November 2018 Newsletter

last chance to buy is Monday 5th Nov!

Saturday 10th Nov from 6pm to Midnight. 
$35 per person, includes dinner and dance!

Music by; S-Bahn, Vancouvers popular Oktoberfest specialist!

Principal's Message


It has been two months since the start of school, and the beginning of this year has been especially busy. As a staff, we have already completed two major school evaluations: both internal (CISVA) and external (Ministry of Education). The findings of these reports affirmed what I see in our halls and classrooms every day; St. Mary’s School is a warm, welcoming faith community where students are cared for deeply, and excellent instruction takes place. I am so proud of our staff who work so hard every day to make this school special. We are unquestionably blessed to have our children in the care of such educators! It also helps that we have such receptive and respectful children coming to our school each day, ready to learn, so thank you for that.

Some highlights for the month of November-
The Annual General Meeting starts off our month on the 1st at 7 p.m. in the church annex - please come if possible! Mrs. Choboter and some of the Grade 7 class are generously offering childminding during the hour-long PEC presentation. Grades 4 & 7 are finishing up their week-long FSA tests on the 2nd. We have our Remembrance Day ceremony on the 8th at 11 a.m. in the church, led by our Grade 3 class. This leads into our first long weekend of the month, and Oktoberfest is in there, coming up on Saturday the 10th. If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, you better do it soon, because they’re going fast! Personally, I cannot wait for this event, and it will be unlike any other event we’ve had at our school with S-Bahn playing crowd-pleasing favourites that ought to get everyone on the dance floor. ‘High-Touch High-Tech’ are coming in to deliver their ever-popular hands on Science instruction for Grade 4, 6, & 7 on the 16th, and the Friday following this, November 23rd, there is a Pro-D Day.

Thank you for all that you do to make this school community so vibrant, alive and joyful. It is clear that the spirit of the Lord is alive in us!

Yes, Yahweh did great deeds for us, and we were overjoyed.   - Psalm 126:3

T. Slivinski, Principal

Parent Meeting/AGM
7 pm in church annex
Nov 1st
School Mass 9:00 a.m. and Taco sales Nov 4th
Gr 7 Confirmation candidates attend Spirit Day in Surrey Nov 4th
Parent Assoc. Meeting (PFG) Nov 5th
School Mass Nov 7th
Remembrance Day Service Nov 8th
Remembrance Day Stat
Nov 12th
High Touch High Tech (Gr 4,
6 & 7)
Nov 16th
Deadline to order Poinsettia Orders Nov 19th
First Communion Meeting for parents (6:45 pm) Nov 20th
Deadline to order Neufeld Nov 22nd
PRO-D Day NO SCHOOL Nov 23rd
WYD Christmas Market in the gym Nov 24th
Poinsettia’s delivered Nov 26th
Deadline for Purdy’s Orders Nov 28th
Gr 3 & 6 to UBC Museum of Anthropology Nov 29th
Report cards sent home
Nov 30th
School Calendar - Click Here!
Remembering . . .
We will remember the people who have given their lives for our freedom and pray for peace in our hearts, homes and world.  Our Remembrance Day prayer service will be held on November 8th at 11 a.m. in the church.
Each year, the Veterans provide poppies to the school; we will take a donation for them from November 1st—8th.
“Peace is not the absence of armed conflict but the presence of justice.”
Wednesday, November 1st
7:00 pm in the Church Annex
· Opening Prayer—Fr. Wilfred
· Opening Remarks—Dave Johnson
· PEC Introductions
· Budget Presentation—Mark Filiatrault
· Opportunities for your child—Thomas Slivinski
· Teacher/Guest Speaker—Eric Martinen
· Strategic Plan—Update/Direction
· Questions
· Draw for 1 month’s free tuition
· Closing remarks
All school families are encouraged to attend this meeting!
Child minding will be provided in the Grade 7 classroom

ENTER TO WIN ONE MONTH’S FREE TUITION! (must be in attendance to win)
We hope to see many of our parents at our next PFG (Parent Association) meeting on November 5th , 7 p.m. (in the staff room)  We will be discussing our Family Movie Night (Oct 12) and our upcoming OKTOBERFEST (Nov 10).
 Everyone is invited! Hope to see you there!
We ask that you be especially careful of the candy/treats brought to school (NO NUTS). 

THANK YOU for your co-operation!
Children often receive an abundance of candy at Halloween.  For the past few years, we have invited students to donate some of their candy to AGAPE.
The Agape Street Ministry reaches out to women in downtown Chilliwack;; volunteers provide the ladies with candy bags, each with a simple message to “Tell them He loves them…”  We have volunteers from St. Mary’s Parish who are involved in this ministry and all candy donated will be given to them to bring to the AGAPE office. 
Candy donations will be collected at the school November 1st-5th

"It is in giving that we receive”  
St. Francis
A heartfelt THANK YOU for your generosity to our October Food Drive. 
We will hold another food drive in December to help fill our Christmas hampers.

Please remember to phone the school before 9 a.m. to report your child’s absence.  We have a voice mail system for off-hours.  Absences may also be reported via email:, through the School App or through the School website.
If you elect to send in a note, rather than an email, the note must be sent in the DAY your child returns to school.  State the DATE and the REASON for the absence. Our attendance and absentee notes are AUDITED each year, to determine the grant we receive from the government.  Please be clear as to the reason for absence e.g. sick, holidays etc.

The colder weather will be  upon us soon!

Students will go outside to play at recess unless there is a downpour.  Please ensure that your child comes to school with a jacket to protect from the drizzle.  Students do not wear boots inside.  Please ensure your child has “indoor” shoes on those ‘gum boot/snow boot’ days.  Send mittens and snow pants in the snow so the children can enjoy that weather too. 
With winter just around the corner, we remind you to listen to the local radio station (98.3 FM) for notice of school closures.  Closures will also be posted on the school website by 7 a.m., Facebook pages,  and via the school App.

Congratulations to St. Mary’s soccer team; a group of girls and boys from Grades 4 and 5.  The team had a great season and played hard.
They finished their season by competing in a tournament at Townsend Park .
Thank you Mr. Slivinski for coaching.

Our boys and girls volleyball teams also had a great season!  Thank you to Mrs. Choboter and Mrs. Kwan for coaching the teams. 
Edupro will be hosting a Winter program and is looking for additional homestay families.
January 7th—February 1st—4 week program (Homestay families will be paid $800)
January 7th—February 22nd—7 week program (Homestay families will be paid $1,400)
The students will be attending school during the day and  will then attend Edupro’s after-school
 classes at St. Mary’s until 5 pm.  If you are interested in hosting a student, please contact
Christine at

Authentic Mexican Tacos For Sale!

 The Kids Who Can, a social justice group at St. Mary’s School,  will be holding a fundraiser this Sunday (November 4th) after the 9:30 and 11:30 Masses.  Tacos may be ordered ahead of time or purchased on Sunday.   The cost is $2 per taco.  Thank you for your support.   

When: November 4, 2018
Where: The Gymnasium
Cost:$2 per taco
Sponsored by: The Rivera-Dorantes Family and The Kids Who Can

Kids Who Can
Second Annual Coat Drive

The Kids Who Can will be collecting gently used jackets, mittens, gloves, toques and small, light blankets for those in need.  Please consider donating clothing that may be too small or not in use. We will be collecting items during the month of November.  Thank you.

We are a third of the way through the school year and there are still a few families that have not fulfilled their first 10 hours of parent participation.  Many opportunities are given, via the school
Newsletter, Facebook page, School App and through emails.
Please note that the first of the 3 parent participation cheques will be cashed on December 15th  if you have not fulfilled 10 hours of parent participation.
If you have any questions about your hours,  please contact Rhonda Sexsmith (PEC) at
· Two parents needed to assemble Advent Wreaths for the classes. 
   November 29th beginning at 9 am (supplies will be provided)
· Christmas Shop on December 14th— 9 a.m.—2:30 p.m.  - Many volunteers needed to “wrap” Christmas presents for the kids.
· “LIVING CRECHE” outside the church on Saturday, December 15th  (from 5 pm—6:30 pm) and are looking to borrow  2 or 3 small barnyard animals that could be tethered, and a dozen small bales of hay.  Hay and animals would have to be delivered to the crèche and picked up at 6:30 pm

We are hoping to create a living Christmas Creche just outside of the church on December 15th.  St. Mary’s students will portray the characters.
If anyone has small bails of hay they can loan us, or small barn animals (goats/sheep), please contact the school ASAP.
St. Mary's School 
Christmas Musical 

December 19th
11 a.m. and 7 p.m. performances
$5.00/adults; $3.50 for seniors & students 13 yrs+ (pay at the door)
Free for children under 12
Every class in the school will have a part in our Christmas Musical
Please invite grandmas/grandpas/aunts/uncles/cousins/neighbours and friends to come!
If you haven’t already done so,
Please consider downloading our  School App!
Guaranteed to make your life easier!
If you’re not sure how to sign up, call the school office!

Our 7th annual  “Christmas Shop” for St. Mary’s School students will be held on Friday, December 14th.

Our “Christmas Shop” is  very popular with the students.  The “shop” is stocked with items donated by our school families and the children are given an opportunity to go “shopping” for gifts for their parents/grandparents.  All items will be sold for $1.00.  Parent volunteers provide free gift wrapping for the children.

We’d like to start collecting items now!  All donations should be “gently used” and in good condition (no big items please!).  Your donation could be just about anything—CDs, tools, picture frames, jewelry, books, ornaments etc.  The children have a great time choosing that  “special gift” for mom/dad/grandpa/grandma. 
Please start sending  items into the school. 


Proceeds to St. Mary’s Kids Who Can

6” Red Poinsettia only $10.00
8” Red Poinsettia only $15.00
Deadline for orders is November 19th
Poinsettias will be delivered to St. Mary’s School on
Monday,  November 26th
Order forms for gift cards, and poinsettias are
enclosed in the brown envelope. 
Payment may be made with cash, or via Direct Debit, Visa or
Mastercard—Stop by the school office.
St. Mary’s CWL will be running the Purdy’s and Neufeld Farms fundraiser this year.  Order forms are available from the display case in the Church annex and from the gym foyer.

- Parent Participation form (for October hours) - you can also submit hours via the school app or website

- Poinsettia Order Form - Deadline for orders is November 17th

- GIFT CARDS—(Proceeds  to St. Mary’s School)—Get a head-start on your Christmas shopping!  ALL gift cards (with the exception of Marketplace IGA and our local restaurants; Homer  Restaurant and Greek Islands), can be used ANYWHERE IN CANADA!!   Order form is enclosed in the brown envelope.

If you are a business owner and traditionally give your employees “tokens of appreciation” at Christmas, please consider purchasing gift cards through the school.
Deadline to order Gift Cards, to be delivered before school gets out on the 21st is December 14th 
St. Mary's "Shopping Through Our School Program"
Let us help you with your Christmas shopping! 
We all have people on our Christmas lists that are hard to buy for.  GIFT CARDS are appreciated by everyone!  Check out the enclosed order form for a list of cards we can get for you.  ALL gift cards (with the exception of  Marketplace IGA and our local
restaurants) can be used ANYWHERE IN CANADA! 
Last day to order is December 14th.  
ATTENTION BUSINESS OWNERS! Gift Cards make a great gifts for your
employees at Christmas! Contact the school office
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