August 17, 2018

St. Margaret Mary
School Newsletter
 
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Please submit all school forms to your youngest child or only child's homeroom teacher as soon as possible.
Boot Camp
   Monday, August 27
2:45 - 4:15 pm
SMM Art Room
Grades 5-8

The purpose of the boot camp is to determine aptitude and interest in the SMM children's handbell choir to be directed by Brenda Harrison. Students entering grades 5-8 who love music and want to experience ringing the bells and learn how to make the many different sounds produced by handbells should attend. Please RSVP to Brenda Harrison at bharrison@stmm.org or 502-777-9781.
    
Step by Step News
Step by Step Kick Off Meeting

Wednesday, August 29
Noon
Hospitiality Room

Step by Step is a parent volunteer program that helps to bring the principles of Stewardship into the classroom. Each grade will select a service project for the year and updates will be provided in this Newsletter. We can't wait for the children to "Step this way...and make a difference!"
 
Things you should know:  
* A volunteer Kick off Meeting will be held on August 29th at noon in the Hospitality Room. Please come and learn how you can be involved in this ministry.  If you can't come but are still interested, please email jenannpeterson@gmail.com
* A background check and attendance at Honor Thy Children class is required.
* We will continue to collect pull tabs and markers, for recycling - just send them to school with your child and receptacles will be across from the school office.
See you on the 29th!
 Grandparents Day

Friday,
November 9
Student last names A - L

Friday,
November 16

Student last Names M-Z


More information to come later.
Please join us in
sympathy ... 

Olivia Harris (5D) and Cameron Harris (7B) and their family on the passing of their maternal grandmother.
News from Mrs. Sims

Welcome back to school! We are so excited to be starting the 2018-19 school year. Our theme this year is, "Mustangs Have an Attitude of Gratitude". Let me start the year off by saying that I am grateful for your children and the SMM community. Thank you for supporting the school and entrusting us with the care of your children. The staff here believes that educating these children in the Catholic tradition is a mission and not just a job. We are blessed to be able to do this work each day.

We are also grateful for the new students and staff members that have joined us this year. Please help me to welcome new families who are adjusting to our school. Be sure to also take the time to get to know our amazing new staff members. Our new teachers are: Christine Barnhill and Rachel Mills in K, Dawn Fouts in 5th, and Angela Hardison in Jr High. Our new assistants are: Mary Bright and Kristen Jones in JK and Coleen Wilkinson in K. Our new full-time counselor is Sharon Schwarz, and our new technology coordinator is Joe Reed.

I will close with a prayer for the beginning of the new school year. I look forward to seeing you soon.

May God Bless You and Your Family,
Wendy Sims, Principal


PRAYER FOR A NEW SCHOOL YEAR

"God of wisdom and might, we praise you for the wonder of our being, for mind, body, and spirit. Be with our children as they begin a new school year. Bless them and their teachers and staff. Give them the strength and grace as their bodies grow; wisdom and knowledge to their minds as they search for understanding; and peace and zeal to their hearts. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."
 Thursday, August 23

The PTO Open House meeting will take place in the church at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 23rd.  

Click here for a complete list of the times 
each  classroom  will be meeting. 

Please remember that this is a parent only event. *
PTO News
PTO Meeting & Open House
Thursday, August 23
6:00 p.m.
Church
Please see above for the schedule of classroom meeting times.

Mustang Mile
Friday, October 19
Permission slips will be coming home in today's Friday Folders for each student. They are due by August 31.

Fall Festival
Friday, October 26

Volunteering?
Background Checks & Honor Thy Children/Safe Environment Training

Volunteers who have contact with children or youth (18 and under) for ANY length of time are required to participate in one of the 2-hour Safe Environment Training Workshops and undergo a background check.  This includes field trip chaperones, room parents, Field Day volunteers, Pioneer Day volunteers, etc. There is no cost.

Click here to access the calendar of dates of when the Honor Thy Children/Safe Environment training is offered at various parishes throughout the Archdiocese. Need more information? Contact our parish office at 426-1588.

Jimmy Bowles , former route #6 bus driver, as he fights cancer.

Patrick McSweeney , SMM alum, as he undergoes a bone marrow transplant as part of his battle against cancer.