Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Shelby St. Mary

Welcome to St. Mary's School - the BEST School EVER!!

St. Mary’s Catholic School is “the heart of learning,” where God is welcome! We have been  serving Shelby and the surrounding communities since 1880!



We are a ministry of the Most Pure Heart of Mary parish, built on a foundation of Faith, Academics, and Service!

We are glad you stopped by for a visit.  We are off to a GREAT year!  Scroll down the page for lots of information and events!  Our newsletters can be found by selecting the Newsletter quicklink.


2014 March Adult Computer Lab Available Hours:

Tuesday 6pm-7pm

Saturday 10am-11am

Sessions are an "open forum" structure where you can bring your own device or use our lapops to lean "how to" topics on the devices.

To schedule a session, Call 419-342-2626

We have reached our limit for calamity days and Blizzard Bags. Any additional days missed will have to be made up.

Blizzard Bag work can be located under "Academics" by grade. Thanks, Mrs. Rhodes
What are "Blizzard Bags"? Glad you asked! After we use the 5 allocated calamity days, we have 3 additional "self-study" days to use. The self-study is completed through "Blizzard Bags." Each teacher gathers lessons by grade and these lessons are loaded onto our web site. Parents should download copies of the assignments for completion. Students have 2 weeks to complete and submit the homework to his/her teacher(s). Turning in completed work is how each student's attendance is tracked for the "Blizzard Bag" days used. If you need help accessing the "Blizzard Bags" please contact the school.

2014 Calendar of events for Catholic Schools Week 1/26-1/31:

Images of Open House!

Catholic Schools Week Daily Events:
Monday Jan 27th - Mismatch Day
Tuesday Jan 28th - Career Day - Come dressed for your future career!
Wednesday Jan 29th - Ugly sweater/tie Day and Refreshments after Mass compliments of PTO!
Thursday Jan 30th - Celebrate the 80's with your favorite 80's attire!
Friday - Jan 31st - PJ Day - Dress warm and comfortable for the day. Then dress up and come back from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm to enjoy our PTO-sponsored Catholic School's Week dance. (Permission slips are required).
Helping our adult community become more “Computer Capable,” our new Technology Lab will be used by our students during the day, and our adult community during scheduled times outside of school hours beginning in January 2014. Read all about it by clicking on the "Upcoming Events" link under the "quick links" menu.


We are still taking donations for our 2013-14 Excel beyond the Basics Pledge Drive.
The drive is going very well, but we are about $14k behind last year. One GREAT way to increase giving is through your company's corporate match program. Click here for the list of local
information on your company, please go to


St. Mary's Christmas Bazaar 2013

What a success and great time!!  Thank you all for making it possible!

To see all of the pictures from the bazaar, choose the Links tab above;
choose St Mary's Christmas Bazaar pictures please click here.  It will open a window at our Shutterfly share site.
*If you have any difficulties uploading the pics, please contact Christi or Judy at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 419-342-2626.  Merry Christmas!

Stay tuned for announcement of the winners on the Main Ticket Raffle and the Raffle Room Items!


Cornell’s: Cornell’s St. Mary’s School product of the month is going through a transformation! Our school and parish community will benefit from earning “St. Mary’s School Bucks”. For every $25 spent at Cornell’s non- tobacco and non-alcohol purchases, St. Mary’s School will receive 5% back (scrip sales are excluded)! How do you submit your St. Mary’s School Bucks credit? Just send your receipt in with your student or drop it by the school! It’s that easy to begin helping our school without spending more money! Thank you for shopping Cornell’s.


2012-13 Yearbooks: If you ordered and prepaid for a 2012-13 school year book, they are in your student’s take home packet. If you ordered and need to submit payment, they are $20. If you didn’t order but regret that decision, we have extras! These are AWESOME and have the student’s stained glass window as the theme. This yearbook is being entered into Lifetouch’s yearbook contest. It could win our school $300! We would like to extend a special THANK YOU to Patti Lauderbaugh & Michelle Baker for their hard work in taking pictures and assembling the yearbook!


Did you know that our students benefit from our academic excellence in a faith-filled environment for less than what most parents pay hourly for daycare? Our annual tuition averages only about $2/hour in K through 6 classes; $3/hr in preschool. If you or someone you know is considering St. Mary’s School for their student(s), please let them know that no student is turned away for financial need. Tuition assistance options are available and applications can still be submitted. It is easy to enroll, just visit us online, call or stop by the school to pick up a tuition assistance forms and registration packets. Families with multiple students do receive additional tuition discounts.


Students excel in small class sizes limited to 19 students per grade level.
For 2013-14, there is no registration fee and no school supply list.
Our student's supplies will be provided by the school.

School Choice Income-based Scholarhip is Here and St. Mary's School is an approved provider!
All Kindergartners are eligible to apply for the
Income-based eligibility EdChoice Scholarship expansion! If your family meet
is income eligibility requirements, your kindergartners can attend a private school with tuition paid up to $4250!

Our dress code is very simple and requires only that students wear St. Mary's Polo Shirts and jeans or khakis every day! (No jeans on Wednesday please, jeans are not permitted to wear to school Mass.)

Polo shirts may be purchased for just $10 each at the school office.

Cornell's Supports St. Mary's School by offering a Product of the Month. Please stop by Cornell's to see what they are offering this month. Thank you for shopping Cornell's!
Click here to review the survey responses: FOCUS Survey Responses
Title I Parent Survey (user Name: register, Password: school2013)

A new tool has been made available in memory of Mr. David Reihl, who continually made a difference for us with his generous giving of time, talent and treasure. I always advocate looking for ways to not incur more family expense. So now the question really becomes, “how can I maintain current giving levels and still increase giving?” That sounds like a trick question, but it is not. Please remember that donations start with us, but increases don't have to fall completely on the parishioners. Many employers offer company match for charitable donations. If you would like to learn more, please contact your employer’s human resource department. They can guide you through the process. Please click on the green label to see if your employer matches funds or provides service hour grants.



December 2012

2012 St. Mary's Christmas Bazaar Photo Shop Link Click Here. Log in "Bazaar2012


November 2012



October 2012


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St. Mary's School - The Heart of Learning

Since 1880, St. Mary's has been a tradition in the community of Shelby, offering a Christ-centered education for students where faith, academics and service are the cornerstones.

Defining the Elements of a Christ-Centered School:

  • Deeply rooted in the belief and teachings of Jesus Christ
  • Committed to holistic efforts toward being a deeply reverent community
  • Actively promotes dignity for all
  • Leadership clearly  occurs as influence, not as power over
  • Honest, open, and transactional communication
  • A high level of support is visible among peers
  • Performance expectations are high for self and others
  • School norms support academic excellence and maximize students' strengths
  • Student conflicts are dealt with constructively and peacefully
  • Student discipline is based on teachable moments and meaningful growth opportunities

Our school's operation is funded by the generosity of our Most Pure Heart of Mary

parish and the added financial contributions of  our school families through tuition.

For information on how you can help to support St. Mary's School, please contact the

school 419-342-2626 or Most Pure Heart of Mary parish office 419-347-2381.

Enjoy ...

St. Teresa's Prayer

May today there be peace within….
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you....
May you be content knowing you are a child of God....
Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us


Rainbow over Most Pure Heart of Mary Church on Friday, March

2nd during the St. Mary's Fish Fry! Thank you all for making

the event AWESOME!


About St. Mary's Elementary School


St. Mary’s School is celebrating its 131st year of providing quality education to our community! Our school first opened on December 8, 1880. We are located at 26 West Street in Shelby, Ohio.

Maintaining our school’s Catholic identity is paramount. We are able to do so through our curriculum as well as our service to others. Our students take active roles in mass weekly. Participating in service projects is another means by which we help our students not only develop a sense of global awareness, but also a desire to make a difference in the world.

Through the continued cooperative efforts of Father Nick, our school & parish staff, students, parents and parishioners it is our mission at St. Mary’s to work together to share faith and foster a passion for learning.

St. Mary’s Elementary School is proud to offer:

  • Full accreditation by the Ohio Catholic School Accrediting Association.
  • Courses of study are fully aligned with the Ohio Department of Education Academic Content Standards.
  • A Preschool Program for ages 3 through 5 (housed in the lower level of the Parish Center), providing an excellent academic and social program with many enrichment opportunities.
  • An all day kindergartenprogram is offered, also. Teachers enjoy the benefits of this program as the students move into first grade andbeyond.
  • Our children enrichment activities through Grade 6, including a strong music program, the Children’s Choir, Physical education and computer classes in an excellent computer lab equipped with the latest technology.
  • A school library.
  • Title I reading, speech, nursing and guidance counseling services.
  • Admission to students from any religious denomination.

Our expert teaching staff brings our students a carefully planned focus on our academic goals throughout the year while at the same time, nurturing their spirits, developing positive self-esteem, and fostering a love of learning they will carry into the future. This year the staff is working hard on writing a new continuous improvement plan in order to renew our accreditation.

The students in grades 2-6 participate in web based achievement testing that provides immediate results to teachers so that they may plan instruction according to the individual needs of the students.

We are blessed to have the support of our School Advisory Council and the Parent Teacher Organization to help keep our school flourishing.

A special thank you to all of you who make our school what it is today!