Mustang Messenger l November 8, 2018           
Message from the Principal

In Mass this week, Father Charlie did a wonderful job of teaching the children about stewardship. We are all called to place God first in all things. An envelope is being sent home with each of the students to be brought back next Wednesday, November 14th, at our school Mass. This is a one-time school Mass collection as we are learning about how to be good stewards of all that God has given to us. Additionally, below are some ways to get involved through service or outreach in the coming weeks. Please prayerfully consider supporting one or more these special opportunities as a family. Click on the Mass reflection to hear more about Father Charlie’s lesson to us in Mass and ask your child about the three jars he showed us!
Dates to Remember

November 2018

12 – Report Cards Sent Home
14 – Liturgy, Gr. 1, 8:30 am, Church
14 – Parent / Teacher Conferences
15 – Thanksgiving Play, Gr. 3
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!
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 - 7:30 pm
Christmas Donations
Light up a Senior Home for the Holy Season 
Register by November 11th to be part of this service project benefiting homebound seniors. Click here for details.
Box of Joy 
Box of Joy is an annual Christmas gift ministry facilitated by Cross Catholic Outreach. Through this Box of Joy program and sponsoring the cost of its shipment ($9), you can deliver a Box of Joy to a child overseas, who would otherwise go without at Christmas. Please watch this short video to see the joy and hope these simple boxes bring to the children. Click here for directions on how to pack the box. If interested in participating in this special outreach project, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher. Filled boxes should be brought back to school on November 15th (pick up will be on November 16th). 
Starting next week, the Eco-Club will be holding a used shoe drive for an organization called Soles4Souls. This nonprofit organization takes gently used (or new) shoes and sells them to organizations in third world countries, where the shoes provide a means for earning income. The sale of 1 pair of shoes can provide 5 meals to a family in Haiti; 20 pairs of shoes can provide a year’s worth of shelter and 30 pairs of shoes can provide a year’s worth of schooling for a child in Honduras.

This also keeps shoes out of the landfill, when another “life” for them can be found elsewhere. All shoe donations will be collected in the breezeway, November 12th - November 20th. If you have any questions, please email the Eco Club at 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
Sixth Grade Bible Service
Our annual Bible Prayer Service celebration took place on Wednesday, November 7th. Fr. Michael Burke presided over the service, blessed the Bibles, and distributed them to each of our sixth grade students. During the month of November, when we reflect upon all we are grateful for, we thank God for the wonderful opportunity of learning about God's Word at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School.
In the Classroom
Third Grade News
3P has been exploring all types of animals, reading books and gathering information on the internet. Recently, they learned how animals survive in the colder months. We know some animals hibernate and some animals move to warmer climates. The Monarch butterfly has the longest migration pattern, with some traveling almost 4,000 miles. All of us can help Monarch butterflies by providing backyard habitats for them and planting milkweed plants.

Home and School
Chick-fil-A Spirit Night!
Monday, December 10th, 5:30 – 7:30 pm. 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 Information
  • Middle School Sports – Girls’ and Boys’ Track – Free Clinic BMCHS 11/11/18, Registration
  • 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 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 Weekly News
Click HERE for Parish Weekly News.
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.