ST. MARY BYZANTINE SCHOOL

NEWSLETTER

 

Mission Statement:

We are called to grow in the Gospel values of Jesus in pursuit of spiritual,

social, and academic excellence.

 

No.  23                                         web address www.smbyz.org                                 February 15, 2017

 

PASTOR’S MESSAGE

 

“Kites rise highest against the wind----not with it.” Winston Churchill

 

BIBLE REFLECTION

 

“If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32

 

LITURGICAL SERVICE SCHEDULE

 

February 17 – Panachida (Memorial service remembering the deceased).

February 23 – Liturgy

Services at 8:30 a.m.  All are welcome to attend.  Confessions opportunity after services.

 

UNITY CATHOLIC SAVINGS PROGRAM

 

Students may bring their money in for deposit into their savings program every Thursday.

 

PACKED LUNCHES

 

Students should not be bringing glass bottles or containers as part of their lunch.  We have had incidents of students dropping glass drinks, which is extremely dangerous.

 

VOUCHER/CSTP/EDCHOICE

 

Non-Cleveland residents, with students entering Kindergarten or Grade 1, may apply for an EdChoice Expansion Voucher. Free applications are available upon request.

 

All students currently receiving tuition vouchers must renew that voucher at this time.  Applications were sent home and are also available in the school office.

 

UTILITY BILLS OR LEASE AGREEMENTS MUST ACCOMPANY EVERY RENEWAL AND NEW APPLICATION.  THE ENTIRE UTILITY BILL MUST BE SUBMITED SHOWING THE SERVICE ADDRESS AND BILLING ADDRESS.

 

If you have questions on either of these Voucher programs, please call the school office.

 

PLANNING AHEAD

 

February 20 - No school celebrating Presidents’ Day

Night at the Races will be held on April 29!

Parent/Teacher Conferences (optional) – March 15/16

Teacher Day (no school) – March 17

Spring Salad Bingo – May 10

 

VOUCHER CHECKS

 

Round 2 Voucher Checks have arrived.  Please stop in to sign checks ASAP.  THANK YOU!

 

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

 

We are now accepting registrations for Kindergarten.  Kindergarten students must be 5 years old by September 30th.  Families may call anytime to tour and gain further information about our program. 

 

OPEN ENROLLMENT

 

We are currently accepting registrations for new students for grades 1-8.  Families may call the school office to schedule a tour of the school. 

 

St. Mary Byzantine Parish Lenten Fish Fry

 

Every Friday from March 3 through April 7, come to the Crystal Chalet (across Biddulph from the school) for the St. Mary Byzantine Parish fish fry. Dinner will be served from 4:00 to 7:00 and features baked or fried fish, pierogi, cabbage and noodles, and more. 

 

PROGRESS REPORTS

 

The last day for grades toward 3rd quarter progress reports will be February 17th.

 

FOOD TREATS

 

As part of the federal nutrition/health guidelines and the fact that many more students cope with food allergies, we are limited in the food treats we can distribute in school.  Therefore, we ask that food items for birthdays and special occasions not be sent in, or if sent in, YOU MUST individually wrap the item and it will be sent home with students, not consumed in school.  Thank you for your cooperation.

 

CURRENT STUDENTS NEED TO REGISTER!

 

If your son/daughter is currently a student at St. Mary’s, they still need to register for next school year.  The registration forms were sent home last week.  Please note that for the half price registration fee of $75.00, the fee must be paid by March 18th.

 

STUDENT RECORDS

 

We have been having problems getting in touch with students’ parents when they are ill.  Anytime there is a change in contact information, please notify the office and update our records.

 

NIGHT AT THE RACES!

 

Tickets will soon be available in the school office for the Races!  $25 per person includes hot dinner and 10 races, plus split board raffles & Chinese auction!

 

Horses are available for $15.00.  Flyers were sent home!

 

YEARBOOK

 

Yearbook order forms were sent home last week and are due by March 3rd.  Yearbooks will be delivered at the end of May.

 

SNOW DAYS

 

St. Mary’s does not always follow Cleveland Public Schools regarding calamity/snow days.  If we will be closed, the networks will specifically list St. Mary Byzantine.  Multiple factors go into a decision to close school.  If we do remain open, but you feel it is unsafe for your child/children to come to school, call them off due to the weather, it will be an excused absence.  If Cleveland is closed, there is no bus transportation.  Whenever we are closed please refer to Gradelock for further information. 

 

CLASS NEWS

 

The 7th & 8th grade classes went on a field trip to the Federal Reserve Bank-----here are a few of their thoughts!

“During my trip to the Federal Reserve Bank, they told us there were 12 Federal Reserve banks in the United States.’ Ethan

“When you walk into the building, it is very beautiful, with high ceilings, neutral type colors and light fixtures.  They have a little theater where you can watch a short film on money.  They also have a game to play with examples of trading artifacts in Africa.”  Victoria

“My trip to the Federal Reserve Bank was one of the best trips ever.  I got to see this huge money tree.  I also got my picture taken on a dollar bill which was awesome!” Annalyce

“I learned that money is made out of scraps of blue jeans.  That is why if you wash it, it doesn’t get messed up.” Mackenzie

“The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland is an amazing place to go.  It teaches you a lot of what money really is and its history.” Robbie

“We watched a video about how rocks were used for trading on the island of Yap. We made our own money with our heads on it and then played a question game with facts and making good choices.’ Jack

“We learned about counterfeiting, old money, history and we got to make fun things.” Rheal

“We learned that Harriet Tubman’s face is going to be on the $20 bill.  If you make fake money it is illegal.” Emilio

“My mother always said to me that money doesn’t grow on trees. When I went to the Federal Reserve Bank, I proved her wrong.  Money does grow on trees!” Joshua

“It was a wonderful trip with many exhibits.  I had a wonderful time learning many new things.” Kalobe