Mustang Messenger l October 25, 2018           
Message from the Principal

I wanted to express my heartfelt gratitude to all who helped make our Mustang Stampede a HUGE success. Together, we raised over $37,000 for our school! This money allows us to make technology purchases now, that were scheduled for future years, enhancing the instruction and learning in the classroom. A special thank you to Cynthia Dades, Filomena Sweet, Darryl Dziedzic, and Joe Walter for all of their hard work to make this fundraising event both profitable and truly enjoyable for all involved. Thank you to all of our sponsors and to the many volunteers who helped throughout the event. We couldn’t have done it without the help and support of everyone!  

What a wonderful CommunityFest weekend!! Thank you so much for coming out and giving of your time to this awesome annual event. It was so nice spending time with the children and parents. From participating together in the parade, to working the games, to enjoying the performances of our students and appreciating time visiting with so many of you, it truly was a wonderful weekend. Thank you for your gift of time and for coming out and being a part of such a community building event! 
Dates to Remember

October 2018

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
31 - Kindergarten Halloween Party, 8:30-11:00 am


November 2018

1 - All Saints Day Liturgy, Gr. 5, 10:00 am, Church
2 - End of First Trimester
4 - Fall Open House for Perspective Parents, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, Cafeteria
7 - Liturgy, Gr. 6, 8:30 am, Church
7 - Parent / Teacher Conferences
14 - Liturgy, Gr. 1, 8:30 am Church
14 - Parent / Teacher Conferences
16 - Fall Play, Little Riding Hood / Superheroes, 7:00 pm, PLC
17 - Fall Play, Little Riding Hood / Superheroes, 2:00 pm, PLC
17 - Father Charlie’s Birthday!
20 - Liturgy, Gr. 2, 8:30 am, Church
21-23 - School Closed for Thanksgiving Break
26 - School Resumes
28 - Liturgy, 8:30 am, Church, Principal & Asst. Principal Appreciation
30 - Parish/School Play, It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Show, 7:00 pm, PLC

December 2018

1 - Parish/School Play, It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Show, 2:00 pm, PLC
Notes of Interest
STEM Club for Middle School Students - Limited Availability
On November 15th we will hold the first meeting of our STEM Club for this school year. Membership is limited to ten (10) middle school students. Please click HERE for more information.
Girls Who Code Club
Our Girls who Code Club will be starting again in November! The club is open to girls in grades 5-8, who are interested in learning coding and making an impact in our community. Our first meeting will be Tuesday, November 6th, at 3:15 in the Computer Lab. If your child would like to register before the end of October and receive a free t-shirt, click here and use our club code, FL5552. Once you've created your account, you can order your shirt under the Celebrate tab. Please contact Mrs. Walker for more information.
Faith on Campus
Saint of the Month: St. Therese of Lisieux
The seventh graders have learned much on the life and writings of St. Therese. In her diary, The Story of a Soul, Therese discovers that true joy is found in the intention that precedes our thoughts and actions. The students concluded that love of God and service to others connects well with our Parish's message series: Seek, Accompany, and Serve.
Highlights
Mark your calendar for the Auction!
If you have not already marked your calendar for our Annual St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School Auction and Gala, please do! This year’s event will take place on April 6, 2019 in the Parish Life Center. It is sure to be a fun evening of fellowship centered around the theme Havana Nights! Believe it or not, planning has already begun but it is not too late to join in the preparation. If you’re interested in joining the committee, donating an item for the auction or just want to ask a question, please email Cynthia Dades at cdades@smmschool.org for more information.

Thank you to our Mustang Stampede sponsors!
In addition to our wonderful volunteers and donors mentioned in last week’s newsletter, the Mustang Stampede would not have been as successful without our business sponsors. We would like to recognize the following for their support:

TCR Technologies

Civil Corp Engineering, Inc.
Thornton Park Dental Arts
P. V. Carpentry

Celandine Life Preparatory Academy
DG Caster and Equipment, LLC
Jacob Warren Enterprises LLC
Altamonte Women’s Center
Scotchie’s Custom Cakes
Woodcrafters Custom Picture Framing
Crave It, Love It – Chef Robert Rettig
In the Classroom
Third Grade
Students in 3L worked very hard to write and illustrate descriptive paragraphs about their favorite region in the United States. They had to name a state in the region and describe the landforms, climate and vegetation. They had a great time learning about where in the country some have been to or would like to visit one day!

Home and School
Home and School Meetings
Parents, please plan on joining us for two important and informative parent meetings, Thursday, November 29th, in our school cafeteria. Our first meeting will be a short 30 minute meeting, starting at 6:00 PM, with information from our Sub-Committee members. Immediately following will be our General Parent Meeting starting at 6:30 PM, ending at 7:30 PM. All parents are welcome at both meetings. A light dinner, babysitting and a free dress pass will be provided for parents who attend. More details coming soon. 
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 – Track and Flag Football Tryout Information
  • Middle School Sports – Girls’ and Boys’ Track Dates
  • Middle School Sports – Boys’ Flag Football Dates
Weekly Attachments
  • All Families: Halloween at Cranes Roost Park, 10/31/18, 5:00 - 9:00 pm
  • All Families: Faith & Family Night with the Orlando Magic, 3/8/19, 7:00 pm
  • Barter Barn, 2018 – 2019 
Parish Weekly News
C lick 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.