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June 27, 2016


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Sent to the Principal's Office
Monday, June 27

Good afternoon.  For the first time in nearly forty years, I have the distinct pleasure of introducing myself as the "new" principal at St. Mary's School.  I hope this eBlast finds you all well, and I pray you bear with me as I take this maiden voyage of sending my first eBlast!  As you may have heard, after 37 years behind the principal's desk, Mr. Billy Pahl has decided to retire.  I would like to congratulate Mr. Pahl on his years of service and the impeccable legacy he has left behind.  I am excited for the future of our school and the opportunity and trust the St. Mary's community has placed with me. We've hit the ground running in the school office, and I find it hard to believe I'm in my fourth week on the job already!  If you have any questions or would like to stop by to say hello, please come on by the school office.
I look forward to working with all of you to foster the success of our St. Mary's students in the 2016-2017 school year

Sincerely,
John Mein

Registration/Re-enrollment
Classes are filling up!  If you have not yet re-enrolled, please make sure you do so as soon as possible. We're very excited to welcome 25 new Apache families to St. Mary's!

Football Camp
Are you ready for some football? Coach Loth hopes so! Apache Boy's Football Camp will be held at the St. Mary's field, Monday, July 25th through Thursday, July 28th.  Camp for boys who have completed grades 2-4 will be from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.; Boys having completed grades 5-8 will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The cost for the camp is $40 ($50 if you want a camp t-shirt).  This is highly encouraged for those planning on hitting the field this year in the royal blue.  Email Coach Loth ( rloth@stmarysmail.com ) if you have any questions.
Please stop by the office to register.

Volleyball Camp
Coach King is calling all girls, who have completed grades 2-8, to hone their skills at Apache Girl's Volleyball Camp on Monday, July 25th through Thursday, July 28th.  Girls having completed grades 5-8 will be from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. while girls who have completed grades 2-4 will hit the court from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Murchison-Pahl Gymnasium. If your Apache plans on spiking it to the competition wearing the SMS logo this year, it is highly encouraged that they they attend.  The cost is $40 per camper ($50 if they would like a t-shirt).  Email Coach King ( bking@stmarysmail.com ) if you have any questions.
Please stop by the office to register.

Paver Project
Our football stadium renovation project is now underway to expand bleacher seating and upgrade the stadium just in time for our 2016 Apache Football season. If you would like to buy a brick to honor your family, your children, your class, a specific team or another idea you come up with, please come by the office this week to purchase a brick for $100. New bricks are being engraved now. The existing bricks will be part of the new walkway.
Thank you to those who have given to this stadium upgrade project:
The Cailloux Foundation
Tony Knopp Family
Brad & Sheryl Kott
The Nimitz Museum
Stan & Cindy Zwinggi


Hope for the Future Deadline
Attention all parents seeking financial aid for the upcoming, 2016-2017 school year- The deadline to submit your application for financial aid for Hope for the Future is July 15th. Complete your application here: https://online.factsmgt.com/SignIn.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2f

New Uniform Policy
The School Uniform Committee has been working hard to update the school uniform and dress code policy for the 2016-2017 school year.  The main areas that have been updated are shoes and socks.  You can view the entire '16/'17 Student Handbook here: Handbook; Also, here is a helpful guide to take with you when purchasing shoes for your St. Mary's student: Shoe Shopping Guide.  All these resources are available on the home page of the school website.

School Supply List
There's nothing like the smell of a newly sharpened pencil, the crisp tear of new Velcro while opening a binder, and the sharp SNAP! of its three rings securely holding pages of wide-ruled notebook paper and dividers.  There's also nothing like the craziness of the school supply aisle in the days leading up to the first day of school!  Because we want to do all we can to save your sanity, the school supply lists are here: School Supplies.  Beat the crazy rush and have your students be prepared for the first day of school.  Supply lists are also available at http://school.stmarysfbg.com under helpful links.

Embroidery/Monogramming Deadlines
Pursuant to the 2016-2017 Uniform Policy, all school uniform shirts shall be embroidered with the St. Mary's School logo.  There are several approved vendors to embroider the school logo.  That list can be found here: Approved Vendors.  The deadline for some of these are coming up soon, so please get these taken care of as soon as possible!

Mr. Pahl health update
As another school year came to a close, the St. Mary's family was dealt the blow of the news of Billy Pahl's diagnosis of cancer.  Mr. Pahl underwent surgery two weeks ago, and in true Mr. Pahl fashion, he is already back to work! This is a true testament to the power of prayer and good will.

From Billy Pahl:
      I am recovering nicely from surgery, and I received good news with the final pathology report.  A blood test in six weeks should confirm that I am free of cancer.  I thank all students, families and staff for the many prayers offered on my behalf.  I felt supported and "lifted up" as I moved through the medical procedures.  
      I am excited that you are signed up for the 160th year for St. Mary's School.  I think this will be the best year ever for our school!  We have a wonderful school community - great families and dedicated teachers and a new principal, Mr. Mein, to lead the way.  
      God bless you!

Save the Date
Get these dates on your calendar now! Save the Date!

Other Events for Your Calendar
July Office Hours- M-Th (9:00-12:00); Closed Fridays
August 9th- PTC Kickoff Pep Rally @ 6:00
August 12th- Meet the Teacher @ 2:00
August 15th- First Day of School
August 26th- Gillespie County Fair (School Holiday)
Catholic Arts & Academic Competitions- TBD

For all early release days and school holidays, look here: '16/'17 Calendar





St. Mary's Catholic School
202 S. Orange Street
Fredericksburg, Texas 78624
830 997 3914