Mustang Messenger l December 6, 2018           
Message from the Principal

We have had a truly wonderful start to the Advent season! On Tuesday evening, we enjoyed the beautiful sounds of our Mustang Ensemble, Show Choir, Band and Drumline. The children, led by Ms. Travis and Mr. Barker, did an amazing job sharing their gifts and putting us into the Christmas spirit! During the week, grades 3-8 attended a Reconciliation service so they could begin this time of waiting for the birth of Christ feeling renewed! Today, all of the grades took part in a special service morning in which we created gifts and packed food bags. The students made over 300 cards and gifts that will be given out to members in our parish and the greater church community. Thanks to your generous donations, we were also able to provide Christmas dinner for 100 families through the Christian Sharing Center. Your children were absolutely “the gift” to one another today and to all who will receive their beautiful artwork! We invite you to join us next Thursday evening as we continue to share in the Advent season through the beautiful retelling of the Nativity by our 8th grade and their kindergarten buddies. This is one of the many beautiful traditions we have that reminds us of the reason for the season!
Dates to Remember

December 2018

11 – Parish Penance Service, Church, 7:00 pm
12 – Liturgy, Church, 8:30 am, Grade 7
13 – Nativity & Songfest, PLC, 7:00 pm
18 – Liturgy, Church, 8:30 am, NJHS 
18 – Christmas Class Parties, 2:15 pm
19 – Christmas Break, No School December 19 - January 2, 2019

January 2019
3 – School Resumes
Notes of Interest
A very special thank you to our third grade parents for providing delicious goodies for us today in the faculty lounge! We felt very much appreciated and enjoyed the yummy treats throughout the day!
Christmas Donations
Dolls and Cars for our sister Diocese in the Dominican Republic
Send in dolls that can be dressed up and cars (please do not send Barbie dolls or battery operated toys) by December 10th.
Faith on Campus
Gifts That Give Twice
On November 30th, the sixth and seventh grade classes were invited to attend the Fair Trade Market at the Parish Life Center of our church. To prepare for this event, the students were instructed on the seven themes of Catholic social teaching, with emphasis on the dignity of work and human solidarity. Catholic Relief Services, sponsor of the Fair Trade Resource Network, prides itself on its objective of educating the conscious consumer by promoting economic justice through a fair trade. A big thank you to all participating students, who helped producers and farmers from developing countries get a better deal through their purchases.
Day of Service
Today the Mission Effectiveness Team from St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School was able to implement their vision of a school wide day of service!

Among the various service activities accomplished by our students were the creation of cards and nativity sets for seniors and bracelets for human trafficking survivors. They also decorated and stuffed bags with donations brought in by the students for the Christian Sharing Center. Lastly, they crafted 3-D Christmas ornaments for seniors in nursing homes and the homebound.

In a spirit of wonderful camaraderie, the students met their required Corporal Acts of Mercy and practiced the virtue of patience as they gently rotated from one activity to the next. Today, the entire student body was a witness to our Advent message "BE THE GIFT"!
Highlights
Please Share Your Photos with Us!
The yearbook team needs your action shots! Have you taken pictures at school events? Field trips? Sporting events? Please share them with us for the yearbook! Upload photos on this secure site: www.hjeshare.com
Use school code 2653
Thank you!

Auction News
Planning is well underway for our Havana Nights themed 19th Annual SMMCS Dinner and Auction! Solicitations for items has begun, we have already acquired our first sponsor, the food and beverage committee has been receiving bids, and the decorations committee has done some preliminary planning! Activity will be picking up tremendously after the holidays, so if you signed up to help and have not been contacted yet, just watch your email in January!

How Can You Help?
  • Mark your calendars for April 6th and plan on joining us for a fun-filled evening of fellowship and fundraising for a good cause.
  • Watch for an email from your homeroom mom before Christmas break regarding class basket donations.
  • Have an item to donate? Know someone with a company that could donate services? We encourage everyone to contribute in some way! The donation forms can be found on the school website https://www.smmschool.org/annual-auction
  • We will need the largest number of volunteers during the week preceding the event to transform our Parish Life Center into the streets of Havana!

Watch the upcoming newsletter and the website for regular updates and announcements. We are looking forward to working together to make this a successful event benefiting all of our students! If you have any questions or would like to participate in any way, please email auction@smmschool.org


In the Classroom
Pre-K News
During this special season of Advent, Deacon Nelsen visits with our VPK children. The children learn the importance of waiting patiently and preparing our hearts and minds for baby Jesus. He also spoke with the children about the four candles on the Advent wreath.  The first candle of Hope, symbolizes the hope we have in God, as we wait for the birth of baby Jesus.  
Middle School Science News
Mrs. Williamson’s 7th graders had a delightful time sharing their science knowledge, about the Theory of Continental Drift and Plate Tectonics, with their 1st grade buddies. Students identified fossils, compared soil samples, modeled mountain building, made casts of fossils, and viewed glacier skid marks, just as Alfred Wegener did when he was proposing the idea of Pangea.  
Home and School
Chick-fil-A St. Mary Magdalen School Spirit Night!
Monday, December 10th, 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Invite your friends, family and neighbors! Please see the flyer in the Weekly Attachments for more information.   
Lunch and Recess Volunteer Opportunity - December
Parents, we still need volunteers for our Middle School and last lunch periods. If you can join us any time between 11:30 – 1:30, please stop by our school cafeteria. We truly appreciate any time you can give us, on any given day. The safety of our students is always our top priority and having enough parent volunteers during recess is necessary, as well. Please click on the link below to volunteer.  
 
All families are required to volunteer at least 5 hours in the lunchroom or recess. Volunteers should have cleared fingerprints and completed safe environment training. If you have any questions, please contact   Nancy Thomas

Sports Highlights
David Rivas, Middle School Athletic Director
Anja Doherty, Grade School Athletic Director
Daisy Nassis, Cheer Director


Please see the Sports Button for more information regarding:

  • Middle School Sports – Girls’ and Boys’ Track 2nd Mini Meet 12/1/18, Results
  • Middle School Sports – Girls’ and Boys’ Track Practices and Championship Meet Information 
  • Middle School Sports – Uniform Return – Boys’ Soccer and Girls’ Basketball
  • Middle School Sports – Important Dates
Weekly Attachments
  • All Families: Chick-fil-A SMMCS Spirit Night, 12/10/2018 5:30 -7:30 pm
  • All Families: 3rd Annual SkinnerStrong Annual Golf Tournament and Online Auction, (In memory of Joe Skinner a SMMCS 2012 Graduate), 12/21/18
  • All Families: Faith & Family Night with the Orlando Magic, 3/8/19, 7:00 pm
  • Barter Barn, 2018 – 2019 
Parish News
Holy Day of Obligation: The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Mass times: Friday, December 7th - Vigil Mass at 7:00 pm (Bilingual) and Saturday, December 8th - Mass at 8:00 am 

Advent Reconciliation
Tuesday, December 11th at 10:00 am and 7:00 pm
A communal Reconciliation Service in the Church with the opportunity for individual confessions following. In addition to our own priests, there will be priests from other parishes available for Reconciliation.

 
Family Movie Night
Friday, December 14th at 7:00 pm in the Parish Life Center 
Prepare for the real reason for this season by inviting a family to accompany you for our free screening of  The Star: The Story of the First Christmas. Bring a blanket or beach chair; we’ll provide the refreshments.  
 
For more parish information, visit StMaryMagdalen.org .
Mission Statement for St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School: St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School prepares students for life with a quality Christ-centered education in a safe and supportive environment. Families, faculty, and parish share in the development of the spiritual, academic, and social potential of each student as a unique child of God.