Principal's Post



Dear Parents/Guardians,

Due to the impending weather forecast Harford County has canceled Saturday activities so our HSA Father Daughter Dance is canceled for tomorrow and rescheduled for Saturday, January 25.  Let's try this again...take three!  We can’t wait to see all of the beautiful young ladies in their dazzling dresses.  We appreciate everyone's understanding of the first date change AND now the weather related cancellation for this event.  I will not have a happy first grade young lady in my house tomorrow evening!  Hopefully there will be enough snow for some sledding to distract her!

We are gearing up for Catholic Schools Week (CSW)!  Please plan to join us on Sunday, January 26 at the 10:00AM Mass in the church.  Students who proudly wear their school uniforms will receive an out of uniform Mass. The Mass will be followed by hospitality in the baptistry of the church.  Our Outreach for Catholic Schools Week will be collecting pajamas for the Casey Cares Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides programs for critically ill children and their families.  We are following the example of St. Margaret of Scotland when we pray and care for the sick!  (Deadline to turn in pajamas 1/31/20)  Please see the complete list of CSW activities attached to the Principal's Post email.

OPEN HOUSE - Thank you SMS families for being our best advocates!  I have attached a flyer to the Principal's Post email with our Catholic Schools Week Open House information.  This Open House is for current and prospective families.  If you know of a family or families that may be interested, please encourage them to visit our school or contact Mrs. Pleiss cpleiss@smsch.org.  Remember the New Family Referral program which rewards you with $500 for each new family you refer that enrolls!

SOCIAL MEDIA - I would like to share some words of caution with you in the area of social media and our students.  I am encouraging you to be aware of what your child is posting/texting, etc.  Although things happen outside of school they are often brought into the classroom and become a distraction to the learning environment (and therefore become subject to disciplinary action in school).  Your child may not think that other students, families, teachers or administrators are seeing what is posted or texted but that is usually not the case.  We expect our students to be kind and respectful not only in school but outside of school and on social media as they are representing SMS.  Please speak with your child(ren) about the importance of what they say and post and how it can impact them in school and more importantly how it impacts the other students they are posting about.  

CELL PHONES are allowed to be brought to the Middle School however they are to be turned off before entering the building in the morning, they are not to be kept in lockers, bookbags or pockets and they are not to be used during the day.  Anyone in violation of our cell phone policy, after a warning, will lose the privilege of bringing their cell phone to school.  Please be proactive and review these polices with your Middle School student.  Thank you for your cooperation!     

IMPORTANT REMINDERS:  (Please continue to review the school calendar for important dates and upcoming events)  

Weekly Mass - Please join us at weekly Mass (ES 8:30 and MS 8:40) 

EDC Staff Opening - We are looking for a new Assistant Director for our Extended Care Program.  This is an afternoon position from 2:30pm until 6:00pm Monday through Friday. Our EDC program services approximately 100 families in our school currently, most after school.  We are looking for a creative, detail oriented person to assist with program administration, activity planning and supervision of children in the program. The Assistant Director will be the primary point of contact in the afternoons.  Please email EDC Director, Allyson Hill, ahill@smsch.org if you are interested in applying or if you know someone who may be interested.  Thank you!  

Tuition Assistance for 2020-2021 - The Archdiocese of Baltimore is accepting applications effective November 1, 2019 - February 29, 2020 through the following site https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/3QDJ0.

VIRTUS - Please remember to complete your VIRTUS training to become an approved volunteer.  ANYONE volunteering with the children (lunch duty, class parties, field trips, etc.) must be VIRTUS approved.  Thank you for your cooperation with this important task. 

Uniforms -  Please follow our uniform policies.  MS campus only may wear SMS spirit wear sweatshirts- no other hoodies or sweatshirts other than SMS items will be allowed in the classrooms or during weekly Mass.  Leggings under jumpers or skirts are not allowed, only navy blue or white tights please. Middle School skirt length - girl's skirts must touch the knee and should not be rolled up. Boys' hair - "Length of boys' hair should not exceed shirt collar length or touch the eyebrows".      

Enjoy the long weekend and LET IT SNOW!

Thank you for being a part of the SMS family.

Blessings,

Anna C. Shanahan 

Principal 

St. Margaret School 
2019-2020 The Year to Lead
“I have called you by name.” Isaiah 43:1