St. Mary's News
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Friday, November 16th, 2018
ST. MARY’S MESSAGE
“Thank the Lord because he is good. His love continues forever”.
Virtue for November: Faith
Update: Starting in November our email newsletter will now be sent out the first and middle of the month.
You will be able to find all newsletter information contained here anytime on our website!
Upcoming Events (Online Calendar)
Nov. 22 – Gr. 6 Boys and Girls Volleyball Tournaments
Nov. 23 – Report Cards are available for parents to view on PowerSchool.
Nov. 26 – 11:00 #Relationship & Virtue Stewardship Assembly
Nov. 27 – Family Advent Wreath Building Night (see website for cost and sign-up)
Nov. 29 – 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm Parent Teacher Interviews (11:35 – Early Dismissal for all students)
Nov. 30 – Day in Lieu (No School)
Dec 2 – Advent Liturgical Season begins
Dec. 4 - 11:23 – 12:00 Fr. Luciano visits our classes
Dec. 6 - Vaccinations for any students
Dec. 10 – 13 Fall Book Fair
Dec. 12 – 11:23 – 12:00 Fr. Lukas visits our classes
Dec. 21 – PJ or Red and Green Day
Jan. 7 - Classes Resume
Jan. 9 – 11:23 – 12:00 Fr. Lukas visits our classes
PARENT PORTAL – NEW this year, parents will book Parent/Teacher Interviews via the Parent Portal! Access instructions are attached however the booking system will not open until Friday, November 23rd at 8:00am! If you have not yet logged into to the Parent Portal, click here to do so now. If you need login information, a password reset, students added to your account or any other general issues please do not hesitate to contact the school! We have been marketing the PowerSchool Parent Portal to you since last September in an effort to get all families signed up to this important connection between you, your child and your child’s school! As a means of simplifying access for parents, the Parent Portal is intended to be the location for not only your child’s grades and attendance but also a single location for other forms and information. Last year we introduced the annually required Student Information Update as an online form via the Parent Portal, and this year Transportation added the Bus Change/Request forms. If you do not yet have access to the Parent Portal, visit your school’s website to sign up!
Organics Recycling – 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.
School Pick-up/Drop-off – A reminder that parents are asked to use the Parent Drop-off loop in the morning and after school to drop off their children safely.
#Relationships - For the past year, CTR Catholic has been laying the foundation for an initiative we call #Relationships in a Digital Age. The purpose of this initiative is to develop both curriculum and school culture to help students examine the impact that screen time and smartphones have on their relationships with God and each other, with an overarching personal wellness focus. Parents and guardians will be key in this initiative. See this video for more details!
PACE (Parents Advocating for Catholic Education), I invite you to watch this one minute video clip in support of Catholic education Be Not Afraid: Be a Voice for Catholic Education. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ykjWKPSfVuM&feature=youtu.be
You are also invited to sign this online letter of support (petition) to have your voice heard and let our government know that you are standing up for Catholic education in our province PACE Petition Supporting Catholic Education. Feel free to share this with 2 of your friends to help us spread the word. PACE plans to present this to the government in the next few months, so please show your support today. https://pace.nationbuilder.com/_pace_petition Together we are many and one! Thank you for your prayers and support.
Knit Wits Club has started up once again at St. Mary’s School! Click here for more details.
Light Up Okotoks! Friday, November 16, 2018 - 5:30pm to 9:00pm, Downtown Okotoks
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
Visit the Parish website for information on upcoming events and programs such as Sacramental Prep, RCIC, RCIA, Youth Group, Church Clean-up Bee, Living Nativity….
Living Nativity - St. James Parish is hosting the annual Living Nativity on Saturday December 15, 2018 from 4 to 8 pm. We would like to encourage school children and their families, as well as staff to attend to see first-hand the reason for the season. This re-creation is a must-see seasonal experience!
Parent Council News
All Parent Council News and Events are posted on our website.
Next Meeting – Wednesday, January 9th @ 6:30pm. 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!
St. Mary’s Parent Council welcomes you and your family to An Evening of Advent on Nov. 27 at 6:30 p.m.
We will provide information about Advent and how to celebrate it in your home, and each family will create their own Advent wreath to take home at the end of the night.
The cost of the event is $20 per family to cover wreath-making materials.
Please complete the form below and return it to your child’s teacher with payment by November 14, 2018.
Did you know?
Christ The Redeemer Catholic schools is delighted to host Matt Fradd in our school division to speak to parents and students. Matt’s topic for parents is “Parenting the Internet Generation.”
Mark your calendar for Wednesday, Nov. 28th at 7pm. Matt will be speaking to parents at St. James Parish. All parents are welcome. Bring a friend!
To hear Matt’s invitation, click here.
See you there!