Mustang Messenger l November 15, 2018           
Message from the Principal

Please mark your calendars for a very important parent meeting regarding technology safety on Thursday, November 29th at 6:30 pm. Our speaker will be sharing practical tips on how to keep our children safe in today’s world of technology. Due to the nature of this topic, I am asking for at least one parent, of every fifth through eighth grade student, to attend this meeting (sign in sheets will help us track attendance). In an effort to help all parents who wish to attend, a light dinner will be provided and babysitting is available. As an added bonus, a free dress pass, per child, will be given to all attendees! Please mark your calendar and plan to attend. Consider joining us right before for an overview of the home and school subcommittees beginning at 6:00 pm.  

At Mass on Wednesday, we heard the reading of the ten lepers. It is a passage that reminds us of the importance of giving thanks to God first; ten were cleansed but only one came back. This Saturday, we celebrate Father Charlie’s birthday and thank God for the blessing he is in our lives. Let us all strive to follow the example he sets for us by placing God first above all other things! 
Dates to Remember

November 2018

16 – Fall Play, Little Red Riding Hood & Superheroes, 7:00 pm, PLC
17 – Fall Play, Superheroes, 2:00 pm, PLC
17 – Father Charlie’s Birthday!
19 – Honor Roll Recognition at Morning Assembly, 8:02 am
20 – Liturgy, Gr. 2, 8:30 am, Church
20 – Geography Bee, Gr. 4-8
21-23 – School Closed for Thanksgiving Break
26 – School Resumes
28 – Liturgy, 8:30 am, Church, Principal & Asst. Principal Appreciation
29 – Home & School Meeting, PLC, 6:00 pm sub-committee meeting, 6:30 pm Home & School general meeting
Christmas Donations
Thank you for supporting the Eco Club’s shoe drive. Donations for new or gently used shoes will continue until Nov. 20th. There are two boxes in the breezeway for collection of shoes or you may drop them off at the school office. If you have any questions, please email the Eco Club. Thank you for considering this gift of hope and care.  
Christmas Dinner Bags for The Christian Sharing Center 
Help us provide Christmas dinner to 100 families in need! Please send in your grade level items (listed below) and consider donating a $10 grocery store gift card for the purchase of a ham or turkey by December 5th.  We will be filling the bags for the Christian Sharing Center during a special morning of service on December 6th. Watch for more details about the morning as we get closer! 

  • Kindergarten and First Grade – Gravy (2 packs) and boxed Jell-O (2 boxes)
  • Second and Third Grades – Boxed cake mix (2 boxes) and canned frosting (2 cans)
  • Fourth Grade – Boxed stuffing (3 boxes)
  • Fifth Grade – Green beans (3 cans) and canned corn (3 cans)
  • Sixth Grade – Canned fruit (3 cans) and box of tea (1)
  • Seventh Grade – Boxed scalloped or au gratin potatoes (3 boxes)
  • Eighth Grade – Instant coffee or box of tea (2)      
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
Box of Joy
Thank you to our faculty, staff and parents for donating a Box of Joy. During this season of thankfulness, we are reminded how a small box filled with so much love and care, can bring hope to children far away. Thank you for showing God’s unconditional love and sharing the joy of Christmas. 
In the Classroom
Third Grade News
Students in third grade have been learning about Native American culture, as a part of their Social Studies curriculum. They learned how different tribes such as the Cherokee of the Southwest and the Iroquois of the Northeast lived in different kinds of homes and ate different kinds of foods, depending on the terrain and the climate. Students celebrated Native American Day, as a way of remembering the many beautiful things Native Americans have added to our culture. The students made fried bread, crafted totem poles and fashioned their own clay pots, like the many artifacts that have been unearthed and preserved throughout our country. Third grade had lots of fun celebrating the Native American culture!

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.   
Social Media Parent Seminar
Please join us for our General Home and School Meeting, Thursday, Nov. 29th at 6:30 pm, in the Parish Life Center.  
  • Special guest speaker on internet safety; how to keep our children safe in this world of Social Media
  • Light dinner provided by SLA to enjoy, as you browse the Home and School sub-committee tables  
  • A free student dress pass, for parents who attend this presentation
  • Free babysitting, if needed, please email Home & School to reserve your spot. 

Thank you for all the ways you help support our fabulous school!
Lunch and Recess Volunteer Opportunity
Parents, please take advantage of the beautiful fall weather we’re blessed with in Florida and join us during lunch and recess. 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. 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 First Mini Meet Results
  • Middle School Sports - SMMCS Track Yearbook Photos – 11/16/18 Before practice
  • Middle School Sports – Flag Football Schedules
  • Middle School Sports – Uniform Return – Boys’ Soccer and Girls’ Basketball
  • Middle School Sports – Girls’ and Boys’ Track and Boys’ Flag Football 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
Thanksgiving Day Mass
7:00 am and 10:00 am – Thursday, November 22nd
Bring a loaf of bread to the 10:00 am Mass to be blessed!

Thanksgiving Dinner
Your generosity helps us provide a Thanksgiving Day Dinner for those in need. We are asking for turkeys (16 lbs or larger), pies, sides, wine...anything helps. Please drop-off your donation at the Parish Office. If you would like to attend, no ticket is necessary, but an RSVP is helpful. Please call the Parish Office at 407.831.1212.

Emmaus Ministry for Grieving Parents
For parents whose children of any age have died by any cause, no matter how long ago. St. James is hosting an information luncheon on Wednesday, November 28th from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. They will share information about the upcoming one-day retreat for grieving parents on March 9th at St. James Cathedral. All are welcome; you may invite anyone you think may be interested. Please RSVP to Justin Reyes by Friday, November 16th at or 407.422.2005 ext. 101.

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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.