Panther Press

Principal Notes ~ May 14, 2021

Important Calendar Dates

May 15 (Saturday) - Middle School Trivia Night

May 25 (Tuesday) - 8th Grade Graduation at 6:30 p.m.

May 27 (Thursday) - Field Day

May 28 (Friday) - Last Day of School - Noon Dismissal

Office Summer Hours

Starting June 1, 2021, the school office will be open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:00 - 12:00. The office will be closed for the month of July and will open again on August 1, 2021.

Tours will be scheduled by appointment only throughout the summer.

Virtual 5K

Join us at the 1st Annual St. Margaret Mary Catholic School Virtual 5K & 1/2 Mile Kids Dash! Complete the distance anytime between Saturday, May 29 and Sunday, June 6, 2021and upload your results and photos before June 6th. All proceeds from race registration fees support our school! We are also collecting additional monetary donations for STMM. Pass along to friends, family, and co-workers who may want to donate or participate! We are trying to raise $10,000 for the school, which will go towards fixing the roof that was damaged this winter.

Visit the race website for more information:

Roof Donations - UPDATE

We have collected $15,734 for the school roof (about 22% of the needed funds).

IF YOU HAVE NOT DONATED - Please consider supporting the school roof fund. You can give as little or as much as you can.

We are so grateful for those families that have already contributed to the fund.

Help double or triple the impact of your gift!

Does your employer match your contributions?

Your employer’s willingness to match your charitable contribution to St. Margaret Mary School, through employer matching gift programs, is a free and easy way to multiply your overall support for our school.

Whether you have already donated, or you’re still considering a donation, a simple way to maximize your contribution is through employee giving programs.

Many corporations match employee and retiree donations to St. Margaret Mary School. Thank you for checking to see if your company offers this valuable program!

To learn more about how your employer matching gift works, please click here for this short 40-second explanatory video.

How to Donate:

Option 1: FACTS Account

Option 2: Give Central

Option 3: Cash or Check

  • You can send cash or check donations directly to the school.

Every donation matters, and we will be grateful for this. It will help us solve this difficult situation, and we will not need to take a loan, which is always a significant problem.

Please help us now, and help our parish, which is the great family we build together.

Home and School - Open Positions

Calling all STMM parents! Home & School is in need of several new members for the 2021-2022 School year. Come join in the fun as we bring our loved school events back! Please let us know if you are interested. You can contact the Home and School board via -

A Message from the Algonquin Public Library:

The Algonquin Public Library has requested that St. Margaret Mary parents no longer park in their parking lot while waiting for their children to be dismissed. Their lot will be strictly reserved for library patrons. We are asking parents to please respect their request and park along Eastgate St. ONLY or use the West parking lot for pick up as a car rider. This is effective as of Wednesday, April 21st. We appreciate your understanding.


St. Margaret Mary remains ever so diligent in the safety of our staff and students. As things change and updates are given by IDPH or the McHenry County Health Department we will make adjustments at St. Margaret Mary Catholic School.

Updates and Reminders:

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL: Please let the school office know if you have any plans to travel internationally (including Mexico, Canada, Virgin Islands, and cruises)

After You Travel Recommendations

  • Get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for 7 days after travel.
    • Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
    • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.​​
  • ​If you don’t get tested, it’s safest to stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.​

Rapid Tests: Students and staff being tested for COVD-19 must have an RT-PCR test. The RT-PCR test can take between 2-3 days. When you are waiting for results, all family members must remain home and quarantined. If any person in your household is taking a COVID-19 test for any reason, all household members must remain out of school until the test results are received and notice is given to the school. It is also recommended that if you carpool with someone who is being tested for COVD-19, your child would remain out of school until there is a test result.

The school is able to help schedule you an appointment for a test through the health department.

Close Contact Exposure **UPDATE**: If a family member has been exposed to COVID-19 or identified as close contact to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, only the person identified as the close contact must quarantine 14 days from the date of exposure. You will need in the house is exhibiting COVID symptoms and or there are no outstanding tests, the family members that are second-hand contact may return to school. If symptoms arise during the 14 days or a family member goes for a test, all family members will need to remain home from school. At that time, your children will be transitioned to remote learners.

** Please consider remote learning if a household member has been identified as a close contact to someone with COVID-19.

Remote Learners: The remote learning option is available to students that will be out of school for an extended period due to COVID-19 concerns or illness. Students will not be put into remote learning for appointments or vacations. If your child is out for an extended period, you will need to contact Mrs. O'Hearn. Additional information will be given to the family of the remote learner at that time. Students will be placed in remote learning within 24 hours of the notice. All students are eligible for remote learning.

Student Illness: If your child is feeling unwell, he or she should stay home, and you should contact the school office directly. Please do not email the office. You will be asked COVID-19 screening questions. These questions will help determine the next course of action. If it is determined that your child should see a doctor or have a COVID-19 test, all siblings will remain out of school until there is a test result or a doctor's note to return. Students will need to stay home for 48 hours from the onset of any sickness (if the illness is not linked to COVID-like symptoms) and 72 hours for a fever. Once a student is symptom-free, he/she may return to school if a COVID-19 test or doctor's note was not required.

** Please consider remote learning if a household member feels unwell and exhibiting any COVID like symptoms.

Reporting to the school positive COVID cases: Please contact the office if you or anyone in your family has tested positive for COVID-19. Even when we are remote, this is essential information to share with the school.