St. Mary's News & Events
Congratulations, Mr. Flint!
At the area Catholic schools Mass and professional day a few weeks ago, Mr. Mark Flint (grade 8) was recognized for 35 years of service to the Archdiocese of Boston. Throughout his time at St. Mary's School, Mr. Flint has provided hundreds of students with a high quality education, as evidenced by the fact that his math students consistently score well above the national and archdiocesan average on the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests. As skilled and outstanding as Mr. Flint is as a math and science teacher, his true heart and talent lies in the faith formation of our students. Each year Mr. Flint leads his eighth grade students through a journey that encourages them to challenge their own understanding of the faith, develop a more intimate relationship with Jesus, and understand what it means to be a member of the Church. Thank you, Mr. Flint, for your service and dedication to the mission of St. Mary of the Annunciation Parish and School!
Pictured: Bishop Mark O'Connell (center),
Mr. Mark Flint (far right)
SAFETY REMINDER! Our first concern is always for the safety of the children. The area around the school is congested during morning drop-off and afternoon pick up despite the staggered schedules. Regardless of where you park your car, please be sure to use the crosswalks. Remind your children to look both ways before crossing any street, and to wait for drivers to stop before crossing any street. Students and parents must use the crosswalks when dropping off or picking up students. Please do not stop your car in the middle of the street to drop off your child. This is an extremely dangerous habit that puts children at risk. If you are driving, remember that Melrose has a 25 mph speed limit across the city. And most school zones have a limit of 20 mph. Please drive carefully.
Upcoming Important Dates:
Monday, November 11: NO SCHOOL - Veterans Day
Wednesday, November 13: Lifetouch school picture retakes
Monday, November 18: Spirit Week - Dress down day
Tuesday, November 19: Spirit Week - Game day
Wednesday, November 20: Spirit Week -Poster/poem/decorating contest
Thursday, November 21: Spirit Week - Crazy socks day
Friday, November 22: Spirit Week - Frozen Friday
Wednesday, November 27: Liturgy at 9:00 am in Upper Church
Wednesday, November 27: Students dismissed at 11:00 am
Wednesday, November 27: No after school program today
Thursday, November 28: NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving
Friday, November 29: NO SCHOOL
Wednesday, December 4: Report cards sent home today
Wednesday, December 4: Liturgy at 9:00 am in Upper Church
Thursday, December 5: Parent-Teacher conferences, 6:00 - 8:00pm
Friday, December 6: Feast of St. Nicholas
Friday, December 6: Students dismissed at 11:00 am
Friday, December 6: Parent-Teacher conferences, 12:00 - 2:30 pm
Wednesday, November 20
Please join us as we need everyone’s help to make this a successful year for all our children!
Details and Information:
Individual School Picture Retakes
Lifetouch will be at St. Mary's School for a retake/make-up day on Wednesday, November 13. This is for any student who was absent on the original picture day or was not satisfied with their original portraits. If you would like to have your child's picture retaken, you must return your complete package to the photographer. Your child will be re-photographed and a new portrait will be printed for you. Students who are having their picture taken on Wednesday, November 13 may come to school in their own clothes.
Student Council is pleased to announce that this year's Spirit Week will be held during the week of November 18.
Monday, November 18 - Dress down day (wear navy blue or white to show your school spirit)
Tuesday, November 19 - Game Day (students may bring in a favorite game to play with their classmate during the last period of the day)
Wednesday, November 20 - Poster/poem/decorating contest
Thursday, November 21 - Crazy socks day
Friday, November 22 - Frozen Friday
Student Council - Candy for our Troops Overseas
Many thanks to all who donated candy to Soldiers’ Angels Treats for Troops Halloween Candy Collection Drive. Thanks to your generosity, four huge boxes were filled with all kinds of treats for our troops serving abroad. Student Council will be delivering the candy to Soldiers' Angels this week.
SMS Hats and String Bags
The cold weather is arriving this week and that can mean only one thing...time to break out those winter hats. Can't find your winter hat? Your head grew too much since last winter? Just want an excuse to get a new hat while showing your school spirit? You've come to the right place! Order forms for SMS winter beanie hats and string bags were sent home by our Student Council this week. Extra order forms and samples are available in the main office.
Annual Christmas Tree Sale
Friday, December 6 (11:00 am - 9:00 pm)
Saturday, December 7 (9:00 am - 6:00 pm)
Sunday, December 8 (7:30 am - 12:30 pm)
Christmas trees, beautiful wreaths, poinsettias, everything to make your home festive. Huge bake sale and fabulous raffle baskets in the Lower Church Hall. Proceeds benefit graduation week events for our grade 8 class. Mark your calendars and we'll see you in the schoolyard!
November Saint of the Month
The November saint of the month is Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini.
Born Francesca Cabrini, she was the youngest in a very large family. Born two months premature, Cabrini was one of four surviving children out of the 13. The remaining nine children died at young ages.
Francesca graduated with honors from a school run by the religious congregation, the Daughters of the Sacred Heart. She received her teaching certificate and wished to join this religious order after finishing school, but they told her she was “too frail” for their lifestyle. She then decided to dedicate her life to service as a layperson. She worked at House of Providence Orphanage in Cadogno, Italy, where she took a religious habit in 1877.
However, in 1880, Francesca made religious vows with seven other women to the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a religious congregation in which she founded. She chose the name St. Frances Xavier Cabrini after St. Francis Xavier, the missionary saint. The Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus devote their lives to prayer, service and ministry. They serve the poor, marginalized, and the suffering.