Traditions

St. Mary's is steeped in tradition. Girls equally enjoy looking ahead to the exciting experiences that await them and looking back to the ones that have previously shaped them. Explore many of the traditions that St. Mary's fondly celebrates below.

Christmas Pageant

The oldest tradition at St. Mary's. A choir of 2nd and 3rd grade students sings an array of Christmas songs while Seniors stage tableaux vivants. Each performance at the Chapel is packed as this tradition ushers in the holidays.

Christmas Pageant

JK Tea Party

Junior Kindergartners host an old-fashioned tea party to celebrate their mothers. The day is topped with wide-brimmed hats and pictures galore.

JK Tea Party

Black Friday

The very last day of school for Seniors. They dress in mourning, arriving at school in the wee hours to decorate the halls one last time. Seniors leave special notes for all the teachers and students who have encouraged them along the way.

Black Friday for graduating seniors

Light a Candle for Life

A special Chapel service to introduce the holiday season. Musical performances, skits, Christmas stories, and singing by candlelight are all part of the morning.

light a candle for life

Mr. Valentine

The drama of a reality show with a St. Mary's sense of humor. Upper School students nominate male friends to compete on stage in silly contests and vote for their favorite contestant with candy hearts.

Mr. Valentine

Flower Girls

When Seniors graduate from St. Mary's, they are attended by a Senior Kindergartner who serves as their flower girl. The pairs meet on the 100th day of school and enjoy a few picnics and playdates before graduation day.

flower girls

Halloween Bazaar

Upper School students sponsor a carnival extravaganza for the whole school with booths, games, costumes, candy, prizes, and a haunted house.

Halloween Bazaar

Springfest

This century-old special Chapel service celebrates the arrival of spring with music, flowers, white dresses, and the election of exemplary St. Mary's students as 6th grade Princess and Junior Queen.

Springfest

100 Days of School

Senior Kindergartners decorate signs, hats, and glasses with a 100-theme while delighting the entire school in a Chapel service filled with song and dance. After the performance, SK flower girls meet their Senior graduate for the first time.

100 days of school