August 20, 2020
BACK TO SCHOOL INFORMATION
Back to School Letters
President, Fr. Randy Sly - August Letter
Principal, Mrs. Jodi Briggs - Back to School Letter
Superintendent, Dr. Dan Peters - Back to School Protocol
All students MUST be registered in the SWAY app prior to orientation
All SMA students and staff are required to complete the daily health screening on the SWAY medical app before entering the building. Please have your student download the app and register prior to orientation. CLICK HERE for instructions.
Bus Transportation from St. John Francis Regis
SMA offers morning transportation to school from St. John Francis Regis Catholic Church. Pick-up will begin on Monday, August 31. Please have your student at St. Regis by 7:15 AM. The bus will pick up at 7:20 AM. All students riding the bus must wear a mask. CLICK HERE to sign up by August 27 to ride the bus.
Picture Day is Coming!
Students MUST be in uniform compliance. Check the Student Handbook for uniform guidelines.

August 26 - Freshmen & Sophomores
August 27 - Juniors & Seniors
Click here to order today: VIEW PACKAGES

Please note: when ordering pictures, you will not be able to view any proofs before picking out your package and paying. If you are unhappy with your pictures, they are 100% refundable. There will be a picture retake day later in the year if your student would like to have their picture retaken. 
Reminders from the Nurses Office
Please make sure all health forms are turned into the school nurse prior to the first day of school. CLICK HERE for more information and to view all the forms.

All Seniors - are required to have their second meningitis vaccine before the first day of school. Students that have already received the vaccine may send in documentation to the front office or email to nurses@smacatholic.org.
Freshmen & Transfer Computers
All freshmen & transfer student computers will be distributed at the Welcome Back/Orientation.
ATHLETICS & ACTIVITIES
To view the SMA Athletics Calendar CLICK HERE
Limited Spectators at SMA Home Games
Due to COVID-19, the bleachers are going to look different at athletic games. In order to adhere to the mandated guidelines, each participant/athlete will be allotted 2 tickets for our home games. For away games, the number of spectators will vary depending on local government restrictions and will be shared prior to game day. Masks will be REQUIRED at all sporting events and 6 ft of physical distancing should be maintained between each household. Live streaming may be an option for various sports. More information to come regarding live streaming. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Kroening at mkroening@smacatholic.org
Fall Play Auditions - August 31
Auditions for our Fall production of Radium Girls will be from 5:30 - 7:30 PM Monday, August 31. All information for the auditions can be accessed HEREIn addition, students can become part of the SMA Theatre Google Classroom by clicking HERE to stay-up-to date on all of the theatre happenings. Questions can be directed to Mr. Wright at wwright@smacatholic.org.
Deadlines to order Fall Activities Spirit Wear are approaching!
Show your Guardian pride by ordering NEW fall items to support your SMA team or activity! CLICK HERE to our website to order.
Girls Tennis Update
Click HERE for message from Coach Hirtzel. First match is Friday, August 28!
SENIORS & JUNIORS 
Summer AP English Reading Requirements

Students enrolled in AP English classes for the 2020 - 2021 school year, please see the summer assignment HERE. This assignment should be completed by the first day of classes on August 28.
Seniors: AP English Literature Class
Juniors: AP Language & Composition Class
PARKING SPOTS
Parking Passes on Sale the Week of August 24
Every student who drives a car to school MUST purchase a parking pass. Seniors get first choice starting on Monday, August 24. Others may purchase starting on Tuesday, August 25. Please go to the Academic Office to obtain your pass. Students will need to provide their driver's license, proof of insurance and pay $40. Debit or credit card are preferred. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Berry at kberry@smacatholic.org
SENIORS - Paint the Parking Spots
SMA seniors will have the opportunity to paint and personalize their parking space on campus! Cost is $30, which covers the cost of re-painting it at the end of the year. Seniors must complete a contract, submit their design, and have it approved prior to the painting days. CLICK HERE for instructions. Seniors may only paint their spaces during the following painting days:
3:30 - 8 PM Wednesday, September 9
3:30 - 8 PM Thursday, September 10
9 AM - 1 PM Saturday, September 12
SPIRIT STORE
Hours: Monday - Friday 3:30 - 4:00 PM
Mask Up - Guard Up! NEW masks available for purchase

To comply with the Covid-19 Back to School Plan, masks must be worn by all those entering SMA. Show your school spirit with an SMA mask! ORDERS DUE AUGUST 30. To view these special order masks and other options, CLICK HERE.
New SMA Backpacks
We are excited to provide a backpack for our new students this year! The backpack has a padded pocket for MacBooks, as well as plenty of room for classroom necessities. The bag will be provided to all freshmen and transfer students and will be available for purchase for returning students from the Spirit Shop on a pre-order basis for $32. Students are being encouraged to keep their items with them through the day and this bag will provide extra space. To order please contact Anna Favrow at afavrow@smacatholic.org.
Uniform Orders & Pick-Up
Uniform Pick-Up is 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM August 24  

We are taking orders for backpacks, spirit wear and masks ORDER FORM

Freshmen and New Students don't forget to order your Community T-shirt!

Pre-worn Uniforms - the Spirit Store has a small collection of gently used uniforms for sale. 

Volunteers needed for the Spirit Store, please email Mrs. Favrow at afavrow@smacatholic.org if you are available to help.
Returning Students
This year you will need dress uniform attire for the weekly all school Mass which consists of the white oxford cloth shirt and tie for men and the white oxford cloth shirt and V-neck vest for women.  
CHRISTIAN SERVICE PROJECTS (CSP)
Updates for the 2020 - 2021 School Year
Christian Service Projects require only 15 hours for the 2020 - 2021 school year due to COVID-19. Please check out approved sites HERE and be on the lookout for updated information regarding your CSP projects. No tangible approval form is necessary for the 2020 - 2021 school year.
STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES
2020 - 2021 France Trip - A Few Spots Left!
This trip is available to the classes of 2021, 2022 and 2023, whether you have had French courses or not.

9 days discovering Paris, the Loire Valley and its castles, Normandy beaches, Mont-St-Michel abbey... A great visit of the capital and northwestern France, various sites of religious, historical and cultural significance!

Tour: Paris and the Chateaux
Requested Dates: 5/28/21 – 6/5/21
Tour Number: 2385852EX
Student price: $3,925

For questions, contact Madame Evans at cevans@smacatholic.org
COUNSELOR'S CORNER
Schedule Changes
Due to current requirements, we are not making unnecessary schedule changes. If a student has been placed in a wrong class, or has a duplicate class, we will work to make those changes, but changes due to interest of just changing your mind will not be reviewed.
ACT Section Retesting Postponed.
Please CLICK HERE to read more about registering for the ACT.
FINANCE OFFICE
Is your tuition payment set up for this school year?
Please be sure all your enrollment paperwork is complete. If you have been receiving emails/calls indicating that your student's enrollment is incomplete, please log in to the Parent Enrollment Portal or contact Colin Karr at ckarr@smacatholic.org.

Families paying tuition annually, payment is due now. For questions on payments, please contact Jim Chladek at jchladek@smacatholic.org
OTHER INFORMATION
Attention upperclassman: After school ride needed
SMA underclassman student who lives in Lee's Summit, is needing a ride home daily after school due to parent's work schedule. Compensation offered. If interested, please contact Mrs. Lucas in the Advancement Office at klucas@smacatholic.org for the family's contact information.
Trash bags for sale
We have 13-gallon white, 39-gallon yellow and 55-gallon blue trash bags for sale for $12/roll. You may purchase at SMA Advancement Office during business hours.
St. John LaLande "Fore the Kids" Golf Tournament
St. John LaLande Catholic School will have their annual "Fore the Kids" golf tournament on Friday, September 18 at Adams Pointe Golf Course with a shotgun start at 8:30 AM. The proceeds from this event benefit the scholarship fund for St. Michael the Archangel Catholic High School. To register a team or become a sponsor, click HERE. For questions, contact Kelley Knust at kknust@sjlparish.org.
CALENDAR
MONDAY, AUGUST 24
8 AM - on Facebook "Day by Day in the Word" with Fr. Sly
8 AM - 1:30 PM - School Office Open
8 AM - Mass - †Louis Holloway
6:00 PM - Cheer Ceremony (Chapel)
7:00 PM - Boys Soccer Jersey Ceremony (Chapel) 
 
TUESDAY, AUGUST 25
8 AM - on Facebook "Day by Day in the Word" with Fr. Sly
8 AM - 1:30 PM - School Office Open
8 AM - Mass - †Kathy Forge
6 PM - Cross Country Jersey Ceremony (Chapel)
6 PM - Girls Softball Jersey Ceremony (Learning Stairs)

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26 
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM - School Office Open
8 AM - on Facebook "Day by Day in the Word" with Fr. Sly
8 AM - Mass - †Diona Rowe
8:30 AM - Noon - Freshmen Orientation/Picture Day
1 - 3 PM - Sophomore Orientation/Picture Day
6 PM - Girls Golf Jersey Ceremony (Chapel)

THURSDAY, AUGUST 27
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM - School Office Open
8 AM - on Facebook "Day by Day in the Word" with Fr. Sly
8 AM - Mass - Intentions of Edward Mitchell
9 AM - Noon - Junior Orientation/Picture Day
1 - 3 PM - Senior Orientation/Picture Day
6 PM - Girls Tennis Jersey Ceremony (Chapel)

FRIDAY, AUGUST 28 - First Full Day of School
8 AM - on Facebook "Day by Day in the Word" with Fr. Sly
8 AM - Mass - †Walter Joe Coleman
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM - School Office Open
8:30 AM - Classes Begin
3:15 PM - Classes Dismiss

SATURDAY, AUGUST 29
8 AM - on Facebook "Day by Day in the Word" with Fr. Sly

School Calendar
To download PDF CLICK HERE