St. Mary's News
There are plenty of things happening at St. Mary's School! Click on the links to the left for more information. The newsletter is published and emailed every week. Check your inbox for the most recent newsletter. If you are not receiving the newsletter, we must not have an updated email on file for you. Please update your email contact on your school account.
St. Mary’s School – St. Mary’s Message
“Tell each other the truth because we all belong to each other in the same body.”
Friday, September 14th, 2018
Upcoming Events (Online Calendar)
September 17 – Crosswalk Patrol Training 1:00-2:30
September 17 – Sacramental Preparation Sign Up - St. James Church 3pm-8pm
September 21 – Grade 5 Immunization Presentation 9:00-10:30
September 25 – Opening School Year Mass 10am (St. James Church)
September 26 – New Parent Volunteer Orientation 7pm
September 28 – Terry Fox Run/Walk & Virtue Assembly
October 1 – Orange Shirt Day at St. Mary’s School
PARENT PORTAL – YOUR SCHOOL INFORMATION HUB - You are now able to access most of your child’s information online through the PARENT PORTAL. Each year Alberta Education requires our parents to review their student’s contact information including address, email, phone numbers, emergency contacts and health information to ensure that it is up to date. Previously we sent home paper copies, but we’ve gone digital! **Please note: Review of this form is mandatory by each family in our division. If you are not sure if you have a Parent Portal account, please call the school so that you are not duplicating accounts. If you do not yet have access to the Parent Portal, visit your school’s website to sign up!
BREAKFAST CLUB – we are able to run our Universal Breakfast Program once again this year. Thank you to our dedicated volunteers who make this happen! All students are able to start their day off with a nutritious breakfast and connect with friends and adults (and maybe learn a few things about new healthy breakfast foods!) Open 8:15-8:45 daily.
ORGANICS COLLECTION – St. Mary’s students will begin sorting their waste into 3 categories starting this fall. We will have plastic/paper recycling, organics and landfill waste. Students will be involved in lessons on what is acceptable for each category.
Alberta Health Services for 2018/19 School Year
Children in Grade 5 will not be immunized with the HPV and HBV vaccines, as they will be offered the vaccines the following year in Grade 6. Public health nurses will also be reviewing the immunization records of all students from Grades 1 to 9 to assess immunization status and contacting parents if their children are missing immunization information. If parents provide consent, students can be immunized at school. Parents will continue to have the final decision on immunizing their children.
2019/20 School Year
With parental consent, children in Grade 6 will be immunized with the HPV and HBV vaccine on a two-dose schedule. Public health nurses will also be reviewing the immunization records of Grades 1 to 9 students who are new to the school to assess immunization status and contacting parents if their children are missing immunization information or is not up to date for immunization. Parents will continue to have the final decision on immunizing their children. Our approach to raising provincial immunization rates is to connect public health nurses with parents and to make immunizations readily accessible. (Health and Wellness Promotion, Alberta Health 780-422-7071)
Key Messages for School Authorities to Parents
Alberta Health has made changes to the school immunization program that will take effect in the 2018/19 school year.
In the 2018/19 school year, public health nurses will be reviewing the immunization records of all Alberta students from Grades 1 to 9 to assess immunization status. You will be contacted if your children are missing immunization information.
With your consent, your children can be offered the immunizations they are missing at school. You will continue to have the final decision on immunizing your children.
In 2019/20, Alberta is moving from a three-dose vaccine schedule in Grade 5 to a two-dose vaccine schedule in Grade 6 for both Hepatitis B (HBV) and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines. Administering two doses at least six months apart has been shown to provide children with good protection against these diseases. This will reduce the number of injections children receive.
The Grade 9 school immunization program including the diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis (dTap) and Meningococcal (MenC-ACYW) vaccines will continue to be offered without change.
Alberta Health Services, Public Health will work closely with schools and school authorities to ensure that immunization does not interfere with students taking the Provincial Achievement Tests.
Alberta Health encourages parents to immunize their children against HPV and HBV. Vaccines are safe and effective, and protect our children and communities from disease.
St. James Church (Okotoks) – Mass Times 5:30 PM Saturday; 11:00 AM Sunday; 5:30 PM Sunday
St. Michaels Church (Black Diamond) – Mass Times 9:30 AM Sunday
Did you know?
Our Parent Council is busy working to create meaningful events for students and families. If you are interested in contributing, please contact them or attend a Council meeting – the first Wednesday of the Month!
We have a NEW Hot Lunch ordering system that will be starting next week. It’s a completely different system and an email will be going out outlining the new program.
Bishop's Dinner to support CTR - You are invited to an evening with Bishop William T. McGrattan. The Bishop's Dinner has a long history of giving back to the community, and this year, we are celebrating Catholic Education and five incredible programs that support some of our most vulnerable students. Providing opportunities to learn and thrive to all students benefits our entire community. We hope you will join with us to support the students who need it the most. With your blessed support, we can give Catholic youth the gift of spiritual learning and guidance -- allowing them to connect with God during their learning and to experience a life of faith. Friday, October 19, 2018 @ Telus Convention Centre