November 16, 2018

St. Margaret Mary
School Newsletter
Stewardship Commitment Sunday
THIS weekend at all Masses
November 17 & 18

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 2019-20 school year.

If you have misplaced yours, additional cards will be in the church or in the parish office.

Thanksgiving Holiday
No School

Wednesday - Friday
November 21 - 23

Report Card Day
Tuesday, November 20

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 questions at or contact your teacher. 
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.
6th Grade Musical
Tickets have Sold Out!

Last show time: 
Saturday, November 17 - 2:00 p.m.
Please join us in 

James Stegman, 8C, and Justin Stegman , 5D, 
and their family  on the passing of their maternal grandfather.

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 20, the following students will accompany Amy Hulbert  to volunteer:  Alec DeRenzo, Charlie Gallahue, and Brody Poole.

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

"Gratitude turns what we have into enough."

            Let us be 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 "Mary Poppins, 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. Be grateful, be joyous, be kind!

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.  
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.
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 28 3rd & 4th grades 1:15 pm
Tuesday, December 4 5th & 6th grades 1:15 pm
Wednesday, December 5 7th & 8th grades 1:15 pm
A Round of Applause!

A big thank you to all the parents and students who came out this past weekend for the first-ever Parish Fall Cleanup Day. Over 100 people worked to help the parish Grounds Committee during it's busiest time of the year, and we filled three dumpsters of yard waste! As a stewardship parish, our volunteer efforts are critical for helping keep our large campus looking beautiful. 

A special thank you to the stellar efforts of our 2nd graders who came out in force as part of the Step-by-Step program as they learn this year about "Caring for God's Creation."
Families are always welcome to join the efforts of the Grounds Committee. To be on the email list, contact Chair Tim Griffin at 502.468.3681 or  

Our next parish-wide effort will be in April for a Spring cleanup.
PTO News
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

SMM Spirit Night
Kendra Scott Jewelry
Oxmoor Center
Tuesday, December 4
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

You'll find great items, and SMM will receive a portion of all purchases made that evening.

Get a jump start on your Christmas shopping! 
Teaching Mass
Thursday, December 6, 2018 6:30 p.m.
SMM Church
This is also St. Nicholas Day!
A light reception will immediately follow in the Hospitality Room.

Have your children ever asked you why we do certain things at the Mass each Sunday? 
  • Do you know why we stand, sit, and kneel? 
  • Why does the priest wash his hands during the preparation of gifts? Is it because his hands are dirty?
  • Why do we sing the Psalms? 
  • Why does the priest bow in front of and kiss the altar? 
  • Why does he pour a few drops of water into the wine? 
Why, Why, Why? These questions will be answered at a special Teaching Mass, and you will also have the opportunity to ask your own questions. 

Fr. Bill Hammer will be presiding at this special Mass. During the Mass he will pause and explain the reason behind all of these rituals. It just may change the way you worship on Sundays!
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.
February 5 - May 7
Tuesdays 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. 
St. Margaret Mary

DivorceCare for Kids, DC4K, provides a safe, fun place where your children will learn to understand their feelings, express their emotions appropriately, feel better about themselves and develop coping skills. A  $25 donation to cover course materials is appreciated.

RSVP appreciated to Denise Ruiz at 426-1588 ext. 126 or