At school, being “in uniform” means more than simply wearing the designated St. Mary’s clothing and shoes. Emphasis is placed upon neatness, cleanliness, appropriateness and comfort for work at school. Clothing should be sized right to fit, without holes, neither faded, graying nor frayed, nor worn inside out.

St. Mary’s School students are expected to adhere to the uniform and grooming code at all times. Notes must be submitted to explain exceptions. Fads, and other current philosophical statements made through clothing, jewelry, hair styles etc. are not allowed.

The school uniform is required on all regular school days. It includes the uniform clothing provided by Flynn & O’Hara (see below). Special non-uniform dress days will be designated every month for charitable collections.

Uniforms

Boys Grades 6-8: May wear navy blue pants and belt with a white or light blue oxford shirt, or a white or navy blue logoed polo. An optional tie may be worn with an oxford shirt. To help describe dress pants: denims, chinos, Bugle Boys, and elastic waist pants are not dress pants. Boys’ pants are to have belt loops and must be worn with a belt.
Boys Grades K-5: May wear navy blue pants and belt with a white or light blue oxford shirt, or a white or navy blue logoed polo.
Girls Grades K-4: May wear their plaid uniform jumper with a white Peter Pan collared cotton shirt, or a white or navy blue logoed polo underneath. White or navy blue knee socks, ankle socks, or tights may be worn. No sneaker socks may be worn. Uniform slacks may also be worn. Only navy blue “dickey” type dress slacks are permitted and must be worn with a belt. Full elastic waist pants are not acceptable.
Girls 5-8: May wear their plaid uniform skirt with a white oxford shirt, or a white or navy blue logoed polo. Plain white or dark navy blue knee socks, tights, or ankle socks may be worn. No sneaker socks may be worn.
In 2017-2018: We will phase out the light blue oxford option so that all students are in navy or white colored tops.

SWEATERS: Both boys and girls may wear tailored dark navy blue, or white sweaters. This includes cardigans, v-necks, crewnecks, ¼ zip or button sweaters and vests. NO other styles may be worn (i.e. no hooded, coat length, fleece, sweatshirt, etc. styles)

SHOES: Solid colored black sneakers (no high-tops; no apparent logo, black laces, only) such as New Balance 624v2. Go to http://www.newbalance.com/search?q=624v2+black for examples of acceptable sneakers; solid-colored black, brown, navy or grey Sperry-type shoes; or brown, black or navy dress shoes may be worn by both boys and girls. Dress shoes must be flat – no wedges, skid–free and have both a closed toe and heel. Clog and ballerina style shoes may not be worn. Shoe heel must not exceed 1½ inches. Sneakers are required on PE days. Plain white or dark navy blue knee socks or ankle socks may be worn. No sneaker socks may be worn.

SHORTS: Dress shorts may be worn May 1 through October 31 for those who wish. They must conform to the style sold by the Flynn & O’Hara uniform company.

NAME TAGS or LABELING of clothing is a necessity. We have given many unlabeled items to the poor this past year.

If you need a uniform, call Flynn & O’Hara at 716-632-6581. They are located at 5225 Sheridan Drive, Williamsville, NY.  Order online at Flynn & O’Hara. Boys’ pants are guaranteed to be replaced if they rip within one year.

PE & SPIRIT CLOTHES

A PE uniform is required for all K-8 students. The PE uniform consists of uniform shorts and a SMS spirit T-shirt available through AdPro Sports, and accessible through Online Spirit Store.

Ankle or knee socks with sneakers are an absolute necessity.

MONTESSORI UNIFORM: The Montessori uniform is available for boys and girls through French Toast at French Toast Online Store. Boys are required to wear navy blue pull-up pants and a long- or short-sleeved polo shirt with logo. Shorts and a polo are permissible during the months of September, October, May and June for both boys and girls. Girls are required to wear the logoed navy blue ruffled pique polo dress and may also wear leggings during the colder months. Navy or white sweaters and shoes are allowed as per the restrictions noted above.

DRESS UP/DRESS DOWN

At various times throughout the school year we designate a “dress-up” or “dress-down” day. Additionally, St. Mary’s provides “Free Dress” days to celebrate or promote special events. Once again, emphasis is placed upon neatness, cleanliness, appropriateness and comfort for work at school. As a general guide, non-uniform attire should provide the same body coverage as that provided by uniforms! If it doesn’t show on a uniform day, it shouldn’t show on a dress up/dress down day! Clothing should be sized right to fit, without holes, neither faded nor frayed, nor worn inside out. Inappropriate logos/graphics/sayings are not allowed. Please be sure that socks come above the ankle and closed-toe shoes are worn. Shoes worn on free dress days must be appropriate for play yard activities. Socks or tights must be worn. As always, the administration of St. Mary School reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of clothing, and will contact parents if a student’s dress does not meet these guidelines.

Hair, Nails and Jewelry

All hair must be clean, neatly styled and secured in such a manner that it will not fall in the eyes and face. Make-up and colored nail polish may not be worn. Jewelry, if worn, must be simple and not excessive in amount.

All boys must have a boy’s regular haircut, and present a clean-cut and neat appearance. Hair must be above the collar in the back and above the top of the ear. Hair must be out of the eyes and clean. Boys are not to wear earrings or body piercing ornamentation at any time. The administration of St. Mary School reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of clothing, hair cut, hair style and jewelry, and to restrict anything that is deemed to be distracting or inappropriate.

Girls may only wear stud earrings, one in each ear lobe. All jewelry must blend with the uniform and be appropriate for school. Body piercing ornamentation other than studs in single–pierced ear lobes is not allowed. Skirt length may not be shorter than two inches above the knee. The administration of St. Mary School reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of clothing, hair cut, hair style and jewelry, and to restrict anything that is deemed to be distracting or inappropriate.

St. Mary School reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of clothing, hair cut, hair style and jewelry, and to restrict any manifestation thereof deemed to be distracting or inappropriate both inside and outside the school building.