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St. Mary’s School – St. Mary’s Message
April 17 , 2019
“Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. 2 So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”
And with that quote we begin to see the significance of Easter, the Lord has Risen! The Gospel passage concludes that even having seen the empty tomb and the burial cloths, the disciples do not yet understand about the Resurrection. In the passage that follows, Mary of Magdala meets Jesus but mistakes him for the gardener. In the weeks ahead, the Gospel readings from our liturgy will show us how the disciples came to believe in Jesus' Resurrection through his appearances to them. Our Easter faith is based on their witness to both the empty tomb and their continuing relationship with Jesus—in his appearances and in his gift of the Holy Spirit. (Adapted from www.loyolapress.com )
Virtue of the Month: April (Cheerfulness)
Upcoming Events (Online Calendar)
April 18 – Stations of the Cross (30 min) in various Gr. 5 classrooms in the morning, 1:00 pm Gr. 6/Staff Hockey Game
April 19 – 28 Easter Holidays
April 29 – 10:00 am White Day Liturgy Celebrating the Easter Season & Cheerful Virtue Assembly
April 30 & May 1 – Kindergarten Screening
May 6-10 – Spring Book Fair Week
May 6 – Family Life Night (Grade 5 parents)
May 8 – Grade 6 Language Arts Provincial Achievement Test (part A)
May 15 – Spring Drama Production “Aladdin” 7pm
One School, One Book
Thank you to all of our families for participating in our literacy project! You are welcome to keep your copies, however, if your child would like to donate their book, we are happily accepting donated copies for future classroom libraries.
Parent Requests for 2019-20
Do you have specific considerations for us for next year? Please come to the office and complete a placement call-back request form by April 15. Administration will then contact you about your child’s needs.
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PACE (Parents Advocating for Catholic Education), has changed their name to GrACE CTR (Grateful Advocates for Catholic Education)!
This is to help unite the province in one strong voice for Catholic Education. Watch for this change on our Facebook page and Website in the coming weeks. Thank you to the Catholic education community for your incredible commitment to and passion for Catholic education! PACE received 13386 signatures in support of Catholic education on the petition that was circulated across the province. You took the time, you signed your name, you let your voice be heard! Thanks to YOUR advocacy, our government knows and will know of the strong grassroots commitment to Catholic education in Alberta.
New Name, Same Great Start to the Day!
Our Breakfast club is a great place to styart the day with friends and some healthy food. Rise & Shine is where any student is welcome, starting at 8:15am
Motto: One Belly , Two hands , Three Choices for a healthy breakfast...one from each food group, red(fruit), purple(protein), orange(grain)
Red (Fruit) Apples, Oranges, Pears, Bananas, Grapes, or Fruit & Veggie Cups
Purple (Protein) Hard Boiled Eggs, Yogurt, Yogurt Tubes, Cheese Strings, or Mini Cheese Brick
Orange (Grain) Non sugar Cereal, Oatmeal, or Once-a-month French Toast
*We offer regular 2% Milk or a Smoothie (Yogurt, Milk, Peach-banana-fresh orange juice)
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!
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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!
HOLY WEEK, PREPARATION…
On Palm Sunday, we celebrate the first joy of the season, as we celebrate Our Lord's triumphant entrance into Jerusalem where he was welcomed by crowds worshiping him and laying down palm leaves before him. It also marks the beginning of Holy Week, with the greatest tragedy and sorrow of the year…. (more)
EASTER – the pinnacle of the Christian tradition!
As we shift from the solemn season of Lent into the celebratory season of Easter, here is some information for your family:
-Easter celebrates Jesus being raised from the dead.
At home: If you had been among the first disciples who heard that the stone had been removed from Jesus' tomb and that Jesus' body was no longer there, what would you think? What did Mary of Magdala, Simon Peter, and the disciple whom Jesus loved think had happened? Recall that this experience is the first indication Jesus' disciples have that he is risen. Throughout the Easter season, we will learn more about how the disciples came to believe that Jesus had been raised from the dead.
Pray together using today's psalm, Psalm 118: “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.”
PARENT COUNCIL News
All Parent Council News and Events are posted on our website.
Final Meeting of the year/AGM! – Wednesday, May 1 @ 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!
Upcoming events: AGM elections, Year End & Grade 1 Bike Rodeo.
Did you know?
FUN & SAFE RECESS
Did you know that we have many recess activities for students to participate in. Any yellow vest supervisors are there to help with incidents and orange vest supervisors lead recess games. There is something for everyone!
FRENCH AT ST. MARY’S
Did you know - Our school embraces and promotes French language development as well as cultural awareness that enhances an open mind towards all languages and cultures which helps develop well rounded, loving and acceptable children of Christ.
- French is the only language, aside from English, that is taught in every country in the world.
- French is the second most widely learned foreign language and the sixth most widely spoken language in the world.
- French is an official language of the United Nations, the International Olympic Committee and the Red Cross.