Welcome to November! It feels more like March today! We had such a great week here at St. Mary of the Hills. Thank you to all of you who donated food for the Milton Food Pantry. This is a wonderful way to serve those less fortunate in our neighborhood. If you didn't get a chance to bring something in please consider donating to your local food pantry.
Christopher Davis and the members of the student council are collecting candy to have shipped to our friends in the military. It's a way to say thank you for their service to our country. Another example of service to others. The drive ends Monday and thank you to those of you who have already donated.
What a beautiful day we had for the annual Halloween parade. We were so lucky to have Minnie Mouse visit us. I can tell you that I'm not sure who had more fun Minnie or the students. Thank you to all the parents and grandparents who came for coffee and watched the parade. We appreciate your involvement and support.
That same day our 8th Graders along with their Social Studies teacher, Mrs. Banach attended a field trip at the Kennedy Institute. The students participated in a program called Senate Immersion Module. The students were sworn in as US Senators and worked on an immigration bill in a replica of the Senate chambers. They had an awesome and academically rich experience and want to go back again.
On Thursday we celebrated All Saints Day at church with a liturgy prepared by Grade 6. The students did such a wonderful job with the readings and leading us in prayer.
On Tuesday evening, Ms. Collins and I went to a Junior High/High School Fair to represent St. Mary of the Hills School. It was an honor for us to spread the good news about the rigorous academic programming, opportunities for enrichment and service, and the successful high school admissions of our alum. I have been working with area high schools to develop partnerships that will allow your children to graduate from our 8th grade and gain admittance to these high schools. Fontbonne Academy will admit girls in Grade 6, mentor them for 2 and 1/2 years and welcome them to campus in 9th grade. This helps acclimate the girls to the larger student population and allows them to continue their education in a small, nurturing environment.
BC High has agreed to defer enrollment at their school until 9th grade if your child successfully gains acceptance into the 7th grade. These two options will save you thousands of dollars and will ensure that your child is fully prepared for the next step in their academic journey.
There is also the benefit of getting scholarships and financial aid at the high school level. This is not always the case for middle school at some of the grade 7-12 schools.
On Tuesday, November 6th we are having an Open House from 9:30-10:30 so people can come and see our great school in action. I am very proud of what we have here. Please tell any friends or family members to stop in for a tour!
PLEASE keep selling your Football Raffle tickets! Students are selling at masses this weekend. Remember all money directly benefits the students at our incredible school. As I always say together we can do such great things!
I hope that you all have a safe and restful weekend filled with lots of family time.
Mrs. Julie Marotta