Mustang Messenger l October 11, 2018           
Message from the Principal

As seen by the tents going up, CommunityFest is right around the corner! Please travel carefully while on campus and pay special attention to changes in accessibility to various areas. We look forward to this exciting upcoming event that brings people from all around to our wonderful parish!  
Dates to Remember

October 2018

12 - Mustang Stampede
17 - Liturgy, Gr. 7, 8:30 am, Church
18 - No School for Students, Professional Development Day for Teachers
19 - No School, CommunityFest
22 - No School, CommunityFest
23-26 - Red Ribbon Week
30 - All Saints Parade, Gr. K - 4, 1:45 pm
30 - Halloween Class Parties, Gr. 1 - 8, 2:15 - 3:00 pm
In the News
CommunityFest 2018 Dri-Fit T-shirts On Sale Now
Don't miss the chance to get your shirts before they sell out!
Students are allowed to wear this shirt to school on CommunityFest Spirit Days (every Friday leading up to CommunityFest), for PE the week of CommunityFest AND in the opening parade as part of their costume.
All shirts are $12 each
*A2XL $13 and A3XL $16
Click on the link below to place your online order. Shirts will be delivered to the school within a couple days of the order and sent home through your student with the homeroom designated on the order.

CommunityFest News: Games Sign Up
Thank you to all of our families who have already signed up for a shift at CommunityFest! Your gift of time helps our parish provide this wonderful weekend not only to our parishioners but to the greater church community as well. If you have not yet signed up, please click here to see where help is still needed. As a reminder, all families are asked to commit a shift in the Kids’ Games area. The children love spending time in this area and it serves as a wonderful opportunity to put our faith into action.
CommunityFest 2018 Parade
“Showcasing Broadway's Most Memorable Plays” is this year’s parade theme! If your child would like to be in the parade here are a few details: 

  • Meet on the lawn in front of the school office at 5:00 pm on Friday, October 19th.
  • Parade starts at 6:00 pm. 
  • Pre-K and Kindergarten Students – “Cats”. Wear plain color clothes or something that has leopard spots or tiger type stripes. We will provide cat ears. Please draw whiskers on your child’s cheeks. 
  • 1st and 2nd Grade Students – “Oklahoma”. Wear jeans and cowboy boots (if you have them). We will provide cowboy hats. 
  • 3rd and 4th Grade Students – “South Pacific”. Wear White T-Shirts, blue jeans or white pants and white shoes. We will provide sailor hats. 
"Sweet Treats" Booth
Once again, the “Sweet Treats” booth needs your help! Could you bake or provide yummy baked goods for our “Sweet Treats” Booth? Your creative and delicious desserts are always a big hit, such as cakes, pies, brownies, cookies, buckeyes, and specialty treats.

When: Fri., Oct. 19th - donation drop off, (corner of 1st Grade Bldg. 8 am to Noon under tent) or SMM Cafeteria, “Sweet Treats” Booth                        

We want to take this opportunity to thank you for your kind and delicious donation to our SMM “Sweet Treats” Booth!
Faith on Campus
Living Like Saints
Middle school students have been busy reading and reflecting on the lives of St. Kateri Tekakwitha and St. Rose of Lima. The sixth graders learned that the virtues that these young women lived by are still relevant today, and that we are all called to live a virtuous life.

Mustang Stampede Reminders
The Mustang Stampede, our fall fundraiser, is coming to an end. See below for some reminders:

  • Thursday morning, October 11th, was the final donation envelope collection to be included in the totals for prize eligibility, BUT we will still happily accept donations – they will count towards our school goal, but not towards student awards.
  • Friday, October 12th, is the final event – students may wear their superhero shirts with PE shorts and school shoes.
  • Click here to make final donations online, volunteer, and see the schedule for Friday.
  • If you haven’t made a donation, consider going online now and pledging a small amount - every little bit counts!

Many thanks to all who participated in supporting our school! Fundraisers like this help us supplement our technology budget and advance faster, further enhancing the education of our students!

Mark Your Calendar!
Red Ribbon Week activities begin as we return from CommunityFest weekend, October 23 – 26. The 2018 National Red Ribbon Week Theme is: Life Is Your Journey, Travel Drug Free. As we celebrate living safe and healthy lives, we are asking students to participate in the following ways:

Tuesday, Oct. 23rd – Sock it Out to Drugs! Students are asked to wear silly socks to school, with uniform shoes.

Thursday, Oct. 25th – Red Day! Students are asked to wear red shirts and socks, with uniform shorts and shoes.

Students will receive a Red Ribbon Week bracelet on Tuesday, Oct. 23rd. They may wear this bracelet throughout the week. The entire school body will wear Red Ribbons with our regular uniforms on Friday, Oct. 26th. Additional resources about Red Ribbon Week will be sent to you next week, including tips for sharing this important message with your children.  

In the Classroom
Art - Creativity Abounds!
Students in K - 5 have been busy working in art class! 

Kindergarteners are learning about the three primary colors of red, yellow and blue. All other colors on the color wheel are made from these three colors, so we call them “strong”. Superman, also “strong” and dressed in red, yellow and blue, is the icon we use to help us remember. We became super heroes, ourselves, after we colored our artwork!

First grade recently painted an orange fall pumpkin, by mixing yellow and red paint (ask them how they created so many different shades of orange)!

Second grade is studying warm and cool colors on the color wheel and painted a scary piranha, using warm colors on the fish’s body and cool colors on the fins and tail. These fish look sweet at first, but, watch out, they can become dangerous!

Third grade is learning that an artist who designs buildings is called an architect (yes, the same Elements of Art and Principles of Design are used even in building design)! After studying examples of various cityscapes, students determined that shapes of the tops of the buildings are very important. They each created a skyline for their own city. Students had a blast adding windows and details! Adding stars was the overall favorite!

Fourth grade is studying value (the lightness or darkness of a color) and used value to create depth in an underwater sea scene. They discovered that blending was harder than they thought!

Finally, fifth graders are using chalk pastel to create value in the faces of their scarecrows. Students loved adding many creative details to their scarecrows. As artists, they know that details add interest which makes the viewer look longer!

Home and School
Volunteer Opportunity
Fulfill your volunteer hours and support our school. 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. Please click below to volunteer during the month of October. We look forward to seeing you on campus! 

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’ Basketball and Boys’ Soccer Schedules
  • Middle School Sports – Girls’ Basketball and Boys’ Soccer Results
  • Middle School Sports – COACHES NEEDED
  • Middle School Sports – Important Dates and Looking Ahead
Weekly Attachments
  • Grades 3 - 8: SMM Parish Production of It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Show, Auditions, 10/14/18
  • All Families: Box Tops Grocery Receipts Opportunity 
  • All Families: An Afternoon with the Orlando City Lions, 10/21/18, 3:00 pm
  • All Families: Faith & Family Night with the Orlando Magic, 3/8/19, 7:00 pm
  • Barter Barn, 2018 – 2019 
Parish Weekly News
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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.