October 29, 2020
GUARDIAN EVENTS
Halloween Costume Competition - Tomorrow

Community Competition! Friday, October 30 students are allowed to dress up for a Halloween Costume Competition. Costumes will be judged on Best Individual Costume, Best Costume Duo and Best Group Costume (3 or more). Group costumes must be in the same Community. Costumes should be in keeping with SMA mission and values. They should be fun, neat, modest and creative. See detailed guidelines posted at school. Students not wishing to dress in costume may dress in orange/black for a $5 donation towards Noah's Bandage Project.
Coats for a Cause - November 2-13

The "Coats for a Cause" drive will run November 2 through 13. We will be collecting new or lightly used coats. We are accepting men's, women's and children's coats, but there is a preference for men's coats. These coats will be donated to Morning Glory Ministry where they will be given to homeless people who need them.

Earn Community Points! 15 Community points will be awarded for 50 donated coats. For every subsequent 5 coats, community will be awarded 1 point. Hats and gloves optional. For questions, contact jacob.smitka.2021@smacatholic.org or srjudeandrew@smacatholic.org 
Mass of Remembrance
Thursday November 5

As All Souls Day approaches, we remember and pray for those who have gone into eternity. Mass of Remembrance has been a long-standing tradition of our legacy school, Archbishop O’Hara High School and continued through SMA. The Mass is dedicated to the deceased alumni and faculty of O’Hara and St. Michael.
*Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are only able to invite the families of deceased alumni and faculty from the past two years. (RSVPs are required and attendees must wear face masks.) However, we invite everyone to view the livestream of the Mass, which can be found HERE (link will be active one day before).
Guardian Stride Grand Prize - Chiefs Tickets!
Courtesy of Lisa Ginter & CommunityAmerica Credit Union

There's still time to win Chief's tickets! The student who raises the most money for Guardian Stride by Monday, Nov. 2 will win two Chiefs tickets with parking pass! Shout out to Ella MeltonChris South and Gabrielle Loesch who are currently in the lead. To date, the Guardian Stride has brought in over $45,000! For more information about the Guardian Stride, CLICK HERE.

CLICK HERE to learn more and become a member of our booster club, THE GUARD
Time to Order Yearbooks

Orders for 2020-2021 yearbooks are now open! Cost is $85. The deadline for $85 pricing expires October 31 at midnight, on Nov 1 it increases to $95. Order today!
Don't miss this chance to bring home the memories of this school year. To order CLICK HERE. Our school code for ordering is 16571.

Remember, you can contribute your own photos to the yearbook by uploading them HERE.

Questions about yearbooks, please email Mrs. Ellis at aellis@smacatholic.org

ATHLETICS & ACTIVITIES
SMA Athletics Calendar & Game Change Notifications CLICK HERE
NEW! SMA Guardian Athletics YouTube
To subscribe for live stream athletic events CLICK HERE
Volleyball competes for Class 4 District Championship
Tonight
The Lady Guardians volleyball team will play for their 4th consecutive District Championship tonight at 6 PM in Warrensburg. There is no limit on spectators in the Warrensburg gym, but masks are required. Cost is $5. Come cheer on the Lady Guardians as they go for the Class 4 District Title. For live stream, check the volleyball webpage.
District Football Game - October 30
Ready for District play under the Friday night lights! 50 students are allowed to attend the district football game this Friday night at 7 PM at Lee's Summit North High School. Since it is a MSHSAA District game, students will need to pay $5 for admissions. Contact Mary Kroening at mkroening@smacatholic.org to get your ticket today! For live stream CLICK HERE.

Enjoy this hype football video before Friday night!
Cross Country Competes at Districts on Saturday
October 31
Good luck to our Cross Country team competing at Lamar High School on Saturday!
Winter Sports Concussion Testing and Parent Meeting on October 31
Saturday, October 31, there will be a meeting for all winter sports athletes and their parents/guardians beginning at 9 AM. Any athlete that has not already completed their concussion testing will be required to take it. Parents will meet with Athletic Directors and coaches to discuss the upcoming winter season. All physicals and paperwork will need to be turned in on this day. Email Mary Kroening at mkroening@smacatholic.org with any questions. Masks are required.
Winter Sport Athletes - Physicals & MSHSAA Paperwork
Winter Sports Athletes: All physicals and MSHSAA pre-participation paperwork needs to be turned in prior to your first day of practice. You can find all paperwork by clicking HERE. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Kroening at mkroening@smacatholic.org or Tyler Triggs at ttriggs@smacatholic.org
Winter Sport Tryouts/Practice Schedule, November 2 - 6
Freshmen/JV/Varsity Girls Basketball 3:45 - 5:15 PM in SMA gym
   
Wrestling 3:45 - 5:30 PM in SMA wrestling room

Freshmen Boys Basketball 6:30 - 8 AM in SMA gym
  
JV/Varsity Boys Basketball 3:45- 5:45 PM at Pickup USA Fitness (2724 NE McBaine Dr, Lee's Summit, MO 64064)

Girls Swimming 5:30-7:30 pm on November 9 at LSR7 Aquatics Center
SMA LACROSSE TEAM

Want to be a member of the new SMA Lacrosse team? There will be an informational meeting for boys and girls interested in Lacrosse at 3:20 PM on Wednesday, November 11 in the gym. For questions please contact Mary Kroening at mkroening@smacatholic.org
Wrestling Spirit Wear

Purchase your Wrestling wear and other SMA spirit wear today! CLICK HERE to view the merchandise and order. Orders must be in by November 15.
Fall Play - Backstage Help Needed

Preparations are well underway for our fall play, Radium Girls. If you are interested in helping out in any capacity backstage (costumes, lights, sound, etc.), please contact Mr. Wright at wwright@smacatholic.org.
SENIOR NEWS
Senior Yearbook Ads

Senior Parents - It's time to submit your Senior Ad for the yearbook! First deadline is November 14 with a firm cutoff January 10. Spaces are limited so don't miss out on this special memory for your student. CLICK HERE for for pricing, details, and deadlines.
CHRISTIAN SERVICE PROJECT
CSP Fall Opportunity
What: Raking leaves for elderly parishioners of St. Catherine of Sienna
When: 11/6, 11/7, 11/13, 11/14 - 5 hour shifts (8a-1p or 12p to 5p) 
Where: St. Catherine's Parish neighborhoods
Contact: Tracey Woods, Parish Ministry Council Member at:  816-447-2923 or the St. Catherine of Sienna Parish Office 816-761-5483.
COUNSELOR'S CORNER
Seniors - Our counselor's office receives new information from colleges weekly. Please visit the Counselor Corner's webpage each week for the most updated Virtual Admissions videos, deadlines and full detailed spreadsheet packed with information on scholarships! CLICK HERE.

Juniors - the Coolidge Scholarship is now taking applications. Full-ride, four-year, merit based college scholarship is only available for juniors to apply! CLICK HERE for more information.

ACT Tutoring available. Details on the website page Counselor's Corner.

Seniors - College Information Meeting, October 31

There will be a College Information Meeting directly following the Winter Sports Meeting on Saturday, October 31. Meeting will begin at approximately 10 AM. Learn about completing college applications, admissions information, FAFSA and other financial aid. Email Mrs. Glasgow at tglasgow@smacatholic.org if you plan to attend. Masks required.
VIRTUE OF THE MONTH
NOVEMBER - GRATITUDE
Also known as: Thanksgiving
DEFINITION OF GRATITUDE: Thankful disposition of mind and heart
ADVANCEMENT OFFICE NEWS
New Scholarship Available for All SMA Students
Through their annual essay competition, the Ancient Order of Hibernians are awarding five $750 tuition scholarships for students currently attending a local Catholic High School. CLICK HERE for more information.
SMA Business Alliance
Gain exposure for your company while also supporting the mission of St. Michael by joining the SMA Business Alliance. A variety of sponsorship levels are available, which include year-long recognition and presence in the Guardian community. CLICK HERE for more information.
OTHER INFORMATION
Employment Opportunity for an SMA Student
A family from Our Lady of the Presentation needs help after school with their two children. A 4th grade girl and 2nd grade boy. Responsibilities include help tutor the kids, finish homework, prepare a light snack and other small tasks. This would be everyday after school until 6pm. This is a paid position. For questions and more information, contact Kim Placke at 816-509-2699.
Auction for St. John LaLande School
St. John LaLande Annual Auction is only a week away. Everyone is invited for the first ever St. John LaLande virtual auction on November 7. To learn more CLICK HERE.
Can You Help with Rides?
South KC family and a Lee's Summit family are in need of help with rides for their students. Compensation offered. Possible flexibility in sharing carpool. Please contact Mrs. Lucas in the Advancement Office at klucas@smacatholic.org if you can help!
Driving Lessons
Attention all students learning to drive! Coach Mark Scanlon is giving driving lessons. You may contact him at mscanlon@smacatholic.org
WEEKLY INFORMATION