November 17, 2017

St. Margaret Mary
School Newsletter
Stewardship Commitment Sunday
THIS weekend at all Masses
November 18 & 19

Please be sure to bring your completed Stewardship Intention Card to Mass THIS weekend!  There will be a special collection.

Please remember that all parish school families must return a completed stewardship card in order to enroll for the 2018-19 school year.

If you have misplaced yours, additional cards will be in the church or in the parish office.
Salsarita's Fundraiser
Monday, November 20
St. Matthews & Middletown locations

Please mention that you are there to support St. Margaret Mary to be sure that the proceeds come back to SMM. Click here for more information on locations, hours and menu.
Report Card Day
Tuesday, November 21

Report cards for grades K-2 will be going home on Tuesday. For students in grades 3-8, the final grades for the first trimester will be posted on Sycamore on Tuesday afternoon. Parents are welcome to print out the grades from Sycamore. Please contact the school office if you have questions about logging into your child's Sycamore account. Detailed instructions on how to access your child's report card will be emailed home on Tuesday. Please let us know if you have any question at   or contact your teacher. 
Thanksgiving Holiday
No School

Wednesday, November 22 - Friday,  November 24
Dine & Dash

Thank you to the amazing 2nd & 5th grade families who spoiled the SMM staff wonderfully with a Chili lunch and all the trimmings on Thursday. Our lunch was delicious! We so appreciate your efforts and time to care for us! Thank you!
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 16 of the Parent/Student Handbook, located on the school website, under Parent Resources.
Dollar Wars Results

Thank you so much for all who donated to the UK vs. UL dollar wars today. Here are the results:
U of L

Donations will support the Tommy Walsh Foundation.

Jacob Bukowski (1D),  Nathan Bukowski (3G), and  Tyler Russell (6Z)
are performing at Actor's Theatre in A Christmas Carol this holiday season from November 21 - December 23! 
Congratulations to each of them!

'Tis the Season to be Caroling!

The St. Margaret Mary Single Mom's Club is hosting an event for ALL women and their children. We will be caroling through the neighborhood and have refreshments to follow on Saturday, December 2 from 6-8 pm.  Click here  to RSVP. To view the flyer, please click here .
Advent Retreat
Saturday, December 2
"Advent: Waiting Expectantly"

Come spend the morning in reflection with Sister Marilyn Shea. All are welcome!  Click here for a full description. To register, please click here.
News from Mrs. Sims

"Happiness isn't about getting what you want all the time.  It's about loving what you have and being grateful for it."

           Let us all being grateful to God for our many gifts!  We are thankful for so many things here at St. Margaret Mary School. I am especially grateful this week for Mrs. Moth and all who have helped her make "James and the Giant Peach, Jr." come alive with the 6th grade musical.  The play is a treat with beautiful costumes and sets and or course, our talented 6th graders.  So much work goes into a production like this.  The children work together to create something special and magical.  We are all so proud of them!
            My prayer for all of you as you get ready for Thanksgiving is that you are able to take time with your families and friends to celebrate God's blessings.  Cultivate the habit of being grateful this season.
May God Bless You and Your Family,
Wendy Sims
This afternoon the youngest or only child of each school family will bring home a light blue flyer providing detailed information about participating in the Jesse Tree. 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. 

Dare to Care Food Drive
Thank you to all of our generous students and families who donated to the canned food drive this week. In cash donations ($1 = 4 cans), our school collected 16,025 cans! Amazing! Our Jr. High students collected 12,833 cans! Way to go, Mustangs!
Sponsored by the SMM Student Council.
Mustang Basketball Spiritwear Deadline!
Tuesday, November 21
Don't miss your chance to order!

The deadline to purchase long sleeve shooting shirts and hooded sweatshirts is Tuesday, November 21. Please click here to access the website.  *The option to personalize shirts with the players last name is available.*
Join us for Reconciliation

The following grades will be attending the Sacrament of Reconciliation in preparation for Advent. Parents and family members are welcome to join our students in the church. There will be many priests available.

Wednesday, November 29 3rd & 4th grades 1:15 pm
Tuesday, December 5 5th & 6th grades 1:15 pm
Wednesday, December 6 7th & 8th grades 1:15 pm

Knights of Columbus Poster Contest
for SMM Parish Youth
"Keep Christ in Christmas"

Posters must reflect a slogan on this topic and an original visual image.  Age groups are 5-7, 8-10, and 11-14.  Deadline is Thursday, December 7 . Posters can be dropped off to the school or parish office.  Recognition & Awards will be  Sunday, December 17 following the 5:00 pm Mass.
PTO Poinsettia Sales
Deadline  Monday, December 4

It that time of year again. Please click here to print the order form to pre-order your PTO Poinsettias. The home room with the most pre-orders will receive a party! Questions? Contact Jennifer Beem
SMM Step by Step and Catholic Life Issues present:

5 of 6 in a video series produced by USCCB and Catholic Relief Services on Catholic Social Teaching
Another important aspect about building a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the challenges of modern society is Solidarity. We are one human family whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences. We are our brother's and sisters' keepers, wherever they may be. At the core of the virtue of solidarity is the pursuit of justice and peace. Pope Paul VI taught that "if you want peace, work for justice." Learn more on Solidarity by viewing this video.
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.  
Contact our parish office at 426-1588.
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