September 8, 2017

St. Margaret Mary
School Newsletter

Wednesday, September 13
Early Dismissal at 1:15 pm

Please make proper arrangements for your children. 
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.

Hurricane Collection
tops $4,700!

Thank you to all who participated in the "Fun"draiser  for the Texas Victims of Hurricane Harvey today! $4,731.82 was collected from our school families and staff. What a generous and compassionate community we have!

All of the collected money will be sent to Catholic Charities for their special Hurricane Harvey Collection. 
Tuesday, September 12
Springhurst & St. Matthews locations

Chick-fil-A fundraisers are back, starting next week on Tuesday, September 12th. Come out and eat chicken in support of your SMM School! 

Please tell the cashier that you are there in support of SMM for the 20% of your total bill  to come back to SMM.
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.
Birthday Book Club

The Birthday Book Club is a way to celebrate your child's birthday in a special way and help our library collection grow at the same time. Birthday Book Club books are available to ALL students at SMM...ALL grades!  Of course, if your child has a summer birthday or on a holiday from school we will honor them as well. To learn more, please click here.
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 session Monday, September 11, 6:00 - 7:00 pm.

Kevin McCarron 650-5500
 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, Nov. 4 

We are looking for vendors/crafters!   for more information.
News from Mrs. Sims

Last week, we practiced all of our safety drills with the students. I couldn't help but think about those areas of our country that are facing real natural disasters and how we would deal with those situations here.  Our students may be concerned, too. They may even be experiencing some anxiety over what they are seeing in the news. Below you will find some great advice from the Archdiocese of Louisville Counseling Services.

Talking to Kids About Natural Disasters
Julia Hoke, a licensed psychologist and the director of psychological services at Austin Child Guidance Center, has some tips for helping children through their concerns about natural disasters.
Do make your kids feel safe. 
Reassure them that you are doing everything you can to keep them safe and that they are OK.
Do give them information, but without a lot of extra information. 
Give simple answers.  Remain calm.
Do normalize their feelings.
Tell them: "Of course, you're really worried about this", then praise them for the empathy they are showing.
Don't give them false reassurances. 
The world isn't 100 percent guaranteed to be safe.
Do limit the amount of TV and social media.
Do let them know about any close family or friends that may be affected. 
Keep things positive.
Do talk to them about the positive things that are happening. 
Rescues, collections, first responders.
Do engage in ways you can help as a family.

May God Bless You and Your Family,
Wendy Sims
Individual Student Photo Days

Friday, September 15

Tuesday, September 26

Order forms will be sent home today. The forms are to be returned on the day that your child will have their picture made. 

On the day your child will have their portrait made, they are allowed to be in Free Dress clothes, however the  students cannot wear spaghetti strap shirts or tank tops, and  everyone must be in closed-toed shoes wearing socks or tights. If your student has PE on picture day, please be sure to send in tennis shoes. Questions? Mrs. Delk
PTO News

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.
Donate Now!
SMM 2017 Mustang Mile
The time is now!  Our Mustang Mile website is up and ready to receive donations!
Please visit our website to pledge money for your student. We encourage you to share this link with your family and friends as well so that your child can raise the most money possible.  Please see the Mustang Mile email sent on Wednesday, Sept. 6 for all the details on what your child can win!
It is very simple to make a pledge:
  • Visit the website:
  • Click on the Participant Listing (on the left)
  • Select your Walker's Name on the list below and Click on the Action Button next to their Name
  • Once there select Donate Now and the site will walk you through the rest. (You can donate via credit card or send in a check (made out to SMM PTO) or cash with a copy of your receipt with your student.

Thank you for all you do for our students!

Questions? Please contact.
  Rachel Hall  or  Shannon Byrne  

Life and Dignity of the Human Person 
Step by Step and Catholic Life Issues present
1 of 6 in a video series

Our Catholic Church has a great commitment to social justice at the heart of who we are and what we believe. St. Margaret Mary students all year long participate in hands-on social justice projects and awareness through the Step by Step program. It was named this as the children learn to follow, step by step, in Jesus' footsteps.
As parents teaching our children the Catholic faith, it is important that we be able to communicate Catholic social teaching in its fullness. "The Church's Social Teaching is a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the challenges of modern society." (USCCB)
To dig a little deeper, this Fall our parish's Catholic Life Issues and Step by Step committees present a 6-part video series on components of Catholic Social Teaching.
Life and Dignity of the Human Person is our first video. Sit back and be inspired by each video. Listen to God's voice. Find a way to share this with your child(ren). What is God going to do through You? How much are you going to let Him do? Please click here to view the video.
         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.
 A Renewal Retreat at St. Margaret Mary
 Men's Retreat: September 23/24

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.
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.