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School News 2016-2017

Showing Spirit in San Francisco

Natalie Spirit Contest 2017Natalie is spending time with her grandmother in San Francisco. She is sporting her St. Mary's spirit shirt at the Palace of Fine Arts and at the Golden Gate Bridge. You can show your spirit too! Send in your photo for the Spirit Wear Contest.






Spirit Contest Inspired by Her School Studies

Delaney1This year we chose to tour Nebraska because of all the great things Delaney learned this past year in the 4th grade about Nebraska history. Delaney2Here she is visiting Chimney Rock and horseback riding at Fort Robinson. Send in your photos showing your spirit.

Spirit Wear Contest

AddisonLooks like Addison was ready for the cooler temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Forest as she sported her St. Mary’s Spirit sweatshirt on the family trip to Estes Park. Send in your photos to show your spirit this summer.

Faith & Family Night at Werner Park

TeacherOfTheYear3The Omaha Storm Chasers take on the Iowa Cubs Saturday, August 12th at 6:05 P.M. Tickets are $13 if we get 10 or more parishioners to go; $16 for less than 10 people. Reservations must be made by August 7th to receive the special rate. Contact the rectory at 402-291-1350 if you are interested in attending. There will be a post-game concert featuring Christian music singer Colton Dixon. Come and join us for Faith and Family Night at Werner Park.

Sporting a St. Mary's Shirt

Spirit Contest Kouba 1The first submission for this summer's spirit shirt contest came from the Kouba family. Here's a photo they took at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri. Spirit Contest Kouba 2

There's still lots of time to take a picture with your Spirit Shirt and submit it for a picture collage we are posting on the St. Mary's School facebook page. You don’t even have to leave town. Just show your school spirit. Keep your photos coming. Each photo will be an entry for a drawing that will occur at the Ice Cream Social. There will be one winner of the drawing. The Prize: a $25 SCRIP card. All pictures submitted will be posted on the school webpage and school facebook page. Email all picture submissions to Cathy Braxton by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Moving on Up

Moving UpThis year was very special for students at St. Mary’s. Fr. Del our parish priest handed out report cards to students on their last day of school and celebrated their accomplishments. Katie Braxton is a proud Kindergarten graduate who is moving on up to 1st grade. Congratulations to all St. Mary’s students for their efforts and another great year. Looking forward to seeing you all in the upcoming school year 2017-2018.

Adopt A Student Helping Shape Our Future

StMarysFrontThis last year Pope Francis called on us “to direct our attention and actions on mercy so that we may become a more effective sign of the Father’s actions in our lives.” What better way to show our mercy than to shape our future through the gift of a Catholic education? The Adopt a Student program helps students get an opportunity that wouldn’t be possible due to finances, the chance to go to St. Mary’s School. You have until June 30, 2017 to donate to help students come to St. Mary’s this fall. With your help, we can continue to shape the future. If you would like to make a donation please click here. Thank you for your continued support.

Fireworks Fundraiser

FireworksStand2016It's that time of year again! We're gearing up for another successful St. Mary's School Firework Stand fundraising effort. Our stand will once again be at the 28th and Capehart Road spot (awesome location!). It will be open June 25th thru July 4th from 10am-10pm. Hours will be extended as the 4th of July date nears. We will need a lot of help on July 3rd & 4th! When you sign up to work on the 3rd or the 4th, Sports will give you a $35 credit/shift to put towards your volleyball or basketball registration. We are in need of 2 volunteers for each of the six 2-hour shifts all those days (for the 8pm-10pm shift there will be 1 hour of close-down support each night after the stand closes at 9pm). That's a total of 10 days and 6 shifts each day and 2 people each shift for a total of 120 slots! Each volunteer must be at least 16-years-old. It's a big effort, but every year everyone pulls together to get it done and our school is blessed with lots of proceeds!! What a great way to get a start for your volunteer hours for the 2017-2018 school year. Thank you to the families that have already signed up for a shift or two. Click here to sign up on SignUp Genius.  Remember St. Mary’s families get a discount for purchasing fireworks at our stand!

Gross High School Ortman Scholars 2017

Gross CathOrtman Scholars2017 Maya LewisSt. Mary’s alumna, Maya Lewis, class of ’13 receives Gross Catholic High School’s highest academic award upon graduation. The Ortman Scholar Award is the highest academic award given to a graduating senior who has achieved academic excellence by attaining a cumulative grade point average of 4.0 or higher. The Ortman Scholar Award is named for the school’s founding donor, Mrs. Louise Ortman Gross, wife of Mr. Daniel J. Gross. Maya will be starting college this fall at the College of St. Mary where she will be pursuing a degree in Occupational Therapy. Maya Lewis is in the front row, second from the right!

May Crowning

MayCrowning19Every year we honor the blessed Mother in May. Each class from Pre-K through 8th grade bring her flowers. Each 8th grader carried up a rose and presented it individually and put it into a vase and then each class brought up bouquets. Imagine it’s your first time to carry up the flowers, you’re in Pre-K and you take a moment to smell the flowers. Two 8th graders crown Mary. This year they were Anou Akot and Freddy Kadjo. Both were voted on by their classmates to have the special honor. For more photos click here.

Omaha Gives

OG TaglineThis is the third year St. Mary’s is taking part in Omaha Gives. The one day fundraiser for non-profits is May 24th. Come and join us in the Parish Center from from 4 -7 P.M. for hot dogs, chips and drinks. Computers and helpers will be on hand to help you make a donation if you need it. Otherwise just come and mingle with those who support St. Mary's School. Last year we raised $2,600 through the generosity of many donors. Help us shatter that number this year. Tell your friends, family and coworkers to take a look at us. Click here to read more about us and also make a donation. The giving begins at midnight May 24th and goes for 24 hours. We can't wait to see you all there.

Moving Toward the Head of the Clash

WitsClashCropSt. Mary’s School sponsored its 3rd Annual Wits Clash. Students from schools throughout the archdiocese participated in the Wits Clash, a Jeopardy-style competition. Congratulations to St. Mary's Wits Clash Team C who took third place in this year’s tournament. Team members are: Lauren Schmitz (8th) Kristin Kreps (7th), Lauren Leighow (7th) Bailey Yale (6th) and Joe Kouba (6th).

A Spiritual Bouquet for a Special Pen Pal

SpiritualBouquet1The first graders have truly enjoyed corresponding with Sr. Mary, our Dominican Sister pen pal. SpiritualBouquet2At various times during the year we wrote letters, made cards and prayed for our new friend. She recently surprised us with her special homemade cookies! What a treat. Our final act of friendship was to send her a spiritual bouquet. We made her a paper garden and said a decade of the rosary for her. The first graders thought that since it was the month of May and her name is Sr. Mary that the rosary would be something that she would like. Blessings on our new friend!

Flower Sale

FlowerSale “Thank you” to all who came out and volunteered and supported our third annual Spring plant sale. Here's a picture of our school secretary with a member of the Stoltenberg Nursery team and one of our school families. Fun, Fun, Fun. If you couldn’t make it, don’t fret. Stoltenberg Nurseries will honor the 15% donation to the Home & School Association through the end of May if you purchase at Stoltenberg Nurseries. Let them know you are with St. Mary’s School. Stoltenberg Nursery is located at 15303 S. 36th Street. (36th & Platteview Road) in Bellevue. If you decide to stop by, Jo Sempek the owner suggests a quick call to ensure staff are available onsite to assist you. She can be reached at 402-630-7333.

All About Ladybugs

Ladybug5It’s fun to be in the third grade because you get to learn all about ladybugs! In our class we learned important facts, drew their life cycle, did experiments with the ladybugs, and wrote limericks. Then we let the ladybugs go in our environmental garden and watched as they explored their new environment. For more photos click here.

Chick-Fil-A Night

ChkfilLogoFinalReady for another night out? Come and join us at Chick-Fil-A tonight, May 11th from 6-8PM. Dine in or drive thru and St. Mary's School will get back 10% of all orders during that time slot. You must mention you are part of St. Mary's School. Spread the word to your family and friends! The more the merrier. There is also availability on Sign Up Genius if you’d like to help “Greet” and welcome people and let them know to mention St. Mary’s. What a great way to meet new people and help our school at the same time.


Serra Altar Server Awards

5 Altar ServersFive of St. Mary’s 8th grade students received the Serra Altar Servers award at St. Stanislaus. The Archdiocese recognized these servers for their attendance, being available for special liturgies and for the quality of their service. The winners were recognized for being the best of the best servers. Congratulations Anna Bennett, Nick Kouba, Freddy Kadjo, Gabe Tweedy and Joe Seaman on receiving the award and thanks for your dedication and service to our church. For more photos click here.

Divine Mercy Sunday

Divine Mercy Sunday 2017 flyer1Sunday, April 23rd, St. Mary's is hosting Encounter Night. For those who attended the parish mission March 23rd, it will be similar. Divine Mercy Sunday 2017 flyer copy2We will have praise and worship music, a testimony and talk from guest speaker Josef Lang, Divine Mercy devotions and most especially, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Prior to the Encounter Night, all are welcome to join us for Mass at 5 P.M. and dinner at 6 P.M. in the parish center.

Both you and your families are welcome to come for as much or as little as you can. We do have a sign up genius link for anyone who'd be attending the dinner portion, just so we have enough food and side dishes. Sign up here. We look forward to seeing you there.

A Project Worth Waiting For

8thGradeHats10Each year the 8th grade class constructs hats as one of their monthly homework projects. There are only a few simple rules. The hat must have a theme, measure at least 12 inches in height, width, or depth, and stay on their head without holding it on with their hands. The students then parade through the school, sharing their creations with all the classes. One student asked Mrs. Schutt, our art teacher, “How long have you been doing this project.” Mrs. Schutt could not answer the question any other way than to say, "for a lot of years.” She says this is one of their favorite homework projects and several of the students told her that they have been waiting since they were very young to do it. You see it when you are in Pre-K and you can’t wait to wear a hat you’ve created when you’re in the 8th grade. Traditions mean a lot. For more photos click here.

Julie Targy Named Scholar Athlete

julie targy 195 wb2Briar Cliff women's basketball player Julie Targy has been named one of 286 2016-17 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes in Division II women's basketball. To be nominated by an institution's head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status. Targy, a native of Bellevue, Nebraska, and ’10 alumna of St. Mary’s played in all 31 games for the Chargers this season, making 22 starts as a junior. Targy averaged 2.9 ppg with 90 points on the season and paced the team in steals with 63. She also grabbed 2.8 rebounds per game and dished out 57 assists, ranking second on the squad. Targy scored a season-high 11 points against Pfeiffer on December 18th. Last year Targy appeared in all 33 games for the Cliff, making one start. She was named academic all-conference.

Alumni Scholarship

Announcing St. Mary's School Alumni Scholarship 2020 Opportunity - Since 2014, the St. Mary's Home & School Association has offered scholarships to 8th graders and alumni. This year's application for 8th graders attending Catholic high school 2020-2021 and 12th grade alumni attending Catholic college/university 2020-2021 is due by Tuesday, March 31st. The 8th grade scholarship(s) will be announced at the 8th Grade Banquet on Friday, May 15th. The 12th grade scholarship(s) will be announced by Friday, April 10th. Direct questions to Scholarship Coordinator Christina (Hascall) Legner ('91) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to email Christina Legner. Her phone is 402-598-1262. Thanks to all who support the Home & School Association financially, but especially with your time and talent. Your dedication and commitment makes this opportunity possible.

Marian Trivia Night

On Saturday, April 1st, the 7th grade girls enjoyed two hours of a fun-filled activity at Marian High School. They met new people, learned more about each other, and best of all, they answered trivia questions! Questions on TV shows, books and songs were asked. Not only did they learn about pop culture, they played games too. The girls participated in games to get to know the similarities between one another and they also learned random fun facts. They did all that while towering over lots of candy and snacks. For just $10 they had a blast! Friends, trivia, games, food and prizes were all included. What more could you ask for?
- by Anisa Lucia

Blue Hair Sightings

blue hair rev1Dr. Trish Wallinger, our school principal is one who keeps her promise even if it means dying her hair BLUE! Students were motivated to sell raffle tickets so that they could see their principal walk the halls for a week donning a blue do! The school students were successful in selling tickets for this year’s Benefit Auction and school spirit is running high with a principal who doesn’t mind wearing the school colors. For more photos click here.

Easter Prayer Cards for Parishioners

Easter Art 2017This is the 7th year in a row St. Mary’s students will be handing out Easter Prayer cards on Palm Sunday weekend. Student Greeters will be at the doors after each Mass ready to meet and greet you with a special gift they created just for you in thanks for all you’ve done to support St. Mary’s School. Students in all grades created the art and 4th- 8th graders wrote their own prayers. They wish you a blessed Easter.

Pump It Up

PumpItUp.3JPGEach year 4th and 5th grade students participate in the "Fit 4 Life" program sponsored by Creighton University School of Medicine. Creighton students present a variety of weekly lessons and activities to educate our students on making good choices for a healthy lifestyle including how to stay fit and active each day and to select healthy and nutritious foods. As a culmination of the program students go to Pump It Up and enjoy an afternoon of healthy, heart-pumping play. You can only imagine how “pumped” the students are each year to learn about living a healthy lifestyle and then enjoying a fun-filled afternoon of healthy Pump It Up activities. Thanks Creighton for having a positive impact on our students’ lives and potentially their families now and in the future. For more photos click here.


CYO 7th Boys Champs 10The St. Mary’s Spartans boys seventh grade basketball team were the 2016 CYO champions. And in 2017, they were making another run for the title. The boys won their two previous tournament games to give them a shot at two championships in a row. The team was facing the Junior Pride of Roncalli, a team they only beat by 4 points previously in the season, so they would have a challenge. The game started with a dominating tip off by Preston and Owen taking it down for a missed layup, then came Raoul grabbing three rebounds in a row. After that the Spartans tempo slowed with them being down 14-9 at the end of the first quarter. But the crowd got loud and the game was on. The hype started when Owen hit a 3-pointer to close the gap. It only went up hill from there. Basket after basket went in giving the Spartans a small lead at the half. The huddle at half was pumped, coach Randy brought up the motivation! The second half was nothing short of awesome. There was no stopping the Spartans. Everyone was on their game, and contributing to the game. Preston raked in points like there was no tomorrow. The team came out with a great victory and were champions once again.

A week later the Spartans placed 2nd in the St. Bernadette March Madness tournament. It was a great season, and we can just hope for another great season next year.

For more photos click here.

-story by Jack Nutter and Preston Ames

Third Annual Wits Clash at St. Mary’s

StMarysFrontThis Saturday, April 8th students from schools throughout the Omaha Archdiocese will be coming to St. Mary’s School for Wits Clash, a jeopardy like competition. It is a fun filled morning where teams from each school compete on their general knowledge. Ten adults are needed to read the questions to the students and 10 volunteers are also needed to take score and run time from 8:30AM to 3:00PM. Please click here on Sign Up Genius to volunteer! If you have any questions please contact Carol Sheridan.

Success in Academics and Cheering

Katie With LetterWhat do you get when you combine academic success with a desire to cheer? You get St. Mary’s class of 2015 graduate Katie Goetz. Katie attends Gross Catholic High school and has been on their cheer squad since her Freshman year. Katie has received her Cheer letter and Academic All-Star award for having a 3.5 or higher while cheering both JV and Varsity. This year she joined the Gross Varsity High cheer squad with their 6th straight Nebraska state win. The squad hopes to make it to Nationals next year. In her spare time, Katie bowls on the Papillion South High varsity bowling team and is headed to Scottsbluff Nebraska to compete in the Nebraska State Pepsi tournament as well as acting as manager for the Gross High bowling team. Congratulations Katie!

Art for Easter Prayer Cards

Easter Art 2017As is our tradition each year St. Mary’s students help create Easter Prayer cards and student greeters hand out the prayer cards to parishioners on Palm Sunday weekend. It is their way of saying Thank You to the parish for all the support your provided over the school year. Students from Pre-K through eighth grade created the art work and students from fourth through eighth grade wrote their own prayers. Please take a look at the art that will be on this years’ prayer cards. Be sure to get your prayer card April 8th and 9th from one of St. Mary’s students.

Catholic High School Scholarships for St. Mary’s Alumnae

Three of our 8th graders were awarded Catholic High School Scholarships to attend Catholic High Schools. The scholarships were awarded on outstanding academic achievement:
Baylin Davis- Mercy High School ($6,000 over 4 years)
Lucia Mansisidor Gross High School ($2,500 over 4 years)
Isabella Medrano Roncalli High School ($4,000 over 4 years)
Congratulations on your academic success!

Sharing the Love

Valentines ExtDay9At St. Mary’s School Valentine’s Day is a special day. You get to wear clothing that has red in it, have parties, play games, make Valentine’s day cards, be with your buddy, make someone happy and just have fun! Take a look at photos of us enjoying the day. Click here.

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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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