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We hope you are as excited as we are about the opening of school coming soon. Thank you to the teachers, staff, and parents who worked so hard last year to keep our schools open all year for in-person learning and to the many parents/guardians who help us prepare for the 2021-2022 school year. This is your Back-to-School Hub, where you can find all the information you need to be ready on the first day of school. Please see our COVID-19 Information center for more details about COVID policy and mitigation efforts. 

First Day of School

The School of St. Mary will return to in-person learning under the updated operating framework put forward by the Office of Catholic Schools. The first day of school is as follows: 
  • Monday, August 23, 8:30 a.m. - 1st - 8th Grade
  • Wednesday, August 25, 8:30 a.m. - Little Angels (MWF & M-F), All PreK3, All PreK 4, All Kindergarten
  • Thursday, August 26, 8:30 a.m.  - Little Angels (T/TH)

First Week of school notes for Early Elementary

Preschool Intake Conferences will be held on Monday, August 23, and Tuesday, August 24. You will receive communication on how to sign-up for a time slot. 
Half-Day Schedule: All early elementary students (Little Angels - Kindergarten) will be on a half-day schedule August 25 - 27, with dismissal at 11:30 a.m. This includes students registered for the full-day program. 

The full-Day Program begins on Monday, August 30th.

Drop-Off and Pick-Up Procedures

Please see the drop-off and pick-up procedures for your child's campus at the links below. 

Required Forms

The following forms are due to the school office by August 20, 2021.


All Grade Levels

 If you have any questions about health forms or issues, please contact our School Nurse, Cindy Pacewicz, BSN, RN, at

UGC - grades 4-8

Please get in touch with Jasmine Sosa,, with any questions. 

PGC - grades Prek-3

Please get in touch with Mary Kane,, with any questions.
  • Food Allergy preference form (coming necessary)
  • Preschool morning lunch bunch preference
  • Extended day - coming soon
  • Complete Summer Assignments

Inter-Campus & Lake Bluff Bus Shuttle Service

Bus service will begin on Monday, August 30, 2021.
Morning Route: 
  • 8:15 Pick-up at the Grace United Methodist Church’s parking lot located on East Scranton Avenue in Lake Bluff
  • 8:30 Drop-off Upper Grade Center students & pick-up additional PGC students (east end of the Oakwood lot)
  • 8:50 Drop-off students at the Primary Grade Center
Afternoon Route:
  • 3:15 Pick-up students at Primary Grade Center
  • 3:40 Drop-off Lake Forest riders & pick-up Lake Bluff riders at the Upper Grade Center
  • 3:50 Drop-off Lake Bluff riders at the Grace United Methodist Church parking lot on East Scranton Avenue in Lake Bluff
If you are interested in this service for the School Year 2021-2022, please fill out this form. The estimated cost per student is $825.00. (The cost may vary slightly based on ridership and fuel surcharges.)

School Supply Lists

School supply kits may be purchased online through Educational Products Inc. our school code is SCH337.

If you wish to purchase your own supplies, you can download supply lists here: 

Student Uniforms

Students are required to wear the designated school uniforms as described in the guidelines below. Please click on each campus below to review the uniform guidelines.

Find complete uniform requirements and detailed instructions for ordering uniforms on our Uniform Information Page.

Frequently Asked Questions

PGC: Drop-off begins at 8:30 a.m. and the first bell rings at 8:45 a.m. Regular dismissal is at 3:05 p.m.
UGC: Drop-off begins at 8:30 a.m. and the first bell rings at 8:40 a.m. Regular dismissal is at 3:40 p.m.

Please see the COVID-19 Information page for current guidelines. 

Class assignments for the 2021-2022 school year will be released on August 13, 2021.

You may express a preference, but it may not be honored as we need to balance each classroom with different circumstances, including skill level, gender, and student temperament.

Parents can sign up for a shuttle between the PGC and UGC or for pickup in Lake Bluff. Please see the bus section above. 

Students at UGC have access to three microwaves during lunch. There are no microwaves available at PGC.

You can always find the calendar by clicking the calendar icon on the bottom of the homepage.

Little Angels (PreK-2) may wear training pants to school. However, if they become soiled, parents will need to come in to change them.

Edible birthday treats are not encouraged due to potential allergies in the classroom; items like pencils or stickers are a much safer choice. If you would like to send a treat for your child's birthday, the items must be individually wrapped, store-bought, in a sealed package. Homemade treats are never allowed.

No, we do not offer a summer camp. 

We do offer summer school. Summer 2022 information will be released sometime in January. 

Yes. SOSM offers summer skills books for sale. 
Children in grades K-7 will have summer reading and math practice assigned.

School directories come out in October. We can provide one from the previous year if one is needed before October.