St. Mary's News
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St. Mary’s School – St. Mary’s Message
Friday, March 15, 2019
“Jesus took Peter, James, and John with him and he began to be very sad and troubled”
“During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the ones who could save him from death” My, what a portrait! Jesus is in pain. Jesus is on the stage of fear. Jesus is cloaked, not in sainthood, but in humanity. The next time the fog finds you, you might do well to remember Jesus in the garden…
Virtue of the Month: March (Humility)
Upcoming Events (Online Calendar)
March 21 - 9:30 am Gr. 2 Mass @ St. James Church
March 21 - Grade 6 Basketball Tournament
March 22 - “Active” Family Stations of the Cross 7:45am (gym)
March 22 - Report Cards available Online for parents
March 23 - 9:00-10:30 am Jump Rope for Heart Event
March 25 - 1:00-1:45pm Steve Angrisano Faith Presentation
March 26 - Epilepsy Day - Wear Purple
March 28 – 2:00pm Humility Virtue & One School, One Book Kickoff Assembly,
March 28 - Parent/Teacher Interviews (4:00pm - 9:00pm)
March 29 - No School
Fall Registration - For an existing family at St Mary’s please follow the steps below to sign your son/daughter to attend kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year. New families can complete registration inquiries on the same site!
- Existing families DO NOT need to set up new School Engage account to register a new child at Kindergarten or any other grade level. Simply ADD your new student to our system using the PowerSchool Parent Portal
- Log on to PowerSchool Parent Portal;
- Click on the School Engage icon;
- Click on "Add a Student" and you are on your way to creating a new inquiry.
If you have not yet set up your PowerSchool Parent Portal please contact the office.
School Pick-up/Drop-off – A reminder that parents are asked to use the Parent Drop-off loop in the morning. If you need a space to park after school, please find a suitable parking spot on the neighborhood street or in our parking lots. Student safety and is our priority!
Report Cards -Report Cards will ONLY be available on your PowerSchool Parent Portal! (Friday, March 22, 2019) (**No Paper Copies will be sent home**)
Go to the following website to access your child’s Report Cards and book your Parent/Teacher Interviews. https://powerschool.redeemer.ab.ca/public/
Please call school if you are having problems accessing the PowerSchool Portal.
Parent Requests for 2019-20 - do you have specific considerations for us for next year? Please come to the office and complete a placement inquiry form by April 15. Administration will then contact you about your child’s needs.
I am ecstatic to let you know about the upcoming Hockey Alberta Provincial Tournament taking place at Pason Centennial Arena in Okotoks, March 14-17, 2019. Atom Hockey Teams from all over Alberta will be travelling to Okotoks for a weekend filled with hockey, community and memories.
Our weekend kicks off with the Opening Ceremonies taking place Thursday, March 14, 2019 in the Green Arena of Pason Centennial Arena at 2:30 pm. The Opening Ceremonies will be filled with passion for the sport of hockey and celebrating our young athletes. We would love to give the visiting teams a warm welcome, and show our home teams support, as well as showcase Okotoks as a community-oriented town.
In order to do this, we need your help! We invite you to join us at the Green Arena March 14, 2019 at 2:30 pm to cheer these young athletes on! Should you join us, we ask that you wear white articles of clothing (shirts, sweaters, jackets, toques, etc.) to create a whiteout in the stands.
Parish & Faith News
St. James Church (Okotoks) Mass Times - Saturday 5:30 PM; Sunday 7:30 AM; 11:00 AM; 5:30 PM
St. Michaels Church (Black Diamond) – Mass Times 9:00 AM Sunday
Visit https://stjamesparishokotoks.ca/ to see the Bulletin for more information about the many events to participate in!
PARENT COUNCIL News
All Parent Council News and Events are posted on our website.
Next Meeting – Wednesday, April 3 @ 6:30pm. Our Parent Council is busy working to create meaningful events for students and families. Babysitting Available. If you are interested in contributing, please contact them or attend a Council meeting – the first Wednesday of the Month!
NOTE: Executive Nominations open next month and elections take place on Wed. May 1st at our AGM.
Family Movie Night
Thursday, April 11 6:00pm-8:00pm
Enjoy a movie in the gym with your children!
This year’s movie is connected to our One School, One Book Project.
Details to be announced after the next PC Meeting….
Teacher Appreciation Breakfast – Each year we like to show our Teachers how much they mean to us by hosting a breakfast. During the breakfast we hold a prize/gift draw. If you would like to donate a new item/gift certificate from your small/home based business, we would greatly appreciate it. Contact: Nadine Pope at email@example.com. Donations must be received by April 18th 2019.
Did you know?
St. Mary’s is a Literacy school – coming up we will be running our 3rd One School, One Book Project.
Stay tuned for details on this fun whole-school project!
Are you interested in praying the Stations of the Cross with your child?
What are the Stations of the Cross?
The 14 Stations of the Cross represent events from Jesus’ passion and death. At each station at St. Mary’s we participate in a prayer and then several minutes of a physical task (ie. Push-ups, squats…) to connect us to the Passion. We then rotate to another station.
What do you do?
Just show up with your exercise wear and your child! We will lead you through the stations.
What time does it run?
We start at 7:45 and end at 8:15 every Friday in March.
Why not? This is a great way to spend time with your child, be physically active and also pray upon Jesus’ suffering, Death, and Resurrection!