September 22, 2017

St. Margaret Mary
School Newsletter

Friday, September 29
Trinity vs. St. X Money War

Students who make a monetary 
donation may wear their Trinity or St.  X spirit wear or free dress on Frida y, September 29. Bring in your donations to "vote" for your favorite team! Let the competition begin!

Donations from the competitive Trinity- St. X money war will go to the Tommy Walsh Fund. Mrs. DeeDee Walsh is our computer teacher, and her husband has ALS.
Parent Teacher Student Fall Conferences 

Our Fall Parent-Teacher-Student (PTS) conferences will be held on Thursday, October 5 from 8:00 am - 8:00 pm. These conferences provide an excellent opportunity for all of us to reflect on the school year to date and on how your child has adjusted to the expectation of his/her learning environment. 

A form was e-mailed last Friday detailing more specific information.  Please click here if you need an additional form. These forms are to be returned to your child's homeroom teacher by today. We appreciate your attention to this matter and look forward to seeing everyone at conferences.
Dine & Dash Brunch

The entire SMM staff enjoyed the delicious and bountiful brunch that our 7th & 8th grade parents treated us to on Tuesday. Thank you for your generosity and sharing your delicious food with us!
Rosary Club
& October Offerings!
After School Opportunities

Please click here to view the list of October after school enrichment opportunities. The Rosary Club will begin in October for 4-8th grade students. Third grade students may join in January. Students are welcome to join year around!

NEW! Improved!
Sycamore Education App

There is a new and improved app for Sycamore. It is user friendly, and we think you will like the ease of viewing the school calendar, the family directory, and your student's grade progress.

Prospective Parent
Tuesday, October 24

Help us Spread the Word!

School Tours available at:
9:00 am
5:30 pm
10:00 am
6:30 pm
11:00 am

All tours begin at the school office. 
Flu Shots 
offered by Kroger
Friday, October 6
9:00 - 10:30 am

Kroger will attempt to bill insurance for anyone who presents a card.


If insurance cannot be billed, they will accept payment by cash or check. The flu shot prices are as follows: 
("standard" flu shot) = $15
(coverage of additional strain) = $25
(for age 65+) = $60  
  • Please wear a short sleeved shirt.
  • Children 9 years of age and older do not need a prescription for the flu shot but will need parental consent to be vaccinated.
Blood Drive
Wednesday, October 4
Hospitality Room
12:30 - 6:00 pm

Click here  to register.
Students who recruit at least one donor will receive a recognition gift.
Nursery Help
10:00 am Sunday Mass
Parishioners are needed at 10:00 am Mass to serve the tiniest members of our parish. PLEASE consider signing up to help.  The 
time commitment is from 9:45-11:10 am. Click here to access the signup genius for the dates that works best with your schedule.  
Volunteer REQUIREMENTS: There must be 2 adults present with a Current Background Check & Safe Environment Training on file with the parish office. Contact Tara Mattingly for more information.
In our prayers . . .

Please join us in prayer for Kristen Mellinger, mom of Patrick (3G) and Caroline (KM) Mellinger.

In Sympathy...

Please join us in our prayers for:

Brayden Veeneman (2J)  and his family on the passing of his maternal grandfather.
Franciscan Kitchen Volunteers

On Tuesday, September 26, the following students will accompany Jessica O'Daniel to volunteer: Lily O'Daniel, Macy Malone, and Ava Rich. 

This volunteer opportunity is available for 6-8th grade students and parents. To access a permission slip, please  click here.
Background Checks & Honor Thy Children/Safe Environment Training

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. Questions? Contact our parish office at 426-1588.
News from Mrs. Sims

St. Margaret Mary School continues to be a school of excellence and pride for our students, families, and staff. Our students and staff members achieve greatness each day in their academics, social interactions, community involvement, and faith development. They are given multiple opportunities to explore and share their gifts.  Daily, our children thrive, achieve and succeed at SMM.

One tangible measure of school success and program improvement is in test scores. Students in the Archdiocese take the Terra Nova in grades 3, 5, and 7. SMM students also take the test in grades 4 and 6 to allow for a more consistent picture of our students and programs. The students in the Archdiocese of Louisville on average rank much higher than others in the nation who take this test. We can proudly say that students at St. Margaret Mary School rank even higher than the average scores of the Archdiocese of Louisville. We are so proud of our students!

Click here to view the graphs that depicts our results in comparison to the mandated grades of 3, 5 and 7 in the Spring of 2017.  

May God Bless You and Your Family,
Wendy Sims

We have more more winners! The following classrooms are our Second Week's top fundraisers for the Mustang Mile! If your child is in one of these classes they get to wear their  Favorite TEAM T-Shirt  on Monday, September 25 with their regular uniform bottom. (Please note: They can wear either their favorite College, High School or SMM Spirit Wear T-Shirt or Sweatshirt. - Please refer to the Handbook for uniform guidelines.) 

Don't worry if your child did not win this week; you have TWO more chances to win a special prize SO PLEASE KEEP DONATING. We currently have close to $20,000 committed, but we still have a LONG way to go to hit our $50,000 school-wide goal!!
Junior Kindergarten - Ms. Laemmle 
Kindergarten - Ms. Martin
First - Ms. Cox
Second - Ms. Lim
Third - Ms. Gnau
Fourth - Ms. Gilman
Fifth - Ms. Priest
Sixth - Ms. Stout/ Ms. Voet
Seventh - Mr. Stephenson
Eighth - Ms. Carlin
Cafeteria Online Balances Now Available 

Thank you for your patience as we have worked through some of the kinks of starting the year with a new food service. All accounts are now current!
All families need to Set up an EZPay Account to view their balances.   EZPay accounts from last year are not accessible, but balances have been transferred. Please click here to view the instructions to set up your family account.
Account Balances . . .
The one week grace period will end Friday, September 29

Please know that the new system only allows student accounts to be in arrears up to negative $10. After that time, the system locks out the student's ability to purchase a lunch. Since we know that there may be some shock in viewing your child's account, there will be a grace period until Friday, September 29 for your child's account to be brought up to date. Also once their balance goes negative they cannot purchase extra food like milk or snacks etc.
Individual Student Photo Days
THIS Coming Tuesday!

Tuesday, September 26
Order 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
Thank you!
$5190.96 - earned!

Thank you to our 450 households that have registered their Kroger Cards so that SMM receives a community reward for your shopping, buying gasoline, and using the pharmacy at Kroger. Between 6/1/17 and 8/31/17, your dollars spent earned SMM $5190.96. We would love to have even more families participate in this great program. Please contact Lisa Gahwyler  to learn how! 

Friday, October  20
5:30 - 8:30 pm

The Fall Festival is set for Friday, October 20th from 5:30-8:30pm.  Bounce houses, Games, Cake Booth, 3-on-3 Soccer Tournament and MORE!!!  Watch for details about the one-of-a-kind projects, which will be auctioned that night.
How to Donate . . .
SMM 2017 Mustang Mile
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  
Blessing of the Animals
Wednesday, October 4
2:15 pm
Football Field

In order that our student dismissal runs smoothly that day, please abide by the following:

  • Anyone bringing an animal to be blessed is asked to park in the church parking lot, NOT in the regular dismissal line behind the gym/PAC.
  • Please let your child's teacher know that he/she will need to be dismissed at 2:15 pm on that day so that they can attend the Blessing. You can send a note or e-mail to the homeroom teacher letting them know that your child will have a pet participating in the Blessing.
  • If you have a dog to be blessed, you will need to gather on the end of the football field closest to the church.
  • If you have a cat to be blessed, you will need to gather on the end of the football field closest to the PAC.
  • All the other animals will need to gather in the middle of the football field.
  • Immediately following the Blessing, you and your child/children are dismissed and should proceed to your cars.
  • All those students not participating in the Blessing will be dismissed at 2:45 pm
Thanks in advance for your attention to this request!  We hope to see you and your pet there.

Happy Together: Six Dates for Catholic Couples
1st one  . . . October 13 
Building and strengthening marriages begins with husbands and wives making time to be with each other and having fun together.  Understanding this, STMM Marriage Ministry is offering this new Date Night Program, Six Dates for Catholic Couples, e ncouraging couples to make quality time for each other. 
Childcare will be provided in Room C and is limited to 25 children. The Date Night will begin for couples in the Library Meeting Room with a short video clip and then couples can proceed onto their date night. The event will run from from 6:30 to 10:00 pm. The actual Date Nights are Friday evenings: Oct 13, Nov 10, Dec 1, Feb 9, March 9, and April 13.  For complete details, please   click here.
Call to Family, Community, and Pa rticipation 
Step by Step and Catholic Life Issues present
2 of 6 in a video series
Catholic Life Issues continues its 6-part series on Catholic Social Teaching with the second video, Call to Family, Community, and Participation. Watch by clicking here and learn how the person is not only sacred but social. How we organize our society - in economics and politics, in politics and policy - directly affects human dignity and the capacity of individuals to grow in community. Marriage and family are the central social institutions that must be supported and strengthened, not undermined. (USCCB)
Totally Toxic: The Dangers Of Pornography on Marriages and Families
Saturday, September 30,  6:00  - 7:30 pm
SMM Hospitality Room

This Marriage Maintenance Event will feature speaker, Deacon Stephen Bowling, Director of the Office of Family Ministries for the Archdiocese of Louisville. Click here to learn more.