September 25, 2015
St. Margaret Mary
School Newsletter
Wednesday, September 30
Donating Students get 
Spirit Wear Day

SMM 2nd  Grade Brownie Troop 2220 will be sponsoring a pet food drive and student "spirit dress" day on Wednesday,  September 30  in conjunction with the all-school Blessing of the Animals. Students are asked to donate pet food (can or bag) and supplies to benefit the charity My Dog Eats First, a not-for-profit volunteer organization that serves the homeless with pets in the greater Louisville area. A collection box will be placed at the school entrance.
As part of the pet food drive, students who bring in a donation are permitted to wear the following on Wednesday,September 30 :
  • Any shirt or sweatshirt with a SMM or Mustangs logo
  • Uniform shirt
As for the bottoms, the students can wear any one of the following:
  • Uniform bottoms
  • Blue denim jeans (long jeans, capris, skirts, or shorts - appropriate length)
  • Basketball shorts or sweats that have SMM or a Mustang on them
All students must have white/black socks and athletic shoes. Failure to abide by these guidelines will result in your child receiving a notice of concern.
Raffle Tickets Are Here!

It's that time of year once again, Fall Festival is quickly approaching and the pep rally to kick off the Raffle Ticket Sales was today! Check your family's youngest or only child's backpack for your family's raffle tickets and sales incentives flyer. The raffle is one of the PTO's biggest fundraisers. If every student sells 50 chances we will exceed our goal! Thank you for supporting your school and the PTO. To view the complete information that is also posted on our school website, please click here.
Fall Conferences
PTS conferences are Thursday, October 1 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.

All families should have received forms from their homeroom teachers with  the time that has been designated for your conference.  The following doors will be open from 7:30 am - 8:10 pm:
  • Front school doors at the school office
  • The door coming into the school from the breezeway to the gym.
  • The Kindergarten doors that exit to the back parking lot
  • Parish office doors
  • West end doors that go to the parking lot and are used for the YMCA pick up.
All other doors will remain locked. 
If for any reason you cannot make your scheduled conference time, please contact your child's homeroom teacher. Any student not attending the conference will be counted as absent for the conference day. We look forward to seeing everyone next week.
Road Paving
On Monday, September 28, Arterburn Drive and the surrounding neighborhood will be paved. If you are accustomed to accessing SMM from this "back way", please consider other options.
Dine and Dash Luncheon

The school staff would like to thank the 7th and 8th grade families for the delicious Mexican Fiesta luncheon that was provided this week for Dine and Dash.   It was a nice treat for everyone to enjoy. Thanks again to those parents who contributed to the lunch and also who helped set up and clean up.  We are so blessed to have such wonderful families in our school community. 
Pottery Wheel Class
Mrs. Burch is offering 3-week pottery wheel classes after school for students in grades 6-8th. Her next class begins October 8. This  information  is posted on our school website under Afterschool Enrichment or you can 
click here to learn more!
SMM Basketball
Planning is underway for CSAA Basketball season. Parent helpers are needed to assist with uniform sizing, distribution and collection. Please contact Susan Gilliland for more information at 502-327-7996 or
School Pictures

Individual student pictures will be taken on Wednesday, October 7 for students in the following grades:
K, 5, 6, 7, and 8

Students in the following grades will have their pictures taken on
Friday, October 9: 
1, 2, 3, and 4

Order forms will be sent home on Friday, September 25. The forms are to be returned when 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 you student has PE on picture day, please be sure to send in tennis shoes if they are wearing other shoes.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Delk at or the school at 

When your Jr. High students has a shadow day, you must still call into the school to let us know.  When we don't hear from you, your student receives an unexcused absence.

Shadow forms must also be completed and signed by all teachers in advance of the shadow day. Shadow forms are on the school website under Parent Resources, Shadowing Information or by clicking here.
Play Like A Champion Today

The next training for new coaches will be on Tuesday Oct 12, 6:30 - 8:30 pm in the hospitality room.
Kroger Cards
We are halfway there - 50% of our school families have registered their Kroger cards to benefit St. Margaret Mary's PTO. It's not to late too register and still get FREE DRESS PASSES!  Click here to register and use Organization #10085. Send your screen shot to Julie Henderson at 
Bollywood Dance Classes
Please click here to read more about Bollywood Dance classes at Sacred Heart School for the Arts. 
Franciscan  Kitchen  
On  Tuesday, September 29 , the following students will accompany Dawn Hanke to the Franciscan Kitchen: 
Olivia Hanke, Rachel Baird, and Allie Cornett.

* Drivers will pick up the students at SMM at 10:00 am for arrival to the Kitchen by 10:30 am. The group will return about 1:00 pm.

If you submitted the permission slip for your 6th-8th grader to participate in this opportunity, please read this posting each week to see when your child has been assigned.
In our Prayers .. .

Our sympathy to Will (3J) and Eli (2M) Sims and their family on the death of their mother.

News from Mrs. Sims
Next Thursday is the day set aside for our fall PTS conferences. I know it is always tempting to take that extra day to extend a trip, but these conferences are a wonderful way to show your support for the teachers and open the lines of communication between school and home.  You will learn about your child's academic and social progress so far this school year.  You will also discuss with your child the goals he or she has set.  The conferences are limited to 15 minutes each to insure that everyone has a chance to meet.  If the need arises for a more in depth conversation, please make a separate appointment so that the teacher has time to truly focus on your child's needs.  We want to be considerate of the teacher's time as well as those who are anxiously waiting in the hallway for their turn.

Thank you to our PTO for hosting the Fall Festival Kick-Off Pep Rally today.  The students are excited about earning great prizes this year by selling raffle tickets.  They also seemed to really enjoy the fact that I've agreed to a pie in the face if they sell 30,000 tickets!  I'm not sure if that's better or worse than kissing a pig, but I'll take my chances.

May God Bless You and Your Family,
Wendy Sims
Blessing of the Animals

SMM's Blessing of the Animals will take place on Wednesday, September 30 .   The Blessing will take place at 2:15 pm on the 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.
Volunteers Needed

The leaves are changing, the air is getting crisp, and it is time again for the SMM Fall Festival. The Fall Festival raises approximately $40,000-$50,000 each year, which goes to our children's education. In order to make it a success, we are counting on your help. Each shift is only 1.5 hours, which means that you will have plenty of time to enjoy all of the wonderful activities that are planned for the 2015 Fall Festival. Please sign up for a slot(s) that corresponds to the current grade that your child/children is/are in.  Together, we can make this another successful year! 

Fall Festival 
Raffle Chair(s)!

Fall Festival is quickly approaching and the PTO needs you! Raffle Ticket Sales is one of our largest money makers for Fall Festival!

We are in need of a chair/co-chairs to make this the most successful Raffle yet!
Please contact Erin Haynes Reed to learn more at
Rosary Club

Rosary Club will begin on Thursday, October 8 for students  in  4th- 8th  grade.  Third graders may join Thursday, October 22. To learn more and access the registration form, please click here Forms are due to the school office by Wednesday, September 30 due to Fall Break.
Spirit Wear Store now ONLINE!          
Orders will processed weekly. Orders placed by Monday will be delivered on  Thursday . Click here to check out our newest additions!
 The Week Ahead  . . .

Sunday, September 27
6:15-7:30 pm

Resonare' Handbell Choir practice - Independent Study Room
Monday, September 28   
Jr. High Field Trip - Spalding University
7:15 am

Encore Rehearsal - PAC
8:15 am

Daily Mass - 3rd grade attends
3:00-4:00 pm

Reading Reinforcement (1D)

3:00 - 4:30 pm
Girls on the Run (1C)
Tuesday, September 29  
8:15 am
All School Mass - St. Theresa - 1D planning
3:00-4:00 pm
Arts & Crafts (2H)

Jazz It Up! (1R)

KinderPhonics (KL)

Math Mania - 1st, 5th, & Jr. High

3:00-4:30 pm
All School Mass Instrument Players - Rehearsal for October Masses (Music Room)

Math Mania - 4th grade (4R)

Ready, Set, Study (3S)

Wednesday, September 30
7:15 -7:50 am

Advanced Band - Drama Room
2:15-2:30 pm
Blessing of the Animals (Football Field) -6th grade planning
3:00-4:00 pm

Chess Club - Library

Yearbook Meeting (Spanish Office & Computer Lab)

3:00-4:30 pm
Girls on the Run (1C)
Thursday, October 1 
Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
6:00 pm
Peter Pan 6th grade Parent Meeting (Hospitality Room)
Friday, October 2
No School - Fall Break
Monday, October 5
No School - Fall Break      

Tuesday, October 6
7:15 am
Beginning Band (Drama Room)

Supernova Rehearsal (Music Room)

8:15 am
Daily Mass - 5th grade attends
3:00-4:00 pm
Jazz It Up! (1R)

KinderPhonics (KL)

Math Mania - 1st, 2nd, 5th, 6th, & Jr. High 

3:00-4:30 pm
Math Mania - 4th grade (4R)

Ready, Set, Study (3S)

Wednesday, October 7
Individual School Pictures - grades K, 5, 6, 7, & 8
3rd Grade Field Trip - Floyds Fork
4th Grade Field Trip - Frankfort
7:15 -7:50 am

Advanced Band - Drama Room
8:15 am
Daily Mass - 1st grade attends
3:00-4:00 pm

Chess Club - Library

3:00-4:30 pm
Girls on the Run (1C)

Thursday, October 8
8:15 am
All School Mass - 6A planning
3:00-4:00 pm
Math Mania - 1st, 2nd, 5th, 6th, & Jr. High 

Reading Reinforcement (1D)

Tiny Techies (KI)

3:00-4:15 pm
History Club (7G)
3:00-4:30 pm
Pottery Wheel Class (Art Room) - October session

Rosary Club begins - grades 4-8 only (Meeting Room A/B)

Friday, October 9
Individual School Pictures 1, 2, 3, & 4

Saturday, October 10
2nd Grade - Fall Day of Reflection 
2H & Prep 9:30-11:30 am
2L & 2M 1:00-3:00 pm

Looking Ahead  . . . Save the Dates!


October 12
1st Grade Field Trip - Sunny Acres Farm

2nd Grade Field Trip - Deere Farms 

Play Like a Champion Coaches Training 6:30-8:30 pm

October 13
601 Field Trip - Challenger
October 14
Early Dismissal at 1:15 pm

SMM Mustang Spirit Wear Day

Chick-Fil-A Spirit Day - fundraiser

602 Field Trip - Challenger

October 15
603 Field Trip - Challenger
October 16
Kindergarten Field Trip - Slow Poke Farm
October 20
SMM School Open House for prospective families. Tours at 9:00, 10:00, and 11:00 am; also at 6:00 pm
October 23
Fall Festival
October 27

Skating Party at Champs
October 28
Blood Drive
November 2-6
Care to Care Food Drive
November 13
End of 1st Trimester
November 18, 19 & 21
6th Grade Musical - Peter Pan
November 19
First Reconciliation
November 25-29

Thanksgiving Break
December 7
K/1st grade Christmas Musical
December 9
Christmas Music Concert - Band, Supernova, Encore and Resonare
December 13-15