Friday News 12-01-17

St. Mary on the Hill

Catholic School

The next three weeks at a glance:


*St. Mary on the Hill is bringing a new Christmas tradition to life during Advent. The entire school will participate in “A Christmas Star from Afar”.  A life-sized nativity has been set up in the lobby of the school.  Each day the K-3 students will be searching for the Star of Bethlehem, which will be moved nightly.  Once the star has been found, an accompanying bible verse will be read over the intercom and the life-sized wise men will be moved by 4-8th classes ever closer to the crèche. The Maji will travel throughout the building during the Advent season arriving at the manger on the Epiphany. In focusing daily on the journey of the wise men, students will see that Christmas is not about the presents they receive or Santa. Christmas is about the greatest gift of all – the birth of our living God, Jesus. Thank you to Marjorie LaPan for making and donating the life-sized Nativity pieces. We also thank Michael Nordmann and his dad, Pat Nordmann for their time and talent in building the stable for Joseph, Mary, and Jesus. We appreciate these donations to make Advent a more meaningful time here at SMCS!

Advent begins on Sunday, December 3rd.  Please consider attending one of the family penance services listed in the calendar above.  In addition, Holy Heroes is an excellent resource for families to use during this season.  Visit to sign up for daily emails and explore other tools that will help your family make the most of this Advent season.

Reconciliation for SMCS students will take place on 12/6, 12/12, and 12/19.  Please see the calendar above to note which day your child’s grade level will be celebrating this sacrament.

Congratulations to our SMCS Spelling Bee winners!  Nick, an 8th grade student, placed 2nd, and Charlie, a 7th grade student, placed 1st.  Charlie will represent St. Mary’s school in the next level of the competition in early 2018.  Congratulations to both of these young men!

Please read the Amended Discipline Policy if you have not already.  This can be found on RenWeb under “Resource Documents.”  We request that students and parents pay close attention to this as we move forward to fully live out our mission: “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.”

GRACE Scholars is a student scholarship organization that helps students attend SMCS and other Catholic schools in Georgia. Donors support Catholic education while receiving a Georgia tax credit for their donations. Donors include individuals, individual business owners (S corporations, LLCs, and partnerships), “C” corporations, and estates and taxable trusts. It’s easy to be a donor. Please visit for more information and to pre-register for your 2018 Georgia tax credit. Pre-registrations for 2018 Georgia tax credits are due in December 2017. Donations are not due until March 2018.

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.