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Our website will provide you with information concerning our school and its many activities. Along with these activities we will also share with you our Mission Statement and beliefs, information from our Advisory Board meetings, Home and School meetings, and various academic programs made available to our students.

Please take time to navigate our website and learn why a Catholic education with Saint Mary School is the best option for your family and your children’s future.

Upcoming Events

  • May 1, 2016 1:00 pmMother & Son Kickball
  • May 2, 2016Local scholarship & grant applications due!
  • May 3, 2016 9:00 amSchool Mass
  • May 4, 2016Kindergarten Screening
  • May 5, 2016 7:00 pmHome & School Meeting
  • May 6, 2016Teacher Association Spring Flower Sale Pick-up
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Schwan’s Cares Program

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Thursday Folder 4-28-16

Posted by on Apr 28, 2016 in School News

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Thursday Folder News

4-28-2016

Important Reminders:

  • DUE TODAY – Grandparent visit lunch RSVP! Please send in your payment for grandparent lunches with your RSVP.  (Grandparents visit will be Thursday, May 12 followed by May Crowning and our Art Sale!  A schedule for the day was sent home with the youngest and only in each family.)
  • Today – “K for a Day” visit this morning! Our St. Mary Preschool and prospective incoming Kindergartners will visit Mrs. Clouse and her class for the morning!  Please call the school office if you’d like more information about Kindergarten registration!
  • Today – Benediction 1:45 pm.
  • Today – Interim Reports released.
  • This Friday, April 29 – Spirit Day!
  • This Saturday, April 30 – Fisher Catholic “Vintage Vegas “ Bid O’ Luck! Doors open at 5:30pm.  Silent auction followed by dinner and the grand auction.  For more information contact Kellie Shonk (keshonk@cdeducation.org) or call 740-654-1231.
  •  This Sunday, May 1 – Mother and son kickball! (See “Home and School” section below for information!)
  • Monday, May 2 – Uniform shorts may be worn to school, per school policy. Middle school boys in grades 6-8 will be required to wear their uniform ties on Mass days and on the day of May  Please remember to dress your child for the weather, even during the month of May.
  • DUE MONDAY, MAY 2 – ALL ST. MARY SCHOLARSHIP AND GRANT APPLICATIONS!
  • Next Wednesday and Thursday, May 4-5 – Kindergarten screening. Contact the school office for more information.
  • Next Thursday, May 5 – Home and School meeting 7:00 pm in the copy room. Parents, please join us!
  • Next Friday, May 6 – 1:00 pm Early dismissal and casual day! No afternoon buses.  Kids CARE available!  Flower Sale pick-up in the main school building 2:00-6:00 pm.
  • Next Saturday, May 7 – Flower Sale pick-up in the main school building 9:00 am-Noon. Preschool Flea Market in the Spirit Center 1:00-3:00 pm.  Please join us for some great shopping and support our preschool program!

From the Principal’s Office:

  • Administrative Professional’s Day was recognized yesterday (Wednesday, April 27). We would like to thank our awesome office staff, Mrs. Nikki Schmelzer and Mrs. Janet King, for EVERYTHING that they do for our students, staff, and families!
  • In recognition of Mother’s Day this coming Sunday, let us take a moment to reflect on all that mothers do for their children and for their families;

Mother’s Job Description:  Full-time position with no guaranteed vacations or flexible hours.  Must be available 24/7.  Past experience in the following areas useful: nursing, counseling, teaching, dispute mediation, chauffeuring, housekeeping, and restaurant management.  Once accepted, position lasts the rest of your life.  The ideal candidate will have the strength of a pack mule (for loading kids and groceries in and out of the car), the patience of Job, and a heart as big as the universe.  Must also be willing to be disliked—at least temporarily—until someone needs another cookie, a raise in their allowance, or a ride to the mall.  Previous experience:  None required.  On-the-job training offered on a continually renewing basis.   Benefits: No pension, no paid holidays and no stock options are offered. Position does offer limitless opportunities for personal growth, a lifetime supply of love, and the satisfaction of knowing that if the job is done well, your life will be richer and the world will be a better place.

(iMom@familyfirst.net)

A Blessing for Mothers

God of Love, listen to this prayer.  God of Holy People, of Sarah, Ruth, and Rebekah; God of holy Elizabeth, mother of John, of Holy Mary, Mother of Jesus, bend down Your ear to this request and bless the mother of our family.

Bless her with the strength of Your spirit, she who has taught her children how to stand and walk.

Bless her with the melody of Your love, she who has shared how to speak, how to sing and how to pray to You.

Bless her with a place at Your eternal dinner table, she who has fed and nurtured the life that was formed within her while still helpless but embraced in her love.

Bless her today, now, in this lifetime, with good things, with health.

Bless her with joy, love, laughter, and pride in her child and surround her with many good friends.

May she who carried life in her womb be carried one day to Your divine embrace:
there, for all eternity, to rejoice with her family and friends.

This blessing and all grace, we pray, descend upon the mother of our family: in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

(Prayers for the Domestic Church/A handbook for worship in the home by Edward Hays)

 Home and School:

  • Mother and Son Kickball sponsored by our Home and School Association May 1st from 1:00-3:00 pm at St. Mark Church, 324 Gay St. Lancaster (Opportunity Center next to the church). Kickball, corn-hole, friends, and food for mothers and sons!  Hot dogs, drinks, and other refreshments will be served.  Cost is only $1.00 a person or $3.00 max per family.  RSVP by sending an envelope with payment enclosed to the school office.  Please list the names of people who will be attending from your family on the envelope.
  • Cristy’s Pizza Cards only $25 for 6 buy one, get one FREE pizza sticker coupons. Please contact Eileen Gundelfinger at 740-277-7063 to purchase.  Please make checks payable to Cristy’s Pizza.
  • Our Home and School Association is accepting nominations for the positions of President, Vice President, and Secretary. These positions are open due simply to current officer terms ending.

 Fundraising:

  • You can now order your SCRIP online! Signing up for “ShopWithScrip” is easy!  If you are interested please contact us at smhs.scrip@gmail.com for our enrollment code, then follow the steps listed below.

 

  1. Go to:  www.ShopWithScrip.com and click Register, then click Join A Scrip Program.
  2. Enter our enrollment code.  By entering this code, your account will be associated with St. Mary’s Scrip program so you can begin earning rebates.
  3. Fill in all required personal information and click “I Accept”.
  4. Choose two security challenge questions from the list and provide answers.

 

If you want more information on how the online ordering works please go to www.ShopWithScrip.com and look at the promotional information provided.  We will still be selling Scrip the traditional way, but by adding the online ordering you can purchase Scrip for last minute shopping.  If you need something quickly you can order Srip on your phone and then use it instantly! You can find a list of retailers on their website which will show which cards are available as ecards, reloadable cards, or physical cards.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by phone or email!

 

  • Schwan’s Care Campaign – Thank you to everyone who is helping to make this campaign a success!!

Our program began Sunday, 4/24/16, and already our school has earned $38.00 just for shopping and purchasing quality foods delivered right to your door!  To place your order, visit:

https://www.schwans-cares.com/campaigns/27129-saint-mary-school-e2-enlighten-and-enrichment

This campaign ends in 43 days!  So hurry and please share this with family and friends!  Please contact Eileen Gundelfinger at 740-277-7063 with any questions.

 Kids CARE

  • Parent surveys will be going home this week.  Please complete them and return to school with your child no later than May 6.  Thank you in advance for helping us to improve our program!

 Classroom Announcements:

  • Computer Club will be meeting May 10 and May 24 from 3:00-4:00pm in the computer lab. Students will be at the front door for pick-up at 4:00pm.

From Our Parish:

  • DAY OF RECOLLECTION; LESSONS FROM WOMEN IN THE BIBLE. Saturday, April 30, St. Mary Spirit Center from 10:30am to 3:00pm.  Presenter: Sister Louis Mary Passeri, O.P.  Please call St. Mary Parish Office, 740-653-0997 to register. Registration on fee: $15.00 (lunch is included).

Community News:

  • Love Horses? Want to learn to ride? Come have fun and experience an equestrian education at Twin Maples Stable. Horseback riding lessons starting soon. Also, 4-H club participation is being offered. All projects are welcome.  Contact Mrs. Foura, cfoura@saintmarylancaster.org, for information and scheduling.
  • Fisher Catholic Summer Skills Camps for grades K-8 will be held this summer. Registration is due June 11.

 Please send announcements for the Thursday Folder News to the school secretary by 2:30pm on Tuesday.

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Thursday Folder 4-21-16

Posted by on Apr 21, 2016 in School News

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Thursday Folder News

4-21-2016

Attachments in this Issue:

Fisher Summer Skills Camps Brochure

Important Reminders:

  • Next Tuesday, April 26 – Computer Club meets after school.
  • Next Wednesday, April 27 –
    • “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” St. Mary School musical 7:00 pm in the school gym ~ Please join us! Tickets are $6.00 for adults, $4.00 for children and senior citizens, or $20.00 for a family.
    • Mother and Son Kickball RSVP and money due to the school office (see Home and School announcements below for details).
  • Next Thursday, April 28 –
    • Grandparent visit lunch RSVP and lunch payment for grandparents due to the school office. (Grandparents visit will be Thursday, May 12 followed by May Crowning and our Art Sale!  A schedule for the day was sent home with the youngest and only in each family.)
    • “K for a Day” visit morning! Our St. Mary Preschool and prospective incoming Kindergartners will visit Mrs. Clouse and her class for the morning!  Information will be sent home to our current preschool parents and all those who are registered for Kindergarten next year.  Please call the school office if your child isn’t registered for Kindergarten and you would like information!
    • Benediction 1:45 pm.
    • Interim Reports released.
  • Next Friday, April 29 – Spirit Day!
  • Next Saturday, April 30 – Fisher Catholic “Vintage Vegas “ Bid O’ Luck! Doors open at 5:30 pm.  Silent auction followed by dinner and the grand auction.  For more information contact Kellie Shonk (keshonk@cdeducation.org) or call 740-654-1231.
  • Uniform shorts may be worn to school beginning Monday, May 2, per school policy. Middle school boys in grades 6-8 will be required to wear their uniform ties on Mass days and on the day of May Crowning.  Please remember to dress your child for the weather, even during the month of May, as we may still have chilly days and rain.

From the Principal’s Office:

  • EdChoice Expansion Scholarships are still available to students entering Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade next year! The initial application period closes at the end of next week.   This scholarship pays up to $4,650.00 in school tuition.  Your child will keep this scholarship all the way through 12th grade as long as your family continues to qualify!  Contact the school office for renewal or new application forms.

Home and School:

  • Mother and Son Kickball sponsored by our Home and School Association May 1st from 1:00-3:00 pm at St. Mark Church, 324 Gay St. Lancaster (Opportunity Center next to the church). Kickball, corn-hole, friends, and food for mothers and sons!  Hot dogs, drinks, and other refreshments will be served.  Cost is only $1.00 a person or $3.00 max per family.  RSVP by sending an envelope with payment enclosed to the school office by Wednesday April 27.  Please list the names of people who will be attending from your family on the envelope.
  • Cristy’s Pizza Cards only $25 for 6 buy one, get one FREE pizza sticker coupons. Please contact Eileen Gundelfinger at 740-277-7063 to purchase.  Please make checks payable to Cristy’s Pizza.
  • Our Home and School Association is accepting nominations for the positions of President, Vice President, and Secretary. These positions are open due simply to current officer terms ending.
  • Pre-made school supply kits will not be offered for next year, however, our class supply lists will be shared with our school community soon so that parents can plan ahead.

 Fundraising:

  • You can now order your SCRIP online! Signing up for “ShopWithScrip” is easy!  If you are interested please contact us at  for our enrollment code, then follow the steps listed below.
  1. Go to:  www.ShopWithScrip.com and click Register, then click Join A Scrip Program.
  2. Enter our enrollment code.  By entering this code, your account will be associated with St. Mary’s Scrip program so you can begin earning rebates.
  3. Fill in all required personal information and click “I Accept”.
  4. Choose two security challenge questions from the list and provide answers.

If you want more information on how the online ordering works please go to www.ShopWithScrip.com and look at the promotional information provided.  We will still be selling Scrip the traditional way, but by adding the online ordering you can purchase Scrip for last minute shopping.  If you need something quickly you can order Scrip on your phone and then use it instantly! You can find a list of retailers on their website which will show which cards are available as ecards, reloadable cards, or physical cards.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by phone or email!

  • WE’RE LAUNCHING OUR FIRST SCHWAN’S ORDERING CAMPAIGN! Delicious food items delivered RIGHT TO YOUR DOOR from Schwan’s!  Order and our school earns money for E2 activities (like class field trips and COSI on Wheels)!  This will be a pilot program running from April 24-June 8. Through Schwans-Cares.com, you can order from Schwan’s Home Delivery and help our organization meet its fundraising goals.  There are over 350 food items to choose from.  Food orders placed by June 8, 2016 will earn 20% and e-card sales will earn a profit of 40% for our school.  Here are two ways to support us!

 ORDER ONLINE:

ORDER BY PHONE:

  • Call 1-855-870-7208
  • Provide Campaign ID: 27129 (and Team Member ID if applicable)
  • Place your order
  • It’s time to re-enroll for the new year of Kroger Community Rewards. Please go to www.krogercommunityrewards.com, to re-enroll your card for St. Mary School!

Classroom Announcements:

  • Computer Club will be meeting April 26, May 10 and May 24 from 3:00-4:00pm in the computer lab. Students will be at the front door for pick-up at 4:00pm.
  • If you are a school parent who has completed the NASP training, has a background check and Protecting God’s Children, and you are interested in running our new Archery Club, please contact the school office. The Archery Club will be open to St. Mary students in grades 4-8 and will practice after school.  We are in need of one more parent volunteer to run this club.

From Our Parish:

  • DAY OF RECOLLECTION; LESSONS FROM WOMEN IN THE BIBLE. Saturday, April 30, St. Mary Spirit Center from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm.  Presenter: Sister Louis Mary Passeri, O.P.  Please call St. Mary Parish Office, 740-653-0997 to register. Registration on fee: $15.00 (lunch is included).

Community News:

  • The next gathering of Sandwich Saturday will be April 23 at 8:00 am in the Spirit Center. Come join us for fellowship while we feed the hungry in our community! Call Alishia Snoke at 740-407-5870 with any questions.

 

  • Love Horses? Want to learn to ride? Come have fun and experience an equestrian education at Twin Maples Stable. Horseback riding lessons starting soon. Also, 4-H club participation is being offered. All projects are welcome.  Contact Mrs. Foura, cfoura@saintmarylancaster.org, for information and scheduling.

 

  • Fisher Catholic Summer Skills Camps for grades K-8 will be held this summer. Please see the attached brochure for more information and a registration form.  Registration is due June 11.

 

Please send announcements for the Thursday Folder News to the school secretary by 2:30pm on Tuesday.


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Last Call for Box Tops!

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in School News

The deadline for accepting Box Tops for this school year is April 30! Please send your box tops to Mrs. Lipp and the House of St. Joan of Arc! The money earned from the box tops is used to purchase classroom supplies for the school! Thank you for your help!

 

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FLEA MARKET UPDATE

Posted by on Apr 7, 2016 in School News

Preparations are in full swing for our first ever Flea Market and Sale set for May 7th!  The vendor list as of April 7th:

Health and Wellness items

Artwork-paintings and photos

Household items

Handmade chalkboard signs by our very own Art teacher Mrs. Dreyer

Hand stamped jewelry

Paper wreaths

Scentsy

Vintage items and collectibles

Mary Kay

Jewel Kade Jewelry

Shamrock Farms Soap and Candy

Willow Design & Co.

DoTerra Essential Oils

LuLaRoe leggings and clothing line

Baby/kid items and clothing

**We are still accepting applications for a table….contact aeisenac@cdeducation.org for an application!!

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Circus Day in Preschool!

Posted by on Apr 7, 2016 in School News

The circus came to town today!  There was face painting, potato sack races, tightrope walking, rings of fire and lions galore!  Our little people had a BLAST with it all!   IMG_0153 IMG_0162 IMG_0160 IMG_0150 IMG_0164 IMG_0144 IMG_0139

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LAST CALL FOR REGISTERING FOR LUMEN CHRISTI!!!

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in School News

Lumen Christi registration ends this Thursday.  Please turn registration forms to the parish office by that date. Please contact Alec Scheuer for more information. Registration forms can be found online as well as in entrance of the church.
God Bless,
Alec
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Internet Prayer

Almighty and eternal God, who created us in Thy image and bade us to seek after all that is good, true and beautiful, especially in the divine person of Thy Only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, grant, we beseech Thee, that, through the intercession of Saint Isidore, Bishop and Doctor, during our journeys through the internet we will direct our hands and eyes only to that which is pleasing to Thee and treat with charity and patience all those souls whom we encounter.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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