October 19, 2018

St. Margaret Mary
School Newsletter
Free Dress Mondays
Monday, October 22

Thanks to your tremendous support of the Mustang Mile, our students exceeded the $45,000 donation goal and have earned Free Dress Mondays through January 28, 2019.  Please follow these guidelines for free dress.
October 24
Early Dismissal
1:15 p.m.

Please make proper arrangements for your children.
SMM Spirit Wear Day
Wednesday, October 24

Please  click here for details of appropriate attire. 
Polo Shirt Drive

Monday, October 22 -
Friday, October 26

Girl Scout Troop 855 is collecting gently used red, white, and black uniform shirtsDonations will go to a downtown elementary school in need. 

* Any size

* Non-logo

* Like new / Gently used

A collection box will be placed near the school office.
October 23!

Prospective Parent 

Help us Spread the Word!

School Tours available at:
9:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m.
6:00 p.m.

All tours begin at the 
school office.
No RSVPs are necessary.

Let's Support our Mustangs
at City Championships

Please come out and support our Mustangs in the girls' volleyball city championships.
8-2 will play St. Gabriel at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday at Mercy High School.
6-1 will play St. Patrick at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday at Assumption High School.
Go Mustangs!
Davey Albright Scholarship Fundraiser

All local Blaze locations
Monday, October 29

New Afterschool 
Enrichment Classes

Please click here to check out the newest after school enrichment classes.  From Math Chef (K & 1st grade) to Tiny Techies (JK- 1st grade) to a Bricks4Kidz lego class (1st-4th grade). Don't forget that our Rosary Club is now up and running; it's a great opportunity for any child who enjoys making crafts and working with their hands.

There are offerings for everyone!
Parent Survey
Continuous Improvement

SMM and the Archdiocese of Louisville are engaged in an continuous improvement process. Our SMM parents are currently asked to give feedback using The Catholic Identity: Program Effectiveness survey. This survey will help us measure the Catholic identity of our school and the archdiocese. Please complete the survey by  clicking here . The survey is anonymous, so please feel comfortable providing feedback. The survey window will be open until Wednesday, October 31. Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Vision Screening
Volunteers Needed
Thursday, November 15
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 15 beginning at 8:00 a.m. in the library meeting room and ending at approximately 11:00 a.m. If you can assist with this opportunity, please contact Carman Wilcox in the school office or email  cwilcox@stmm.org. We appreciate your help!

Mike Ayer, dad of Max (3S), Sophie (6Z), and Abby (8C) Ayer.

Pat Garr, Jr. High teacher.

Patrick McSweeney, SMM alum, as he continues his fight against cancer.

Jimmy Bowles , former route #6 bus driver, as he fights cancer. 

Jennifer and Max Albright.
Please join us in

sympathy ... 

Effie Vlahos, JKL, and her family on the passing of her maternal great grandmother.

News from Mrs. Sims

We returned from Fall Break with renewed energy and excitement to experience our first STREAM week of the year. Teachers and students focused cross-curricular learning on the theme of Engineering Design. Students explored design in our cities and also in Latin America. They created music out of everyday objects, engineered structures that solve world problems such as pollution, and created sculptures, bridges, catapults, and monuments. Teachers focused on 21st Century learning skills by promoting problem solving, group collaboration, and the integrated use of technology. Students were also encouraged to use multiple research methods to learn more about engineering and design methods. The week was full of fun and creative hands-on learning. Thank you to our PTO for continuing to support our STREAM learning.
We also celebrated our Mustang Mile fundraiser this week. Everyone worked together to raise crucial funds that support our expansion of technology and creative learning opportunities. We enjoyed being together as a school on this day, spending time as a community is so very important. Thank you to our Mustang Mile committee, PTO, and all of you who continue to support our wonderful Blue Ribbon school!

May God Bless You and Your Family,
Wendy Sims
PTO News
Thank you!
Thank you to everyone who helped make the Mustang Mile a HUGE success! We are so excited to have exceeded our $55,000 school-wide goal. Our students were thrilled to watch Mrs. Sims and Father Bill get slimed . T otal donations were $58,197.

Click here for a slow motion video of the sliming! Please click on the small arrow in the top right corner of the picture to view the video.

We could not have achieved this goal without the help of our SMM families, as well as our many sponsors! Please be sure to thank the following companies:

Presenting Sponsor: Bill Collins Ford

Platinum Sponsor: George Orthodontics

Gold Sponsors: Delta Dental, Game On,  Gumer & Co., High Field & Open MRI, KGA,  Norrenbrock Co., Premier Direct Marketing, Sacred Heart Academy, and  Salsarita's.

The Fall Festival Needs Your Help!
  Friday, October 26
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
SMM Gym, Hospitality Room, & Back Parking Lot
What to Expect this Year and Wristband Pre-Order Form
Click here for details about this great event, including
Wristband for Inflatables Pre-Order Form - Due by Wednesday, October 24.

Volunteers Still Needed
Please click here  to see the volunteer opportunities. 

Tents & Tables
We need rectangle tables and portable tents for our booths. Please coordinate with Grace Vetter gracefontano@yahoo.com 
Free Dress Pass
Bring a bag of Halloween Candy for the Haunted Hallways or a Baked Good for the Cake Booth (Wheel). One free dress pass per student enrolled at SMM.

3-on-3 Soccer Tournament
3-on-3 Soccer Tournament registration has been extended through Wednesday, October 24th. Click here for the form.

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

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

SMM Spiritwear
Time for new SMM gear? The Spiritwear store will be OPEN on the stage by the gym. Start your Christmas shopping now!

Please remember to supervise your children to keep them safe during the event.

Additional parking is available at Oxmoor Mall, and a traffic patrol officer will be available to assist with crossing Shelbyville Road.

Please be sure to check the SMM Facebook page beginning next week for teasers of the items being 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!
Grandparents' Day

Friday, November 9
Child's last name A-L

Friday, November 16
Child's last name M-Z

Please inform your child(ren)'s grandparents to arrive by 8:00 a.m. to the church for a full mass. Seating will be according to the child's last name. Volunteers will be available to help. Parking will be available behind the church and in front of the school. Look for the sign-up genius to volunteer for this event in a few weeks. Questions? Please contact Carol Coke ( carol.coke123@gmail.com).
Chili Cook Off 
Saturday, October 20
6:00 - 10:00 p.m.

SMM Marriage Ministry invites you to the first annual Chili Cook-Off on Saturday in the hospitality room. Bring a red or white chili (or a side), and we'll vote on the winners. We'll also hear a talk from Deacon Derrick and Mistianna Barnes on why they took perhaps the most Pre-Cana/Marriage Prep classes in the history of the church. (Don't worry . . . the story has a happy ending.) RSVP if child care is needed.

RSVP by  clicking here!

Contact Deacon Derrick Barnes at  502-381-1411 or  dbarnes@stmm.org  
Parish Fall Cleanup Day
Saturday, November 10 
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

It's time to get the yard gloves, rakes and blowers out! While we love our trees on our SMM campus, they sure bring LOTS of leaves, and your help is needed. Please join the SMM Grounds Committee for a day of fellowship and stewardship as we work in teams to do a cleanup. This makes for a great family service project. There are jobs for all skill levels. Visit the link by clicking here. Coffee and donuts will be served!
We are also looking for groups to captain different areas of the parish grounds (your child's sports team, Scouts, Step by Step, Small Group, Bible Study, etc). And, if you have a lawn care company or have access to large equipment, please contact Grounds Committee Chair Tim Griffin at 502-468-3681.
2018 SMM Children's Christmas Celebration
Forms due Sunday , October 21

Registration is open to ALL parish children over the age of 3. Please register by Sunday, October 21.  Rehearsals begin Sunday, November 4. The performance will be Sunday, December 16 at 3:00 p.m. Click here for the registration form.