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May 10, 2023

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

We congratulate our 2nd graders on the celebration of their First Holy Communion at Saint Mary, Mother of God Church. Thank you to our wonderful teachers who prepare them for this sacrament all year long.

Principal's Message

Last Saturday, our 2nd graders completed another major milestone in their spiritual journey–the Sacrament of Communion. Every Communion is an embodiment of God's grace. They heard God's grace in the homily by Fr. Jeff Kegley. But they also tasted it in the bread, the body of Christ, for the first time. It was a special and beautiful day for our community. Our students did an amazing job representing our school. I am very proud.


Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week is here. Thank you for our wonderful PTA members, who did an outstanding job gathering food and gifts for all of our teachers. To quote Pope Francis, "Teaching is an act of love!" We know how much our teachers love the school and your children. They thrive seeing the growth of every student. They understand the great responsibility they have to educate our students, both spiritually and academically.



God bless,


Craig Palmer

Principal

Upcoming Events

TEACHER & STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK

May 7-13


PTA MEETING

Wed., May, 10, 6 pm; Cafeteria


MAY CROWNING

Wed., May 17; 12:05 pm dismissal


DINE TO DONATE

Wahoo Tacos; Wed., May 17

Flyer must be presented.


CLASSICAL LEARNING

PILOT–TEST

May 22-25; Grades 3-6


PETER PAN JR.

Wed., May 24 & Thurs., May 25


ACTIVITY DAY

Fri., May 26; 12:05 pm dismissal


SCHOOL CLOSED

Mon., May 29


PREK CEREMONY

Stepping Stones; Tues., June 6


DINE TO DONATE

Frozen Flavors; Wed., June 7


8TH GRADE GRADUATION

Fri., June 9; 12:05 pm dismissal


END OF THE YEAR BBQ

Sun., June 11


KINDERGARTEN CEREMONY

Kinderbration

Mon., June 12; 12:05 pm dismissal


LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

Tues., June 13

11 am dismissal


SAINT MARY GREAT FAIR

June 26-July 1

PTA volunteer hours for the money wheel will be available, as well as parish volunteer hours for games and rides. Watch for our SignUpGenius link soon.

TEACHER & STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK

TEACHER OF THE YEAR!

We are so blessed to have the Monmouth Ocean Educational Services Teacher of the Year under our roof. Mrs. Robertha Walters continuously works with our middle school students providing the support they need. Please make sure to congratulate her when you see her.

COMING SOON: A NEW LIBRARY

There is still time to give to Saint John Paul II Classical Library opening at Saint Mary School in September 2023. Every book will be carefully chosen to include timeless children's classics and modern literature. The library's shelves will be filled with exciting books based on Catholic virtues and morals that teach, as well as entertain.


With a contribution to the Saint John Paul II Classical Library you can help construct, furnish, and maintain the library. Any donation, large or small, would be greatly appreciated. With your $40 donation to our book collection, we will select a book and inscribe it in honor of your loved one (living or deceased). With Mother’s Day around the corner, this would be a great way to honor our moms! Make your donations here: https://stmaryes.org/classicallibrary

Parent Homework

The Diocese of Trenton is hosting a job fair for their member schools tomorrow, May 11. If you, or someone you know, is interested in teaching or working in Catholic schools, please send them this link. Saint Mary School will be represented.

Calling all SMS families with children from preschool through rising 2nd graders. If you are interested in our Summer Camp, please fill out this form and return it to the office.

May Lunch Menu

The cafeteria will be closed on pizza day. You must pack a lunch if you are not participating.



Lunch form here.

May menu here

Second half of May menu here.

The 2023-24 school calendar is here. NOTE: edited 5/1/23

SPECIAL camp week for Saint Mary School students the week of June 19. Camp runs daily from 8:30 am-3:30 pm, with before and aftercare offered.


Pick and choose your days at a cost of $55 per day. Kids enjoy a fun-filled day of sports and activities.


Click here for information regarding the camp. If you have any questions, please contact SMS dad, Chris Gosha, at cgosha21@gmail.com

Click here for registration form or use this link.

Scrip is now RaiseRight. Below are a few videos that explain how the program works and how Saint Mary School benefits. There's no selling, no extra time, and no extra money. Just purchase gift cards to pay for everyday (and not-so-everyday) expenses. The Amazon Smile program has been discontinued for all companies. Scrip is another great way to donate to the school.

 

Simply the Right Way to Fundraise

https://youtu.be/BZNu-ftcPKo

 

Getting Started with RaiseRight

https://youtu.be/c-v65F0xr2c

 

Saint Mary School enrollment code is F741E6AB15L6.

 

Call or email Loretta Rivera, bursar, anytime with questions.

lrivera@stmarychurchnj.org

Phone: 732-671-0071 ext. 244

Tuition Assistance Program 2023-24

For families with children attending Catholic schools


The second round of diocesan aid for next year is now open to our families through FACTS. Applications are available online at https://online.factsmgt.com 

For Grades K-8: The deadline for round two is this Friday  May 12, 2023. For more information, click here.

After School Activities

AFTERCARE 

SAINTS AFTERCLUB


Aftercare is available. Please read our brochure for more information. For the morning, children can be dropped off as early as 7:15 am and gather in the cafeteria.

SPORTS

Make sure you follow Saint Mary Athletics on Facebook here.


Varsity baseball, varsity softball, and tennis schedules will be updated on Facebook once they become available.

MARATHON KIDS

We had a great first practice! Next one is Friday, 2:30 pm–3 pm.

• Fri., May 12

• Mon., May 15

• Fri., May 19

• Race day, Sat., May 20, at 8:10 am!



Important Information, click here.

GIRL SCOUTS

Girl Scouts

Our next meeting is Fri., June 2, right after school in the cafeteria. Visit our Troop's Facebook page here.