May 1, 2013
I am pleased to announce that Bishop Lawrence Persico and the governing Members of the Elk County Catholic School System, at the recommendation of the Board of Directors of the Elk County Catholic School System, have approved the moving of the St. Marys Catholic Middle School to the Elk County Catholic High School building to be completed for the beginning of school in August 2013. This is an exciting time for Catholic education in Elk County. With the change in location of the Middle School we believe that we are strengthening our school system and adapting to the changing demographics so that our schools remain vibrant.
I want to thank the parents who came to one of our two parent meetings and asked questions and voiced their opinions regarding the move. I want to thank you for your overwhelming support of the middle school move and of Catholic education in general. We heard your concerns about the sixth grade and the need for them to be separated from the high school students. As was stated in the presentation at the parent meeting, the middle school will run separately from the high school and the layout of the two schools will ensure that the separation is there. The administration and faculty realize the differences between high school and middle school students and will treat them accordingly.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for supporting us and trusting your children’s education to us. Know that we do not take this task lightly, and we do everything we can with the help of God to form your children to be the best future leaders of our church and community. See the attached page of information that will hopefully answer any questions you may have about the move. If you have additional questions, please contact the building principals or me. With the grace of God and your help we will make this transition as smooth as possible and move our schools forward.
To view the PDF copy of this letter, please click here.
To view answer to several FAQs on this move, please click here.
Did you hear? St. Marys will be the next city featured on the WPSU series Our Town! Our Town features the heritage and spirit of local communities as told by its citizens. Residents use their video cameras to show the personalities and places that make their town special. Elk County Catholic School System along with Queen of the World, St. Mary’s, and Sacred Heart parishes will be highlighted during the one-hour program on Thursday, June 6 at 8 p.m. Save the date and don’t forget to watch Our Town St. Marys on WPSU!
Recently, the fifth graders at SMCES planted a tree at Benzinger Park in St. Marys in celebration of Arbor Day. The tree honors the fifth grade students for their service to the City of St. Marys and the Shade Tree Commission. The Purple Prince flowering crab tree was placed in a row of trees that was planted at the park about 20 years ago, replacing a tree that had died. Each student helped in the planting, whether it was removing or adding soil or patting it down. What a great “green” hands-on activity for our students!
Our Scrip tuition program can be less time consuming and eliminate the need for writing checks or providing cash and delivering to your child’s school. This can be accomplished with a program enhancement called PrestoPay, an online payment option for your weekly online orders, ScripNow! ecards and Scrip card reloads.
PrestoPay is an electronic payment method offered through ShopWithScrip.com which allows you to securely link a bank account to your ShopWithScrip account. Families can then choose to have their bank account debited for the entire amount of their ShopWithScrip order when they checkout online. The rebate is automatically credited to our organization and you don’t have to provide cash or a check and a copy of your online order to the school. Just think of the convenience and time saved by not having to drop off your order and payment or send it in to school with your child!
You will love using PrestoPay, because it makes ordering so convenient! For a small convenience fee of only $0.15 per order (not per item in an order), you can order and pay for Scrip on your ShopWithScrip account at any time, day or night. But the real magic of PrestoPay is helping you get your virtual Scrip quicker than ever. Families who use PrestoPay will have their card reload orders processed faster and receive their ScripNow! ecards in a matter of minutes! On top of that, PrestoPay is also completely secure. Each family creates a PIN number to use at checkout, so they know their account is protected.
You can enroll in PrestoPay right now in just a few clicks. To begin the registration process, log into your ShopWithScrip account and follow these easy steps:
1. Click on the PrestoPay link in the left navigation bar of the Family Home Page.
2. Enter your bank account information in a secure environment. You will need to enter both the bank routing number and your bank account number which can be found on one of your checks.
3. Within 2-3 business days, Great Lakes Scrip Center will deposit two (2) small amounts in your bank account. The next time you log in, you will then enter these amounts into your PrestoPay registration to verify the account, and choose a PIN number to use for online payment.
4. You will receive an email with an approval code to send to your Scrip Coordinator: Mary Catalone – firstname.lastname@example.org
That’s all there is to it! With the summer vacation around the corner and school office hours reduced, you won’t have to worry about getting your order and payment to the elementary school and your ScripNow! ecards and reloads will be processed very quickly.
Please note that the deadline for Scrip online orders will still remain on Friday mornings by 9:00 a.m.
The students and faculty of St. Marys Catholic Elementary School recently held a dress down day to raise money to support the St. Marys Public Library. The school is partnering with the Summer Library Program to increase students’ reading over the summer months. ECCSS appreciates the opportunity the library affords all our students, preschool through grade 12! Pictured with Ms. Scarlette Corbin Zimmer from the library is a top third grade reader, Jackie Schatz.
The ECCHS Alumni Association will hold its May Alumni Mass on Friday, May 17 at 10:30 a.m. in the ECC Chapel. All alumni members are invited to attend and celebrate with the students and faculty and staff. Breakfast will be served immediately following in the cafeteria. This is the final alumni mass of the year so please join us to celebrate and visit one last time before summer vacation begins! Hope to see you there!
The ECCHS “Mock Crash” was a featured story on the WTAJ News! Thanks to DuBois Bureau reporter Leah Kirstein for covering this event! Click here to view the clip!
Also, the ECCHS SADD Club thanks the following individuals and organizations for their participation in the “Mock Crash” as well as the “Mock Trial”: St. Marys Police Department and Police Chief Todd Caltagarone, St. Marys Ambulance, Crystal Fire Department, Stat MedEvac, Elk County Control, Elk County Prison, Elk County Sheriff’s Office, D & T Towing and Recovery, Coroner Michelle Muccio, Judge Mark Jacob, Public Defender Jim Martin, District Attorney Brad Kraus, The River 98.9, and the parents of the “victims.”
Without the help of those listed, this event would not be possible or successful. Thank you for helping convey this very important and powerful message to our students!
Now that spring is finally here, the 2nd grade classes at St. Marys Catholic Elementary School are gearing up to present their Mother’s Day musical on Friday, May 10 at 1 p.m. in the gymnasium. This year’s musical is entitled Bugz. There’s going to be a picnic, and everybody is pitching in … the Lady Bugs are in charge of proper etiquette, the Army Ants will handle security, the Fireflies are in charge of lighting, and the entertainment will be provided by the Bumble Bees. Looks like they have everything set! But what’s this?! The Stink Bug wants to come too! Please join us to find out what happens. All are welcome to attend. We hope you can join us!
In case you missed it, check out the story that aired last Friday evening on WJAC-TV News on the relocation of the middle school! Thanks, Brittany Boyer, for your great coverage! Click here to view!
Click here to view the complete Summer Camp Program booklet!
Here is a list of changes in the next couple of weeks for the ECC Sports Schedule:
The St. Marys match that was scheduled for Friday, May 3rd will now be played Thursday, May 9th. Match time is 3:30 PM at Benzinger Park
The Boys tennis team will host DuBois Catholic today (Wednesday, May 1st) in the D-9 team Semi-Finals. The match time is 3:30 PM at Benzinger Park
The Friday, May 17th game vs. St. Marys Area will begin at 6:00 PM and not 4:15 as originally schedule. The JV game will proceed the Varsity game starting at 4:00. Both games will be played at Berwind park.
JUNIOR VARSITY BASEBALL
The Junior Varsity Baseball game that was scheduled vs. DCCHS on Thursday, May 2, 2013 has been cancelled.
The Junior Varsity Baseball game vs. St. Marys Area that was scheduled at Beimel Field on Friday, May 17th at 4:15 will now be played at Berwind Park starting at 4:00 PM. The varsity game vs. SMA will then follow.
The Varsity Softball game scheduled in Johnsonburg on Thursday, May 9th will now begin at 4:00 PM.
JUNIOR VARSITY SOFTBALL
The JV Softball game scheduled at DuBois Catholic on Monday, May 13th has been cancelled. It has been replaced with our Junior Varsity team still traveling to DuBois but playing DuBois Area. Game time is 4:15 in DuBois at the Higlnad Elementary Softball Field. The Varsity team will still play DCC in DuBois at 4:15 on May 13th as scheduled.
JUNIOR HIGH TRACK & FIELD
Our Lady of Victory school from State College will join Kane in the JH Track meet at ECCHS on Wednesday, May 8th. Start time at the ECC track is 4:00 PM.
On Wednesday, April 24, the 5th graders attended their first retreat as a class. The theme of the retreat was “Faith.” The day started with Mass, where the importance of understanding the gifts that God gave each student was reiterated to them. The students then made “Affirmation Bags” which gave them the chance to tell one another positive words of encouragement. They were instructed to only open the bags at night to remind them of God’s love for them. Walking tacos were served for lunch, and the 5th graders also made flowers for the residents of Pinecrest Manor. The day came to a close with the making of “Faith” posters. What a great start to the next seven years of retreats!