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School News 2018-2019

A Family Tradition

JoeandJerryKoubaJerry Kouba was in the first graduating class at St. Mary’s School to go from first through eighth grade. Here he is with his great nephew, Joe Kouba at Joe’s Confirmation. On May 19th Joe graduated from St. Mary’s School having been here since Pre-K. The school is celebrating 70 years this year.

May Family Food Night – Chick-fil-A

ChkfilLogoFinalcropThis is such a busy time of year with school coming to an end; graduations, Confirmations, and Holy Communion. Why not take a break from the kitchen to join us at Chick-fil-A tomorrow night, Thursday May 9th, between 6-8 P.M. and enjoy the company of family and friends. We’re looking forward to seeing you there. It’s also a great cause for St. Mary’s School, all receipts from 6-8, even the drive thru orders will be counted toward benefiting our school.

 

 

 

 

An Early Start on Becoming Servant Leaders Has a Big Impact

ServantLeadersHandsMarkersA big part of our school year centered on being of service to others. The first graders took this to heart and included the Earth in their efforts to be servant leaders. They learned that the Crayola company recycles any brand of marker, highlighter and pen, so they sponsored a school wide project to collect all the used markers from each classroom and extended day. ColorCycle LogoWe took them to Sarpy County's Earth Day celebration and just heard that the children's efforts kept 1,175 markers weighing 23.5 pounds out of the landfill. We have been designated a ColorCycle School!

 

 

Scientists Discover the Beauty of Trees

ScientistsBeautyofTrees1The first graders have spent the year observing and studying the trees around the school. They have enjoyed documenting the seasonal changes as they practiced using their scientific eyes. ScientistsBeautyofTrees3To celebrate Arbor Day the boys and girls used sidewalk chalk to draw pictures and write messages celebrating the beauty of trees. For more photos click here.

 

 

 

Scientists in Action

Scientists in Action1As part of our study of spring, Easter and Earth Day, first graders watched the trailer for the PBS show American Spring Live. We were inspired to be citizen scientists and chose to participate in the Lilac Tracking Project. Children used magnifying glasses to observe how far the flower buds have opened. Scientists in Action4They documented their observations in their science journal and went online to submit our data. For more photos click here.

 

 

 

St. Mary’s Math Festival – Fun for Everyone

Math Festival Flyer PDFSt. Mary’s is hosting a Math Festival in the school gym April 30th from 6 to 8 PM. This will be a school community event open to all students and will be hosted by the Middle School. The Math Festival’s purpose is to engage students of all ages through creative problem solving and critical thinking. Activities are designed for Kindergarten through Seniors and beyond. There will be art, math, geometry, puzzles, races and games. Volunteers from the University of Nebraska, Omaha will be here to help! Come and enjoy the fun. We hope to see you there. We could use some help setting up tables and chairs before the event. If you could stop by a little early to pick we could get this done! Thanks for considering.

Flowers for Mary – Help Needed

MayCrowning17St. Mary's has a long-standing tradition of presenting flowers to Mary, Our Mother, at the May Crowning. Students in second and eighth grade receiving their sacraments this year will make the presentation to the Blessed Mother May first at 9:15 AM immediately following the all School Mass. All are welcome to attend. The Bellevue Leader will have a representative attending to take pictures for the newspaper. The flowers are a gift from the entire school.
We hold a reception in the Parish Center after Mass. We could use the help of three more people for the reception! To sign up, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or let the office know. Thanks for making this day special!

Fit for Life

4 5 Fit for Life 1St. Mary's fourth and fifth grade students once again participated in Creighton University's annual "Fit for Life" program. This is where Medical students come and visit St. Mary's to promote healthy lifestyles for our students and their families. Students established personal healthy lifestyle goals in the areas of nutrition and exercise to help fight the growing epidemic of diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and other metabolic disorders in the local community. 4 5 Fit for Life 2In these pictures, Mrs. Menzel, our fifth-grade teacher joins in the discussion of healthy food choices.

 

 

 

 

 

Keeping the Faith

Keeping the Faith Serra Award Altar ServersThis past Monday, the Omaha Serra Club sponsored the Bishop’s Altar Server Awards to recognize altar servers within the Archdiocese who have shown dedication and leadership in their responsibilities at the altar and for being visible witnesses of their faith by serving at parish Masses and school Masses. From St. Mary’s parish, the following students from St. Mary’s School were recognized: Joshua C. Braxton, Jacob R. Legner and Lathan P. Reed. The altar servers are in the photo with Archbishop George Lucas.

 

 

Need a Spring Pick Me Up – Check Out Our Rainbow Lenten Prayer Service

Rainbow Prayer ProjectibleStudents silently entered the gym to the sound of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". The Lenten Prayer Service was led by students in Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and 4th grades, who made a rainbow by sitting in rows and wearing colored shirts. Students joyfully shared alms for the Rice Bowl and prayed the Rainbow Prayer. One of many cherished moments at St. Mary's.

 

No Boring Worksheets for Our Pre-Kindergarten

PK Human Body1It’s never too early to learn about various parts of the human body. Our students start in Pre-Kindergarten by learning simple concepts like; though all components of the human body work differently, they still manage to work together. Teamwork. PK Human Body2After this lesson students understood teamwork, as well as the basic functions of the body's main components. A special thanks to the Shopko Foundation, whose science grant funded the human body learning puzzle among other science initiatives at St. Mary’s School.

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s Jazz Things Up with Honor Band

IWCC JH 2019cropConnor McGarry, a St. Mary’s  7th grader, was nominated by his Gross Junior Band teacher to attend and perform in the Iowa Western Community College Honor Band January 31st.  One hundred and one members were chosen from 14 participating schools.  They spent the day working with Jony Garmoe, the band director at Clive Learning Academy and Westridge Elementary School in the West Des Moines School District. IWCC JH Band 2019 They rehearsed and prepared five pieces of music for the evening concert in three rehearsals throughout the day.  St. Mary’s School partners with Gross High School to offer band to our 5-8th grade students. Students receive a lesson at school once a week, then participate in a group lesson at the high school.

 

 

Archdiocesan Metro Elementary Teacher of the Year

MenzelCindy Menzel, St. Mary’s 5th grade teacher, was named the Metro Elementary Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Menzel is being recognized for her extraordinary dedication and strong personal commitment to Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Omaha. Dr. Trish Wallinger announced on behalf of the Archdiocese of Omaha at the Spring for the Children Benefit Auction that our very own teacher Mrs. Menzel had been awarded the prestigious award. She said, “We are very excited for her.” Mrs. Menzel joined the St. Mary’s faculty in 2007.

 

 

 

 

 

St. Mary’s Student Takes Top Award for His Wildlife Artwork

BalanyAward1pgGavin Balanay, a fourth grader, tied for First Place in the 2019 Wildlife Week Poster Contest. Students in fourth through sixth grades across Nebraska participated in an art contest with the theme of "Wildlife in Nebraska State Parks".  Balany competed against other 4th graders across the state. He was honored on March 30th at the Wild Adventure Day Celebration in Lincoln and received a framed copy of his artwork.  The Nebraska Wildlife Federation chose this years’ theme because, "Our state parks have provided an oasis for our native wildlife, this habitat provides the essentials for the needs of our wildlife species.” Nebraska has eight state parks. Go out and visit them and see God's creations up close. Congratulations to Gavin and all the other artists across Nebraska who captured the beauty of wildlife in our state. For more photos click here.

Kindergarten Celebrates the 100th Day of School – We’re 100 Days Smarter

Kinder 100th day 3The 100th day of the school year is a classic "teachable moment." In Kindergarten, students celebrated the day by each bringing in 100 of the same item that they counted themselves (for example: pennies, cheerios, paperclips). Kinder 100th day 2 cropMrs. Lewis and her aide Ms. Lauren had fun things planned during the celebration which engaged students in activities that promoted counting, and also left them with a sense of accomplishment on their progress in Kindergarten. For more photos click here.

March Family Food Night – Welcome a New Restaurant to Bellevue

StMarysRaisingCanesLogoRaising Cane’s is a new restaurant in Bellevue and is hosting our March Family Food Night. This would be a great opportunity to give them a great St. Mary’s Welcome and also help support our school. We would love to see you all there Thursday, March 21st. Bring family and friends between 4-8 P.M. Fifteen percent of all proceeds will be donated to St. Mary’s School. Thank you for your continued support.

 

 

 

 

 

St. Mary’s Revels in Their St. Valentine’s Day Red

ValentineParty6Without a doubt, classroom parties are a special part of fond childhood school memories. At St Mary’s, students love to work hard on their academics, especially on Valentine’s Day. They know what the afternoon holds—a great tradition of fellowship, fun and taking a break from their usual school routines to celebrate. Valentine Party1Parent volunteers in each grade coordinate with teachers on the fun. Some enjoyed games or crafts, whatever the activity there was one common theme—an afternoon of smiles, laughter and a chance to make new memories. For more photos click here.

 

Painting Prayer Rocks

Service4Buddy activities are very popular with our students.  In these activities, older and younger students partner and experience mentorship and fresh perspectives.  During Catholic Schools week, there was a fun “Painting Prayer Rocks” activity. Service6Rocks were painted with prayer words that will be used in the new outdoor classroom.  This will facilitate the creation of a prayer space. The words “pray” and “peace” are just a few examples of the beauty this project embraced. What a blessing we can live out at school. For more photos click here.

Service Project - Sack Lunches to Holy Family

SackLunch3Students made sack lunches for the Holy Family ministry that passes out sack lunches to the homeless.  Our parent led, Home and School Association purchased the needed food supplies. SackLunch10Our Middle School students made the sandwiches and our younger grade students added the other fixins’ for a well-balanced and delicious lunch.  The best part was the beautifully decorated bags to make the recipients smile. When asked what the students thought of the fun, they said:
“I was glad I could help.  It was fun.” Bennett, 5th grade
"It made me feel good because I like to help a lot of people.  It’s an honor to help other people in need to give them what they need the most.”  Addison, 3rd grade

For other photos click here.

Geo Bee – A Dream Come True

Geobee3Malual Mamer, an eighth grader at St. Mary’s School will represent St. Mary’s at the state level competition for the National Geography Bee. The Nebraska State Bee will be held March 29th at The University of Nebraska at Omaha. He is very excited to represent St. Mary’s at the next level of the National Geo Bee.  When asked how it felt, he said, “It means a lot because it took a long time of trying to get here.”  Malual has been at St. Mary’s since Pre-Kindergarten and has worked diligently to achieve his dream. He enjoys his studies, especially history and geography.  Malual loves the challenge of the Geo Bee which is an annual competition designed to inspire and reward students' curiosity about the world.  Over his years at St. Mary’s, Malual has represented his grade level in the Geo Bee, but this is his first time winning at the school level. GeoBee1For the Geo Bee, students in fourth through eighth grade are asked questions about geography ranging from capitals to map reading.  It is fun for the competitors, but also for the entire school who watches the competition with baited breath, each of them maybe learning something new about the world in which they live.

 

Aqua Africa Bake Sale – Success Means Clean Water for Residents  

AquaA1As part of our Catholic Schools Week celebration, the 4th and 5th grade hosted a bake sale to benefit Aqua Africa. Over 100 baked goods were donated by our school families who were energized for this service project. AquaA3As you’ll see on the smiles of our student sellers, there was excitement about being able to significantly help provide funds for Aqua Africa. St. Mary’s school and parish have a direct connection to the young men who founded this non-profit that works to drill wells and build water tanks in South Sudan so the residents have clean water.  The bake sale was a huge success. Thanks to the generosity of our parishioners and school families over $1,000 was raised for this worthy cause. For more photos click here.

Reconciliation - One Step Closer to Communion

Reconciliation1St. Mary’s School second graders received their First Reconciliation January 26th.  Our students celebrating the Sacrament of Penance for the first time prepared with their families, catechists, and peers. They understand that the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation is a Sacrament of Healing. Reconciliation2In this sacrament, the Church celebrates God’s forgiveness. The students were excited to receive this grace and enjoyed fellowship with their classmates, family and friends afterward.  This was a joyous time for all, smiles abounded.

 

 

 

 

 

February Family Food Night

St.MaryDairyQueenlogoThis month our Family Food Night will be held at the Bellevue Dairy Queen on Mission Street. We look forward to seeing you there Thursday, February 21st from 4 P.M. to closing. Students will be given a sticker to present upon ordering. If you mention you are supporting St. Mary’s School 20% of the proceeds will be donated to the school.

 

 

 

 

 

A Bowl to Remember

Quiz Bowl 4St. Mary's School competed in the Norris Red Bird Rally Quiz Bowl February 9th. This quiz bowl was a jeopardy-style competition involving more than 80 middle school students from ten public and private schools. Each school formed two or three teams of four to five students. St. Mary's School did a great job, showcasing the education they receive at St. Mary's:

Quiz Bowl 2First place went to Harshil Amin, Joseph Brown, Joseph Kouba, and Raymond Mansisidor.
Second place went to Acouth Acouth, Joshua Braxton, Kuol Deng, Jason Goetz, and Christian Swiecicki.
Our third team missed third place by only four points coming in fourth place: Malual Mamer, Connor McGarry, Lathan Reed, Daniel Wessling

It was an awesome day. Going into the afternoon play, St. Mary's teams were ranked in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. One parent reported, "In my three years of attending, I've never seen that."

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Advent – Preparing for Christmas

Advent1Advent is a spiritual time of preparation for the “Coming” of Jesus. At. St. Mary’s School we celebrate the four weeks prior to Christmas with a prayer service in the school gym. The students are very much a part of the service where we recognize each week as we light a candle in expectation, hope, joy and purity of Jesus birth. We also learn about St. Nicholas, a bishop who lived in the fourth century. He was a very kind man with a reputation for helping the poor and giving out secret gifts to people in need. Santa4He is the man behind Santa Claus. It is a great time of expectation for children both young and old. Santa seems to put a smile on everyone’s face as he makes an appearance at our school. For more photos click here.

 

 

 

Las Posadas

LasPosadas2Happy New Year! Before we left for Christmas break we celebrated Las Posadas. Las Posadas is a traditional Mexican Christmas procession that is over 400 years old. LasPosadas9cropTownspeople follow Mary and Joseph as they look for a “posada,” a lodging or accommodation. At St. Mary’s School, Senora Sjostedt led the Kindergarten class along with the 5th grade through the school. Students sang Christmas carols and knocked on doors asking for a place to stay dressed as townspeople and shepherds. For more photos click here.

 

 

Christmas Concert Traditional and New

ChristmasPgm6The St. Mary's first and second grade students performed a musical, "A Stable Fit for A King," this year for their part in the Christmas Program. Second grade students played the parts of the innkeeper's son and his friend, the innkeeper and his wife, Mary and Joseph, the Three Kings and a Narrator. All of the students were part of the chorus and sang the songs that helped tell the Christmas Story in a fun and entertaining way. Good job, first and second graders!

Music1This year's Christmas Program for the third, fourth and fifth grade students was a collection of of our very favorite songs. Some songs we had done before over the years, but some of the songs were completely new. The program was called, "In the Stillness". The kids were excited to sing in parts and did a great job with everything. They especially loved singing "Mary Did You Know?" Some of the fifth-grade students put in extra time (during recess) to learn hand bell parts for two of our pieces. Thanks to those students for their unselfish sacrifice of time and their enthusiasm for learning new things!  For more photos click here.

Academic Honors 2nd Quarter

Honors3At St. Mary's School the Honor Roll recognizes academic achievement of students in sixth through eighth grade. The below students are being recognized for Honor Roll, second quarter of 2018-2019:
Highest Honors (all A’s; 95.5-100%):


6th Grade:  Daniel Wessling 


7th Grade:  Judith Kadjo Gnambi, Christian Swiecicki


8th Grade:  Maria Connealy, Joanna Goetz            

Honors6First Honors (No grade below B; 92.5-95.4%)


6th Grade: Delany Meinders, Addison Pithan, Amelia Schulze, Jillian Sasek, Abigail T., Gavin T., Taylee Wharton 


7th Grade:  Hudson Ames, Amelia Kirkpatrick, Ayla Lee, Audrey Leighow, Katherine Orloski, Seth T.          


8th Grade:  Harshil Amin, Kuol Deng, Elisabeth DuGuay, Mary Engelkamp, Joseph Kouba, Jacob Legner, Malual Mamer, Josephine Mansisidor, Megan Schneider, Bailey Yale

Second Honors (No grade below C; 86-92.4%)


6th Grade:  Ajak Mamer, Maura Williams 


7th Grade:  Anush Bhujel, Joseph Brown, Connor McGarry, Allison Parson, Aaron Schmitz 


8th Grade:  Acouth Acouth, Carson Ames, Julia Bennett, Joshua Braxton, Joseph Dunham, Jason Goetz, Isabella Nastase, Makayla Plisek, Nathan Reed 

Congratulations on your academic achievement!  For more photos click here.

No School Tomorrow, Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Winter4Due to the extreme cold temperatures that are forecast and the safety of our students, St. Mary's School will be closed on Wednesday, January 30, 2019. Our number one priority is the safety of our students. Please be safe and keep warm. Thought you might enjoy this heartwarming art from our little snowman friends from 2012-2013. Winter5Can any of you remember which one is your snowman?

 

 

Get Out the Vote for St. Mary’s as a Superstar Catholic School

SuperStarCatholicSchoolContest2019Once again Spirit Catholic Radio is shining a light on Catholic Schools during Catholic Schools Week. Help recognize St. Mary’s of Bellevue as a Superstar school by casting your vote. The contest runs from January 28 through February 8, 2019. Each person gets one vote! You don’t have to be 18 to vote but you do need your own valid email address. Ask everyone you know: friends, family, co-workers and anyone else you know to cast their vote for St. Mary’s. Schools are listed in categories based on their enrollment size. Our school is listed under #7 Catholic Elementary School 201-300 student’s enrollment. Everyone who votes is registered to win three prize packages. Click here to vote or click on the logo.

 

 

 

Catholic Schools Week 2019

2018 CSW Logo Book Cross2St. Mary’s School joins other Catholic Schools across the nation by celebrating Catholic Schools Week 2019, January 27-February 2. The motto: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed. is what we live by every day. The official CSW logo brings the theme to life. “The open book made up of multi-colored pages symbolizes how all areas of Catholic schools blend together, with faith – symbolized by the cross - at the forefront. Catholic schools are vibrant, dynamic, and excellent.” (ncea.org) Come and join us as we celebrate this special week.

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  1. Catholic Schools Week 2019 Calendar
  2. And So It Begins - 2019 Catholic Schools Week
  3. Pre-K and Kindergarten Information Night
  4. Karate Promotion and Opportunities at St. Mary's
  5. Our Tree Gets A Special Visitor
  6. St. Mary’s School Taste of Bellevue Art Walk
  7. A Special Holiday Treat – Visit St. Mary’s Tree in D.C.
  8. Snow Play: Learning at its Finest
  9. St. Mary’s Nebraska Tree on the National Mall in D.C.
  10. College of St. Mary's Science Workshops Benefit Our Students
  11. Holiday Night for the History Books
  12. The People’s Choice
  13. The Trip of a Lifetime is ON! – Thank You
  14. A Celebration of Gratitude and Appreciation – Kindergarten and Fourth Grade Buddies
  15. Academic Honors Awarded
  16. St. Mary's School Grant from Shopko Foundation for Science Fun
  17. Budding Botanists Prepare for Winter
  18. St. Mary’s School to Represent Nebraska at National Tree Lighting in D.C.
  19. Experiencing Another Culture
  20. Father Matt Comes Home to Visit
  21. The Sign of the Cross
  22. The Gift of Public Speaking Starts Early and Naturally
  23. Prayer Warriors Meet Weekly at St. Mary’s School
  24. Sixth Grade Service Project Benefits Babies and New Parents
  25. 6th Grade Science Gets Its “Mad Scientist” On With Fun Experiments With Dry Ice
  26. EPS Baby Drive
  27. Constitutional Conflict Then and Now- History Brought to Life
  28. A Life Changing Moment for Pre-K Students and Some Monarch Butterflies
  29. Having Fun With a Buddy
  30. STEM Breeds Creativity in the Classroom
  31. Rhythm and Words Make Up Something Musically Delicious!
  32. Home and School and Your Volunteerism

St Mary's Information

St. Mary's Catholic School is a Pre-Kindergarten through Eighth Grade School of the Archdiocese of Omaha. Our mission is to provide a Catholic education that nurtures students' hearts and minds to become servant leaders in an ever-changing world.

Our philosophy of education is to offer a five-day program to assist families in teaching those truths, skills, and ideals, which are necessary for Christian living. We believe that education must develop the faculties and abilities of the whole child: spiritually, intellectually, physically, and emotionally. To help achieve this, our faculty and staff are an integral part of the formation of Christian community and dedicate themselves to the task of developing Christian citizens.

 

 


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