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.  14                              web address www.smbyz.org                       December 12, 2018

 

BIBLE VERSE

 

“God’s gift to us is to shower us with the Grace of Jesus Christ.”  Ephesians 2:8

 

WORDS FOR THOUGHT

 

“If you are silent, you will have peace wherever you live.” Abba Poemen

 

LITURGICAL SERVICES

 

Liturgy December 21 – 8:30 a.m.

 

PLANNING AHEAD

 

December 18 – School Christmas Concert

December 20 – PTU Family Christmas Party

December 21 – School in session; Christmas Break begins December 24

 

PARENT GROUP UPCOMING EVENTS

 

December 20 - Family Christmas Party – details coming

Resale Shop – DATE CHANGE – New date April 27, 2019

 

PRAYER REQUEST

 

We would like to keep all families’ intentions in our prayers.  If you have a prayer request for any reason, please contact the school office or send a note into school.

 

SCIENCE BOARDS

 

The prices for the Science boards are $6.00 for the large boards, and $5.00 for the small boards.

 

Science Fair Help Days: Thursday, December 13 – 2:50-3:10

Thursday, January 10 – 2:50-3:10

Tuesday, January 15 – 7:35-7:50 

 

BREAKFAST WITH THE PRINCIPAL

 

Congratulations to the following students who earned “Breakfast with the Principal” for showing their exemplary gratitude.

 

K – Neico Williams, 1 – Blake Kirchner, 2 Rikayla Zarins,  3 – Ester Buckova, 4 – Kyla Matus, 5 – William Andrews, 6 – Katie Zimmerman, 7 – Leila Holland, 8 – Curtis Robinson.

 

COOKIE SALE

 

Parish cookie sale is December 15 after the 5 p.m. Liturgy & 16 after the 10:00 a.m. Liturgy.

 

PRESCHOOL ENROLLMENT

 

Our three year old preschool program has a few openings.  If you know anyone with a three year old interested in preschool, please call Mrs. Murray, our preschool director, at 216-351-8121.

 

FAMILY CHRISTMAS PARTY

 

The PTU will be hosting a family Christmas party on Thursday, December 20.   Flyers and an email went out this week with further information.

 

 

 

ST. MARY’S STUDENT COUNCIL

 

We hope you are having a blessed holiday season.   This year we will once again be collecting hats, gloves, and scarves for the West Side Catholic Center.  We will also be collecting personal hygiene products including toilet paper, shampoo/toothpaste, deodorant, feminine products, diapers, and soap.  Please have all donations in by Friday, December 21.    Your generosity is greatly appreciated during this time of year.  Thank you for your continued support.  If you have any questions please contact our faculty advisor, Miss Nadson, at nadsonK@stmarybyzantine.com.

 

UNITY CATHOLIC SAVINGS PROGRAM

 

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

 

SAVE THE DATE!

 

Night at the Races – May 11, 2019!

 

GIFT CARDS AVAILABLE

 

A variety of gift cards are available for sale through the school office.  The school earns a percentage of each gift card sale.  Gift cards are available all year.  If you shop at the major grocery chains, buy gift cards for the amount you spend and the school will make money from your purchases.  We place the orders twice a month on the 15th and the 30th.

 

AFTER SCHOOL PICK-UP

 

Understandably, situations arise that result in a late pick-up of a student at dismissal.  However, late pick-ups are becoming an issue.  Dismissal is at 2:45.  If a student is not picked-up by 3:00 and there is no emergency call placed by that family, the student will be taken to latchkey, and the family will be charged for those services.

 

LUNCH APPLICATION

 

A family may apply for free/reduced lunch anytime throughout the year.  Applications are in the school office.

 

SNOW DAYS

 

St. Mary’s does not 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, and it will be an excused absence.  If Cleveland is closed, there will not be bus transportation.  Unlike last school year, this year it is unlikely school will be closed for cold weather only.

 

RECESS

 

If the outdoor temperature, with wind chill is above 25 degrees and the playground is not icy, students will have recess.  Please dress students appropriately for the outdoor recess play.

 

TIMELY ATTENDANCE

 

It is imperative for the best efforts in the morning that students arrive at school on time.  All students are to be in their classrooms by 8:00 a.m. Five unexcused tardy days will result in a Saturday detention.

 

PIZZA BRAWL RESULTS

 

Many thanks to all of our pizza vendors: P.Jay’s, Guys’, Rosa’s, Cici’s, Marco’s, Happy’s, & Master Pizza.

 

Thank you to our over 200 attendees who enjoyed delicious pizza and voted.  P’Jay’s was awarded best cheese and specialty pizza and Happy’s was awarded “Teachers’ Choice”.

 

Thank you to our Gold sponsor Diane Papke, MD, Silver Sponsor Strategic Wealth Partners, and Bronze Sponsors 1st Class Delivery, Fabrizi Trucking & Paving, Underground Connections, David Potoma, John & Rosemary Trompak, and the Papke Boys with Tricia. 

 

The event raised $3,489 towards SMB CYO athletic program.