Dear Families of St. Mary’s Catholic School,

E.U.P Reads is this evening at LSSU Cisler Center from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  This is a community family reading event and our very own Ms. Margaret and Mrs. Bauer will be there representing St. Mary’s!  This event is to promote reading in the E. U. P.; everyone is welcome to attend.

Boys 6th grade basketball begins this week.  Thank you, Coach Matt DeWildt, for coaching our boys!  Any boy in grade 5 or 6 is welcome to play.  Please see the side bar for the practice schedule for the next two weeks.

Special Agent Todd Wilton, assigned to U.S. Homeland Security Investigations in SSM, MI, will be presenting Project iGuardian to interested adults in our community on Wednesday, March 18th, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  Our school parents/guardians who attend may claim volunteer hours.  Whether you have younger children or teens, his presentation is very informative and worth your time.  Please see enclosures for further information and if you will attend, please contact the school office to let us know so we may be plan accordingly.  Special Agent Wilton will present online safety to students in grades 3-5 and 6-8 on Friday, March 20th.

On Thursday, March 19th, the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, our SMCS Catholic Identity Committee is hosting a St. Joseph Altar/Tiered Table during the lunch hour and is looking for bakers who are willing to bake some baked goods for the altar.  If you would like to earn some volunteer hours for baking, please see the enclosed flyer regarding the St. Joseph Altar/Tiered Table.

Friends of St. Mary’s School is holding a “Spring Paint” fundraiser.  Please see flyer for further information and how to register for this fun painting event.

God Bless,

Hedy A. Yanni

03.02.20 Letter from the Principal

Dear Families of St. Mary’s Catholic School,

Happy Reading Month!  SMCS reading month theme is Embracing Diversity.  Please see enclosed calendar and information pages regarding up and coming events during March.  The books noted on the calendar are books teachers are reading throughout the month to their classes in order to participate and vote during March Readiness Madness; March Reading Madness stats may be seen in the gym.

Our Virtue for March is Prayerfulness.
Definition of Prayerfulness is being still, listening, and being willing to talk to God as a friend
Prayerfulness Looks Like:
(Ages 6 and Up) – Fold your hands while you pray
(Ages 10 and Up) – Maintain a spirit of stillness with your body, mind, and heart while praying; make visits to the Chapel; create a place of payer in your home
(Ages 12 and Up) – Foster a spirit of interiority in your body, mind, and heart; participate in the sacraments regularly; make a place of prayer in your home.

Prayerfulness Sounds Like: “I love you, Jesus.”
Education in Virtue

Thursday is the talent show and potluck.  Potluck dinner begins at 5:30pm with the show starting at 6:00pm

Kindergarten Round-up is Friday.  There are still spots available for assessing, one would just need to phone the office.

We are looking to host some family fun nights.  One of these nights would be game night.  If you should have some gently used games you would like to donate, we would be happy to accept.  Or, if you do not have games but would like to help us build our inventory of family games, a monetary donation would be welcome as well.  All games/donations may be brought or sent to the school office.  Thank you.

The lunch menu was changed due to the snow day last Friday, and mistakenly said we have a half day this Friday – this is not accurate.  Friday, March 6th is a full day for St Mary’s.

Please find attached information regarding statistics in schools and the 2020 Census.

God bless,
Hedy A. Yanni

02.24.20 Letter from the Principal

Dear Families of St. Mary’s Catholic School,

SMCS spellers who move on to the state competition in Ishpeming/Negaunee are Chris and Sam Kiekhaefer.  Congratulations!

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops states during Lent we are asked to devote ourselves to seeking the Lord in prayer and reading Scripture, to service by giving alms, and to sacrifice self-control through fasting. Many know of the tradition of abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent, but we are also called to practice self-discipline and fast in other ways throughout the season.  In addition, the giving of alms is one way to share God’s gifts—not only through the distribution of money, but through the sharing of our time and talents. As St. John Chrysostom reminds us: “Not to enable the poor to share in our goods is to steal from them and deprive them of life. The goods we possess are not ours, but theirs.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2446).  Today, please find enclosed in your Monday folder the CRS Rice Bowl, a letter regarding this project, a Lent calendar, and regulations for fast and abstinence for Catholics during Lent.  May your family have a prayerful Lent.

Reminder: Mass is on Wednesday this week.  If you arrive at 8:00 o’clock or after, please take your child directly to the church.  Thank you.

Friday is color day and popcorn Friday.  Please return your popcorn orders as soon as possible so we may prepare.  Thank you!

Stations of the Cross, 5:30 p.m. at Holy Name of Mary Parish – soup and sandwiches to follow; St. Joseph Parish, 5:15 p.m. with a meal to follow.  Please find enclosures regarding seven reasons to pray the Stations of the Cross.

Our FIRST Robotic Team is presenting their robot and sharing the robotics program with students in grades preschool through seventh.  They are looking to recruit a few more members to grow the 2020 team and program.

God bless,
Hedy A. Yanni

02.17.20 Letter from the Principal

Dear Families of St. Mary’s Catholic School,

Progress Reports issued Tuesday.

Good luck to our spellers heading to the regional competition being held in Pickford on Thursday.

Friday is a half day with dismissal taking place at 11:00 a.m.  Parent/Teacher conferences, by request – either by parent or teacher – will be held in the afternoon.  If you need to speak with your child’s teacher regarding academics or behavior, please contact him/her directly to set up a conference.  Thank you.

Looking ahead, February 26th is Ash Wednesday which will cause our school Mass to take place on Wednesday next week rather than Thursday.  Regular school Mass time, 8:15 a.m.

HASA’s next event is our student talent show/potluck.  Please see the enclosed flyer for further information.

Reminder that our Kindergarten round-up is Friday, March 6th.  Any family considering their child for Kindergarten in fall 2020 should schedule an appointment by calling the school office, 906-635-6141.  Thank you.

Our “Caught Living the Virtue” board is filling up with pictures of our students.  It’s wonderful seeing virtues in action!

Hope all of you have a great week.
God bless,
Hedy A. Yanni

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02.10.20 Letter from the Principal

Dear Families of St. Mary’s Catholic School,
We have an updated website!  Same address,, just a great new look.  Please visit the site when you have a moment.  Thank you, Thu Nguyen-Mosey for taking on this project.

Congratulations to our spelling bee winners who move on to the regional competition February 19th in Pickford. 

5th grade – Sam Kiekhaefer, Maddie Korson, 
6th grade – Eleanor Maloney, Owen O’Connor 
7th grade – Sophia Bush, Jordan Doghmi
8th grade – Chris Kiekhaefer, Audrey Laitinen

For your convenience, attached today is the fillable pdf 2020-2021 enrollment packet.  Completing the enrollment packet is a yearly task (some of our families from time-to-time have indicated they did not know they had to enroll their children each year).  2020-2021 sounds so far away, and yet it is just around the corner.

Enclosed today is the latest schedule for selling raffle tickets after Mass.  Please refer to it and reach out to Deb Campbell to schedule your family to sell in one of the available spots.  Thank you.

A hardcopy of the 2019-2020 Candidates for Priesthood mini poster has been placed in your Monday folder.  It is asked, from the Diocesan Vocations Director, that each family pray for our seminarians and for vocations!

Friday is a half day with dismissal taking place at 11:00 a.m.  Late morning and afternoon are planned for teacher professional development.

Summer Solutions books may begin being placed.  Please see the enclosed flyer for information regarding how to prevent the summer learning gap.

Congratulations to Jenn Sheldon who was brought fully into the Church yesterday during the 8:00 a.m. Mass at St Joseph Parish. 

God bless,  
Hedy A. Yanni

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