Thursday Folder News
Attachments in this Issue:
- THE FACTS DEADLINE IS FAST APPROACHING! Families that plan to apply for any tuition assistance must complete a FACTS application with the Diocese at factstuitionaid.com by March 15, 2016. The FACTS application is the first step in applying for any scholarships or tuition assistance for the upcoming school year.
- The EdChoice Expansion Scholarship application period is open! This scholarship will be available to any students entering Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade next year. The scholarship award is based on family income. If you would like to renew or apply for an EdChoice Expansion Scholarship please contact the St. Mary School office. Please see the attachment for application and renewal instructions.
- PLEASE COMPLETE YOUR FAMILY’S REGISTRATION BY RETURNING YOUR TUITION AGREEMENT FORM FOR NEXT YEAR AND YOUR PARISH SUBSIDY FORM IF YOU ARE REGISTERED WITH ST. MARY PARISH.
- Preschool registration is now open! SPACE IS LIMITED! We will have 2 morning classes (3 day or 5 day), 2 afternoon classes (3 day or 5 day), and the option to attend all day for morning students, or stay for an extended class for afternoon students next year.
- “Like” our Facebook page! Are you on Facebook? So is St. Mary School! Look for St. Mary School-Official, “Like” us, and please give us a 5-star review!
- There will be a 1:00pm early dismissal on Friday, March 11. The faculty will be attending a joint in-service about Response to Intervention with St. Bernadette.
From the Principal’s Office:
- A huge thank you to everyone who helped with our Open House last weekend! We had 19 new families in attendance! Thank you to our set up crew (Tom Crook, The Krooner family, the Snoke family, Janet King, and all the teachers and staff), all the Advisory Board members that worked Open House (Tom Crook, Ben Hampshire, Mindi Harp, Karrie Jackson, and Will Sharp), Home and School for providing refreshments (and Eileen Gundelfinger and her family and Alishia Snoke for set up, clean up, and serving), all the faculty and staff who attended the Open House, the clean up crew (Tom Crook, Ben Hampshire, Karrie and Aiden Jackson, Janet King, Alishia Snoke, and all the teachers and staff), and the 7th and 8th grade students who gave up their Sunday to come to school in uniform and give our visitors tours of our school (Savannah Dryden, Chris Edwards, Sam Gundelfinger, Aiden Jackson, Ashley Kilbarger, Vanessa Kilbarger, Matthew McGonagle, Clayton Menosky, Darren Morin, Hallie Rose, Taylor Stanton, Gina Stuckey, and Connor Swartz).
- Our accreditation review last week went VERY well! The review team gave our school many compliments about the “energy” and organization of our school, the teamwork of our faculty and staff, and the maintenance and set up of our buildings. They were very pleased with our accreditation work and our accreditation plan, overall! The team report and our new accreditation plan will not be reviewed the Ohio Catholic School Accrediting Association until later in April, therefore we should receive notification of the renewal of our full accreditation as the school year comes to a close. We cannot thank the teachers and the school staff enough for all of the hard work they put into preparing for the review and creating the new plan!
- In this third week of Lent, and this year of mercy, let us make time to pray together as a family. Whether it’s in the morning on the way to school, in the afternoon on the way to a practice, or around the dinner table later in the evening, make it a family goal to pray a Chaplet of Divine Mercy (one of my favorite prayers) at least once a week in the second half of Lent. You can find the Chaplet attached to this edition of the Thursday Folder.
Home and School:
- Cristy’s Pizza Cards only $25 for SIX 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.
- For any of your Spirit Store needs, questions, or suggestions please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. When making a payment, please enclose cash or check in an envelope marked Spirit Store and name of student. The envelope can be placed directly into the locked box attached to the Spirit Store display case or your child can give it to his or her homeroom teacher to be sent to the office.
- 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.
- If there are any other retailers you are interested in please check GLScrip(com) and NOSA (nosa.us) websites for all available retailers and we can order them for you. We will be processing SCRIP on Monday mornings, in the Copy Room (beside the Spirit Store case, across from the gym). Click here for an order form, and you can send your order in ahead of time with your child, or stop in Mondays 8:00-10:00, and Friday after school 2:15-3:00. Questions? Call Judy McGonagle 740-215-8456 or Amy Conrad 740-438-0689, or email: email@example.com. How does SCRIP work? Buy gift cards for items you are already going to purchase, and the school earns a portion of the card amount. Want to get a SCRIP casual day pass for your child? Buy $200 in SCRIP in one month to earn casual day passes for the following month.
- FROM OUR LIBRARY: We are getting ready for our annual celebration of Seuss and Read Across America! This year we will celebrate throughout the week with special cafeteria items, door prizes, and guest readers, who will read the newest Dr. Seuss book, What Pet Should I Get?
Monday, 2/29 ~ Fox in Socks ~ Students may wear colorful or crazy socks with their uniform on this day. Eighth grader Geneva Frank will be making a video during the day using The Foot Book as a theme. If anyone has a pair of children or adult size clown shoes that we can borrow for that day, please send them to school by tomorrow. Thanks!
Tuesday, 3/1 ~ Green Eggs and Ham served in the cafeteria for those who choose to purchase lunch.
Wednesday, 3/2 ~ READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY and the birthday of Dr. Seuss! ~ Happy Birthday to You! ~ Hot dogs and birthday cake on the lunch menu, as in the story, for those who purchase lunch.
Thursday, 3/3 ~ The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins ~ Students may bring a hat to school and wear it during recess/lunch.
Friday, 3/4 ~ One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish ~ All students will receive a package of rainbow goldfish crackers during their lunch period.
In other news, our 7th grade BATTLE OF THE BOOKS TEAM is busy reading and memorizing titles and authors for the March 15th competition, to be held at Bishop Hartley High School. Our team will compete that day against seven other diocesan schools, and may earn the right to move on to the final competition, to be held on Thursday, March 17th, at Columbus St. Agatha School. We would like to especially thank the Home and School Association for the gift of T-shirts, which were designed by the students on the team.
- Computer Club: Computer club will be meeting March 8, March 29, April 12, 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.
- Our spring musical production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown is in rehearsals. We will have a dress rehearsal during the school day on Thursday, April 21, and one evening performance on that same date. There will NOT be a Sunday matinee. A reminder to parents of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students: please send in your child’s t-shirt order form by Friday, 2/26, so that we can get the shirts ordered from the company. We will let you know on which day students may wear them to school.
- Due to a conflict, the Preschool Spring Flea Market Sale has been moved to May 7 from 10:00am-2:00pm. We are reserving tables now for those who wish to sell their items ~ tools, clothes, housewares, crafts, Mary Kay, Thirty-one, etc. Each table is $20.00! Email Miss Angie at firstname.lastname@example.org for an application!
- Mary School has formed a new Athletic Association! This advisory group was formed at the recommendation of the Vision to Action committee. The Athletic Association has been reviewing our athletic program this school year and gathering information about the athletic programs of other schools in an effort to continue to strengthen and grow our Athletic Department. St. Mary School families will be sent more information about the work of the Athletic Association!
From Our Parish:
- We might be familiar with different aspects of the Catholic faith, but how does it all fit together? And what difference does it make for our lives? Symbolon: The Catholic Faith Explained opens up the “big picture” of the Catholic faith in a way that helps us know it, live it and articulate it to others. Symbolon sessions will be held in the Spirit Center from 10:00-11:00am on Sundays (3/6, 4/10, 4/24, 5/1, 5/22). Coffee will be provided. No registration required. All are welcome!
- The next gathering of Sandwich Saturday will be February 27 at 8:00am in the Spirit Center. Come join us for fellowship while we feed the hungry in our community! Donations are always welcome (we have enough baggies). Mark your calendars for future dates; March 19, April 23, and May 21 all starting at 8:00am. Call Alishia Snoke at 740-407-5870 with any questions.
- Spring Trivia Night coming March 12, 6:30pm-9:30pm at St. John, Logan! Get your team together for a night of fun, food, drinks, and trivia. Form a team of 6 or join a team the night of the event. Enjoy pub-style food and a “donation” bar while competing for prizes and bragging rights. Raffles, prizes, and a silent auction between trivia rounds. Mast of Ceremonies, Fr. William Hahn. Space is limited! $15.00 per person or $80.00 for a team of 6. Contact Jim Hahn for tickets or information ~ 380-0395 or email@example.com. Proceeds go towards the St. John Catholic Youth Summer Camp fund!
- SAVE THE DATE: This year’s JOSEPH FATHER DAUGHTER DANCE for girls in St. Mary grades preschool through fifth grade will take place on Saturday, March 12th from 6:30-8:30pm. Don’t miss it! See future Thursday folder announcements for more information. Our dance committee is looking for moms to join us in planning this special event- contact Kellie Boyden at firstname.lastname@example.org for information or see the attached form.
- Don’t miss the 2016 Fisher Catholic production of “Bye Bye Birdie.” Conrad Birdie (Jacob Holbrook) is the biggest rock & roll star of the 50’s ever to be drafted. Aspiring chemist and songwriter Albert (Carter Corcoran) is convinced he can make his fortune and marry his girlfriend Rosie (Sarah Bennett) if he gets Conrad on the Ed Sullivan show to kiss high school girl Kim Peterson (Kylie Carbol) goodbye. Albert’s mother (Kennedi Christie) will do anything to break him up with Rosie. Kim and Hugo (Jacob Moses), the high school steadies, live in Sweet Apple, Ohio where most of the action takes place, and they’ve never seen anything like this before!
The show will be presented March 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fisher Catholic auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for students. Children 4 and under are free. Visit http://fishercatholic.ticketleap.com/fcbbb/t/fcmusical16stmary to order tickets online.
- JUST FOR 6TH GRADERS: Last year we started a new tradition for St. Mary School and St. John School 6th graders – a fun, casual dance and game night! This year’s event will take place on Saturday, April 9th from 7-9pm in the St. Mary Spirit Center. See future Thursday folder announcements for more information.
Please send announcements for the Thursday Folder News to the school secretary by 2:30pm on Tuesday.