Principal's Post

Dear Parents/Guardians,

November is a time to be thankful...

Thank you to those families who were able to join us at Barnes & Noble for our annual SMS book fair!  It is always great to see our school represented in the community.  Our Chorus did a great job and we thank Mrs. Gerstmyer for her leadership.  Our Soul Striders running club is finished for the season.  I think Fr. Matt may be relieved!  The students gave him a challenge at the end of season party and soccer game!  Thanks for taking time to be with us Fr. Matt.  We appreciate the time and energy that coach Tom and coach Rob put in to give our students this club opportunity.  Thanks to Mrs. Ovelman for coordinating the emails, sign ups and (most importantly to the runners) the snacks!  Thanks continue to all families who participated in our first "Out(reach) of uniform" day for Mercy Medical Center and who donated socks for "Socktober".  We are still counting socks thanks to Mrs. Hunter!  We had a busy Open House this week so thank you to our current families who are spreading the good news about our wonderful school!              

We have a busy month of November with many upcoming events and activities.  Please continue to check your alert email messages and review the school calendar.  Please join us on Monday, November 11 in the church for our Veterans Day 8:30 Mass!  This is a wonderful celebration and we hope you can attend. The MS students should be dropped off and picked up from the ES campus this day.  The students may "add on" red, white and blue accessories on 11/11.  Our November "Out(reach) of Uniform" day will be on Wednesday, November 13.  The students have chosen to support "Wreaths Across America" with the $2.00 donation for November.    

Middle School News:  To promote positive mental health, we recognize the need to educate the whole child in relation to social, emotional, physical and cognitive well-being. We are developing a mental health initiative to de-stigmatize mental illness and equip students with an increased understanding and awareness of mental health issues.  Please look for alert emails with more information on this initiative and an upcoming assembly on Thursday, November 21.     

Our first MS Social for grades 6-8 is Friday, Nov. 8!  The students have been reminded that appropriate and respectful dress, language and overall behavior is expected and that no cell phones are permitted.  Only SMS students are permitted to attend.  We are looking forward to this first social of the year!  

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) 

Parent conferences are soon approaching!  A sign up genius will be open the week of November 18.  Look for an email with more information.      

Reading Challenge Grades 1-3 - Our Reading Challenge in grades 1-3 is off to a good start!  Students will receive a reading packet each month with the book challenges for the month. Students will read at home, completing each challenge and having their parents sign their completion sheet in the packet. Students will turn in their completed packet the last week of each month and students will receive a small reward each month.  Please see Mrs. Beyea's website or email if you have any questions.  We love to see the students reading and loving books!  The November challenge is due after Thanksgiving break.  

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.  Updates on spirit wear coming soon.     

High School Placement Test (HSPT) Registration open until midnight on Thanksgiving.  The test will be here at St. Margaret School on December 4 (snow date December 5).  If your child receives accommodations for testing, Mrs. Messaris will be contacting you regarding your child’s plan.  

Time to get our "glow on" at the MS Social!  Thank you for being a part of the SMS family.  


Anna C. Shanahan 


St. Margaret School 
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