Thursday Folder 2-26-15

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St. Mary Thursday Folder   

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

 Students will attend morning masses at 9:00 AM on Tuesdays.  Please check calendar for exceptions.

 Attachments in this Issue:

Read Across America Info and Reading Tips

School Board Board Candidate Application

ODH Concussion Information Sheet

2014-15 Sports Physical Form

Emergency Medical Form

St. Mary School Risk and Consent Form

Yearbook Order Form

FC Baseball Camp Information

School Closet Customer Appreciate Sale

“Once Upon A Mattress” Cast List

2014-15 Sacramental Preparation Calendar

Scrip Order Form


CALAMITY HOURS UPDATESt. Mary School transitioned to calamity hours this year, along with the other schools in the Diocese of Columbus. As a K-8 school, we follow the total hours required by the Ohio Department of Education for grades 7 and 8, which is 1,001 for the school year.  Our school day provides 6.1 hours of time that can be counted towards this required total.  As of February 25, St. Mary School has 45.46 hours of calamity time available for the remainder of the year.  We have a good “cushion” of calamity time and we will not be using spring break as make-up time.

Middle School Rice Bowl for Lenten Service!  Students in the 7th and 8th grade have the opportunity to serve this Lent by collecting donations for the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Rice Bowl Project. Students are asked to volunteer during one of the masses at St. Mary (5:30, 8:45 or 11:15). A team of four students is requested to be at each mass.  To volunteer for a mass (one or more) students should complete the form sent to them by email, or contact Mrs. Yaple to sign-up. Over the past 40 years, CRS Rice Bowl has given $250 million to support programs that prevent hunger and poverty around the world. Seventy-five percent of the money collected is used to provide aid around the world. The remaining 25% of the money collected stays in the diocese where it was given to help those in need in our local community. To learn more about CRS Rice Bowl, and how our St. Mary families can enrich their Lent, visit


The St. Mary School Open House has been rescheduled for this Sunday, March 1 due to inclement weather over the weekend.  Sorry for any inconvenience.

NBC4i Make a Difference Grant “Technology is Elementary!”

Please help St. Mary School receive NBC4i’s Make a Difference Grant!  Thanks to the hard work of our own Miss Van Evra, we have put together a “Technology is Elementary” grant application in the small schools category for this year’s competition.

In order to move into semi-finals consideration, we need to get as many votes for St. Mary as we possibly can between now and March 23.  All you have to do is log on to this link, register as a new voter, and then vote once every day until voting concludes! It will only take you one minute each day!

This $10,000 grant will make an incredible difference in providing more LearnPads and Chromebooks for our students. We can do this!

Read across AmericaGrab your hat and Read with the Cat! Celebrate NEA’s  Read Across America Day!  Those who are six, sixteen, sixty-four, and more have all kinds of great events in store… for the National Education Association’s 19th annual observance of NEA’s ‘Read Across America.’ NEA is calling America’s children, both young and old, to reward their learning by celebrating the joys of reading on Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Readers of all ages are encouraged to celebrate with this year’s book Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Our reading party here at St. Mary School Library will take place on Monday, March 2, 2015, throughout the day. We are excited to welcome Lancaster City Mayor, the Honorable David S. Smith, as one of our guest readers!  CLICK HERE for more information and reading tips for your family!


Seeking Advisory Board Candidates!  The Saint Mary School Advisory Board will have three vacancies when the current term ends in June and we need enthusiastic candidates to fill those seats. Terms are for a period of three years beginning at the June meeting and all Saint Mary School parents (grades k-8) and Saint Mary Parish members are eligible to apply. Please visit our Advisory Board page to learn more about the roles and responsibilities of the board as well as our Election page to receive information about the election process and to download an application. We welcome your interest and encourage you to seriously consider this opportunity to help support and shape our wonderful school community.

Save the Date! St. Mary Athletic Awards Banquet!‘  Irish Athletes and Parents: We have set a date for the 2014-2015 Saint Mary Athletics Awards Banquet. The banquet will be held on Thursday, May 21st at 7:00pm in the Saint Mary Gymnasium.  More details will follow.

633644-tn_sandwich700SANDWICH SATURDAY THIS WEEKEND!! Please join us on Saturday, February 28 at 8 a.m. in the Spirit Center. We would also gladly accept supplies: bread, bologna, individually wrapped cheese, baggies. Future Sandwich Saturday dates to put on your calendar are: March 21st, April 25, and May 16th. With questions please contact Alishia Snoke at (740)407-5870

track clipartSaint Mary will be be offering TRACK & FIELD to boys and girls in 7th and 8th grade. Attached are all of the forms that must be completed by the 1st day of practice for any student participating in track and field this spring. These forms can also be found here:  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 and/or winter sport, all of these forms should already be submitted and the only forms you will need to fill out and turn in are the concussion form (as this is a per season required form) and the $75 fee to play (which will be collected at a later date – not required by first day of practice).  If you have any questions about paperwork you have already turned in Mrs. Messerly will have a checklist of paperwork that we have on file for your child at conditioning. The first day official practice (and coaching) is allowed is March 9th.  Preseason conditioning began Monday, February 23rd, and will be daily, starting Monday, March 2, after school until 4:15 in the gym. Please bring a change of clothes, snack, water bottle, and optional exercise mat. If you have any further questions, please contact Coach Messerly at 740-681-9075 or


Congratulations to our 8th grade students who received the Sacrament of Confirmation at St. Mary of the Assumption last night!

Science Lab Funding Opportunity-Bridge the Gap  St. Mary School middle school has created an excellent science program, sending several students to District Science Fair and on to the Ohio State Science Day each year. Mrs. Yaple, the seventh and eighth grade science teacher has been recognized four times for her excellence in science education with the Governor’s Award for Excellence in STEM Education.

You can help support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education at St. Mary school by contributing to a “Bridge the Gap” fund through the Catholic Foundation. You choose the size of your donation, knowing it will be used to improve the science facilities at the school. Follow this link  to read more about the Catholic Foundation, and the St. Mary School Science Lab project. Our school has achieved recognition for science education using antiquated materials. We can only imagine what can be achieved with a fully equipped science lab!


It’s FINALLY here! It’s that time of year to order Yearbooks! You won’t want to miss a MINUTE of your child’s school year. Please return this form by March 20th for a special offer of $15 per book! All orders received after March 20th will cost $18 per book. Thank you for supporting Saint Mary School and your child’s education. Yearbook Staff, Mrs. Novena and Ms. Van Evra.

dance shoesAttention girls in preschool through 5th grade: Our St. Mary School annual St. Joseph Father-Daughter Dance is scheduled for Saturday, April 11th from 6:30-8:30pm in the St. Mary Spirit Center. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details!!

ATTENTION Girls ages 8-10 interested in playing Softball! We will have an Irish Team in the (LGSA) Lancaster Girls Softball Association League this year!!  You will need to sign up either online here (use the register link at the top of the home page. Parents must first register and create a user account, then you can register your child/children. Or you may sign up at Dick Sporting Goods from 10am-2pm on Saturday 2/28.  If you have any questions please contact Tracie Kenney at 740-974-6378 or  Thank you


baseball and gloveFC Spring Baseball Camp! The Fisher Catholic Baseball Camp is offered to those who are currently in grades K – 8. The main objective of the camp is to focus on the basic fundamentals of baseball and to improve each individual’s skill level. Throughout the camp, there will be individual instruction provided by High School Players and Staff. Click here for more information.


SPRING is right around the corner!  ‘School Closet February Customer Appreciation Sale‘ School Closet is offering a Customer Appreciation discount of 25% during February.


Once-Upon-A-Mattress1Save the Date!! Please mark your calendars now for the spring musical “Once Upon a Mattress.”  The production will be presented on Friday, April 17th at 7:00 p.m.  There will also be a matinee performance on Saturday, April 18th at 3:00 p.m.  If you thought you knew the story of “The Princess and the Pea” you may be in for a surprise!  Our junior high will show you that Princess Winnifred actually had to swim the moat to get to the castle!  And you will see that it may not have been the pea at all that caused a sleepless night!  Roles have been cast and rehearsals have begun.  CLICK HERE for a complete cast list. Please also watch for further announcements with calls for help with costuming, sets, and other details.


tutor1Former St. Mary teacher Sheri Sheridan will be offering tutoring services this summer for all grades and subjects (excluding advanced high school math). She will also be offering summer sewing, traditional cooking lessons, and general home economics. Advanced high school math tutoring is available through her husband, Michael Sheridan (mechanical engineer, FCHS alumnus). Flexible hours, call for more information and to secure your spot. (740) 215-5009

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.


Want to get a SCRIP casual pass for your child?  Buy $200 in SCRIP in one month to earn casual day passes for the following month .  You buy gift cards for items you are already going to purchase, and the school earns a portion of the card amount.  Designated casual days for this school year: March 20 (subject to change due to Living Stations of the Cross), April 17 and May 15.  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 8-10 and Friday, after school 2:15 to 3. Questions? Call Judy McGonagle at 740-215-8456 or email:

NEXT MARKET DAY pick up is Saturday, March 14TH!  Want to order for March? Pick up a form outside the office and order by Monday, March 9 for delivery on March 14.  Also check online at to set up an account to order from home!  On-line orders must be placed by 11:00 p.m. the Monday 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

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!!

campbells_logoSave Box Tops for Education and Campbell’s Soup labels!!  Send them in with your child in an envelope.  It is that easy!  Our school earns money and free items.

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:  Forms are also available with a drop box located in the office.  Deadline for each week is Tuesday by noon.

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