St Mary Students Give Back During Catholic Schools Week

StMaryFoodDrive2018_3Each year at the end of January St. Mary Catholic Schools celebrates National Catholic Schools Week.  One of the ways in which St. Mary celebrates is by giving back to the community through the Food Drive.  This annual event brings in food, water, and money for the Dell Rapids Food Pantry and continues to be the largest food drive for the food pantry each year.

Each day of the week is given a theme that indicates the items to be brought that day.  The themes for this year were “Macaroni Monday”, “Toiletry Tuesday”, “Whatever Wednesday”, “Thirsty Thursday”, and “Free Will Friday”.  K-6 and 7-12 classes compete to see who can bring in the most items. StMaryFoodDrive2018_1_FrSo

On Monday, students brought in 346 pounds of macaroni and other pasta noodles.  On Tuesday, 633 toiletry items were donated.  Tuesday morning, St. Mary freshman and sophomore students delivered the items to the food pantry to be sorted.

Wednesday’s “Whatever” theme allowed students to bring in any items they could to help.  A total of 997 items were brought in that day.  “Thirsty Thursday” had students bringing in StMaryFoodDrive2018_2_JrSrwater and juices, and a total of 23,392 ounces of drinks were donated.  St. Mary juniors and seniors delivered the items to the food pantry on Thursday morning.

The last day of the week was “Free Will Friday”, in which students brought in monetary donations to help the food pantry.  A total of over $1,400 was brought in and donated to the pantry.

A huge thank you to the St. Mary students and families for giving to the food drive each year StMaryFoodDrive2018_4during Catholic Schools Week!  Your generosity continues to help numerous families throughout the Dell Rapids community!

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National Catholic Schools Week Celebration for St Mary

NCSW2016Dell Rapids St Mary School will be celebrating National Catholic Schools Week starting Sunday, January 31st, running through Saturday, February 6th.  Throughout the week the student council will be organizing a food drive for the Dell Rapids Food Pantry.  Classes will join forces to work together to collect “The Most” and the winning team will earn a no uniform day.  Each day during the week will also have a dress-up day theme.

A Family Lunch Day will be held on Friday, February 5th. All family members are welcome to come and have lunch with the students.  Please RSVP to Sabrina Kolda by Tuesday, February 2nd, at 428-5591 or sabrina.kolda@k12.sd.us.

A full list of events can be found below.

Monday, February 1st

  • Food Drive: Macaroni Monday – Bring anything pasta related
  • Meet at Madyson’s tree in outdoor gear for all-school prayer at 8:35
  • Celebrate Cardinal Families – 9:00-10:30
  • Dress Up:  Cardinal spirit wear with jeans or sweatpants

Tuesday, February 2nd

  • Food Drive: Toiletry Tuesday – Bring soap, paper towels, toilet paper, diapers, wipes, etc.
  • Celebrate Vocations
  • Dress Up:  Bible heroes, saints, or priest/religious

Wednesday, February 3rd

  • Food Drive: Whatever Wednesday – bring misc. items
  • Celebrate America
  • EAC lunch in Parish Hall, 10:50 – 11:50
  • All School movie in the gym, 12:00 – 1:30 (Movie:  “Inside Out”)
  • Pajamarama in the lunchroom, 6:30 p.m.
  • Dress Up:  Celebrate America landmarks, icons, or wear patriotic clothing/costumes

Thursday, February 4th

  • Food Drive: Thirsty Thursday – Bring bottled beverages…juice, water, etc.
  • Celebrate St Mary’s History
  • Dress Up:  High School – Throwback Thursday, retro uniforms
    Elementary School – Noah’s Ark

Friday, February 5th

  • Food Drive: Free Will Donation Friday – Cash donations will be collected
  • 10:00-11:30, 7-9th and 10-12th bingo and volleyball tournaments
  • Family Lunch Day
    – Pre-School at 10:50
    – Kindergarten – 2nd Grade at 10:55
    – 3rd – 4th Grade at 11:05
    – 5th- 6th Grade at 11:10
    – 7th-12th Grade at Noon
  • 1:30 – Mass with Bishop
  • All School picture in the gym after Mass
  • Dress Up:  Avera T-shirt Day with uniform bottoms
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St Mary School to Celebrate Catholic Schools Week

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The Dell Rapids St Mary School will be celebrating Catholic Schools Week Monday, January 26th, through Friday, January 30th.  An all-school mass will take place on Wednesday, January 21st, at the Sioux Falls Arena at 11:30 p.m.  All next week the students will be bringing items to school as part of a food drive sponsored by the St Mary Student Council.  Each day will have a different theme.  The elementary class that collects the most will win a Popcorn party, and the class in grades 7-12 that collects the most will win No Uniform Days.

There will also be Family Lunch Day on Friday, January 30th. All family members are welcome to come and have lunch with the students.  Please RSVP to Sabrina Kolda by Thursday, January 22nd, at 428-5591 or sabrina.kolda@k12.sd.us.

The students will be participating in other events throughout the week.  A full list of events can be found below.

Wednesday, January 21st

  • All School Mass at the Sioux Falls Arena at 11:30pm
  • Wear uniform pants and CSW T-Shirt (T-shirts will be handed out at school) +Early Dismissal TBA – No Busing!

Monday, January 26th

  • Food Drive: Macaroni Monday – Bring any kind of noodles, etc
  • Rosary at 10:05 in Church led by the Students For Life Group

Tuesday, January 27th

  • Food Drive: Think Breakfast Tuesday – Bring any kind of breakfast items: cereal, breakfast bars, etc.

Wednesday, January 28th

  • Food Drive: Whatever Wednesday  -Bring any kind of non-perishable item to donate to the food pantry
  • School Mass with Father John at 8:40am led by St. Mary Staff
    Wear Your Sunday Best (Students may wear dress clothes to school—no jeans and no prom dresses)
  • Pre-School thru 6th Grade will go to the Dells Theater to watch a movie.
  • Pajamarama at 6:30pm in the lunchroom

Thursday, January 29th

  • Food Drive: Souper Thursday - Bring cans of soup
  • Staff Appreciation Luncheon sponsored by the EAC

Friday, January 30th

  • Food Drive: Free Will Donation Friday – Bring monetary donations to support the food pantry
  • Wear your CSW T-Shirt and uniform pants to school (T-shirts will be handed out at school)
  • 8:45am – All School Picture in the gym
  • 8:55am to 10:05am – Cardinal Family Activities
  • 10:05am to Lunch
    – Kindergarten – 6th Grade will return to classroom
    – 7th – 12th grade will report to the gym to watch a movie
  • Family Lunch Day
    – Pre-School at 10:55
    – Kindergarten – 2nd Grade at 11:00am
    – 3rd – 4th Grade at 11:10am
    – 5th- 6th Grade at 11:15am
    – 7th-12th Grade at Noon
  • Talent Show at 12:45 to 1:45pm – Everyone is welcome to come!
  • Early Dismissal at 2:00pm – No Busing!
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