September 29, 2017

St. Margaret Mary
School Newsletter

Cafeteria Help Needed!

Cafeteria Monitor
We have a paid position open to assist in the cafeteria 2 to 3 days a week.  The hours are 10:15 am - 1:15 pm. Please contact Mrs. Sims if interested at

Cafeteria Cashier
We are currently hiring for a Cafeteria Cashier/ Food Prep position to work Monday - Friday from 7:30 am - 2:00 pm. There is a bit of flexibility with the hours for this position. Please contact Jason Kirby at

Parent Volunteers
We are in desperate need of parent/adult volunteers to assist in the the cafeteria in monitoring, opening milk, passing out napkins, etc. Our lunch periods run 10:45 am - 1:00 pm, and we would love volunteers for that entire time or even for an hour a day! Simply come to the school office and sign in to help out the days and times you are available.
Fall Conferences

PTS conferences are Thursday, October 5 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.
  • Parish office doors

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.
SMM Book Fair

Monday, October 2 - 
Friday, October 13
(School Days only)
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
School Library

Thursday, October 5 during conferences!

Students can shop during their library class and during conferences.


Shop online, too! 

For complete information, click here.

Thank you!
Trinity vs. St. X Money War

Thank you to all students and staff who participated in our spirit wear today. 

We have a winner!
St. Xavier fans brought in $916.50 and Trinity fans contributed $689. A total of $1,605.50 will be donated to the Tommy Walsh Fund.
Mrs. DeeDee Walsh is our computer teacher, and her husband has ALS.
Duke TIP Qualifiers

Congratulations to the 7th grade students who qualified for the Duke University Talent Identification Program. Qualification is based on standardized test scores from the Terra Nova or InView.  Please  click here  to view the list of this year's qualifying students.

3D Printer Class,
Writing Workshop,
& Photography
We have some amazing new offerings starting in October! Please click here to view the full list of October after school enrichment opportunities. 

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  
  • 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.
In our prayers . . .

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


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.
Franciscan Kitchen Volunteers
On Tuesday, October 3, the following students will accompany Bridget Just to volunteer: Brooke Just, Abby Boggs, and Peyton Wright.

This volunteer opportunity is available for 6-8th grade students. To access a permission slip, please  click here.
News from Mrs. Sims

We ought to think that we are one of the leaves of a tree, and the tree is humanity.  We cannot live without the others, without the tree.  -Pablo Casals
It is by working as a team that we can truly support the emotional, academic, and spiritual development of the students at St. Margaret Mary School. Next week's PTS conferences give us a wonderful way to connect and strengthen 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 and can talk with the teacher about ways to help at home. The conferences are limited to 15 minutes each to ensure 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. I look forward to seeing you next week!

May God Bless You and Your Family,
Wendy Sims
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 carpool line.
  • 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.

CONGRATULATIONS to the following classrooms for being our Third Week's top fundraisers for the Mustang Mile! If your child is in one of these classes they get to wear their FAVORITE TEAM BALL CAP  on  Monday, October 2  with their regular uniform.
We have currently raised $30,000 of our $50,000 goal! Please continue to donate and remember the Grade Level who has the MOST Donated will win a Special Movie and Snack Party!
Junior Kindergarten - Wheatley
Kindergarten - Owen
First - Chaput
Second - Hawkins
Third - Stull
Fourth - Mills
Fifth - Gohmann
Sixth - Zangari
Seventh - Stephenson
Eighth - Colley
Bring in those Box Tops for Prizes

The first collection deadline for Box Tops will be  Friday, October 13.

* The class who brings in the most Box Tops will win a prize!   * All students to bring in over 100 Box Tops will win an individual prize!

Please put your Box Tops in small baggies with the quantity on the baggie, your name and homeroom!
Our Box Top collection deadlines for this school year will be :
October 13, 2017
December 8, 2017
January 19, 2018
March 23, 2018
May 11, 2018

3-on-3 Soccer Tournament
SMM Fall Festival

The 3-on-3 Soccer Tournament is back by popular demand at this year's  Fall Festival on Friday, October 20 . There are three age groups: 
  • Grade 4
  • Grades 5 & 6
  • Grades 7 & 8
Don't miss out! Details regarding the 3-on-3 Soccer Tournament at the Fall Festival were sent home in the Friday Folders today. Registration forms are due back Thursday, October 12th to the school office.
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  click here  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  

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)
SMM Human Needs & Concerns Ministry
Holiday Boutique 
Saturday, Nov. 4

Volunteering for the Holiday Boutique is a great opportunity for students to earn Service Hours.  Baked goods are also needed and will be sold the day of the show.  Another way to help is to start your Christmas shopping at the Holiday Boutique!  Come join the festivities and pass along the date to friends and family!  Click here to volunteer.