St. Mary Thursday Folder
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Thursday, October 23, 2014
Students will attend morning masses at 9:00 AM on Tuesdays. Please check calendar for exceptions.
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IS YOUR TUITION BALANCE CURRENT? A reminder that school policy states that progress reports/grades will be held at the end of each quarter if your tuition is past due. In addition, school policy states that any family that has overdue tuition as of DECEMBER 15 will not be permitted to return to the school after Christmas break until their tuition is up to date. THE FIRST QUARTER ENDS THIS FRIDAY. Progress reports/grades will be held next week if your tuition account is not current.
PICTURE RE-TAKES & PRESCHOOL PICTURE DAY will be offered on the morning of Wednesday October 29. Students in grades K-8 who are getting pictures taken on October 29 must have a uniform to change into after their pictures as this is a regular day of school. Thank you!
SURVEYS ~ St. Mary School is once again beginning the process of renewing its accreditation and will be sending electronic surveys to all K-8 parents from the Ohio Catholic Schools Accreditation Association (OCSAA) on Monday, October 27. All parents that complete the survey will earn a casual day pass for their child/ren. Please print the final “Congratulations” page of the survey and write your name and send it to the school office by November 7 for your child/ren to receive their casual day passes.
SANDWICH SATURDAYS! Come join us for fellowship while we feed the hungry in our community. We have begun our monthly Sandwich Saturday events. This month’s event is this Saturday October 25th, at 8:00am in the Spirit Center. Please come help. Donations are also welcome, which include bread, individually wrapped cheese, bologna, or baggies. With questions please call Alishia Snoke (740)407-5870
Learn Pads! Students at St. Mary have some new technology tools to enhance their educational opportunities this year. Students in K-3rd grade are using LearnPads, a technology tablet similar to an iPad, but better adapted to a learning environment. “Third grade LOVES them!” says Miss Van Evra, “We use them for Daily 5 (read to self, listening to reading, and word work). I have websites like National Geographic Kids and RIF uploaded, but I also use the apps on the LearnPad websites. My students fight over them! But they love sharing with each other! They are a great addition to our classrooms!”
Twenty LearnPads were made available through a generous donation from a St. Mary supporter.
St. Mary Goes Google St. Mary has also “gone Google” this year. Our middle school students have begun to use Google Apps for Education (GAFE) which includes a restricted domain email address, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, Google Drawings, Google Sites and a myriad of other apps available for education. Students will be learning real-world digital netiquette lessons by learning to use email, and they will begin to organize their work in the cloud. One of the great features of GAFE is the ability of students to access their files and documents from any location in which they have internet access – school or home. Students can also work on documents collaboratively, without having to physically be in the same location. **Students from 5th to 2nd grade will receive instruction and accounts by the end of the year to expand our Google reach.
Chromebooks in Middle School We have also added a small set of Chromebooks in the middle school. These may appear on some Christmas lists this year – the students are very excited about them!
7th & 8th Grade St. Mary Basketball Meet the Coach Night TONIGHT!!! 6:00 in the St. Mary School gymnasium. St. Mary Athletics invites any 7th or 8th grade boys and girls who are interested in playing basketball this winter, and their parents to meet our Head Basketball Coaches for the 2014-2015 season. Please join us to kick off the Irish Basketball season!
More FAIR WINNERS! Emily Kidd received first place on her horse with Equitation over Fences. 4th place in Hunter Hack. Another 4th in Equitation. She also received 3rd place over all with her laying Hens.
Brock Thomas received First Place – Obedience (Beginner Novice B), Fourth Place – Showmanship (Intermediate B), and Fifth Place – You & Your Dog (Intermediate) with his dog project. J.D. Thomas received Fourth Place – Showmanship (Junior A), First Premium (Honorable A Blue Ribbon), Obedience (Beginner Novice A), and First Premium – You & Your Dog (Junior) with his dog project Great job Irish!
JUNIOR HIGH BASKETBALL INFORMATION! Winter sports are about to begin and we wanted to give you an update about dates and paperwork. On the school website are all of the forms that must be completed by the 1st day of practice for any student participating in any of our winter sports. Any student who does not have all of their paperwork turned in will be held from practice until the requirements have been met. If your child played a fall sport, all of these forms should already be submitted and the only forms you need to fill out and turn in are the concussion form, the new parent consent form, and the $75 fee to play. If you have any questions about paperwork you have already turned in, each coach will have a checklist of paperwork that we have for your student at Open Gym.
**Due to Terra Nova testing Open Gym Dates and Times will begin next week. The first day official practice is allowed is October 31st for Girls & November 7th for Boys. Here are the names and contact info for all of our winter sports coaches:
7th Grade Girls Basketball: Tom Moses; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
7th Grade Boys Basketball: Tony Vogel; Cell: (740) 974-8256; Email: email@example.com
8th Grade Girls Basketball: Bourke Kelley; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
HOLIDAY HAPPENING NEWS:
Please sign up for your shift for the Holiday Happening through the link below. REMINDER to ALL 7th and 8th grade parents: all kitchen workers must wear a hat or hair net. Bring your own hat; hair nets will be provided. https://www.saintmarylancaster.com/holiday-happening-volunteer-sign-up/ Our Volunteer Coordinator, Greer Edwards, will be in touch to ensure everyone has the opportunity to work in a desired shift for your designated area.
AUCTION ITEMS NEEDED! We are asking each family to please consider securing/donating at least one item for the silent auction/children’s raffle. Click here for an auction donation request form.
RAFFLE INCENTIVES Our first week of ticket sales ended with a total of $4424. It was an amazing first week! Monday’s drawing winners were Matthew McGonagle (Mrs Novena’s 6th grade) and Gabriella Wojcik (Mrs Kemmerer’s 2nd grade).
Last Friday Ms. Van Evra’s 3rd grade won the Spirit Banner for a week with a total collected at $838. The third grade continues to lead with $1294 collected so far. This is the largest class in the school so it may be difficult to compete with the total amount collected. However, don’t forget…each class can earn a Pizza Party by averaging $40 per student. The average by class will be posted near the office soon!
As of Monday, 120 Students/Teachers have earned an ice cream treat from Wendy’s by selling $20 in raffle tickets. Thirty-three Students/Teachers have already earned casual dress up until Holiday Happening by selling $100 in raffle tickets!
If you have tickets at home that you will not be able to sell, please return them. Your child can win an entire week of casual dress if each student (in their class) sells one ticket.
*Any students needing more books of tickets can request them through their teachers on any “Turn in” day (Monday, Wednesday or Friday). There is no need to print the form to order more books.
We ask each family donate the following products, items may be dropped off in the school office (during normal hours), with a note attached with your name and child’s grade:
- Last Names A – G, one *dessert/ pie to be sliced for dessert for the Chicken & Noodles Dinner
- Last Named H – M,** one (Regular) 12 pack soda + one 2-liter of your choice
- Last Names N – S, **one (Diet) 12 pack soda + one 2-liter of your choice
- Last Names T – Z, **one 24 pack Water + one 2-liter of your choice
- ALL FAMILIES – Silent or Live Auction item (optional, and kindly appreciated)
- ALL FAMILIES – *HOME MADE Baked Good for the Bake Sale (optional, and kindly appreciated)
- ALL FAMILIES – Children’s Raffle item (optional, and kindly appreciated)
- ALL FAMILIES- Gently used uniforms for the uniform exchange
- ALL FAMILIES- Gently used or new books for children, cookbooks, reader’s digest, etc.
*Desserts obviously don’t need to be dropped off until Friday, November 7. **The 12 packs and water will be sold at our Pop/Popcorn Table and the 2-liters will be used in our Ring Toss Game, and may be dropped off anytime.
ST. MARY NEWS:
Our Irish Cafe is running low on water cups. They are requesting donations of 5-9 oz water cups for students to use for extra water during lunch. Please send in with your child, marked for cafeteria. Thanks!
Sacramental Preparation 2014-2015 Please be diligent in adding these events to your calendar so you may be faithful in attending these important sessions. If you’re unable to attend or miss a session, the responsibility is yours to contact me that following week so we can cover the material you missed. Also, deadlines for sacramental forms are very important, so please be sure to submit information on time or your son or daughter may not be able to receive the sacrament as scheduled. As a parent, you are the primary teacher of the faith to your child. Father Eilerman and I are happy to assist and support you in any way we can with this very essential charge in forming you child’s mind and heart with the teachings of our Lord and His Church. In your charity, please pray that the Holy Spirit may guide and bless our preparations this year.
Horseback Riding Lessons – Mrs. Foura will once again be offering horseback riding lessons. Cost is $30 for 1/2 hour, $40 for 1 hour. Contact her at email@example.com
Want to get a casual pass for your child? Buy $200 in SCRIP in one month. It’s that easy! You buy gift cards for items you are already going to purchase, and the school earns a portion of the card amount. These are the designated casual days for this school year: November 14, December 12, January 16, February 20, March 20 (subject to change due to Living Stations of the Cross), April 17 and May 15. SCRIP UPDATES FOR 2014-2015: We will be processing SCRIP on Monday mornings, in the Copy Room (located beside the Spirit store case, across from the gymnasium door). Click here for an order form, and you can send your order in ahead of time with your child, or stop in Mondays 8-10 and Friday after school 2:15 to 3. Questions–Call: Judy McGonagle at 740-215-8456. You can also email: firstname.lastname@example.org
HOLIDAY PARTY??? Check out MARKET DAY! Fast and ready, healthy quick meals and appetizers for your holiday parties. Want to order for next month? Pick up a form outside the office and order by Tuesday, November 4 , for delivery on November 8 . Also check online at www.marketday.com to set up an account to order from home! On-line orders must be placed by 11:00 p.m. the Tuesday before pick up date each month. If you would like to volunteer to help with the next Market Day delivery, please contact Kendra Gundelfinger at 740-654-6625 or 740-974-7449. Helpers arrive at 8:00 a.m., pick up will run from 8:30-9:30.
What is Spirit Day? Your child may dress out of uniform with appropriate shorts/pants, and designated Spirit shirt. Need a SPIRIT SHIRT for next month? Visit the Spirit Store on-line! Please email or call Erin Wojcik with any orders you may have at 740-350-8902 or email@example.com
KROGER REWARDS Not registered?? Please consider registering your Kroger Plus Card. Go to Kroger’s website and click on Community! Log in, and click on my account” If you scroll all the way down you will find ‘rewards” Simply enter our number “83479” and that’s it! You and St. Mary can earn money. Thanks!!
COMMUNITY NEWS: A WEEKEND OF IRISH FUN!!
FRIDAY! Please join us for an evening of prayer and fellowship at St. Mary’s Family Rosary and Movie Night! Friday, October 24th at 7PM in the Spirit Center! We will begin the evening by praying the Rosary together followed by refreshments, a short movie for the kids and social time for the adults! All Are Welcome! We will be showing “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”. If you have any questions, call (740) 974-0735.
Fisher Catholic Head Football Coach Tony Hurps, would like to invite all of the current Junior High football players, as well as any prospective players and their fathers(step-fathers or Grandfathers) into the locker room for the pregame talk and prayer at the last home game this Friday at Fulton Field. The Jr. High players can be out on the field for the warm up and pre-game if they wish around 6:15, and the Dad’s outside the locker room around 6:40 to follow the Varsity guys into the locker room after our warm up is finished. Hope to see everyone!
SATURDAY! Lancaster Run For Our Sons 5K/10K, Family Fun Day Fund Raiser Event! Register at www.runforoursons.org October 25, 2014, at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Super Muscle Makers Team, Parent Project for MD, and Andrew’s Army, Inc. invite you to join us in building awareness and raising money for research for a cure for Muscle Disease. Your contribution makes a difference! Build a run team, register as an individual runner, raise funds, or just come out and show your support!
SUNDAY! It’s RESPECT LIFE MONTH! What better way to celebrate life than by coming to the next Irish4Life Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, October 26 at Fisher Catholic High School? Your generous donation will get you a yummy meal of all you can eat sausage, pancakes (blueberry, chocolate chip, and regular), orange juice, milk, and, of course, coffee. Please come support our club as we seek to offset the cost of attending the March for Life in January!
Thank you for reading the email Thursday Folder. If you have any suggestions, or additions for the next weekly letter, contact Julie Collier at 740-974-2264 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Forms are also available with a drop box located in the office. Deadline for each week is Tuesday by noon.