St. Mary School

Welcome to St. Mary!

St. Mary School opened over 50 years ago, and our tradition of excellence in Catholic education continues. The building is always being updated and remains a great facility to meet the needs of students. In the recent several years, we have updated lighting, added additional security features, and are replacing refrigerated drinking fountains with bottle fillers. Recently, we completed the addition of two new classrooms, a multi-purpose room, and a link to the church. St. Mary parish is very supportive of the school and strives to maintain a premier school in the heart of the city. All roads easily lead to St. Mary School.

Currently St. Mary School has grades Pre-K through 6 with approximately 400 students enrolled. In addition to classroom instruction, we have vocal music, band, technology, art, library, and physical education instruction by certified teachers. Kindergarten has 30 minutes of each of those subjects. Grades 1-6 have two 30 minute classes each week in physical education and music and one 40 minute class each week in art, technology, and library.

All student needs are addressed at St. Mary School. We augment and address student instruction with pull-out and in class enrichment/accelerated instruction or remediation/assistance based on student needs for success. Auxiliary staff, educational assistants, and volunteers round out our certified staff as part of our dedicated educational team. In addition to formal academic enrichment, we offer group band, jazz band and private lessons, orchestra (private lessons and group), liturgical music choir, and several after school clubs.

We celebrate Mass weekly on Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. and pray the Rosary on Mondays at 8:15 a.m. (in the church).  You are welcome to join us. Please check our calendar, the posted newsletters or contact the school for additional details.  Christ is at the center of our school.

If you would like to learn more about our school or would like a tour, please contact Michelle Shields , Principal @ 334-9881 or Jenni Struck, SFCS Admissions Director @ 575-3358.

Calendar / Events
From the Principal

We did it! The 2017 St. Mary Fall Festival was a huge success, thanks to the many volunteers who worked tirelessly to coordinate the activities and fundraising.  I am in awe of how so many moving parts could translate into such a fantastic community event!  The best aspect for me was seeing all of the families participating in the day. Everything from the Fun Run at the beginning of the day to the clean- up at the end of the day, filled my heart with joy! We are still tabulating the numbers, but I can say with confidence that it was financially successful as well. More information will be shared at our first SFO meeting on October 16th, but congratulations to all on a job well done! #solidarity

One of our system goals this year is to improve student attendance across all grade levels. For Catholics, it should not be surprising that “presence” is an essential component of success. Every day of the year (except Good Friday), Mass is celebrated around the world so people may experience the Presence of Christ through the Eucharist. Jesus calls each of us to community in order to serve others, but also to be strengthened and supported in our faith. He exemplified this in His life by being present to those around Him through prayer, meals, healing, teaching, and preaching.

As a Catholic school, our mission is to partner with parents to educate the whole child: physically, emotionally, intellectually, socially, and spiritually. We can only do this if the child is “present”! Promoting positive attendance emphasizes respect, responsibility, and accountability for educational success. Please help your child reach their full potential by modeling punctuality and stressing positive attendance. The benefits of school attendance are evident and abundant so I am confident your child will reap the rewards by being “present” in school! Thanks for your support in this initiative. As always, please let the teacher or me know if you have any concerns about the academic, social or spiritual well-being of your child.

This letter includes many important dates which you can also find on our school calendar located on the SFCS/St. Mary website and on this link.  Happy Fall!


Michelle Shields

School Mass and Parish Information

St. Mary Parish

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School Mass:

School Mass is held weekly on Wednesdays at 8:30 am. (Rosary begins before Mass at 8:05  a.m.)

We also pray the Rosary each Monday at 8:15 a.m. in the St. Mary Church

Volunteer Opportunities

St. Mary School welcomes you! Our staff, students and families help to create and sustain our positive environment. Guests are greeted and helped to feel welcome. Our families are an important part of our school. We strive to provide quality experiences and opportunities for all to gather together.

Our parent school group is called “SFO” – School Family Organization. They are the central means of establishing committees and volunteers to assist with school projects and outreach opportunities. During the year our projects include –

  • Fall Festival – held in September this is a fun family time with carnival booths, food fare, entertainment, and a silent auction.
  • Book Fair – this is held in conjunction with school conferences in the spring. It is a great opportunity to add to your child’s home library, purchase gifts, and support our school library.
  • Staff Appreciation – the SFO coordinates volunteer efforts to recognize and show their appreciation for the staff at Christmas, Teacher appreciation week, etc.
  • Parent Education and Speakers – the SFO researches/funds speakers and programs that would augment parent and student education.

Other ways we welcome students and families include but are not limited to:

  • Open Houses for new students and families
  • Family donut gatherings
  • Special Masses
  • Parent lunches by classroom
  • Mentor families
  • Volunteering opportunities

If you can help out in any of these areas,or for more information, contact: Michelle Shields @ 334-9881.

Wish List for St. Mary

Thank you in advance for your generosity and for considering our Wish List! Here are our current needs…

  • Reams/cases of white and “fun” colored copier paper
  • Regular and Junior Strength chewable and tablet Tylenol
  • Baby wipes and non-latex gloves
  • Playground sports balls

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