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.  11                               web address www.smbyz.org                              November 14, 2018

 

BIBLE VERSE

 

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through the son.”  Colossians 3:17

 

WORDS FOR THOUGHT

 

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”

(Henry Ford)

 

LITURGICAL SERVICE

 

November 30, 8:10 a.m.  Emmanuel Moleban

 

SINGING ANGELS

 

On Tuesday, December 4th, 7:30 p.m., the world renowned Singing Angels will be performing a holiday concert in our school gym.   The Singing Angels have performed for multiple popes and world leaders.  Tickets will be available in the school office next week.  Tickets will be $8.00 per adult, $2.00 per student.

 

THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE

 

The student council is sponsoring a food drive this week. Please bring in non-perishable or canned foods to homeroom.

 

THANKSGIVING FEAST

 

On Tuesday, November 20th, we will celebrate an all school Thanksgiving Feast.  The menu for the day will be chicken, whipped potatoes, applesauce, dinner roll, and milk.  If you receive free/reduced lunch, nothing further is needed.  If you purchase lunch the price is the same daily price of $2.75. 

 

SAVE THESE DATES!

 

November 18 – Parish Polka Party

November 29 – CYO Pizza Brawl

December 4 – Singing Angels Christmas Concert

December 18 – School Christmas Concert

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

 

PARENT GROUP UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Week of December 3 – Secret Santa Shoppe – wrappers needed

December 20 - Family Christmas Party – details coming

February 2 – Resale Shop

 

THANKSGIVING BREAK

 

School will be closed on Wednesday, November 21st through Friday, November 23rd for Thanksgiving.  The entire school year calendar is on the first page of the Handbook, located on our website.

 

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.

 

 

REPORT CARDS

 

First quarter report cards were sent home with the students last week.  Please sign and return them to the school by Friday, November 16th.

 

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, send in a note, and it will be an excused absence.  If Cleveland is closed, there will not be bus transportation.  Every effort will be made to make a final decision on remaining open or closing by 6:00 a.m.

 

RECESS

 

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

 

COOKIE SALE

 

Parish cookie sale will be held December 15 & 16 after the Saturday & Sunday liturgies.

 

ABSENCES

 

Even with calling a student off from school, the State of Ohio Department of Education requires a written note in order to “excuse” the student.  If a note does not come into school (even with a phone call), the student’s absence will be recorded to the State of Ohio as “unexcused”.  Handbook, page 7.

 

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.  An order form is being sent home today. 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.

 

UNITY CATHOLIC SAVINGS PROGRAM

 

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

 

COUGH DROPS

 

State of Ohio school guidelines prohibit us from administering medication of any kind without signed consent by both doctor and parent.  This includes over-the-counter meds such as cough drops.  See Handbook p. 7.

 

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.

 

LUNCH APPLICATION

 

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

 

REGISTER AT GIANT EAGLE

 

Giant Eagle – Register your shopper’s card with the school ID number #2867, or call 1-800-474-4777 or go on line to register www.gianteagle.com about apples for students.  Your card automatically renews annually.