August 25, 2017

St. Margaret Mary
School Newsletter
Forms   Forms   Forms
 
Please submit all school forms to your student's homeroom teacher as soon as possible.

Permission Slips
Due 
Wednesday, September 6

Each student at SMM must turn in a permission form by Wednesday, September 6. The form also includes a request for your child's shirt size. Please return the form to your child's homeroom teacher. One form per child. Click here to download a form, or visit the school website at school.stmm.org, Parent Resources, then select Mustang Mile Permission Form.
After School Activities!

We have many great opportunities for learning and fun this fall.  From Math Mania to Arts & Crafts, and Jazz It Up to Pottery Wheel . . 
This is just a sampling of the many after school opportunities available!

A complete listing is posted on our school website under the Student Academic tab, then Afterschool Enrichment. You may also click here to access the list. Many of the classes have limited space, so please register soon. A few classes begin next week!
2017-2018
Please   click here to read important information and view the list of room parents  for the 2017-2018 school year. There will be a mandatory meeting for all room parents at 11:30 am on Tuesday, August 29 in the Hospitality Room  to discuss responsibilities for the coming year.
Step by Step Kick Off Meeting
Volunteers Needed

Wednesday, August 30
1:00 pm or 6:30 pm
Hospitiality Room

Please click here for more information!
Altar Servers
New & Existing
(4th- 8th grade)

Upcoming training sessions for new and existing altar servers will be held on Thursday, September 7 from 3:00 - 4:15 pm and Monday, September 11 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm. Servers may choose either one of these trainings - they will cover the same orientation and instruction. 
 
As with our trainings in the past, any students wanting to attend the after-school training should meet outside the parish office immediately following school to be escorted over to the Sanctuary.

Questions? Kevin McCarron (Altar Server Ministry Chair) 502.650.5500 or projects@kevinmccarron.com

Congratulations!

Emilee Fuller (5F) and Rylee Sandifer (6Z), played fast pitch softball for the 10U J-Town All Stars this summer. Their team was Runner Up in the State tournament but continued on to win the Regional tournament which secured them a bid to the Babe Ruth Little League World Series, held in Jensen Beach, Florida.

They were  undefeated there and played for the championship on August 4th in an exciting game against Eastside (IN) which ended in a close 9-8 run finish. The girls were on the Tony Vanetti show and their team has been invited to throw the first pitch at the Louisville Bats game on Tuesday. 
In Sympathy . . .   

Please join us in our prayers for

Megan Cornett (3J) and her family on the passing of her cousin.

Abigail Dries (6S/V) and her family on the passing of her maternal grandfather.

Olivia Reynolds (6S/V) and her family on the passing of her maternal uncle.
 Grandparents' Day

Friday, November 3
Student last names A - L

Friday, November 10
Student last Names M-Z

More information to come later.
RCIA Adapted for Children
 
The process of Christian Initiation is also available to children who may have for some reason or circumstance not yet been baptized or perhaps not received the other sacraments of Eucharist, Reconciliation, and Confirmation.  
 
The RCIA process adapted for children is also being offered this coming year.  It is an opportunity for those children beyond the second grade to prepare with their parents and other children and their parents for reception of the sacraments and welcome into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil.

We will be meeting on Sunday mornings from 11:30-12:30, gathering first in the cafeteria, beginning September 10.

If your family is interested, please contact Tara in the Parish Office 690-2851 or tmattingly@stmm.org
8 Weeks Learn to Play Hockey Program
(ages 4-9)
Iceland

Sundays this fall.   Click here to learn more.
Wizard of Oz Auditions
Mercy Academy
August 28 & 30
For more information, please click here
News from Mrs. Sims

We have been blessed by the presence of your children this week!  They help bring focus to the staff as to why we are here and how much we love our work.  There was a great turn out for our annual PTO Open House on August 24th . Open House is a time to learn about the new school year, get familiar with the teachers and schedule, and enjoy the company of old friends.  We also take the time to welcome the new PTO Board, hear about the great things they were able to accomplish the prior year and learn about future plans. 

As your children transition into the new school year, there are many things that you can do to support them and the school mission.  Embrace their learning with enthusiasm.  Ask specific questions about what they are learning.  Regardless of what some children may say, we never do "nothing"!  Communicate with the teachers and staff in a positive and supportive manner and work as a team to assist the students.  Help your children get organized; for some it isn't an innate skill and can be difficult to learn.  Celebrate your child's strengths and help them work through their weaknesses.  Some of our best lessons come by how we manage our setbacks, and everyone has them.  Encourage some unstructured time for play and just "being" to allow for creativity and problem solving skills to develop. Together, we can make great things happen this year!

May God Bless You and Your Family,
Wendy Sims
Lunch Helpers!
   
A huge thank you for the many parent and grandparent volunteers who have assisted our littlest mustangs in the cafeteria these first two weeks of school.

Jennifer Albright
Janet Bell 
Libby Block
Susan Brooks
Carol Coke
Angie Dillon

Jenny Fisher
Tim Griffin 
Margaret Maddux 
Holly Ryan 
Suzy Shene
Calendar Items
on Sycamore! 

We are excited that the entire calendar of school activities is available on Sycamore. You have the ability to view all of the dates for after school enrichment classes, conference days, Family Nights, etc. Since this is so easily accessible, we will not provide a listing of calendar items in the newsletter.

Please click here to access the Sycamore website. The calendar can be found under School on the upper, right side of the page, then select Calendar.  To view more than the next 20 events, select All Events (in blue lettering) on the upper right. You can even select various categories to view on the upper right drop down box.
Supernova Auditions
 
In grades 3 - 6, there is an auditioned choir (Supernova) that meets at 7:15am on Tuesdays mornings. Students are chosen based on their singing audition with Mrs. Harrison. Approximately 40 students are chosen to be part of this special group. Students choose one of three mornings to audition. 
* Detailed information has been emailed home to all 3rd - 6th grade families.   Signed permission forms and fees are due to Mrs. Harrison before auditions. Checks are only deposited if a child is chosen to be part of Supernova 2017-18. All other checks are shredded.

  Please choose one day to audition: 
Friday, August 25
Tuesday, August 29
 
Wednesday, August 30  
  * All auditions are at 7:15 am in the music room.
Encore Auditions

Encore auditions for 7th & 8th grade boys and girls are Monday at 7:15 am, August 28, in the music room.  The audition song, a recording of the accompaniment for the song, and the permission slip have been emailed to the Jr. High parents. Questions?  Contact Brenda Harrison at bharrison@stmm.org
Volunteering?
Background Checks & Honor Thy Children/Safe Environment Training

Volunteers who have contact with children or youth (18 and under) for ANY length of time are required to participate in one of the 2-hour Safe Environment Training Workshops and undergo a background check.  This includes field trip chaperones, room parents, Field Day volunteers, Pioneer Day volunteers, etc. There is no cost.

Click here to access the calendar of dates of when the Honor Thy Children/Safe Environment training is offered at various parishes throughout the Archdiocese. Need more information? Contact our parish office at 426-1588.
PTO News
Kroger Card Enrollment - Earn 5 Free Dress Passes!

Please click here for complete details about enrolling your Kroger card so that SMM receives the benefits of the Kroger Community Rewards program. All families with proof of enrollment receive 5 free dress passes per child.
  
Be a Part of the SMM PTO Gala!
Join us for our Gala kickoff meeting on Tuesday,  September 5, 2017 in the Spirituality Center at 6:30 !  Come share ideas and become part of various committees, such as decorations, communication, procurement, baskets/bows, day-of set-up, registration table, etc. Your commitment to the Gala does not have to be a huge; any and all help is appreciated!  
Questions? 
Shelly Smith: 502-551-8825smm.gala@aol.com
Kristen Mellinger:
(502) 292-8198
Fall Festival Plans are Underway!
The SMM PTO Fall Festival is set this year for Friday, October 20th!  If you are interested in being part of the planning, please join us Monday, August 28, 6:30-7:45 pm, in the parish's Spirituality Center.
Questions?  
Amy Craft: 513-519-1816 or  Erin Bukowski : 502-244-0996
SMM 2017 Mustang Mile
Please support one of our school's largest fundraisers! 
We are currently looking for sponsors and donors to make this event a success!  If you would like to help our students, please contact.   Rachel Hall  or  Shannon Byrne  Thank you!

Need Mustang Sports Spiritwear?
Soccer - Volleyball - Football -Cross Country

We've got you covered! New designs for youth and adult sizes. Visit the athletics tab on the school website, then select spirit wear on the left side of the page or click here.
Nursery Help Needed
(Babies-2 yr s) 
10:00 am Mass
 
Parishioners are needed at 10:00 am Mass to serve the tiniest members of our parish. The time commitment is from 9:45 - 11:10 am on Sunday mornings. Feel free to click here to select dates that works best with your schedule.
Need time for yourself?
Take some time to renew yourself at the "Christ Renews His Parish" Retreat.  Click here for information about the retreat weekends.
 Save the Date:   
 A Renewal Retreat at St. Margaret Mary
 Women's Retreat: September 9/10
 Men's Retreat: September 23/24
                                                


Taking Action on the Opioid Crisis

St. Bernadette Church (6500 St. Bernadette Avenue, Prospect) will hold a panel discussion about the opioid crisis on
Thursday, September 21 at 7:00 pm in the St. Bernadette Parish Center near Norton Commons. With deaths from drug overdoses in our Commonwealth rising by 30% over the last five years, this is a topic that all families need to know about. 
 
Topics will include a discussion of how to begin dealing with the issue, both in families and in the community; signs and symptoms of addiction; how to seek treatment; and how to support those who have lost loved ones.
 
The panel discussion will be moderated by Gary Montgomery and will include experts in the fields of addiction, treatment, recovery, and spirituality.  This event is being hosted with the parish by Catholic Charities of Louisville and the Knights of Columbus and is free and open to the public. The doors will open at 6:30 pm.
SMM Holiday Boutique

Saturday, November 4 

We are looking for vendors/crafters! 
StmmHolidayBoutique@gmail.com   for more information.