September 10, 2021 Weekly Newsletter

“You are my inheritance, O Lord.” 

(Psalm 16)

Good Afternoon St. Mary’s School Community and Happy Friday!

The school year started smoothly with everyone getting back into the groove.  Wednesday, Fr. Mike and Fr. Romeo led a Eucharistic Procession through the building blessing each room; Thursday, brought the first school Mass.

St. Mary’s is blessed with the following teachers and staff:


Kindergarten – Mrs. Lauren Andrews
1st Grade – Mrs. Joan Bauer
2nd Grade – Mrs. Karen Shackleton
3rd Grade – Mrs. Keri Stevens
4th Grade – Ms. Beth Walsh
5th Grade – Mrs. Colleen Bumstead; Sr. Peggy Fornicola, religion
6th Grade – Mr. Randy Pianosi, math; Mr. Kevin Fabry, science; Fr. Romeo Cappella, religion; Ms. Melissa Pianosi, ELA and Social Studies
7/8th Grade – Mr. Kevin Fabry, math 7; Mr. Pianosi, religion; Ms. Melissa Pianosi, math 8, remaining subjects, and Spanish
Reading Support – Sr. Peggy Fornicola
P.E. – Mrs. Heather Mitchell
Music – lower grades, Mrs. Miller; upper grades, Fr. Mike Chenier
Library and Social Emotional Coordinator – Mrs. Margaret Swedene
Computers and Title I – Mrs. Nancy Larsen, shared time teacher from the public school
Office Support – Ms. Karen Fornicola
Maintenance – Mr. Bill Gardner
Secretary – Mrs. Theresa Miller

If you would like to volunteer for recess, please let the office know.  Recess runs from 11:30 a.m. – 12:40 p.m. Monday-Friday.  Anyone who volunteers for the school must have a successful background check & completed Safe Environment training through the Diocese of Marquette and have  a successful DHS background check on file with the school before volunteering for tasks where students are present; please contact the office for further information.  Thank you.

Looking Ahead:
Friday, September 17, is Constitution Day.  Each class will have lessons regarding the Constitution.
Friday, September 24, is Color Day – students may dress out of uniform for a nominal fee of at least $0.25; funds collected support Unbound – child sponsorship charity.  SMCS supports a child who lives in Guatemala.
Monday, September 27, is Picture Day – FREE color day


God Bless,
Hedy

May 7, 2021 Weekly Newsletter

Happy Friday, SMCS Families!

Congratulations to our Jackpot Raffle Winners!  You may see the list here, and once more, thank you to everyone who made our raffle a success this year!  

We had May Crowning this week.  Below are a few photos from each Mass.  We also had our 6th grade students working on our school gardens this week.  Thank you, Mrs. Formolo, and class!

Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools (EANS)

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSA Act) provides $2.75 billion for the Emergency Assistance for Non-Public Schools (EANS) program, which is part of the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund.  Under the EANS program, the Department will award grants by formula to each Governor with an approved Certification and Agreement to provide services or assistance to eligible non-public schools to address the impact that the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has had, and continues to have, on non-public school students and teachers in the State. https://oese.ed.gov/offices/education-stabilization-fund/emergency-assistance-non-public-schools/

I did apply for the EANS relief grant and the application has been approved.  This is very exciting news for our school.  Mind you, the MDE has not yet released the funding but the first step has taken place with the application being approved. The projected amount our school was granted is $80,612.  Funds have been allocated in the following ways: 
Reimbursement for some of our expenses from the current year: $14,987 
Fixing two broken windows: $1443
Touchless water filling stations (one for each floor!), touchless faucets, touchless flush units: $9300
Classroom document cameras, interactive whiteboards, student Chromebooks, teacher iPads: $39790
Online platforms to support remote learning: $3038
Third party part time classroom Assistant $12,047

School Building Upgrades

We are also looking at starting school building improvements this summer with the updating all four main bathrooms, blinds/shades in classrooms, blinds in gymnasium, and attic window upgrades.  All of these updates and additional equipment make for exciting times for SMCS! 

Both the planning of the EANS program and the school improvements were huge undertakings.  Thank you, Mr. Gardner for your assistance with gathering bids and materials! 

Home And School Association (HASA)

We are looking for individuals to take on HASA officer roles.  HASA is our parent organization that assists with planning and running events for our school.  HASA supports our teachers, staff, and students, and is a great way for parents to complete their volunteer hours while getting to know other amazing people within our school.  If you would like to get more involved, please let me know.  Please consider becoming an officer.  Thank you!

God bless all our mothers!  May each of you have a wonderful Mother’s Day with your family!  This is already a long newsletter, but I do not want any more time to pass without letting our school families know about next year.  I will not be returning for the 2021-2022 school year.  I will remain throughout my contract and wheels are in motion for finding a new principal.  On the teacher front, we have been actively searching for teachers and have some promising candidates.  God watches over our school, He has a plan, and it is always good.

With much gratitude for my time with SMCS,

~Hedy

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.  

Recess duty information may be found here.

SMCS Calendar at a Glance

May
Half Day: Friday, May 28th, staggered dismissal 10:30-11:00Memorial Day, No School: Monday, May 31st

June
Last Preschool-3rd Grade Mass: Wednesday, June 2nd
Last 4th-8th Grade Mass: Thursday, June 3rdGraduation Mass: TBD Last day of school: Friday, June 4th, Final Report Card issued & 10:30-11:00 a.m. staggered dismissalTeacher Work Days: June 7th-11th & 14th-15th
Kindergarten Roundup: Tuesday, June 8th 

Jackpot Raffle Sponsors

April 9, 2021 Weekly Newsletter

Happy Friday, SMCS Families, and Happy Easter, Alleluia! 

I hope you have been having a blessed Easter Week!  It’s good to be back in school during such a joyful time.

Please look for a Family Faith Pledge Card coming home today.  On behalf of our Catholic Identity Committee, each school family will receive this pledge card to assist with welcoming God into daily family life.

Our Preschool-3rd grade classes begin going to Mass next Wednesday, April 14th.  Our younger students will celebrate each Wednesday afternoon through the end of the school year!  Alleluia!  We will follow diocesan protocols when attending Mass.

Students in grades 2-8 will be taking a new religion assessment.  The testing window is April 12th-30th.  Each of these classes will take the Assessment of Religious Knowledge (ARK) over the next few weeks.  The purpose behind this test is to drive instruction and school improvement; it will let teachers know which areas students need further instruction.  Our teachers will also take the assessment, again for school improvement to drive adult catechesis. 

Jackpot raffle ticket sales are going well and going fast!  Thank you to all of our raffle ticket sellers!  Thank you to our raffle sponsors!  These next few weeks bring an even busier time in the office as we collect, count, and verify tickets and money; please keep sending in your sold tickets and funds, it helps immensely with verification.  It’s an exciting time, but a busy one as everyday school tasks continue as well as raffle prep taking place.

If you are looking for materials to use during the summer months to prevent summer learning loss, please consider Summer Solutions.  Please see this flyer for further information.  If you would like to place an order, use promo code SUMMER3 before April 30, 2021, and receive 10% off orders with 3 or more books.

SMCS 2020-2021 Yearbook orders may be placed.  Please see the order information sheet for further information.

Devine Mercy Sunday is this Sunday, April 11th.  This is a beautiful celebration.  Please see below for further information.  
 Have a great weekend, everyone! 

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.  

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.

Diocese of Marquette or Parish
Divine Mercy Sunday
Holy Name of Mary Parish
April 11: Beginning with 2:00 p.m. Mass – please read here for further information.  
Please read about the origins of Divine Mercy Sunday here.

Taco Night fundraiser for St. Mary’s Parish.  Please see the taco night flyer for further information.

SMCS Calendar at a Glance

April
Color Day: Friday, April 30th, $0.25 minimum donation to dress out of uniform

May
Jackpot Raffle: Thursday, May 5th, drawing at 7:00 p.m.  The raffle will again this year be recorded and shared on our website and FB.  Once the recording has been posted, all winners will be called via phone.

Jackpot Raffle Sponsors

March 26, 2021 Weekly Newsletter

Happy Friday, SMCS Families! 

Below are Holy Week Mass/liturgy times for Holy Name of Mary and St Joseph Parishes as well as Diving Mercy Sunday. 

May all of our families, teachers, and staff have a safe and blessed Holy Week and Easter! 

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. 

St. Joseph Parish
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Sundays 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Easter Triduum

Holy Name of Mary Parish
Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 7:00 p.m.; All night Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the Mary Room
Good Friday, Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion, 1:00 p.m.; Confession 3:00 p.m.
Easter Vigil, 8:30 p.m.
Easter Sunday, 11:30 a.m.

St. Joseph Parish
Holy Thursday, 7:00 p.m. Mass; Chapel of Repose in Parish Hall until midnight
Good Friday, 12:10 p.m. 
Holy Saturday/Easter Vigil, 8:00 p.m.
Easter Sunday, 8:00 a.m. & 10:00 a.m.

Divine Mercy Sunday

Holy Name of Mary Parish
April 11: Beginning with 2:00 p.m. Mass
Please read about the origins of Divine Mercy Sunday here.

SMCS Calendar at a Glance

March
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 


Jackpot Raffle Sponsors

March 19, 2021 Weekly Newsletter

Happy Friday, SMCS Families!

Report cards will be issued Tuesday, March 23rd.  Please review the card and If you have any questions, comments, concerns, please contact the teacher of the subject in question.  Thank you.   

SMCS has been blessed to remain open with face-to-face instruction since August!  We are certainly praying we continue through spring break (through the end of the year!).  As a gentle reminder to all of us, the following is still in place: any SMCS family choosing to travel during the pandemic, upon returning home, will need to keep their children out of school for an additional 3-5 school days to monitor for Covid-19 symptoms.  If during the 3-5 days after returning home signs/symptoms of Covid-19 develop, students are to remain at home and the family should seek advice from the Chippewa County Health Department and/or seek testing.
 
A week from today we have another half day.  March 26th brings the beginning of our spring break, with a staggered dismissal from 10:30-11:00 a.m. 

Great News!  After spring break, Preschool-3rd grade will begin attending Mass. 

 Have a great weekend, everyone!

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.  


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. 

SMCS Calendar at a Glance March
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 
Jackpot Raffle Sponsors

March 12, 2021 Weekly Newsletter

Happy Friday, SMCS Families!

A week from today we have a half day.  March 19th brings the end of the third marking period with the afternoon dedicated to preparing report cards.  March 19th has a staggered dismissal from 10:30-11:00 a.m. 

Wow, families have been doing a great job selling jackpot raffle tickets!  Thank you!  Please see below if you need more tickets, see below in bold regarding returning sold tickets and checks/cash, and also see below in red if you would like to sell tickets after a Mass.  Thank you.  

 
Wishtree Wall of Fame trivia winners from the last two weeks.

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 turn them in along with checks/cash.  We have received word from folks who have purchased tickets indicating checks that were written a month or two ago have not been cashed.  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.  

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 March
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 
 
  Jackpot Raffle Sponsors

March 5, 2021 Weekly Newsletter

Happy Friday, SMCS Families!

Not as much to report and share this week.  Please keep selling raffle tickets.  Below in red has further information for locations to sell tickets.

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.  

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 March
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

Jackpot Raffle Sponsors

February 26, 2021 Weekly Newsletter

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
   Jackpot Raffle Sponsors

February 19, 2021 Weekly Newsletter

Happy Friday, SMCS Families! 

Friendly reminder to all, Monday, Feb 22nd SMCS is closed for professional development. 

Tuesday, March 23rd, the third progress report will be issued.

Next Friday, March 26, is color day.  Please send in a non-perishable food item with your child in lieu of a monetary donation to dress out of the school uniform; this is to make up for the non-perishable food drive we missed from the snow day.  The 26th is also our make-up popcorn day that we missed due to the snow day.

Looking for opportunities to sell raffle tickets?  Please see the information below in red.

Stations of the Cross begin today!  Each Friday during Lent: 5:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Parish and 6:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish.  

Hope you enjoy the long weekend!

God bless,

Hedy

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.  

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

SMCS Calendar at a Glance 
February 22: Teacher Professional Development, No school
February 23: Progress Reports
February 26: Color Day; donation of non-perishable goods to dress out of uniform; Stations of the Cross, grades 4-8, 1:30 p.m.
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 Jackpot Raffle Sponsors

February 12, 2021 Weekly Newsletter

Happy Friday, SMCS Families! 

Ash Wednesday is next week, the 17th.  There will be a school Mass, grades 4-8 at 9:00 a.m.; distribution of ashes at the school to grades preschool-3rd following Mass.  As a side note, students in grades 4-8 will also attend Mass on Thursday, Feb 18th. 

To help with your personal Lenten journey, please consider one or more of the following ideas. 

As a school, we will be having a Lent Saint Madness.  Each class will read about two saints each day, and students will vote on their “favorite” saint daily; round one: 32 saints; round two: 16; round three: 8; round four: 4; final round 2 determining the winning saint and the Golden Halo awarded on March 25th.  We owe this fun and educational idea to https://www.lentmadness.org/.  Ours was tweaked with Catholic saints as well as to coincide with our school calendar leading up to Holy Week and spring break.

Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl will be sent home with students on Monday.  All funds families save in the rice bowl and return to the school at the end of Lent will be given to CRS.  For more information regarding the CRS Rice Bowl project, please visit https://www.crsricebowl.org/
 We have early dismissal next Friday Feb 19th.  The afternoon is dedicated to parent/teacher conferences by request and they will be conducted via phone or Zoom.  The  staggered dismissal on the 19th runs from 10:30-11:00am.  

Reminder: Monday, Feb 22nd SMCS is closed for professional development.

2021-2022 Enrollment Packet

REMINDER: Every year, each school family needs to re-register their children for the following school year, and registration for 2021-2022 is now open  to all in our community.  Click here for your fillable PDF; please note, your child’s spot is only reserved if your registration fee has been paid.

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.  

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


Ignite Your Faith: St John Paul IIs Theology of the Body February 13th.  For further details, please see the flyer

SMCS Calendar at a Glance 

February 17: Ash Wednesday; School Mass, grades 4-8; 9:00 a.m.; distribution of ashes at the school to grades preschool-3rd after Mass
February 19: Parent/Teacher Conference by request, Early dismissal, 10:30-11:00 a.m. staggered dismissal
February 22: Teacher Professional Development, No school
February 23: Progress Reports
February 26: Color Day; $0.25 minimum donation to dress out of uniform; Stations of the Cross, grades 4-8, 1:30 p.m.
February 27: Holy Name of Mary First Reconciliation

March 5: SMCS Kindergarten Round-up Cancelled – new date TBD; 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 26-29 Holy Week
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 1: Holy Thursday
April 2: Good Friday
April 4: Easter Sunday
April 6: School Resumes 8:00 a.m.; Beginning of 4th quarter