October 13, 2017

St. Margaret Mary
School Newsletter
October 18
Early Dismissal
1:15 pm

Please make proper arrangements for your children.
SMM Spirit Wear Day
Wednesday, October 18

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.
* Free Dress Mondays *
Starts Monday, October 16

Thanks to the awesome efforts of our Mustangs with donations for the 2017 Mustang Mile, our students will enjoy free dress on Mondays until Monday, January 29, 2018. Please click here for the guidelines. Please remember that a dress pass will be necessary to participate in free dress on a Friday.

Cafeteria Help Needed!

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 foodservice@stmm.org

Parent Volunteers
We are in desperate need of parent/adult volunteers to assist in 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.
Bricks 4 Kidz
Grades 1-4

The 6-week Bricks 4 Kidz (lego) program will be offered on Tuesday's starting November 7th from 3:00-4:00.  Click here to learn more. You can register online at Bricks4Kidz.com/Louisville.
Children's Christmas Celebration
Register Now!

SMM is now planning it's annual Children's
Christmas Celebration. All children over age 3 may participate!  Please click here  for complete information. You may click here and the register.
Forms are due by  Sunday, October 22!

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. 

Jonah Carr (8V) participated in the Duke University Talent Identification Program last spring as a 7th grader, and received his scores after school was out. He received scores at the State Recognition Level on the ACT. Congratulations, Jonah!

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 17, the following students will accompany Lesley Carrico to volunteer: Penelope Carrico, Kalista Buono, and Marie Warms

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

St. Margaret Mary, along with the other schools in the Archdiocese of Louisville  are engaged in an ongoing continuous improvement process. As part of this process , we are using the Catholic Identity: Defining Characteristics survey to elicit opinions from all stakeholder groups about the Catholic identity of our school and archdiocese in order to identify  areas of strength and target areas of improvement. The survey will not take much of your time, but it will provide us with valuable feedback to help in our continual   improvement process. The survey is anonymous, so you can feel comfortable giving the most accurate ratings possible.

Soon you will receive a link to access the Catholic Identity: Defining Characteristics survey. The time frame for completion will be from October 18 through October 31. Because the survey will be online , you are able to take it whenever is most convenient for you.  Please watch for more details about the survey administration! 

May God Bless You and Your Family,
Wendy Sims

Thank you to EVERYONE who helped make the Mustang Mile a HUGE success! Although we have not yet hit our $50,000 Goal we are VERY CLOSE at just over $45,000! Please continue to
 donate through the weekend to help us achieve the target!
For now, we would like to celebrate the achievements we have made so far; please click here for all the details, and instructions on how to donate.

What to Expect this Year & Wristband Pre-order Form
Click here for details about this great event, including the Wristband for Inflatables pre-order form - due Wednesday, October 18.
Volunteers still needed! 
Please  click here to see the volunteer opportunities. 
Free Dress Pass 
Bring a Bag of Halloween Candy for the Haunted Hallways 
or a Baked Good for the Cake Booth (Wheel). One dress pass per student enrolled at SMM.

3-on-3 Soccer Tournament
3-on-3 Soccer Tournament registration has been extended through Wednesday, October 18th!  Click here for the form.

Teacher Experiences - Auction
Click here to see the exciting opportunities to bid on that are offered by our staff.

Classroom Creations - Auction 
Your children have been busy creating amazing artwork with their classmates! Bring your checkbook! Check them out!

SMM Spiritwear
Time for new SMM gear? The Spiritwear store will be OPEN during the Fall Festival!  Start your Christmas shopping now!

Additional parking will be available in the Oxmoor Mall parking lot with police crossing guards.

Please remember to supervise your children to keep them safe.

Please be sure to check the SMM PTO Facebook page beginning next week for teasers of the items to be auctioned at the Fall Festival.  You won't want to miss out on these AMAZING teacher experiences and classroom creations!
THANK YOU to everyone for helping us make this event such a wonderful experience!
Vision Screening
Volunteers Needed
Thursday, November 2
The school office is in need of parent volunteers to assist with this year's Vision Screenings. Dr. Rod Rallo with Vision First will conduct the screenings of students in grades 2/4/6. The event will be held on Thursday, November 2nd beginning at 8:30 am in the Library meeting room and ending at approximately 11:00 am. If you can assist with this opportunity, please contact Amy Hammer in the school office or email   ahammer@stmm.org. We appreciate your help!

Basketball, Swim & Archery

The deadline to register for all Swim, Basketball, & Archery is Monday, October 23rd, a $10 late fee will be assessed after the 23rd. It is especially important for basketball that all players are registered by this date as tryouts will begin the same week. A great deal of time will be needed for archery coaches to structure teams/practice times etc., based on the number of children registered. Click here to learn more.
Option for the Poor and Vulnerable 
Step by Step and Catholic Life Issues present
3 of 6 in a video series
What does it mean to have a "preferential option for the poor"? Matthew 25:31-46 instructs us to put the needs of the poor and vulnerable first.  This month, many of our students will begin social justice projects to help the poor and vulnerable in Step by Step. Watch for news from your class coordinators.
Click here to watch the third of a 6-part series on Catholic Social Teaching: Option for the Poor and Vulnerable. We hope these videos aid you in your Catholic formation on this integral part of our faith.
In Sympathy...

Please join us in our prayers for:

Mrs. Sandy McGill (school office) and her family on the passing of her mother-in-law.

Alec DeRenzo (5G) and Grey DeRenzo (2J) and their family on the passing of their maternal great-grandfather.

Callie Embry (1D) and her family on the passing of her grandfather.

Rachel Hamilton (8C) and her family on the passing of her paternal grandmother.

Caleb Mintun (KW) and his family on the passing of his maternal grandfather.