February  5, 2016


St. Margaret Mary
 School Newsletter
Parenting the Snapchat Generation

All St. Margaret Mary parents are invited to attend to this seminar at Holy Spirit School on Monday, February 8 at 7:00 pm. To learn more, please click here
It's Book Fair Time!
Book Fair will be open
Monday, February 8 - Wednesday, February 17
  Please be sure to stop by and check out all of the fabulous books that are available at the fair when you are here for 
conferences on Thursday, February 11th.

The students
can shop during their library classes
and other open times
that are available during the school day. 

6th Grade Bracelet Sales!

A huge thank you to our school community for the wonderful response in purchasing bracelets made by our 6th grade students.
$1,000 was raised! 
The following four charities will each receive $250 each:
  • Humane Society
  • St. Jude
  • Make a Wish
  • Rice Bowls (Catholic Charities)
SMM Spirit Wear 
20% off while supplies last!
Girls Softball 

Please click here to learn more about SMM Mustang Softball for girls in the 3rd-8th grade. Sign ups are at http://athletics.stmm.org/
Questions? Ron Kiefer ron.kiefer@att.net

It's Tennis Time! 
Sign ups are underway for  grades 1-8.
Practices are starting soon, all you need is a racket!  Informational meeting is set for February 24th at 5:00 pm.  To sign up, please head to  www.stmm.org  and click on the  athletics tab.  For more details regarding practice times, location etc. you can send an email to:  Marcela or Jason Newman at
3-on-3 Basketball Tournament
1st - 4th grades
Friday, February 19 
(During the Fish Fry)

Deadline is Wednesday, February 17. 

Please click here for complete details!
Spring Sports
Time to register for spring sports! 
The following sports are open and ready for you to sign up! 
  • Swimming
  • Track and Field
  • Lacrosse
  • Boys Volleyball
  • K-2 Soccer
Classroom Baskets
Gala Fundraiser

Due to popular demand we are bringing back the Classroom Grade Level Theme Baskets!

The Gala Theme Basket Team is asking for donations per GRADE LEVEL to be auctioned off at this year's Diamonds and Denim Event. Many wonderful auction items are already secured, but to make it even better, we are asking that you donate to your "Grade Level Theme". Each themed basket will be part of the silent auction that evening. Please click here for complete details.
Feeling overwhelmed or
Take some time to renew yourself at the "Christ Renews His Parish" Retreat. 

A Renewal Experience 
St. Margaret Mary 2016

Spots are limited and are expected to fill up quickly. Spots will be reserved on a first come/first serve basis.
Stewardship Cards

The parish office is eager to receive your 2016 Stewardship Card. If you are unsure if you have submitted your family's commitment card or need a new one, please contact the parish office at 426-1588.
Franciscan  Kitchen
On  Tuesday, February 9 , the following students will accompany Dee Snyder to the Franciscan Kitchen: Hadley Snyder, Julia McNeley, and Katie Chambers.
* Drivers will pick up the students at SMM at 10:00 am for arrival to the Kitchen by 10:30 am. The group will return about 1:00 pm.

Current School Calendar

Please note that Good Friday, March 25 has been changed to an early dismissal day at 1:15 pmPlease click here to view the updated calendar.
2016-2017 School Calendar
Click here  to view the 2016-2017 School Calendar.
SMM Gala
Diamonds and Denim 

Saturday, March 5
SMM Alumni Pride
We are pleased to brag on our SMM Alumni:
  • Please click here to view the listing of Assumption High School students who received honors for the 1st semester of the 15-16 school year.
  • To view the listing of Sacred Heart Academy students who made the Principal's List or First Honor Roll for the first semester, please click here.
  • Please click here to view the students at St. Xavier High School who made Honor Roll for the 2nd quarter.
  • To view the list of students at duPont Manual High School who have made the Honor Roll, please click here.
  • The Trinity High School Honor Roll list will be available at a later date.
  • Congratulations to Lydia Hummel for making the Principal's List at Presentation Academy for the 2nd quarter.
  • We'd like to congratulate Merris Barber for being selected to represent duPont Manual High School to compete at the district level for the Governor's Scholar Program.
Text Option - Instant Alert

We now have the ability to send Instant Alert messages to your mobile phone via text!  This is not automatic, each family will need to opt in from the mobile phone they wish to receive the text message.
To opt in:

You may respond to the text message that will be sent to every cell phone number that we have in our PowerSchool database. That message will be sent on Friday, February 5th at 4:00 pm.

o  Responding with a Y will allow text messages to your phone.

o   Responding with STOP will remove that phone number from the system.


You can also participate in this service by sending a text message of Y  or 
Yes  to our school's short code number  67587

You can also opt out of these messages at any time by simply replying to one of our messages with Stop

School Advisory Council (SAC)  Nominations

The School Advisory Council (SAC) is currently accepting nominations for new members. New members will be elected by school families. The primary purpose of the SAC shall be to give guidance and advice to the Pastor, Community Director, and Principal. The SAC will consider the interest of all parents, students, and faculty. The term for a SAC member is three years. Nominations will be accepted through
Tuesday, February 16th.
If you are interested and have questions, please contact Nikki Boehm ( naboehm@yahoo.com ) regarding this stewardship opportunity. For more information, nomination forms were sent home in the Friday Folders to the youngest or only child in each family. Please click here to access a nomination form.
Valentine's Day
MenT.O.R.S. Meeting
Girls, Chivalry, Relationships, and the Objectification of Women
Sunday, February 14
Hospitality Room
6:30 - 8:00 pm

This month's topic will focus on chivalry and proper treatment of girls. Join us for a panel of fellow St Margaret Mary parents as we discuss the proper treatment of girls and the expectations they have of how their daughters should be treated. This panel of mothers and fathers will discuss not only their own expectations, but also the expectations in society. In addition to this, we will also discuss the objectification of women and how our sons can play a role in building and creating stronger communities and relationships. We will discuss current events, abuse, and their impact on our world today. It's a great way to spend the evening. Bring mom, and enjoy another informative and special community event.
For more information contact Eric Thomas

Snow Makeup Days

School will now be in session on Monday, February 15 and Monday, March 28. These were initially marked as potential snow make-up days. 
Volunteers Needed

The SMM Community Fish Fry will kick off on February 19th and run for five consecutive weeks. Parents of our grade school children are asked to volunteer for shifts based on their child(ren)'s grade(s). Grade assignments are as follows:

  • Feb. 19th - 1st and 8th grades
  • Feb. 26th - Kindergarten and 7th grade
  • March 4th - 2nd and 5th grades
  • March 11th - 3rd and 6th grades
  • March 18th - 4th grade
Junior High and High School students needing service hours are welcome to volunteer also. If you can not volunteer on your child's scheduled date, then please select an alternative date (March 18th, in particular, needs volunteers as only one grade is scheduled to work).  
To volunteer  please click here!
Cake Booth Donations are requested based on the grade volunteer schedule. Donations can be dropped off in the PAC (stage) during afternoon carline on Friday or brought to the Fish Fry. A Free Dress pass will be issued for each cake booth donation.   
Questions can be directed to Elisa Nielson at 759-7755 or elisanielson@outlook.com

Thank you for helping make our parish community
Fish Frys a success! 
Start 2016 off well by spending quiet time with God
"We need to find God and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness.  God is the friend of silence."  
      ~ Blessed Mother Teresa
Adoration Opportunities
Every Wednesday Evening
6:30 - 7:30 pm
Every Thursday Afternoon 
1:00 - 2:00 pm

What is Eucharistic Adoration?
Eucharistic adoration is the act of adoring, honoring and worshiping God as He is present in the consecrated Eucharist.
What do I do at Adoration?
Adoration is a time to be silent in the presence of God. There are many ways to spend your time:  pray, say a Rosary, meditate on scripture, journal, read about a saint, pray the psalms, or just sit quietly!  This is a wonderful way to draw closer to God.
 The Week Ahead. . .

Sunday February 7
12:00 pm
Scout Sunday Mass & Resonare' Hand Bell Choir at Noon Mass
1:30 - 2:15 pm
Concert for Peace - SuperNova and Resonare' Concert - Church

Monday, February 8
NO FREE DRESS. School Uniforms required
7:15 am
Encore Rehearsal - Music Room
8:15 am
Daily Mass - 7th grades attend
1:15 pm
Poetry Bash - 2H - Hospitality Room
3:00 - 4:00 pm
Reading Reinforcement - 1D

Tuesday, February 9
7:15 - 7:50 am
SuperNova Rehearsal - Music Room
10:00 am
Poetry Bash - 2M - Hospitality Room
1:15 -2:15 pm
Valentine's Day Classroom Parties - hosted by Room Parents
3:00 - 4:00 pm
Arts & Crafts - New Year Crafts -  2H

Jazz It Up! - 1R - Performance

KinderPhonics - KL

Math Mania - 1st, 2nd, & Jr. High -
                     No 4th grade class
3:00-4:30 pm
Math Mania - 5th & 6th grade

Pottery Wheel Class - Art Room

Wednesday, February 10
Ash Wednesday
Family Night
8:15 am
All School Mass - Ash Wednesday - 7G planning
1:15 pm
Poetry Bash - 2L - Hospitality Room
3:00 - 4:00 pm    Chess Club - Library

Thursday, February 11
Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Friday, February 12 
Winter Break - No School

Monday, February 15 - School in Session!
3:00 - 4:00 pm
Reading Reinforcement - 1D
Looking Ahead  . . . Save the Dates!
February 15
School in session
February 16
Incoming Kindergarten Screening Day - No School for Current Kindergartners
February 19
Festival of Nations - 6th grade classes - PAC

First Fish Fry of Lent
February 20
Mom Prom (Mother-Son Dance) - PAC
February 22
Dine & Dash - hosted by 1st & 6th grade
February 26
Last Day of 2nd Trimester
February 28
Used Uniform Sale - 10:00 am - Noon - Parish Hallway
February 29
First Day of 3rd Trimester
March 1 & 3
Donuts with Dad
March 4
Yearbook Group Pictures - No Free Dress - Uniforms Required
March 5
2nd Grade Day of Reflection

SMM Gala - Denim & Diamonds at the Icehouse
March 7 - 11
March 14 - 18

Terra Nova Testing - grades 3 - 7