St. Mary News

October 2019

Give Thanks to God

We are in the month of October. This month is to celebrate. If we can look into this life more closely, we can easily recognize that our own life is full of gifts. They are gifts because we are the receivers to them. Or we can say that whatever is given is a gift and what we respond to that gift is our gratitude. But first we have to realize that our life is the greatest gift from God and then we must give thanks to God for it. Then we should give thanks to each other as well for everything.

Gratitude is one of the greatest virtues. It helps us to understand that we cannot live by ourselves but with others, for others and through others. That is why according to David Steindl-Rast, a Benedictine monk, “Gratitude is more than a feeling, a virtue, or an experience; gratitude emerges as an attitude we can freely choose in order to create a better life for ourselves and for others.” If we understand gratitude in this sense we then can say that it is a form of love because it can strengthen and extend relationship and harmony among us. He also shared, “When you are grateful you know that you belong to a network of give-and-take and you say ‘yes’ to that belonging. This ‘yes' is the essence of love. You need no words to express it; a smile will do to put your ‘yes’ into action. Don’t let it matter to you whether or not the other one smiles back. Give someone an unexpected smile today and so contribute your share to peace on earth.”

Let us love each other by showing our gratitude and thankfulness to God and to each other so that love, peace and God’s presence can be always around us.

Fr. Luong

Principal's Message

It is amazing to think that we have been in school for a month. We have had a great start to our school year, with lots of new faces. On behalf of the staff I would like to welcome the new students and their families to our school. We hope that your time at our school will be rewarding.

If you are interested in joining the School Community Council as a member, please feel free to contact me for details or stop by the office to pick up a nomination form. We already have three parents in the group! Our first meeting will be on October - Date and time to be announced. This is a great opportunity to share your knowledge and input on what you would like to see for your child’s school.

On behalf of the staff of St. Mary School, I would like to wish everyone a very blessed Thanksgiving. We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday spent with family and friends. God Bless you and keep you safe!!

Mr. Loeppky

Early Dismissal

October 30th is early dismissal. All students are dismissed at 1:55pm and buses will be running. There is no afterschool programming in the library on these days.

School Photos

We are pleased to announce that Lifetouch will be in our school on October 10 to take individual and class photos. Photo proofs will be sent home and orders will be accepted at the school as well as online.

Spirit Day - Black and Orange Only

Thursday, Oct. 31st, 9am

1352 110 Street

North Battleford, SK

Sorry no costumes.

Meet the Teacher Night

Thank you to everyone who attended our Meet the Teacher Night. The students were so happy to share their school with you. Congratulations to our winners of the backpacks of goodies. We value the connections we have with our families. If there is anything you would like to discuss or have any questions/concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the office to make arrangements to speak to the teacher or administrators.

Internet Communication for Parents

Facebook is a great way for parents to keep up to date on events happening at the school. Copies of the newsletter, notes sent home with children as well as photos of school happenings will be posted. If you are a facebook user and are interested in following the school page please like our page. If you are not on facebook but would like to access this information check out our home page at

Milk Program

Students may purchase individual milk tickets for $1.00, or they may purchase a milk card for $10.00 for 11 milk or $20.00 for 22 milk.

As an alternative to our milk program, we will be offering sale of juice boxes during the lunch break. Students may purchase individual juice boxes for $.75, or they may purchase a juice card for $7.50 for 11 juice. Cards may be purchased in the office.

Halloween Family Reading Night

We invite you to come and join us for our Family Literacy Night - Tuesday, October 29th. Dress in your Halloween costume and bring your parents and siblings to the school from 6:30pm – 7:30pm. AR tests for points, reading, prizes, a guest author and a costume parade will all be part of the fun.

Library News

Accelerated Reader is a computer-based program that tests reading comprehension. Whether it is a book read to them or a student selects a book at their reading level and reads - each book has a corresponding test comprised of questions related to the story and characters. AR is designed to test the students understanding and reading comprehension in an easy to use format. Each book is worth a certain number of points based on its length and reading level. Students get a percentage of these points based on how many of the test questions they get right. The program tracks their progress over the course of the school year – PLUS we encourage student participation by having contests and prizes. This year our theme is “Our St. Mary Readers are One in a Minion”. Students will have the opportunity to earn prizes when they reach AR point goals.


Would you like to give your child a “boost” before he/she starts Kindergarten? Consider Pre-Kindergarten, a FREE education program for 3-5 years old! Children attend classes for 3 hours per day Monday – Thursday and families may request morning or afternoon classes. The program operates from September to June and new students are accepted throughout the year as spaces become available.

Lunch Program

A breakfast and lunch program is provided at the school for those requiring this service. Breakfasts are provided to students free of charge. There is a cost of $10.00 per month for students wishing to be part of the lunch program. The monthly newsletter calendar lists the daily lunches being served for the month. If your child does not like the food offered or if you have not paid the $10.00 monthly fee please be sure to send a lunch from home. All students wishing to participate in the lunch program must have their lunch card paid for by the 20th of the prior month. Eg. October 20th $10 is due for November’s lunch card.

If a student wishes to order lunch they must be at school by 10:40am. If they arrive after the second bell, they must check into the office for a late slip. Students arriving at school after this time (10:40am) or who do not check into the office for their late slip will not be able to order hot lunch for that day.

Dream Brokers

If your child is interested in any sport, culture or recreation activity outside of school please let Antje know and she can guide you to make it happen!

After School Clubs 3:30-4:45pm -

Shawn Piller

“Graphic Arts Club” Starts October on Wednesdays

Antje works at St. Mary’s School on Mondays & Wednesdays. If you wish to talk to her come visit! If you can’t make it for a visit give her a text or call at 306-480-9875.

Immunization and Baby Clinics

We are pleased to announce that Public Health will be at the school two half days per month offering immunization and baby clinics. If you are interested booking an appointment for Oct 2nd from 9:00 – 11:30am or October 16th from 1:00 – 3:30pm, please call the school at 306-445-5152. If your child has received immunizations on the reserve, please call the public health office at 306- 446-6400 and notify them of the immunizations so that your child’s file can be updated. (a minimum of 3 days prior to our clinics please).


A reminder to our grade 3 and 6 parents, to register for your SeeSaw accounts to allow for easier communications with Ms. Kipp about your child throughout the school year.

Leadership Club News

The Leadership Club has started and we are thankful for the many students interested in sharing their time with us this year! We’ve already had students help with leading assemblies, serving lunch, recess guardians, monitoring kindergarten classrooms and selling snacks at lunch. We will be organizing a hot lunch to be held on October 29th so stay tuned for further details! The money raised from our hot lunches will again go towards fields trips for our students.

Education Week

October 20 - 26 is Education Week in Saskatchewan, For more than 30 years, Saskatchewan has dedicated one full week every year to celebrate student success and recognize the dedication and commitment of educational professionals across the province.

The year's Education week theme - Working and Learning Together - highlights the important collaborative relationships that strengthen our education system. As students, educators, support staff, parents, caregivers, Elders, community and stake holders, we build meaningful relationships that lead us to growth and understanding.