Friday News 08-18-17


St. Mary on the Hill

Catholic School


The next two weeks at a glance:



We will be dismissing at 11:50 a.m. this coming Monday, August 21st due to the Solar Eclipse.  Please remember that 1-3 p.m. is the height of this event.  If you plan to pick up during this time frame, please be aware of the dangers associated with viewing the eclipse. 

The fall season for Run Hard is about to begin! Grades 2-5 may register at by 9/3/17. Practices will be Tues/Friday and will begin immediately after school. 

Pick-up at 4:15pm by the gym

Practices will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 5th 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to school holidays in October, we will have two Thursday practices on October 19th and 26th.

Race Day: Saturday, October 28th at 8am at Lakeside High School 

VOLUNTEERS are needed! We need 1-2 adults to help during practice. You will not have to run. Please contact SMS parent Kelly Miller at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Grades 6-8 ... If your child in grades 6-8 is interested in Run Hard, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The 2017-2018 SMS Yearbook is on sale for its lowest price of the year, $30!  You can get 4 free icons on your child's yearbook with the addition of personalization ($6)!  This offer runs through September 1st.  After that, each icon will be $4 each.  Please see the attached flyer for information.  We will only be taking orders through the Jostens web site this year . Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. questions.

Our PTO is still in need of chairpersons for the committees listed below.  We would be so grateful if you would consider chairing one of these positions.  All of them are only one-time a year so it will not be something that will be a full-time commitment the entire school year.  Please contact Allison Greene at 706-414-8444 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  if you are interested in volunteering and/or chairing for one of these events:

Fall Carnival Auction Chairpersons (August-October)

Teacher’s Luncheon (February)

St. Patrick’s Day parade (March)

As you drop off your children in the mornings, please remember the following information:

For Carline A drop-off (Monte Sano): Please do not remain “parked” in the front parking lot with your child passed 7:35 a.m.  Remaining parked beyond this time causes cars to back up on Monte Sano, which causes problems for our walkers and drivers elsewhere.  Beginning at 7:35 a.m., you may let your child out to wait outside the front door, until the doors are opened at 7:45 a.m.

For Carline B drop-off (Helen Street): Please wait until you reach the yellow posts before letting your child(ren) out of the car.  Dropping children off closer to Arsenal Avenue is not the safest option for a few reasons.  First, the drivers at the back of the line are more tempted to pull off around the cars towards the front of the line, which can cause a back-up on Helen Street.  Second, our Safety Patrol members are posted by the yellow poles (and therefore close to the entrance doors) so that they can ensure the safety of your children as they exit the car.  Thank you for your assistance with this!


Our first Catholic Social Services Canned Food Drive will be held the week of Monday, August 28th.  Please encourage your child to select some canned goods from your cupboard or while out on a grocery run.  The homerooms in each department that bring in the most canned goods will be rewarded! 

Storybook Character Parade* is August 31st at 8:30AM in gymnasium. (1st and 2nd grades). All parents are invited to attend!

Our Fall Scholastic Book Fair is set for September, 25th-29th.  Mark your calendars to Saddle Up and read with us! 

The dates of our PTO Fall Carnival Weekend are listed below.  More details will follow in coming months.

Friday, October 20th: Preview Party and Silent Auction @ 7 p.m. Please note that this is an adults only event.

Saturday, October 21st: SMS Fall Carnival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  All are welcome to attend!

Our Fall Open House will be held on Thursday, November 2nd from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


In a Christ-centered atmosphere, the mission of

St. Mary on the Hill Catholic School is to teach,

to learn, and to become faith-filled servants of Jesus.