Principal's Newsletter
September 14, 2018
Dear School of St. Mary Families,

As we finish the 3 rd week of the school year, our students are adjusting to classroom routines and becoming more comfortable with what is happening here at the School of St. Mary.  As the regular school year moves into full gear, students are eager and ready to learn. Our staff is teaching and reinforcing classroom procedures and practices, reminding and rehearsing line-up, clean-up, paper passing, lunchroom procedures, dismissal, etc.  It is well known that schools are successful when they help children grow academically, socially, and emotionally. For this to happen, it is imperative that we have a safe environment with expectations and practices that are supportive and conducive to growth.  By setting forth clear academic, social and behavioral expectations, it is our goal to create this atmosphere for learning.

If you have any questions about the rules and expectations, please feel free to discuss them with your child's teacher or to contact me. It is very important that you and your child are fully informed regarding standards related to appropriate behavior for a safe and productive school year.

I also want to extend congratulations and thanks to all who made this year's Parents' Association Fall Fun Festival and Block Party such tremendous events!  Both were well attended and received by everyone.  Activities of this size and scope would not be possible without the efforts of many.  Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers who put forth the time and effort needed for activities like these. Special thanks go out to Ali Chekouras, Rose Hancir and Carlotta Plotner for all of their work with the Fun Fair. There were around 350 students and parents in attendance.  All in attendance had a wonderful time. Thanks for letting me call Bingo! Special thanks also to Jennifer Arch, Ali Chekouras, John Hancir and the Parish Business Office, (Leslie Ardell, Cindy Luetje and Rebecca Quackenbush) for all of their efforts with the Block Party!  It was a well-attended party on a beautiful fall night. Fantastic food, libations, friends and fellowship! A great night was had by all! Had a great time at the Block Party but forgot to buy your commemorative t-shirt? There's still time to buy one.  Please Contact Ali Chekouras or Carlotta Plotner to do so. It's events like these and the people who generously give of their time and effort that make the School of St. Mary such a special place!  Our school is a better place because of it!

Next Friday, September 21 will be our first Coffee with the Principal with guest Father Nacius .  It will be held at the PGC and begin at 9:00 am.  Coffee with the Principal is a monthly session in which I meet with parents to learn and discuss current or established educational issues as a school community. These sessions are working sessions: we learn, discuss and talk next steps to benefit our students. Everyone is welcome.  I frequently bring staff members to these meetings. Our School Social Worker, Dean of Students and others have attended meetings in the past. Please let me know of topics you might have an interest in learning more about, or roles and responsibilities of staff members and I will bring along that specific staff member to explain.

We look forward to having a wonderful and productive school year. Some things you can do at home are ask your child about his or her school day, support them to develop a growth mindset about learning, and set about 20 minutes aside each night for your student to engage in literature. 20 minutes of reading with your child every night can have a great impact on his or her language development and language comprehension!

As always, if you have any questions, please contact your child's teacher. In addition, you may always contact me with any questions.

Dave Wieters

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School of St. Mary looking for Cheerleading Advisor
The School of St. Mary is looking for a Cheerleading Advisor. We are planning on having a Homecoming Pep Rally for our students and parents, date to be determined.  We would like to recognize all of our-student-athletes that are participating in a fall sport, whether it is with the School of St. Mary, the Vaders' Football program, the Lake Forest Scouts or any other program we are not aware of at this Pep Rally.  This includes football, volleyball, or any other sport. Our hope is to see our cheerleaders do cheer, make banners, decorate the school as well as lead routines at the Pep Rally. We're working to see if they could cheer at a Vaders' football game as well. Anyone interested in wanting to become Cheerleading Advsior, please contact Mr. Wieters at (847) 582-2526 or    Go Crusaders!
8th Grade Washington D.C. trip
New Fall After School Activities
Art Club
Art Club introduces students to various innovative art making techniques so that they can feel confident when making artful decisions in their academics or future careers. Students  will learn how to think, see, and feel like an artist through class discussions, studio work, and research. Each session in Art Club covers a whole range of topics such as art history, cultural arts, famous artists, art media, art genre, and crafts. Students will learn about and create five to six different projects in each session. This organization is for students in 2nd or 3rd grade.  
Program Cost: $200 per session
Registration: Click  here to download the form any questions contact  Ms. Fu or Phone: (847) 283-9800 x4847

Chess-Ed continues providing this unique, exciting and dynamic chess instruction which lifts each student to a new level of expertise. Each week students will enjoy an engaging lesson with supervised time to play classmates. Students will grow their knowledge of the game - from the basics through opening theory, middle game tactics and end game combinations. Students' vocabulary and math skills will continue to advance. Studies confirm that the student who plays chess does better academically. Playing chess increases IQ performance, improves memory, uses analytical an d critical thinking skills, teaches problem solving, responsibility, sportsmanship, social skil ls and more. The chess program is open to all students in all grades and of all playing levels.
Program Cost: $280 for 16 week session, $295 for 17 week session
Registration: Click here to download the form any questions contact

Math Club
St. Mary's Math Club will focus on practicing current mathematical concepts
taught in class. Students will rotate through centers, working in small groups, one-on-one with a teacher,and with partners to complete activities, games, and projects relating to the skills taught that day in club.They will work at their appropriate academic levels and will be able to have one-on-one assistance with a teacher to better their understanding. This organization is for students in 2nd or 3rd grade. 
Program Cost: $265 for six weeks
Registration: Click here to register, contact Ms. Twardak or  Mrs. Bernardi with any questions

St. Mary's Strings
Strings classes at St. Mary are a great introduction to violin, viola or cello or the opportunity to further your skills if you already have experience. Each class is designed around the  ability of the students so they can be challenged at the level of their playing. These classes are offered  to grades K-8. Each grade meets once a week during lunch/recess. The children come to the music area, eat lunch together, and then play their instruments. We work on basic techniques, learn fun songs, and play musical games. There will be performance opportunities during the school year. Strings is offered for studends in grades K through 8.
Program Cost: $475 for 27 classes
Registration: Click here to download the form, any questions contact Ann Duggan 

Yoga Club
Yoga is a wonderful way to not only get a good workout, it is excellent for stretching of muscles.
Students will learn calming breathing techniques as well!  Excellent for athletes and non-athletes alike! Yoga is for everybody & every body type! Yoga is offered  to all UGC students and will be every Tu esday & Thursday morning from 8 - 8:30am
Program Cost: $260/semester (Sept. 25th-Christmas Break, then 2nd semester starts on Jan. 15, 2019)
Registration: Click here to download the form, any questions contact Miss. Nelson
Community Events for School of St. Mary Families
Regina Dominica Open House

College of Lake County Explore Program Classes
Registration is now open for fall Explore academic enrichment programs for students in Grades  7-12.  Click  here  to visit our Explore webpage for complete class information including  instructor bios and registration  forms. 

St. Norbert/Sacred Heart/St. Marys Homecoming
September 14-29

  • Saturday, September 15, 2018
    • 5th grade volleyball vs. Our Lady Perpetual Health, UGC @12:20pm 
  • Sunday, September 16, 2018Catechetical Sunday
    • UGC Choir sings at 10:00 am Mass
  • Tuesday, September 18, 2018
    • 8th Grade Class Trip to Chicago
    • UGC School Mass @ 9:00 am in the Church of St. Mary
    • 6th grade volleyball at St. Joseph @5pm
    • 7th grade volleyball at St. Joseph @6pm
    • 8th grade volleyball at St. Joseph @7pm
  • Wednesday, September 19, 2018
    • PGC School Mass @ 9:00 am in St. Patrick Church
    • Early Dismissal: 2:00 pm PGC, 2:19 pm UGC
  • Thursday, September 20, 2018
    • Bus Evacuation Drill @ the UGC
    • 6th grade volleyball vs. Sacred Heart at UGC @ 5pm
    • 8th grade volleyball vs. Sacred Heart at UGC @6pm
  • Friday, September 21, 2018
    • Coffee with the Principal @ the PGC 9:00 am
  • Sunday, September 23, 2018
    • Volleyball players attend mass @10am
    • 2nd Grade First Reconciliation Parents' Meeting @ UGC 2pm
  • Monday, September 24, 2018
    • 2nd Grade First Reconciliation Parents' Meeting @ UGC 7pm
  • Tuesday, September 25, 2018
    • UGC School Mass @ 9:00 am in the Church of St. Mary
    • 6th grade volleyball at Our Lady Perpetual Health @ 5pm
    • 7th grade volleyball at Our Lady Perpetual Health@6pm
    • 8th grade volleyball at Our Lady Perpetual Health@7pm
  • Wednesday, September 26, 2018
    • PGC School Mass @ 9:00 am in St. Patrick Church
  • Thursday, September 27, 2018
    • Picture Make-Up Day
  • Friday, September 28, 2018
    • To celebrate a great first month of schoolFriday, September 28th will be Crusaderwear Casual!  Students and staff will be allowed to wear their School of St. Mary spirit wear (shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, etc.) and show their school pride!  Casual dress rules apply.  Go Crusaders!  Students not dressed in accordance with Crusaderwear Casual requirements or not wishing to participate in casual days are to be in uniforms.