While it is true that St. Mary’s School is over 50 years old, it is giving birth to a new program when classes resume Sept. 6.
To expand its offerings to area families, a pre-school has been added to the current kindergarten through eighth grades.
“It may be over 50 years old but St. Mary’s School is still in its prime,” Sister Sharon Dalton, principal, said.
To mark the addition of 4 year olds at the school, a jumpy tent will be set up on the school grounds on opening day.
“As teachers greet their pupils on Tuesday, students will be given time slots to enjoy a romp in the jumpy tent with their classmates to start off the school year with enthusiasm and energy,” Dalton said. “This is an opportunity to show our excitement about our inclusion of 4 year olds as well as our commitment to physical activity as an important component of a rich educational program. It is also a way to welcome all of our students back, while celebrating the start of our new pre-K program.”
Nine 4 year olds have registered for this year’s pre-K class. Both full-day and half-day options are available.
“Tuition is reasonably priced for the benefit of all,” Dalton said. “There are a few spaces available if someone is still looking for a pre-K program for his or her child.”
Dalton will be available to meet with parents of incoming students on Sept. 6. The new pre-K teacher is Marijane Ross.
St. Mary’s School will begin with a full day for all students. Breakfast will be cereal, toast, juice and milk. Lunch will be chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes, corn and fruit. Lunch price is $1.50, breakfast is 75 cents and milk is 50 cents. Take-home packets will be given to each family on the first day of school. Parents are asked to read, sign and return paperwork as soon as possible.
Gym classes for grades pre-K, kindergarten and grades 6-8 are on Tuesday and Thursday. Grades pre-K through 5 are on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Students are asked to come prepared. Junior high soccer practice for grades 6-8 will begin during the first week of school. Meagan Tubbs will coach the team. Students in grades 4 and 5 will be surveyed about their interest in playing on a school soccer team as well.
Open house will be held on Sept. 21 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. for all staff, students and families. Anyone interested in the school’s offerings is welcome to attend.
“Father Kevin McEwan will be enjoying his first assignment as pastor of a parish which includes a school,” Dalton said. “St. Mary’s is the happy beneficiary of Father McEwan’s vitality and spirit. We will literally be jumping for joy as school begins on Tuesday, Sept. 6.”