Friday, April 30
Good afternoon SMS families,
We were blessed with beautiful weather this week! It was wonderful to see the students outside enjoying the sunshine. At this time we have received no changes from the Archdiocese regarding outdoor mask mandates. Please continue to wear masks while on campus outside during arrival and dismissal. I want to also remind everyone of some important safety procedures on the parking lots. During one of our morning drop offs at the MS campus this week, a very serious accident could have occurred because the no left turn procedure was not followed. There should be no left turns made out of the MS lot. Thank you for your cooperation. We want to end our remaining weeks of school as safely as we have been all year!
A big thanks to our HSA for organizing our Chick-Fil-a hot lunch! The students and teachers were in very good moods yesterday while enjoying their Chick-Fil-a. The students did ask me for “milkshakes next time”...maybe next year?! We have a busy week ahead of us next week. We will be celebrating our awesome teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week May 3-May 7! Thanks to our room parents who have helped us spread the word about fun plans for the teachers. The administrative staff will have a special treat for the teachers each day to show our appreciation for all of their hard work and dedication this year.
May Procession Activities - Unfortunately, we are unable to have our annual May Procession again this year. The 8th grade studies the ten virtues of the Blessed Mother during the month of May. Each year it is a St. Margaret tradition to have the 8th grade students be part of the May Court honoring Mary. The May Court participants are chosen by their peers for exemplifying the virtues of Mary: humility, faith, prayer, purity, charity, patience, sweetness, wisdom, and self-discipline. The Class of 2021 has chosen Jack Geibler, Nick LaGrecca, Evan Devoe, Matt Ohler, Kaitlyn Seibel, Ann Warren, Emily Swenson, and Maura Barnes as the May Court representatives. Congratulations students! Each grade will be honoring Mary in special ways during the week and we will be posting on our SMS page so parents can enjoy seeing these activities as well.
May SMS Outreach - Our May outreach collection will be for gently-used girls' clothing, sizes 4T to 14. In order to stay Covid safe, please place clothes in labeled bags and leave them outside in the bins at drop-off. Clothing will be distributed among several outreach efforts that St. Margaret parish supports in Harford County. We are following the model of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, our saint of the year, who began her ministry by feeding, clothing, and educating poor girls in western Maryland.
St. Margaret School Boosterthon Fun Run! - The official kick off for our SMS Fun Run is on Tuesday, May 4 but our donation site is already up and running! Registration is simple - go to funrun.com and register your student(s) online. Thank you in advance for your support of our biggest fundraiser during this very challenging school year.
Tuition Updates for 2021-22 - Please see the tuition letter for the 2021-22 school year sent in the weekly Principal's Post alert email. Reminder, the next payment of $415 is due by May 3. Thank you for your support as we plan for enrollment, grade level tracks, staffing and materials for the upcoming school year!
Calendar Reminders -
May 2-May 8 - Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week www.ChildrensMentalHealthMatters.org
May 3-May 7 - Teacher Appreciation Week
Tuesday, May 4 - Pre High School Placement Practice Test, 7th grade only
Friday, May 14 - Early Dismissal Day
2021-2022 First Day of School - The first day of school for students will be Monday, August 30, 2021 for all Archdiocesan schools.
We offer our blessings on the students that will be receiving their First Holy Communion on Saturday. May God bless them on their special day!
Enjoy your weekend and be safe!
Anna C. Shanahan
St. Margaret School
"Be a light for all to see." Matthew 5:16