February 22, 2019

St. Margaret Mary
School Newsletter
Free Dress Day
in exchange for a monetary donation
Wednesday, February 27

Monetary donations will help fund SMM alum J.D. Wentzel's Boy Scout Eagle Scout project. J.D. is constructing a pavilion at Dreams with Wings, 2106 Bardstown Rd. This organization helps adults with intellectual disabilities live normal and happy lives. The pavilion will provide shade to the patrons of the facility. 

Cash or checks may be made payable to Troop 306 .

Archdiocesan Required Training - Honor Thy Children/Safe Environment
Monday, February 25
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
SMM Hospitality Room

This training is only needed one time, but it is required for anyone over the age of 18 interested in volunteering with the youth in our parish . In addition to the class, please contact the parish office to complete the background check portion of the process.

If you are unable to attend on Monday evening, click here to view the list of other classes.

3 on 3 Basketball Tournament
Grades 3 & 4
Grade 5
Friday, March 1
During the Lenten Fish Fry

There are two signups for the 3 on 3 basketball tournament. One for grades 3 & 4 (combined) and one for  5th grade. Please click on the hot links for full details and to access the registration forms.  Deadline to register is Wednesday, February 27.

3 on 3 Basketball Tournament
Grades 6-8
Friday, March 8

The 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament for grades 6, 7, and 8 will be  Friday, March 8. Click here to access the registration for the tournament. Deadline to register is Wednesday, March 6.
Horsing Around with Art Contest
Honorable Mention

The Horsing around with Art contest, sponsored by the Kentucky Derby Museum and Winstar, took place on February 12, 2019. St. Margaret Mary was represented by Vivi Davis, 4R, who won an Honorable Mention in her Intermediate Division.  This is an Annual contest, with hundreds of entries. We are very proud of Vivi! 

Vivi's art will be displayed in the Derby Museum throughout the spring.

Basketball City Champs!

The 8th grade boys (gray team) won the #3 division City Championship game!

Benjamin Abney
Grant Albertson
Jason Appel
Christian Barbour
Ben Breunig
Tyler King
Pablo Martinez
Jackson Schneidtmiller
Head coach: Brad Felts

It was a last second nail biter,
and the Mustangs won 27-26. 
Way to go, Mustangs!
4/5th Governor's Cup

We are proud to announce our 4/5th Grade Governor's Cup winners who will advance to the Regionals competition. They are : 

Patrick Mellinger (4R) - 1st in Social Studies

Elise Crump (5P) - 2nd in Science 

Madeline Tobe (4R) - 5th in Arts and Humanities.
SMM received the Hume Sportsmanship Award which is given to schools who display excellent sportsmanship in an academic event. 
We are so proud of you! 
Please join us in prayers for:

Ryan Shene (7B)
as he recovers from surgery.

Franciscan Kitchen Volunteers

On Tuesday, February 26 the following students will accompany parent driver Kelly Liebbe  to volunteer: Mason Liebbe, Luke McCubbin, and Max Peklenk.

Spring Swim Clinic

Be the fastest kid on the block this summer by signing up for the Saint Xavier's spring swim clinic! Our Spring Swim Clinic is a great way to involve young athletes and promote positive learning from our highly experienced coaching staff. Clinics are open to any child ages 4-14 at any skill level. Click here to learn more!

News from Mrs. Sims

Parents often ask us what they can do to help their children be more successful in school. Did you know that parents play a critical role in increasing student engagement and achievement in school? If a parent is actively involved and supportive, student achievement increases. Parental involvement also leads to better classroom behavior, because a parent's interest and encouragement can positively affect a child's attitude toward school. What else can you do to make a positive impact on your child's education all the way through high school?
  1. Communicate with the teachers and stay informed.
  2. Be attentive to school and classroom schedules, calendars, events, and assignments.
  3. Support homework expectations. Be a resource for your child and up to date on what they are learning in school.
  4. Send your child to school ready to learn. That means they are rested and well fueled for the day.
  5. Teach them organizational skills. How do you prioritize tasks? How do you manage multiple tasks and obligations?
  6. Know and support the school disciplinary policies.
  7. Take attendance seriously. Your child should be in school and on time every day, unless they are ill.
  8. Make time to talk about school. Show an interest in their friends, teachers, and school work.
Please join us in our mission to make the school experience at SMM the best it can be!

May God Bless You and Your Family,
Wendy Sims, Principal
It's Fish Fry time!

The SMM community is excited to host 4 fish fry events this season. Please invite your friends and family to come join in the great food and fellowship! Fish Fries are from 5 - 8 p.m.
  • March 1 (Grades JK, K & 8) - 3 on 3 basketball tourney for 3/4/5th grade students in the PAC. See information to the left.
  • March 8 (Grades 1, 2, & 5) - 3 on 3 basketball tourney for 6/7/8th grade students in the PAC. See information to the left.
  • March 15 (Grades 3 & 6)  - DJ in PAC with Games 
  • March 22 (Grades 4 & 7) Sports Inflatables
All parents of school children are asked to volunteer on the date assigned to your child(ren)'s grade (noted in  green above). If you cannot assist that day, please sign up for an alternate day. 

Please click here to volunteer.
Jr. High and High School kids looking for service hours can sign up for most positions, but please refer to notes on the Sign-Up Genius for specifics.

Fish Fry Cake Booth
Cake Booth donations are requested for each of the SMM Fish Fries. A free dress pass will be issued for each item donated, not to exceed the current number of your children at SMM. Please bring the baked goods to the gym during afternoon carpool, during the set-up, or during the fish fry.
Thank you for your generous donation of your time and talent to make our community Fish Fry the best!  
Help SMM feed  one million people!

We are only $1500 away from being able to package meals to feed one million people with our third Helping Hands event at SMM on Saturday, March 2.

We also have opened up more volunteer slots for each shift.
Click here to donate or sign up for a shift. 
PTO News

Tuesday, February 26 
Thursday, February 28
Last names A- L
Last names M - Z
7:15 - 7:45 a.m. in the Hospitality Room
Please join us with your child(ren) in the Hospitality Room.

Stewardship opportunity available: 
Please c lick here to access the volunteer sign-up genius.
John L. Tobias Exceptional Volunteer
Award Winner

To honor John L. Tobias, the Expectational Volunteer Award is presented in his name by the PTO to recognize an extraordinary volunteer that faithfully serves our school community.  This year we are thrilled to present this award to Mara Legere.  Mara has been constant fixture in the SMM halls over the past 9 years and has always stepped up to ensure that our SMM students have an enriched experience while at school through her numerous volunteer roles.  Please join us in congratulating Mara!
Thank you to those who took the time to nominate candidates for this award. We are so blessed to have many volunteers who work tirelessly to ensure SMM is a fabulous school for our children.
Join us for Reconciliation!

The following grades will be attending the Sacrament of Reconciliation in preparation for Lent.  Parents and family members are welcome to join our students in the church. There will be many priests available.

Tuesday, February 26 5th & 6th grades 1:15 p.m.
Wednesday, February 27 7th & 8th grades 1:15 p.m.
Tuesday, March 5 2nd, 3rd, & 4th grades 1:15 p.m.
Spring Campus Clean Up!
Saturday, March 9

Spring is a busy time for our parish with Easter, First Communion, Confirmation and Graduation. Please join the parish Grounds Committee and 2nd Grade Step by Step on the morning of Saturday, March 9 for a Spring Campus Cleanup. Tasks will depend on what the weather brings but will include leaf blowing, edging and mulching beds, updates to the Mary Garden and possible planting of spring flowers. All ages and abilities welcome! Good service opportunity for families. 
 Click here to view the sign up! 
In case of inclement weather, makeup date is March 16th.

Sports Registration Deadlines 

Tennis       Extended to 2/28    co-ed grades 1-8

Soccer                  2/22             co-ed grades 3-8

Track & Field       2/28             co-ed grades JK - 8

Softball                 3/4                girls grades 3-8
To register for any of these sports and to get all of the details, please click here.
St. Matthews Little League

Spring baseball is right around the corner. St. Matthews Little League registration for the 2019 season closes soon, so please register your son/daughter right away! St. Matthews Little League is an awesome league with no volunteering or fundraising, just sign-up and play ball! Tryouts for 9-12 year olds are Sunday, February 24; tryouts for 7 and 8 year olds are Saturday, March 2.  Sign up today!