Principal's Post


November 20, 2020

Dear SMS families, 

I hope all is well and you are staying safe and healthy!  We want to thank you again for your diligence following our COVID safety policies and procedures.  As you know, we received the directive from the Dept. of Catholic Schools that all Archdiocesan schools will transition to remote learning from Monday, November 30 to Wednesday, December 2.  On Tuesday, November 24, the students will bring home materials and supplies that will be needed during this brief transition to remote learning.  Please be sure to return all materials, including charged devices (Grades 3-8), on Thursday, December 3. Remote students who were prepared to return on November 30 will return on December 3.  

Parent Conferences will remain on the afternoon of Wednesday, December 2 from 1:00-4:00pm.  The Sign Up Genius will be emailed on Monday, November 23.  The Grade 8 High School Placement Test will now take place on Thursday, December 3 for all 8th graders.  Remote students in grade 8 will come to school on Thursday, December 3 to take their HSPT in the middle school gym as planned.  Remote 8th grade parents will receive an email with more information.  On the afternoon of Friday, December 4 we will have our ST. NICHOLAS DAY (students wear Christmas PJ’s on this day!)  Throughout the month of December all students Grades PreK to 8 may wear Christmas socks and accessories each day!   
 
Giving Tuesday!  Starting on Giving Tuesday, December 1 and running through December 8, the St. Margaret School Community will be participating in a friendly fundraising competition.  For each gift that is made to SMS during that time a colored heart will be placed on the likeness of our new mascot, Maggie, located in each campus’ lobby. Each grade has its own heart color.  The grade levels are competing to see which grade can raise the highest number of gifts and also the most dollars raised.  There is no limit to the number of gifts you can make and each gift equals a heart and credit for your chosen grade level. You can even make a gift to honor a special teacher.  Follow our social media to track the progress, visit https://smsch.org/giving/love4maggie for some more information, and watch the video where our students talk about this fundraising effort.  Please make a gift (or two or three :) and share this with your family and friends. We all can come together to make this a successful and much needed fundraiser for our school!  

Thanks to all who donated to the HSA sponsored Out of Uniform today...the students and staff love an out of uniform day...don’t forget to purchase your Christmas Poinsettias and wreaths by Monday, November 23!  https://smsch.org/hsa-christmas-fundraiser    

Parents, please remember that masks are required on school grounds at all times.  Please also remember if you are traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday you are responsible for checking the positivity rates of your travel destinations and for following the COVID-19 policies and procedures agreed upon in the Parent Acknowledgement and Agreement Form.  https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/testing/testing-positivity  By continuing to strictly adhere to our safety protocols, we are committed to maintaining a safe environment for our students and staff.  At any time please reach out to the administration with your questions.  
 
Thank you for your cooperation, support and love for our SMS community.  Your next Principal’s Post will be sent on Friday, December 4.  I am sure you are THANKFUL to have a break from reading all of my posts!  HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
 


Thank you for being a part of the SMS family.

Blessings,

Anna C. Shanahan 

Principal 

St. Margaret School 
2020-2021
"Be a light for all to see."  Matthew 5:16