Principal's Update - 10/12/18

Dear Families,

I hope that you are all enjoying the frequent social media posts showing all the great work happening here at St Mary of the Hills. Mrs. Hughes is doing a wonderful job working with the teachers and staff to capture and highlight all the innovative and rich learning that is happening here.

This week I was able to sit in on classes where students were investigating the process of why leaves change their color, students were constructing strong bridges out of toothpicks and marshmallows, PEMDAS was being tested and proved, students were creating their own maps showing all the land forms that they have been studying, fall pictures and haunted houses were created, and articles about real world events like wildfires and hurricanes were read. The teachers are also busy teaching the students about our whole school initiative of service by reading books on the water crisis in Sudan. our wonderful school. Pre-K students practiced walking with empty water bottles on their heads.

Last Friday the pizza lunch profit went to the school wide fundraiser to help provide clean water in Sudan. Students voluntarily gave up their snack money to donate to the cause. This is the change I was hoping for through a Service theme. I want our students to learn that it is important to give without expecting to receive anything in return.

Today three 6th grade students, Savannah, Tyalise, and Isabella, led a service initiative to raise money for the research for Breast Cancer. I am so proud of these young ladies for taking on such an important cause and making a difference in this world. It was so wonderful to see all of the pink in support! Thank you all for sending in your donations.

At our weekly school store reusable St Mary of the Hills water bottles will be available for purchase for $10.

A big thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Deeb, parents of Brendan in Preschool, for donating a new sandbox to the Early Childhood playground. Also, thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Katro Gumbs, parents of Darius in Kindergarten and Iara in the Early Learners program, for their donation of a play structure for the play area. We really appreciate these acts of generosity.

Keep selling your Football Raffle tickets. The students are very excited about the prizes earned at various levels of sales. From pajama day, pancake breakfasts, faculty and staff hair dying, and more the students have so much to gain! Remember all money directly benefits the students at our incredible school.

Don't forget the next picture day is on October 16th. This will be a full uniform dress day as class pictures will be taken.

Reminder: On Friday, November 9th we will have our annual Veteran's Day/Grandparent celebration. Mrs. Juanita Dessources has agreed to lead the organization of this beautiful morning. Please email her at if you can help her. I know that she would appreciate your assistance.

I hope that you all have a safe and restful weekend filled with lots of family time. Go Red Sox!!!!

God Bless, Mrs. Julie Marotta ~ Principal

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