New Family Welcome
Welcome to Saint Mary’s Hall! We are so happy that your family will be joining our community.
This page was designed with new families just like you in mind! In July, you will receive your login information to access the SMH Community Portal, but until then our goal is that your family will find many answers to your questions here. The information listed below will help you and your child prepare for your first year at Saint Mary’s Hall.
Baron Bazaar (our annual back-to-school event) is designed to help families check off all of their back-to-school “to-do’s” in one spot. The event is typically held the Friday before the first day of school in the Peggy Pitman Mays Dining Hall. Booths are set up to provide information about all the major divisions and departments of our school, and students may register for after-school activities and clubs. Class schedules, locker assignments, textbooks, an all-school calendar, and parking permits are distributed at this event.
Towards the end of each school year, an email will be sent with information on the next Baron Bazaar event.
Our on-campus Extended Care Program offers Lower School students a cheery, relaxed home-away-from-home before and after school. It’s the perfect place to play, form new friendships, do homework, or engage in fun activities. Learn more about Extended Care.
Extended Care Hours:
Monday - Friday: 7am - 8am/11:45am - 6pm
Saint Mary’s Hall relies on parents, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends to give of their time, talent, and treasure to help us meet the mission of our school. Whether you want to volunteer to help with the Parents’ Association or special events, there are many ways to get involved at SMH.
You can also learn about the ways to support the school through gifts to The SMH Fund, sponsorships, the Head of School Wish List, planned giving, or capital campaigns. Learn more at our Support page.
Saint Mary’s Hall hosts a New Family Fiesta in May of each year to welcome all new families enrolling for the following school year. Faculty, staff, and mentor families attend so each family will have familiar faces on the first day of school and make connections with other new families.
In May and August, a New Family Parent Coffee will be held to provide each new family with a checklist on what needs to be completed before the first day of school. The coffee is a casual gathering and a great place to ask any questions that you may have.
The goal of the New Family Mentor Program is to provide newly admitted families a support structure within our community that aids and welcomes families who are transitioning into our school. The SMH mentor families are current families who represent the core values of our school and will offer a warm, friendly welcome to each and every one of our new families. Upon completion of the admissions process, a mentor family will contact the new family to open the lines of communication between the two families.
If you would like more information about the New Family Mentor Program, please contact our Director of New Family Mentor Program Amy Luttrell at firstname.lastname@example.org or (210) 483-9259.
Parents ensure a spot for their children for the next academic year by completing our online re-enrollment process. Beginning January 25, 2019, you will be able to access your online re-enrollment contracts. At that time, you may update your household profile, view and agree to school policies, and e-sign enrollment contracts. You will also have the option to submit your tuition deposit online by credit card or electronic check. Re-enrollment contracts and deposits are due February 8, 2019.
At Saint Mary's Hall, we believe that communication is key to partnering with you. As parents, you will receive the following communications from us to let you know what's happening with our current students and the SMH community:
- Fine Arts
- Special Events (ex. Grand Day at Saint Mary's Hall, Passport, and Ben McMurray Golf Classic)
- Giving Opportunities (ex. annual fund, capital campaigns, and scholarships)
- News From the Hall, our weekly school e-newsletter
- The Shield (ex. our bi-annual school magazine and donor honor roll)
- Emergency Communications
Enrolled families receive emergency alerts via email or text. These alerts will keep you informed of school closing, inclement weather, lockdowns, etc.
- Direct Mail (ex. postcards, invitations, and The Shield)
During the first couple of weeks of school in August, Saint Mary's Hall will host an All-School Coffee. This is a great way to learn all about the SMH web site and the SMH Community Portal, including how to manage your subscriptions, signup for emergency alerts, and calendar updates.
At the beginning of August, you will receive login and password information to the SMH Community Portal via email. The portal offers our parents, students, faculty, and staff a user-friendly web site with a wealth of information such as:
- My SMH Backpack (grades, class pages, and schedules)
- Account information
- Helpful communications (school announcements, calendars, pictures, and videos)
- An online community directory
- Easy-to-use links, downloads, and school publications
Once you receive your log in information, we encourage you to explore the SMH Community Portal.
Summer at Saint Mary's Hall provides children of all ages with exceptional opportunities which are fun, challenging, and rewarding. Our goal is to encourage every camper to explore new friendships, tackle new obstacles, and work together in a team environment.
Take a look at what makes our camps different...
- Camps offered every week from the last week of May until the first week of August.
- Campers ages 3-18 are welcome
- Full-day classes, morning classes, or afternoon classes are available all summer
- More than 250 classes (arts, athletics, academics, creative thinking)
- All classes are taught by highly qualified instructors and professionals from Saint Mary's Hall and the greater academic community
- A safe and secure camp with 24/7 campus security on our enclosed campus
- Easy and quick online registration
For more detailed information, or to register, please visit www.smhall.org/summer.
Summer Reading and Assignments for Lower, Middle, and Upper School students are released annually in early May.
All summer reading books are also available for purchase in the Saint Mary’s Hall Spirit Store. For more information regarding book purchases, contact Director of Spirit Store Amy Luttrell at email@example.com.
For questions about Summer Reading assignments or online resources, please contact Director of Instructional Technology & Libraries Barbara Bertoldo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Saint Mary's Hall Spirit Store purchases textbooks for every student based on his/her individual course schedule. In June, the textbook listing for the upcoming year is posted on the web site. The textbook list contains the specific ISBN's, front covers, editions, etc. for each class.
Textbook Distribution for Middle and Upper School will be on the same day as Baron Bazaar in the Napier Gym. Lower School textbooks will be on the students' desk the first day of school. The cost of the textbooks will be applied to your student accounts.
At the end of the academic year, the Spirit Store will buy back textbooks in good condition (certain criteria applies) that were purchased through the Spirit Store.
Families interested in purchasing used textbooks will need to pre-order through the spirit for the upcoming school year in May. For more detailed information, please visit www.smhall.org/textbooks.
Supplies for the Lower School are pre-ordered and will be on the students' desk the first day of school. The cost of the school supplies will be applied to your student account.
The Middle School supply list is specific by grade (otherwise known as Forms). These supplies will need to be purchased exactly as stated:
- Form 6
- Form 7
- Form 8
Upper School does not have a required school supply list. However, on the first day of school, please bring a notebook, a pencil, and a pen. If a class has a required school supply, the teachers will inform the students on the first day of class.