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School News 2018-2019

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

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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.

Catholic Schools Week 2019 Calendar

Mismatch3For a quick review of the events scheduled for Catholic Schools Week such as Mismatched Day click here. The calendar is also under calendars on the school website.                                                                                              

 

 

And So It Begins - 2019 Catholic Schools Week

CSWMass3 cropThis week is a celebration of who we are. It’s a week filled with events that are fun, faith filled, challenging both academically and athletically, where each day has a fun theme for clothes, where we show our spirit, acts of service, and our talents at our 6th annual Talent Show.Mismatch3 It all begins tomorrow at Mass and is followed up after the 7:30, 9:30 and 11:00 Masses with a fabulous pancake breakfast and a bake sale where 3rd-5thgraders will raise funds for Aqua Africa so people in South Sudan can drill wells and build water tanks for their communities. We reflect the love of Christ in all we do and embrace our call to make disciples and spread the good news through evangelization. Come join our school family and make a difference.

Pre-K and Kindergarten Information Night

2019 PK K Info Night v2It’s that time of year to start planning for your Pre-K or Kindergartener to start school. As one school mom put it,” If you’re looking for a quality education, and amazing community, check out St. Mary’s School!” For five out of five years St. Mary’s School has been a winner in the Sarpy County People’s Choice awards for Elementary Schools. We love our school and are honored many others feel the same way. Please join us Tuesday, January 22nd from 6:30-7:30 P.M. to receive information on the St. Mary’s School Difference. We’d love for you to join us and be a part of our family of faith. Click here for more details about Information Night and our Pre-K and Kindergarten Roundup.

 

 

 

Karate Promotion and Opportunities at St. Mary's

Karate Promotion and OpportunitiesLast week the St. Mary's Karate club held promotion testing. Congratulations to Levi States who was promoted to the rank of Hachi Kyu (8th grade). The St. Mary's karate club meets on Monday's and Friday's after school in the karate room (across from the gym). Cost is $90 per semester. If you would like to join the club there will be an organizational meeting for prospective members Friday, January 11th immediately after school. Contact Andy Metzger at 292-8899 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.if you would like to join the club or if you have any questions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Tree Gets A Special Visitor

Visit TreeOver Christmas break, Mr. Kim, St. Mary's Chess coach from 2010-2014, and his family stopped by to see our tree and took a photo. Thanks for stopping by. It was great to see your smiling faces. St. Mary's 8th grade students decorated the Nebraska Tree which was on the Mall through the 2018 Christmas holidays.

St. Mary’s School Taste of Bellevue Art Walk

Taste of Bellevue Art Walk cropWe’d like to welcome you to the first annual St. Mary’s School “Taste of Bellevue: Art Walk!” The walk runs from December 19th – January 5th. The 8th grade art students have created artwork for three Bellevue hot spots: Dairy Twist, Downtown Coffee Shop and Uptown Bakery. Come and support the student’s art and our local businesses. Here’s how: Cut off your Art Walk TICKET and visit our three art locations. Enjoy the artwork, a bite to eat and get your ticket initialed by a member of their staff. Tickets that get ALL 3 STOPS COMPLETED may be turned in to Miss Menzel and will be entered in for a chance to win a gift certificate from one of our participating businesses. What a great way to spend some time with friends and family while the kids and grandkids are home for Christmas. The tickets include the name of the business, business hours, and a spot for initials. Click here for pdf.

A Special Holiday Treat – Visit St. Mary’s Tree in D.C.

Alumni Visit St. Marys Tree DCDaniel Sjostedt, graduate of St. Mary's class of 2008, and Erin Oliva, stand next to our Nebraska tree in Washington, DC. Dan lives and works in Washington, D.C. Even if you don’t live in the D.C. area but plan to visit over the holidays, stop on by and visit the Nebraska Tree decorated by St. Mary’s students, take a photo of yourself and send it to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Let us know if you are an alumni, parent, friend or family member of a St. Mary’s student. We’d love to hear from you. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.

 

 

Snow Play: Learning at its Finest

SnowPlay6St. Mary’s teachers recognize the importance of play in a child’s development. Students are encouraged to bring snow pants and cold weather gear so they can climb and play on the snow drifts in the school yard. While they play, they learn. Snow play requires creativity, scientific observation and negotiation skills. Think of the creativity fostered as children build snow creatures. They learn the complexities of problem solving as they try to mold snow into different shapes. Adventurous types learn about construction and the properties of physics as they build walls for snow forts. Snow play is play at its finest for our students-experimenting, discovering, problem solving, negotiating, and creating all wrapped up with the emotion of joy in their St. Mary’s winter wonderland. 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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