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Monday, OCT. 4, is a REGULAR school day

Homecoming Information, Schedule
Next week is Homecoming week (Oct. 4-8). Please note that at the request of the student council, the Powder Puff game has been moved to 7:30 am on Friday, Oct. 8. To allow ample time for the game and transportation back to school, we will not have Pirate Period on Friday, Oct. 8. You’ll find a full schedule for Friday, Oct. 8, here

The UPDATED schedule for homecoming activities is as follows:
Monday, Oct. 4
-Spirit Day Theme: Mismatch Monday (nothing can match)
Tuesday, Oct. 5
-Spirit Day Theme: Surf (Senior and Junior) v. Prep (Sophomore and Freshman)
Wednesday, Oct. 6
-Spirit Day Theme: Anything but a backpack (summer dress code, sweats, jeans) 
Example: Bring your textbooks in an Ikea bag, Home Depot bucket, etc.
-Colorado Prep of St. Mary’s basketball game, SMHS Gym, 7:00 pm
Thursday, Oct. 7
-Spirit Day Theme: Throwback Thursday (Girls - dress as eboys, Boys - dress as vsco girls)
-Volleyball @ CSCS, 4 pm/5 pm/6:30 pm
-Soccer v. CSCS (Grace Center), 5 pm
-The Homecoming Court car parade will follow the soccer game at the Grace Center.
Friday, Oct. 8
-Spirit Day Theme: First Letter Friday (You dress up as the first letter of your first or last name)
Example: Carson is dressing up with the letter "C". He will be dressing up as a cowboy.
-Powder Puff, Grace Center, 7:30 am
(First bell will be at 9:23 am; transportation back to school will be provided for students who don't drive.)
-Cross Country, Tri Peaks League meet, 3 pm
Saturday, Oct. 9
-Volleyball v. Rye (SMHS Gym) @ 11 pm/Noon/1 pm
-Homecoming Dance, SMHS Courtyard, 7-10 pm - there will be a chance for parents to take pictures; parents leave; and the dance begins!

The foundational dress code during theme week is summer dress. Summer Dress Code is slightly more relaxed than regular Dress Code. All clothing must be free of holes and tears. Clothing should maintain decency and not be overly revealing. Jeans, cargo pants, and shorts are allowed. Shorts should be fingertip length or longer, and dresses and skirts must be knee-length or longer. Shirts/T-shirts/blouses must not have any references to alcohol, drugs, crime, or any other impropriety. Students may NOT wear athletic shorts, sweatpants, or leggings. 

Note: A Homecoming bonfire is not possible this year due to the El Paso County burn ban.

Speech and Debate Tournament
St. Mary’s Speech and Debate team will host the first, post-pandemic, in-person novice tournament in southern Colorado, on Saturday, Oct. 2. Student orators from La Junta, Woodland Park and Colorado Springs will sharpen their public speaking and debate talents at the tournament. The speech and debate club is looking for students to help host this event. Volunteers are needed for concessions and to help visitors find their way around the school. All are welcomed to come out and listen to the speeches, debates and dramatic interpretations. If you would like to help out, please see Mrs. Ward or Jonathan Lee. We hope to see you all at the tournament tomorrow.

Loadable Lunch Cards Available
Loadable lunch cards are now available. Money for lunch can be loaded onto the cards using either cash, check or a bank card. Cards can be purchased before school in the Business Office or during Pirate Period in either the Business Office or the Cove.

Parent/Community Open House Set for Oct. 8
Friday, October 8 will be our first prospective parent/community Open House. Please join us and invite a friend. See the full schedule for the day here

Pat Castle to Speak on Oct. 6
Dr. Pat Castle, president and founder of Life Runners, will speak to our St. Mary's student body and our partner school seventh and eighth graders on Wednesday, Oct. 6, at 9:20 am in the Gym.  

Non-Test Segment of PSAT Set for Oct. 13
All PSAT test takers should plan to complete the non-test segment of the PSAT on Wednesday, Oct. 13. This non-test session will shave approximately 40 minutes off test day on Saturday, Oct. 16. Mr. Biondini and Mrs. Aragon asked all test takers to report to the Cove at 8:30 am on Wednesday, Oct. 13; please bring a sharpened No. 2 pencil and a pen with black or dark blue ink.
The test itself will be held in the Cove on Saturday, Oct. 16th . The test will begin promptly at 8 am and will end by 11:15 am. On test day please bring two sharpened No. 2 pencils, a pen with black or dark blue ink and a calculator. The test itself will begin promptly at 8 am so plan to arrive by 7:45 am.

USAFA Cadet Choir at Divine Redeemer, 5 pm Mass, Oct. 2
Come to Mass and hear the Cadet Catholic Choir sing this Saturday at the 5 pm Mass at Divine Redeemer (927 N. Logan Ave, 80909). Dr. Edmund Ladouceur, the second director of music programs at the Air Force Academy, is a tentative attendee. "Mr. L.," as he was known to the cadets, retired in 1989 and is still active in music circles in Colorado Springs.

Homecoming activities, Oct. 4-8
Parent/Community Open House, Oct. 8
Parent teacher conferences, Oct. 13-15

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