November 18, 2016

St. Margaret Mary
School Newsletter
Report Card Day
Tuesday, November 22

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. 

Free Dress Mondays

Leggings Policy

We've have several students who have been in violation of our free dress policy concerning leggings as stated in our Parent/Student Handbook . . .

Yoga pants and leggings may only be worn if they are covered by a shirt or dress that is no shorter than 4" above the knee. 

Green for Good

Are those newly planted trees dying?  
Please click here to read an excellent explanation from Cindi Sullivan from Trees Louisville.

Student & Staff Study Participants
Monday, November 21
For the study to be scientifically valid, we need 100% of the health screening participants to return for the second visit.  Monday, Nov. 21 is the last day to complete the second health screening. The Green for Good team will be at the school from 3:00 - 6:00 pm and will have pizza for everyone who has participated in the project. By completing the 2nd screening, participants will be eligible for fun prizes, too!
Thank you for your support of the Green for Good project. 
This afternoon the youngest or only child of each school family will bring home a 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.

Thank you!
UK vs U of L Dime Wars 
Thank you for all who participated. We will announce a total once the money is counted!
2nd Trimester Offerings

Check out all of the new, fun, after school offerings by clicking here. Many of our teachers will begin a new set of offerings for 2nd semester such as Chess Club and Jazz It Up, etc. Don't forget that Rosary Club is available, too!

This information is posted on our school website under the Student Academic tab, then After School Enrichment
Nick Brooks, 7S, was voted as a member of the All County Cross Country team representing St. Margaret Mary; he was one of 11 boys
 in the 8th grade and under. This list was compiled by coaches from area public and Catholic schools.   
Who's up for Archery?! 

It's one of the hottest sports around and SMM wants to be a part of the fun!  From increased coordination, discipline and balance...there is much to gain from being a part  of this exciting sport! 

The SMM Athletics Ministry is hoping to add archery to our program but first we need to know  how many 4-8th graders are interested. If you are...please send an email ASAP to  Chris Schneidtmiller 

We need parent volunteers to help with the program and coach, too. 
It's that time again to put on your goggles and hit the water. 
SMM Registration for the 2017 Swim Team began November 1st!  Practice will be at Blairwood Pool starting January 8th 7:00 - 8:00 pm & every Sunday after that until City Championships on March 4th.

For more information and to register, go to
Questions? Coach Jim Francis
or Becca Appel

S MM Men's Basketball 
30 and Over

We will have 8 teams with 9-10 on each team.  All players will be drafted!  Please sign up ASAP at
Rick  Boeckmann,  291-4530
  • The draft will be November 20
  • Season will start December 11
$85 members/ $100 non-members
Mercy Academy 
Jr. Jag Dance Clinic
Saturday,December 10

Click here for more information.
Franciscan Kitchen Volunteers

On Tuesday, November 22, the following students will accompany Kristie Ayre to volunteer: Jack Ayre, Brendan Shene, and Jack Steltenpohl.

On Tuesday, November 29, the following students will accompany Tracy Spalding to volunteer: Reece Spalding, Ben Varga, and Jake Roby
In Sympathy . . .

Please join us in prayers for:
Tate Etheridge (KW), Tatum Etheridge (3G), Tobie Etheridge (5F)  and their family on the death of their paternal great grandfather.

Dylan Hopson (1D) and his family on the death of his great, great aunt.

Ella Johnson (8C) and her family on the death of her uncle.
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 be grateful to God for our many gifts!  We are thankful for so many things here at St. Margaret Mary School. Our children are blessed with dedicated and talented teachers, interested and involved parents, and numerous resources and opportunities. We have a strong and vital parish community, an excellent and thriving school, loving families and supportive friends. 
            I am especially grateful this week for Mrs. Moth and all who have helped her make "Elf, Jr." come alive with the 6th grade musical. The play is a treat with beautiful costumes and sets and of 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
Congratulations to Mrs. Harrison and the following six students who will represent SMM in either the SATB or the SSA junior high all-state choirs in February 2017.  These students competed against 7, 8, & 9 grade students from the entire state of Kentucky to earn a place in their all-state choir.
Benj Boggs 8th grade tenor
Davey Albright 8th grade
Will Varga 7th grade alto
Katie Chambers 7th grade alto

Ava Herm 7th grade alto
Kayla Mullin 8th grade soprano
PTO News

Salsarita's Fundraiser
Monday, November 21
St. Matthews & Middletown locations
Please mention that you are there to support St. Margaret Mary.
Basketball Spirit Wear
Deadline Wednesday, November 23
for Christmas delivery! 

Click here to access the spirit wear website. If your order is placed by November 23, your items will be received before Christmas!
PTO Poinsettia Sales
Deadlline Sunday, December 4

It that time of year again. Please click here to print the order form to pre-order your PTO Poinsettias. Deadline is Sunday, December 4. The home room with the most pre-orders will receive a party! Questions? Contact Jennifer Beem
Box Tops Collection
Friday, December 9 Deadline

'Tis the Season to Collect Box Tops! The family who turns in the most by December 9th, will receive a $25 Toy R Us Gift Card!  Click here to access the form and please make extra copies as needed. Please only put 25 Box Tops on each sheet. If you have a large amount of Box Tops and would really like to help us, please place your Box Tops in baggies, with 50 in each baggie. Please write the number on the baggie. Good Luck! Any questions please contact Debbie Arno at
PTO Meeting
Monday, November 21, 6:00 pm
A/B Meeting Room
All are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Used Uniform Collection

The PTO will be  collecting gently used uniforms for resale the week of  November 28. Last day of the collection will be  Friday, December 2 . Bins will be placed outside the school office. We ask that the clothes be freshly laundered and have no obvious stains, holes, or fading. 
Save the Date!!

Celebrate the Night in BLACK and WHITE. The Annual SMM Gala will be on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the Louisville Marriott East. Please mark your calendars for this wonderful night of fundraising and fun. More details to come!
We've got spirit....How about You?
SMM Cheerleading Signups
1 st  - 8 th grade

Learn the fundamentals, build your confidence, boost your school spirit.  Beginning in November, p ractices will be once a week; we will cheer one sports game (typically basketball) on the weekends. Practice will be held at SMM.  Jumps, dances, and cheers are just a few things we will work on.  The fee is $35, and this will include new hair bows and bloomers if needed.  Uniforms will be provided.  Sign up early at   to get all the info.
CEO - Catholic 
Evangelization Outreach
Sunday, November 20
6:30 pm in the  Church

The purpose of CEO is for lay people to share their experience of how God has moved in their lives to bring them into a personal relationship with Him.  Click here to learn more about the event featuring parishioner, Angela Springer. 

Families Needed -
Lighting of the Advent Wreath

We are inviting families to once again sign up for a Mass to light the candles on our Advent Wreath. This is done after the Prayers of the Faithful during the first week of Advent and right before Mass for the other weeks . The families  will be called up by the cantor.

  • The 1st Sunday of Advent symbolizes Hope with the "Prophet's Candle" reminding us that Jesus is coming.
  • The 2nd Sunday of Advent symbolizes Faith with the "Bethlehem Candle" reminding us of Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem.
  • The 3rd Sunday of Advent symbolizes Joy with the "Shepherd's Candle" reminding us of the Joy the world experienced at the coming birth of Jesus.
  • The 4th Sunday of Advent symbolizes Peace with the "Angel's Candle" reminding us of the message of the angels: "Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men."
Families may sign up by clicking here
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.
Tuesday, December 6 5th & 6th grades 1:15 pm
Wednesday, December 7 7th & 8th grades 1:15 pm
Join us in prayer for Patrick McSweeney , a SMM alumnus and current senior at St. X, as he undergoes cancer treatment for the 6th time.
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