December 15, 201​7 - Weekly Update

​Saint Mary Di Rosa

In this issue:
- Christmas Break
- Christmas Program
- Lunch Accounts
- Financial Aid and Enrollment 2018-2019
- Marker Monday
- Cold Weather
- Celebrate Christmas with Saint Marks
- The Lion's Den
- CDH Winter Baseball Clinics
- Middle School Camp
- Swim Team
- Catholic United Financial Raffle
- Gala 2018!
- The Roar

Christmas Break
The last day of school is Wednesday, December 20th. School will resume on Wednesday, January 4th. We apologize for the confusion from last week’s bulletin.

Christmas Program
This year's Christmas concert, "A Recipe for Christmas" will be on Tuesday, December 19 with a dress rehearsal at 1pm and an evening performance at 6:30 pm. Students should wear their uniforms during the day and their Sunday best for the evening concert. Students should report to their classrooms by 6:15 pm. There will also be a bake sale benefitting the 8th grade class trip to D.C. at the evening performance.

Lunch Accounts
Email notifications for a low balance in lunch accounts were temporarily disabled, but they are up and running again. If your lunch account balance is below $15.00, an email notification will be sent as a reminder to deposit funds into the account. You have the option to pay lunch accounts online, which show up immediately in your account. You may write a check, but please keep in mind that checks will likely take several days to show up in your account.

Financial Aid
Financial aid applications are open for the 2018-19 school year. The deadline for applications is February 15th. You will simply need your 2016 taxes in order to apply. You may complete your application by clicking here.

‘18-‘19 Enrollment Information
The enrollment process for 2018-19 begins in January. You will receive re-enrollment information for next year via email. The following deadlines are in place:
Financial aid applications due: Feb 15
Financial aid awarded: March 15
Tuition agreements due: April 15

Marker Monday
Last month’s Marker Monday was our 4th highest Marker Monday fundraiser in 5 years (almost $700)! Our next Marker Monday for is coming up on December 18th. It will be held at Augustine's Bar and Bakery. It is a great neighborhood spot! Please see this flier for all the information. Thank you!

Cold Weather Information
Students should be sure to dress appropriately - this includes snow pants, coats, mittens and hats. We go outside unless the temperature is lower than -10 degrees, or the windchill is lower than -15 degrees. When the temp is lower than -10 degrees or the winchill is lower than -15 degrees, patrols will not be at the corners. Please help your child(ren) cross safely, especially on the coldest days. Thank you!

Celebrate Christmas With Saint Marks!
Please join us for the annual Christmas Boutique and Cookie Sale from today, December 15th, until Sunday, the 17th, in Carolyn Hall. The sale is 9a-4p on Dec 15th, 9a-6p on Dec 16th, and 9a-1p on Dec 17th. We will also be celebrating A Child's True Christmas tomorrow, December 16, from 11:00am until 12:00pm in the school cafeteria. Here you can enjoy soup and mac and cheese for lunch and buy "allowance friendly" gifts in our Children Only Store. A $1.00 donation will go to Heifer International. Check out this flier for more information. For information on volunteering for our Christmas events or donating cookies to our sale, please contact Sharon Suess. Thank you!

The Lion's Den
Merchandise from the Lion's Den is available both in school and online! Please check out our online store.

Cdh Winter Baseball Clinics
Cretin-Derhan Hall is hosting two winter baseball clinics this year! Children grades 1-9 can participate. Please see this flier for more information.

Middle School Camp
This summer all middle school students from Saint Marks will have the opportunity to participate in Extreme Faith Camp. This week-long camp has taken place for the past 5 years in this archdiocese. This year, Saint Mark's has a spot in the camp! Along with all the fun activities from a typical summer camp, the kids have the opportunity to attend daily Mass, Adoration, Confession and each day they receive a faith-centered mini talk. This will take place on June 25th to the 29th, 2018 at Camp Courage in Maple Lake. The cost of the camp is $375, but we will have a couple of fundraising activities to lower that cost. Click HERE to watch the promo video. If you have any questions please contact Sr. Fabiola or Br. Cesar at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Swim Team
Saint Mark’s swim team is starting up again in January, and we are hoping for another strong season! Boys and girls in grades 1-8th at any skill level are welcome to join. The practice schedule is available from head coach, Greg Neary or athletic director, Patrick Bowlin.

Gala
The annual gala is coming up on February 3rd. The theme this year is Masquerade! Be on the look out for invitations which should be arriving in you home mailbox this week! We would love for every Marker family to attend and to feel free to invite a guest!

Catholic Student Financial Raffle
The 2018 Catholic Schools Raffle is coming again starting this January! Each $5 ticket helps support Saint Mark’s, and helps us reach our fundraising goal. Sponsor Catholic United Financial is covering the materials and promotions costs for this fundraiser, which means we keep every dollar we raise! Follow the Catholic Schools Raffle on Facebook or Twitter for updates. There are some awesome prizes to win such as a brand new Chevy Trax, $20,000 cash, and other prizes totaling over $40,000! Your help in selling tickets will help us make our way to being one of the top performing 3 schools, winning us a $3,000 grant from Catholic United Financial! There will also be awesome prizes for the top selling classrooms and top selling student. More information to come!

The Roar
Check out this week's episode of The Roar! Follow the same link to subscribe and get updates from The Roar straight to your phone!

News And Upcoming Events

Christmas Boutique and Cookie Sale, Dec 15-17

A Child's True Christmas, Dec 16

Marker Monday at Augustine’s, Dec 18

Christmas break, Dec 21-Jan 3

Open gym, Fridays 4:30p-6:00p

Annual Gala, Sat., Feb 3

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