March 1, 2019

St. Margaret Mary
School Newsletter
March Lunch Menu

Our 6-8th grade students may select from the above JK-8th grade menu in addition to this one:
Group Picture Re-Takes
Monday, March 4

The following group photos for the yearbook will be re-taken on Monday, March 4 during the last period of the day. Please chat with your children so they are aware and listening to be called.
  • Cross Country
  • Track & Field
  • 4th Grade Soccer (Boys & Girls)
  • Swimming
Questions?  Please contact Susan Delk at
Terra Nova Testing
Starts Monday!

Monday, March 4 -
Friday, March 15

(Grades 3-7)

Please limit scheduling doctor's appointments and absences.
Fat Tuesday
March 5

In celebration of Fat Tuesday on March 5, students will be allowed to wear Mardi Gras beads to school. Teachers may ask the students to remove the beads during testing times.
Family Night 
Wednesday, March 6
Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, March 6 is Ash Wednesday and has been designated as a SMM Family Night. All school, parish, and athletic activities that begin at 6:00 p.m., or after, will be suspended for this night so that families may focus on time together. Masses at SMM will be at 8:15 a.m., noon and 7:00 p.m.

3 on 3 Basketball Tournament
Grades 6-8
Friday, March 8
During the Lenten Fish Fry

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.
Speeding in
Parking Lots and Adjoining Neighborhood

We have received complaints about cars speeding through the neighborhood adjoining the back entrance of SMM. Please take your time and be safe on our school property and the roads leading to us. 
Server/Salad Maker

The SMM cafeteria is currently hiring for a server that will also be the salad maker. The hours of the position is Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Please contact Gail Shackleford at
3rd Trimester

Click here to check out the After School classes offered during the 3rd Trimester.  There's a wonderful variety to choose from!   
Congratulations to Mustang Archers Abby Ayre (8C) and Elise Crump (5P) who both qualified and were individually invited to participate in the State Archery Competition. Abby will compete in the middle school division and Elise will compete in the elementary school division. 

Congratulations and good luck at state!
Dine & Dash

Thank you to our 1st & 6th grade families that treated us to a delicious lunch on Monday of soups, sandwiches, and salads! We enjoyed your generosity and delicious lunch items!  In fact, your generosity allowed us to enjoy leftovers on Tuesday, too! We appreciate the love you show us through your delicious food!
Eagle Scout Project Donations

I want to thank everyone who donated to my eagle project to construct a pavilion at Dreams with Wings. Thank you to Mrs. Sims for allowing me to host a Free Dress Day at SMM. Together the school raised over $1,300; this was double what I was expecting! It is likely that your generous donations will  cover my entire project. Thanks again for all of your support and generosity.
You all are great! - J.D. Wentzel
Jump Rope for Heart

Thank you so much for your generosity to the Jump Rope For Heart event. The total of the donations came to  $16,959.00. I am proud to also announce that SMM students have donated over $150,000 in the last few years

This is one of my favorite events for many reasons. One of which is the direct participation by the students and the  opportunity that it presents to educate them about heart disease. Secondly, as a buddy event the older students get to mentor the younger ones. Job well done!
Thank You,   Mrs. Iceman
Franciscan Kitchen Volunteers

On Tuesday, March 5 the following students will accompany parent driver Nikki Boehm  to volunteer: Will Boehm, Jameson Barber, Connor Hennessey, and Jackson Schneidtmiller.
News from Mrs. Sims

The weeks of March 4th through March 15th are the Terra Nova testing weeks set aside by the Archdiocese. Students in grades 3 through 7 will take the test. The teachers and I appreciate the effort you will make to help ensure that the students are ready, willing, and able to test to the best of their ability. Here are some things that parents can do:
  • Students need a good night's sleep
  • They need to eat a healthy, protein filled breakfast
  • They need stress free mornings; keep things positive and unrushed
  • Arrive to school on time
  • Please schedule doctor appointments for the afternoon only
  • Students should attempt to answer all questions; there is no penalty for guessing
  • Reassure your child that this test is important but doesn't determine their worth or whether or not they will pass in a grade
  • Encourage your child to use their time wisely and listen carefully to directions
We will test each morning so that students are at their best. We will provide students with gum, mints, and stretch breaks to keep them focused. Please send in healthy snacks and water bottles. Let's do our best and stay Mustang proud!

May God Bless You and Your Family,
Wendy Sims, Principal
Parent Warning: Disturbing 'Momo Challenge' targeting kids online

The viral "Momo Challenge" is resurfacing around the world. Police warn parents to be hyper vigilant of the online content their children are watching. The challenge targets children through YouTube videos such as Peppa Pig and Fortnite. The Momo image is being edited into the videos by hackers. That image is either giving kids messages directly or telling them to text a number through the Facebook owned app, WhatsApp. Then, the number will send various instructions on challenges they need to complete or else their families will be hurt, and they will be cursed. The various challenges range from self-harm and ultimately end with a directive to commit suicide. To protect your child, ensure that the devices they have access to are restricted to age suitable content. Also, reiterate to your child to never give personal information to anyone they don't know and to inform an adult of anything that is scary or uncomfortable.
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.
  • 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!  
Student Advisory Council (SAC) Elections
March 8 - 10th

8 Candidates & Bios Available Now

The window for the SAC Elections will open on Friday, March 8 and close on Sunday, March 10 at 11:59 p.m. Biographies of the 8 individuals seeking elections for St. Margaret Mary School Advisory Council (SAC) can be viewed by  clicking here.  

At this time, we ask that you review this information. Please be on the lookout for an email from the school office to come out on Friday, March 8th. We will be utilizing the SurveyMonkey system for the election of 2 new members of SAC. If you do not receive the email on Friday, March 8, please contact the school office. Please note, that the election/voting email will be sent to two emails per family.

If you have any questions about the election, please contact Abigail Costello at
Saturday, March 2
Two shifts
Noon and 2:30 p.m.

Registered Volunteers for the Helping Hands shifts need to report to the PAC. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes.
We are a few hundred dollars short of our goal of feeding over 1 million people!  Be a part of 
this huge goal! There is still time to donate!
We have had several shift cancellations. Sign up online to see what shifts are still available. 
ALL AGES can participate in this high-energy event! 

Click here to donate or sign up for a shift. 
Staff Appreciation Week
Donations needed, please.
We need your help to have a successful Staff Appreciation Week - March 18-22.
See here for all the week's details!
Each year your PTO collects donations such as gift items, gift cards and cash to purchase items that will be raffled off for the 75+ teachers and staff. Donations can be sent to the school office marked "Staff Appreciation Week" attention Amy Craft.
The PTO also hosts a parent sponsored Breakfast for Staff on Wednesday, March 20th. Help us shower them with yummy food by clicking here for the SignUp.
Questions or to get involved, email Amy at
Stress, Anxiety and Depression (SAD) 
in our Young People
Sunday, March 17, 2019
3:15 p.m.
SMM Hospitality Room

Join us as two experts cover prevalent issues which are leading to a society of SAD children. (Children and teens who are suffering from Stress, Anxiety and Depression along with other mental health issues.) Hear ways to be supported and to support your children or their classmates.

Dr. Tony L. Sheppard will be speaking with parents of children of all ages from adolescence to high school age.This is a parent only meeting; if childcare is needed, please contact Tara Mattingly at

During this same time, Dr. Zach Thieneman will be leading discussions with teens from 7th grade through high school.

Mass will follow at 5:00 p.m. for all those whom would like to stay.
Click here to view the flyer.
Step By Step Recycling Project for Lent 

We are inviting the entire SMM to help participate in a recycling project for SBS that will recycle 200 lbs. of plastic caps/tops into a bench! We are encouraging you and your family to give up throwing away Plastic Caps/Tops for Lent and bring them into school to be recycled. The collections begins on Ash Wednesday,  March 6  and will end on Good Friday, April 19. There will be collection bins  in the front hallway (by the school office) and in the back of the church. Click here to view the acceptable caps/tops list to help guide your family.  Thank you for your support!
~ The SBS Team
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.
Join us for Reconciliation!

The following grade 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, March 5 2nd, 3rd, & 4th grades 1:15 p.m.
Sports Registration Deadlines 

Softball                  3/4              girls grades 3-8

Field Hockey         4/13            girls grades 3-8

Baseball                 4/13           boys grades 3-8

Golf                        4/20            co-ed grades 3-8

To register for any of these sports and to get all of the details, please click here.
In Sympathy . . .

Please join us in prayers for: 

Brennah (6S/V) and Kinley (2J) Griffin and their family on the passing of their great grandmother.

Laine (8S), Reid (7H), Sophia (5D) and Quinn (3S) Schulten, as well as Bodie (3S) and Alex (1D) Redenbaugh and their families on the passing of their great grandfather.