Happy Friday, SMCS Families!  

December 6th – 2nd Sunday of Advent.  (R) Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.  It is also the Feast of St Nicholas.  To read a little about St Nicholas, please click here

Tuesday, December 8th, is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception . (R) Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous deeds.  It is a Holy Day of Obligation which means our students in grades 4th-8th will also attend Mass on Tuesday.

Lifetouch Photography has cancelled our picture retake day until after the new year.  We will notify families of the new date when it is scheduled. 

We have one $10.00 Family Video SCRIP card in stock.  Family Video is apparently going out of business and is liquidating their inventory – DVDs, games, etc.  If you are interested in this gift card, please contact the office.


THANK YOU!

Thank you, Central Savings Bank, for donating masks with our school logo!  Thank you for your support in keeping our students, teachers, and staff safe. 

SMCS Calendar at a Glance

Sunday, December 6th: Second Sunday of Advent – (Peace) Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths
Tuesday, December 8th: Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
Sunday, December 13th: Third Sunday of Advent –  (Joy) Gaudete Sunday
Monday, December 14th: Picture Retake Day CANCELED until January 2021
Thursday, December 17th: School Advent Penance Service
Sunday, December 20th: Fourth Sunday of Advent – (Love)Tuesday, December 22nd: Christmas Early Dismissal 11:00 (staggered dismissal begins at 10:30am)
December 23rd-January 3rd: Christmas Break
Monday, January 4, 2021: School Resumes

Reminders

Recess Duty

Please continue signing up to assist with recess.  We need help with monitoring recess, especially Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.  As always, thank you very much to those folks who have been able to help!  Please see below for further information and the link to sign up.

Student Absences

Reminder – if your child(ren) will be absent, please contact the school.  Either call the office, leave a message if necessary, or email the office/your child’s teacher.  We need to know your child is safe and to not expect him/her at school that day.

Office Closures Due to Monitoring

7:45-8:00 Closed – office personnel are monitoring north and south doors as students arrive.  If you call during this closure, please leave a message.
11:00-12:30 Closed – office personnel are monitoring lunch and recess procedures.  If you call during this closure, please leave a message.
2:30-3:00 Closed – office personnel are monitoring north and south doors during dismissal.  If you call during this closure, please leave a message

WAYS TO SUPPORT ST MARY’S CATHOLIC SCHOOL

Amazon Smile
Online shopping during COVID-19 has doubled.  Amazon.com accounts for nearly 40% of all online shopping.  Have you purchased anything on Amazon recently? These Amazon purchases can help raise money for St Mary’s Catholic School!   See these directions for how to set up smile.amazon.com to donate directly to our school.

SCRIP
SMCS participates in SCRIP, a program that helps fund the school by purchasing gift cards to popular stores.  The fillable SCRIP Order Sheet may be used to place your SCRIP cards order.  If you have any questions, please email Theresa Miller at tmiller@eupschools.org or call the school office. 906-635-6141 

Recess

Please click here to sign up to help with monitoring recess.  Recess runs from 11:20-12:40 Monday – Friday.  The booking page is password protected for the safety of our students; please do not share it. 

ALL RECESS VOLUNTEERS MUST HAVE A DHS BACKGROUND CHECK, A BACKGROUND CHECK THROUGH THE DIOCESE OF MARQUETTE, AND HAVE COMPLETED THE VIRTUS (PROTECTING GOD’S CHILDREN) ONLINE TRAINING BEFORE VOLUNTEERING.  If there is not proof of both background checks and completed VIRTUS training on file in the school office, you will not be allowed to help.  Please contact the office if you still need to complete the two background checks and VIRTUS training.  

Anyone who enters the building to help with recess will be required to check their temperature and complete and sign a health screening form.  There is a designated health screening area in the entryway on the Armory Pl (playground) side.  Please wear a mask, buzz into the building, sanitize hands, check your temperature, complete and sign health screening form, place completed form in the locked drop box, re-sanitize hands.  Please maintain social distancing.

There are three mid-day recesses each day.  We ask you to plan on staying for all three recesses; total duration one hour and twenty minutes; 11:20 a.m. -12:40 p.m. 
Recess times are as follows (ten minute discretionary time is for staggering students leaving/entering lunchroom, building, and sanitizing eating areas between each lunch period).
11:20-11:40 
11:50-12:10
12:20-12:40

Recess duty information may be found here.

SMCS Calendar at a Glance

Sunday, December 13th: Third Sunday of Advent –  (Joy) Gaudete Sunday
Monday, December 14th: Picture Retake Day CANCELLED until January 2021
Thursday, December 17th: School Advent Penance Service
Friday, December 18th: Color Day $0.25 minimum donation
Sunday, December 20th: Fourth Sunday of Advent – (Love)
Tuesday, December 22nd: Christmas Early Dismissal 11:00 (staggered dismissal begins at 10:30am)
December 23rd-January 3rd: Christmas Break
Monday, January 4, 2021: School Resumes January 1-15, 2021 Registration opens for school families for the 2021-2022 academic year