Mustang Messenger l November 29, 2018           
Message from the Principal

Words cannot begin to express our sincere gratitude for all of the many ways Ms. Morales and I were “appreciated” yesterday. From the heartfelt gifts, to the delicious lunch and dinner provided, to the yummy treats and sweet messages from the students all day long, we truly felt spoiled! A special thank you is extended to the Home and School Chairs and Teachers who helped with the planning “behind the scenes;” the effort did not go unnoticed! We consider it a blessing to spend our days serving in this special community and thank God for the gift of your children. They fill our hearts with joy and we are blessed by them each and every day!   
Dates to Remember

November 2018

30 – Parish Christmas Concert, Church, 7:00 pm

December 2018

2 – First Sunday of Advent
4 – Reconciliation for Grades 6,7,8, Church, 1:15 pm
4 – Band, Mustang Ensemble, Show Choir Concert, PLC, 7:00 pm
5 – Liturgy, Church, 8:30 am, Grade 4
6 – Service Morning
6- Reconciliation for Grades 3, 4,5, Church, 1:15 pm
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
Christmas Donations
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
Principals' Appreciation Day
Happy Principals' Day to our beloved Ms. Rotz and Ms. Morales! After the school liturgy on Wednesday, the student body, faculty, and parents were delighted to celebrate our principal and assistant principal. These two hard working ladies lead St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School both academically and in our journey of faith. Ms. Rotz and Ms. Morales model the Master Teacher, Jesus Christ, every single school day, from the moment our school opens until our gates close. Thank you for your leadership and for your daily smiles!
Peace Orphanage
For the past few years, St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School has been partnering with this ministry to help support the girls and boys in the Friends of the Peace Orphanage in Mexico City. We have helped with funding toward tuition for several students and provided uniforms, school supplies and basic technology for all of the children. With your help and support, we have been able to make a difference in the lives of the many children cared for at the Peace Orphanage. We offer continued prayers for the children as well as the Benedictine Sisters who care for them. More information about the Peace Orphanage can be found in the current “Ripples” newsletter.  

In the Classroom
Kindergarten News
On a cold November morning, Kinder Hoots were learning about their five senses. They spied bean leaf roller (tent) caterpillars munching the beans in their garden. They picked them off the leaves and helped save the garden from pests. Their five senses helped them explore the outside world, filled with many beautiful creations from God.
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
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 2nd Mini Meet 12/1/18, 8th grade Time Update
  • Middle School Sports – Girls’ and Boys’ Track 2nd Mini Meet VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
  • Middle School Sports – Track and 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 
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.