April 27, 2018

St. Margaret Mary
School Newsletter

Current Bus Families
Fees Due on Monday!

All bus registration fee deadline has been extended to Monday, April 30. 

After this date, a $25 late fee will be added to your Sycamore account.   Your priority for bus transportation will go away on Tuesday, May 1, and new families will have the opportunity to possibly take your spot on the bus.
If you have turned in your paperwork, your Sycamore account has been charged.
  • Log into Sycamore account on a computer. You are not able to pay from the Sycamore app.
  • Select My Accounting on the left side of the page.
  • Select Summary.
  • You will see an invoice titled "2017-18 School Family Payment Account" with an amount of $325. This IS your bus fee for 2018-19. The system doesn't allow us to charge for next year.
  • If you have a payment method saved in Sycamore, there will be a green button to make your payment. Otherwise, you will need to add a credit card (2.25 % charge) or your checking account routing number (no charge).

SMM Spring Concert 
Tuesday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m. 
In the PAC 

Come enjoy the amazing musical talents of our Supernova Choir, Band, and Resonare Hand Bell Choir.
No School
Friday, May 4
Enjoy your Oaks Day Holiday!

The last day that the cafeteria will be serving lunch is Tuesday, May 22. Students will need to bring a lunch and drink on Wednesday, May 23 (Field Day) and on Thursday, May 24 (last day of school with 12:30 p.m. dismissal).
Monday, May 7
Free Dress
in exchange for a monetary donation to My Neighbor daily lunch program at the Sandefur Dining Room at the Cathedral of the Assumption

Dr. Jenny Rouchka, mom of Toby (5G) and Thomas (2J) is dancing in the Let's Dance Louisville competition on June 23 and has a goal of raising $10,000 for the My Neighbor program. Let's help Jenny reach her goal and help feed the homeless, too!

2018-19 School Year
Deadline for Interest Forms 
Thursday, May 24

Deadline to express your interest is the last day of school on Thursday, May 24.  Click here for more information.
Thank you!
Thanks to your generosity, we collected $472.86 for the  St. Joseph Children's Home.
2018-19 Book Fees 
Coming Soon!
Friday, May 18 -  Friday, June 1

Please be on the lookout for an email that Book Fees are coming due for the 2018-19 school year. The window to pay for Book Fees will be May 18 - June 1. The base fee per child will be $540. Incoming 6th, 7th, 8th graders will have an additional $100 Chromebook fee. The JK book fee is $260. 

Saturday, April 28
First Holy Communion
10:00 a.m. 2L & Prep
1:00 p.m. 2H & 2J

Friday, May 4
No School - Derby Eve Holiday

Tuesday, May 8-9
Art Fair Viewing in PAC

Wednesday, May 16
8th Grade Graduation

Friday, May 18 - Friday, June 1
Book Fees Due for 2018-19 school year

Wednesday, May 23
Field Day (tentative) - Rain date is Tuesday, May 22

Thursday, May 24
12:30 Dismissal
Last Day of School
Report cards go home with all students.

Friday, May 25
Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences - If Needed/Requested
Please join us in 
sympathy . . .

Shane Kitchen (2J) and his family on the passing of his maternal grandfather.

James Stegman (7S) and Justin Stegman (4M) and their family on the passing of their maternal great grandfather.

Jackson Merrick (2J) and his family on the passing of his maternal great grandmother.

Christian Barbour (7G) and his family on the passing of his grandfather.
News from Mrs. Sims

            " Godspell Jr" was a special blessing this week! I hope that everyone gets a chance to attend this musical production because it will make your day and move you to tears. It makes me so proud to see our students step outside of their comfort zone and commit to excellence. It takes courage, dedication and heart to be a part of such a production. Congratulations to the cast, crew, Mrs. Moth, and all of the parent volunteers who worked so hard to make this happen.

            On behalf of the SMM school staff, I want to wish our second graders blessings as they experience their First Holy Communion celebrations this Saturday. It has been a
wonderful year of learning about our faith and growing in spirituality. Please pray for these children and their families.

             Lastly, even as we focus on ending this school year on a positive note, we begin to plan for the next school year. One such thing we do is start working on the possible homeroom lists.   Please know that the appropriate placement for your child is very important to the school administration. The class lists begin with this year's homeroom teachers and then go through multiple revisions as they are reviewed by support staff, special area teachers, and the school administration. For many reasons, it is not our policy that parents are able to request a certain homeroom teacher. Parents who have specific academic and social concerns for their child may submit them in writing to one of the school administrators.

May God Bless You and Your Family,
Wendy Sims
Dear Parents,

I just wanted to share a valuable resource sent recently from the archdiocese. It explores the next social platform, FINSTA in which most teens and tweens will be using instead of Instagram and Twitter. Please read this article and open a dialogue with your children on the safety issues associated with this social media. 
Brenda Clark
Parenting Videos
Digital Citizenship

To learn more about technology and how it affects our children, please remember that we have a great link on our school website concerning digital citizenship for parents. Please click here to access the area directly. From the school website (school.stmm.org) click on Parent Resources, then Digital Citizen Parent Videos.
Tickets still available!
SMM Jr. High Musical Theater

April 27 - 6:00 p.m.


April 29 - 2:00 p.m. 

Please  click here  for details on how to purchase tickets. Please view the special seating chart and staging configuration here.
Congratulations, 8th Graders!
Confirmation & Eucharistic Communion Ministers

Congratulations to the 83 St. Margaret Mary 8th grade parishioners who were confirmed on Saturday, April 21. Please click here to see a list of the SMM 8th grade students who were confirmed.

We are proud that many of our SMM 8th grade students also completed their training to be Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. They are now mandated and will be serving at the All School Masses through the end of the school year and during weekend Masses.
End of Year Library News

All Library Books are due to the library by the following dates:

Friday, May 11  - JK-7 grades
Monday, May 7 -  8th grade 

Please be diligent in helping your children look through their bookshelves, rooms, backpacks, family cars, etc... to find overdue or missing books.  Families will be expected to pay a fine for a LOST or DAMAGED book if it is not returned by the due dates listed above. 

Communication from the library about lost or overdue books will be coming home in the next two weeks. Thank you for your assistance in helping us close the library smoothly.
Lunch Account Balances

All lunch accounts must be paid in full and have a positive or zero balance for students to participate in Field Day. Please keep in mind that lunches will be served until Tuesday, May 22; lunch cost is $3.35 per day JK-5th grades and $3.50 for 6-8th grade.
  • 8th grade students must be paid up by Friday, May 11 to participate in Graduation activities on Wednesday, May 16. 
  • All other grades must be paid by Tuesday, May 22 for the student to participate in Field Day on Wednesday, May 23. 
You may check your child(ren)'s lunch account online at  EZpay.com. Money can be deposited through EZpay or by sending in a check to the cafeteria. Questions? Contact our Chef Manager, Jason Kirby  foodservice@stmm.org  or 426-2635, ext.135.
Your 2018-19 PTO Needs You!

There are many ways for parent volunteers to help our PTO, and we would love to have you!  Please click here to access the volunteer form.
2017-18 School Yearbook

Yearbooks are $32.00 this school year with  additional yearbooks each being $ 30.00.     
Please click here  to download the order form. Unlike year's past, there were no pre-sales last fall.  This is the only opportunity to purchase a yearbook.
Step by Step Celebration Mass
Tuesday, May 15
8:15 a.m. - All School Mass

Please come to the Step by Step Celebration Mass on May 15th at 8:15 a.m.  We will be recognizing the efforts of our students over this past year as being good stewards. Afterwards, at 9:15 a.m. in the Spirituality Center, we will have a Volunteer Kick Off Meeting for the 2018-2019 school year. We plan to begin our planning this spring for the next school year to allow SBS programs and events to start earlier in the school year.  

Please join us for the Volunteer Meeting and be part of the amazing SBS Team!

Congratulations to our St. Margaret Mary Alumni who have made the Honor Roll at the following Catholic High Schools.

St. Xavier High School 
Honor Roll for 3rd quarter p lease  click here.  
Trinity High School 
Honor Roll for 3rd quarter  please  click here.
Summer School at SMM
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursdays 
June 12 - July 19 
9:00 a.m. - Noon 
Students entering K - 8th grade

Please  click here to learn more.  
Click here to access the registration form.
Vacation Bible School
June 19 - 21
6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Ages 4 years old - current 5th graders
For complete information, please click here!
RCIA Adapted for Children

The process of Christian Initiation is also available to children who may have for some reason or circumstance not yet been baptized or perhaps not received the other sacraments of Eucharist, Reconciliation, and Confirmation. The classes will b egin in August 2018  on Sunday mornings from 11:30 a.m.- 12:35 p.m. Please click here to learn more.
Franciscan Kitchen Volunteers

On Tuesday, May 1 the following students will accompany Krista Osiecki   to volunteer: Lindle Osiecki, Lauren Meyer, Eden Jessie, and Gabi Tobias.

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