School UPDATE: Wednesday, Sept. 16

St. Mary's Families,

Everything we do at St. Mary's begins with prayer.  Please pray with us:

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection,
implored thy help, or sought thy intercession, was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother.
To thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions,
but in thy mercy, hear and answer me.

- FRESHMAN DROP OFF.  Starting MONDAY, September 21, freshman and sophomores will both be dropped off in the roundabout at the WEST DOORS.  Traffic still proceeds CLOCKWISE around the building (please WATCH YOUR SPEED!).  Looking at the volume of traffic, the west doors can handle the number of students, we ask that you BE PATIENT as cars queue up to drop off students.

- SACRAMENTAL NEEDS.  If any family has a child (or children) who need to receive any of the Sacraments (Confirmation, Holy Communion, Reconciliation, etc.), please contact the student's theology teacher or reach out to our school Chaplain, Fr. Brian Roeseler, via email (by no later than Friday, October 9.

What's Next?  
- PARENT SURVEY.  Please watch your e-mail on FRIDAY for the next parent survey.  It's been three weeks since the last survey.  We are going to ask the same questions so we can identify any positive and/or negative trends.  The response to the last survey was tremendous; we hope we can count on that same type of response to this one and all our surveys going forward.  The survey will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  On Monday, we'll examine the data.

How You Can Help.
- TEACHER FEEDBACK.  Many of you will tell me when you see a teacher doing something extra or special.  I love reading those messages and fielding those phone calls.  But please make sure you also tell the TEACHER.  Across the nation, public school districts delayed their start or started 100 percent online or both.  Your teachers here at St. Mary's came back to school early, and they are in the classroom, and they are adjusting and adapting on a weekly—or sometimes daily—basis.  When you see or hear one of them do something special, please tell them.

Parents, Students, how are you doing?    
- SUICIDE AWARENESS MONTH.  September is National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month.  Two significant issues connected to teen suicide are cyber bullying and issues associated with teens comparing themselves to others on social media.  A major challenge with cyber bullying is the ease with which people can create fake/anonymous accounts and target others from behind that shield of anonymity.  The constant intrusion of social media into the lives of our teens can do a shocking amount of damage.  PARENTS, talk to you children about these challenges.  Have frank conversations about suicide and social media with them. 

- DAILY HEALTH SURVEY.  As a reminder please, ensure you are filling out the online health survey EVERY DAY before entering the school campus.  That survey is available on the website here:

It is also available as the first menu item in the school app.  Speaking of the school app...

- APP.  Download the app!  Search "St. Mary's Pirates" in the app store.  It's a simple way to stay connected with your school.

- CROSS COUNTY.  Great job to all who raced last week!  The JV did really well on Friday.  Carlos Trechter placed 10th and Madi Martinez placed 8th.  On Saturday, the Varsity had a great meet as the boys team placed 2nd overall, with Dylan Brush placing 7th and Jackson Neppl 10th.

- GOLF.  Our boys golf team currently has four of the top nine golfers in our league (Peter Stinar, 1st; RJ Davis, 4th; Luke Calvin, 5th; Daniel Stinar, 9th).  Well done, gentlemen!

- SKATING.  Congratulations to Maryn Pierce!  She is one of only 36 skaters in the entire country who will be competing for the US at invitation only international competitions.

- ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT.  The tournament is this Friday, September 18.  With 152 registered golfers, we believe this may be our largest tournament ever.  Special thanks to all our parent volunteers who are helping make the tournament a success!

COVID-19 coronavirus.  
- Trends nationally and locally are pretty good.  As you probably know, Governor Polis extended the mask mandate for another 30 days.  That mandate now runs through October 12.  Wear your mask (it's the law), wash your hands (always a good idea), and keep your distance (which may help us keep in-person instruction accessible). 

Daily Mass readings and Saints of the Day 

Deacon Rob Rysavy
St. Mary's High School