December 15 , 2017
Sunday, December 17 
3rd weekend of Advent

St. Margaret Mary
School Newsletter

Tuesday, December 19 
Early Dismissal at 1:15 pm.   

Please make proper arrangements for your students. 
Crazy Christmas Wear Day
Tuesday, December 19
sponsored by the Student Council

Christmas sweaters, headbands, hats, and socks are all acceptable, but please be sure to follow appropriate  free dress rules .

Please note this is NOT a PJ and slippers day! 

No School
Wednesday, December 20 - 
Tuesday, January 2

School resumes at 8:00 am on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.

Enjoy your Christmas Break!
Stewardship Commitment Cards for 2018
Due NOW!

If you have not yet submitted your family's Stewardship Commitment Card, please drop 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 2018-19 school year.

If you have misplaced yours, additional cards will be in the parish office.
Collecting USED Markers

There are boxes throughout the school to collect all used markers.  As a part of the 2nd grade students' Step by Step project, they will be sending the markers to Crayola to be turned into FUEL. Thank you!
Archdiocesan Required Training
  Honor Thy Children/Safe Environment
at St. Margaret Mary
Monday, January 8, 2018
6:30 pm

This training is only needed one time, but it is required for adults interested in volunteering or working with the young people (under 18) in our parish. Click here for a listing of all classes.
In Sympathy . . .

Please join us in prayers for:

Christopher Voor (8S) and his family on the passing of his paternal uncle.

Jude Bauer (Instructional Assistant in KM) and her family on the passing of her father in law.

Denise Ruiz (SMM Pastoral Care Coordinator) and her family on the passing of her father.
Please join us in prayers for . . .

Jacob Schoenbaechler's (7S) mom.

Franciscan Kitchen Volunteers
On Tuesday, January 9, 2018 the following students will accompany  Dee Snyder  to volunteer: Hadley Snyder, Isabelle Hass, and Mallory Glass.

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

SportsFest is offering a special discount code to families in the Archdiocese of Louisville. Use discount code  archlou  to receive  $2 off each  regularly priced admission ticket of $10. Discounted tickets must be purchased online.  Regularly priced admission tickets will also be available at the event.
Snow Day Information
An email was sent to all school families on Friday, December 1 concerning school procedures in case of inclement weather. Please click here for the details. This information is also on the school website  under Parent Resources, then Snow Days.
Lost & Found Items
Items will be donated on
Monday, December 18

Our lost and found area is overflowing in the cafeteria. Please have your child check this area if they are missing clothing items, water bottles, lunch boxes, etc. Parents are welcome to come in before (7- 8 am) or after school (3- 3:30 pm) to look for misplaced items, as well. All unclaimed items will be donated on Monday, December 18.
6th Grade Academic Showcase

The 6th grade St. Margaret Mary students brought home an overall 4th place trophy on Saturday, December 2 in the 6th Grade Academic Showcase. Here are the SMM top winners:

Math 3rd Will Warms
Arts & Humanities 4th Jake Varga
Language Arts
5th Madeline Schellenberger

Members of the Quick Recall Team that took 2nd place were:
Zach Blincoe, Sam Legere, James Moreschi, Madeline Schellenberger, Ryan Shene, Jake Varga, Will Warms, and Grant Wilson.
Congratulations, Writers!

Every November is National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo. During this month, writers are meant to start a novel on the 1st and reach a high word count by the 30th.  For young writers, their goal was 10,000 words. More than twenty middle school students volunteered to sign up for the writing marathon and, in the end, two 8th graders,  Rachel Hamilton (8C) and Chelsea Mattingly (8S), reached 10,000 words. Everyone is proud of all the students who participated! 
2018 After School Fun

Check out all of the new, fun, after school offerings by clicking here. Many of our teachers will begin a new set of offerings such as a Movie Club, Photography Club,  Arts & Crafts, Tiny Techies, and a 3-D printing class.  This information is posted on our school website under the  Student Academic tab, then  After School Enrichment.
Invitation for Families:
Lighting the Advent Wreath at Mass

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!
Important Immunization Information

We received notice on December 14, 2017, from the Superintendent of the Archdiocese of Louisville that as of July 1, 2018,  the following new immunization requirements for elementary school students (Grades JK-8) will be in effect:
  • All Students should have two (2) doses of Hepatitis A vaccine. Parents should start the process of vaccination now, because the minimum time between the doses is six (6) months.
  • There is a new format for Kentucky Immunization Certificates, and all students are required to obtain and submit the updated certificate to schools.
All Parents should take the following steps:
  1.    Consult with your child's healthcare provider to ensure that these vaccines have been given to your child, or make an appointment for your child to receive the vaccine(s).
2.    Obtain an updated Kentucky Immunization Certificate from your provider.
3.    Turn in a copy of that Kentucky Immunization Certificate to the school office.
Please click here to read official letter and FAQ's from the Cabinet For Health and Family Services Department For Public Health.
Current School Families
2018-19 School Year
January 5 - 19, 2018

Current school families will be asked to complete an online re-enrollment process between Friday, January 5 and Friday, January 19, 2018. Completing the re-enrollment process is how you hold a place for your child(ren) for the 2018-19 school year. Only students currently enrolled at SMM will complete the re-enrollment. The process will include a $65 fee per child. Complete information will be available after Christmas break.

Prospective Parent Tour
Thursday, January 11
9:30 am

Visitors should simply come to the school office prior to the tours. 
Application materials for new families will be available on the school website in early January. The drop-in registration will be  Monday, January 29 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm in the Hospitality Room.

The Girl Scouts are excited to announce the dates of their upcoming all-school dances: 

Father-Daughter Dance 
Saturday,January 27, 2018
7:00-9:00 pm PAC 

Mom Prom 
(Mother-Son Dance) 
Saturday, March 24, 2018
7:00-9:00 pm PAC