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St. Mary's School    "Miracles Happen Here"

  • Mr. Scott Farren (Principal)
  • Lynsie K. Reavis (Assistant Principal) 
  • Mrs. Helen Gwiazda (Assistant to the Principal)

                                                                                                                                                                           Lori Pavkov (Administrative Assistant)

 (301)  292-2522/Fax (301) 292-2534   

E-mail:  school@stmaryspiscataway.org  

Internet Address:  http://www.stmaryspiscataway.org

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 Introducing our New Pre-Kindergarten Program

 *Pre-K program for 3 and 4 year olds 

*Full  program 

 *Christ-centered values and beliefs 

*Highly experienced and qualified teacher and aides 

*Small class sizes 

*Safe and secure environment 

*Kindergarten preparatory program 

*Child-centered and developmentally appropriate  

  curriculum 

*Warm and nurturing environment 

PRIVATE TOURS UPON REQUEST

 Contact:  St. Mary's School of Piscataway

 13407 Piscataway Road, Clinton, MD  20735

 (301) 292-2522

 

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2016-2017 School Calendar

Monday, July 25 Risse Brothers New Uniform Sale (6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.) Parish Hall

Saturday, August 20 School Clean-up (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

Saturday, August 20 Used Uniform/New P.E. Sale (9:00-12:00 a.m.) Parish Hall

Monday, August 22-Friday, August 26 Teacher Orientation Week

Monday, August 22 Opening Mass at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (10:00 a.m.)

Friday, August 26 Open House (1:30-2:30 p.m.) School andParish Hall

Friday, August 26 New Family Picnic & Orientation (6:30 p.m.) Parish Hall

Monday, August 29 First Day of School begins Early Dismissal 12:00 noon

Friday, September 2 All School Mass (8:15 a.m.) Main Church

Friday, September 2 Early Dismissal (12:00 p.m.)

Monday, September 5 No School/Labor Day

Tuesday, September 6 School Mass (Grades K-2) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Tuesday, September 6 H.S.A. General Meeting/Back-to-School Night (Grades 4-8), 6 p.m.

Wednesday, September 7 School Mass (Grades 3-5) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Thursday, September 8 School Mass (Grades 6-8) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Thursday, September 8 H.S.A. General Meeting/Back-to-School Night (Grades K-3), 6:00 p.m.

Monday, September 12 School Mass (Grades K-2) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Tuesday, September 13 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

Wednesday, September 14 School Mass (Grades 3-5) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Thursday, September 15 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day) 

Friday, September 16 School Mass (Grades 6-8) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Monday, September 19 School Mass (Grades K-2) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Tuesday, September 20 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

Wednesday, September 21 School Mass (Grades 3-5) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Wednesday, September 21 Children's Eucharistic Adoration (3:15 p.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Thursday, September 22 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day) 

Friday, September 23 School Mass (Grades 6-8) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Monday, September 26 School Mass (Grades K-2) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Tuesday, September 27 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

Wednesday, September 28 School Mass (Grades 3-5) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Thursday, September 29 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

Friday, September 30 School Mass (Grades 6-8) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Tuesday, October 4 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

 

Thursday, October 6 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

Friday, October 7 All School Mass (8:15 a.m.) Main Church

Friday, October 7 Blessing of the Animals (10:00 a.m.) outside

Friday, October 7 Early Dismissal (12:00 p.m.)/Progress Reports released (Gr. 3-8)

Friday, October 7 First Quarter Book Reports due (Gr. 1-8)

Monday, October 10 Columbus Day/No School

Tuesday, October 11 School Mass (Grades K-2) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Tuesday, October 11 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

Wednesday, October 12 School Mass (Grades 3-5) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Thursday, October 13 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

Friday, October 14 School Mass (Grades 6-8) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Monday, October 17 School Mass (Grades K-2)  (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Tuesday, October 18 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

Wednesday, October 19 School Mass (Grades 3-5) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Wednesday, October 19 Children's Eucharistic Adoration (3:15 p.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Thursday, October 20 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

Friday, October 21 School Mass (Grades 6-8) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Friday, October 21 H.S.A. Fall Family Festival (6:30 p.m.) Parish Hall

Monday, October 24 School Mass (Grades K-2) Our Lady's Chapel

Tuesday, October 25 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

Wednesday, October 26 School Mass (Grades 3-5) Our Lady's Chapel

Thursday, October 27 End of the First Quarter

Thursday, October 27 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

 

Friday, October 28 No School for students/Professional Development for teachers

Thursday, November 3 Early Dismissal (12:00 p.m.)

Friday, November 4 No school for students/Parent-Teacher Conference Day

Monday, November 7 School Mass (Grades K-2) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Tuesday, November 8 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

Wednesday, November 9 School Mass (Grades 3-5) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Thursday, November 10 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

Thursday, November 10 H.S.A. General Meeting (6:30 p.m.)

Friday, November 11 School Mass (Grades 6-8) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Friday, November 11 Royal Blue and Ivory Gala at Tantallon Golf Club (7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.)

Monday, November 14 School Mass (Grades K-2) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Tuesday, November 15 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

Wednesday, November 16 School Mass (Grades 3-5) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Wednesday, November 16 Children's Eucharistic Adoration (3:15 p.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Thursday, November 17 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

Friday, November 18 School Mass (Grades 6-8) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Tuesday, November 22 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

Wednesday, November 23 All School Mass (9:00 a.m.) Main Church

Wednesday, November 23 Grandparent's Day/Early Dismissal (12 p.m.)

Thursday, November 24 No School/Thanksgiving Day

Friday, November 25 No School/Thanksgiving Holiday

Monday, November 28 Classes Resume

Tuesday, November 29 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

Thursday, December 1 Second Quarter Progress Reports Released (Gr. 3-8)

Thursday, December 2 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day) 

Friday, December 2 All School Mass (8:15 a.m.) Main Church

Friday, December 2 Early Dismissal (12 noon)

Saturday, December 3 Breakfast with Santa (8:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.) Parish Hall

Tuesday, December 6 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

Thursday, December 8 All School Mass (Grades K-8) (8:15 a.m.) Main Church

Friday, December 9 No School for Students/Staff, Faculty and Teacher's Retreat

Saturday, December 10 Parish Christmas Bazaar (All Day) Parish Hall

Monday, December 12 School Mass (Grades K-2) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Tuesday, December 13 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

Wednesday, December 14 School Mass (Grades 3-5) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Wednesday, December 14 Christmas Program/H.S.A. General Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)

Thursday, December 15 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

Friday, December 16 School Mass (Grades 6-8) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Friday, December 16 Early Dismissal (12:00 p.m.)

Monday, December 19-Friday, January 1 No School/Christmas Vacation

Monday, January 2 Classes Resume

Tuesday, January 3 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

Thursday, January 5P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

 

Friday, January 6 Early Dismissal 12:00 p.m./Second Quarter Book Reports due (Gr. 1-8)

Friday, January 6 All School Mass, (8:15 a.m.) Main Church

Monday, January 9-13 Scholastic Book Fair Week

Monday, January 9 School Mass (K-2) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Tuesday, January 10 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

 

Wednesday, January 11 School Mass (3-5) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Thursday, January 12 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

 

Friday, January 13 School Mass (6-8) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

 

Friday, January 13 H.S.A. Family Bingo Night

Monday, January 16 No School/Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Tuesday, January 17 Science Fair (Gr. 5-8)

Tuesday, January 17 School Mass (K-2) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Tuesday, January 17 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

Wednesday, January 18 School Mass (3-5) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel 

Wednesday, January 18 Children's Eucharistic Adoration (3:15 p.m.-4:00 p.m.) (Our Lady's Chapel)

Thursday, January 19 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

Friday, January 20 School Mass (6-8) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Friday, January 20 H.S. A. Family Bingo Night (6:30-9:00 p.m.) Parish Hall

Monday, January 23 School Mass (K-2) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Tuesday, January 24 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

Wednesday, January 25 School Mass (3-5) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Thursday, January 26 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

Friday, January 27 End of Second Quarter

Friday, January 27 March for Life/No School for Students/Teachers' Work Day

Sunday, January 29 Catholic Schools Week begins through February 3

Tuesday, January 31 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

 

Thursday, February 2 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

 

Friday, February 3 All School Mass (K-8) (8:15 a.m.) Main Church

Friday, February 3 School Open House (9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.) School and Parish Hall

Friday, February 3 Early Dismissal (12:00 p.m.)

Monday, February 6 School Mass (K-2)(8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Tuesday, February 7 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

Wednesday, February 8 School Mass (3-5)(8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Thursday, February 9 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

Friday, February 10 School Mass (6-8)(8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Monday, February 13 School Mass (K-2) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Tuesday, February 14 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

 

Wednesday, February 15 School Mass (3-5) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Thursday, February 16  P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

Friday, February 17 School Mass (6-8) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapell

Monday, February 20 No School/President's Day

Tuesday, February 21 School Mass (K-2) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Wednesday, February 22 School Mass (3-5) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Thursday, February 23 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

 

Thursday, February 23 H.S.A. General Meeting (6:30 p.m.) Parish Hall

Friday, February 24 School Mass (6-8) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Friday, February 26 Third Quarter Progress Reports released (Gr. 3-8)

Tuesday, February 28 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

Tuesday, February 28 Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper (6:00-7:00 p.m.) Parish Hall

 

Wednesday, March 1 Ash Wednesday & Nina's Birthday

Wednesday, March 1 All School Mass (K-8) (8:15 a.m.) Main Church

Thursday, March 2 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day) 

Friday, March 3 Early Dismissal (12:00 p.m.)

Monday, March 6 School Mass (K-2) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Tuesday, March 7 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

 

Wednesday, March 8 School Mass (3-5) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Thursday, March 9 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

 

Friday, March 10 School Mass (6-8) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Friday, March 10 Third Quarter Book Reports due (Gr. 1-8)

Monday, March 13 School Mass (K-2) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Tuesday, March 14 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

 

Wednesday, March 15 School Mass (3-5) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Wednesday, March 15 Children's Eucharistic Adoration (3:15 p.m.-4:00 p.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Thursday, March 16 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

Friday, March 17 School Mass (6-8) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Monday, March 20 School Mass (K-2) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Tuesday, March 21 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

 

Wednesday, March 22 School Mass (3-5) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Thursday, March 23 School Mass (6-8) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Friday, March 24 No School for Students/Professional Development for teachers

Friday, March 24 End of the Third Quarter

Monday, March 27 School Mass (K-2) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Tuesday, March 28 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

 

Wednesday, March 29 School Mass (3-5) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Thursday, March 30 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

Friday, March 31 School Mass (6-8) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Tuesday, April 4 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

Thursday, April 6 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

 

Friday, April 7 All School Mass (K-8) Main Church 

 

Wednesday, April 7 Early Dismissal (12:00 p.m.)

Monday, April 10 of HOLY WEEK  All School Mass (K-8) (8:15 a.m.) Main Church

Tuesday, April 11 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

Wednesday, April 12 of HOLY WEEK Early Dismissal/12 noon

Thursday, April 13 No School - Holy Thursday

Friday, April 14 No School - Good Friday

Sunday, April 16 EASTER SUNDAY

Monday, April 17 -Friday, April 21 No School/Easter Vacation

Monday, April 24 Classes Resume 

Monday, April 24 School Mass (K-2) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Tuesday, April 25 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

 

Wednesday, April 26 School Mass (3-5) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Thursday, April 27 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

Friday, April 28 School Mass (6-8) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Tuesday, May 2 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

Thursday, May 4 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

Friday, May 5 All School Mass (6-8) (8:15 a.m.) Main Church

Monday, May 8 School Mass (K-2) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Tuesday, May 9 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

 

Wednesday, May 10 School Mass (3-5) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Thursday, May 11 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

Friday, May 12 School Mass (6-8) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Friday, May 12 C. Wall Scholarship/6th Annual 5K Walk/Early Dismissal (12:00 p.m.)

Monday, May 15 School Mass (K-2) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Tuesday, May 16 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

 

Wednesday, May 17 School Mass (3-5) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Wednesday, May 17 Children's Eucharistic Adoration (3:15 p.m.-4:00 p.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Thursday, May 18 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

 

Friday, May 19 School Mass (6-8) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel 

Friday, May 19 Faith Fair (9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.) Parish Hall

Monday, May 22 School Mass (K-2) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Monday, May 22 Spirit Week begins through Friday, May 26

Monday, May 22 Fourth Quarter Book Reports due (Gr. 3-8)

Tuesday, May 23 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

 

Wednesday, May 24 School Mass (3-5) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Thursday, May 25 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

Friday, May 26 School Mass (6-8) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Friday, May 26 Field Day

 

Monday, May 29 No School/Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 30 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

 

Thursday, June 1 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

Friday, June 2 All School Mass (K-8) (8:15 a.m.) Main Church

Friday, June 2 Early Dismissal (12:00 p.m.)

Monday, June 5 School Mass (K-2) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Tuesday, June 6 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

 

Wednesday, June 7 School Mass (3-5) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Thursday, June 8 P.E. (Grades K-8) (All Day)

Friday, June 9 School Mass (6-8) (8:15 a.m.) Our Lady's Chapel

Friday, June 9 Eighth Grade Graduation

Tuesday, June 13 All School Mass (K-8) (8:15 a.m.) Main Church

Tuesday, June 13 End of the Fourth Quarter/Last Day of School/Early Dismissal (12:00 p.m.)

Monday, June 14 Teacher's Work Day

Tuesday, June 15 Teacher's Work Day

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 Support Your School!

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Please continue to collect and send in Box Tops for Education and Campbell's Labels for Education as well...

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 Volunteer Child Protection Policy (VIRTUS)

The Archdiocese of Washington has set specific guidelines for the protection of the children in our schools.  All employees and volunteers, prior to having substantial contact with the children, will be required to complete the Child Protection Clearance process.

This process includes: registering online, filling out a Volunteer Application form, attending at a three-hour Child Protection workshop and submitting a copy of your certificate, and returning a completed Acknowledgement form after reading the Child Protection booklet and completing a background check at the parish office. Any family wishing to begin the process may request an application packet through the parish/school

1.  Register online at www.virtus.org.  Please use your formal name.

2. Sign up for a live workshop at the  same website. Please do not register twice, if you have registered and find your account inactive, please contact the parish office (301) 292-0527 and talk to Ann.

3.  Attend the workshop as scheduled.  

4.  Fill out a Volunteer Application form (see link for form below). These can be picked up at either the parish or school office.  Once these are completed, please bring this back to the office and ask for a copy for your records.  The original will be sent to the Archdiocese and a copy saved in your Child Protection records at St. Mary's.

5. Read the Child Protection Handbook (which is handed out at the workshop) and sign the last page (Acknowledgement form-see link below), remove it from the book or print it from the link below and please bring this back to the office.

School families:  if you submit a copy of the certificate of attendance at the workshop, we will apply the three-hour attendance toward your obligatory service (OBS) requirement.  We will also apply the cost of your background check ($13.50) towards your OBS requirement upon submission of a copy of the receipt.

6.  Please call (301) 292-0527 and make an appointment to come into the parish office for a background check.  Please bring the following items to your fingerprinting appointment:

     1) Check or Money order (payable to the St. Mary's Church)   

         Volunteer/Employee: $13.50,

     2) Two valid government I.D.'s   (one must be a picture I.D.):

  • Driver's License Issued Photo I.D.
  • US Birth Certificate
  • US Passport
  • US Passport or Passport card
  • Unexpired Foreign Passport
  • Alien Registration Card with Photograph
  • US Military I.D. Card
  • Military discharge/separation papers
  • Social Security Card
  • State/Federal Employee I.D. with signature and photo
  • Permanent Resident Card; and Certificate of Naturalization

 The following information will be needed to complete the background check:  Formal Name; Social Security Number, Current Address, Home Phone, E-mail address and primary service location (where are you are going to primarily volunteer); and your completed Volunteer Application form.

NOTE:  If you do not take your training class soon after your background check you may be required to repeat your background check and pay another $13.50.

Remember:  Any parent who may wish to volunteer for any school function or in the school in any capacity where he/she would have contact with the children, must go through this process.  There will be no exceptions.  Until the entire process is completed you may not have substantial contact with our children or vulnerable adults.

Employees of the Archdiocese of Washington must also be fingerprinted.  Please call (301) 853-5363 Mon-Fri from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to request an appointment. Cost is $34.50.

Click HERE for the Compliance Checklist for Volunteers.

Click HERE for the Compliance Checklist for ADW Employees.

Click HERE for the *Volunteer Application Form.

Click HERE for the ADW Child Protection site.

Click HERE for the Child Protection Policy Booklet (go to last page for Booklet Acknowledgement Form.)

Click HERE for the Booklet Acknowledgement Form.

Click HERE for the Employee Fingerprinting schedule.

 *This form requires a signature of either Mrs. Pfaff (for school volunteers) or Father Baer (for parish volunteers).  Before you go to get your background check, please make sure your form is signed so you don't make a wasted trip!