St. Mary News

November 2019

Fr. Luong’s Message – Pray for All Souls

We are in November which is the last month of our Church’s liturgical calendar. We take especially this month to commemorate all souls and pray for them as the second book of Maccabees teaches, “With a view to the splendid reward that awaits those who had gone to rest in godliness, it was a holy and pious thought. Thus he made atonement for the dead that they might be absolved from their sin” (2Maccbees 12:45-46).

We, Catholics, believe that the late people who at death have not been cleansed from the temporal punishment because of their venial sins and from attachment to mortal sins cannot get the heavenly beatific vision. By our prayers and by the sacrifice of the Mass, they may attain the union with all the saints and angels in the Kingdom of God.

Among those souls that we pray for are our relatives, friends and all fallen soldiers of our country. These deceased are separated from us physically but not spiritually. They are with us somehow all the times especially in our own memories and in love. Let us always pray for them.

Principal's Message

November is a busy month as we invite our parents to attend the student led conferences and allow your child to share with you their academic growth. This is a great opportunity to discuss with your child’s teacher any issues or concerns that may assist with the betterment of your child’s learning. November is also the month when students normally receive a report card, but with the Parent Portal for grade 2 – 6, you have ongoing access to view current grades. If you have not set up your account, we will have staff in the library during student led conferences to help.

As we move into the winter season, it is very important that we remember the benefit of our students getting outside into the fresh air. Not only does it help with peer friendships, but it also helps clear their minds and gives them vitamin D, which is very important for our health and mental wellbeing. We will keep children inside if requested by parents but if it is longer than 3 days, we ask that you provide us with information from a doctor. One of my favorite sayings: “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing”

Student Led Conferences

There will be student led conferences held:

November 20th – evening from 4:00pm to 7:00pm

November 21st – evening from 4:00pm to 7:00pm

Please remember to stop by the library during student led conferences to check out the book fair, enter attendance draws and to sign up for your parent portal account. In addition to following your child’s attendance, the portal will also allow you to track your child’s marks on a daily basis. Currently parent portal is only for students in Grades 2 and up.

Please complete the attached form indicating your preferred date and time for your conference with your child.

Book Fair

Parents please mark these dates on your calendar November 20th and November 21st as the Scholastic Book Fair is coming to St. Mary’s. We invite parents/caregivers to check out the book fair during student led conferences from 4:00 – 7:00pm. Unfortunately, time does not permit for classroom shopping during the school day.

Dressing for the Weather

At this time of the year the weather can change drastically from morning to afternoon or from day to day. Students are expected to go outside at recess unless the temperature condition reaches -26 degrees with the wind chill.

Going outside and getting a little fresh air is a nice change for students from their daily classroom routine. Students are expected to dress appropriately for the weather. A warm jacket, mitts, and a toque is recommended. Please see the office if you require assistance in providing these things for your children.


If you are interested in having your son/daughter receive their sacraments this year, he/she must be baptized. To make arrangements for baptism please call Notre Dame Parish at 306-445-3836.

Early Dismissal

November 27th is early dismissal. All students are dismissed at 1:55pm and buses will be running.

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


Important Playground Information

Parents are reminded that students must go home afterschool and check in before they may play on the playground. Supervision of students afterschool occurs only in the library, students are not permitted to remain on the playground to wait for their parents to pick them up. ALL STUDENTS MUST WAIT IN THE LIBRARY AFTERSCHOOL FOR THEIR RIDES. We cannot ensure student safety around buses, vehicles, etc. when we do not know where the students are.

Immunization & 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 November 20th 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).

Remembrance Day

Canadians are asked to pause in memory of thousands of men and women who sacrificed their lives in military service. The school will b e honouring our veterans on November 7th at 10:45am through a Remembrance Day Service.



Nov 5 – Girls at Notre Dame Boys at St. Marys

Nov 7 – Girls at St. Marys Boys at EMBM

Nov 14 – Girls at St. Vital Boys at St. Marys

Nov 28 – Girls at St. Marys Boys at Holy Family

Dec 5 – Girls at Holy Family Boys at St. Marys

Dec 10 – Girls at St. Marys Boys at St. Vital

Dec 12 – Afternoon Tournament Girls at EMBM Boys at Holy Family

Photo Retakes

Lifetouch will be back in the school on November 21st for picture retakes, If you would like your child to have retakes please contact the school office or their teacher.

Head Lice

A very important reminder to all parents: WE ASK THAT ALL CASES OF HEAD LICE be reported to the school office or teacher. There is no stigma attached to having lead lice, as they enjoy clean hair most of all!! We can’t stress enough the importance of being notified here at school, because if we don’t know, then we can’t alert parents to be on the lookout and treat their own children. With students sharing lockers and working in collaborative groups, we need to work together to eradicate the school of these critters. This means we MUST know when we have even one case of head lice, or they will just continue to circulate. If you are needing help treating/combatting the lice Public Health nurse are available to assist.

Prek and Kindergarten Family Night

We are hosting a family pizza party on November 5th at the learning centre for our prek and kindergarten students and their families. From 4:30 – 5:30pm students will share their love of learning centered around the theme of pizza. I wonder what they will be making?

Lunch Program

Students wishing to participate in the hot lunch program for the month of December, need to have their fees paid by no later than November 29th. If you have not paid your fees for November and would still like your child to participate please ensure payment is received in the office by November 1st $10 per child per month.

If your son or daughter does not wish to participate in the lunch program, please be sure to send a lunch from home.

Band News

The Light of Christ Music Department is hosting our 6th annual fundraiser to raise money to purchase new music for their programs. The event is a tradeshow and bake sale which will happen at the EMBM school gym on Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

We are currently accepting applications for vendors which include home-based businesses and craft vendors. Table rentals are just $50! Please email Mr. Greg Corcoran at for information or to register.

Grade 1 News

Grade 1 is so excited and grateful to be sponsored by Nutec Embroidery again this year! October 31st grade 1 visits their business for a tour and get to see how they print on t-shirts! Thank you Nutec for the awesome opportunity! We look forward to the days we have planned in future months!

Leadership Club

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. Thank you for your support of our Pizza Hut hot lunch. The money raised from our hot lunches will again go towards fields trips for our students.


What is Dream Broker all about? . . . The Dream Broker connects you and your family with a sport, recreational or cultural activity. She can support participation in various sport, culture or recreation activities by helping with registration costs, transportation, equipment or just by being a cheerleader on the sidelines when a family member is unable to attend.

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

Wrapping up on November 27th

Come visit the Dream Broker at the SLCs on November 20th & 21st. Antje will be there to answer any questions you have!

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.

Paint Night Fundraiser

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