November 20, 2020
GUARDIAN EVENTS
Showtime for RADIUM GIRLS
Fall play tickets are still available to purchase online CLICK HERE.

For a Program listing the cast and crew for the shows, CLICK HERE

Reservations required! There will be no tickets sold at the door.

In-Person Shows
Performance nights: November 20 & 21
Time: 7 PM
Tickets: Students $8, Adults $10
Socially-distance seating will be followed.

Virtual Show will be in the form of a recorded performance loaded to an unlisted Youtube channel that will be pushed out to ticket purchasers at 2 PM on November 22. The link will be sent to the email provided when purchasing the virtual show. Cost is $15. This is the perfect option for family and friends who are too far away or may need to be more mindful of COVID-19 protocols.
Successful Coats for a Cause Donation Drive
Thank you to everyone who donated! The goal for the school was 150 coats, and we brought in 296, all of which were donated to Morning Glory Ministries of KC. This Big Give was organized by senior House Captain in Kolbe, Jacob Smitka. Jacob is working on his Eagle Scout and the entire SMA community rallied behind this service project with an amazing outcome. CLICK HERE to read the feature lifestyle page story in the The Examiner this week! A great day to be a Guardian!

Guardian Sword Standings
Updated 11/19/20:
Kolbe 51 pts.
JPII 45 pts.
Padre Pio 30 pts.
Guardian Stride Update
The inaugural year for Guardian Stride has taken many turns due to Covid. The most recent rescheduled Stride date for Tuesday, November 24 has now changed to Guardian Stride@Home. We are asking students to take a photo of themselves outside taking a walk enjoying the fresh air and send the photo to socialmedia@smacatholic.org to be shared on smacatholic social media for others in the SMA community to see!

We are extremely proud of the effort our students put into the Stride this year and the amazing donations we received. Our final total was over $47,000 which will go to help offset the cost of educating each student. The SMA students who received the most donations were: Chris South, Ella Melton and Gabrielle Loesch. THANK YOU to all those who donated!
New Technology Recommendations - MacBooks
If you are considering buying a new MacBook in the coming months, please read Mr. Alsbach's new MacBook recommendations at smacatholic.org/technology.
Apple has announced their newest M1-based computers, see why Mr. Alsbach recommends the M1 MacBook Air over the M1 Pro.

As a reminder, for security reasons, if your student gets a new device or has their device serviced, please reach out to Mr. Alsbach at jalsbach@smacatholic.org.
Order Winter Spirit Wear - Deadlines Approaching
New items available for the Winter Athletics! These spirit wear items are ONLY available by placing an order. They are not in the Spirit Store. Some items are sport-specific, but others are are general SMA spirit wear, so check out each line. To shop and place an order CLICK HERE. Deadline to order is November 24.
SMA Backpacks or SMA Side Bags Required

Starting 2nd semester, SMA logo backpacks or side bags will be required by all students. Seniors will be the only exception allowed. Please plan now to have the appropriate bag. To purchase a bag, please go to our Spirit Store CLICK HERE
Time to Order Yearbooks

Order your 2020-2021 yearbook now! Cost is $95. 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
CLASS OF 2021 NEWS
Senior Yearbook Ads
Senior Parents - It's time to submit your Senior Ad for the yearbook! All ads must be turned in by January 10. Cost goes up as the deadline approaches. Spaces are limited so don't miss out on this special memory for your student. CLICK HERE for details and order form.
COUNSELOR'S CORNER
COLLEGE INFORMATION:
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.

New this week: Virtual Christian College Fair Information, Research College of Nursing

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.
SMA ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT
Alexis Wynne, Class of 2019, Accepted to the US Air Force Academy

We are excited to announce SMA alumna Alexis Wynne was accepted into the U.S. Air Force Academy. Alexis is a 2019 graduate of St. Michael the Archangel. She began her military career this fall after a two year process! She has learned at an early age that “success is a process.” Alexis reflects on some of the things she learned at SMA that helped her achieve this goal. To read her full, inspiring story of discipline, rejection and resilience, click to our website ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT.
ATHLETICS & ACTIVITIES
SMA Athletics Calendar & Game Change Notifications CLICK HERE
NEW! SMA Guardian Athletics YouTube
To subscribe for live stream athletic events CLICK HERE
Volunteers Needed for "The Guard" Fundraising at Chiefs Home Games

The Guard (Booster Club) has the opportunity to raise funds for our athletics/activities department by working concessions at the KC Chiefs home games. We are in need of more volunteers to cover stands! Volunteers must attend a training from 6-9pm on Monday, November 30 at SMA. Parents or students (over the age of 16) who are interested can SIGN UP HERE. Email Mary Kroening at mkroening@smacatholic.org if you have any questions. 
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.
Volunteers Needed for the 2021 Guardian Bash
Wanting to get involved with the spirit of SMA? Come join the team for the annual Guardian Bash to be held on February 20, 2021. The auction is seeking volunteers for various subcommittees that are needed to make this a successful auction! CLICK HERE to sign up.
SMA Business Alliance
Last chance to get your company displayed in the gym for Winter Sports! Join the Business Alliance now to get year-long recognition and exposure while also supporting SMA. Click here for more information.
OTHER INFORMATION
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Tournament - November 28

Lee's Summit Parks and Recreation is offering a “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe” tournament on Saturday, November 28 at Harris Park Community Center. The games will be played on the Nintendo Switch. Registration deadline for this tournament is November 24. CLICK HERE for more information. Any student who wants to sign up can do so online at www.lsparks.net, or by calling 816-969-1542.
Driving Lessons - Attention all students learning to drive! Coach Scanlon is giving driving lessons. Contact Mr. Scanlon at mscanlon@smacatholic.org
WEEKLY INFORMATION