April 2019 Newsletter

April 2019 Newsletter
Click here for the School Calendar!

Calendar Look ahead:

April 3 - Deadline to order hanging baskets/planters
May 3rd - Track Meet at Rotary Stadium (Abbotsford)
May 5th - First Communion 2 pm
May 6th - 7pm in Annex Fundraising/Community Building Event Planning Meeting for 2019/20 school year. 
May 8th - Class Photos & Panorama Photo
May 10th - Deadline to order Yearbooks
May 11th - Bear Creek Track Meet in Surrey
May 11th - Monte Carlo Fundraiser “Putting on the Ritz”
May 17th - Walkathon
May 24th - Confirmation 7 pm
May 29th - Parking Fundraiser @ Heritage Park
May 31st - Ladies Spring Salad Evening
June 7th - No School—Planning Day for 18/19
June 10th - No School—Pro-D Day
June 14th - Sports Day and early dismissal
June 21st - Grade 7 Farewell
June 24th - Awards Day & Celebration of Learning (1:00 pm)
June 27th - Last day for students
July 2nd—5th - Summer Camp “Carnival Theme” (Ages 4-10)
April 18—Mass of the Lord’s Supper (Holy Thursday) - 7:00 p.m.
April 19 —Good Friday:   Liturgy of the Passion @ 3 p.m.
April 20 —Saturday Easter Vigil—8:00 p.m.
April 21— Easter Sunday Masses:  8 a.m.  9:30 and 11:30 a.m.
April 22 —Easter Monday—Mass at 8 a.m.
During Lent, the Archdiocese of Vancouver Vocations Office encourages schools in the diocese to support the seminarians studying at the Abbey in Mission.
We will be holding a bake sale during recess and lunch on April 5th
Donations of baking for this fundraiser would be greatly appreciated and may be dropped off at the school on Thursday after school or the morning of April 5th.  Items should be nut/peanut free and individually wrapped please.

This is a non-uniform day - Students are invited to wear their CRAZIEST colour combinations (hair excluded) and bring a loonie or toonie to spend at the bake sale at lunch.  Baked items will be sold for $.50 each.

This is the school’s biggest fundraiser and we need the
support of ALL our school families.

A pledge sheet was enclosed in the brown envelope - If you need additional pledge sheets, please have your child stop by the office.  Please try and collect as many pledges as possible between now and May 17th. 
After all the masses on April 28th and May 5th (as well as the 5 pm Masses the night before), students will be given an opportunity to collect pledges from St. Mary’s parishioners.  We will set up a table outside of the church and pledge sheets will be on hand.  All monies collected after these masses will be divided equally among the students who “manned” the tables.  Please have your children wear their school uniforms to Mass.

Any student who brings in $50 of pledge money gets awarded with a Bubble Gum Tape!

P L U S 

Every student who brings in $50 of pledge money by Thursday April 4th will be entered into a prize draw to win a FAMILY PASS to West Coast Amusements - Coming to Chilliwack (Prospera) April 4-7th !!!

April 11th and 12th. SCHEDULE OF TIMES ENCLOSED IN BROWN ENVELOPE.  If your name is not on the schedule and you wish to be added, please call the school office.
Scheduled time blocks are 10 minutes.  Please be on time and adhere to the timeline.
Some issues and concerns are not best supported in this meeting format; please arrange to make another appointment  with the teacher. 



The Parish Education Committee works with the Principal and Pastor in the running of the school.  The committee is responsible for ensuring that Archdiocesan policies are implemented, as well as for setting local school policy.  This policy implementation ranges from staffing, uniforms, parent participation, to building maintenance.  Additionally, the committee oversees the school budget, coordinates fundraising efforts and coordinates needed repair or construction for identified school areas.  The Parish Education Committee usually meets on the 4th Thursday of the month.
Elections will be held at the end of May.   If you are interested in serving on the PEC, please make arrangements to meet Fr. Wilfred (792-2764) before April 30th.
Eligibility requirements:  Applicants must be practicing Catholics in good standing, approved by the Pastor, and must be at least 21 years of age.
We are delighted to announce that we have our first GOLD Sponsor;  

Total Automotive!

Our Gold Sponsorship package is $2,500 per year and the funds will go towards purchasing new Chromebooks and new sports equipment. 

St. Mary's families, please consider Total Automotive if your vehicle needs service!

Welcome to Total Automotive Ltd. We are a full service, automotive repair and maintenance facility serving Chilliwack, Sardis, and surrounding community with more than 20 years of consistent and friendly service.
We are a local family owned and operated facility
We service and repair all makes and models, gasoline, diesel, hybrid, cars and light trucks.
From tires to software updates: We do it all!

Our Professionalism sets us apart from the rest. Visit us for all of your maintenance and repair needs. We are a New Car Warranty approved maintenance Center, BCAA approved, and a Government Designated Inspection Facility providing you with the highest quality service.

We understand that sometimes vehicle repair can be stressful and we do everything possible to make you feel welcome, comfortable and satisfied with your service experience.

At Total Automotive Ltd we know how busy you are and want to help keep your vehicle in top condition. We offer free service reminders--when it is time for scheduled maintenance, we remember for you!

We make your service experience hassle-free. We are happy to offer early bird and late night drop service and local shuttle service to and from your home or office.

Tel: 604-824-1600

Click Here for Total Automotive Ltd.

We continue to collect Canadian Tire money!  If you have any to spare, please drop off at the school office.  Thanks! 


We like to clear out our inventory of gift cards by the end of June, and start fresh for the new school year.  In the brown envelope is a list of gift cards we have on hand in the school office.    Stop by the school office anytime to purchase them.
Deadline to order Yearbooks is
Friday, May 10th
Note:  We will not be ordering any extras this year—don’t delay, order today!
Not sure if you have ordered a copy already? Call the school office and we’ll check for you.
Application forms for the 2019/20 Before and After School Care program are available from the school office.
   Limited space available. 

Even if your child(ren) will only be attending on an “occasional” basis, we need you to register ASAP.
There are still a few spots left in our 3 and 4 year old Preschool classes for next year.  Registration forms are available from the school office.

Monte Carlo “Putting on the Ritz” Fundraiser

If you’ve never been to one of our “Monte Carlo Nights”, we encourage you to try and come this year (bring your friends and family!) - it is one of the “most fun” fundraisers of the year!
At our “Monte Carlo Night”, play money is used (no cash value).  Throughout the evening, you can trade your play money in for tickets on free draws.  We also have a silent and live auction, with some amazing prizes to be won!

This is a GREAT evening out! You don’t have to be a “card player” to enjoy this evening – the dealers are very friendly, quick to offer “advice” (other people at the table have been known to be very helpful as well!)  You don’t even have to play cards if you don’t want to, you can simply walk in the door, get your play money and immediately cash it in for the free draws , then spend the rest of the evening just relaxing and visiting with other parents!   
If you are unable to attend, why not buy a ticket (to support the school) and ask someone who is attending to enter all the free draws for you! 

Tickets are $30 per person including food and are available from the school office (no minors). 

New this year!
Hot appetizers & Charcuterie Table
included in your ticket price

Please note that tickets will NOT be sold at the door—call the school office now to reserve your tickets!
We are looking for people who would like to host a table at this year's Spring Salad Event on Friday 31st May 2019.    This involves decorating a table in a theme of your choice and providing a small gift for the ladies that sit at your table. To confirm you'll host a table or for more information, please contact Nicki Bullock; nickibullock@hotmail.com
We have TONS of opportunities for Parent Service Hours.  Please click the link above!

A L S O 

Summer Camp runs July 2-5 and volunteers are needed.   Please contact Therese @ hughinandersen@hotmail.com  

Volunteering at the camp will go towards your 2019/20 parent service hours!

A great Mother’s Day gift idea!

Hanging Baskets / Planters - Just in time for Mother's Day!

Each year, we receive MANY compliments on the quality and longevity of these baskets and planters.  They make wonderful mother’s day gifts! 
These beautiful baskets and planters are only $25 each or 2 for $45. An order form is enclosed in the brown envelope.  Additional order forms are available from the back of the church, the gym foyer, and from the school office.  Deadline for orders is April 30th Please include payment with your order.
Orders will be delivered to the school on Wednesday, May 8th ; pick up from the gym between 2:30 and 4:00 p.m



St. Mary's has been awarded with a grant to provide students the opportunity to have outside artists come in and work with them.

The project is to provide dance opportunities to all the students, and to incorporate any classroom curriculum that may coincide with our theme; History and Exploration of Dance.

This program begins next week and will be led by Tina McGee, Project Dance!

We are very excited to have given this amazing opportunity!  And we are very appreciative of Tina!

Our Sponsors

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” - Winston Churchill

We are so very grateful, and appreciative of the support
provided to us by our amazing corporate sponsors!

G O L D 
B R O N Z E 
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8909 Mary St. Chilliwack BC V2P 4J4
Tel: 604 792 7715

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