September 1, 2017

St. Margaret Mary
School Newsletter
Afternoon Dismissal Reminder

It is school and parish policy that all students who are car riders be picked up using the carpool procedures in place. This is put in place for the safety of all children. Please do not pick up at the parish office doors or on the side of school or church in order to avoid the carpool line. You also cannot park in a designated Special Carpool spot unless you have paid for that spot. The carpool lines move swiftly and are clear of our parking lot by 3:05. I know that the safety of all children is important to us all- even if we have to wait in line for a few minutes more.
School "Fun"draiser 
for the Texas Victims of Hurricane Harvey
Friday, September 8
Texas/Free Dress in exchange for a monetary donation.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families who have been devastated by Hurricane Harvey and the historic flooding in Southeast Texas. SMM is partnering with Catholic Charities to support the relief fund. On Friday, Sept. 8th, students and staff members may wear free dress, cowboy boots, hats, and bandannas with a donation to this cause. Cash and checks accepted.  All checks should be made out to: Catholic Charities; please write 2017 Hurricane Harvey Collection in the memo of your check.  (The parish will also have a collection during all masses).

Permission Slips
Wednesday, September 6

Each student at SMM must turn in a permission form by Wednesday, September 6. 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, Parent Resources, then select Mustang Mile Permission Form.
Free Dress or Wear Pink!
Wednesday, September 13
in exchange for a donation to Twisted Pink!

As a part of the  Give Local Louisville  , we are asking our SMM school community to M ake Pink Matter.

Twisted Pink  is a 501(c)3 charitable organization with a mission to cure breast cancer by funding metastic (stage IV) breast cancer  research while exposing the hidden statics of the disease. The organization was founded by SMM parishioner, Caroline Johnson, after treatment for stage III breast cancer. They have raised over $440,000 since June 2014.
After School Fun!

There are a variety of fun activities getting started in September, including the Chess Club for K-8th grade students. Click here to see the complete listing.  You can also access the information on our school website under the Student Academic tab, then Afterschool Enrichment. 
Altar Servers
New & Existing
(4th- 8th grade)

Upcoming training sessions on Thursday, September 7, 3:00 - 4:15 pm  OR Monday, September 11, 6:00 - 7:00 pm.

Questions? Kevin McCarron 650-5500;
In Sympathy...

Please join us in our prayers for
Mackenzie (7B) and Braeden (5F) Cockerill  and their family on the passing of their maternal aunt.
 Grandparents' Day

Friday, November 3
Student last names A - L

Friday, November 10
Student last Names M-Z

More information to come later.
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 September 10.

If your family is interested, please contact Tara in the Parish Office 690-2851 or
Totally Toxic: The Dangers Of Pornography on Marriages and Families

This Marriage Maintenance Event will be held on September 30th at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in the Hospitality Room after the Saturday 5:00 pm Mass, from 6:00 - 7:30 pm and will feature speaker, Deacon Stephen Bowling, Director of the Office of Family Ministries for the Archdiocese of Louisville. Click here to learn more.
SMM Holiday Boutique

Saturday, November 4 

We are looking for vendors/crafters!   for more information.

Moreover, that all can eat and drink and enjoy the good of all their toil-this is a gift of God.
~Ecclesiastes 3:13

Calendar Items
on Sycamore! 

We are excited 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 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.
 Supernova Results
T hank you to the 70 students who auditioned for Supernova and their parents.  Mrs. Harrison is working on  building a distribution list of all involved families to email the results.  If your child  auditioned and you do not receive an email from Mrs. Harrison by 4:00 pm Tuesday,
 September 5, please email Mrs. Harrison with your correct email address.  Thank you for your patience, as there have been some software changes to learn in the process of getting the distribution list set up.
Encore Members 2017-18

Congratulations to Encore for 2017-2018!  Please click here to see a listing of the members. O ur first rehearsal will be Monday, 9/11 at 7:15 am for all members. We will be sending out a  schedule next week that will alternate boys and girls attending rehearsals until we get closer to our Christmas Concert (details about that will be included as well)!    
SMM Band
Grades 4-8 

All 4th -8th grade families should have received an email on Tuesday, August 29 with the details. Please remember permission slips are due by Thursday, September 7 to allow students to attend the demonstration assembly that day during school. The parent meeting for rental information will be at 6:00 pm in the drama room (above the gym). Questions?
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.
PTO News
Kroger Card Enrollment - Earn 5 Free Dress Passes!

Please click here for complete details about enrolling your Kroger card so that SMM receives the benefits of the Kroger Community Rewards program. All families with proof of enrollment receive 5 free dress passes per child.
Be a Part of the SMM PTO Gala!
Tuesday, September  5 - Kick-Off  Meeting

Join us for our Gala kickoff meeting on Tuesday,  September 5, 2017 in the Spirituality Center at 6:30 !  Come share ideas and become part of various committees, such as decorations, communication, procurement, baskets/bows, day-of set-up, registration table, etc. Your commitment to the Gala does not have to be a huge; any and all help is appreciated!  
Shelly Smith:
Kristen Mellinger:
(502) 292-8198

Creative or Crafty? Fall Festival needs you!
Creative or Crafty?  Consider volunteering your talents and assist with the Classroom Creations to be sold at this year's Fall Festival Silent Auction. All proceeds from these one-of-a-kind items will benefit the school. Volunteers are needed for each grade. Supplies provided. If interested contact Katy Wane ( ) or Leslie Kaufman (kaufmanleslie@yahoo.comfor details.
SMM 2017 Mustang Mile
Please support one of our school's largest fundraisers! 
We are currently looking for sponsors and donors to make this event a success!  If you would like to help our students, please contact.   Rachel Hall  or  Shannon Byrne  Thank you!

Need Mustang Sports Spiritwear?
Soccer - Volleyball - Football -Cross Country
Deadline - Wednesday, September 6 

We've got you covered! New designs for youth and adult sizes. Visit the athletics tab on the school website, then select spirit wear on the left side of the page or click here.
         St. Margaret Mary             
Friday, September 22, 2017
Long Run Golf Complex
11:30 Lunch Served       12:30 Shotgun Start

Limited to 20 teams so please sign up immediately.  Cost is only $100.00 per player. Includes lunch, dinner, cart and drink tickets! Great beer prices (please no outside coolers or beverages allowed.) Prizes for 1st - 3rd place.
Q uestions?  Bob Bender  502-376-7676  Email team entries to
Volunteers also needed!
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 9/10
 Men's Retreat: September 23/24

Taking Action on the Opioid Crisis

St. Bernadette Church (6500 St. Bernadette Avenue, Prospect) will hold a panel discussion about the opioid crisis on
Thursday, September 21 at 7:00 pm in the St. Bernadette Parish Center near Norton Commons. With deaths from drug overdoses in our Commonwealth rising by 30% over the last five years, this is a topic that all families need to know about. 
Topics will include a discussion of how to begin dealing with the issue, both in families and in the community; signs and symptoms of addiction; how to seek treatment; and how to support those who have lost loved ones.
The panel discussion will be moderated by Gary Montgomery and will include experts in the fields of addiction, treatment, recovery, and spirituality.  This event is being hosted with the parish by Catholic Charities of Louisville and the Knights of Columbus and is free and open to the public. The doors will open at 6:30 pm.