged in disaster relief efforts with safety and courage. Help all people of good will respond with compassion and generous hearts. Amen.
A BIG SHOUT OUT to St. Mary's Student Council for purchasing our food service department 2 new microwaves!
THANK YOU!!! A BIG SHOUT OUT to St. Mary's Student Council for purchasing 2 new microwaves for our food service department. Our kitchen staff is using one to help with food preparation, and the other is for our students to use in the lunchroom. Thank you families for your contributions throughout this past year supporting our Student Council sponsored $1 jeans days