Mustang Messenger l September 6, 2018           
Message from the Principal

This time of year, there is so much excitement as we plan for our Annual CommunityFest! Our annual Parish festival will be held October 19th, 20th, and 21st. The section of the CommunityFest that the school covers is Kids’ Games (this includes face painting). All families are asked to volunteer a minimum of 2 hours of time during the weekend in the Kids’ Games section. Please mark your calendar to attend. More information regarding sign up will be available next week. We need your help to make this year’s event the best ever!
Dates to Remember

September 2018

8 - Parish Mission, Cooking Demo & Dinner Event, 6:30 pm
9 - “Teaching” Mass,12:00 pm, followed by Parish Mission, 1:30 pm
12 - School Liturgy, 10:00 am, Gym
19 - Liturgy, 3L, 8:30 am, Church
19 - Progress Reports Posted for the First Trimester 
20 - NJHS Information Night, 7:00 pm, Cafeteria
24 - Mustang Stampede Kick-Off
26 - Liturgy, Gr. 5, 8:30 am, Church
28 - Pep Rally, 2:30 pm, Gym
Notes of Interest
Update Information on ParentsWeb
PLEASE make sure to update the Emergency Contacts, listed under Web Forms, with individuals (other than the parents) who are authorized to pick up your child in an emergency if you are unavailable. Click here for directions.
Mustang Music Ensemble
St. Mary Magdalen’s Mustang Music Ensemble begins practice on Wednesday, Sept. 12th. This is a music enrichment ensemble for students in grades 3 – 5, which meets after school. In this group, students will play percussion instruments, recorders and ukuleles. Students work as a team as they prepare for performances through the school year. There are still openings to join. Please use the registration form under the attachments section of this week’s newsletter if interested. 
Faith on Campus
Communion Service
Due to the reupholstering in our church, the students of St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School attended a Communion Service in the gym yesterday. Deacon Jerry Kelly was our presider, and sixth grade students volunteered to prepare the readings and intentions. It was a wonderful ceremony, both simple and full of significance, because everyone collaborated in transforming the gym into a place of worship to Our Lord.
In the News
We are now able to Skype with staff and children of the Peace Orphanage in Mexico City!  
What started out as just a test call turned into a heart-warming visit with SMM 8th graders and some of the Peace Orphanage children. Founded in 1921 by a group of Benedictine religious sisters, the Peace Orphanage takes in orphaned and abandoned children from all over Mexico City. SMM Parish has been a supporter of the orphanage since 2013 and SMM School has joined in to promote awareness over the last couple of years. We are looking forward to much more interaction with them in the year to come - a rewarding experience for us all!
Faith and Family Night with the Orlando Magic!
Join the Diocese of Orlando for a night of faith and family fun with the Orlando Magic! See the weekly attachments below for details.
In the Classroom
Third Grade
Third grade has been learning about place value to recognize, compare, and order large numbers. Our class is also rounding numbers to the nearest tens, hundreds, and thousands. They are looking forward to adding and subtracting numbers up to the thousands! Wow! 
Home and School
Sub-Committee Meeting
Please mark your calendar for our first meeting: Tuesday, September 18th in the cafeteria, 6:30 – 7:30 pm. We are so excited to welcome the many parents who are ready to volunteer their time and talents with us this year. We look forward to sharing our fun events and activities we have planned this year! More information will be emailed to you soon.  
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 Registration 
  • Middle School Sports – Game Schedule
Weekly Attachments

  • Grades 6 – 8: Call for New Altar Servers, 9/12/18, Cafeteria, 7:00 pm
  • Grades 3 – 5: Mustang Music Ensemble, 9/11/18
  • Ages 3 – 12: Maitland Soccer, Meet and Greet, 9/14/18
  • 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.