February 9, 2018

St. Margaret Mary
School Newsletter
School Uniforms Required
All Mondays 
beginning  February 12

Please remember that our Free Dress Mondays ended on January 29. School uniforms must be worn on all Mondays going forward.
Family Night 
Wednesday, February 14
Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, February 14 is Ash Wednesday and has been designated as a SMM Family Night. All school, parish, and athletic activities that begin at 6:00 p.m., or after, will be suspended for this night so that families may focus on time together. Masses at SMM will be at 8:15 a.m., noon and 7:00 p.m.
Jr. High Governor's Cup

Congrats to the following Jr. High students for placing in the Governor's Cup Regional on Saturday, February 3. These students will move on to compete in the State competition at the Galt House the weekend of March 17.
  • Owen Estes (7G) in Science
  • Michael Massey (8S) in Composition
  • Paul Springer (8V) in Math
Way to go, Mustangs!

Archdiocese Spelling Bee 

Congratulations to our SMM Spelling Bee Winner Annie Pilbean (5F) who went on to compete in the archdiocese spelling bee on Tuesday, February 6. Annie represented SMM proudly and tied for 6th place! Way to go, Annie!
Basketball Mustangs in CSAA Finals
Two Mustang basketball teams are playing Sunday at Trinity High School in the CSAA Finals.
8B3 Green (Gapen) plays Sacred Heart Model School at 1 p.m.
6B1 (Boeckmann) plays Holy Trinity at 3 p.m.
Several other teams are still alive in their own tournament divisions.
Come out and support your Mustangs!  

Please Note these
Important Calendar Items

Monday, February 19
No School - Presidents' Day

Wednesday, February 28
Early Dismissal at 1:15 p.m.
End of 2nd Trimester

* The first snow day we had was built into the calendar. We do NOT have to give up a scheduled day off to make it up.
In Sympathy . . .

Please join us in prayers for:

Ms. Hagan (2H) and her family on the passing of her mother.

Mrs. Melissa Wheatley (Instructional Assistant in 3J), Claire (6Z) and Graham (3S) on the passing of their paternal grandmother/great grandmother.

Xander Anderson (7B) and his family on the passing of his great uncle.

Charlie (8V) and Georgia (7G) Clark and their family on the passing of their paternal grandfather.

Kimberli McCain (7S) and her family on the passing of her great grandfather.
Please join us in prayers for . . .

Chloe Smith's (6S/V)'s dad and maternal grandfather.

Richard (Rich) King, former cafeteria worker.

Patrick McSweeney, SMM alumnus
as he prepares to fight his 7th battle against cancer.

Franciscan Kitchen Volunteers
On Tuesday, February 13, 2018 the following students will accompany  Joe Hamilton  to volunteer: Rachel Hamilton, Caroline Arno, and Katie Chambers.

This volunteer opportunity is available for 6-8th grade students. To access a permission slip, please  click here.

Deadline Friday, February 23

Bring in those Box Tops for Prizes!  The class who brings in the most Box Tops will win donuts!

Please put your Box Tops in small baggies with the quantity on the baggie and your name and class!

The remaining Box Top collection dates for this school year will be :
  • March 23
  • May 11
Celebrate Marriage In February!
National Marriage Week,
February 7-14, 2018
World Marriage Day, 
February 11, 2018

The upcoming observances of National Marriage Week and World Marriage Day are opportunities to focus on building a culture of life and love by supporting and promoting marriage and the family!
News for Mrs. Sims
It has been a busy and productive week at St. Margaret Mary School.  The teachers and students have returned from Winter Break with a renewed commitment to learning and working as a team. We continue to focus on kindness and empathy. We are also gearing up for Lent which begins on Feb. 14 th . Please join us for mass that morning.
The staff and SAC are evaluating survey data from the AdvancEd surveys that went out last April and the Catholic Identity surveys that took place this fall. We are looking at trends and common themes so that we can celebrate our successes and set goals for improvement. St. Margaret Mary School remains a community focused on continuous improvement.
May God Bless You and Your Family,
Wendy Sims

Saturday, February 10 

  • Doors open at 6 p.m. with cocktails and appetizers.
  • Dinner will start at 7:30 followed by a live auction and award presentation.
  • Then, the fun will continue with a band and dancing.
You can be involved even if you can't attend.
Online bidding through Qtego is now open to everyone until 10:15 p.m. on Saturday, February 10. You can register online by clicking here Don't miss out on these wonderful auction items! 
Sponsored by your PTO 

Tuesday, February 13
Thursday, February 15
Last names A- L
Last names M - Z
Please join us with your child(ren) in the Hospitality Room featuring My Favorite Muffin and Heine Brothers Coffee.  Festivities begin at 7:15 a.m. and will conclude at 7:45 a.m. in order to allow students time to settle in their classrooms before the school day begins.

Stewardship opportunity available:  Please visit here
to volunteer at this wonderful event!
School Advisory Council (SAC) Nominations
Deadline - Thursday, Feb. 15
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 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 Thursday, February 15th. 
If you are interested and have questions, please contact Holly Ryan hollyryan3@gmail.com or Nikki Boehm naboehm@yahoo.com regarding this opportunity. For more information, nomination forms were sent home today to the youngest or only child in each family. You may also click here to access the form.
ALL Spring Sports Registration
Deadlines are fast approaching!

ALL sports are open for registration!  Many of the registration deadlines are on Monday & Tuesday! The spring sports include the following:
K-2 Soccer
(Tues 2/13 deadline!)
3-8th Soccer
(Tues 2/13 deadline!)
(Fri 2/16 deadline)
(Wed 2/28 deadline)
(Sat 2/17 deadline)
(Tues 2/13 deadline)
Boys Volleyball
(Mon 2/12 deadline)

Please pay close attention to the registration deadlines for each sport.  Thank you and go Mustangs!  Click here to access the athletics  website and register.
3 on 3 Basketball Tournament
Grades 3, 4, and 6
Friday, February 23
During the Lenten Fish Fry

Please click here for full details and to access the registration form. Deadline to register is Wednesday, February 21.

Mark your calendar: Grades 5/7/8 will play on March 2!
Mark your calendars...It's Fish Fry time!!

The SMM community is excited to host 4 fish fry events this season. Please invite your friends and family to come join in the great food and fellowship! 
  • February 16   
    (Grades K, 1, & 8)
  • February 23 (Grades 2&7) - 3 on 3 basketball tourney will be in PAC for 3/4/6th grade students.
  • March 2 (Grades 3&6) 3 on 3 basketball tourney will be in PAC for 5/7/8th grade students.
  • March 9 (Grades 4&5)  DJ in PAC with games! 
All parents of school children are asked to volunteer on the date(s) assigned to your child(ren)'s grade  (noted in green above)  
If you cannot assist that day, please sign up for an alternate day. 
Pleasclick here to volunteer. 

Junior High and High School kids looking for service hours can sign up for most positions, but please refer to the notes on the Sign-up Genius for specifics.  
Women's Book Club

February's book is the humorous Bless Me Father for I Have Kids by Susie Lloyd. Meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 15
in the Spirituality Center (white building across parking lot.) Open to all St. Margaret Mary women! Questions, contact Jennifer Barker at 502.314.9080 or Amy Craft at 513.519.1816.  The full 2018 book list is  here .
A Renewal Experience at
St. Margaret Mary 2018

Women's Weekend:   February 17/18      

Men's Weekend:        March 3/4
Take time for yourself and for God!

Click here for the Women's CRHP Retreat Information or contact Susan Sherman at 502-548-2161 or susherman@twc.com

Click here for the Men's CRHP Retreat or contact Drew Chambers at 502-387-2198 or drew.chambers@mcmcpa.com
Looking for Prayer Sponsors 
We are looking for parishioners to pray for retreatants for the upcoming Christ Renews His Parish Retreats this February and March.  One of the main goals of the retreat is to increase prayer within our parish. We will assign you the name of a retreatant so that you can pray for that individual and their upcoming retreat.  Please contact Amy DeRenzo Hulbert at 502-298-8635 or  amy@derenzolaw.com