St. Mary News

January 2020

Principal's Message

Welcome to 2020! We hope that you all enjoyed a restful Christmas break, celebrating the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, with family and friends.

Congratulations to our students and staff for the amazing performances at our Christmas concert this year. It is a great way to share our talents with the many families and friends who joined us for our performance. Job well done!!

We would like to extend a large thank you to Second to None Catering for the turkey lunch they prepared in partnership with Discovery Coop. Special thanks to Discovery Coop for donating the turkeys and all the fixings as well as to the workers who helped to serve. It was a great way to come together as a community.

As we begin the year 2020, it is sure to be a busy school year filled with learning, laughter and growth. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Miss Alison Mandin to our grade 5 classroom. We are excited to have you with us in the mornings while Ms. Kipp joins your classroom in the afternoon. Welcome to Mrs. Lisa Cowell who has joined us full time in our grade 3 classroom.

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.

Red Socks Everywhere

The classrooms were filled with warmth as Canadian Tire Jump Start donated a pair of red, fuzzy socks to each of our students. These socks were a great way to keep warm as the winter weather quickly approached during the month of December.

Family Literacy Week

Family Literacy Week is January 27- February 1st. Family Literacy Day was created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other

literacy-related activities as a family. This year the theme is to "Take 20 in 2020"–

take 20 minutes each day to incorporate learning together into your everyday routine. Watch for your note later this month outlining our school events to celebrate this important week.

Basketball Games

Jan 16 - Girls at SM / Boys at Field House

Jan 21 - Girls at EMBM / Boys at SM

Jan 23 - Girls at St. Vital / Boys and SM

Jan 30 - Girls at SM / Boys at HF

Feb 6 - Girls at Field House / Boys at SM

Feb 11 - Girls at SM / Boys at EMBM

Feb 27 - Girls at SM / Boys at St. Vital

Mar 3 - Girls at HF / Boys at SM

March 12 - Afternoon Tournament Girls at EMBM / Boys at St. Vital

Spirit Week

Our leadership club has decided that what better way to fight the winter blues then by having a spirit week.

Monday Jan 13 - PJ Day

Tuesday Jan 14 - Twin Day

Wednesday Jan 15 - Teacher/ Student Swap

Thursday Jan 16 - Mismatch Day - wild and wacky

Friday Jan 17 - School Color Day - White, navy and teal

Grade 5 - & Ski Day

Friday, January 24th, 2019 the grade 5-7 classes will be going to Table Mountain for a ski day. There is no cost for the lesson, ski rentals or the ski pass. However, you will be responsible for lunch money or a bag lunch.

Students must participate in order to attend the event. If you decide your child should not attend he/she will be expected to be at school for that day.

A bus will take the students to the hill at 9:00 am sharp (we will not wait for students who are

late), and we will return to the school by around 3:00 pm.

If you have ski equipment there will be a truck available to transport equipment.

Students are not allowed to remain at the hill as the hill is no longer open to the public.

Also, if needed, we ask that you inform the school of an updated phone number so if an injury

occurs we have the means to contact you.

As this is a school event all school policy rules apply in addition to the safety rules of Table

Mountain. If a student breaks these rules they will be taken home.

There are no lockers so we encourage your child to leave their valuables (such a phones) at

home. Please have your child dress for the weather.

Sunscreen (for windburn) and sunglasses are encouraged.

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: 9, 16, 23, 30

February: 6, 13, 27

March: 5, 12, 19

Grade 1 & 2 Dental Sealant

The Government of Saskatchewan is continuing to take steps to improve the oral health of children by increasing access to dental care, particularly preventive services for children at risk of tooth decay. The Saskatchewan Health Authority in your area will be continuing the dental sealant program at your school for the 2019/2020 school year.

This year the dental sealant program will be offered to grade 1 students, with a follow up of the grade 2 students that were seen last year. The students that enroll in the program will receive:

ü A dental screening to determine if sealants are appropriate.

ü Dental sealants on erupted permanent molars

ü A Fluoride varnish application to strengthen the teeth and help prevent tooth decay

ü A Practice lesson on brushing, flossing and nutrition

ü Toothbrush and other dental items

ü Dental sealant check on sealants done last year (grade 2’s)

The oral health program will be visiting our school on January 28 to 30th. Please ensure that you have returned your son/daughter's consent form. If you need an additional copy please contact the office.

Sacramental Parent Meeting

Parents of students taking the sacraments ...there is a meeting at Notre Dame Church on Thursday, January 23rd at 5:30pm. Please mark your calendars.

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

“Let’s Get Crafty” Starts January 8th on Wednesdays


Candice Gordon

Wednesdays starting January 8th @ Lunch Recess

Moccasin Making Class

Angela Odgers

Thursdays in March

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.