December 4, 2015

St. Margaret Mary
 School Newsletter

St. Nicholas' Day Pancake Breakfast Pancake
Sunday, December 6
After the 8:00 & 10:00 am Masses
St. Margaret Mary Cafeteria
Come enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast with excellent fellowship. St. Margaret Mary's scouting groups will be hosting this community event. Everyone is welcome!
St. Nicholas, a.k.a the original St. Nick, was a 4th century bishop of Myra and devoted himself to helping the poor. St. Nicholas is best known for secretly leaving small bags of gold on the window sills of the poor in his community. His feast day is December 6. Questions? Janet Angus,  690-2833

The deadline to submit your gifts for the 
Jesse Tree is 11:00 am on Sunday, December 6 in the church. This is wonderful opportunity for our parish and school families to participate in assisting those in need this Christmas season. Please click here for more details.
Holiday Book Fair

We are having a Scholastic Holiday Book Fair  in the library next week from Monday, December 7 through Friday, December 11. There will be a wonderful selection of holiday books and traditional kids' favorite chapter books etc.The holiday fair will be open  after school each day next week until 3:30 pm. (There will also be items available for sale in the PAC for those attending the K/1 Christmas Program on Monday.)

Parents of 6th, 7th & 8th graders
Youth Ministry Meeting
Monday, December 7
7:00 pm
Library Meeting Room

Parents of St. Margaret Mary School & the PREP program who have children in grades 6, 7, and 8, are invited to an organizational and visioning meeting in developing a Middle School Youth Ministry. Join Janet Angus, our Youth Ministry Coordinator, and Christine Williford, our Director of Lifelong Formation, in building and shaping this ministry!
Priests' Christmas Gifts

As in the past years, we would like to give the priests a monetary gift from the students and school families for all they do in the religious education of our children. If you would like to contribute, please send cash (if possible) in an envelope to the school office marked "Priests' Gifts" by Tuesday, December 15. Thank you!

Special Area Teachers &
 School Staff

It's time to show our
appreciation at Christmas to our amazing special area teachers who teach drama, art, music, Spanish (2 teachers), PE (2 teachers), computer, and our school librarian. This collection will also be shared with our school support staff that includes our maintenance, office staff, cafeteria manager and cafeteria monitors, administration and counseling staff.   (We don't want them to be left out because they do not have home room classes.)
Allison Jenkins will be taking up the collection this year. If you would like to donate (any amount), please send cash or check in a sealed envelope to the school office marked "Allison Jenkins" by Tuesday, December 15. 
Let's show our staff that they are appreciated this holiday season! 
Mustangs Spirit Wear
Do you have Mustang Fans on your Christmas list?   We will have the Mustang Store open at all Masses the weekend of December 12 and 13. We will have SMM spirit wear and uniforms for sale.
Basketball Spirit Wear
You can still order  basketball spirit wear and shooting shirts from the spirit wear website. The boy's teams will wear black shooting shirts and the girl's teams will wear red shooting shirts.  
The deadline for these items is Monday, December 7 at 10:00 am 
with delivery on Thursday, December 17. 
We are only taking pre-orders for the basketball apparel.  Click Here

Regular SMM Spirit Wear
Items ordered by 10:00 am on Mondays will be delivered on Thursdays.

Basketball Socks
We also have Mustang basketball socks.  If you are interested in purchasing basketball socks please contact Andrea Gohmann via email at

Congratulations to our St. Margaret Mary Jr. High Students who have been named to the Honor Roll for the 1st trimester. 
We are pleased to announce that SMM will be represented by 12 students in the 2016 all-state choirs for their age groups. The following students will be rehearsing and perform in the Whitney Hall of the Kentucky Center for the Arts as part of the Kentucky Music Educators' Association 2016 Conference in February.    
The students accepted into the all-state choir for their age group  are:

Abby Boggs Audrey Lucas
Ben Boggs Emma Redmon
Ben Breunig Gabi Tobias
Katie Chambers Will Varga
Carly Henry Haylen Wehr
Ava Herm Joseph Weis
Congratulations students and
Mrs. Harrison!
Attention SMM Swimmers
Time to grab the  goggles 
& hit the water!
SMM registration for the 2016 Swim Team is now underway.  Head to the athletics tab at  Practice will be at Blairwood Pool on January 3rd from 7:00 to 8:00 pm and every Sunday after that until the City Championships in March. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Coach Francis at  or Becca Appel

Abigail Hughes (3S) is performing in A Christmas Carol at the Oldham County Schools Arts Center . The show is running December 10-12 and December 18 & 19 at 7:00 pm. 
Franciscan  Kitchen  Volunteers
On  Tuesday, December 8 , the following students will accompany Carrie Raymond to the Franciscan Kitchen: Hunter Raymond, Brady Just, and Ian Henderson
* 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.

In our prayers . . .
Please join us in our sympathy to the following students and their families:

Max Buchanan (2H)
and his family on the death of his maternal grandmother.

Annie (3J) and Jack (6Z) Pilbean and their family on the death of their maternal great grandmother.

Claire Stemmer (7G) and her family on the death of her maternal grandfather.

Christian Wilson (6A) and his family on the death of his great aunt.
News from Mrs. Sims

This is the time of year that we are reminded to be thankful and our thoughts turn to the many blessings in our lives. Advent is also a time full of joy and anticipation as we prepare to encounter Jesus at Christmas. There is no better place to be during December than in a school surrounded by children as they wait, hope, and wish. Each day, I am thankful for the fact that I get to spend my days with your children. Here is the afternoon prayer for Advent that we are using in school. Please feel free to use it with your families.

Advent Prayer

O Lord Jesus,
During this time of Advent
Come to us in your grace.
Come to prepare our hearts, minds and bodies
To welcome you on Christmas Day.
Come to comfort us in sadness,
To cheer us in loneliness,
To refresh us in weariness,
To lead us in doubt
And to be with us in our hopes and joys.

Family Night
Tuesday, December 8

Tuesday, December 9 is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, which is a Holy Day  of Obligation and it has been designated as a SMM Family Night. All school, parish, and athletic activities will be suspended for this night so that families may focus on time together.
SMM Music Christmas Concert
Wednesday, December 9
6:30 pm

Join us on Wednesday evening as the SMM beginning and advanced bands, Encore show choir,
SuperNova choir and Resonare' student hand bell choir all perform in the PAC.
Wednesday, December 9

Eat more chicken at the St. Matthews or Springhurst Chick-fil-A, tell them that you support SMM, and earn money for our school. Consider having breakfast, lunch or dinner. The trays are awesome office treats during the Christmas season, too!

No voucher necessary!
Advent Materials

On the back table of the Church, Advent materials are available that may help families and adults better understand and participate in the season of Advent. 

Adult - W e are offering the "little blue books" as well as a book of reflections by Henri Nouwen. 

Families and Children - We have purple bags that include family activities and reflections to help children better understand the true meaning of this season. You are invited to take what you need.  Donations are accepted.
Laudato Si'
Wednesday, December 9
7:30 pm
Meeting Room A

Please join Father Flynn as he presents a summary of Pope Francis' latest encyclical, Laudato Si'. This is a PowerPoint presentation that will highlight the key points of Pope Francis' papal letter. There will be time for questions and answers.Please come join us! Click here to read the cyclical.
Hanging of the Greens
Sunday, December 13
6:30 pm

This prayer service and family friendly event explains the symbols we use to decorate our Church and home. The service will be followed by hot chocolate and decorating Christmas cookies! LIFT and Youth Ministry will be at the event in lieu of class that evening. Mrs.Sims is looking for student volunteers, please contact her at 
Regional Reconciliation Service
for Advent
Sunday, December 13,  2:00 pm

We begin the Jubilee Year of Mercy on Tuesday, December 8. Please join us for the Regional Advent Reconciliation Service to celebrate God' mercy and forgiveness.
Middle (6th, 7th, 8th)
and High School Students
You're invited to a Christmas Social
Sunday, December 20!
Sit in the special 'Youth Section' at the 5:00 pm Mass and wear your favorite Christmas sweaters, Santa hats, reindeer antlers, elf socks, etc.!
After Mass join your friends from 6:00-7:30 pm for a Christmas pizza party with caroling and lights in the neighborhood, plus cookies and hot chocolate!

Parents and families,  
The 2016 Kentucky General Assembly is almost upon us. One important issue that will be brought up in Frankfort is Scholarship Tax Credit Programs. Parental choice is essential for quality education and scholarship tax credits will enable more parents to make that choice, no matter their economic standing.
Over the next few months, you will hear about this issue from EdChoice KY. The coalition is educating the Commonwealth on Scholarship Tax Credit programs which allow individuals, businesses and banks to contribute money to a 501(c)(3) scholarship granting organization and in return, donors will receive a tax credit to offset their state tax liability. The scholarships ensure that all students have the opportunity to obtain the education they deserve at a school that best suits their educational needs.
Help EdChoice Kentucky reach 500 Facebook likes and 500 Twitter followers by Christmas Day!  
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Twitter: @EdChoiceKY
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Yearbook Early Bird Price Extended

Due to technical issues, we have extended the early bird pricing until January 3, 2016. The price is $25 per book with additional yearbooks priced at $23. Please do not order a book for your 8th grader as they will receive one.

 The Week Ahead  . . .

Sunday, December 6
1:45 - 2:15 pm SuperNova - singing for SMM Senior Citizens
6:30 - 7:30  pm Resonare Rehearsal - Independent Study Room

Monday, December 7
7:15 -7:50 am    Encore Rehearal - PAC

SuperNova Rehearsal - Music Room
8:15 am   Daily Mass - 1st & 2nd attends
10:30 am    K/1st grade Christmas Musical - Kindergarten families attend
1:30 pm
K/1st grade Christmas Musical - 1st grade families attend
3:00 - 4:00 pm  
Games Galore - 2L

Reading Reinforcement - 1D

Spanish Club - Both grades 3-5 and Grades 6-8 - Hospitality Room

Tuesday, December 8
Holy Day of Obligation - Immaculate Conception
Family Night - no school, parish, or athletic activities after 6:00 pm
8:15 am
All School Mass - Immaculate Conception - Holy Day of Obligation - 2M planning
3:00 - 4:00 pm
Holiday Arts & Crafts - 2H

Jazz It Up - 1R

KinderPhonics - KL

Math Mania - 1st, 2nd, 5th & Jr. High

3:00-4:30 pm
Math Mania - 4th & 6th grade

Ready, Set, Study - 3S

3:00 - 5:00 pm
SuperNova Rehearsal - PAC
6:00 pm
Family Night - Enjoy your family time!

Wednesday, December 9
Chick-fil-A Fundraiser Day!   Eat more chicken
7:15 -7:50 am    Beginning & Advanced Band - PAC 
1:15 - 2:30 pm
Reconciliation - Grades 7 & 8 - Families Welcome
3:00 - 3:45 pm
Beta Club - Hospitality Room
3:00 - 4:00 pm    Chess Club - Library
6:30 pm
SMM Christmas Concert - PAC

Thursday, December 10
8:15 am   Daily Mass - 4th grade attends
3:00 - 4:00 pm   Jazz It Up - 1R

Math Mania - 1st, 2nd, 5th, & Jr. High 

Reading Reinforcement - 1D

Tiny Techies - KI
3:00 - 4:15 pm
History Club - 7G
3:00-4:30 pm   Pottery Wheel Class - Art Room

Rosary Club - grades 3-8 (Meeting Room A/B) 

Friday, December 11
SuperNova Field Trip - Nursing Homes & St. Matthews Mall

Saturday, December 12
Catholic High School Placement Test

Sunday - Tuesday, December 13-15
1:45-2:15 pm
KYA 6th - 8th grade

Looking Ahead  . . . Save the Dates!


December 13-15

KYA - grades 6-8
December 14
1st Grade Field Trip - Derby Dinner Playhouse
December 15
Play Like a Champion Today - Coaches Workshop
December 18

Early Dismissal at 1:15 pm

Pajama Day - sponsored by the Student Council

Classroom Parties 9:30-10:30 am
December 20
Children's Christmas Celebration - Church

Middle School Youth Ministry Activity
December 19 - January 3

Christmas Break
January 4
Classes Resume
January 13
Early Dismissal at 1:15 pm
January 18
No School - Martin Lurther King, Jr.