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School News 2017-2018

What are Families Doing Over Summer

The Zieno Family in South Carolina visiting Myrtle Beach to Hilton Head Island


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What are Families Doing Over Summer

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Ice Cream Social - Kicks Off New School Year

IceCreamSocial13The 2018-2019 school year begins with the traditional Ice Cream Social, Monday, August 13th in the school gym from 6:00 to 7:00 PM. This is a great opportunity to welcome all the new families and students and get back together and reconnect with our school family. Bring your school supplies to the ice cream social so you’re ready to go on day one! The supply lists for each grade are listed on the school website. Click here for lists. School starts August 15th for a half day! We look forward to another great year at St. Mary’s School.

Alumna Academic Honors

st marys alumniIsabella Medrano received High Honors for the 2nd semester of the 2017-2018 school year at Roncalli Catholic High School. Congratulations on your academic success!

First Graders Care About God’s Creation

1st grade flowers1In the fall the first graders beautified the playground by planting crocus and tulip bulbs. They were learning about being grateful for 1st grade flowers2and caring about God’s creation. In the spring they decided they needed some signs to invite others to enjoy the flowers. We are grateful to Syvannah Morgan’s family for creating these beautiful signs for our garden! Love truly does grow here at St. Mary’s!


What are Families Doing Over the Summer?

The Orloski family visiting historic Gettysburg.


What are Families Doing Over the Summer?

The McGarry family went to the Wisconsin Dells.


Scholarships to Continue Their Catholic Education

2018 Graduating GirlsForty-eight percent of St. Mary’s 2018 graduating class, 11 of 23 students, have chosen to continue their Catholic Education by attending Catholic High Schools. 2018 Graduating GuysSeven thousand dollars in Catholic High School scholarships have been awarded. Congratulations to our 2018 St. Mary’s school graduates and scholarship winners.
Timothy Bartz - Dr. Charles and Mrs. Amy Longo Memorial Scholarship
Raoul Djidjoho - St. Mary's School Alumni Scholarship
Alexander Lee - Dean Hascall, Jr. Memorial Scholarship (2018)
Owen Legner - Knights of Columbus Scholarship
Anisa Lucia - Catholic Daughters of America Scholarship and Spirit Scholarship
Jack Nutter - Dr. Charles and Mrs. Amy Longo Memorial Scholarship
Nathan Schmitz - Knights of Columbus Scholarship
Gabrielle Sjostedt - St. Mary's School Alumni Scholarship
Grace Tucker - St. Mary's 8th Grade Class Scholarship
Jada Williams - Catholic Daughters of America Scholarship and Spirit Scholarship
Samuel Wilwerding - St. Mary's School Alumni Scholarship

Send-Off and Fundraiser for Two St. Mary’s Alums Going to Seminary

St. Marys letter sizeThis August Jacob Connealy, class of ’07 and Will Targy, class of ’00, both St. Mary’s School graduates will start their seminary studies for the Archdiocese of Omaha at Kenrick-Glennon in St. Louis.  Will says, “It's incredibly exciting to have the two of us entering together and representing St. Mary's! Jake and I have a spaghetti feed fundraiser on Sunday, July 8th in the St. Mary's Parish Center. We'd love to have you join us! It'll go from 1:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.”  Vino Mas letter sizeWill will have another fundraiser Tuesday, July 24th at Vino Mas, a wine bar in West Omaha.  Additionally, there is an online donation site if you'd like to contribute.

We hope you will be able to join us this Sunday, and send God’s blessings to these two men who are representing St. Mary’s as seminarians!




Alumni Academic Honors

st marys alumni 1Nine alumnae at Mercy High School received academic honors for the 2nd semester of the 2017-2018 school year. Anou Akot, Baylin Davis, Maureen Goetz, Theodosia Mba and Macey McGargill received First Honors and Sena Djidjoho, Madison Kimsey, Lia Rose Reckmeyer and Therese Ruff received Second Honors. At Duchesne Academy Cate Lillion received Highest Honors and Mary Jane DuGuay received Honors. At Marian honors go to Gillian Krueger. At Creighton Prep Second Honors go to John Patrick Donahue IV, Fredy Gnambi Kadjo and Ethan Michael Yale. At Daniel J. Gross 10 alumni were on the Honor Roll. These students earned a 3.25 GPA or greater for the 4th quarter. They include: Lucia Mansisidor, Lauren Schmitz, Jaycee Billings, Callie Billings, Maggie Heltzel, Kathryn Goetz, Jamie Legner, Jacob Goetz, Kellie Halliburton and Rebecca Schaffart. Congratulations on your academic success!

Be Part of a Legacy - Building for the Future on the Foundation of Our Past

St. Mary Bellevue Campaign LogoThis weekend is St. Mary’s Centennial Campaign Commitment Weekend. The legacy of our first century is apparent as we moved from St. Mark’s to St. Mary’s and our school has grown since its original construction. Now, is the time to build on this legacy, as we approach our 100th anniversary, by expanding, refurbishing, modernizing and reducing our debt. This will be our gift to future generations: a model of stewardship that is necessary for a thriving faith community. Make a commitment and be part of a legacy. Building for the Future on the Foundation of Our Past. Click here to see the short video.

It Belongs to Everybody - Building for the Future on the Foundation of Our Past

St. Mary Bellevue Campaign LogoSt. Mary’s Church belongs to everybody. It is home to more than 1,400 families. Like every home, it needs a few tweaks here and there to keep it up. As our Centennial Campaign winds down this weekend we are holding a Commitment Weekend. Won’t you please prayerfully consider how you might help take your home, St. Mary’s, into the next century so we can open the doors wide for coming generations. That is our legacy, our children’s future. Building for the Future on the Foundations of Our Past.  Click here to see the video.

St. Mary’s School - Building for the Future on the Foundation of Our Past

St. Mary Bellevue Campaign LogoSt. Mary’s School is a warm and inviting atmosphere that welcomes each family to the community. Come and be a part of school that nurtures children’s hearts and minds to become servant leaders through a great Catholic education. Building for the Future on the Foundation of Our Past. Click here to see the video.


Our Community - Building for the Future on the Foundation of Our Past

St. Mary Bellevue Campaign LogoSt. Mary’s Parish is a special place for Ted and Cindy Menzel, “It’s our family, it’s our community, it’s our life.” What a blessing! A blessing our faith community would like to share for generations to come. We hope you feel the same way too! Building for the Future on the Foundations of Our Past. Click here to see the video.



Building for the Future - Building for the Future on the Foundation of Our Past

St. Mary Bellevue Campaign LogoSt. Mary’s is closing in on a milestone that gives us pause for reflection, our 100th anniversary is 3 years away. St. Mary’s has been blessed to grow its faith community to the point of outgrowing our church entryway footprint. The Centennial Campaign commitment weekend coming up June 23-24 gives us all a chance to reflect on what St. Mary’s means to us and how we can all keep our vibrant church thriving as we move into the next century. No gift is too small. St. Mary’s is a gift to us and the future. Building for the Future on the Foundation of Our Past. Click here to see the video.



Buildings Updated - Building for the Future on the Foundation of Our Past

St. Mary Bellevue Campaign LogoSt. Mary’s Church and school buildings were built to last. They’ve served us well and will continue to do so, but both need updating, restoration and repair to take us into the next century. St. Mary’s Parish is getting ready to celebrate its 100th anniversary. Take a listen to Father Del on how we can all take part in providing for upcoming generations at church and school. Building for the Future on the Foundations of Our Past. Click here to see the video.

Father’s Thoughts - Building for the Future on the Foundation of Our Past

St. Mary Bellevue Campaign LogoSt. Mary’s Parish will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2021. As we prepare for the second century we ask: “Are we equipped for an even more vibrant tomorrow?” We are a warm, welcoming and thriving faith community, a living legacy. Our church and school have served us well over the years and now need our help to continue to reach out to the upcoming generations. For the next several days we will post videos to help you understand our needs and desires to assure our faith filled church and school will build a legacy for future generations. Building for the Future on the Foundations of Our Past. Click here for Father's thoughts.

Alumni News - Paige Holbrook

PaigeHAlumna, Paige Holbrook, Class of 2015 has had a wonderful junior year at Bellevue East High School.
She was voted by her class to represent them as their Senior class Vice President next year. Paige was also selected by a committee of teachers to be the Co-President of the National Honor Society for her senior year. After being nominated her sophomore year to attend the HOBY (Hugh O’Brian) Youth Leadership Conference, this year Paige applied to become a junior counselor and was selected as a 2018 Nebraska ​HOBY Leadership Seminar Volunteer. Paige was also selected by the Lincoln Journal Star All-Academic State team for swimming.

Salsa Adds Some Spice to St. Mary's Spanish Class

salsa7Almost as important as the academic value of the class is the cultural immersion that we experience. Señora Sjostedt recognizes salsa3many of her students are interested in the Spanish culture as well as the Spanish language She always makes sure to enhance our class by mixing in cultural today. In anticipation of Cinco de Mayo, our 7th grade class made homemade salsa and enjoyed the fellowship that went along with it. Showing students that learning can be a balance of enjoyment and education, with a bowl of chips and salsa.

Lay Missionary

Lay Missionary2John Din, a Columban Lay Missionary, plays bamboo panpipes for a crowd of students as he shows them how the people of Peru express joy and gratitude for God's blessings.

Legion of Mary

Legion of Mary picLegion of Mary has helped me strengthen my faith. It helped me feel welcomed into the community of St. Mary’s. I have come closer to Mary and Jesus since I started going. Everyone is really welcoming and kind. I feel God’s presence in all of them. I am so grateful to my friend who suggested that I attend and for the leaders who welcomed me with such love.
I am so blessed to have people who love Jesus as much as I do in my life. I love how warm it feels when I am praying there. It is amazing to be praying and talking with people who feel the same as I do about our faith.
--Katie Orloski, Student Writer (6th grade)

Eighth Graders Assessments - Learning and Fun!

8th Grade Assessment picThe past couple of weeks, our class has been working on the state required assessments for the eighth grade. We have a total of three assessments that we have to complete before the end of the year. In Spanish, we had to write and illustrate a short picture book about ourselves entirely in Spanish. Then we read our books to the first-grade class.

The other two assessments are linked together in English and History. It is called the History Hall of Fame project and the eighth graders do it every year. For the English part, we had to write a research paper about someone who has contributed to history. I chose Helen Keller. It was interesting to learn about her.

In History, we had to create a video or a presentation about our person. We could create a Prezi, a video interview, or a music video. I love to make videos. I chose "Baby" by Justin Bieber and rewrote the lyrics about Helen Keller. I created the music video using iMovie. Next week we are going to present our videos. I am super excited!

Lindsey Wessling, 8th Grade


heat article pic1 of 25th graders are known for their energy, but another kind of energy is heat energy. We have been learning about this for about a Heat pic 2 of 2week. We did a few labs on Heat. For one lab, we compared hot, cold, and room temperature water. We put red food coloring in the hot water and blue food coloring in the cold water. Then we poured a little bit of each into the room temperature water. The warm water went up and the cold water went down. This lab showed us that heat rises.
Another lab we did was to put hot water on the burners and take the temperature of the water. Afterward we compared its temperature to the cold water. Next, we waited about 2 minutes and took the temperature again to compare those. This was to get practice on proper temperature measuring with a thermometer. Those are some of the things we have been learning in science.

By Jilian Sasek and Taylee Wharton (5th graders at St. Mary’s)

2018 Serra Club Altar Server Awards

AltarServers2The Serra Clubs of Omaha and Norfolk honor 8th grade servers throughout the archdiocese each year. Six 8th graders from St. Mary's church were so honored by Archbishop Lucas during a special liturgy at St. Gerald Church in Ralston.

Our 2018 Serra Club Award Winners are:
Ashton Joseph
Alexander Lee
Owen Legner
Nathan Schmitz
Gabrielle Sjostedt
Samuel Wilwerding

Congratulations to this year’s recipients. Thank you for your dedication and service to our church. It is difficult to choose only six honorees, we recognize and applaud all the good work of our many altar servers! For more photos click here.

4th Graders Visit our State Capitol and Receive a Taste of our Rich Nebraska History

StateCapital3From the State Historical Museum tour to our State Capitol Tour, students were bright eyed and thirsty to learn more about our StateCapital5enriching Nebraska history. Many thanks to the AgCouncil for providing lunch so students could re-energize before touring Morrill Hall and enjoying the planetarium show “Firefall.” Morrill Hall is Nebraska's largest natural history museum which includes the world's premier collection of fossil elephants, interactive paleontology exhibits, American Indian exhibits, walk-in wildlife dioramas, and a hands-on discovery room.

This is a trip all upcoming 4th graders look forward to and judging from the smiles as they descended the bus, a great time was had by all! For more photos click here.

Changing Hearts Wax Museum Exhibit

WaxMuseum1The fourth grade students produced a Wax Museum project. This project included the students researching a famous person of WaxMuseum2their choice. The students wrote a biography, created a poster, memorized a speech, and put together a costume.

This project incorporated many curriculum standards including speaking, writing, and reading. Our younger students learned a lot as they visited the wax museum and asked questions. For more photos click here.

St. Mary's 6th and 7th graders Apply the Scientific Method and Have Fun too!



There was a lot of excitement as the 6th and 7th graders presented their science fair projects to parents and fellow students. A science ScienceFair13project is an investigation using the ‘scientific method’ to discover the answer to a problem or question.

The ‘scientific method’ is a tool to help organize thoughts and possible solutions. It is a process or a plan to follow which allows the best solution to be found.

These projects also allow students to practice their public speaking and take pride in a successfully executed project. For more photos click here.

St. Mary's Exercises and Learns Healthy Living

Pump it Up5St. Mary's 4th and 5th grades participated in Creighton's "Fit for Life" program. Medical students visited St. Mary's to promote healthy lifestyles for students and their families. Students established personal healthy lifestyle goals in the areas of nutrition and exercise in order to help fight the growing epidemic of diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and other metabolic disorders in the local community.

The culminating event for students participating in the "Fit for Life" program was this field trip to "Pump it Up" to have some fun and exercise. Thanks Creighton!Pump it Up1

St. Mary's Parents Show Their Spirit Behind the Scenes

When parents and schools work together, the results can be incredible! This last weekend, St. Mary's held its 24th annual Spring for the Children Benefit Auction at the Beardmore Event Center in Bellevue. This is our largest fundraiser of the year and it would not be possible without the dedication of our amazing parents. Here we see our parents working behind the scenes as they transform the event center to showcase our spectacular benefit auction.St. Marys Parents2St. Marys Parents1

6th Grade Presents the Living Stations of the Cross

LivingStations1On March 23rd, the St. Mary's students celebrated The Living Stations of the Cross presented by the 6th grade class. This is a LivingStations2deeply spiritual re-enactment of the events leading up to and the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Pre-Kindergarten Learns the Parts of the Body

PreK Body Parts3Our Pre-K students were very excited about their lesson on the human body. They would find out where their body parts are located and what they do. Take for example our beating heart. They learned that our heart isn’t visible, but they can certainly feel it beating! They also enjoyed making their own creation of the human body. Pretty good representations wouldn’t you say? For more photos click here.









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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