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
Friday, February 15, 2019
“I did this as an example so that you should do as I have done for you.”
We are what we see. Do we see only ourselves or seek things that are empty and temporary? Seeing Jesus is what Christianity is all about. Christian service, in its purest form, is nothing more than imitating what we see in Christ.
Virtue of the Month: February (Charity)
Upcoming Events (Online Calendar)
Feb. 18 - Family Day - No School
Feb. 19 - 22 Teacher PD – No School
Feb. 28 – 9:30 am Gr. 3 Mass at St. James Church
March 5 - Shrove Tuesday – Parent Council Pancake Day
March 6 - Ash Wednesday
March 8 - Tottus Tuus Rosary Makers for First Reconciliation Students
March 15 - Green Day for St. Patrick’s Day
March 21 - 9:30 am Gr. 2 Mass @ St. James Church
March 22 - Report Cards available Online for parents
March 23 – 9:00-10:30 am Jump Rope for Heart Event
March 26 - Epilepsy Day Wear Purple
March 28 - 2 pm One School, One Book Kickoff Assembly, 4:00 - 9:00 Parent/Teacher Interviews
March 29 - No School
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!
Kindergarten 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.
- 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.
Alberta Health Services - Parent Newsletter.
Town of Okotoks – News, Activities and Events in our Community can be found in the Town of Okotoks Newsletter.
Okotoks Community Activity Guide – Details on programs and activities from adult learning to child activities!
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, March 6 @ 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!
St. Mary’s Parent Council welcomes you and your family to
A Family Lent Craft Night
March 5 at 6:30 p.m.
We will provide information about Lent and how to honour it in your home, and each family will create their own mosaic cross to take home at the end of the night.
The cost of the event is $20 per family to cover cross-making materials.
Please complete the form below and return it to your child’s teacher with payment by March 1, 2019.
Family Movie Night
Thursday, April 11 6:00-8:00
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….
Did you know?
Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario are the only provinces left today that have a publicly funded Catholic education system in Canada? Catholic Education has existed in Alberta for 158 years. The Constitution Act of 1867 established the roots of Alberta's publicly funded separate schools.
In 1905 (when the province of Alberta was established) section 17 of the Alberta Act provided full rights for separate schools whether the minority faith was Catholic or Protestant. Manitoba opted out in 1890. Quebec opted out in 1997, and Newfoundland/Labrador had a referendum in 1998 and opted out of publicly funded Catholic Education.
Together we are many and one! Thank you for your prayers and support.
French @ St. Mary’s
Our students begin speaking in sentences and reading in French in grade one! Our students FAR surpass the Alberta Curriculum requirements for learning French. Our division one (grades 1,2,3) French classes perform plays for parents entirely in French every June and St. Mary’s hosts a French Carnival every winter, La Carnaval de St. Mary’s! We celebrated our Carnaval on February 15th this year.