St. Mary School News

January 2019


We warmly welcome the new year of 2019. Stepping into the New Year, we,

first and foremost, are grateful to God for the past year of 2018 despite being

successful or not. Life is always there challenging all of us.

I hope that every New Year will bring us into a new and good way of life.

We should leave behind things that we could not obtain according to our wish. We

will not give up but still have more opportunities to try harder. I believe that you

will be successful.

So, what is your most resolution for the year of 2019? I think you sure have

different resolutions. I am hopeful that you would keep or succeed in what you

wish for this year. I personally would like to give you another resolution besides

yours: that is to deepen the closer and more intimate relationship with God by

showing love to each other, praying more and doing good things. I truly want to

lend your hands and minds and spirits to do this resolution for yourselves and for


May God bless you all in the year of 2019.

Fr. Cuong Luong

Principal's Message

Happy New Year! On behalf of the St. Mary school staff, we would like welcome you back after your Christmas break. May 2019 be filled with peace, happiness and good health.

Congratulations to all our students and staff for the amazing singing at the end of our Family Fun Night. It was great to see so many up of stage sharing your musical talents. Thank you to our students, parents, grandparents and siblings for joining us for our Family Fun Night. It was a great way to prepare for the Christmas Season. Be sure to check out our facebook page for your Santa photos.

As we continue to get back into the routine after a beautiful holiday, it is important to remember that the weather outside can be quite unpredictable. It is a necessity for our students to have time to get physically active during recess even when the weather is chilly. This means that students need to be dressed appropriately with warm winter coats, ski pants, mitts, toques, etc. Just a reminder that when the temperatures hit -26 degrees Celsius, with or without the wind-chill, the students will remain indoors.

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.

Lunch Cards

February lunch card fees are due on January 21st. If you have not paid your lunch card for January, please ensure you send a lunch or the $10 with your son/daughter on the first day of classes January 7th or they may be asked to walk home for lunch.

Immunizations & Baby Clinics

We are pleased to announce that Public Health will be at the school one day this month offering immunization and baby clinics. If you are interested booking an appointment on January 30th 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).

Leadership Club

Welcome back to all students! Please make sure to come speak with Mrs. Halladay if you are interested in the joining the leadership club and sharing your time to help out around our school! We will be having another special lunch day at the end of January. We will continue to raise funds to put towards field trips. Please watch for more details to come!

Grade 2 & 4 Swimming Lessons

We are pleased to provide you with the dates for the annual swim program for grades 2 & 4 students. All class sessions are Thursdays from 1:00 – 2:00pm. The bus will be picking up the students from the school at 12:40 and returning at 2:15pm.

Ensure to send your child with a swim suit and towel on the following dates:

January: 10, 17, 24, 31

February: 7, 14, 28

March: 7, 14, 21

Please be aware that the school or Battlefords Co-op Aquatic Centre are not responsible for lost or stolen items. The aquatic centre reminds parents that locker tokens are available for $1/token. All valuables should be left at school, clothing and shoes/boots should be carried into the change rooms and locked up.

Thank you for your support of the Learn to Swim Program; an important part of your child’s physical education programming. If you have any questions of concerns, please contact the school at 306-445-5152.


The 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.

Christmas Raffle

On behalf of the School Community Council we would like to take this opportunity to thank our families who supported our Christmas 50/50 and tree raffle. Without your support events such as our Family Christmas Night and field trips would not be able to occur.

Dental Screening

Dental Screening for our prek to grade 1 and grade 7 students takes place January 23 - 25th. If you have not completed and returned your permission form for your son/daughter, please contact the office for an additional copy.

Basketball Season

Students in grades 6 & 7 will have the opportunity to join our school basketball team. Please watch for permission notes coming home. Practices will take place after school - Mondays from 3:30 - 4:45 for the girls team - boys schedule to follow and games will take place according to the following schedule:

Jan 15 - Girls at SM

Jan 22 - Girls at SM Boys at St. Vital

Jan 24 - Girls at EMBM Boys at SM

Jan 29 - Girls at Holy Family Boys at SM

Feb 5 - Girls at SM

Feb 7 - Afternoon Tournament Girls at St. Vital Boys at EMBM

Feb 12 - Evening Tournament Girls and Boys at JPII

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Dream Broker News

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.

Some programs with open or upcoming registrations:

  1. Steve Nash Youth Basketball registration is now online at

    1. Ask Antje about being covered by KidSport for the registration fee.

    2. If you do not have access to a computer call Antje to register.

  2. Cheerleading will be taking parkour registrations for the new year.


-North Battleford Taekwondo Academy

-Sakewew Dancers

-Four Corner Boxing

-Battlefords Minor Hockey Association

-Battlefords Volleyball Club

-Battle River Archers

-Gutters Bowling

-Cheer Legacy Athletics

After School Programs!After School Art Club - ALL FREE

  • Students between grades 4-7 are invited to participate in the “Beading Club”. Starting Wednesday January 9th, 2019 beading club will take place in the art room. The club goes from 3:30-4:45pm and is 8 weeks long and goes from Jan 9th – Mar 6th. To sign up your child please fill out the form sent home and return it to the school. This club is free and all students from grade 4-7 are invited!

If your child is interested in any of these activities text/call Antje at 306-480-9875 or visit her the Community School Room on Mondays & Wednesdays at St. Mary’s.

After School Programs! – There will be after school art clubs at St. Mary’s school this fall. More information to come.

If your child is interested in any of these activities contact Antje Rongve at 306-480-9875 or visit her at Saint Mary School community room on Mondays & Wednesdays.

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St. Mary School

At St. Mary School we strive to share God’s love in everything we do. Our school community works together to educate and inspire confidence to succeed spiritually, intellectually, physically, socially, emotionally and culturally. We have strong Catholic standards and high expectations for effort in learning and academics, behaviour and relationships. Our peaceful school is one that encompasses a welcoming Catholic environment built on respect, compassion, trust, positive relationships and safety for the school community.