May 19, 2017

St. Margaret Mary
St. Margaret Mary
School Newsletter

Last Day of School
Thursday, May 25
12:30 pm Dismissal*
* Please note that this early dismissal time is different than the typical 1:15 pm dismissal.

Friday, May 26 has been set aside for PTS conferences. Please contact your teacher to request a conference if needed. 
Instructional/Book Fees

Due Now through  May 31

The window to pay your family's annual instructional/book fees for the 2017-18 school year is now upon us! Please take a few minutes to complete the payment in Sycamore between now and Wednesday, May 31, 2017. After May 31, a $100 late fee will be charged.  
Please click here to access the steps in Sycamore to complete the process.

The base fee per child will be $525. Incoming 6th & 7th grades have an additional $100 Chromebook fee. The JK book fee is $260.

Monday, May 22
AR Free Dress Day

Students who met their AR goal for at least one out of three trimesters will receive a pass for this. 
Homeroom teachers sent them
home today. 
Stay Tuned!
Information about summer reading will be provided via email next week. Please keep an eye out!
2017-18 School Supplies
Orders Due Monday, May 22

We are pleased to release the School Supplies List for the 2017-18 school year.

Pre-Packaged Supplies
Online Orders are due on Monday, May 22. Orders paid by check or cash are due by Wednesday, May 24.
Click here to access the order form.

All lists and the order form are also available under News on Sycamore and on the school website under Parent Resources.
2017-18 School Year
Deadline Thursday, May 25

Deadline to express your interest is the last day of school on Thursday, May 25. Click here for more information.
Summer School at SMM
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursdays

June 13 - July 13
9:00 am - Noon
Students entering K - 8th grade

Please click here to learn more. 
Click here to access the registration form.
Parish Picnic Raffle Tickets

Thank you to all the families that bought Parish Raffle Tickets.  We earned over $9000.00 for our Parish. The winner of the ice cream treat is 1N.
St. Margaret Mary
Parish Picnic
Friday, June 9 &
Saturday, June 10

USED Markers Needed!

The 2nd graders are collecting used, worn out markers to send off for recycling into fuel! Rather than tossing your used markers, please put them in the collection boxes on printer stands in the school hallways or take them to any 2nd grade classroom. Thank you! 
Franciscan Kitchen Volunteers Needed this Summer!
Franciscan Kitchen,  748 S. Preston Street, is in need of volunteers to serve the homeless this summer. SMM students and parent volunteers cover Tuesday lunch during the school year, so that would be a great day to gather your children's friends to serve. However, volunteers are always needed. Lunch is served between 10:30 am - 12:30 pm. Please plan to arrive by 10:10 am. Contact them directly at 589-0140.
Please join us in prayers for . . .

Ruby (KL) and Rose (2H) Smith's maternal grandma.

Matt Croce's (6A) maternal grandmother. 

Mrs. Brenda Clark's (School Counselor), new granddaughter. 

Mr. & Mrs. Anna & Dustin Sheehan and Aidan (KM).
Mrs. Angie Tobias, Gabi (6Z) and Emily (1C).
Honor Thy Children Safe Environment Training

Monday, June 5
6:30 pm
SMM Hospitality Room
News from Mrs. Sims

Since our last day of school is right around the corner, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for a wonderful school year.  It is such a blessing to work with your children each day and to see their progress each year. We truly are able to live our school motto daily as we keep Christ at the center of our work and play. My prayer is that you have a restful and safe summer, that you are able to enjoy special moments with family and friends, and that everyone returns in August with a happy heart.

Please join me in wishing the following staff members well as they transition away from SMM. Diane Justice, Ellen Martin, and Joyce Wicke will move on to new adventures. Though they leave SMM, they will remain in our hearts and as part of our school family forever.

Congratulations to our graduating class of 2017!  We wish them all the best as they move on to high school. We know that they will make us all proud!

God Bless You,
Wendy Sims, Principal
Cafeteria Dates

Tuesday, May 23 - Last day that the cafeteria will be serving  

Wednesday, May 24 - Field Day - Please  pack a lunch & drink. 

Thursday, May 25 - Last Day of School - Please pack a lunch & drink.  Don't forget 12:30 dismissal!
Field Day Fun
Wednesday, May 24

Our 7th grade students and PE teachers have a great day of fun and frolicking planned for Field Day. Each grade has specific color shirt that should be worn. Students must bring a lunch and drink as the cafeteria will be closed. Concessions will be available to purchase so plan to bring your dollar bills in a ziploc bag marked with your student's name and homeroom. Parents may click here to volunteer. 

Complete Field Day details are available here
Lunch Account Balances

All lunch accounts must be paid in full and have a positive or zero balance for students to participate in Field Day. Please keep in mind that lunches will be served until Tuesday, May 23; lunch cost is $2.70 per day.
  • All grades must be paid by Tuesday, May 23 for the student to participate in Field Day on Wednesday, May 24. 
You may check your child(ren)'s lunch account online at Money can be deposited through EZpay or by sending in a check to the cafeteria. Questions? Contact our cafeteria manager, Lydia Johnson  or 426-2635, ext.135.
Missing a Crockpot? Pan?

Our Warming Kitchen (near the Hospitality Room) has a few items (crock pots, pans, etc.) that have been left from different school functions. We'd like to have them cleared out before the end of school. Thank you for sharing your treats with us!
Used Uniforms
Collection Next Week
Monday, May 22 - Thursday, May 25
The PTO Used Uniform committee will be collecting gently used uniforms from May 22-25. Baskets will be located outside of the school office.  We ask that the clothes be freshly laundered and have no obvious stains, holes, or fading.  

There will be a used uniforms sale on Sunday, June 25th, from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm in the Hospitality Room. We will also be collecting at that time. Questions? Please contact Erin Norrenbrock at
Plans are Underway!
2017 Fall Festival and Mustang Mile
Mustang Mile = October 13
Fall Festival = October 20
The Planning Committees for the Fall Festival and Mustang Mile are forming now. We'd love your help! There are roles big and small - we'll find something that works to your interest and time. This is a great way to meet other parents in a fun way to support our school.  
Mustang Mile: Contact Co-chair Amy Stephenson
Fall Festival: Contact Co-chairs Amy Craft or Erin Bukowski
First meeting . . .
Wednesday, June 14, 6:00 pm
Amy Craft's house, 305 S. Lyndon Lane. Children welcome.
A Renewal Experience
at St. Margaret Mary 2017

Women's Retreat: September 9/10
Men's Retreat: September 23/24
SMM Vacation Bible School 

"Maker Fun Factory;
Created by God, Built for a Purpose"

 Tuesday - Thursday, June 20-22
6:00 - 8:30 pm

Ages: 4 yrs old - 4th grade  (just completed)
Cost: $25;  T-shirt registration deadline: June 14  
At Totally Catholic Maker Fun Factory, kids will visit several stations each day. Each station features a different activity that reinforces what kids are learning about Jesus.

Please  click here  for more information.

Ministry Opportunities for Children/Stewards Needed....
Adult Volunteer requirements:
Current Background check & Safe environment training must be on file with parish office.
Gather the Children - GTC (5 yrs - 2nd Grade) 
5:00 pm Saturdays & 10:00 am Sundays
We will continue to offer GTC through the summer months
We are currently looking for NEW leaders to begin in August for the 10:00 am Mass (Laura Rittmuller & Carrie Woodruff will be stepping down)  & the 5:00 pm Mass needs additional leaders. Leaders will guide the children through the Sunday scriptures with weekly Gospel lessons.  EASY lesson plans (15-20 minutes) are provided in advance along with fun activity sheets. "GTC" dismisses from church at the beginning of Mass and the children return during the preparation of the gifts....  there is not a lot of preparation required. Click here to view a sample lesson plan.  Contact Tara Mattingly in the parish office for more information at  502-426-1588. 
Nursery (0-2 yrs) 
10:00 am Mass
We will continue to offer the nursery during the summer months.  Please click here to sign up.  Contact Tara in the Parish Office for more information.

Vacation Bible School (4 yrs - 4th grade)
June 20-22 from 6:00 - 8:30 pm
Please click hereContact Tara in the Parish Office for more information.
Sunday School (3 yrs-5 yrs) 
This program resumes in August.  Volunteers and parents commit to helping in the classroom each Sunday with various activities, including Bible Lessons, music, snacks & crafts.  Contact Tara Mattingly,  Katie Harris  or Erin Bukowski  for more information. 
Children's Formation would like to extend a thank you to all of the faithful volunteers that have so generously given of their time with the various children's ministries this past school year. A very special THANK YOU to our Sunday School, Gather the Children, PREP, Nursery, Children's Christmas Celebration, Step by Step, RCIA for Children & Vacation Bible School team members. 

It takes an entire parish (a village) of faith filled committed volunteers to minister to the needs of our youngest members and we are blessed to have you leading the way. May God continue to bless you with your ministries!
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