November 30, 2018
Sunday, December 2
1st weekend of Advent

St. Margaret Mary
School Newsletter
December Menus 

Our 6-8th grade students may select from the above JK-8th grade menu in addition to this one:

Cafeteria Servers & Cook

We are currently hiring for Cafeteria Servers and a Cook. The server positions work Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.; the cook's hours are 7:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m Monday - Friday. All positions provide paid holidays, but no medical benefits. 
Please contact Jason Kirby at

Priests' Christmas Gifts 
As in the past years, we would like to give the priests a monetary gift from the students and school families for all they do in the religious education of our children.  If you would like to contribute, please send cash (if possible) in an envelope to the school office marked "Priests' Gifts" by Wednesday, December 12. Thank you!

Special Area Teachers  
&  School Staff

It's time to show our
appreciation at Christmas to our amazing special area teachers who teach drama, art, music, Spanish (2 teachers), PE (2 teachers), computer, and our school librarian. This collection will also be shared with our school support staff that includes our maintenance, office staff, IT director, cafeteria manager and cafeteria monitors, and administration. (We don't want them to be left out because they do not have homeroom classes.)

Teal Graeter is taking up the collection this year.  If you would like to  donate (any amount), please send cash or check in a sealed envelope to the school office marked "Teal Graeter" by Wednesday, December 12. 
Let's show our staff that they are appreciated this holiday season! 

Family Night
Friday, December 7
Feast of the Immaculate Conception 

Friday, December 7 is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, which is a Holy Day of Obligation. It has been designated as a SMM Family Night. All school, parish, and athletic activities that begin at 6:00 p.m. or after will be suspended for this night so that families may focus on time together.
Kentucky All State Choir 
The results are in! The four ladies listed below will be representing SMM in the Kentucky Music Educators' Association All State Choir for their age group in February 2019:

Sarah Erdman (5P)
Mary Etscorn (6Z)
Abby Herm (5F)
Gabi Tobias (8V)

Girls on the Run 5K

Congratulations to SMM's Girl's on the Run Team on completing their first 5K on Saturday, November 17. The girls who participated are:

Olivia Carrico (3G) 
Lily Francis (3G)
Natalie Given (3G)
Mackenzie Karman (3G)
Emma Kichler (3S)
Emerson McDonnell (5F)
Raegan McGarry (3G)
Honor Thy Children November Newsletter 

Please  click here  to read the November 2018 Honor Thy Children newsletter published by the Archdiocese.
2019 Stewardship Cards 
Due NOW!

If you missed submitting your Stewardship Commitment Card at Mass before Thanksgiving, please drop it it off at the parish office or send it into the school office.
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.

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. 
Please join us in 
sympathy . . . 

Gaby Lauersdorf (5P) 
and her family  on the passing of her maternal great uncle.

Franciscan Kitchen Volunteers
On Tuesday, December 4, the following students will accompany Teal Graeter  to volunteer:  George Bennett, Lyles Forrest, Jackson Graeter, and Connor Smith.

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

Brrrr! It's been a cold week at SMM. Did you know that we do take students outside for recess as long as the weather allows and the "feels like" temperature is above 32 degrees? They love the chance to run and play after hours of working in the classrooms, and fresh air is good for them. Please dress your children accordingly. They need their coats, hats, and gloves every day. They need to wear long pants (or leggings) to keep out the chill. I know that many of our boys prefer to wear shorts each day. It's your call if that continues through the winter months.

The joyful Advent season is upon us. This is such a special time to work with children. They are full of joy and wonder, and the anticipation of the Christmas holidays is high. Here is the Advent prayer that we will say each afternoon in December. Enjoy!
God of Love,
Your son, Jesus, is your greatest gift to us.
He is a sign of your love.
Help us walk in that love during the weeks of Advent,
As we wait and prepare for His coming.
We pray in the name of Jesus, our Savior.

Coping with the Holidays

We want to make everyone aware of 
two great websites and a free workshop available to you this holiday season:

  • Stress and depression can ruin your holidays and hurt your health. Being realistic, planning, and seeking support can help ward off stress and depression. Click here to access a Mayo clinic link on this topic.
  • Think the holidays are stressful for you? They can be just as bad for your child. These strategies can help keep your child calm.

This workshop is free and will be offered at Saint Leonard School,  440 Zorn Ave:
Digital Footprint
Thursday, January 31 6:30-8:00 p.m.
This crash course in social media offers tools to protect and empower children in our data-driven world. Healthy screen usage, monitoring screen time and privacy  concerns will be covered. Call 897-5265 to RSVP for this workshop.        

Sharon Schwarz & Brenda Clark
SMM School Counselors              
Jesse Tree Donation Deadline:
Sunday, December 2, 12:00 p.m.

Don't forget all donations are due to the church by 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 2.  Thank you to all of the students and families who selected an ornament.   Please  click here   for more details.
PTO News
SMM Grandparent Spirit Wear
Orders Due
Monday, December 3

Orders for SMM Grandparent Spirit Wear are due on Monday, December 5. These items make terrific Christmas gifts!  Click here to access the order form. 

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

Come enjoy refreshments while you shop! 
You'll find great items, and SMM will receive 20% of all purchases made that evening.

Get a jump start on your Christmas shopping! If you can't make it in person, you can also call in your order!
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
Don't forget when shopping this holiday season to use your
Amazon SMILE account. Remember you must enter in your browser  in order for our school to receive credit. Thanks for your support of SMM!
Join us for Reconciliation
Tuesday & Wednesday

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 4 5th & 6th grades 1:15 p.m.
Wednesday, December 5 7th & 8th grades 1:15 p.m.
Marriage Ministry's
Service with your Sweetie 
Saturday, December 1
6:30 p.m. 
SMM Hospitality Room

Start the holiday season off right by helping us pack care packages for the troops!
SMM Marriage Ministry will provide a pizza dinner for the adults, Chick-fil-A for the kids, child care, and all the goodies for the bags! Bring your sweetie, and come enjoy fellowship while giving back through this fun service project.

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!
St. Nicholas' Day FREE Pancake Breakfast 
Sunday, December 9
After the 8:00 & 10:00 a.m. Masses
St. Margaret Mary Cafeteria
Come enjoy a delicious FREE pancake and sausage breakfast with excellent fellowship. St. Margaret Mary's Boy Scout Troop 306 will be hosting this community event as a thank you for supporting the troop. Everyone is welcome!  

St. Nicholas will be available from 10:45 a.m. - Noon for "Selfies with Santa"!
St. Nicholas, a.k.a the original St. Nick, was a 4th century bishop of Myra and devoted himself to helping the poor. St. Nicholas is best known for secretly leaving small bags of gold on the window sills of the poor in his community. His feast day is December 6. 
Invitation for Families:
Lighting the Advent Wreath
at Masses During Advent

We invite the families of the parish to  sign up t o light the Advent candles at each Mass during this joyful season of anticipation!

We ask that you arrive to your chosen Mass 15-minutes early to let the presider know your family is there, otherwise they will need to find others to fill in.
Click here to volunteer your family.