Dear Parents and Guardians,
Thank you to all who joined us for Open House on Sunday. It was quite the day. The hallways were teaming with students and their parents taking that journey through knowledge (over 110 students). Many completed their passports and will be awarded a bag of coins for their continued journeys, and candy kisses representing the love present every day at St. Mary’s.
We also had numerous prospective families visit us during Open House. Thank you to our Student Council and volunteer seventh grade girls for guiding our future Falcons on tours of the school. I would also like to thank our students who read at all Masses at our four parishes. I have heard many compliments from the Pastors and parents. I was very proud of all of you. To say that our day was a success would be an understatement.
We are still missing a few letters of intent. Please do send those in this week. We will be holding a parent tuition meeting on Wednesday, February 11th, in the cafeteria, at 6:30 p.m. This will be my opportunity to explain our tuition structure for next year and give you the opportunity to ask questions.
Yesterday was Career Day at St. Mary’s Catholic School. We were blessed to have our wonderful parents and grandparents sharing their chosen careers with our students. Thanks to Mr. Vela, Mr. and Mrs. Glass, Mrs. Goldthorp, Mrs. Hoelscher and Mr. Maldonado. The presentations were very informative and the students were engaged.
Thank you to our NJHS for providing donuts and coffee in the cul de sac before school this morning. Don’t forget to join us for our Five Guys Burgers and Fries fundraiser today.
Wednesday, January 28th
SMCS Alumni and Priest appreciation luncheon 1:00 p.m. in the cafeteria. The lunch schedule for our students will be slightly adjusted on this day. Grades Pre-K-4 will eat at 11:00. Grades 5-8 will eat at 11:45.
PTC Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
Have a wonderful week and thank you for all you do to support our mission of quality Catholic education. Remember, my door is always open should you have questions or concerns.
A Smile From Father Steve
"God Himself does not propose to judge a man until he is dead. So
why should you?"
·The Catholic school climate, mission, and purpose positively impact student achievement and attendance (Bryk, Lee, & Holland, 1993).
·A faith-based orientation builds coherence and integration of schools and school community (Bryk, Lee, & Holland, 1993).
·Students demonstrate higher academic achievement in Catholic schools (Coleman, Hoffer, & Kilgore, 1982; Sander, 1996).
·Graduates of Catholic high schools are more likely to vote and earn higher wages (Dee, 2005; Neal, 1997).
·Catholic schools tend to produce graduates who are more civically engaged, more tolerant of diverse views, and more committed to service as adults (Campbell, 2001; Wolf, Greene, Kleitz, & Thalhammer, 2001).
· Call the school to make an appointment to take a tour today!