Dear School of St. Mary Families,

Please join us for National Catholic Schools Week, our annual celebration of what makes education at the School of St. Mary so outstanding. Starting with Sunday Mass on January 27 th , we have a whole week of activities planned to show what our students are accomplishing, and to celebrate the community we have built to educate tomorrow's citizens and church leaders.

The theme of our celebration is Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed. The theme encompasses the core products and values that can be found in Catholic schools across the country. Not only are we teaching students to become future servant leaders, faith-filled disciples and enriched citizens in our communities, educators are growing with them. In Catholic schools, we are all learners, servants and leaders. These shared qualities are what make Catholic schools work. They are what make Catholic schools succeed.

This year's theme also focuses on key elements of Catholic education: faith formation, academic excellence, leadership development, and dedication to service. These elements are what set Catholic schools apart from other educational options. They are why families make sacrifices to provide their children with a Catholic education. I hope you will visit the School of St. Mary during National Catholic Schools Week to enjoy our students' presentations, and many activities that showcase their learning, faith development, and community service. Please bring your friends and neighbors, particularly those who may be considering Catholic education for their children.

We will kick off Catholic Schools' Week with a School Open House at both of our campuses from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm on Sunday, January 27 th .  Our School's Open House provides an opportunity for prospective students and their parents to visit and tour our schools, meet with administration and staff, and visit with our Student Council members who will be giving tours.  In addition to our Open House, we will have our PGC Choir sing at the 10:00 am Mass at the Church of St. Mary, while our UGC Choir will help celebrate the 12:00 pm Mass at St. Mary as well.

I am grateful every day for our teachers, staff, School Advisory Council and Parent Association members, parents and volunteers who make our school a success. National Catholic Schools Week is a good time for all of us to thank them for their dedication and service.

Dave Wieters
Catholic Schools Week Schedules
Save the Date: Many Gifts, One Nation January 29-30
Catholic Schools Week All School Service Project
Parents Association Update
Earlier today you should have received an email with a link to a survey. As we begin to look at the 2019-2020 school year we would love to get input from all of our school families about the types of events offered by the Parents Association. We ask that you please submit your responses by  Friday, February 8, 2019 . Please contact Julia Donohoe if you have any questions.
Save the Date for the PA Spring Event - More information coming next week

Amazon Smile
AmazonSmile  is a website operated by  Amazon  with the same products, prices, and shopping features as  Amazon .com. The difference is that when you shop on  AmazonSmile , the  AmazonSmile  Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the School of St. Mary. 

To use amazon smile go to and then select School of St. Mary Lake Forest, IL as your organization of choice. Then just use amazon as you normally would you will be supporting the school without even thinking about it. 

Parent Presentation

Hot Lunch Orders
Please make sure you are placing your orders for hot lunch by clicking here.  We are happy to again be working with such a great organization to bring our students hot lunches, for more information on this great program please read this story from the AP about how they are changing school lunches. 

If we can assist with anything else at all, please contact us at
Crusader Cafe at Home Basketball Games
We are pleased to announce that at all home basketball games our Cusader Cafe 
will be open for snacks and drinks. The cost ranges from 25 cents to a dollar for the items offered and all proceeds go back to the athletics programs. However, we can only run the Crusader Cafe with the help of our wonderful basketball parents. We would love to thank Karen Mines, Aldona Janusz and Laura Trevino-Baumann for running it the first couple home games. If you would like to sign up to help us keep the cafe open please click here.

Hoopsfest 2019
On Wednesday, January 23 the UGC had it's annual Hoopsfest celebration. During the event all the basketball players for all of the teams were recognized. There were then a variety of games and events including Students vs. Teacher Free Throw shooting, dribbling musical chairs, shooting contests and more. It was a great way to end a cold day recognizing all of our hardworking student athletes.

Church of St. Mary Sacrament Schedule
Kids Heart Challenge 

Our school is thrilled to announce through our  Kids Heart Challenge program we are partnering with the  Chicago Bulls!
Students who collect donations using our school's Kids Heart Challenge website OR the Kids Heart Challenge app will have the opportunity to earn BOGO free tickets to Hoops Night on Saturday, March 23, 2019 and/or the Court of Dreams Experience from 2:00-4:00 before that evening's game!
All tickets must be purchased by February 28, 2019 and there is no limit to how many BOGO free tickets you purchase!
You can collect donations using our school's Kids Heart Challenge event website by going to and search for our school name  ( download the Kids Heart Challenge app from the app store on your iPhone or Android phone.  Once your student has reached their fundraising incentive level you will receive an email from the American Heart Association with a promo code and instructions.  Emails with promo code and instructions will be sent out once a week (on Friday), not immediately upon hitting the fundraising incentive level.
We hope to see you there!

January 26 - February 9

Saturday, January 26
  • 5th grade Girls Basketball vs Faith Hope and Charity at 11:30am 
Sunday, January 27 - Catholic Schools Week Begins
  • PGC Choir at 10:00 am Mass at St. Mary Catholic Church
  • UGC Choir at 12:00 pm Mass at St. Mary Catholic Church
  • PGC Open House 8:30 am -1:30 pm
  • UGC Open House 8:30 am - 1:30pm
Monday, January 28 - High School/College Shirt Day 
  • Used Uniform Sale at the PGC
  • The Power of One Assembly at 1:00pm at the PGC
  • The Power of One Assembly at 2:40pm at the UGC
Tuesday, January 29 - Hat Day
  • Spelling Bee at 2:30pm at the UGC
Wednesday, January 30 - Dress Up/Formal Wear Day
  • All School Mass at 10:00am at St. Mary Catholic Church
  • Geography Bee at 2:30pm at the UGC
  • 7th Grade Girls Basketball vs. St. Athanasius at 4:30pm
  • 6th Grade Boys Basketball at St. Athanasius at 5:30pm
  • 8th Grade Boys Basketball vs. St. Athanasius at 5:30pm
  • 7th Grade Boys Basketball at St. Athanasius at 6:30pm
  • 8th Grade Boys Basketball- Blue vs. St. Athanasius at 6:30pm
Thursday, January 31
  • Math Matters Club 8am at the UGC
  • UGC Career Day 
Friday, February 1 - School of St. Mary/Blue and White Day
  • School of Rock Assembly grades 1-8 at 10:00am at the UGC
  • Newcomb game teachers vs. 3rd grade at 2:15 at the PGC
  • UGC Volleyball Game - Faculty vs. 8th Grade at 2:30pm
Saturday, February 2
  • 5th Grade Girls Basketball at St. Francis Xavier at 1:10pm
Sunday, February 3
  • 4th Graders attend Mass at 10:00am at St. Mary Catholic Church
Tuesday, February 5
  • UGC Mass at 9:00am at St. Mary Catholic Church
  • 8th Grade Girls Basketball at St. Joseph at 5:00pm
  • 8th Grade Boys Basketball-White at St. Joseph at 6:00pm
  • 8th Grade Boys Basketball-Blue at St. Joseph at 7:00pm
Wednesday, February 6
  • PGC Mass at St. Patricks at 9:00am
  • Eating Right and Healthy Habits Presentation for 7th and 8th grade at UGC
Thursday, February 7
  • DAR Essay Contest Award Ceremony from 1:00pm - 3:00pm at CROYA
  • 6th Grade Boys Basketball vs. Sacred Heart at 6:00pm
  • 7th Grade Girls Basketball at Sacred Heart at 6:00pm
  • 8th Grade Boys Basketball-White vs. Sacred Heart 7:00pm
  • 8th Grade Girls Basketball at Sacred Heart 7:00pm
  • Presentation by Dr. Jacintha McLaughlin, PhD Clinical Psychologist at PGC at 6:30pm
Friday, February 8 - Casual Dress Day
  • Kids Heart Challenge at PGC at 1:00pm
  • Kids Heart Challenge at UGC at 2:30pm
Saturday, February 9
  • 8th Grade Confirmation Retreat at St. Mary's Catholic Church from 12:30-6:00pm