February 2019 Newsletter

February 10-15


SUNDAY, February 10th:
· School led Mass @ 9:30 a.m.  Our students will participate in the various ministries at Mass (greeting at the door, reading, offertory) and our school choir will be singing. 
MONDAY, February 11th:
· School prayer service
· “St. Mary’s Knight’s Day” - Non-uniform day—Celebrate being a “Knight” by wearing our school colours, Blue and White.
TUESDAY, February 12th:
· Breakfast  treats served to parishioners following the 8 a.m. Mass. 
· Non-uniform day—Wear your PJs and bring your favourite teddy bear to school! This is a fundraiser for the Holy Childhood Association (see details in newsletter).
· Red & White Colour Day (celebrating Valentine’s Day)
· Basketball game (Grade 7 students vs teachers).
THURSDAY AND FRIDAY—NO SCHOOL—St. Mary’s Staff will be attending the Catholic Educators Conference in Vancouver
School Masses for February
Sunday, February 10th, 9:30 a.m.
February 13th, 9:00 a.m.       
St. Mary’s boys and girls volleyball teams will finish off their season by competing in tournaments at Cheam Centre next week. 
Holy Childhood or "Children Helping Children" is a branch of the Pontifical Mission Society that encourages elementary school children to learn about, pray for and share with children in developing countries.  St. Mary’s School has been supporting the Holy Childhood Association for many years.

Tuesday, February 12th, we will hold a fundraiser for the Holy Childhood Association.  Students are invited to wear their PJs to school (their favourite teddy bear can accompany them to school!). 

A donation of a loonie or toonie (per family) would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your support!

NOTE!   This is a tax credit and you MUST claim this tax credit under :
Charitable Donations
*St. Mary’s is bound by Revenue Canada’s Tax laws 
Calculations to determine amount eligible for tuition tax receipts are very complex.  Each year, the school is audited and, based on the financial statements, our auditors calculate the religious and secular cost of education.  


· PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION (for 3 and 4 year olds) is now underway.  Pick up a registration package from the school office.  Preschool registration packages are to be returned on February 21st (8:45 a.m.—10:45 a.m.)  If you are unable to come on this day, please contact Mrs. Chiappetta to arrange an alternate date/time.  Preschool packages are not to be dropped off at the school office.
· Registration forms for BEFORE & AFTER SCHOOL CARE for 2019/20, may be picked up from the school office.  Note:   Spots for BSC/ASC fill up very quickly.  Even if you are planning on just using this service on a drop-in basis, registration forms must be filled out and returned ASAP.
· SCHOOL REGISTRATION forms for 2019/20 are enclosed.  Dates for returning packages are noted on the cover page.  Registration packages SCHOOL REGISTRATIONS returned after March 4th/19 will be subject to a $50 late charge.

(Families not returning to St. Mary’s in September should advise the school office as soon as possible).
Our fundraising budget for 2018/19 $50,000:
The fundraising budget is broken down as follows:
$3,500 for Smart Board leases
$2,000 Website/School App
$6,500 for Sports Equipment
$10,000 for Chromebook carts
$5,000 for Building Re-development fund
$8,000 for Student Activities
$15,000 for new bus

To date, we have raised approximately $10,000.

Upcoming Fundraisers:
St. Mary's Afternoon at the Chiefs (February 17th)
Pub Night Fundraiser @ Corky’s Pub (March 2nd)
Parking fundraiser @ Heritage Park (March 16 & 17)
Monte Carlo 'Putting on the Ritz' Fundraiser (May 11th)
School Walkathon (May 17th)

All monies raised directly benefit the students of St. Mary’s School—please come out and support these fundraisers.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED—PARKING FUNDRAISER Saturday March 16th AND Sunday March 17th at Heritage Park This is a two day event and we are looking for many volunteers to help.  Volunteers keep traffic moving in an orderly fashion and direct them to vacant parking spaces.
The shifts are three to four hours long.  Please contact Rhonda Sexsmith @ rsexsmit@telus.net if you can help.
  (A great way to get parent service hours in!)
Production of our  2018/19 COLOUR
yearbook is underway!
 Cost is $25.  Prepayment is required.
An order form was enclosed in the brown envelope
Order yours today!
Buy tickets via the Chiefs website and ensure you select the STMARYS ticket price as the Chiefs will donate $4 back to the school per each ticket sold!

Any questions, contact ksgouraditis@saintmarysschool.ca

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