2017 Fall Newsletter

St. Mary's Logo  Class of 1961 (small photo)

St. Mary's Alumni Newsletter 
Fall 2017

From the Principal...
We have just begun the 2017-2018 school year and I am happy to say that St. Mary's is still A Great Place to Grow!  We have completed restroom and art room renovations to benefit our school and parish, and we have increased our capacity in our much needed PreKindergarten program.  I am sure that since you have walked our halls many things have changed but one thing, for sure, remains the same.  A St. Mary's Education continues to be rooted in Gospel values guiding our students to grow to be stewards of God's creation.  We are committed to Faith, Knowledge, and Service. 
I hope that you will attend our events here at the school and parish.  The community of St. Mary's is one that cannot be compared and your participation and support are greatly appreciated.  
Debby Eisel

What's Going On...


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Pop Up Social and Homecoming - September 30 

All past, present and future St. Mary’s parents and St. Mary’s alumni (over 21) are invited to come celebrate our community as we kick-off another school year! This is a casual event and we’d love to see you “pop-in”.  7-10 PM on Saturday September 30 in the Parish Hall. Beverages and light snacks will be provided.  There will be a 50-50 raffle with proceeds going to the Kelly Bula Scholarship.  The Event is sponsored by the St. Mary's Alumni Association, School Advisory Board, and Home & School Association.

Contact: St. Mary's Alumni Association (alumni@smsrockville.org)



Mixed Bags Fundraiser - Through September 29

Ready to do some guilt-free shopping for a great cause? We need your help. After waiting three long years, Mixed Bag Designs is again helping St. Mary's School reach our fundraising goals this year!

Our goal is to raise $5000 is to purchase iPads to have in the primary grade classrooms to support our new reading program, Journeys.  Go to http://www.mixedbagdesigns.com/Retail-Shop-All?fundraiserid=67242.  The deadline is September 29.  Contact the school office (mainoffice@smsrockville.org) if you have questions.
Contact: School Office (mainoffice@smsrockville.org)

State of the School Address - October 10

October 10 is our Third Annual State of the School Address.  We will discuss our progress from the last year, the financial health of the school, and the Five Year Strategic Plan that the school has been working on over the past year.  There will be adult beverages and food- this is a 21 and over event- no children will be permitted.

Contact: School Advisory Board (sab@smsrockville.org)



Annual St. Mary's Golf Tournament - October 26 at Lake Needwood

The golf committee would like to invite you to support the annual golf tournament. It is October 26 at Lake Needwood Golf Course.  There are many ways to get involved and help. From something as simple as joining the committee to sponsorships and yes even grabbing your clubs and joining us for what is always a fun day on the course. Please look over the attached flyer, click on the link for Bidpal (https://bidpal.net/smsgolf2017/on that flyer and help keep St. Mary's alive and relevant. As a father of a 5th grader myself I have found the school to be a wonderful place for my child to grow and learn as I’m sure you did when you were a student here. But without support for events such as this that would not be possible. That being said I ask of you to be involved and active. To help in whatever way you can so many more generations can enjoy and grow in such a kind and loving environment. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me or the main office.
View the Golf Form.

Contact: Chris Terry (Phillip.terry@montgomerycollege.edu)


Adult Sip & Shop Night - November 10

Friday, November 10th will be our Sip N Shop event held in the school from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm.  We will have many vendors selling a wide variety of items!  This is your chance to gather with friends, shop for gifts, and potentially win some great door prizes!  What better way to spend a Friday night!?  This is a 21 and older event – no kids.  

Contact: Home and School Association (hsa@smsrockville.org)



Needed: Old Photos!

Do you have photos from when you or your children attended St. Mary's?  Did you like the class photo at the top of this email?  We are looking for photos that we can share at school functions, on Facebook for Throw Back Thursdays, and other school advertisements.  If you have old photos that you are willing to share, please send them to alumni@smsrockville.org.

Contact: St. Mary's Alumni Association (alumni@smsrockville.org)

Needed: St. Mary's Dine Out Locations!

Do you work at or own a restaurant that does dine out nights for non-profits?  Let us know.  St. Mary's is looking for restaurants, near the school or out of town, to go to for our dine out nights.  Generally the announcements go out to both to the school and parish.  If your restaurant is looking to bring in more business on a night and wants to support St. Mary's, let us know!

Contact: St. Mary's Alumni Association (alumni@smsrockville.org)

Save the Date...

  • Greg Gannon Food Drive - December 2
  • St. Nicholas Festival - December 2
  • Winter Art Show, Band and Chorus Concert - December 13
  • Christmas Program and Play - December 20
  • Catholic Schools Week - January 28 - February 3
  • Silver Anniversary School Auction and Awards Gala - February 10
  • School Play - April 20 - 22   Note: There will be a Young Alumni event before one of the shows.


The photo at top of this email is one of the graduating Classes of 1961.  (Courtesy: Bill Creitz)