The purpose of St. Mary’s School is to provide opportunities for the child to develop his/her potential: spiritually, intellectually, socially, and emotionally, in a secure, caring and stimulating environment.

St. Mary’s is committed to teach the Gospel message of Christ; to build a community characterized by sharing, educating, and believing; and to serve through prayer, worship, and social action.

We believe each child is a unique individual with skills and talents that must be cultivated and needs that must be recognized and met. We are dedicated to excellence in education and to fostering an atmosphere of self-learning, critical thinking, responsible action, and peacemaking.

The school’s focus on religious education, high academic standards, and the celebration of spiritual and community values nurtures the development of a positive and productive approach to successfully meet the challenges of modern life.

“The spiritual integrity and conscience, that these days is often hard to establish in our youth, are embedded in the way they are taught and guided at Saint Mary’s.”

– Silvana Bruno, Proud Parent-

MISSION STATEMENT

St. Mary’s School nurtures and educates young children and develops a strong academic, faith-filled foundation for our students to become compassionate,
responsible Catholic citizens.

St. Mary’s School:

  • Provides a safe, nurturing environment for every student to excel
  • Recognizes and intellectually challenges every student
  • Fosters critical thinking
  • Celebrates spiritual and community values
  • Develops and calls well-prepared catholic citizens to leadership and social action
  • Empowers life-long learners to participate in an ever-changing world

NURTURE, EDUCATE, EMPOWER

FAITH AND VALUES

Children participate in daily religious classes where Christian values are emphasized and the teachings and traditions of the Catholic Church are studied. Students attend Mass one day a month, on holy days of obligation and other special occasions.

Research shows that catholic schools:

  • Foster a Catholic identity and values
  • Provide a safe, disciplined environment
  • Support a climate where it is important to study and excel
  • Motivate students to learn
  • Encourage parents to participate in their child’s education
  • Promote moral development
  • Honor religious and cultural traditions
  • Foster a lifelong commitment to community service and respect for others
  • Experience fewer drug and alcohol problems

“A child’s first experience at school can put into motion a lifelong love of learning. Both my daughters attend St. Mary’s and are thriving there. The teaching staff genuinely cares about the students and have set the standards high. The environment is friendly and the entire student body interacts with one another in such a positive way. Being a working mom I’m very particular about my children’s care and daytime experience while I’m not with them. At St. Mary’s, I have the great assurance that they are learning, having fun, and truly being cared for. It’s the best decision I’ve made for them and for me.”

– Claudine Bianchi, Proud Parent-

MESSAGE FROM OUR PASTOR

Welcome to Saint Mary School, Winchester MA

Welcome to our school website and I do hope you will find information that assists you to better understand our school. Our school has been educating children in our Parish and the surrounding towns since 1914. We have had dedicated Religious Women, Laity and Clergy over the years helping to make St. Mary School such an important part of the parish and community. Parents enroll their children not only for the educational/intellectual challenge but also for the spiritual faith-filled atmosphere in our school community.

Our School’s long history and tradition in the Catholic Church provides a strong foundation upon which parents, faculty and related staff develop strong values, academic excellence and a desired vision to meet the challenges of modern culture and life.

I invite you to prayerfully consider this Catholic Faith based school to enroll your children. Our school offers opportunities beginning with a Pre-School program through the Fifth Grade. Feel free to contact our Principal Mrs. Kellie Kickham or the School Office for further information and to arrange a tour of our school.

Father Richard Erikson, Ph.D.

Pastoral Administrator

MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL Welcome to Saint Mary’s School of Winchester.

Dear Parents and Families,

My name is Kellie Kickham and I am excited to introduce myself as the new Principal of St. Mary’s School. I am grateful to Father Michael and the principal search committee for allowing me the opportunity to lead this wonderful school community. Before joining St. Mary’s, I served as the Assistant Principal at St. Agatha School in Milton, Massachusetts.

My academic background includes a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Massachusetts Boston and a Bachelor degree in Elementary Education and American Studies at Boston College. Most recently, I completed a fellowship at the Lynch Leadership Academy at Boston College. As you can see, education is something I value greatly. I am the first person in my extended family to graduate from college and earn a graduate degree. Throughout my teaching career, I have taught a variety of grade levels at Charleston Catholic in Charleston, South Carolina and most recently at St. Agatha School in Milton.

I am eagerly anticipating working with the faculty and staff at St. Mary’s to provide students with a nurturing environment, which allows each child to grow deeper in their spiritual faith and achieve their full academic potential. Thank you for choosing Catholic Education for your child. As a student at St. Mary’s, your child will learn to be a disciple of Jesus and engage in service learning. My hope is to inspire the students at St. Mary’s to become lifelong learners.

I recognize that I am entering into a new community, which will require me to gain your trust. I am committed to building constructive and trusting relationships with all members of the St. Mary’s Winchester community. I am excited to meet all of the students and parents here at St. Mary’s. Together, we will collectively strengthen the mission of St. Mary’s to nurture, educate, and empower our students.

There will be many opportunities for you to share your time and talents with us this school year. Please get involved with the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) to ensure that your voices are heard or send me an email directly at kkickham@stmaryswinchester.org.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve your families in this role! Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas you would like to share.

God Bless,

Kellie Kickham, M.Ed

Principal

OUR PARISH

St. Mary’s Parish
158 Washington Street
Winchester, MA 01890
Telephone: 781-729-0055
Website: http://www.stmary-winchester.org/

St. Mary’s Parish Family consists of 2500 families and over 9000 souls. We are the oldest Catholic parish in Winchester, established in 1875, and located near the town center. We are in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston.

In recent years, parts of Immaculate Conception Parish in Winchester and St. Joseph’s Parish in Woburn have been combined with the St. Mary’s Parish Family. The people who have come to us have been a welcome addition and a number have joined in various lay ministries.

Mission Statement
St. Mary’s Catholic Community strives to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ, “love one another.” Jesus is the heart of our community and Sunday Liturgy is the center of our worship. With Mary as our patroness and model, we open our hearts and community to all. As we journey in faith, we grow through our sacramental life, Christian education, and opportunities for spiritual enrichment.

Our vision is expressed in a commitment to peace and justice, respect for all life, appreciation for the unique gifts of every person, and outreach to those in need. Our parish family affirms all members in their search for truth as they meet the challenge of being Catholics in this modern world.