St. Mary School

Welcome to St. Mary!

St. Mary School opened over 50 years ago, and our tradition of excellence in Catholic education continues.  St. Mary parish is very supportive of the school and is committed to providing quality, faith based education to our students.

Currently St. Mary School has grades Pre-K through 6 with approximately 400 students enrolled. In addition to classroom instruction, we have vocal music, band, technology, art, library, and physical education instruction by certified teachers.  Grades K-6 have two 30 minute classes each week in physical education and music, and one 40 minute class each week in art, technology, and library. Preschool students participate in library, music, and technology classes.

All student needs are addressed at St. Mary School. We augment and address student instruction with pull-out and in class enrichment/accelerated instruction or remediation/assistance based on student needs for success. Auxiliary staff, educational assistants, and volunteers round out our certified staff as part of our dedicated educational team. In addition to formal academic enrichment, we offer group band, jazz band and private lessons, orchestra (private lessons and group), liturgical music choir, and several after school clubs.

We celebrate Mass weekly on Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. and pray the Rosary on Mondays at 8:15 a.m. (in the church).  You are welcome to join us. Please check our calendar, the posted newsletters or contact the school for additional details.  Christ is at the center of our school.

If you would like to learn more about our school or would like a tour, please contact Michelle Shields , Principal @ 334-9881 or Jenni Struck, SFCS Admissions Director @ 575-3358.

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From the Principal

Dear St. Mary Families,

Being a South Dakotan all of my life, I have always enjoyed the change in the weather, with autumn being my favorite time of the year. As the days become cooler and the leaves change colors, we don our sweaters and boots, and drink hot chocolate. We start winterizing our house and begin making our Christmas “to do” list. Our world, including the weather is in a constant state of change. Humans by our very nature are not designed to remain the same; rather we must transform our lives in preparation for what is to come.

With the changing of seasons, we recognize our own need for spiritual conversion.  As we prepare for All Saints Day, the readings last weekend remind us of the greatest Commandments that we are called to follow:

“You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”            Mt 22:37-39

How can we live more like the Saints? How can we love God more fully? How can we show our neighbor that we care? These are questions we should ponder daily for ourselves, as well as assist our children in seeking their answers. Perhaps we start with being thankful to God for all of His blessings, now and in the future.  With hearts of gratitude, we may find ourselves being more generous, more forgiving, and more patient.

In my younger days, I always enjoyed walking in the footprints that my older siblings made in the deep snow. Sometimes it was a stretch for me as their legs were longer than mine. Sometimes I fell down, but they were always there to help me back up. As Christians, we are fortunate to have the Saints’ footprints to follow. We may stumble, but must remember that the Ones who have gone before us are guiding and praying for us every step of the way.

Take time this month to enjoy the changing of the season and to be thankful for the little things, like the beautiful colors of the fallen leaves. Appreciate the role models in your life. And LOVE one another. I pray that you all have a blessed Thanksgiving, surrounded by family and friends!

With gratitude,

Michelle Shields

School Mass and Parish Information

St. Mary Parish

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School Mass:

School Mass is held weekly on Wednesdays at 8:30 am. (Rosary begins before Mass at 8:05  a.m.)

We also pray the Rosary each Monday at 8:15 a.m. in the St. Mary Church

Volunteer Opportunities

St. Mary School welcomes you! Our staff, students and families help to create and sustain our positive environment. Guests are greeted and helped to feel welcome. Our families are an important part of our school. We strive to provide quality experiences and opportunities for all to gather together.

Our parent school group is called “SFO” – School Family Organization. They are the central means of establishing committees and volunteers to assist with school projects and outreach opportunities. During the year our projects include –

  • Fall Festival – held in September this is a fun family time with carnival booths, food fare, entertainment, and a silent auction.
  • Book Fair – this is held in conjunction with school conferences in the spring. It is a great opportunity to add to your child’s home library, purchase gifts, and support our school library.
  • Staff Appreciation – the SFO coordinates volunteer efforts to recognize and show their appreciation for the staff at Christmas, Teacher appreciation week, etc.
  • Parent Education and Speakers – the SFO researches/funds speakers and programs that would augment parent and student education.

Other ways we welcome students and families include but are not limited to:

  • Open Houses for new students and families
  • Family donut gatherings
  • Special Masses
  • Parent lunches by classroom
  • Mentor families
  • Volunteering opportunities

If you can help out in any of these areas,or for more information, contact: Michelle Shields @ 334-9881.

Wish List for St. Mary

Thank you in advance for your generosity and for considering our Wish List! Here are our current needs…

  • Reams/cases of white and “fun” colored copier paper
  • Regular and Junior Strength chewable and tablet Tylenol
  • Baby wipes and non-latex gloves
  • Playground sports balls

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