October 20, 2017

St. Margaret Mary
School Newsletter

Friday, October 20
5:30 - 8:30 pm

The Fall Festival is set for Friday, October 20th from 5:30-8:30 pm.  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 tonight.

Please remember to supervise your children to keep them safe.

THANK YOU to everyone for helping us make this event such a wonderful experience!
Skating Party
October 24
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Champs Roller Rink
Sponsored by the Student Council

Wear your Halloween costume to win a prize!  Admission fee: $5 per person or $10 per family.  

$1 Free Dress Day
"Dollar for Dogs" Day
Friday, October 27

All students who donate a dollar for the charity, Dogs Helping Heroes, may wear free d ress,  patriotic clothing , or come as your favorite hero (armed forces, fire, police.) Each student only needs to bring $1, as the focus is getting participation of all, more then raising funds. 
Reese Quinlan (8C) is running for Governor of KYA, and  Dogs Helping Heroes is her community project. Click here  to learn more about this organizat ion. 
Monday October 30
5:00-8:00 pm
Mission BBQ, 4607 Shelbyville Road , will be accepting donations to the charity Dogs Helping Heroes as well. Reese and other KYA group members will be there to talk about the charity.

Prospective Parent
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. 
Basketball Tryout Dates

Tryout dates are set for 3rd and 4th grade basketball as follows (dates for other grades are still to be determined):

3/4 Grade Boys
Tuesday, October 24 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Wednesday October 25 6:00 - 7:30 pm

3/4 Grade Girls
Thursday, October 26 6:00 - 7:30 pm

If you have not signed up yet, please click here.   * Please note the October 23 deadline to register!  Questions? Contact Matt Stull at  mstull74@yahoo.com  
Bricks 4 Kidz
Grades 1-4

The 6-week Bricks 4 Kidz (lego) program will be offered on Tuesdays starting November 7th from 3:00- 4:00 pm.  Click here to learn more. You can register online by clicking here.
Children's Christmas Celebration
Closes  Sunday, October 22

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!

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.
In Sympathy...

Please join us in our prayers for:

Lillian Felts (KW) and her family on the passing of her maternal grandfather.

Mia (8S) and Natalie (4R) Knights and their family on the passing of their maternal grandmother.

Franciscan Kitchen Volunteers

On Tuesday, October 24, the following students will accompany Stephanie Gumer to volunteer: Maddox Gumer

This volunteer opportunity is available for 6-8th grade students. To access a permission slip, please  click here.
JCPS Early Childhood Development
Development Screening
Friday, October 27

Click here for details and contact information.
News from Mrs. Sims

We've has such a great week doing STREAM that I just had to share! STREAM stands for Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts, and Math.  It is our improved version of STEM teaching. This week, the whole school focused on Life Science in a cross-curricular way.  Teachers at all grade levels and in all subjects tied learning together for a challenging and enriching experience for all.  Special area teachers focused on the life cycle of butterflies.  Religion classes focused on God's creation and human interaction. In Jr High, all subjects highlighted what makes each one of us unique, from our genetics to our personal histories. JK through 5th grade investigated various plant and animal lifecycles and how humans must be good stewards of their environment. 6th grade incorporated their Challenger field trip into a discovery of how perfectly God created the earth and the surrounding planets. This was an exciting week to be a student at SMM.  Please see our many social media posts for pictures of all the fun.

May God Bless You and Your Family,
Wendy Sims
Parent Survey
Continuous Improvement

SMM and the Archdiocese of Louisville are engaged in an ongoing continuous improvement process.  Our SMM parents are currently asked to give feedback using The Catholic Identity: Defining Characteristics survey.  This survey will help us to identify areas of strength and target areas for improvement.  Please complete the survey by clicking here. The survey is anonymous, so please feel comfortable providing feedback.  The survey window will be open until Tuesday, October 31.  Thank you for your attention to this matter.
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
Registration Deadline
Monday, October 23

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.
School Pictures
Re-Takes, Friday, October 27
The individual school pictures have been sent home.
- Retakes will be on Friday, October 27.  Your child may wear free dress for the re-take.  A free dress pass will not be required for those students getting a picture re-take.
-  If getting a retake, p lease send the entire picture packet with all pictures back to school to the attention of Mrs. Susan Delk if you want a re-take .
Questions?  Please contact Mrs. Susan Delk at  sdelk@stmm.org
Grandparents Day
"The Wonder of Your Grandchild's Education"

Friday, November 3
Last names of children A-L

Friday, November 10
Last names of children M-Z

Grandparents should arrive to be seated according to their grandchild's last name in the church. They need to arrive by 8:00 am to allow time to be seated. The students will be joining them  in the pews by start of Mass at 8:15 am. Upon entering the church, each grandparent will receive an itinerary for the morning.

After Mass, the grandchild(ren) will escort their grandparents through the school and classrooms to "Experience a Day in a Life of a Mustang". This is a new experience for all!  Grandparents will exit the building by 10:15 am.

We look forward to hosting our Mustang grandparents!
  • Please know, that having lunch with the grandchild(ren) will not available. Breakfast treats will not be part of the program this year.
  • If there is a conflict with your scheduled day, please contact your homeroom teacher directly. There is no need to contact the school or PTO.
  • For parent volunteer opportunities to assist with seating in the church, please stay tuned.

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.

6th Grade Girls  Powderpuff City Champions

They were not only the CSAA City Champions, but they went undefeated the entire season!  Click here for a complete list of players and their coaches.
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.

Family Night
Wednesday, November 1
All Saints Day

This is a Holy Day of Obligation and evening Mass will be celebrated at 7:00 pm. Please remember that there will be no homework this evening and no tests on the following day. All extracurricular activities are suspended that evening after 6:00 pm including athletic practices and games.
The next Family Night will be:
Friday, December 8  -  Immaculate Conception
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

A workshop for grandparents raising grandchildren. Two opportunities: Wednesday, November 15 and Monday, November 20. Please click here for more information.