Activities and Clubs
Extracurricular activities support the mission of St. Mary's Catholic School. Throughout the programs and activities we emphasize participation, skill development, mental flexibility, collaboration, and sportsmanship. To participate in extracurricular activities students must maintain a satisfactory academic standing and satisfactory conduct. We will be adding Yearbook in the second quarter. Some of our activities include:
The Band Program is provided through Gross High School's Band Department. Students have the opportunity to begin the program as 5th graders. Individual lessons are provided during the school day. During the latter half of the school year, the beginning students will go to Gross High School for a band rehearsal once a week.
Students in the Advanced Band also receive their individual lessons at St. Mary's. Once a week these students go to Gross High School after school to participate in a band rehearsal with students from other Catholic grade schools in the area. There are also opportunities to participate in concerts, the pep band, and a Spring Band Tour with the other middle school and high school students.
Budding Botanists Club (BBC)
The Saint Mary's School Budding Botanists Club is an after school club designed for students in grades 3-6. The mission of the BBC is to cultivate an interest in conservation, foster environmental responsibility and beautify our school grounds. Students and staff work side by side to care for the school grounds as we develop an ever deepening love and respect for the wonders of God's world.
St. Mary's School offers an after school Chess Program for students in 3rd through 8th grades. Mr. Michael Carney teaches the program. He has enjoyed chess for over 50 years and rose to expert level chess. The program consists of meetings every week on Thursdays in the Spanish room from 3:20 to 4:00 PM, September through April. St. Mary's players participate in many tournaments during the school year in the Omaha area. Players are responsible for their own transportation and supervision during the tournaments. Children involved with chess develop analytical and decision making skills, which they transfer to the classroom and “real life.” If you are interested in more information, please contact Mr. Carney’s assistant at St. Mary’s School, Mrs. Sjostedt. Mrs. Sjostedt is the teacher sponsor and Mrs. Kouba is the parent contact. In the 2010-11 school year, four students participated in the 1st tournament and all four placed in the top 10 for their division. In the 2nd tournament, St. Mary's students took 2nd place in the 6th grade division.
More about Mr. Carney - Chess Instructor
I've enjoyed chess for over 50 years. I became Nebraska's Amateur Champion in 1988. More recently I finished 1st in my section in the 2013 Kansas City Club Championship. At my best I play expert-level chess. I enjoy teaching more than playing now. I have a club-level tournament director certification from the United States Chess Federation. I am 67 years old and I am still actively employed providing computer support for the Air Force. I enjoy photography as my next favorite hobby. I have two adult children and I am married to my wife Bonnie for 47 years. Together, we provide care for her brother Terry who has Down Syndrome, he lives with us. We've made our home in the Bellevue Olde Towne neighborhood area since 1969.
Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts
Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are organizations for kids 6 to 18 years of age. The purpose of the program is to develop outstanding, high quality people that can lead others and have a commitment to their families, communities and country. The program is based on the use of hiking, camping and outdoor skills to experience the Scouting way of life. The Scouts themselves lead the Troops (with adult supervision). Scouts learn basic scouting skills and teach younger scouts the same, leading groups of 7 to 40 scouts on outdoor adventures. As they get older, Scouts learn to teach others how to teach and how to lead. Successful Scouting organizations like ours build a “culture of caring” that results in a positive experience for all of our Scouts. Our Scouts know that Scouting isn’t just about the outdoors, it’s about living the “Scout Law” and being “Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean and Reverent.”