Dear Parents and Guardians,
On behalf of the faculty and staff of St. Mary’s Catholic School, I would like to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving. I pray you have a wonderful holiday with family and friends and have time to relax and have fun. I am very thankful for the families of St. Mary’s and am blessed to be part of such a spiritual and giving community.
It was wonderful seeing so many families at our annual Thanksgiving Feast last Thursday. We are grateful for your patience as we began the new tradition of bringing all our families together in one place, at one time. We will certainly take what we learned and put it into practice next year. Thank you to Mrs. Broadwater and Mrs. Olson for your delicious culinary talents, to all teachers, students, parents and friends for your help in organizing, serving, setting up and cleaning up. The day would not have been possible without your help. Thank you Mrs. Kuriger and Mrs. Naumann for all your decorating expertise.
When you return on Monday, December 1st, we will be in for a very busy and exciting month. Please make sure you check out the Important Dates to Remember at the end of this newsletter. Highlights of this list include the Christmas Parade on the 1st, the celebration of St. Nicholas Day and the Junior High All-Region Band Auditions on the 5th, All School Mass on Monday the 8th and Friday the 12th, Noon dismissal on the 9th and the 19th, our school Christmas Program on the 9th, Family Mass at St. Mary’s on the 14th and our Christmas Band Concert on the 18th. Please make notes on your calendar so you do not miss a beat.
Have a wonderful vacation. See you on the 1st of December.
A Smile From Father Steve
"Don't let your worries get the best of you; remember, Moses started
out as a basket case."
·The Catholic school climate, mission, and purpose positively impact student achievement and attendance (Bryk, Lee, & Holland, 1993).
·A faith-based orientation builds coherence and integration of schools and school community (Bryk, Lee, & Holland, 1993).
·Students demonstrate higher academic achievement in Catholic schools (Coleman, Hoffer, & Kilgore, 1982; Sander, 1996).
·Graduates of Catholic high schools are more likely to vote and earn higher wages (Dee, 2005; Neal, 1997).
·Catholic schools tend to produce graduates who are more civically engaged, more tolerant of diverse views, and more committed to service as adults (Campbell, 2001; Wolf, Greene, Kleitz, & Thalhammer, 2001).
· Call the school to make an appointment to take a tour today!