South St. Marys Street Elementary School

370 South St. Marys St., St. Marys, PA 15857 Phone: 814.834.3021
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From the Desk of Christine Kuhar…

St. Marys Area School District

Principal, South St. Marys Street Elementary School

(814) 834-3021 -






Hello Families!   Believe it or not, May is moving right along and we are officially at 15½ days of school left!  Here are the latest happenings to keep you up to speed…


Happy Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week – Many thanks and congratulations go out to our entire faculty and staff for all of their hard work this year in helping to educate our children.  No matter who it is or what the job entails, I fully believe that everyone in our great school is dedicated to helping our students learn and grow.  We appreciate everything that everyone does to care for our kids.  PTO took time to celebrate our faculty and staff this week, letting everyone know how very much they are appreciated!  Thanks PTO! 


Student Council Food Drive is in Full SwingStudent Council’s food drive is this week.  Please consider sending something in to help.  Student Council members will be working to gather these items in preparation to distribute them to our local food bank.  We are also collecting items for our Humane Society as well.  It’s amazing to me to see how good-hearted our students and families can be.  A coin collection will be held Friday and contributing students will be able to participate in Beach Day!  We thank you for contributing to this worthy event!


Day 30-Progress Reports for Grades 3-5 – are coming home Thursday.  This will be the final progress report update prior to the report card sent home with students on the last day of school.  Please note that because much of the past month for students in grades 3-5 have been spent practicing for and taking our state assessments, the number of graded assignments may be limited.  Teachers recognize this and will be working with students on final tasks, end of year projects, etc.  As always, please continue to encourage good work in your students, as well as improvements in performance. Being amidst the busiest time of year, it is important that families continue to encourage good work and on time work so that we can all finish the year strong!  Thanks so much!


Scholastic Book Fair will be held NEXT WEEK.  The Book Fair is coming to School on May 14, 15, and 16.  Students will have the chance to shop during their Book Exchange times.  This is a BUY ONE GET ONE FREE Book Fair, so all are encouraged to come and check it out.  The Book Fair will also be held after school on Thursday from 4-6pm.


Congratulations 4th Grade Student Kay Gabler!! – We are happy to celebrate Kay Gabler who was chosen as the essay winner from the Keystone Elk Country Alliance Essay Contest.  The contest is open to all districts throughout the school year.  Kay’s essay will be published in a magazine!  Way to go Kay!!!  We are so PROUD of you!

The 16th Annual SSMSES Olympic Games is scheduled for May 21st (for K-2) and May 22nd  (for grades 3-5).  The Rain Date for the event is May 23rd.  

We are hoping to have great weather!   Members of the Olympic Committee and other PTO volunteers have been working hard to plan for this year’s events.  Parents, friends, and families are invited to join us in the celebrations.  And, any help with organizing the late minute details is much appreciated. 

  • Tuesday – May 21st – Students will begin lining up at school at 9am, and the Parade of Nations is scheduled to begin at 9:15 am, with Opening Ceremonies at 9:45 am, and events for Grades K-2 to begin at 10:15.  Students in grades 3-5 will return to school.
  • Wednesday – May 22nd  - Events for Grades 3-5 will begin at 9:30 am


It takes lots of time, energy, and effort from our volunteers to organize and run the Olympics.  Please join us, and help if you can! 


Just a few additional notes for spectators and families –

  • If you’d like to check out the Parade of Nations, students will travel along Rock Street.  Opening Ceremonies will be held on the infield.
  • Parents and families are invited to come watch the events.  Please dress for the weather!  J
  • Please note - No dogs/animals are permitted in Berwind Park.  There is also no smoking or use of electronic cigarettes or vaping devices.
  • Sale of concession items are for families, guests, volunteers and staff.  Students in grades 3-5 may purchase concession items, but only after they have lunch and are on their way back to school.  Often times we see students throw away lunches to go purchase items at concession.  We also see kids leave their groups to buy items and then miss out on events.  Students can get preoccupied with buying things at concession instead of enjoying the events of the day.  With students on the field, there will be Hydration Stations positioned around the park to provide water to kids.  Parents who wish to purchase snacks or treats for their child are asked to save those treats for home.  Thanks for your understanding!
  • Good sportsmanship applies to all!  Please remember, as with any sporting event provided in the district, all spectators and fans are asked to be respectful of the games and the players! 
  • Students will return to school and be dismissed at regular time.


We look forward to seeing you at the Games!


Last Call for AR – Just a reminder that our quiz window for the 4th Quarter AR goal ends on Friday, May 10, 2019.  Students can take final book quizzes through this time in hopes of making their final AR Reward.  This activity is being planned for the final week of school.  We’d love to have many, many students participate!  Thanks!


Field Trips are in full swing – With field trip season here, we ask a few reminders of families.  Please be sure to send a note if any emergency or contact information changes for the day of the trip.  Please also be sure to have students dress for the weather, as this is also a time of year when weather is changing. 


Please take note of the following field trip and event dates –

  • May 6-10 – Student Council Food Drive/Collection for Humane Society, STAR Assessments
  • May 6-8th – Olympic Tee Shirt Printing in Art class
  • May 7th – Staff Appreciation, 5th Picture Lady Workshop, 4th Gr Arbor Day, K-2 Career on Wheels
  • May 8th – Trout Release – Mr. Micale’s class
  • May 10th – K Play for Parents, doors open 12:45, 2nd Grade Field Trip to Parker Dam
  • May 14-16 – BOGO Book Fair, afterschool sale held on Thursday
  • May 14 –   5th Grade MS Orientation (scheduled by classroom), 4th Grade Litter Clean Up
  • May 14 –   3rd Grade Field Trip – Fort Roberdeau
  • May 15th – 4th Grade Litter Clean Up (Rain Date), 5th Grade Picture Lady Workshop
  • May 16 – 4th Grade Safety Day Field Trip, 5th Grade Island Run Fish Hatchery
  • May 17 – 1st Grade Field Trip – Kinzua State Park, Band Fest
  • May 17 – K Field Trip to Benzinger Park
  • May 20 – 5th Grade Island Fish Hatchery Field Trip (Rain Date)
  • May 21 and 22 – Olympics Berwind Park (make up day on May 23)
  • May 23rd – 1st Grade Field Trip – Kinzua (Rain Date)
  • May 24 and 27 – No School – Memorial Day Weekend
  • Map 28  – AR Reward at Memorial Park
  • May 29 – Celebration of Success
  • May 30 – Olympic Photo Jam
  • May 31 – Last Day of School, 5th Grade Talent Show, Dismissal 11:30


Manner of the Week – Clean up after yourself!  Nobody likes to clean up someone else’s mess, so it makes sense for everyone to CLEAN UP after themselves throughout the day.  This manner is a simple one – if you make a mess, clean it up!  It will make everyone happy!  J


One more special thought – Happy Mother’s Day this Sunday, May 13th, to all mothers, grandmothers, godmothers, or any woman providing guidance, love, and support to students within our schools.  This is a day to celebrate you and the influence you have on our children!  We thank YOU for all you do!


That’s it for now everyone!  As always…Thanks for reading!