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APRIL 4, 2023

HAPPY EASTER!

Academically Excellent. Passionately Catholic.

Thanksgiving isn’t the only holiday for expressing gratitude. At Saint Mary School, Easter is a natural time to reflect on the many blessings God has provided to our school community: Wonderful teachers, engaged families, inquisitive students, a supportive parish community—and most of all, the love of God. As we meditate on the passion and resurrection of Christ, we look forward to celebrating the miracle of Easter and the beauty of God’s creation with you.

Principal's Message

May each one of you have a Blessed Easter. May you give thanks and glory to Jesus Christ! Our Lord died on the cross to cleanse our sins and rose from the dead so that we may have eternal life through Him. Use this prayer for Easter around your Sunday brunch or dinner table. A family that prays together stays together:

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead." ~ 1 Peter 1:3

God bless,


Craig Palmer

Principal

Upcoming Events

HOLY THURSDAY/EASTER BREAK BEGINS

Thurs., April 6

12:05 pm dismissal

No school April 7-16


DINE TO DONATE

Wed., April 19, 4-8 pm

House of Chong, please present this flyer.


GIFT GALA

Sat., April 22

SOLD OUT–Extended Ticket Package Sales


TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK

May 7-13


MAY CROWNING

Wed., May 17

12:05 pm dismissal


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


8TH GRADE GRADUATION

Fri., June 9

12:05 pm 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. Keep a look out for our SignUpGenius link.

PTA EVENT

Extended Ticket Package Sales

Sold Out! Thank you to all who purchased tickets. As a reminder: One Ticket Packet is included with your purchase. It contains 2 blue sheets, 1 yellow sheet, 1 grand prize ticket, and 1 specialty drink ticket. We have extended the pre-package prize ticket sale price of $45 through the end of this week. The discount price will not be available after Friday. On the evening of the Gift Gala, you will still be able to purchase more tickets, but just not with the package discount.

Tickets on sale now!


Louis Vuitton

Odeon Tote MM

Value: $2,230!


Tickets are $20 each. This bag will be raffled off at the Gift Gala on April 22!

*Winner need not be present*


If you would like tickets please

email: smsgiftgala@gmail.com


*Cash, check, or Venmo accepted

Checks made payable to Saint Mary PTA

Venmo @StMarys-PTA (please include # of tickets and phone number)

2023-2024 SCHOOL CALENDAR

The 2023-24 school calendar has been updated to reflect a few additional half days and scheduled events. We will post calendar updates as they become available. Click here for the updated version.

STUDENT HIGHLIGHT

58% of Saint Mary students in grades 5 through 8 received honors this marking period.

We are extremely proud of our students' hard work and dedication to their academics.

Congratulations to Saint Mary School Varsity Cheer Squad, led by Coach Jennifer Fialo, for taking 3rd place in this weekend's competition at Immaculate Conception l. We're so proud of you all who worked so hard this year. Go Saints!

Parent Homework

The Diocese of Trenton is hosting two job fairs for their member schools on May 9 and 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!

It’s Spring at SMS! The spring 2023 Snapology registration form is attached. Mondays, 4/17-5/22, 2:30-3:30pm

April Lunch Menu

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



Lunch form here.

April menu here.

Saint Mary School year ends on June 16 and most summer camps don't start until late June or early July. Highline Arena will be running a 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 and if you have any questions please feel free to contact SMS dad, Chris Gosha, at cgosha21@gmail.com. Click here for registration form.

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 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

Practices start Mon., April 24, and culminate with the Spring Into Summer 1-mile race on Sat., May 20, at 8:10 am. The practice schedule is below and time is 2:30 pm–3 pm.

• Mon., April 24

• Fri., April 28

• Mon., May 1

• Fri., May 5

• Mon., May 8

• 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., April 21, right after school in the cafeteria. Visit our Troop's Facebook page here.

MUSIC

Saint Mary offers a wonderful assortment of music programs for grades 1 and above. Have your child try an instrument and enrich their learning of the arts. 


1st grade and above can start on piano, ukulele, or drums.


3rd grade and above can start on voice, guitar, trumpet, trombone, strings, bass, flute, clarinet, and saxophone.


5th grade and above can start on all the instruments, including bagpipes, and learn music recording and production.


More information here.