St. Mary School

Welcome to St. Mary!

St. Mary School opened over 50 years ago, and our tradition of excellence in Catholic education continues.  St. Mary parish is very supportive of the school and is committed to providing quality, faith based education to our students.

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.  Grades K-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. Preschool students participate in library, music, and technology classes.

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.

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From the Principal

During our Thanksgiving Mass, Monsignor Barnett asked the children what they were thankful for. I held my breath as I anxiously awaited their responses. (Too many years with high schoolers causes me to be nervous in moments like these!)  My fear quickly turned to pride and joy as I listened to their answers: family, life, food, opportunities God has given us, Jesus and Heaven! How wonderful that the students were able to recognize ways God has blessed us!

Often December is spent readying our house with decorations, presents, and Christmas goodies; attending Christmas concerts and parties, and making ourselves so busy we are exhausted by Christmas Eve. However the liturgical season of Advent is designed to be a time of waiting and anticipation. While we celebrate the first coming of Christ to earth in His birth, we are also called to prepare our hearts for the Second Coming in which we join Him for all eternity. In other words, we need to slow down and remember the Reason for the Season!

“Prepare the Way of the Lord” is our theme for Advent this year. To emphasize preparing for Christ, each classroom will have an empty manger on the wall outside their door. Throughout the week, students will have an opportunity to write on “pieces of straw” ways in which they have been a gift to others through their words and actions. In this way, we will visually represent “preparing” for Christ as we fill the manger with our acts of kindness. As we anxiously await to see what Santa brings this year, we should recall the wise words of the students from the Thanksgiving Mass and remember all good gifts come from God.

If you are looking for some spiritual reading this Advent (and beyond), I recommend checking out the blog “Seeking after His Heart”, (www.seekingafterhisheart.com) written by my friend and O’Gorman Theology teacher, Trish Irvine. Her posts are simple, but profound as she ponders life, love and the pursuit of Jesus. Wishing you all a faith filled Advent, a very Merry Christmas, and the most happy of New Years!

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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