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.
Dear St. Mary School Families,
There is a season for all things….but just when summer seems to be at its peak, we are already looking toward the first day of school. August is an exciting time for teachers and staff as we prepare our classrooms and instruction for the year. The only thing missing is the smiling faces of your children! While I’m sure they have had a fun summer, I hope they are just as eager as we are for the beginning of the school year. Each year is a chance to start fresh with new classmates, teachers, activities, and this year……. a new principal! I am very excited to learn about all of the traditions of St. Mary School and to be a member of this strong faith community!
Change brings the opportunity to discover new ideas, learn new skills, and appreciate the gifts of others. Change can bring enthusiasm and hope, but can also sometimes cause anxiety. As your new principal, I hope to alleviate any apprehension about potential changes by communicating effectively with you throughout the year. However, please feel free to contact me at anytime if you have any questions or concerns. In this year of transition, my main goals are to provide a safe, student-centered, faith-filled learning environment that enables all students to succeed, AND to get to know the students and their families that I am called to serve.
As most of you know, I taught Theology at O’Gorman High School for over twenty years. As I move into my new ministry at St. Mary School, I appreciate that I can still infuse the beautiful teachings of the Church into my work. One of my favorite Catholic Social Teaching principles that I reflect upon often is solidarity. Solidarity is recognizing that we are all responsible for each other and that every decision we make impacts the lives of others. Therefore, when one of us falls, we all fall; but when one of us succeeds, we all rise. In other words, “We’re all in this together!”
As members of the Body of Christ, we are called to share our gifts and talents with others. When we all do our part, everyone is able to reach their potential. When solidarity is fully embraced, life is like a symphony with all of the instruments playing in harmony, or a team that functions as one body. And we must remember that no one part is more important than another. The Holy Spirit has provided our St. Mary community with many individual gifts. “Our talents are God’s gift to us; what we do with those talents is our gift to God (and His people).” So let us rejoice in our blessings and be generous with our gifts and talents! I will also be talking with the students throughout the year about the importance of solidarity in our school. For further reflection, read I Corinthians 12:4-27.
Thank you for choosing St. Mary School! We are honored that you would entrust your most precious gift to us. We feel blessed to be able to partner with you as we educate the whole child: academically, spiritually, physically, emotionally and socially. I am looking forward to meeting all of you at our Open House on Thursday, August 17th and at the Fall Festival on Sunday, September 24th. Here’s to an amazing year as we grow and develop together as a community! May God bless you and your family!
Ms. Michelle Shields
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
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 –
Other ways we welcome students and families include but are not limited to:
If you can help out in any of these areas,or for more information, contact: Michelle Shields @ 334-9881.
Thank you in advance for your generosity and for considering our Wish List! Here are our current needs…