Our students are “brothers and sisters” as they grow up together at St. Mary’s. Students strengthen these bonds by developing interpersonal skills, including strategies in resolving conflict. Multi-age experiences such as “reading buddies” and “mass buddies” allow students the opportunity to apply the skills they learn in their classrooms to relationships with students from various grade levels. In these relationships, we encourage students to love each other in a sacrificial way by wanting what is best for others more than they want it for themselves. This process culminates in the annual Track and Field Day where the older students care for and encourage the younger students in a fun-filled day of friendly competition.
We want students and their parents to feel connected with each other and with other students and parents. Parents and grandparents of our students volunteer in St. Mary’s classrooms and on field trips, as well as serve on the Advisory Board and in the Home and School Association. In addition, community-wide events such as the Night of Knights Auction and the bingo tent at the Steele County Free Fair raise significant money to accomplish the mission of St. Mary’s School. We want our teachers, students, and their families to know that they are loved at St. Mary’s as it is their “home” – a place to go for acceptance, support, and encouragement.