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Principal's Letter


February 1, 2018

Dear Parents,

As I write this letter today, our students in 5th through 8th grade are gathered together in what we call an “Academic Quiz bowl”. Mixed together on teams, they compete academically in all areas of our curriculum. All 76 of them were wearing team colored shirts and smiles a mile wide, proving that, with effort and enthusiasm, you can make learning a lot of fun!

This was just one of the many activities we planned this week to celebrate our Catholic identity, Catholic Schools Week 2018! I would like to offer a special word of thanks to the teachers for all their hard work and creativity to make this an awesome week for our students. I would be remiss if I didn’t thank the parents in our PTO, who have sponsored several fun events this week including Zumba as well as the snacks this afternoon, that followed our school wide STEM project. Ask your child how tall his or her team’s snowman was!

We will conclude our special week with the Blessing of throats for the Feast of St. Blaise this Friday in church at 10:40 followed by our First Friday Liturgy. I hope you can join us then.

Other events taking place in February include:

  1. PTO meeting on Tuesday, February 13th at 6:30 in the Cafeteria
  2. Ash Wednesday Prayer (2/14) service 1:30 in church
  3. NO SCHOOL for winter recess Feb. 19-23rd.
  4. St. Mary’s Faculty and Staff take on the HARLEM WIZARDS, along with teachers from other catholic schools, at CCHS on Wed. February 28th. Game time is 6:30 p.m. and proceeds of the event benefit our PTO, who work to provide fun events and funding for the school. For tickets, go to If you are interested in volunteering at the event, please sign up online at

Registration packets will be sent home Electronically this year. In an effort to make things easier and more streamlined for parents, we will be providing a fillable Microsoft Word document. Once complete, simply electronically sign the form and return it to us via email. We will apply the registration fee to your FACTS account. As we did last year, $150.00 of your registration will be credited back to your FACTS account in September after your child has returned to St. Mary’s for the next school year. (Registration forms will also be provided for those who choose to complete them by pen and paper).

Finally, I would like to offer a personal word of thanks to all the parents who emailed me, posted a special note on Facebook, or left a handwritten note on my desk at dismissal, offering congratulations on my recent diocesan award. Though I’m not one to enjoy being the center of attention, this experience has taught me two things. Namely, I learned the importance of being gracious, in success as well as in failure and I also learned the magnitude of our community’s caring and compassion. I would like to add that, though the award has my name inscribed on it, I view our success as a result of the hard work and dedication of a team of outstanding faculty and staff members. They make me look good!

I hope your family relaxes and enjoys time together over the Winter break, during the week of February 19th. May God continue to bless you and your family as we prepare for the start of the Lenten season.

With best wishes,

Mary Rushkoski