The St. Mary’s community of family and parents is strong and active. An important aspect of this community are the activities, meetings and social functions supported by SMA to create opportunities for St. Mary’s parents to become better acquainted with one another, the faculty and the school in general.
The following committees are responsible for various events throughout the year that seek to build a stronger and more active St. Mary's community:
We hope you use these resources to enrich your own experience at St. Mary’s and to find ways to give back to the community.
Room parents and MS/HS liaisons
Room Parents and Liaisons play a critical role in the school life of our sons. They work to develop a sense of grade-level community by organizing class gatherings and events, organizing parents to volunteer in SMA and school activities, and providing a crucial connection between parents and school administrators, counselors, and other staff members.
Some RPL activities include:
- Coffee Mornings (all grades)
- Bingo Bake Sale (all grades)
- Bingo Food Court (G5-G8)
- Halloween Party (ES)
- Christmas Party (ES)
- Staff Appreciation Lunch (all grades)
- Ice Cream Bash (HS)
If you’d like to volunteer to be a room parent (ES) or Liaison (MS/HS) or to participate in any activities, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you.
A very warm “thank you” to all the families who donated delicious baked goods for the bake sale, and to all the volunteers who helped make this event a success.
The Hospitality committee is responsible for welcoming new families to St. Mary’s and for organizing social outings and events for parents.
The committee organizes the Welcome Tea that is held close to the beginning of each school year, another New Year’s Tea in January at the start of the new semester to welcome newcomers, as well as the Spring Luncheon for Senior parents.
The committee also organizes social and educational outings for the parents of St. Mary’s throughout the year.
Thank you to everyone who attended the Welcome Tea, held on September 12. It was great to see new faces, and to welcome back old ones. We look forward to another rewarding year.
Our next gathering will be the New Year’s Tea on Jan. 22, to welcome newcomers and to celebrate the new year, the year of the boar, among returning families.
April 10, 2019
This luncheon is a special occasion for the St. Mary’s community to honor the parents of the Senior class. The luncheon provides parents with an opportunity to socialize with one another and includes performances by St. Mary’s students, the High School speech team and displays of artwork and ceramics by the students.
“Ikebana” is from the Japanese IKERU(“keep alive, arrange flowers, living”) and HANA(“flower”). Possible translations include “giving life to flowers” and “arranging flowers”. Please join us to appreciate and share the sense of beauty in Ikebana with Ms. Isshiki*.
Date: Mondays, starting January 21, 2018
Time: 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Location: Room 141
Fee: ¥9,000 (3 sessions)
Equipment: Flower pin-holder, scissors, and vase
For the first lesson, above tools are provided by the instructor. Please bring your own tools from the second lesson. You can order tools through the instructor; flower pin-holder (¥1,500), scissors (¥2,800), and vase (¥3,000).
Cancellation Policy: Cancellation 72 hrs. before/exchange to another class. Less than 72 hrs./ No refunds or exchanges
*Ms. Isshiki, the course instructor, has been teaching in Seijyo, Tokyo with traditional Japanese method flower arrangement, called "Ko-ryu". Ko-ryu is a form of Ikebana dating back to the Edo period in Japan.
Yoga with Ms. Mai Okumura, a licensed bilingual yoga instructor*
Date: Wednesdays, starting Nov. 21
Time: 9:00 -10:00 a.m.
Place: Room 141
Fee: ¥5,000 for 5 sessions or ¥1,500 for a single session
Equipment: Please bring a towel, water bottle and yoga mat
There are a limited number of spaces with first-come, first-served registration, so sign up early to avoid missing this chance!
* Mai Okumura has taught yoga for the international and Japanese communities in Tokyo since 2003. She completed the yoga ashram of Sivananda yoga vedanta center and is a certified yoga teacher. In addition to studying Western medicine, she perfected different yoga techniques at multiple yoga centers. Okumura has combined her years of experience and study to develop her own yoga style and program that is a combination of exercise and relaxation.
Bible Study with Br. Michel Beaudoin
When: Every Thursday (starting Oct. 4)
Time: 10:15-11:45 a.m.
Location: Room 134
Fee: No lesson fee
This school-year-long session starting in October introduces the parents to the Bible using the book “Journey Through The Bible” and a video created for the same book. Please sign up here.
Keep checking back. New classes will be added soon. Some potential classes include:
- A mindfulness course
- Japanese Culture
- Speakers series
Is there anything you would like to learn about or explore? Let us know at email@example.com. We would love to hear from you.
SMA is pleased to offered various seminars throughout the year of interest to our community of students and parents.
Road to IB seminar
St. Mary’s offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program for grades 11-12. On Nov. 27, Ms. Kimberly Fradale, St. Mary’s IB Coordinator, introduced the IB program and highlighted the benefits students gain by being part of this challenging program of study. Thank you for all who attended.
If you were not able to attend the event, the presentation is available here.
Thank you to all who stopped by this year's Christmas Craft Fair and to the many vendors who helped make this is a warm and wonderful start to the Christmas holiday season.
Snacks by TASSEL
Cheese Toasts & Sausages by Boy Scout Troop 15
Indian Curry, Chicken Butter Masala, Naan, Samosa & Biscuits by Indian Parents
Apple Pie, Holiday Icing Cookies, Cup Cakes & Mango Juice by various vendors
Coffee, Tea, Hot Chai & Soft Drinks by SMA
Used Books Sale by Operation Smile
Holiday Pet Toys & Gifts by Pets in Need
Winter & Summer Camp Introduction by Nanbo Discovery Camp
Relaxing Ear Massage
Swarovski® Handmade Jewelry
100% Luxurious Cashmere Products by GOBI
Ethical & Sustainable Fashion Goods Selection
NOOX Designs for tiny grown-ups
Christmas Decoration with Kimono Fabric
Christmas Gift Wrapping & Supplies
Handmade Christmas Cards
Kamihoseki Origami Jewelry
Seasonal Tote Bags
Hand Crafted Rosaries
SMA Recycled Uniforms Sale
SMIS Logo Goods
Are you a journalist, scientist, engineer, diplomat or entrepreneur?
Can you explain what an asset manager does?
Do you know how to "Green" a school?
What it takes to be an obstetrician, architect or cyber security technician?
Do you have knowledge of parenting strategies?
The SMA is looking for speakers from our community to talk to students and parents about their experiences. We are interested in a broad range of topics that might be of interest to our school community, students and parents.
We would like to feature a wide range of speakers — parents, alumni, trustees and colleagues, from a raft of organizations, disciplines and industries who would be willing to share their fascinating experiences with our students.
Light refreshments will be provided.
Contact us now at firstname.lastname@example.org to get more information, or if you are interested or know someone who would be interested.
- We suggest 30-45 minutes lectures and time for Q&A with the audience.
- It would be an open invitation to the school community (student, teachers, parents), with strong encouragement to senior students to attend.