August 26, 2016

St. Margaret Mary
School Newsletter

Safe Schools Survey

We would really LOVE your feedback! Please take a few minutes to complete the online survey to help make SMM School the best! Please click here to access the survey. The survey window will be only be open until Friday, September 2.  
Please submit all school forms to your student's homeroom teachers as soon as possible.
Afternoon Pick-Up at the School Office

Due to having 8 school busses at the front of the school each afternoon, we ask that parents visiting the front office anytime after 2:00 pm, please park at the east end of the parking lot (opposite end from the gym.)  Once the busses are parked, they will not be moved to allow for cars to be let out. 
We have many great opportunities for learning and fun this fall with a variety of After School Enrichment Opportunities. Chess Club has been added this week!

A complete listing is posted on our school website under the Student Academic tab, then Afterschool Enrichment. You may also click here to access the list. Many of the classes have limited space, so please register soon. A few classes begin next week!
 Grandparents Day

Tuesday, September 6
Student last names A - K

Thursday, September 8
Student last Names L Z 

Please complete the RSVP form distributed in today's Friday Folder's and return to the child's homeroom teacher by Wednesday.  You can also click here to access the document.

8:30 - 9:15 am Grandparents enjoy refreshments in the Hospitality Room

9:15 am
Students escort their grandparents to Mass

9:30 am
Mass begins

Grandparents are invited to depart from the church following Mass.

Donations Needed

Please click here to donate items for the Grandparents Day reception/continental breakfast.

YMCA Afterschool Update

All new registrations will be wait listed at this time.  Thank you for your patience.
Boot Camp
   Saturday, August 27
1:30 - 3:30 pm
SMM Art Room    Grades 5-8

The purpose of the boot camp is to determine aptitude and interest in the SMM children's hand bell choir. Students who love music and want to experieince ringing the bells andl earning how to make the many different sounds produced by handbells should attend. Please RSVP to Brenda Harrison at or 502-777-9781
The family that turns in the most box tops will receive a free dress pass!
Collection sheets will be sent home in Friday folders today. You can also click here to access the collection sheet.  The deadline is September 16.
 Happy Clipping!
Parish Mission
Sunday - Tuesday
September 11-13
7:00 pm

All are welcome
(kids & adults)

Each night of the mission under an hour. A time to stir your soul and heart. Come join us!
Family Nights

You will see on our calendar (hosted on the Sycamore website) that there are several nights throughout the school year designated as "Family Nights."  These special designated nights coincide with Holy Days of Obligation when we are having a 7:00 pm Mass or other important parish activities.  

There will be three Family Nights in September (Sunday, September 11 - Tuesday, September 13) due to the Parish Mission. 

On Family Nights, all school, athletic ministry, and parish activities are
cancelled beginning at 6:00 pm. There will be no homework assigned on these special nights and no tests are to be given on the day following a Family Night. Truly, the time is to be spent with your family.
Step by Step Volunteer Kickoff Meeting
The SBS Volunteer Kickoff Meeting will be held on Thursday, September 15 at 1:00 pm in the Hospitality Room.  As you know, SBS helps to bring Stewardship into our children's classrooms.  We need volunteers for Grades K- 7 and there are varying commitment levels of opportunities.  Please stop by and see if SBS is a good fit for your Stewardship.  Any questions, please email
Volunteers Needed 

The church is looking for volunteers to help in the nursery during the 10:00 am Mass. Please click here to access the sign-up genius.  Thank you!
Opening: Cafeteria Worker/Server

Description: St. Margaret Mary School seeks enthusiastic employee to work in the school cafeteria.  The employee will assist in the lunch preparation, serving, and clean up for large JK-8 school.  Hours will be 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. five days a week.

Qualifications:  Candidates who work well in a team setting and are fond of children are a must.

Contact:  Interested candidates should send a resume and references to Wendy Sims, Principal 
Our Sympathy  . . .

Please join us in our prayers for Houston Hall (5F) and his family on the death of his aunt.
U of L Men Opening Game! 

Come watch the Louisville men's soccer team take on Butler for their opening game of the season.  Friday, August 26 - 7:30 pm.

They support our SMM Field Day every year by bringing players to play with the students!
James: Pearls for Wise Living

James is one of the most practical books of the Bible. Its teachings speak loudly to those who feel torn between the competing demands of this world and their faith.

This study offers "pearls for wise living" by applying the wisdom of James to our current day. For anyone who has struggled to live a truly Christian life, James offers a wealth of practical solutions for handling and even sanctifying everyday circumstances.

Join us for James: Pearls for Wise Living in the Hospitality Room beginning September 8th, at 9:00 a.m. and continuing every Thursday for 11 weeks. Materials for the study are $24 and you can register in the Parish Office.  Questions? Lou Steier at 502-640-1583 .
News from Mrs. Sims

We have been blessed by the presence of your children this week!  They help bring focus to the staff as to why we are here and how much we love our work.  There was a great turn out for our annual PTO Open House on August 25th. Open House is a time to learn about the new school year, get familiar with the teachers and schedule, and enjoy the company of old friends.  We also take the time to welcome the new PTO Board, hear about the great things they were able to accomplish the prior year and learn about future plans. 

As your children transition into the new school year, there are many things that you can do to support them and the school mission.  Embrace their learning with enthusiasm.  Ask specific questions about what they are learning.  Regardless of what some children may say, we never do "nothing"!  Communicate with the teachers and staff in a positive and supportive manner and work as a team to assist the students.  Help your children get organized; for some it isn't an innate skill and can be difficult to learn.  Celebrate your child's strengths and help them work through their weaknesses.  Some of our best lessons come by how we manage our setbacks, and everyone has them.  Encourage some unstructured time for play and just "being" to allow for creativity and problem solving skills to develop. Together, we can make great things happen this year!

May God Bless You and Your Family,
Wendy Sims
A big thank you to our generous PTO in providing new mulch for our playground and to Mark Snyder for spreading it!

There are also new basketball goals coming soon!

And, more thanks . . .

A huge thank you to the many parent volunteers who have assisted our littlest mustangs in the cafeteria these first two weeks of school.
Maehan Breuning
Allison Pullen Carmack
Emily Estes
Suzy Shene
Jennifer Spalding

And a HUGE thank you to Janet Bell who came every single day of the last two weeks to assist! Thank YOU!
SMM Band
Grades 4-8 
All 4th -8th grade families should have received an email this morning with the details. Please remember permission slips are due by Thursday, September 8 to allow students to attend the demonstration assembly that day during school. The parent meeting for rental information will be at 6:30 pm in the drama room (above the gym). Questions?
6th Grade Play

All 6th grade families were emailed complete information today on the tryout process for Elf, Jr.  Please check your inbox for this exciting information!
Announcing Encore! 2016-17

Encore! is SMM's 7th & 8th Grade Show Choir. Click here to see this year's members.

PTO News
Looking for Mustang Spirit Wear?

The SMM Spiritwear store is STOCKED full of all new athletics wear! Available now: CROSS COUNTRY, FOOTBALL, VOLLEYBALL, CHEERLEADING and SOCCER specific gear! All of those great items are in addition to the traditional Mustang designs we've had in the past. From long sleeve shirts to hats, water bottles and parent's all ready for you to purchase!
* If you are hoping to have your new goods in early this season, you need to place your order by August 31st. 

Please   click here   to view all of the great items at the online Spirit Wear store. There is also a link on our school website under Parent Resources, then Spirit Wear Website.
Kroger Cards

Enrolling your Kroger Plus Card allows our school to earn money every time you shop or fill your gas tank.
Last year we earned over $18,000 for our school with less than 40% of our families enrolled.

Please take the time to re-enroll (or enroll for the first time). All accounts will automatically be cleared  from Community Rewards after August 30. You must go into your account and add SMM again between now and August 31.To do this:
  •  Go to and log in or create an account. If you are creating an account for the first time, you need your Kroger Plus Card number. (this is the card you scan at the register to get the discount).
  • Once you are in your account, click on Community: and then Community Rewards. When you are prompted to add a school our school code is 10085.
It is that easy! Once again we will be giving each child 5 free dress passes with each family enrolled. You will again need to send Lindsey Wilson a screen shot of your account with SMM listed. She CANNOT accept a link to your account. (this requires her to have your password.) You can send the screen shot to or text it to me at 502-303-4073. (Be sure your family name is visible so I know who to credit). Dress passes will be going out starting the first week of September. The passes can only be used on Fridays.
Calendar Items
New!  Improved and ONLINE!

We are excited to announce that the entire calendar of school activities is available on Sycamore. You have the ability to view all of the dates for after school enrichment classes, conference days, Family Nights, etc. Since this is so easily accessible, we will no longer 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.
New Cafeteria System

The Archdiocese of Louisville School District has enhanced its online lunch payment service through a partnership with EZpay.  Using your credit or debit card, you may pay for school meals.
 EZpay gives you the ability to:
  • Deposit funds to your student's account via credit card at your convenience, 24/7. The money will typically appear in your student's account within 24 hours.
  • Set up a single account for all the students in your family.
  • See your student's cafeteria purchases.
  • Check your student's account balance and request e-mail notification when the balance falls below a specified amount. 
  • Maintain a complete record of your payments.
Please click here to view the details of how to set up your family account.
St. Margaret Mary                   
Friday, September 23, 2016
Long Run Golf Complex
(located off flat rock road)

11:30 Lunch Served        12:30 Shotgun Start

Limited to 20 teams so please sign up immediately. Cost is only $100.00 per player; $400.00 per foursome.  Includes lunch, dinner, cart and drink tickets!  Great beer prices! (Please remember no outside coolers or beverages allowed.)  Prizes to the first, second, third place.
Email team entries to   Please make check payable to St. Margaret Mary Athletics.  Any question please call or text 502-376-7676 Bob Bender
Volunteers also needed!
RCIA Adapted for Children
The process of Christian Initiation is also available to children who may have for some reason or circumstance not yet been baptized or perhaps not received the other sacraments of Eucharist, Reconciliation, and Confirmation.  
The RCIA process adapted for children is also being offered this coming year.  It is an opportunity for those children beyond the second grade to prepare with their parents and other children and their parents for reception of the sacraments and welcome into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil.

We will be meeting on Sunday mornings from 11:30-12:30, gathering first in the cafeteria, beginning August 28.

If your family is interested, please contact Tara in the Parish Office 426-1588 or
Need time for yourself?
Take some time to renew yourself at the "Christ Renews His Parish" Retreat.  Click here for information about the retreat weekends.
 Save the Date:   
 A Renewal Retreat at St. Margaret Mary
 Women's Retreat: September 10-11
 Men's Retreat: September 24-25

SMM Holiday Boutique

Saturday, November 5
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
We are looking for vendors/crafters!