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smpirates.org / Aug. 26, 2022

Booster Club Yard Signs

St. Mary's High School Booster club is ordering athletic yard signs for fall sports. Signs must be ordered and paid for by Monday, Aug. 29. Click here to view a sample sign and complete your order. 

An Important Note From our School Nurse

In staying compliant with state law, we are no longer able to offer Tylenol or Motrin to students at the front office. However, we are attaching a self carry form that, once completed, allows for your student to carry one to two doses of Tylenol, Motrin, or Tums with them as long as it is in the original container. You can find this form, and other medical forms, on the Pirate Parents page of the school website.

If you have a student who needs any medication during school, including an inhaler or EpiPen,  please make sure you have completed the appropriate paperwork including the self carry consent form and turned them into the front office. 

Back to School Night, Aug. 30

Please join us on Tuesday, Aug. 30 from 4:30-8:30 pm to celebrate the 2022-2023 School Year. There will be games and food trucks from 4:30-6:00 pm and a “Meet & Greet” with teachers from 6:00-8:30 pm. Click here for the Back to School Night schedule. The Pirate Store will be open during Back to School Night. 

School Building Closure, Aug. 31

On Wednesday, Aug. 31, the school building will not open until 7:30 am. Due to Back to School Night running late, everyone will have a late start on Wednesday, including our faculty and staff. We will follow the Wednesday Modified Bell Schedule with the warning bell ringing at 8:50 am.

Senior College Information Night, Aug. 30

During Back to School Night, senior parents are invited to an informational meeting from 5-6 pm in the Resource Center. The counseling department will discuss Naviance and other college planning information. 

House System Town Hall, Sept. 1

We are inviting parents to learn more about the House System on Sept. 1 from 6-7 pm in the Art Room (#702). Our House Director, Mr. Mike Kloenne, will make a presentation. 

CC Volleyball Hosts St. Mary’s Alum (John Carroll University), Sept. 2-3

SAVE THE DATE! St. Mary’s and DR alum Jillian Kellick and the John Carroll University volleyball team will be heading to Colorado Springs Labor Day weekend to play in the Colorado College Pikes Peak Challenge Volleyball Tournament. Admission is free! All games will be played at Colorado College’s main gym (Reid Arena) or the Fitness Center. See the attached flier for times and more information. 

Welcome Back to the Grace Center Tailgate, Sep. 9

Save the date: Friday, Sept. 9 is the first home football game at 7:00 pm. Join us for our Welcome Back to the Grace Center pre-game event. Details to follow soon.

Coffee with the Principal and President, Sept. 9

Mark your calendars for Coffee with the Principal and President.

Friday, Sept. 9, 2022

Join us for Mass at 7:00 am in the Chapel followed by coffee in the Resource Center.

Please RSVP to Ramon Falt at rfalt@smhscs.org.

St. Mary's Golf Classic, Sept. 16

Registration is open for our 46th Annual Golf Classic at the beautiful Kissing Camels Golf Course in Garden of the Gods! Please visit stmarysgolf22.givesmart.com to register online. Registration begins at 8:00 am with a shotgun start at 9:00 am.

We are looking for 2-3 volunteers the morning of, from 7:30-10:00 am.

To volunteer or if you need help registering, please call Ramon Falt at 719.635.7540 x40.

Picture Day, Sept. 16 & Sept. 30

Picture Day for all students (9th-11th grade); faculty and staff will be on Friday, Sept. 16. Senior Portraits and picture make-ups will be on Friday, Sept. 30. 

Volunteers Needed - Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon, Sept. 17-18

Students, looking for more volunteer hours? The Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon races are in need of volunteers. The races will be held Sept. 17 (Ascent) and Sept. 18 (Marathon). To review the types of opportunities and to volunteer, click on Pikespeakmarathon.org, then click ‘Get Involved’, ‘Volunteer’, then click on ‘Ascent’ and/or ‘Marathon.’ Each task lists descriptions and times. 

Printer Access at School

Students will no longer have free access to print materials at school. Students are encouraged to print from home. If a student needs to print anything, they must go to the Business Office and will be charged $0.25 per page. 

Dress Code Reminders

Please note, denim overalls are not approved attire for dress down days or other jeans days.

Through the end of the month of September, as we establish our House groups, students will wear their House t-shirts, along with Weekly Mass Dress Code bottoms, for all-school Mass on Wednesdays. Starting October 1, students will return to the Weekly Mass Dress Code (Family Handbook, pg. 23). 

If you have any questions, please contact darchuleta@smhscs.org

AP Exam Fees Due Nov. 1

AP exams for 2023 are $97/each. All students will be directed by their teacher to register for their AP exam during class time via AP Classroom. Students will receive an official order form from counseling for the AP exams they plan to take in May. The fee(s) and the order form are due to counseling no later than Nov. 1.

Math Mentoring

In addition to the math mentoring program on Tuesdays and Fridays during Zero Hour (7:30-8:10 am), the math department will also offer mentoring during all study halls. If you have any questions, please contact the math department chair, phartman@smhscs.org

Tracking Parent Volunteer Hours, *Updated Information

St. Mary’s will again track parent volunteer hours in recognition of the importance of parent involvement in our school community. Families are expected to volunteer a minimum of 30 hours each school year (June 1-May 31) in activities that directly support the SMHS community. Families may choose to opt out of volunteering by paying a $450 fee. Hours are tracked using the MobileServe app. 

*Please note new directions to curb some processing issues on the backside of the app. Updated instructions on using the app can be found here

Pirate Café

The Pirate Café is up and running! Students will be able to start each day with their favorite pastry, latte, tea, or smoothie. Hours: 7:30-8:10 am in the Cove. St. Mary’s branded tumblers are now available for purchase. They are $15 each. Tumblers and water bottles are allowed in the classroom. 

Contact Lorelei Kay (lkay@smhscs.org) if you are interested in being a parent volunteer or student worker.

Sports Games This Week, Aug. 27-Sept. 2

Please come out in support of our many wonderful sports teams!

Cross Country @ Cherry Creek, Aug. 27

Boys Golf - Gladiator Invite @ Cheyenne Shadows, Aug. 30, 8 am

Girls Volleyball @ Banning Lewis, Aug. 30, 6 pm

Boys Soccer (home) vs. Manitou, Sept. 1, 6 pm

Cross Country @ Penrose Event Center, Sept. 2

Football @ Akron, Sept. 2, 7 pm