January 27, 2017
St. Margaret Mary
St. Margaret Mary
School Newsletter
Last Day!
Free Dress Mondays
Monday,January 30

The Last Day for Free Dress Mondays that were earned as one of the incentives for the Mustang Mile is Monday, January 30. School Uniforms must be worn on all Mondays following January 30.
New Student Registration
Monday, January 30
Drop-in anytime between 
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Hospitality Room

Please help us spread the word. All application materials may be accessed by clicking here.
Parents All School Mass & Current Family Open House

On Wednesday, February 1, we invite parents to join your students at the All School Mass that begins at 8:15 am. Open House in the school follows Mass until 10:30 am.

It's Book Fair Time!
January 30 - February 10  

The fair will be open during school starting January 30th. Come visit us all day on Thursday, February 2nd during conferences. 

The Book Fair will remain open when we return after Winter Break February 7- 10.   

Please be sure to stop by and check out all the fabulous books that are available.
All School Spelling Bee Winners

Our 4th-8th grade students all participated in classroom Spelling Bees this week. Those classroom winners went on to participate in the All School Spelling Bee this morning.  Congratulations to all of the participants!
Overall school winner:
Nicholas Showalter (7G) 
Evan Mueller (8S)

Nicholas will represent SMM in the Archdiocese of Louisville Spelling Bee on Tuesday, February 7.
Governor's Cup

Congrats to the following 7th & 8th grade students for placing in Governor's Cup District:

1st Place Winner
  • Sam Downs (8S) 1st in Science
3rd Place Winners
  • Paul Springer (7G) 3rd in Math 
  • Rachel Hamilton (7W) 3rd in Composition
  • Riley Stull (8V) 3rd in Social Studies
4th Place Winners
  • Davey Albright (8V) 4th in Math
  • Kayley Stowers (8V) 4th in Composition
  • Jack Lucas (8C) 4th in Social Studies
5th Place Winners
  • Jacob Blincoe (8V) 5th in Science
  • Riley Stull (8V) 5th in Arts & Humanities
  • Claire Stemmer (8V) 5th in Language Arts

As a school we received 2nd overall in the District competition. All of these students move on to compete in the Regional level on Saturday, February 4 at St. Gabriel.

Way to Go, Mustangs!
Bronze Medalist
US 2107 Figure Skating Championships 

Please join us in congratulating  Sophia Elder (8C) and her brother  Christopher Elder (SMM class of '15) on receiving a Bronze Medal in the US 2017 Figure Skating Championships in Kansas City, MO. The duo was less than a point from the silver medal.

Please click here to see the full press release and pictures.
New Contest - 
February 1st deadline!
You still have a few more chances to win prizes this school year for bringing in your Box Tops. The next due date is Wednesday, February 1st. Please click here to access the collection sheet, The class that brings in the most will win a special treat for the entire class. 
February Lunch Menu

Please click here to access the Cafeteria Lunch menu for February. It can also be accessed on the school website ( http://school.stmm.org/) under Parent Resources, then Lunch Menu.

Please Note these
Important Calendar Items

Thursday, February 2
Book Fair

Friday, February 3 & Monday, February 6
No School - Winter Break
Wednesday, February 15
Early Dismissal at 1:15 pm

Monday, February 20
School is in session; snow makeup day from January 5.

Fundraiser Day
Tuesday, February 7

Mark your calendar. We have a Chick-fil-A day fundraiser day coming the first day back from our Winter Break. Eat more chicken!
Stewardship Cards

The parish office is eager to receive your 2017 Stewardship Card. If you are unsure if you have submitted your family's commitment card or need a new one, please contact the parish office at 426-1588.

Policy on Students
Calling Home

Please help us to manage the excessive phone calls made for forgotten items. Children will only be allowed to call home for lunches or questions about transportation changes.
Fever/Vomit Free Policy

Please do not send a student back to school from an illness until he/she has been at least 24 hours "fever free and vomit free" (with no medication). 

Lego Donations
Hate stepping on your old Legos? Donate them!
Please   click here  to learn more.
Franciscan Kitchen Volunteers
On  Tuesday, January 31 , the following students will accompany
Holly Ryan to volunteer:  Liam Ryan, Patrick Raluy, and Jackson Schneidtmiller.

Carman Wilcox, mother of Addison Wilcox (3G).
John Colvin, the father of Cruz (6A), Miley (4G), and Lanie (2H) Colvin.

Winter Weather Information

We have had our first snow day, and that day will be made up on Monday, February 20. You may click here to read the information on our winter weather policies. This information has been posted on the school website   www.school.stmm.org  under  Parent Resources and then  Winter Weather .

News from Mrs. Sims

Catholic Schools Week will be celebrated next week.  We celebrate the excellence of Catholic education and recognize all of the groups who contribute to its success.  Please join us on Wednesday for All School Mass and a Parent Open House. 

Prayer for Catholic Schools
Almighty Father,
You sent forth your son to be a beacon of hope for all people.
As Teacher, He has given us the prime example of the importnace of education.
As disciples, we look to him for inspiration and strength.
Thank you for the many people who have dedicated their lives in service to Catholic schools.
Thank you for the teachers and administrators who sustain our schools today.
Thank you for the parents who have given their support and witness to the importance of  Catholic education in their daily lives.
Thank you for the students who work hard to further their education.
Bless our schools and the many people who advance our mission.
May our buildings be a home for those who seek to grow in faith, knowledge, and  service of others.
May our community always support one another and exhibit hospitality to newcomers.
Fill our minds with knowledge and wisdom.
May our understanding of the world help us to grow in appreciation for it.
Fill our hearts with gladness.
May we always turn to you in times of need.
Fill our hands with the tools we need to serve others.
May we show unceasing love through our actions.

C atholic Schools Week Schedule
Monday, January 30: Faculty/Staff Day
  • Students will be given a treat upon entering the school building.
  • Students & Staff free dress! 
  • Faculty/Staff enjoy a catered lunch in the Hospitality Room from 11:30 - 1:00
Tuesday, January 31: Support Staff Day
  • Regional Catholic Schools Mass 10:00 am. Mrs. Sims will be taking our Student Council officers with her.
  • A breakfast will be held for the Maintenance Staff, Parish Office, Cafeteria Staff and Bus Drivers on Tuesday morning in the Teachers' Lunchroom. We will also give the YMCA a small token of appreciation that afternoon.
  • Students will decorate specified areas with messages and signs of appreciation for the support staff areas.
  • Grab & Go snacks in the teacher's lounge.
  Wednesday, February 1: Student/Parent/Family Day
  • All School Mass:  Parents invited!
  • Open House in the building for current families:  9:00 - 10:30 am.
  • Free cookie for students in the cafeteria
  • Pep rally/Jump Rope for Heart:  1:30
  • A great evening to have a special family dinner with special prayers and cards.

The 2017-18 School Calendar has been approved by our SMM  School Advisory Council. Please click here  to view it. It is also listed on our school website.
School Advisory Council (SAC) Nominations
The School Advisory Council (SAC) is currently accepting nominations for new members. New members will be elected by school families. The primary purpose of the SAC shall be to give guidance and advice to the Pastor, Community Director, and Principal. The SAC will consider the interest of all parents, students, and faculty. 

The term for a SAC member is three years. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, February 17th. Please click here to access the nomination form.
If you are interested please see the attached nomination form.  If you have questions, please contact Andrea Gohmann ( andrea.gohmann@gmail.com ) regarding this opportunity. 

Protecting God's Children
Honor Thy Children Training & Background Checks

Volunteers who have contact with children or youth (18 and under) for ANY length of time are required to participate in one of the 2-hour Safe Environment Training Workshops and undergo a background check.  This includes field trip chaperones, room parents, Field Day volunteers, Pioneer Day volunteers, etc. There is no cost.

Please click here to access the listing of classes available in the archdiocese. There will be a classes offered on February 9, 13, 20 and 28 at various churches.. Need more information? Contact our parish office at 426-1588.
PTO News
Please click here to access the reply card.
Louisville Marriott is offering a reduced hotel rate of $104 for St. Margaret Mary.  Click here to reserve a room.
The rate is only guaranteed until January 28th.  
After that date the rate will be honored if the rooms are available.
Questions?   Please contact co-chairs Shelly Smith ( smm.gala@aol.com ) or
Kristen Mellinger ( Kristen.Mellinger@kyfb.com)

SMM Gala Wheel of Chance!
Only 20 Chances per Package

Please click here to access the Wheel of Chance flyer/order form. There are many fun and exciting packages!

Sponsored by your PTO 

Tuesday, February 14
Thursday, February 16
Last names A- K
Last names L - Z

Please join us in the Hospitality Room anytime between 7:00 - 7:50 am to enjoy warm coffee and muffins to start your day!  
2016-17 School Yearbook
Early Bird Pricing
Deadline  Monday, February 6

Yearbooks will be $32.00 this school year. We are having a pre-sale with special Early Bird Pricing! (This is the first time the yearbooks are being sold. They were not available until right before Christmas.)

The Early Bird Price of $30.00 will be available through Monday, February 6, 2017. If more than one yearbook is purchased, the cost will be $2 8.00 for each additional yearbook. 
Starting Tuesday, February 7, 2017, the full price of $32.00 will be charged  and additional yearbooks will be $ 30.00.  
Please DO NOT order a yearbook for your 8th grade student; they will automatically receive a yearbook .
Questions? Contact Mrs. Delk at  sdelk@stmm.org 


A Renewal Experience at 
St. Margaret Mary 2017
Women's Weekend: Feb. 18/19
Men's Weekend: March 4/5
Take time to re-focus and re-prioritize!
Questions?   Anne Burnham (529-9599 or  anne_burnham@yahoo.com ) or Bill Burnham (529-9850 or wkburnham@hotmail.com),

Sign-up in the parish office or online: 
SMM Girls Softball
Grades 3-8

Warm weather is almost here so it's time to get ready for another exciting season of Mustang Softball.  The SMM softball season begins March 1st. Games will start after Spring Break and end before Memorial Day.  We welcome rookie and veteran players in all age groups.
Grades 3-4 Machine Pitch
Grades 5-8 Girl Pitch

Sign-up today at:  http://athletics.stmm.org/
For more information please contact:
Ron Kiefer ron.kiefer@gmail.com  502-905-4072
Boys' Lacrosse is Starting Soon!
Grades 3 - 8
Please click here to learn all of the details about playing Boys' Lacrosse with St. Margaret Mary.

Spring Sports Sign-Ups!
  Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Soccer, 
Boys Volleyball, Girls Softball
Payment is not due until 2/28/17! Sign up early for better planning of the Spring Season!  For more information and to register, go to http://.athletics.stmm.org
Girls on the Run Louisville
returning to St. Margaret Mary
Girls on the Run is a 10-week after school program for 3rd-5th grade girls that combines physical activity with inspiring, fun lessons that teach girls how to handle the difficult social pressures of adolescence. The season starts on February 20th and ends with the Girls on the Run Spring 5K on May 13 at Bernheim Forest.
St. Margaret Mary's practices will be on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00-4:30 pm. For complete details click here.

DivorceCare for Kids is a special group to help children heal from the hurt caused by the separation or divorce of their parents. The class 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. Please click here to view a 2-page document with the details.

Weekly on Tuesdays 
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.  
January 31 - April 25
* Please note the class begins on January 31.
Donation:  $25 for supplies   Questions? Please contact Denise Ruiz at 426-1588 ext. 126   druiz@stmm.org
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