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2017 Turkey Trot


Students participated in the annual Turkey Trot at St. Mary's on November 20th.

We had a visit from the State Farm mascot and Mrs. Gomez to cheer on the kids.

Mrs.  Almanza warming up our 5k runners.



April-May 2017

Girls on the Run is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.  This 10-week after-school program inspires girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them unique. The girls also develop essential skills to help them navigate the world around them while also encouraging an appreciation for fitness.The program ends with the girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a 5k run.

March 2017



Here, as an example, 8th grade & Kindergarten "buddy" up!...



Middle school students participated in a basketball relay with 3 teams made up of students from all 3 levels...a great time was had by all!





On Teacher Switch Day, teachers were randomly assigned a different grade and allowed to teach their favorite activity.

February 2017

January 2017

St. Mary Star of the Sea students shared their talents with classmates, parents, and friends at the 2017 Variety Show. As a result of all their hard work they did an awesome job. We're so proud!

December 2016

Our Very Own Weatherbug!

Friday Forecaster: Marko Hernandez, 5th grade, St. Mary Star of the Sea

Students that present the forecast on WGN Friday mornings attend schools in the WeatherBug Network and are chosen to be Friday Forecasters because they show exemplary work in the classroom. Friday  Forecaster, Marko Hernandez, predicts a wintry weather weekend with Paul Konrad on the WGN Morning News. Great job, Marko!!! (December 16, 2016)


Students enjoy spending time at the Mary Christmas Sale and the Saint Mary's Book Fair! (December 2016)

November 2016

Students from St. Mary's participated in the 3rd annual Turkey Trot 5 K/Walk-a-thon to help raise money for new patrol vests. (November 2016)

Lend a Shoulder Day

Supporters of the Big Shoulders Fund went back to school this fall at the 17th Annual Lend a Shoulder Day. It was a busy yet fun morning with many activities across grades, demonstrating how their support is helping the Big Shoulders Fund create brighter futures for students at St. Mary Star of the Sea School. In one activity, scarves and blankets were made for the homeless. A big thanks for all they do.


click to view Thank You video...

October 2016

Little trick-or-treaters AUTO (matically) getting good treats!!! (photos by Mrs. Lew)

Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead )

Altar in the St. Mary Star of the Sea Office (submitted by Mrs. Liliana Aceves - M105 PreK mom)

The Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) is a time of celebration and remembrance of loved ones who have passed away, much like Memorial Day in the United States.


Creating Day of the Dead altars is one of the most important Day of the Dead traditions. Day of the Dead altars are created to honor the spirits of deceased loved ones. When Dia de los Muertos is embraced by the community, non-secular altars are also created in schools, government offices, and other community spaces.


Day of the Dead altars are set up at least two days leading up to Dia de los Muertos. Altars contain "offerings" for the dead, known as ofrenda. These include items such as:candles, fresh flowers or flowers petals (usually marigolds), photographs of the deceased, along with other memorabilia, the favorite foods and drinks of the deceased (lovingly-prepared),incense, water, sugar skulls, pan de muerto (bread of the dead), and statues of saints. Enjoy the show! (photos by Liliana Aceves)

A Sugar Skull workshop was held by Mrs. Evelyn Gonzalez. Sugar Skulls are typically placed on Dia de Los Muertos altars and can be decorated to represent a loved one that has passed. (photos by Liliana Aceves)

Railroad Safety Assembly by the Belt Railway Company of Chicago.

tacky (tăk′ē) - Lacking style or good taste; outside the fashion norm.





The blessing of pets and animals is often celebrated on October 4, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi.

September 2016

submitted by Mrs. Bonnie Lew, 5th Grade...prayer service in remembrance of September 11th, 2001.

August 2016

A RED "X" is the result of people working together. St. Mary's would like to thank the Festival Committee, Teachers, Maintenance , Volunteers, generous Benefactors, Parents, Students, and Partygoers for this years success. ThankYou!

submitted by Mrs. Bonnie Lew, 5th Grade...NEW PICS ADDED!

Family and friends enjoyed a fun-filled day at St. Mary Star of the Sea Fest!!!

submitted by Mrs. Cynthia Andel, 3rd Grade

Third graders enjoying the "Teacher Games" at St. Mary's Festival on August 27.



St. Mary Star of the Sea School started the school year in a unique way Wednesday, by offering a blessing for Chicago police officers.



"They face danger every day when they go to work, so we want to keep them close to our hearts, and in our prayers.”... Candice Usauskas, principal of St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic School.




Fr. John McDonnell blesses Chicago police officers with holy water outside St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic School

March 2016


Mix a palette of pizza, a brush of booze, a canvas of canapes, and a dollop of desserts and pictures, friends, and memories are made. Van-go to the gallery below, enjoy!






oldies but goodies

Portfolio of Painters...

January 2016

Chicago Fire Department Visit

Fire Station · West Elsdon 3637 W 59th St, Chicago, IL 60629, United States

Each month St. Mary Star of the Sea is visited by the Chicago Fire Department to have a fire evacuation drill. Today when Engine 88 came to SMS, they had a surprise visitor. Jackson, a boxer rescue dog, is the new mascot of our first responding rescuers! He has an amazing personality and is excited to make new friends. The fire fighters are blessed to have this new friend - he is blessed to have a new forever home.

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