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School News 2017-2018

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 culmination event was this field trip to Pump it Up to enjoy fellowship and exercise. Thanks to 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 Takes March Madness

St Marys Takes March MadnessCongratulations to all the teams who participated in St. Bernadette’s March Madness Tournament. The 8th grade boys St Marys Takes March Madness1defeated St. Bernadette, and the 7th grade boys went undefeated and took 1st place. Good job!




Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids - St. Mary’s Kids are Winners!

DSC04582Jackson Charitable Foundation, a nonprofit with the mission to advance financial knowledge on a national scale and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K12 classrooms, today announced St. Mary’s Elementary School in Bellevue, Nebraska as the $10,000 grand prize winner of the Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids! contest. The contest invited elementary school teachers and families to take a pledge to teach kids how to “earn, save, spend and donate.” St. Mary’s was also awarded a $1,000 prize to donate to a charity of their choice, with the goal of teaching students about the value of making donations.chaching1







 Featured left to right: Mike Bryant, Discovery Education; Dr. Alice Wilder, Co-Creator, Cha -Ching Money Smart Kids, a financial literacy program for children; Dr. Trish Wallinger, Principal; Danielle Robinson, Jackson Charitable Foundation Representative

National Geographic Bee

NAT Geo Bee 1Congratulations to Christian Swiecicki, from St Mary's School. Christian has qualified to compete in the state level competition of the National Geographic Bee! The Nebraska State Bee will be held on Friday, April 6, 2018.







Fun in the Snow at St. Mary's


Recess3St. Mary's students don't let the snow slow them down. Encouraged by staff to be physically active during recess, students pack boots and snow pants to enjoy the snow at recess. Recess2From climbing on the snow piles to making snow angels and building snow sculptures--our students re-energize for their afternoon learning. For more photos click here.




Some Highlights from Catholic Schools Week

Baking14Third through fifth graders baked goodies and sold them after the Catholic Schools Week Kick off Mass to help support the Columban Fathers Mission Project. The $327 raised through parishioner’s support will go toward buying crayons and other school supplies for children in Peru and Pakistan. At school the week started with a Prayer Service prepared by student council members. Prayer partners were chosen by taking a colored strip of paper out of a basket which was then made into a prayer chain that hangs in the main hallway. Students also baked cookies to donate for an evening meal at the Stephen Center. Aqua Africa came to speak to students about helping global communities with a water project. One of speakers was Mabior Acouth, the older sibling of one of our students. Students are busy thinking how they can help and serve the people of God in a continent far away from Nebraska after seeing how hard it is for them to get water. Students participated in Spelling Bees and the winners for grades 1-4 are: first grader Molly Orloski 3rd place, first grader Allison Schmitz 2nd place and third grader Anna Mlnarik took first place. The winners for 5-8th grade are: 8th grader Lindsey Wessling took 3rd place, 7th grader Megan Schneider 2nd place and 6th grader Katie Orloski took first place. She will now participate in the Archdiocese Spelling Bee. Buddies2Buddy classes got together to read and enjoy snacks and we capped off the week celebrating our students many talents at the 5th Annual Talent Show. Many thanks to Alumna, Christina (Hascall) Legner, Class of ‘91 for bringing the Talent Show back to St. Mary’s and for coordinating it for the last five years. Please click here to look at photos from the week. Lots of great memories of fun and fellowship.

Showcasing Our Many Talents While Helping a Great Cause

TalentShow2On Friday, February 2nd, St. Mary's Home and School Association hosted the 5th Annual Catholic Schools Week Talent Show as the culmination of our Catholic Schools Week celebrations. There were 22 amazing acts and the emcees and stage crew were our very own middle school students. Each year a charity is chosen to recognize. This year the charity was the Nebraska Humane Society. Our free will offering that night raised over $450 for this worthy cause. Thank you all for your tremendous support.

TalentShow1Featured in these photos are two of the acts:

Olivia, a Kindergartener, and Angelo Zieno, her dad, a ’95 Alumnus, singing and playing the piano to “Lost Boy” by Ruth B
Joseph Brown, a 6th grader playing “Magic Man” by Willard A. Palmer on the piano.



Spreading Joy Throughout the World

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St. Mary's students have always centered our Catholic Schools Week activities with service. How can we serve others as Jesus did?

Gospel of Joy2Miss Jankovich's 4th Graders combined their faith and creative writing skills to create a Gospel of Joy poster. Inspired by learning about the Columban Fathers' Missions through Mrs. Menzel and her 5th grade class, we used an idea from Father Chris Saenz, a Columban and St. Mary’s alumnus, about bringing the Gospel of Joy to the world.

Gospel of Joy34th Graders created these posters to inspire others to go out and spread joy, JESUS' JOY, throughout the world.

Posters by: Gianna Carranza, Abigail Lee, and Deklen Trzaska



Celebrating Catholic Schools Week

2018 CSW Logo Book CrossCatholic Schools week is a special time for us. It brings into focus the gift and the value of a Catholic Education. This year as our logo states, Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed. We at St. Mary’s are teaching students to become future servant leaders, faith-filled disciples and enriched citizens in our communities. This fun-filled week encompasses each of these aspects celebrating who we are. Festivities began at Mass Sunday, January 28th, that included a pancake breakfast and students hosted a Bake Sale to support the Columban Mission. The week includes a Special Friend’s Mass, Prayer Service, Spelling Bee’s, we Showcase our Academic Projects, All School Dance, Buddy Projects for our Community, Annual 8th graders go to the Cathedral, Performing Arts, Pep Rally, Staff and Student Volleyball game and much more. The final event brings everyone together including family and friends as students perform at the 5th annual Talent Show Friday, February 2nd in the school gym at 7:00 P.M. Come join us.

St. Mary’s Student Thanksgiving Celebrations


 Students enjoy Thanksgiving celebrations with their school buddies. At St. Mary's older grades and younger grades are paired up with "buddies." Then throughout the year, the buddies participate in a variety of activities. For example, buddies sit together at Mass so the older students can assist with crossing the street and model good behavior at Mass. If there's a class project in the younger grades where more assistance is needed sometimes the older buddies will visit (ex. a project to make homemade apple sauce). In these pictures, the activity was some fellowship and fun in celebration of Thanksgiving.


St. Mary’s Witsclash Team



Over the Veterans day holiday weekend the St. Mary's Witsclash team traveled to Bryan High School to compete in the largest quiz bowl in Nebraska. Any sixth, seventh, or eighth grader can join the Witsclash team. At the Bryan tournament we did very well, with one of our teams seeded fourth in the bracket of over thirty teams. While we didn't win any trophies, it was a really fun experience for all of the teams.

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St. Mary’s Marched in the 2017 Veterans Parade




St. Mary's School brought out its Spirit Shirts and smiles to honor or veterans in the annual City of Bellevue Veterans parade on Saturday, November 11, 2017. Students, parents, teachers and faculty rode in the float or walked down Olde Towne Bellevue's Mission Avenue to Jackson Street. Our students really enjoy handing out candy of the smiling residents of Bellevue.


Durham Museum’s National Nanotechnology Day Challenge

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Students from Saint Mary's School in Bellevue responded to the challenge from Omaha's Durham Museum and made overlapping geometric shapes on the playground to represent 100 Billion Nanometers (100 meters) for National Nanotechnology Day, today. We made a circle with a circumference of 100 billion nanometers, a rectangle with a perimeter of 100 billion nanometers and a square with an area of 100 billion square nanometers! The shapes were so large we had to take 4 separate pictures to show it all. Thanks for the challenge, Durham Museum. It was fun.

#NationalNanoDay and #DurhamMuseumNano

@thedurhammuseum and @NebraskaNCMN

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A Special Visit from Father Rolling

DSC 0415Special thanks to Father Matt Rolling who visited with the 5th grade and 7th grade Religion class on Thursday, September 28th. He shared his love for his vocation with the students. Father related the story of his call with humor and animation. He stressed the need for all of us to pray for what God wants for us instead of what we want." God made us so God knows and understands what is best for us," he said.

Father graduated from St. Mary's School, class of 1996. He attended Bellevue East High School.

He heads off to Rome on Monday. The students will be praying for him and for all priests. We appreciate his willingness to come and speak with our students.

Ice Cream Social Kicks Off the New School Year

friends2There's no better way to start the new school year than with ice cream and your friends! This year’s traditional ice cream social was a lot of fun for everyone! The Kettleson family are St. Mary’s alums and this year are enjoying watching their son Creighton get started in Kindergarten and their daughter Addison who is in 2nd grade, The Kettlesons shared their love of St. Mary's with a friend and now Bentley will be joining Creighton at St. Mary’s. friends1Here are Bentley Cox and Creighton Kettleson starting their new adventures as school mates.







Arrows to Aerospace Parade

parade6 yesIt's that time of year again as we begin school we take part in the annual Arrows to Aerospace Parade. Join us tomorrow at 8:15 A.M. to help decorate the school float or at 9:00 A.M. to take part in the parade. We will meet in the school parking lot. Make sure to wear your St. Mary's Spirit Wear or wear blue. It would be great if you could bring candy to toss to the little ones along the parade route. Can't wait to see you all there!

Nebraska State Winner

AwardRene Hasiak, a St. Mary’s Class of ’14 alumna has a real winner with her acrylic painting titled “Latte on my Mind.” LatteShe took First place at District and also took First place in the Nebraska State competition. The name of the awards in acrylic painting Rene won are as follows:

First Place – G.F.W.C./N.F.W.C – District II Fine Arts Show
First Place – GFWC/NFWC – State

Rene entered at least one piece in the Omaha Junior Art Show this summer.

Congratulations Rene!

Sweet Beginnings

IceCreamSocial13The 2017-2018 school year is about to begin. Tradition has it that the school year kicks off at the Ice Cream Social. That is this evening at 6:00 P.M. This is a great opportunity to meet everyone, students, teachers, and the principal, Dr. Trish Wallinger. Make sure to bring your school supplies so you are ready for the first day of school Wednesday, August 16th. Can’t wait to see you all there to begin another great year at St. Mary’s.

Spirit in San Francisco

NatalieSpirit Contest2Natalie sporting her Spirit Wear in front of the Golden Gate in San Francisco.

St. Mary’s Spirit in St. Louis

ChristianNickChristian and Nick visiting the St. Louis Arch in spirit wear shirts!

Showing Our Spirit in Wyoming

Wyoming1Here we are showing some spirit in Albany, Wyoming elevation 8,500 in Medicine Bow national forest. We traveled all through the mountains via ATV. The kids thought it was really cool that we are so far away and still are near the Platte River. Wyoming2The photo of the two boys are Addison's brother Creighton and Bentley who will both be in kindergarten.

Showing Spirt at Camp

Anisa Lucia (8th) and Lindsey Wessling (8th) attended Survivor Camp at Camp Fontanelle and showed their St. Mary’s Spirit. You can too, just send a photo in your spirit wear.Camp

Showing St. Mary’s Spirit at Steubenville

Dr. Wallinger with the Steubenville Youth Conference group in front of the Missouri State bear statue. If you look closely, she is sporting a St. Mary's t-shirt.Dr WallingerSteubenville

Showing St. Mary’s Spirit at the Beach

SophieZienoSophie and family were on vacation at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Here she is showing her spirit for the Spirit Wear Contest. Make sure to get your photo entered too. Send it to Cathy Braxton with a little description.

St. Mary’s Spirit at the Four Corners

AlexAlex is showing his St. Mary’s Spirit at The Four Corners Monument. The monument marks the quadripoint in the Southwestern United States where the states of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah meet. Send in your photo to take part in the St. Mary's Spirit wear contest.

Showing Some St. Mary's Spirit

Caleb Braxton1Caleb sportin' his St. Mary's School Spirit Shirt at Mount Rushmore and at the lake in Minnesota. If you'd like to show your spirit send us a photo. Caleb Braxton2There is still plenty of time to enter the Spirit Wear Contest.

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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