Principal's Newsletter
November 9, 2018
Dear School of St. Mary Parents,
This week our 2nd grade students participated in a family prayer service on Monday. The entire 2nd grade year serves as an initiation to the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. Our candle lighting service links our students with Jesus, whom they will receive in Holy Communion this spring.  What an appropriate celebration as Jesus is the light of our world.  Father Nacius connected our actions as followers of Christ to the actions of Jesus.  He encouraged our students to go out into the world as lights of Christ in the way they treat and respect one another.  Each student received a special candle at the Prayer Service as a symbol of all they are doing to prepare themselves for their First Holy Communion.   
Our School of St. Mary Fall Athletic Seasons came to a close last weekend. All of our student-athletes and coaches demonstrated tremendous growth, sportsmanship and success this year.
Our Girls Volleyball programs, coached by Dr. Maribeth Carlini and Shawn Edwards had tremendous seasons. Our 5th grade team learned much about the game and improved as the season went on. The 6th grade Volleyball Crusaders had a great year as well and closed out their schedule with two strong wins. Our 7th grade Volleyball Warriors had a near perfect season and played extremely well! Our 8th grade Crusaders Volleyball team had an outstanding year as well and developed tremendously in skill, knowledge of the game and teamwork.  Great job ladies and coaches!
While we did not field our own football program this year, a number of our student-athletes played football for both the Lake Forest Junior Scout and the Vaders.  Our boys that played for the Junior Scouts grew in skill and experience. The Vaders was made up of players from the combined St. Norbert, Sacred Heart and the former Holy Cross teams. The Vaders won their Championship game against Wilmette Catholic last Sunday at Loyola, in the pouring rain, with a score of 38-0. It was the last middle school football game for School of St. Mary 8th graders Brooks Bahr, Sean Cronin, Brady Goodman, Harry Kotlarz, and James Specketer. Tommy Aberle also played on the Vaders this year and will carry on the tradition next year.   Great season boys!
As a former Varsity Basketball Coach and Athletic Director, there are really only two seasons when it comes to any athletic program: In-Season and Off-Season. While our Fall Sports Programs are now officially in off-season mode, the time is now to start planning and preparing for next year. One of our goals for our Athletic Program is to be able to offer our own football program next year here at the School of St. Mary. We need to as a school start planning and preparing for next year now if we want to be able to do this. Not only do we need student support, but we need parent support as well. Encourage your children to get involved and play. Look for advertisements and promotions in the coming months talking about Crusader Football. We will be having a football mini-camp this spring, let students know of football camps in the area and other opportunities to become involved. To help out, please contact Jimmy Knotek for more information. Stay tuned!
Dave Wieters
Second Grade Candle Service

Second Grade Candle Service
Sky Zone Teacher of the Month
Congratulations to the October Sky Zone teacher of the month. Our very own second grade teacher Ms. Wanner! She was presented with the award on Thursday afternoon in front of students. We are so glad to have her as a part of our Crusader family and know she will continue to do great things for her students. 
The Vaders football team won their Championship game against Wilmette Catholic on Sunday November 4 at Loyola, in the pouring rain. The final score was 38-0 and was a perfect way to end the season! It was the last middle school football game for Harry Kotlarz, Brady  Goodman , Brooks Bahr, Sean Cronin, and James Specketer. Tommy Aberle will carry on the tradition next year. Congratulations on a great season!
Parents Association Update

Make sure you are following School of St. Mary on Instagram (@schoolofstmary), Facebook (School of St. Mary) and Twitter (@schoolofstmary) for an update on the recent purchases for STEAM at the PGC and UGC. 

If you would like to help support the school you can make a donation to the Annual Fund by clicking

Penny's From Heaven
Lillie Alexander
Lake Forest Flowers
J. Crew

Sage Explorers
Wine Brokers of Illinois

The Mustard Seed

2018 Giving Tuesday
Basketball Socks from Crusader Wear
As we are preparing for the new basketball season at SOSM, please remember we have basketball socks IN STOCK through Crusader Wear!
They come in dark blue or a lighter blue and read SMS on the side. The sizes are intermediate or adult. Please contact Carlotta Plotner if you would like to purchase a pair for $15.00 by clicking here
PGC Bookfair
Note from the Nurse
Flu Season is coming!

Dear Parent, 

Due to the high absense level normally seen at this time of year, we would like to give you some guidelines to help with your decision on whether or not to send your child to school. Please be advised if you child has any of the symptoms listed below he/she should not attend school. 

1. Fever over 100
2. Rash of unknown origin
3. Sore throat with fever
4. Persistent cough
5. Nausea and vomiting
6. Diarrhea

If your child has recently been ill, please be aware of the following guidelines before having your child return to school: 

1. He/she should be feeling fit for 24 hours before returning to school
2. He/she should be free of a fever for at least 24 hours without the use of medication such a Tylenol or Ibuprofen. 
3. He/she should be free of vomiting and diarrhea for at least 24 hours. 
4. He/she should be taking an antibiotic for at least 24 hours before returning after being diagnosed with strep throat. 
5. He/she should be on a prescription antibiotic eye drops for conjunctivitis for 24 hours before returning to school. 

To keep your children healthy, make sure they have plenty of rest and good, nutritious diet. Make sure they are dressed properly when playing out doors. Please notify the school if your child has been diagnosed with strep throat, chickenpox, scarlet fever, flu, etc. 

The single most important thing you can do to keep your child free of illness is to teach him/her the proper way to wash his hands. Make sure he/she uses soap and rubs his/her hands together for 15-20 seconds. He/she should then rinse his/her hands in running water and dry them thoroughly. 

Please help us keep our children healthy by keeping your child home if ill. Remember, one sick child can spread his/her illness to all of his/her classmates. 

Thank you for your cooperation.
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. 

Support School of St. Mary with 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. 


Guild of St. Mary Holiday Family Events
Calling all parents and grandparents for the Baby Jesus Birthday Party!
Saturday, December 8th, 2018
9:30am - 11:30am 
Church of St Mary and the UGC Gym
Please join us for a fun and special Baby Jesus Birthday party... 
At 9:30, we will meet at the Church of St. Mary where Fr. Nacius will read the children the story of Jesus' birth. We will sing a few traditional Christmas carols with the children. Immediately following in the gym, we will decorate treats, color and sing Happy Birthday to Jesus!
All are welcome! Parents and grandparents are encouraged to attend with their children and grandchildren. It will be most appropriate for ages 0-10.  ��

Blessings Received and Shared in Faith
How have you and/or your family felt blessed by our church community? What are you most grateful for in your life? Please share your answers to these questions and share them with Lore Nugent our Pastoral Associate and Fr. Mark our Associate Pastor. We look forward to including these in our  Thanksgiving Mass on November 22 nd !  Please drop off at the Parish Office or email or your blessing by Wednesday, November 21.
Church of St. Mary Sacrament Schedule
Newspaper Collection Drive
Community Events and resources for School of St. Mary Families

You Matter-Blessing Bags

You can help people who find themselves in need either from a natural disaster or a result of personal challenges. The kind words "You Matter" can make a big difference. Please help School of St. Mary 3 rd 
grade Brownie troop (45283) to collect items for Blessing Bags. The troop will assemble them and get them to those in need. Below you will find a list of items we are collecting from November 1 through November 30.

Baby Wipes
Band -Aids                                                          
Brush, comb, elastic bands
Face and body care-travel size
First Aid Kit (travel size)
Lip balm
Mylar Survival Blanket
Shampoo-conditioner (travel size)
Hand warmers "hot hands"
Wash cloth 
Winter hats
-Gift Cards for McDonalds, Wendy's or easily located fast food.

Please drop off your donations at the Upper Grade Center box located across from the main office, the Primary Grade Center box or the box located at the Church of St. Mary. All donations  matter! Let's warm up some hearts together! 
Lake Forest / Lake Bluff Learning Differences Association (LDA)

The Lake Forest / Lake Bluff Learning Differences Association (LDA) met on October 31, and invites you to join us for our monthly meetings.  We regularly meet on the last Wednesday of every month at the West Campus of Lake Forest High School from 9:30-10:45.   All parents are welcome to come learn about the many resources, trends and issues our students with learning challenges experience.  It is a friendly group that talks with District / school administrators, hears about grant and financial updates and provides support for families.  We meet on the second floor of the West Campus of Lake Forest High School on the following days this year: November 28, January 30, February 27, April 24, and May 29. 

November 11 - November 26

Sunday November 11, 2018
  • 6th graders attend Mass @ 10:00am @ St. Mary Catholic Church 
  • Woodlands Open House @ 12:00pm 
Monday November 12, 2018
  • School Advisory Council Meeting @ 6:45pm in the UGC Multipurpose Room
Tuesday November 13, 2018
  • UGC Mass @ 9:00am @ St. Mary Catholic Church
Wednesday November 14, 2018
  • PGC Mass @ 9:00am @ St. Patrick Catholic Church
Thursday November 15, 2018
  • PGC Open House 9:30am-11:30am 
  • 1st Grade SING @ 6:30pm @ PGC
Friday November 16, 2018 
  • Casual Dress Day per the student handbook
  • Coffee With the Principal @ 9:00am @ PGC
Sunday November 18, 2018
  • UGC Choir sings @ 10:00am Mass @ St. Mary Catholic Church
Tuesday November 20, 2018
  • Early Dismissal Day
    • PGC dismisses @ 2:00pm
    • UGC dismisses @ 2:21pm
Wednesday November 21, 2018 - Friday November 23, 2018
  • Have a great Thanksgiving Break
  • School resumes Monday, November 26