St. Mary's Catholic School
218 W. Washington Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740-4765
301-733-1184 | email

Challenging the Mind - Living the Faith

May 2017

We have finished our alphabet study and will be reviewing our letters while making mini books to “read”. We have been learning about different authors and illustrators each week and doing some special art work to go with our stories.  I wish to thank all the parents that helped out with our field trips to the Catoctin Zoo and Maryland Theater.  What a great learning experience and appreciation for the arts and nature!  We are working on learning our songs and parts for the end of year program on June 2 at 9:15.  I hope everyone will be able to join us for this day of celebration and awards.  There will be a reception following our program.  Many thanks for sharing your child with us this...

September News

We have begun our alphabet study.  We are very excited about the learning that will take place across the curriculum as we study our letters.  We would like to coordinate Show and Tell with our alphabet letters.  The more association your child has with the letter/sound, the greater will be his/her retention.  Please have your child choose something that begins with the letter of the week.  Help your child prepare a few sentences to tell about their item. Show and Tell will typically be held on Fridays.  Last week we did lots of apple activities…counting, sorting, graphing, patterning, weighing, eating (homemade applesauce -YUM!), and making apple prints.  You can help reinforce learning by displaying your child’s alphabet art each week and encouraging your child to bring an item for Show and Tell that begins with the featured letter.  We will continue to focus on getting to know each other, learning to recognize our names, body parts, and positional words.  The children are enjoying sharing their me posters and getting to learn all about their new friends. Many thanks to all the families that came to Back to School Night! Reminders… We go to the library on Thursdays each week to check out books.  Please remember to return your child’s library book by Thursday each week. Scholastic Book orders were in the back to school night folders or sent home with your child.  Orders are due by September 22nd.  You can order online or send the form back with your payment.  Checks should be made out to Scholastic. Please remember to check your child’s yellow folder daily and remove the...

Welcome to Pre-K

Welcome to Pre-K at Saint Mary Catholic School. We are looking forward to introducing your child to a new year of learning and a positive first day of school.  We are excited to meet with you and your child when you come to pick up your child’s t-shirts and tote and visit the classroom.  Reminder letters were sent out with your scheduled time.  Look for that information in your mailbox this week! The first day of class for Pre-K students will be Wednesday, August 31st or Thursday, September 1st.  The staggered schedule will help to ease the transition. Our day will start in the gym at 8:15.  Dismissal is at 11:30.  You will pick your child up in the Walnut Street parking lot.  We look forward to a fun and exciting year! God Bless, Jeanie Stark Sister...

April News

Many thanks to all who helped with our Easter egg hunt.  I hope everyone had a Blessed Easter.  The end of the year is fast approaching and we have many events to look forward to.  We will be finishing our alphabet study this month and will continue to review the letters and sounds as well as the correct formation of letters and numbers.  We are looking forward to our field trip to the zoo on May 5th.  Information will be sent home.  Please return permission slips along with payment by April 22nd. Update:  Pre-K will participate in the Walk for Success during their Physical Education class on Thursday, April 21st. A minimum donation of $5.00 in sponsorship money is requested for student participants to receive a T-shirt.  All proceeds will be used to update our iPad program.  Participants will enjoy an ice cream treat after the Walk. Your child should continue to practice saying their birthday, address, and telephone number. It can be a fun learning activity to play in the car. Ask your child to repeat after you. Divide it into small sections to repeat. Using different voices makes it fun and easier to remember. Your child should return their telephone number cut and paste activity to school.  We are making a class telephone book. We are busy learning our letters and sounds. Check out our snack calendar to see which letter we will focus on each week this month. Continue to review the letters and sounds from Aa-Zz. Ask your child to be a letter detective and find the letters in print as you travel or shop...

March News

Spring is in the air and we have lots of news to share.  We have a new student, Daniella Anaglate. The boys and girls have done a wonderful job making her feel welcomed. ** Update….We did not get enough milk jugs to make the bunny buckets for our Easter Egg Hunt. I will come up with an alternative idea. Also, we don’t have enough eggs for our hunt. We will need to cancel the egg hunt if we do not receive them on Wednesday and I will just distribute what I have to the children.  Thank you to those that sent them by the due date. We celebrated Dr. Seuss in honor of his birthday and Read Across America. We enjoyed having our first grade friends read to us. We have been learning about our senses and dental health. The children should complete their toothbrushing chart. Each day they brush their teeth they should color in the smiley face on their chart. Please have your child return their toothbrush chart to school when completed to receive an award. Keep brushing! We are looking forward to Dr. Ellis coming to speak to us about taking care of our teeth. As we celebrate this season of Lent we are learning to make good choices in our everyday life. Your child should continue to practice saying their birthday, address, and telephone number. It can be a fun learning activity to play in the car. Ask your child to repeat after you. Divide it into small sections to repeat. Using different voices makes it fun and easier to remember. Your child should return...