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Falcon News
A weekly newsletter of the current events at
St. Mary’s Catholic School
December 14, 2021 ~ Issue 265


Dear Parents and Guardians,
Last week we held our first Santa's Workshop in many years. It was so successful that we had to end the sales on Wednesday (lesson learned for next year). Thank you to Mrs. Ghergherehchi and her elves for helping our little ones shop and wrapping all those presents (especially the pencils). And, thank you to those who donated those essential items to keep our elves busy :)

Thank you to our PAC and all who helped make our Christmas event this past Saturday so wonderful. To say that the students had fun would be an understatement. The smiles and frosting covered faces were a sight to be seen. We have definitely begun a new tradition. 

Our 4th-8th graders have begun their final exams for the first semester. Please keep them in your prayers. Semester grades will be complete when we return from Christmas vacation with report cards open, or sent home for Pre-K through 1st, on the 7th of January. Middle School students will receive their second semester schedules when they return on January 4th. 

Please remember that we are dismissing at noon on Friday for Christmas break. Falcon care will be open till 6:00. Please let Mrs. Cayce know if your child will be staying. 

On behalf of St. Mary’s faculty and staff I would like to wish you a blessed Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Mrs. Wyles


Celebrating Catholic Schools Dinner Honorees 166 BEST "Let's Celebrate" IMAGES, STOCK PHOTOS & VECTORS | Adobe Stock
Preparations are underway for the 2022 Celebrating Catholic Schools Awards Dinner, taking place on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Town Lake, 208 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, 78704.  This annual semi-formal dinner honors the “unsung” heroes at each of our 21 Catholic schools and raises much needed funds for Catholic school families who would otherwise be unable to afford a Catholic education for their child.  Over $1.4  million has been returned to schools to increase accessibility to Catholic education for so many families. We are extremely appreciative of the generosity and look forward to this year's celebration. 

This year I am proud to share with you that we are recognizing Knights of Columbus 3444. The Knights of Columbus is one of the oldest Catholic Fraternal organizations founded in the United States. The Knights' motto is “In Service to One, In Service to All.” with charity as their first principle and the basis for all they do as brother Knights. 

Our St. Mary’s Catholic School community has experienced/witnessed this charity first hand. We are blessed to have a wonderful relationship with Knights of Columbus #3444. These amazing men are always there to lend a helping hand to our school community. 

Whether it is building a privacy fence around our backyard, bringing in gravel for the playground, building a gaga pit for our students, or donating monies earned at the yearly Fish Fry, nothing is beyond their vision. Whatever we have asked, the answer has always been yes. 

We are very grateful for the caring community we have found in the Knights of Columbus and look forward to years of friendship. God bless you gentlemen.

Please visit to find out more about this wonderful event and to purchase tickets.

Texas Master Gardner News
Mr. and Mrs. Everett have been so hands on at our school doing many projects to beautify our campus, however, one project near and dear to their heart is the annual tagging of the Monarch butterflies that migrate through Texas. Please click on the link to access the newsletter.
Student Council and NJHS Christmas Wreaths  

Attention St Mary's Parents and Guardians: Student Council and NJHS are partnering together to create Christmas wreaths to be silent auctioned off starting Monday, Dec 6th - Thursday, Dec 16th. These wreaths have been created by our Student Council and NJHS students and will be used to add funds for future events and projects. You can find these wreaths displayed on the tables outside the office. Please sign up on the silent auction paper for the wreath/wreaths you are interested in and keep checking back to ensure you are the highest bidder! We will announce winners Thursday afternoon during announcements, and wreaths may be claimed and taken home Thursday afternoon/Friday. Bidding ends at 2pm on Thursday, Dec 16th!
World's Finest Chocolate Fundraiser - starting January 7th
St. Mary’s Catholic School is selling the World’s Finest Chocolate Variety Pack beginning January 7th.  Our packs include the following:  Milk Chocolate with Almonds Bars, W.F. Crisp® Bars, Caramel Bars, Milk Chocolate Bars, Dark Chocolate Bars and Wafer Bars.  Each variety pack contains 30 bars.  Each bar sells for $2.00.


Sign out your 2 boxes from the office 

Collect $2.00 for each bar you sell 

Place the money in the money collection envelope found in each box.

When you have sold all 30 bars, return the money to the school office.  

If someone would like to support us, but not a big chocolate fan - no worries!  Their $2 donation will help give a little joy to our first responders.  We will take them chocolate on your behalf!

This fundraiser is not mandatory but a great way to help support the school. And it is one of two major fundraisers to help those who received tuition assistance fulfill their obligation of helping refill the fund.
Extra, Extra, Read all about it! 
Mrs. Reed's creative writing class has been working hard on feel good fictional stories. Please click on the link below to access the PDF download of these great stories.  

Click HERE to see the students work .

Great job, students! 
Final Exam Schedule for Grades 4th - 8th Grade
Exam schedule can also be found on the SMCS website. 

Middle School Schedule 
Tuesday, December 14th 
6th Grade - Science - 8:10 am - 9:40 am 
7th Grade - History - 8:10 am - 9:40 am 
8th Grade -History - 9:45 am - 11:10 am 
6th Grade - ELA - 12:50 pm - 2:20 pm

Wednesday, December 15th
7th Grade - Math - 8:10 am - 9:40 am 
8th Grade - Math - 9:45 am - 11:15 am 
6th Grade - History - 12:50 pm - 2:20 pm 
7th Grade - Religion - 12:50 pm - 2:20 pm
8th Grade - Science - 12:50 pm - 2:20 pm 

Thursday, December 16th
6th Grade - Math - 9:45 am - 11:10 am 
7th Grade -ELA- 9:45 am - 11:10 am 
8th Grade - Religion - 9:45 am 11:10 am
6th Grade - Religion - 12:50 pm - 2:20 pm 
7th Grade - Science - 12:50 pm - 2:20 pm
8th Grade - ELA - 12:50 pm - 2:20 pm 

4th Grade Schedule
Monday, 12/13        Language Arts
Tuesday, 12/14       Math
Wednesday, 12/15  Religion
Thursday, 12/16      AM--Social Studies; PM--Science

5th Grade Schedule 
MONDAY, December 13

8:55 -9:40 am – Religion
TUESDAY, December 14
8:10 – 9:00 am – Math
9:05 – 9:50 am - ELA
WEDNESDAY, December 15
8:05 – 8:45 am - Science
8:45 – 9:35 am – Social Studies

Classroom Spotlight: This week is Band!
This past Thursday our Band students put on their Winter Concert. 5th Grade students opened up the show with Middle School following. Thank you to our band teacher, Mr. Knoke, for preparing the students and putting on a fantastic show!

Follow the link to watch some of their performance!
Yearbook Sale and AD information
SMCS Yearbooks are on sale. Please click the link to purchase your yearbook. Yearbook ADs are on sale until January 31st. All ordering information, AD information and cost of yearbooks.
EIM Information 
All parents and guardians who want to volunteer at St. Mary's Catholic School must be EIM compliant. All information regarding EIM can be found on our website ( ). If you have a specific question about EIM or your your EIM status please contact Mrs. Cayce at 

Important Dates to Remember  

Mon. Dec. 13th--Fri. Dec. 17th
Semester Exams 4th-8th grades

Fri. Dec. 17th
Noon Dismissal - Christmas Holidays

Mon. Dec. 20th - Mon. Jan 3rd
School Closed Christmas Holidays

Tues. Jan. 4th 
School reopens and 3rd Quarter Begins 

Fri. Jan 7th 
World's Finest Chocolate Fundraiser 
Report cards open

Thurs. Jan 13th
Second quarter Awards 2:00 p.m. in the church

Mon. Jan. 17th
MLK Day: No School

Sat. Jan. 22nd
First Penance 10:00 a.m.
Celebrating Catholic Schools Dinner

Sun. Jan. 30th
Catholic Schools Week begins

Mon. Jan 31st
Yearbook AD Sale Ends 

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