May 2019 Newsletter


Calendar Highlights
Track Meet @ Rotary Stadium
 3 May

Spring Market in the Gym
9:30—3 pm (30+ vendors!)
 4 May

Walkathon pledges collected after Masses
May 4/5

FIRST COMMUNION @ 2 pm School Choir will be singing
May 5

Fundraising & Community Building Planning Meeting for 19/20 School Year 7 pm in the church annex
May 6

Class Photos & Panorama
Hanging Baskets/Planters delivered
May 8

Deadline to order Yearbooks
May 10

May 11

Bear Creek Track Meet in Surrey
May 11

Gr 6 & 7 to Playland
May 14

Summer Camp Registrations
May 16

12:30 pm DISMISSAL
May 17

Victoria Day—No School
May 20

Track Meet @ Rotary Stadium
May 21

Walkathon Money to be in by today
May 24

CONFIRMATION for Grade 7s—7 pm in the church
May 24

Walkathon Assembly
May 29

Parking Fundraiser @
Heritage Park
May 29

FINAL DEADLINE for Summer Camp Registrations
May 31

May 31
St. Mary's 37th annual Walkathon!
Only 3 weeks to go!
Our goal is $15,000

We can do it!
Please continue to collect pledges!
Walkathon Friday May 17th

Our walkathon will take place Friday, May 17th   (walkathon begins at the south end of Lickman Road– parking lot is right at the Vedder River—(this is where you will need to park your car).  Students will be bussed to and from the site.  PLEASE INDICATE ON THE PERMISSION FORM IF YOU WILL BE DRIVING YOUR CHILD(REN) TO/FROM THE WALKATHON
We will need MANY VOLUNTEERS  to help our walkathon run smoothly; a parent to ride the route early that morning to put up directional signs, parents to walk with classes, man checkpoints and prepare hot dogs for the students upon their return to the school.   If you can help in any of these areas, please complete the form enclosed in the brown envelope and return it to the school ASAP.  You can also sign up through the school’s website and via the school app.
Permission form for the walkathon is enclosed in the brown envelope (one per family) Please return the permission form to the school AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.  A map of the route and more details will be sent home closer to the walkathon date.

Following the walk, the students will be bussed back to the school and treated to a complimentary hot dog and drink.  There will be extras on hand for parents and siblings (at no charge).  It will be a 12:30 pm dismissal on walkathon day. Busses will run as normal.

All pledge sheets and money must turned in by Friday, May 24th.   Prizes will be awarded at the walkathon assembly on May 29th.

Walkathon permission form was enclosed in the brown envelope.  Please indicate on the permission form if you will be driving your child to or from the walkathon site.  This will help us plan our bussing. 
Each year, our school is audited for student attendance and it is imperative that we have notes for all  student absences.  Please ensure that whenever your child is away (sick, vacation, family outing, dentist/doctors appointments etc.), a note is submitted to the school office upon their return to school (an email or notification via the School App will also suffice).  The reason for absence, and dates of absences, must be noted.  Our audit will take place on May 10th.  Thank you for your cooperation.
A reminder to parents that students are expected to be in full uniform (socks are mandatory) and shoes (navy or black) are to be worn (no sandals/flip flops).  Students are permitted to wear shorts on warmer days—note: shorts/pants/skorts must be dark navy blue.
There are only a few spots left in our 3 year old preschool class for next year.  Contact Mrs. Chiappetta at to check availability.
May 1st—School Mass & Crowning of Mary  9 a.m.
May 5th—First Communion Mass 2 p.m. Our School choir will be singing at this Mass
(walkathon pledges will be collected after the 5 pm Mass on May 4 and after the 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Masses on May 5th
“CARNIVAL” theme
 Ages:  4—10
July 2nd—5th (6 p.m.—8 p.m.)

Cost: $40 per child (Max. of $100 per family) if registered before May 16th.    After May 16th, registration costs increase to $50/child with no family discount.    NOTE:  Registration closes MAY 31st.
Registration forms may be picked up from the church annex and from the school office.  Submit completed registration forms (with payment) to the school office by May 31st
St. Mary’s Summer Camp will be filled with sports, music, arts/crafts and games.   Each night, participants will be discovering something new! (more details to follow).    The children will be provided with a snack each night and there will be a  family barbecue on the Friday.
Register now to take advantage of the Early Bird rate!
With the warmer weather upon us, jackets/sweaters have been put by the wayside.  Needless to say, our Lost and Found bin is OVERFLOWING! 
Please have your child look through the bin and claim what is theirs
Deadline to order Yearbooks is
Friday, May 10th

Note:  We will not be ordering any extras this year—
don’t delay, order today! 
Hanging Basket and Planters will be delivered May 8th.
Pick up between 2:30 & 4 pm from the gym.

St. Mary’s had a successful season of basketball under the great coaching of Mr. Slivinski and Mrs. Choboter.  The teams participated in their final tournament this week.  
Track practices are underway.   We have two track meets at Rotary Stadium this month (May 3rd and May 21st) and Bear Creek Track meet (in Surrey) on Saturday, May 11th. 
Parents interested in helping with Track should contact Mrs. Choboter:
- Monte Carlo - Volunteer call out will be released this Friday.
 · Walkathon—many areas (see brown envelope).
· Heritage Parking Fundraiser May 29th
· Volunteers needed to host/decorate a table at Ladies Spring Salad Evening (May 31st) - Contact Nicki B @ nickibullock@hotmail com or Johanna C. @
· Volunteers are needed to help at our Summer Camp - July 2nd—5th (also need someone with First Aid Certificate) - contact Therese @ or Jennifer @

St. Mary’s School has the opportunity to assist with another parking fundraiser at Heritage Park (May 29th) .  Since it is on a week day, the Knights of Columbus have graciously offered to help us by filling in any spots on the schedule that our own parents are unable to fill.

If you are able to volunteer some time that day,  please complete the form in the brown envelope and return it to the school as soon as possible or sign up via the school app or website.
We do not need anyone to take donations at the gate.  Ritchie Bros will send us a cheque for $1,500 following the event.
Tickets for our Evening in Monte Carlo Fundraiser (May 11th) "Putting on the Ritz" are available from the school office.  $30 each or buy 5 tickets and get one Free!

We'll have Blackjack, Roulette, Craps tables, and Texas Hold'em poker with professional dealers from BC Event Makers.

Your ticket includes a $1,000 chip to play with and at any point during the evening you can cash in your winnings for free prize draws!

There'll also be a raffle, live and silent auctions and toonie games!  We have collected many donations from generous business owners and have LOTS of prizes up for grabs!

Prizes and Auction items will include;

Reserved Car Park Space, Adult Mountain Bike, Front Row Tickers to the Christmas Musical, Vancouver Date Night, Babysitting Services, Meal for Busy Parents on the Go, 4 Hour Cruise on a 33" Boat around Harrison Lake with Lunch included, BC Lions Tickets, Hotel Stays, Paint Consultations, Design Consultations, Lash Extensions, Power Tools, Planters, Restaurant Git Cards, Casino Night Out, Capilano Suspension Bridge Tickets, Unique Art from Winks, Michael Kors Sunglasses, Full Interior Home Clean, Family Pass to the Zoo, Photo Shoots, Sea to Sky Gondola Family Pass, Gift Baskets etc, etc, etc... 

Come join us for a FUN night out and support our school !

June 2—School Mass @ 9:30 a.m.
June 7—Planning Day (No School)
June 10—PRO-D Day (No School)
June 11—Last hot lunch day of the year
June 13—Grade 7s to Cultus Lake Waterslides
June 13—KG & Grade 1 to Water Park (to be confirmed)
June 13—Grades 2—6 to Leisure Centre (to be confirmed)
June 15—Sports Day & 12:30 pm Dismissal
June 20—Preschool Graduation 6 pm
June 21—Grade 7 Farewell Mass & Reception
June 24—”Dress in your Best” day and Celebration of Learning and Awards (1:15 pm)
June 27—Last Day of School—Mass at 11 a.m. and Noon Dismissal
If we reach our Walkathon goal, we will schedule a “Bonanza Day” for our students in June.

St. Mary’s Staff would like to wish all our Moms a Happy Mother's Day!

We like to clear out our inventory of gift cards by the end of June, and start fresh for the new school year.  The following is a list of gift cards we have on hand in the school office.   
Stop by the office any time to purchase.

Save-on Foods $100s
Safeway $100s
Superstore $50s and $100s
Fraser Valley Meats ($25s & $100s)
Starbucks $25s, and $50s
Tim Hortons $10s and $25s
Esso ($25s and $50s)
Shell $25s, $50s and $100s
PetroCanada $25s, $50s and $100s
Chevron $25s
Shoppers Drug Mart $25s, $50s  & $100s
Walmart ($50s,)
Greek Islands ($25s)

We will not be ordering any additional gift cards before the end of the school year

Thank you for your support of this program!

· Walkathon volunteer sheet
· Parent Participation Hours for April
· Summer Camp volunteer form
· Parking Fundraiser volunteer Form
· Walkathon Permission Form (1 per family)
· St. Mary’s Summer Camp Registration Form

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!

P L A T I N U M 
G O L D 
B R O N Z E 
Copyright © 2019 St. Mary's School, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
8909 Mary St. Chilliwack BC V2P 4J4
Tel: 604 792 7715

This email was sent to *|EMAIL|*
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences