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Letter from Ms. Hayes

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! 

We are about to begin a great school year filled with hope, vision and excitement.  I am delighted to be a part of the St. Mary’s School of Landover Hills School and parish community.  A Catholic school education provides our young people with the tools necessary in becoming socially, morally and spiritually equipped to succeed in an ever evolving 21st century world.  I know this to be true.  I am the product of a Catholic school education; having attended Catholic school from the 1st to the 12th grade.  As an advocate of Catholic school education, I believe we have a moral, social and financial obligation to ensure Catholic schools are available as a school choice.  We, the gatekeepers of these fine institutions of learning, must safeguard Catholic schools to be accessible and affordable for all. 

As Interim Principal, I will work passionately to guarantee all girls and boys at St. Mary’s School of Landover Hills receive a Catholic school education that is accessible and affordable; so, our world will benefit from their God given gifts and talents.  I am passionate about working with young people; especially our younger students because these are some of the most formidable years in a young person’s life.  The decisions they make during these years can bear significant consequences or open doors of incredible opportunity.  It takes a village to raise a child and I am so grateful for the opportunity, as an educator and school leader, to be a part of your child’s village experience.

I look forward to a very positive and productive year and extend a special, yearlong invitation to our families to join us at school activities and events whenever possible.  I want and value your involvement and support in your child’s education! 

 

In peace,

LaSandra M. Hayes

Interim Principal

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Summer Camp 2018

Summer Camp 2018

Our summer campers took a field trip down to DC today. They visited the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. They were very excited to say the least!

Congratulations to our March 2018 Students of the Month

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March & April 2017

March & April 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope all of you are preparing for a special Easter break with your families. We are at the end of our Lenten journey; on Holy Thursday we enter into the Triduum. The Easter Triduum recalls the passion, death, burial and the resurrection of Jesus, as portrayed in the Gospels. As we go through this journey with Jesus, we feel the pain and sadness of Good Friday and we also experience the wonderful celebration of His resurrection on Easter Sunday! I wish you all a meaningful and joyous Easter holiday. 

Our school is extremely busy with so many activities. We have Title I tutoring for math and reading four days per week, choir practices, band practices, Science Club, play practices, our basketball clinic, soccer, and track practices. I would like to expand our offerings to the younger grades. Please let me know if you have an interest in moderating an after-school club or coaching a team. Perhaps you have a hobby you could share or a special talent that could benefit our children (this could count toward volunteer hours). 

Many of our parents are interested in learning more about the BOOST scholarship offered by the state of Maryland. This scholarship helps Maryland students (who have a financial need) pay for tuition (K-12) to attend private schools. Thankfully it looks as though the Maryland BOOST scholarships will be funded again this year! The budget conference committee finalized the negotiations between the two chambers and BOOST was renewed and funded to include nearly $6 million in program funds for the upcoming 2017-18 school year. While the budget language stipulates that last year’s BOOST scholarship recipients should continue to receive scholarships so long as they’re income-eligible, there will be a significant amount of new money to allocate for new scholarship awards. To apply or reapply for the BOOST scholarship, please visit www.educationmaryland.org/BOOST. We encourage anyone who is struggling to pay our tuition to apply for the BOOST scholarship. 

Twelve of our 8th-grade students received the Sacrament of Confirmation with Bishop Knestout this past Friday. Our students did a wonderful job representing our school and parish; they were brave souls and answered some challenging questions from the Bishop. Many of our second graders will receive First Holy Communion on May 14th: the English speakers at the 11:00 am Mass and the Spanish speakers at the 1:00 pm Mass. If possible, please come and join us for these wonderful celebrations. It is amazing to see our students grow in their faith. As always, please stop by or call me if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you all for your continued support of our amazing school!

In Peace, 
Chris Buchleitner Principal

January & February 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are really moving right along with the school year; mid-quarter reports go home at the end of next week. The weather will be warming up in just a few weeks. What happened to our snow storms this year? Did Mother Nature forget about us? Bring on the snow!

We have completed our mid-year Scantron testing. There have been some positive gains as most children are on track to hit their annual academic growth goals. Some students are in need of additional support and parents have been contacted. This Friday (2/17/17) we will have conferences in the afternoon for parents whose students are struggling academically. If you received an invite, but have not set an appointment time, please do so ASAP. If you’re unable to meet on Friday, February 17, 2017, please inform your teacher right away so alternative plans can be made.

We have been making progress on the repairs to the heat system. Our boiler is very old and in need of repair; our building engineer has been making steady progress. The system needed some old parts replaced. This process takes time as the heat needs to be shut down and the entire system needs to cool before work can begin. The work has been taking place over weekends. By spring, the boiler should be running like a top!

There has been progress in the science lab. The new floor was installed on 2/13/17. We believe we will be holding science classes in the lab at some point in March. A special thanks to Ms. Maier, Mrs. Ferguson, and Mr. and Mrs. Nichols for their volunteer work in planning and overseeing the work in the lab. Speaking of science, we had an outstanding assembly on Friday for students in second through fifth. The assembly was to introduce the science club, which was led by Ms. Ricks. The students and teachers thoroughly enjoyed it, especially Ms. Keller who was chosen as a volunteer. Students rubbed her hair with a balloon to learn about static electricity. The display was truly hair-raising! 

I would like to personally thank the St. Mary’s community for the support and love given to the Planta family over the past few weeks. The mass and repast were a beautiful celebration of Angelina’s life. The love and support for the family was profound. Please continue to keep Bo, Abigail, Conrad, and Ethan in your prayers. On Wednesday, March 1st, students will attend the Ash Wednesday Mass at 9:00 am, which officially begins the season of Lent. Please feel free to join us at mass as we begin our forty days of Lent to prepare for Easter. As always, please stop by or call me if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you all for your continued support of our amazing little school! 

In Peace, 

Chris Buchleitner, Principal

 

November & December 2016

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As you preparing for the coming of our Lord? We began Advent on November 27th; it’s the beginning of the Liturgical Calendar. Advent is observed in many Christian churches as a time of waiting and preparing for the celebration of the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ. The word is a Latin word meaning "coming." I know it’s easy to lose focus of the real meaning of Christmas. At this time of year, I begin cringing at the thought of shopping, traffic, and additional expenses. Then I remind myself that Jesus wouldn’t want us stressing out over his birthday. I pray that students, teachers and parents will experience peace and joy through Advent and Christmas. Let’s give all of our stresses to God so we can spend more time enjoying the blessings that He has provided to all of us! We had a General HSA meeting on November 17th. We had a guest speaker from the ADW who spoke about internet safety and gave parents many helpful tips on what to be aware of and how to monitor their children’s use of the internet. Please be diligent in monitoring your children. Unfortunately, we have seen a pattern of middle school children making poor decisions with the content that they post and share with friends. We have an assembly planned in January for our students (4th-8th grades) to further educate and discuss this topic. During the HSA meeting, we broke into groups to discuss topics of interest and we collected your feedback on various topics. In early December, the HSA met and discussed the feedback from the groups. We are busy making improvements and will provide an update during the next HSA General meeting. School improvement is a never ending quest; together we will continue to strive to make our school the best little school in PG County. Together, we can make it happen. In November, a handful of volunteers began the first steps in upgrading the science lab. Our first goal was to throw away the old, broken, and outdated material that has accumulated in there for over 30+ years. The room has been stripped to the bare walls and floor. A new floor, ceiling, lights, and a fresh coat of paint is our next step. We will update the website with pictures very soon; stay tuned. 

As I walk past the music room, I could hear the children rehearsing for our Christmas Pageant. I’m looking forward to another wonderful production! Please mark your calendar for this special event on December 14, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the church. I guarantee it will help you prepare your mind and spirit for the Christmas season. I want to thank you for your generous donations of coats, the contents of the homeless bags, and the many toys that were donated by our families. St. Mary’s School has a wonderful history of service and generosity, thanks to all of you! On behalf of the faculty and staff I would like to wish Fr. Rick the best of luck with his new assignment as Pastor of St. Martin of Tours in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Fr. Rick has had a wonderful impact on our school; he will be missed by all. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please stop by, call, or email anytime. Peace and joy be with you and your families and Merry Christmas to all! In Peace,

Chris Buchleitner,

Principal

Multicultural Week

St. Mary's School celebrates our many special cultures during Multicultural Week. This is one way that we celebrate our diversity,  and enjoy all of our unique differences.