CHARGER CHRONICLES

August 8, 2021

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SMM PRAYER LIST

We are updating our SMM prayer list. There have been may people/families who or are in need of our prayers. Please pray for the families and friends of our SMM community who have asked for our prayers. If you would like us to pray for a loved one, please send Coach Gay an email: gknock@saintmm.org.


The Pope and Church Leaders; all fire fighters, police, first responders and health care workers


Simone Boell, Michelle Cottam


For the intercession of Our Lady of Prompt Succor, that we are spared loss of life and property during this hurricane season.

COVID Update

Each day we are receiving calls regarding students who either have Covid or have been exposed to Covid. The result is that they have to stay out of school for seven or more days. We must do everything that we can in order to prevent transmission of this disease within our walls. Beginning Monday we will strengthen our preventative measures to avoid spreading opportunities without infringing on the students' rights. We will not ask our students to do anything more than we are doing now. We will not enforce anything which is not mandated other than our current procedures. We will be re-instituting static groups in some areas until there is a reduction in the number of students being impacted by the virus. In doing this, we hope to mitigate situations of transmission, improve our contact tracing, and help keep students safe.


One specific area that we are targeting is the middle school locker halls. Beginning Monday, fifth graders and bus riders will be dismissed at 2:55 pm to go to their lockers. Sixth and seventh graders will be dismissed at 3:00 pm to go to their lockers. Students in 4th through 7th grade will be dismissed from their homerooms. This will allow room for students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade to spread out more. Car line will begin at 3:05 pm. If you do not like waiting in the car line for a long time, you may want to consider arriving later.


Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.


TO ALL OUR FRIENDS QUARANTINED AT HOME: WE LOVE YOU, WE MISS YOUR SMILING FACES, AND PRAY THAT YOU HAVE A QUICK RECOVERY!

COVID REPORTING

As it was last year, please call the office and/or contact Gay Knock at gknock@saintmm.org immediately if your child or member of your household tests positive for the Corona Virus. She is our COVID representative and communicates with the Louisiana Department of Health on a regular basis. She will get direction from the LDOH regarding protocols and quarantine restrictions.


If you or your child exhibits COVID symptoms (fever, cold/flu-like symptoms, congestion, headaches, body aches, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, etc), please do NOT send your child to school until you have contacted Gay. Remember, the school policy is that you must keep children home for 48 hours until they are fever free without fever reducing medication.

ACT ASPIRE SCORES

Third through Seventh Grade ACT scores are in and will be sent home next

week! Please check your child's folder for these and direct any questions

or concerns to Ms. Denise Sanchez, Counselor.

Interested in Being a Substitute Teacher?

SMM is in need of substitute teachers this year. We hired two of our regular subs for staff positions this year so we will be shorthanded if any of our teachers need time off. If you are interested in subbing at SMM or know of someone who would, please pick up a sub packet in the school office. If you have any questions, please call the school office. Thank you.

HELP WANTED FOR AFTERCARE

Saint Margaret Mary Aftercare is now accepting job applications for the 2021-2022 school year. Applicants must be 16 years of age and must be able to drive themselves to work. If interested, please fill out an application at the following link. https://forms.gle/zHmAAgdSL7v3Bf2v8 or contact Ms. Gallo at sgallo@saintmm.org

SAY CHEESE

MDO, Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4 students will have their school pictures taken on Wednesday, August 25th beginning at 9 a.m. in the Early Childhood Bldg.

(Tuesday/Thursday students should plan to come on Wednesday to have their picture taken.)

Kindergarten through 7th grade students will have their pictures taken on Thursday, August 26th beginning at 8:20 a.m. in the gym.

Students should wear their school uniform.


We are using Barbarito Photograhers this year. They are a local company and have been in business for many years. They are the school photographer for many New Orleans Archdiocese schools. Approximately 10 days after our picture day, parents will receive a link via email where they can view proofs and order picture packages.

ATHLETICS INFO

August 9th , 2021

Dear Parents of SMM Athletes,

First, let me thank you again for your support of our athletic program. Without our parents we would not be able to provide the variety of opportunities for our student athletes.

A few years ago, we established a small playing fee to supplement our PE/Athletic budget. These fees helped tremendously. Our budget covered PE equipment and all athletic fees and equipment. Unfortunately, due to circumstances out of our control, our enrollment has decreased. Of course, fees and costs have gone up.

Unfortunately, we must now ask parents to help defer the cost of all Athletic events. We have decided to implement a $50.00 fee per family which will be billed to your FACTS account. This fee will cover all athletic events, uniforms, entry fees, referee fees, and banquet.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this matter. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am very open to the opinions of our parents. Also, if there is a financial situation that would prevent you from paying all or part this fee, please inform me confidentially and we will find a solution to meet your needs. We would never let that stand in the way of a student participating in SMM Athletics and representing our school.

God Bless you and your family. Go Chargers!!

Coach Matt Arnold

Saint Margaret Mary Athletic Director

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EXALT Guest Speaker - Mia Abbenante, SMM Alum

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The SMM Olympic Charger un Run is the only major fund raiser for the PTO this school year. The PTO hopes to raise enough money to purchase new playground equipment, which is badly needed, and water filling stations. Please support this exciting fund raising event and share with your friends and families. More information on the actual event day and class and teacher competitions to follow.
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7TH GRADE SPIRIT SHIRTS

We are reviving the tradition of special spirit shirts for 7th graders in a different color from the rest of the school. Below is a copy of the order form which was sent home with the 7th grade students. If you need another, please send Coach Gay an email. gknock@saintmm.org
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FAIR T-SHIRTS ORDER FORM

Fair T-Shirts may be ordered until August 30. Payment may NOT be made on FACTS. Please send payment with order form to school office. Please see pdf order form link below.
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SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM FR. ED

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Monday, August 16

August 15 & 16 and July 16-31 Birthdays Recognized on WSMM 8:10 am (Live streamed on Facebook)

CAR LINE BEGINS AT 3:05 PM

NJHS Mtg 3:00 - 4:00 PM Room 8

Flag Football Tryouts 3:15 - 4:30 pm Big Field


Tuesday, August 17

August 17 and August 1-14 Birthdays Recognized on WSMM 8:10 am

Volleyball Tryouts 3:15 - 4:30 PM Gym

Flag Football Tryouts 3:15 - 4:15 pm Big Field

Cross Country Practice 3:15 - 4:15 pm Big Field

Cub Scout Round-Up 6:00 - 8:00 pm E-Bldg


Wednesday, August 18

PTO Room Parent Blast Off Mtg 8:15 - 9:15 am E-Bldg Hall

Volleyball Tryouts 3:15 - 4:30 PM Gym


Thursday, August 19

Cross Country Practice 3:15 - 4:15 pm Big Field


Friday, August 20

School Mass 8:30 am Church

Back to School Bash 6:00 - 8:00 pm (More Info to Follow)

SMM SCHOOL YEAR AT A GLANCE - 2021/2022

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PARENTS, DON'T FOGET TO LOGIN TO SMILE.AMAZON.COM WHEN BUYING ONLINE. A PART OF YOUR PURCHASE GOES TOWARDS SMM. WE ARE LISTED AS "ST. MARGARET MARY SCHOOL" IN SLIDWELL, LA. (OUR ORIGINAL INFO WAS INACCURATELY ENTERED, THUS THE MISSPELLING OF SLIDELL)


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