Happy Friday, SMCS Families! 

Thank you to all of our families for donating non-perishable food items for St. Joseph’s Food Pantry.  Thank you to our 5th graders who walked the building collecting the boxes of food then delivering them to Fr. Romeo’s vehicle.  Thank you to Fr. Romeo for taking the goods to the pantry.  

We had popcorn today to make up for missing it on the snow day during Catholic Schools Week.  Thank you to Mrs. Hall and Mrs. Miller for helping me make, bag, and deliver the popcorn to our classrooms.

Our second grade students whose families attend St. Mary’s Parish will make their First Reconciliation tomorrow.  Please keep these students in your prayers on their special day. 

March is reading month.  SMCS will be reading Wishtree by Katherine Applegate as a read aloud in each classroom, Kindergarten-8th.  Parents’ guide to what is in the book, according to Common Sense Media, has Wishtree rated 5/5 for educational value, 5/5 for positive messages, 5/5 for positive role models & representation, 1/5 for violence/scariness, and 0/5 for language.

Included during reading month, we will have trivia questions each morning.  Students may turn in their answer on a provided strip of paper each day, students who answer correctly will then have their answer placed in a bin, and at the end of the day one of the answer slips will be drawn and the answer will be announced as well as the name of the student who answered it.  A picture will be taken of the student and the photo will go on the “Correct Answer Wall of Fame”.  We are excited about reading month and this fun little ed-venture.

Tuesday, March 2nd, is photo re-take day.  Any student who needs to have their photo retaken, or maybe for the first time due to missing the first school photo shoot, may do so on Tuesday.  Students who are having their picture taken may wear color clothes to school but will change into their school uniform once the photo is complete.  It is NOT a color day. 

Click on the March Lunch Menu to see the school lunches for next month.
Looking for opportunities to sell raffle tickets?  Please see the information below in red.

Have a great weekend, everyone!
2021 Jackpot Raffle Here is the 2021 Jackpot Raffle incentive to sell more tickets!  Let’s sell all the tickets to make for a successful fundraiser once more for our school.  If you have sold your tickets and need more, please contact the office. 

As you sell your tickets, please consider turning them in along with checks/cash.  There is a bin labeled “office” in the south entrance (playground side).  When you are buzzed in, just indicate you are dropping off tickets and funds, then place them in the bin.  Someone from the office will remove them straight away.  Thank you. 

Tickets may be sold after Mass at various parishes!  Please find the list of places and times to sign-up to sell.  You do not have to be Catholic to sell after a Mass!

Reminders
Recess Duty
Please continue signing up to assist with 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.  Password: 2021help

Recess duty information may be found here.
Student Absences
If your child(ren) will be absent, please contact the school no later than 9:00 a.m.  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.

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 updated 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

Diocese of Marquette or Parish
Stations of the Cross – each Friday during Lent: 5:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Parish and 6:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish.  
Holy Name High School – A Chesterton Academy – Discovery Days: March 14, St. Joseph Parish Hall, 11:15 a.m. – a Catholic high school is opening in Escanaba.  If you are considering a Catholic high school education for your child or would like to learn more, please attend.

SMCS Calendar at a Glance February 27: Holy Name of Mary First Reconciliation

March
March 2: School Picture Retake Day
March 5: Stations of the Cross, grades 4-8, 1:30 p.m.
March 12: Stations of the Cross, grades 4-8, 1:30 p.m.
March 19: End of 2nd quarter; Records Day, early dismissal, 10:30-11:00 a.m. staggered dismissal
March 23: Report Cards Issued
March 26: Color Day; $0.25 minimum donation to dress out of uniform; Spring Break early dismissal; 10:30-11:00 a.m. staggered dismissal
March 29 – April 5: Holy Week & Spring Break 

April
April 1: Holy Thursday
April 2: Good Friday
April 4: Easter Sunday
April 6: School Resumes 8:00 a.m.; Beginning of 4th quarter
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