September 4, 2015

 
St. Margaret Mary
School Newsletter


 Grandparents Day
Tuesday, September 8
Grades K-4

8:30 am  Grandparents gather in the PAC/Gym

8:45 - 9:30 am Open House - classroom visits
Grandparents should attend their youngest grandchild's classroom first

9:30 am Prayer Service - Grandparents and students in grades K-4 - Church

10:00 am Grandparents Refreshments in the Hospitality Room
All grandchildren return to class at 10:00 am.
Fall Festival  
Raffle Chair(s)!

Fall Festival is quickly approaching and the PTO needs you! Raffle Ticket Sales is one of our largest money makers for Fall Festival!

We are in need of a chair/co-chairs to make this the most successful Raffle yet!
If you are interested in filling this position please contact Erin Haynes Reed at
 
ehaynesreed@gmail.com
 6th
Grade Musical

Forms are due Tuesday, September 8! 
If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Moth at
amoth@stmm.org
Parent Meeting
Tuesday, September 8 at 7:00 pm
in the Hospitality Room for all 7th and 8th grade parents. 
 
SMM Spirit Day!
 
Our 1st Chick-fil-A fundraiser for the school year will be Wednesday, September 9. Don't cook breakfast, lunch or dinner! Participating Chick-fil-A restaurants are the St. Matthews or Springhurst locations - dine in or drive thru. Eat more chicken and support SMM! 

You must present your voucher at time of purchase for 20% of your total to come back to SMM. Vouchers were sent home today in your youngest or only child's Friday Folders, or click here to print more!  
Get your fore-some together...
limited to 20 teams!
 
14th Annual SMM
Golf Scramble!!
Friday, September 18
 
Long Run Golf Complex 
(off Flat Rock Rd)
 
12:30 shotgun start

Cost is $100.00 per player; $400.00 per team
Includes lunch, dinner, cart, and drink tickets
Prizes to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places.
 
Email team entries to: Bender@unipak.cc
Questions? Please contact Bob at 502-376-7676
Volunteers Needed
Part-time Server Needed

The cafeteria is looking for a part-time server for Monday, Wednesday, and Thursdays from 10:15 am - 1:15 pm.
Want to learn more? Please contact Jason Bentley, our Cafeteria Manager at 426-2635, ext 137.
Neighborhood Baskets Chair

The Neighborhood Basket Auction at Fall Festival is always a fun fundraiser. PTO is seeking a Neighborhood Basket Chair who can coordinate these wonderful creations. If interested please contact Erin Haynes Reed at ehaynesreed@gmail.com.
7th & 8th grade
High School Shadow Visits

Please be watchful of the SMM school calendar when scheduling shadow visits.  Students should not shadow at the end of the grading periods. First trimester ends on November 13. For extensive information on shadowing, please visit the school website, Parent Resources tab, Shadowing Information or click here.

PE Shorts
   
Uniform PE shorts are required for all 4th-8th grade students. Please place your order as soon as possible.
If you are waiting on the PE shorts to arrive, please make sure your student has appropriate shorts (girls' shorts = 7" inseam, boys' shorts = 9" inseam) and send a note to Mrs. Iceman that the shorts have been ordered. Note: PE shorts that were recently ordered may not be in until late September. Please click here for the order form. 
Birthday Book Club

The Birthday Book Club is a great way to celebrate your child's birthday in a special way and help our library collection grow at the same time. Click here to learn more!
Do you LOVE to paint?
Are you Artistic?
Creative?

We are looking for adults that are artistic and creative to design and paint classroom pottery for the Fall Festival. This is a wonderful opportunity to use your talents to help raise money for SMM.  All pottery is auctioned off on October 23 at the Fall Festival. Call Jenny Nichols at (502) 643-1939 to learn more!
Internet & Social Media Safety for Your Child

To learn more on this important topic, a special session will be offered on September 22 at Sacred Heart Model School. Please click here for complete details.

Tennis Workshop

A fall tennis clinic will be offered for students grades 1st-8th at Top Gun Tennis Academy on Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30 pm.   Please click here for more information.
Field Hockey

Please click here for more information about a Fall Clinic being offered for 3rd - 8th grade students by the Bluegrass Premier Field Hockey Club.

  Daily Mass Schedule 
 
Tuesday, September 8 - Grandparents Day Prayer Service at 9:30 am (K-4th grades)
 
Wednesday, September 2 - 6th grade attends 
 
Thursday, September 3 - All School Mass - 4T planning 
 
News from Mrs. Sims
 
One goal we have set for our School Improvement Plan reads, "To implement a school-wide system of positive and consistent behavior management that supports the character development of our students". We hope to create and maintain a more peaceful learning environment and focus our students on respect for themselves, others and property. The teachers have worked with the students the first couple weeks of school by setting and modeling behavior expectations for the classrooms, hallways, stairwells, cafeteria and playground. We will focus on these high expectations throughout the school year while continuing to support the character development of the children. The students are responding well to the new rules. I am very proud of their effort and good manners! Thank you for your support in this endeavor.
 
We are very happy that SMM will celebrate Grandparents' Day on Tuesday Sept. 8th for our students in grades K-4. As you can imagine, this is very exciting for the children, and it takes a lot of volunteers to make it happen. The grandparents that visit each year bring such joy to our young students! The unconditional love and support that grandparents show their grandchildren is a definite gift from God. We are so blessed that the grandparents at SMM support our school in so many ways. Thank you to our PTO for making this happen each year.
 
May God Bless You and Your Family,  
Wendy Sims

As we begin the school year, please remember that if you would like to volunteer your time in any capacity (such as cafeteria, room parent, field trip chaperone, etc.) you must have completed a background check and the Safe Environment Training Honor Thy Children Workshop (see below).  If you have any questions, please contact the parish office at (502) 426-2635.  
Archdiocese of Louisville Safe Environment Training Workshop

Thursday, September 10
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
St. Margaret Mary
Hospitality Room
 
Participants will receive a copy of the new Sexual Abuse Policies and a resource manual.
No registration is necessary. Sign in sheets will be available at the workshop.
Feeling overwhelmed or overburdened?
Take some time to renew yourself at the "Christ Renews His Parish" Retreat.

A Renewal Experience at
St. Margaret Mary 2015
Thank You Luncheon
School Faculty, Staff & Parish Staff 

This past Tuesday the PTO sponsored a luncheon to show their appreciation to the SMM Faculty, Staff and Parish Staff for all they do for our school and kids. Thank you so much to Sara Blincoe, Mara Legere, Mindy Glass, Amy Pehlke, Erin Haynes Reed, and Ellen Martin for coordinating this event. Please continue to show your support to these wonderful people.
Spirit Wear Store now ONLINE!
   
You can now purchase SMM Spirit Wear through our new online store. New items items will be added throughout the year and most can be presonalized.  Orders will processed weekly: if placed by Monday, they will be delivered on  Thursday . Click here to check out our newest additions!
School Office Reminders
  • Items brought in for students after the school day has begun will be left on the cart outside the school office with the child's name on it. Parents should email the homeroom teacher about what was left for the student.
  • Transportation changes should be reported to the school office by 2:00 pm at (502) 426-2635 or school@stmm.org
  • Students may not be signed out/ dismissed from the school office after 2:20 pm.
After School Activities

If your student will be staying for any after school activity or practice, please read the following information carefully:
 
Children of grades K-4 :  The parents must write a note daily (this may be done in the assignment notebook) stating that your child will be staying for the activity/practice.  If there is no note, your child will go home by their main mode of afternoon transportation.
 
* Children of grades 5-8 :  If your child has an activity that occurs weekly, you may write one blanket note to the teacher with all practice dates that will allow your child to stay after school for these events.
 
As written in the handbook, if the child forgets his/her note, they will not be allowed to call home to receive permission to stay after school.  Thanks for your attention to this matter. 
 MenT.O.R.S.
1st Meeting of the School Year

The MenT.O.R.S. Program (created by STMM fathers)will hold its first meeting of the 2015-16 school year on September 13th from 6:00pm - 7:30pm in the Church following 5pm Mass. This program is for 4 th - 8 th grade Fathers and Sons. 

We are pleased to announce that Fr. Bill Hammer will be joining us for this meeting...Come and meet Fr. Bill and give a glimpse of our potential as a parish!!
 
This will be our most important MenT.O.R.S meeting to date!  Our topic for the September meeting is How Great Adversity Can Equal Great Opportunity and is open to all moms, dads, and siblings! It's time to talk about being part of the solution. Parents and Kids! More importantly, it's time to create solutions!
Mentors are needed now more than ever.
 
RSVP to the September meeting by emailing: Mentorsprogramstmm@gmail.com
Contact Eric Thomas with questions (502)718-1776.  

SMM Kids
 
SMM Kids will offer Nursery (0-2), Pre-school (3-K) and Elementary (1st-5th) classes. SMM Kids has been launched in conjunction with a larger shift in programming as a parish with the goal of purposefully keeping the family together while providing excellent formation opportunities for all family members. SMM Kids will be offered on Sunday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm. *Please note that Nursery will now offered during both 10:00am and 5:00pm mass on Sunday - all part of SMM Kids. Please join us in passing God's truth on to the next generation. Click here to access the Sign-Up Genius to participate.

 Coming Soon  . . .


Monday, September 7  

Labor Day  - No School 

 

Tuesday, September 8  

 6th Grade Play/Musical forms due Today!  

8:30-10:00 am
Grandparents Day K-4th grades
9:30-10:00 am
Prayer Service - Grandparents Day - K-4th grades - Church
3:00-4:00 pm
Jazz It Up! (1R)

KinderPhonics (KL)

Math Mania - 1st, 4th, 6th & Jr. High 

Reading Reinforcement (1D)
3:00-4:30 pm
Ready, Set, Study (3S)
7:00 pm

Parent Confirmation Class - 7th and 8th grade parents - Hospitality Room

 

Wednesday, September 9
Chick-fil-A Spirit Day - Fundraiser
8:15 am
Daily Mass - 6th Grade attends
3:00-4:00 pm

Chess Club - library
3:00-4:30 pm

6th Grade Musical Auditions

 

Thursday, September 10 

8:15 am
All School Mass (4T planning)
3:00-4:00 pm
Jazz It Up! (1R)

Math Mania - 1st, 6th & Jr. High 

Reading Reinforcement (1D)

3:00-4:30 pm
6th Grade Musical Auditions

  

Friday, September 11     

  

Sunday, September 13

MenT.O.R.S. - 1st meeting of the year 6:30 pm - Church 

  

Looking Ahead  . . . Save the Dates!

 

September 13
MenT.O.R.S. - 1st meeting of the year
September 16
Early Dismissal at 1:15 pm
SMM Spirit Wear Day
Flu Shots offered by Kroger in the
Hospitality Room
September 30

Blessing of the Animals at 2:15 pm
October 1

Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
October 2 & 5

Fall Break - No School
October 7 & 9

Individual School Pictures
October 10
2nd Grade Day of Reflection
October 23
Fall Festival
October 27

Skating Party at Champs
November 18, 19 & 21
6th Grade Musical - Peter Pan
November 19
First Reconciliation
December 7
K/1st grade Christmas Musical
December 13-15
KYA
March 5, 2016
SMM Gala
April 23, 2016
Confirmation
April 27, 28, 29, & May 1, 2016


7th & 8th Grade Musical- Guys & Dolls
April 30, 2016
First Holy Communion
May 18, 2016
8th Grade Graduation