An integral part of St. Mary's Parish and School
We are so happy to have you here at St. Mary's! With the vagabond military lifestyle, it’s nice to have a sense of community and stability. St. Mary’s Parish and School are now your parish and school. We are two minutes outside the Bellevue Gate of Offutt AFB. Due to this fact, we are a parish of military and military retirees that are from all over the USA and are settled here in Bellevue. Many of our parents and parishioners have had outstanding educations and careers themselves and want the same for their children. They have driven the standards for St. Mary’s and help keep it a vibrant school by providing a connection to modern technology and giving out large doses of the real world!
Newcomers Briefing: "Right Start" is the mandatory in-processing briefing for all military and DoD civilian personnel new to the Base. At Offutt AFB the "Right Start Briefing" is held the first Wednesday of each month at the Patriot Club from 0730 to 1130 hours. When you go, ask the Catholic Schools representative about St. Mary's School to get the "Right Start" for your children.
Why St. Mary’s?
Driven by tradition, parents, teachers, and alumni, St. Mary’s offers an outstanding broad curriculum of Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science, formal Art, Social Studies, Technology, Religion, formal Music, Foreign Language, and Physical Education (sports training, not just play). We have found that this diverse curriculum stimulates different portions of the brain encouraging the neuron interconnectivity of young minds making them even smarter. Gluing this entire curriculum together is a Catholic focused school style. We love God and we care. We teach our students to care about their relationship with God and those around them. We show them how God is in their lives in every class they take. Religion class has full preparation for First Holy Communion (2nd grade), Confirmation (8th Grade), and a lifetime of Catholic practices.
We start preparing our children academically and spiritually early. We offer an outstanding Pre-K program that goes either half day or whole day. You will see your child not just play, but play with a purpose and come home with new skills every week.
We also believe that books are not enough. Our students spend time learning about Nebraska Pioneer life and immigration at the turn of the 20th century through costumes, cooking, and outdoor life experiences. Our students are also involved in their community, and the world, doing service projects that touch peoples lives including visiting the elderly and helping other children who are sick or encountering tough circumstances.
With our depth of active military and retirees, Veterans Day is a big event in school with students bringing fathers, mothers, grandparents, uncles, aunts and others to celebrate in a large school assembly. We have participants from WWII to the current Afghanistan War on Terror. It is a very patriotic ceremony for our students to experience.
St. Mary’s School and Parish
We are a family-centered parish. Many of our families attend our Sunday 9:30am and 11:00am Sunday Masses because we provide a “children’s liturgy” at those masses. During the Liturgy of the Word portion of the Mass, the children proceed downstairs to the church's Parish Center and are read the Scripture from a “simplified” text that allows them to better understand the Word of God. After the homily, they are brought back upstairs to experience the rest of the Mass with their families.
Our Parish is so inextricably linked to the Air Force that one of the stained glass windows in the church, paid for by donations from our military parishioners, has a jet fighter set next to St. Joseph of Cupertino - the “levitating” monk from the 17th century and the patron saint of flyers. Most of our active duty and retired military parishioners have connections to the Air Force.
Getting to School
St. Mary's School is only two minutes from the Bellevue gate. Parents can drop children off for class before work and then pick them up at the end of their day through our St. Mary’s Extended Day program run by the school.
Another option is to drop them off at the Offutt Youth Center (Bldg 5085), located by the Army and Air Force Exchange Service Shoppette in Capehart Housing, and the base bus will take them to school and drop them off back at the end of the day at the Offutt Youth Center.
OYC phone #: (402) 294-5152
How Do We Do so Well?
All of our parents care, just like you do. They want the best for their children and they do all that they can to support our school through volunteering to help. Our parish cares as well, the parish pays almost half of the tuition costs from donations from our parishioners. Our teachers care and they work with children to assure not class success, but individual success to set them on an academic success track that can lead them to any future school.
We urge you to get involved to help. We have a great parent-volunteering program at St. Mary's through Home and School. You could help us stay close to the military community with your ties to organizations on the base, such as the Officer's and Enlisted Spouses Clubs and the Offutt Parent Advisory Board.
For our new families, we have one time rebate. We also provide the option of reduced tuition - no one is denied attendance. We can work with you and your family's finances to make it work for your children no matter what!