August 24, 2018

St. Margaret Mary
School Newsletter
Forms   Forms   Forms
Please submit all school forms to your youngest child or only child's homeroom teacher as soon as possible.

Permission Slips 
Friday, August 31

Each student at SMM must turn in a permission form by Friday, August 31. The form also includes a request for your child's shirt size. Please return the form to your child's homeroom teacher. One form per child.  Click here  to download a form, or visit the school website at  school.stmm.orgParent Resources, then select Mustang Mile Permission Form.

Once the dismissal bell rings, we still have many great opportunities for learning and fun starting in September.    From Math Mania to Arts & Crafts, Spanish Club, Tiny Techies, and Jazz It Up. This is just a sampling of the many first trimester after school opportunities available!

A complete menu/ listing is posted on our school website under the Student Academic tab, then After School Enrichment. You may also  click here  t o access the list. Many of the classes have limited space, so please register soon. 
Boot Camp
   Monday, August 27
2:45 - 4:15 pm
SMM Art Room
Grades 5-8

The purpose of the boot camp is to determine aptitude and interest in the SMM children's handbell choir to be directed by Brenda Harrison. Students entering grades 5-8 who love music and want to experience ringing the bells and learn how to make the many different sounds produced by handbells should attend. Please RSVP to Brenda Harrison at or 502-777-9781.
Step by Step News
Step This Way
and Make a Difference

Step by Step Kick Off Meeting
Wednesday, August 29
Hospitality Room
Please note the noon start time. This time was incorrectly advertised as beginning at 1:00 pm in another publication. 

Please do not forget to join us on August 29th at noon in the Hospitality Room to learn all about the Step by Step Program and how you can help bring Stewardship into the classrooms.  We need you, as the Step by Step Program is run by parent volunteers.  If you are unable to make it to the meeting, no problem, simply email Jennifer Peterson at and she will get you the necessary paperwork.  Hope to see you Wednesday!
Please join us in
sympathy ... 

Mrs. Pat Garr, Jr. High Social Studies teacher  and her family on the passing of her husband on August 3.

Mr. Pat Butner, SMM Maintenance,  and his family on the passing of his father.

Jimmy Bowles , former route #6 bus driver, as he fights cancer.

Patrick McSweeney , SMM alum, as he undergoes a bone marrow transplant as part of his battle against cancer.
 Grandparents Day

November 9
Student last names A - L

November 16

Student last Names M-Z

More information to come later.
The following article was published in the August 16 edition of the Louisville
 Archdiocesan publication The Record.

Building Future Leaders- One Step At A Time
By Wendy Sims, Principal St. Margaret Mary School

                As you drop your child off at the Kindergarten door for the first time, you won't think about their last day in grade school, their high school years, or the day they leave for college. You'll hope for a day without tears, a teacher who loves them, and the new friends they will make. But, each new day is also an opportunity to help your child learn to lead.
                It is said that the job of a parent is to prepare a child to move forward without them. But, how do we do that when all we want to do is protect them? We do it, one day at a time with the help of our family, our friends, and our schools. Parents and school staff are partners in building future leaders. It is a shared goal that all students stay healthy and happy, but also that they feel strong and capable to handle what life brings. Each school, and each parent, must prepare students to move successfully to the next level in life.
Click here to continue reading the complete article.
New School Counselor

Hello School Families!
My name is Sharon Schwarz, and I am the new full-time counselor here at Saint Margaret Mary School. Just to let you know a little about me, I grew up in Oldham County. I obtained a Bachelors' Degree in Special Education K through 12, and Regular Education 1st through 8th from the University of Kentucky. I have Masters' Degree in School Counseling from the University of Louisville.   I started my teaching career at Crestwood Elementary School in Oldham County. During my 31 years at Crestwood I was a Special Education Teacher (Learning and Behavior Disorder), Admissions and Release Committee Chair, and School Counselor. I am married to Robert Schwarz, we have two adult children, Lauren (24) and Patrick (22).   Our family lives in the Highlands and has attended St. Agnes for the last 27 years. On August 1 st  I started the next chapter in my life titled, "The Wonderful Community of Saint Margaret Mary School". To the parents and members of the parish community I have met, thank you for your kindness!  Your smiles and introductions have been welcoming and made my transition pleasant. I'm looking forward to getting to know all of you and to the 2018-2019 School Year!
Calendar Items
on Sycamore! 

Did you know that the entire calendar of school activities is available on Sycamore? You have the ability to view the dates of the after school enrichment classes, conference days, Family Nights, etc. Since this is so easily accessible, we will not provide a listing of calendar items in the newsletter.

Please  click here  to access the Sycamore website. The calendar can be found under School on the upper, right side of the page, then select Calendar.  To view more than the next 20 events, select All Events (in blue lettering) on the upper right. You can even select various categories to view on the upper right drop down box.

A huge thank you for the many parent and grandparent volunteers who have assisted our littlest mustangs in the cafeteria these first two weeks of school. 
Maeghan Breunig
Ann Buchanan
Casey Burke
Jennifer Collins
Amy Craft
Angie Dillion
Nicole Jacobs
Sandy McGill
Marcela Newman
Jane Niemann
Mindy Robbins
Janis Scherer
Michael Scherer
Lucy Weaver
Kathy Wirtzberger

PTO News
Fall Festival Planning Committee Meeting 
Monday, August 27th 
6:30 pm
Location changed to Meeting Room A/B
Let's make this our best Fall Festival ever!  We still have a few open spots on the Planning Committee, so please come join us! In particular, we are in need of volunteers to help students with the Classroom Creations that will be auctioned. Questions or ideas? Event Chair Natalie Younger at 859.393.0047 or
Mustang Mile
Friday, October 19
Permission slips will be coming home in today's Friday Folders for each student. They are due by August 31.

Fall Festival
Friday, October 26

Background Checks & Honor Thy Children/Safe Environment Training

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.

Click here to access the calendar of dates of when the Honor Thy Children/Safe Environment training is offered at various parishes throughout the Archdiocese. Need more information? Contact our parish office at 426-1588.
Vendors Needed!

The St. Margaret Mary Holiday Boutique is looking for vendors! Held Saturday, November 3rd from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. If you are crafty and have a unique product you'd like to share then we want you! Email for more info on booth sizes and rates.
Cheer on the Louisville City soccer team and support the American Heart Association at the same time! Click here for more information!

Friday, August 31
7:30 p.m.