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

Dear St. Mary School Families,

Every day I am reminded of how blessed I am to be a member of the St. Mary community! Thank you for welcoming me and making me feel right at home! Some of the highlights for me these first two weeks: meeting parents and students at Open House, listening to the wonderful presentation from Dr. Berdahl on the Solar Eclipse, serving lunch with our amazing kitchen staff and parent volunteers, having recess with the students, observing the learning in classrooms, and witnessing the reverence of the students as they celebrated Mass and participated in Eucharistic Adoration! Oh, and the best part…. Hugs and High Fives! I look forward to the rest of the year as we learn, pray, and play together!

Communication between the school and our families is an essential ingredient to our faith community. We strive to keep families updated on events, curriculum, student expectations, and faith activities. We will email a parent newsletter once a month (this is the last paper copy). If you would prefer a paper copy, please indicate on the last page of this letter and return to school with your child. Teachers will send home regular correspondence either through email or in your child’s folder. Please read through all information provided and contact us with any questions. I would also encourage you to visit our school calendar on the website frequently and follow us on Twitter @stmarysfcs to get the latest news! We also ask that you inform us of any pertinent information that will assist us in helping your children reach their full potential. If you have news to share (student accomplishments outside of school) or would like to be included in our prayer intentions, please email Becky at bbasche@sfcss.org or call 334-9881.

As we move into September, let us remember to always keep our mission as our driving force …………  to form a community of faith and learning by promoting a Catholic way of life through Gospel values and academic excellence.

Blessings,

 Michelle Shields

 

School Mass and Parish Information

St. Mary Parish

Click here for Mass times

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

Before and After School care
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

St. Mary on Twitter