Happy Friday, SMCS Families!  

Gaudete Sunday, the 3rd Sunday of Advent – Joy.  (R) My soul rejoices in my God. 

Congratulations to the Paoli family on their new addition.  Welcome, baby Holden!  

Progress Reports will be issued Tuesday, December 15th.  If grades are not where they should be, please know your child has several more weeks to raise his/her scores.  If you have any questions regarding the progress report, please contact your child’s teacher.  

Thursday, December 17th, is our school penance service following Mass.  

Friday, December 18th is a color day.  $0.25 minimum donation to dress out of uniform.  Please remember, color day clothes are to follow the modesty guidelines as indicated in the parent-student handbook.

 Traditionally at this time of year we would be completely engrossed in preparation for our Christmas program.  Also traditionally, our second grade class would end the program with the nativity scene.  This piece of the tradition will continue and will be part of our community outreach Christmas/Thank you cards; thus, even though our Christmas program will not be held, a piece of our Catholic Identity will continue and shared within our community.  

2021 Jackpot Raffle

Check out this Jackpot Raffle incentive to sell more tickets!  Please find the flyer here for further details.  Let’s sell all the tickets to make for a successful fundraiser once again for our school.  If you have already sold your tickets and need more, please contact the office.

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

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.