St. Mary's News
Greetings St. Mary’s Families,
Please note that with the Provincial government update (November 24), our school will be delivering online learning from January 4 – 8. Currently the plan is to resume in-school learning on January 11th. We are currently finalizing what learning will look like for that week. Schedules for classroom live streaming, access to student support, how to turn in assignments and access to technology will all be shared shortly. We are also planning for an opportunity for parent guest speakers. If you are interested in sharing a talent you might have let us know!
We wish everyone a safe and healthy start to the 2020-21 school year. While we will not be able to see everyone at our usual kick-off events like the Welcome Back Coin Carnival or Family Costume Dance, we do look forward to building our school community and supporting our students, families, and teachers. Stay tuned for upcoming virtual events to help us stay connected!
Our next meeting: Wednesday, January 13. Please join us as we plan out our year and hear school updates from Mr. Bailey.
UPCOMING PARENT COUNCIL EVENTS
-Poinsetta Sales & Gift Card sales (see Healthy Hunger site)
-Hot Lunch – currently reviewing
Living Nativity (revised!)
Dear Students, Parents and Staff of Christ the Redeemer School Division
Come one! Come all! To a virtual Living Nativity in 2020!
In an effort to keep everyone safe this year, St James Parish in Okotoks will be offering an opportunity to prepare for Christmas and the birth of Jesus that can be accessed online during Advent. We will be presenting “The Shepherd’s Tale” (with permission from Mother of God Music), sung and narrated by the Pollock family of Black Diamond. You can access this video through the website https://www.stjamesparishokotoks.ca/living-nativity
We also invite you to come to St James Church during Advent and spend a few minutes at the stable located on the South West corner of the Church. Each week of Advent there will be additions to the Stable in anticipation of Christmas Eve, when the Holy Family (Actors) will be in the Stable between Masses.
Please join us for Christmas Mass. Christmas Eve Masses will be celebrated at 3,5,7,9 and 11pm. Christmas Day Masses are at 8 and 10 am. There are also Masses at St Michael’s in Black Diamond (please check the bulletin). Register for Mass online through the parish website.
As in past years, we are supporting a local charity. This year the charity is The Okotoks Food Bank. If you are able to make a donation, please do so directly on the Okotoks Food Bank website.
We look forward to welcoming you back to the replica of the Town of Bethlehem in 2021!
Signing Report Cards
In the past Report Cards were signed and returned to school. This capabilty is now in Power School. Once you log on to view your child’s report card you can click the link to digitally sign. Look for the link like this:
Upcoming Parent Council Sales
Hello from your St. Mary's Parent Council,
Our Parent Council wanted to let you know about some fantastic fundraisers that are starting today! We are excited to share a few ways you can support our school, and even better you can view all of these fundraisers on Healthy Hunger. Please visit www.healthyhunger.ca to login or sign up for your free school account.
Poinsettia Sale: Running from November 12-22. Please visit www.healthyhunger.ca for pictures, pricing and to place your order. All orders will be ready for pick up on Saturday, December 5. Time and location to be announced.
6" Poinsettia: $16.00
10" Poinsettia: $36.00
Decorative Christmas Container: $20.00
Deal Deck Discount Card: Deal Deck is a discount card that can be used at over 196 locations in Calgary and area and 402 locations in Alberta. A Deal Card is just $20.00 and unlike the traditional coupon you can use your card at the same participating retailer as many times as you like. All cards are valid for one year. A few of the locations that your card can be used include; Chopped Leaf, KFC, Taco Bell, McDonald's, OPA!, Papa John's, Mr. Lube, Flying Squirrel and Thai Express
All cards purchased will be sent home with your child on December 15, 2020.
Magic of Christmas / St. Mary’s Joy Tree
Please let Kelly or I know if you have families in need. St. JP II is not running the Backpack Campaign this year. So we will run our own service project. We will be accepting donations or gift cards our St. Mary’s Joy Tree. Due date – By December 9th.
-Please donate in a backpack or in a clear garbage bag to the front foyer.
- Donate a gift that you would like to receive. We often find that we are in great need of adult gifts.
- Donate a $10/$15 gift card with fun Christmas socks.
- Donate new stuffies. Previously we’ve had a teddy bear toss. Sadly this year it is not possible.
- Donate family games.
- Donate gift cards. Gift cards are always greatly needed.
Calling All Parents!
Calling all STM Parents! Staff at St. Mary’s are busily planning our first week back in January where we will be live streaming classes. We are preparing our academic focus and have a fun week planned. We are looking for a few more ways to make this week very enjoyable for our students. One idea is to get our community involved! We would love to have our STM Parents participate in this learning week and are looking for Moms and Dads interested in:
-Reading a book aloud so we can play this recording over the lunch break.
We are working hard to make Back to School a positive learning experience for all of your little ones and appreciate your support and consideration in assisting us! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the schedule.
Dear GrACE Advocates,
Attached please find the November GrACE newsletter. Catch up on Catholic Education happenings around the province. Please share this newsletter with your stakeholders, friends and family. As well, attached you will find a poster inviting Catholic educators and supporters to an evening of GrACE this Sunday, November 29.
An Evening of Grace Video link (Nov. 29 @7pm)
This year we are excited to announce our Advent Concert details! In-place of gathering at the church, you are invited to gather as a family with some hot chocolate and a fire and watch our concerts as they are presented via Zoom. Make sure to join at the times below as the concerts will not be recorded for viewing later.