November 9, 2018

St. Margaret Mary
School Newsletter
Dog Policy

We had an incident in the afternoon carpool in which a child was bitten by a dog.

All pets must remain
in the car during
afternoon carpool.

Please share this information with all caregivers who may provide afternoon transportation.
Wednesday, November 14
Early Dismissal 
at 1:15 pm

Please make proper arrangements for your children. 
SMM Spirit Wear Day
Wednesday, November 14

Please  click here for details of appropriate attire. 
Ends TODAY
Friday, November 9

Report cards will go home on 
Tuesday, November 20.

A big thank you to our 2nd &5th grade families for providing a delicious luncheon for the entire SMM staff today. The soups, salads, sandwiches, appetizers, and sweets were delicious and so appreciated. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to dine and dash back to class!
Thank you to all who supported our
used book drive . We appreciate 
you for your support!
Opening Night is Wednesday!
  

6th Grade Musical
Tickets Now On Sale 

Show times: 
Wednesday, November 14 - 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 15 - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 17 - 2:00 p.m.

Please  click here for instructions to purchase your ticket!
Thanksgiving Holiday
No School

Wednesday - Friday
November 21 - 23

School Guidelines on Illness

Please remember that your child should be fever and vomit free without medication for 24-hours before returning to school. This information can be found on page 27 of the Parent/Student Handbook, located on the school website school.stmm.org, under Parent Resources. 

We are encouraging our students to wash their hands frequently. With the holidays approaching, we would like everyone to be happy and healthy!
November & 2nd Trimester
New After-school 
Enrichment Classes

Please click here to check out the newest after school enrichment classes that will begin in November.  

Don't forget that our Rosary Club is now up and running; it's a great opportunity for any child who enjoys making crafts and working with their hands.
Please join us in 
sympathy ... 

Bobby Graham, 2H, and his family on the passing of his maternal great grandmother.

Sidney Murphy, 1C, and her family on the passing of her great grandmother.


Mrs. Susan Carlin, Jr, High teacher,   as she continues to manage back pain.

Mike Ayer, dad of Max (3S), Sophie (6Z), and Abby (8C) Ayer as he undergoes chemo treatments.

Patrick McSweeney, SMM alum, as he continues his fight against cancer.

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

On Tuesday, November 13, the following students will accompany Gail Boggs  to volunteer:  Abby Ayre, Abby Boggs, and Peyton Burnham.

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

Meghan Colley, a former SMM student and current U of L nursing student, is raising money for pediatric cancer research. It is a strong passion of hers to help out young people in need. If you can help support this cause please click here to donate. Thanks in advance!
News from Mrs. Sims

"A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind,
and touches a heart"

On Wednesday, five of our wonderful staff members were honored at the Years of Service Luncheon given by the Archdiocese. Educators are recognized at milestone years for their dedication to the ministry of working in area Catholic schools. This is an opportunity for all of us to celebrate and recognize the incredible service our teachers provide. Please join me in thanking the following staff members: Lacy Moore, Dawn Fouts, Tina Chaput, Donna Laemmle, and Pat Garr. We are so grateful for these dedicated and talented faculty members!
 
May God Bless You and Your Family,
Wendy Sims
Outstanding Catholic Reader Program

This year, we are launching a new reading achievement challenge at SMM. The Outstanding Catholic Reader Program  is an optional reading challenge for students in all grade levels, K-8. Please click here to learn more about this program. You can also click here to view the reading list by grade.

The purpose of this program is to provide students with opportunities to read wholesome books, which focus on Catholic themes and values. The PTO has generously donated many of the titles to our school library.  

Dare to Care Food Drive
One More Week!
Ends Friday, November 16!

It's time to bring in those cans of food for our Dare to Care Food Drive! Cash donations also accepted. $1 = 4 cans!

The class that brings in the most cans in  JK - 5th grade will receive a popsicle party. There will be one winner per grade level. The 6-8th grade students will be building structures with the cans that they bring in. "Canstruction" is a new event for our food drive, and our student council is very excited to see what structures will be built. 
Sponsored by the SMM Student Council
Plastic Grocery Bags Needed
6th Grade Making Homeless Mats

Our 6th grade students are making mats for the homeless. They are using plastic grocery bags to make the mats. The mats will be waterproof and will help keep the homeless warm. If you have bags that you would be willing to donate, please bring them to 6S/V. Thank you, Mustangs. This will help the homeless and our environment.
Parish Fall Cleanup Day
TOMORROW!
Saturday, November 10 
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

It's time to get the yard gloves, rakes and blowers out! While we love our trees on our SMM campus, they sure bring LOTS of leaves, and your help is needed. Please join the SMM Grounds Committee for a day of fellowship and stewardship as we work in teams to do a cleanup. This makes for a great family service project. There are jobs for all skill levels. Visit the link by clicking here. Coffee and donuts will be served!
 
Questions? Please contact Grounds Committee Chair Tim Griffin at 502-468-3681.
School Pictures Re-Takes
Tuesday, November 13
  
The individual school pictures have been sent home.
  
- Retakes will be on Tuesday, November 13.  Your child may wear free dress for the re-take.  A free dress pass will not be required for those students getting a picture re-take.
  
-  If getting a retake, please send the entire picture packet with all pictures back to school to the attention of Mrs. Susan Delk.
  
Questions?  Please contact Mrs. Susan Delk at  sdelk@stmm.org
PTO News
Fall Event Parent Survey
Your Input is Needed 

Thank you to everyone who came out to support the Fall Festival and the Mustang Mile. We appreciate your attendance and your tremendous financial support of these activities! We had two record breaking events, and we know this is solely due to our many sponsors and our school families. 

We would like to get your thoughts on how the events went and what we can do next year to make them even more successful. 

Please click here to complete the survey; it should take less than 5 minutes to complete. We really appreciate your comments, and we know that constructive criticism will help us improve.
 
Thank you again for your continued support!
SMM PTO
Grandparents' Day
* Detailed Information *

Friday, November 16
Child's last name M-Z

Please click here to read all of the important details about our upcoming Grandparents' Day. Please note that parents need to RSVP to your child's homeroom teacher, and grandparents should plan to arrive early and be in their seats at the church by 8:00 a.m. 

Volunteers Needed
Please click here to access the sign-up genius. Volunteers are mostly needed in the morning to help with seating in the church between 7:30 - 8:15 a.m.

 Questions? Please contact Carol Coke ( carol.coke123@gmail.com)
PTO Poinsettia Sales
Deadline Friday, December 7

It that time of year again. Please  click here to print the 2-page order form to pre-order your PTO Poinsettias. Questions? Contact Jennifer Beem   beemsmm@gmail.com
Advent Series:
Sing a New Song Unto the Lord
Tuesday Evenings
November 27- December 18 (4 weeks)
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Father Jon Erdman will be leading a Scripture Study Series that  will explore several of the most beloved passages and hymns of joy, hope and praise found in scripture. Click here for more information.
  
Advent Morning of Reflection: Preparing Ourselves for a Blessed Birth

Saturday, December 1
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Join retreat leader and speaker, Judy Ribar,  Associate Director of Retreats at Mount St. Francis, who will lead us in this morning of reflection and renewal.  Click here for complete information.