September 18, 2015
 
St. Margaret Mary
School Newsletter
Parent Teacher Student
 Fall Conferences

Our Fall Parent-Teacher-Student (PTS) conferences will be held on Thursday, October 1 from 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. These conferences provide an excellent opportunity for all of us to reflect on the school year to date and on how your child has adjusted to the expectation of his/her learning environment. 

A form was e-mailed to you today detailing more specific information. Please click here if you need an additional form.  These forms are to be returned to your child's homeroom teacher on Monday, September 21 . We will assign conference times on Tuesday morning. We appreciate your attention to this matter and look forward to seeing everyone at Conferences.
Congratulations! 
2015-16 
Student Council Officers

President: Eliza Moorman

Vice President: Michael Chou

Service Director: Jessica Roby

Publicity Director: Anna Moorman

Spirit Director: Anna Sprau

Treasurer: Quinn Kitchen

Secretary:Jack Lucas
  KYA Members
 
All KYA forms and checks need to be turned in to Mrs. Rueff by Wednesday, September 23
School Pictures

Individual student pictures will be taken on Wednesday, October 7 for students in the following grades:
K, 5, 6, 7, and 8

Students in the following grades will have their pictures taken on
Friday, October 9: 
1, 2, 3, and 4

Order forms will be sent home on Friday, September 25. The forms are to be returned when your child will have their picture made.  

On the day your child will have their portrait made, they are allowed to be in Free Dress clothes; however the 
students cannot wear spaghetti strap shirts or tank tops and

everyone must be in closed toed shoes wearing socks or tights. If you student has PE on picture day, please be sure to send in tennis shoes if they are wearing other shoes.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Delk at sdelk@stmm.org or the school at school@stmm.org 
Shadowing?

When your Jr. High students has a shadow day, you must still call into the school to let us know.  When we don't hear from you, your student receives an unexcused absence.

Shadow forms must also be completed and signed by all teachers in advance of the shadow day. Shadow forms are on the school website under Parent Resources, Shadowing Information or by clicking here.
Classroom Pottery
 
The classroom pottery that has traditionally been auctioned at the Fall Festival, will be showcased at the Gala this year. With this change, there will be additional time for painting the pieces. Thank you to those artists that have already stepped up to participate.  Jenny Nichols will be in contact with you.  
Play Like A Champion Today


The next training for new coaches will be on Tuesday Oct 12, 6:30 - 8:30 pm in the hospitality room.
Kroger Cards
  
We are halfway there - 50% of our school families have registered their Kroger cards to benefit St. Margaret Mary's PTO. It's not to late too register and still get FREE DRESS PASSES!  Click here to register and use Organization #10085. Send your screen shot to Julie Henderson at 
jhenderson7boys@gmail.com 
Franciscan  Kitchen  
Volunteers

On  Tuesday, September 22 , the following students will accompany Missy Varga to the Franciscan Kitchen:  Ben Varga and Jack Steltenpohl.

* Drivers will pick up the students at SMM at 10:00 am for arrival to the Kitchen by 10:30 am. The group will return about 1:00 pm.

If you submitted the permission slip for your 6th-8th grader to participate in this opportunity, please read this posting each week to see when your child has been assigned.
 
In our Prayers .. .

Our sympathy to Jillian L'Heuruex (KL) and her family on the death of her grandmother.
News from Mrs. Sims
 
The excellence of St. Margaret Mary School can be measured in numerous ways.Our students and staff members achieve greatness each day. As disciples of Christ, they make positive strides in their friendships, their support of others, their kindnesses and their "can do" spirit.  Students are given an exemplary faith-filled education here. They are loved, supported and protected. They are given multiple opportunities to explore and share their gifts. Daily, our children thrive, achieve and succeed at SMM.
            
One tangible measure of academic excellence is of course test scores.  We use them to assess our school programs, track student growth and evaluate academic achievement.  The Terra Nova test is nationally normed, so it also ranks our students against others in the nation and can allow us to compare our students within the Archdiocese of Louisville. 
            
The students in the Archdiocese of Louisville on average rank much higher than others in the nation who take this test.  We have strong academic programs, excellent teachers, and we use our resources wisely.  We can proudly say that students at St. Margaret Mary School rank even higher than the Archdiocese of Louisville as a whole. 
            
The graphs below depict our results in comparison to the mandated grades of 3, 5 and 7 in the Spring of 2015. I have also included a graph that compares our graduating 8 th graders to their peers on the High School Placement Test. We are so proud of our students and our school!
 
May God Bless You and Your Family,
Wendy Sims
Test Score Graphs

Click here to view the Terra Nova Scores for SMM students in comparison to other Archdiocesan schools.

Click here to see the comparison of SMM Students on the High School Placement Test  in comparison to all students taking the test and other Catholic students.

Calling All Volunteers!
Step By Step

Come learn about the Step By Step Program that teaches our children stewardship by helping out in our community. Each grade chooses a specific theme or organization to focus on throughout the school year.
 
Annual Kick-Off meeting for Step by Step is Wednesday, September 23rd at 6:30 p.m. in the Hospitality Room. 
If you are unable to attend, you can still be involved with the grade you designated. Please email one of the co-chairs, and they will give your information to the Grade Coordinator. 
Jennifer Peterson - jpeterson@landrumshouse.com
Stephanie Singleton - kyfilly31@hotmail.com
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!
Please contact Erin Haynes Reed to learn more at

ehaynesreed@gmail.com
Rosary Club

Rosary Club will begin on Thursday, October 8 for students in  4th- 8th  grade.  Third graders may join Thursday, October 22 . Rosary Club is open to new members any time of the year.  All students will learn
  • How to pray the rosary in the Eucharistic Presence
  • About the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary
  • How to make cord rosaries
Forms are due to the school office by Wednesday, September 30 due to Fall Break.
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
Spirit Wear Store now ONLINE!    
Orders will processed weekly. Orders placed by Monday will be delivered on  Thursday . Click here to check out our newest additions!

 The Week Ahead  . . .


Sunday, September 20

6:15-7:30 pm

Resonare' Handbell Choir practice - Independent Study Room

 

Monday, September 21   

P-T-S Conference Forms DUE today to Homeroom Teacher 

7:15 am

Encore Rehearsal - PAC
8:15 am

Daily Mass - 6th grade attends
3:00-4:00 pm

Reading Reinforcement (1D)
Spanish Club 6-8th grades - Art Room

3:00 - 4:30 pm
Girls on the Run (1C)
6:30 pm

Beginner Band Parent Information Meeting (Drama Room)

Step by Step Stewardship Program Kick-Off Meeting (Hospitality Room)

 

Tuesday, September 22  

Dine and Dash - hosted by 7th & 8th grade families

7:15 -7:50 am

Supernova Rehearsal - Music Room
8:15 am
Daily Mass - 4th grade attends
3:00-4:00 pm
Arts & Crafts (2H)

Jazz It Up! (1R)

KinderPhonics (KL)

Math Mania - 1st, 5th, 6th & Jr. High

3:00-4:30 pm
Math Mania - 4th grade (4R)
Ready, Set, Study (3S)

 

Wednesday, September 23
7:15 -7:50 am

Advanced Band - Drama Room
8:15 am
Daily Mass - 1st Grade attends
3:00-3:45 pm
Beta Club - Hospitality Room
3:00-4:00 pm

Chess Club - Library
3:00-4:30 pm
Girls on the Run (1C)

 

Thursday, September 24  

Jr. High Field Trip - Spring Hill 7:30 am - 8:00 pm

8:15 am
All School Mass - 5B planning
3:00-4:00 pm
Jazz It Up! (1R)

Math Mania - 1st, 5th, 6th & Jr. High 

Reading Reinforcement (1D)

3:00-4:30 pm
Pottery Wheel Enrichment Class - Art Room

  

Friday, September 25      

  

Looking Ahead  . . . Save the Dates!

 

September 28
Jr. High Field Trip - Spalding Univ.
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 13
End of 1st Trimester
October 16
Kindergarten Field Trip - Slow Poke Farm
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