SMM PARENT NEWSLETTER

July 5, 2020

We are updating our SMM prayer list. There have been may people/families who were or are still in need of our prayers. Since we have not been in close communication with all SMM families, we are asking that you email Gay with any prayer requests so that she may revise the list to reflect your current requests.


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.



For all service men and women; first responders; police; firefighters; health care workers; and everyone who is keeping us safe, protected, and fed during the COVID 19 crisis.


For all those sick and suffering from the Coronavirus, may they recover quickly and completely.


And, God Bless America!

A MESSAGE FROM MR. COLLINS

The school office will reopen Tuesday, July 7. The office staff will be on campus from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.


Please know that our Administration and Faculty have been working diligently over the past month to develop plans to provide a quality, Catholic education to your child(ren) during this unprecedented time with hopes that we will return to school at our physical campus. Mr. Collins will release the plans to parents tomorrow, July 6.


CAFETERIA NEWS: School Food and Nutrition Services has announced the student elementary lunch meal price for 2020-2021 school year is $3.00. For those receiving the reduced lunch price, the new price is $.40.

A FOND FAREWELL AND A WARM WELCOME TO MIDDLE-SCHOOL TEACHERS

We bid farewell to two of our Middle-School teachers at the end of the school year. Miss Megan Wiiliams, Math, has decided to return to school after enjoying her year at SMM. Mrs. Kristen Parfait, ELA/Reading, has decided to stay home with her precious new baby, Juliana. We thank Megan and Kristen for their service to SMM and wish them well with their new adventures.


We welcome our two new Middle-School teachers and are looking forward to a wonderful school year.

Mrs. Jenee Landry, Middle-School Math Teacher

If Mrs. Landry looks familiar, it is because she has been affiliated with SMM for many years. She has two sons, Noah and Peyton, who are SMM alums and St. Margaret Mary altar servers. She has also substituted at SMM over the past few years.


Jenee received a Bachelor of Science in Education from LSU in Baton Rouge in 1995 with a certification in first through 8th grades. In addition, she received a Library Certification from Southeastern University in 2005 and has completed 12 hours towards her Masters Degree in Educational Technology.

MS. TAMMY BAUER, MIDDLE-SCHOOL ELA/READING

Another familiar face is Ms. Tammy Bauer. Tammy is a graduate of St. Margaret Mary School and a long time parishioner. In addition, she has an adorable little girl, Addison, who will be entering first grade at SMM this coming year.


Here is what Tammy has to say about joining the SMM staff:


"As an alumna and the former receptionist, it is my pleasure to join the SMM team again. I spent the last two years teaching ELA at Slidell Junior High to both Regular Ed and Special Ed students. Much of my life has been spent working with kids and I have been blessed with many strong qualities such as patience, creativity, clear communication, and determination. I am looking forward to my new adventure at SMM where I will be able to share these skills with the students and assure that they not only achieve their goals but surpass them."

HELP WANTED: Before & after Care Workers

We are in need of an adult worker for before school care during the 2020-2021 school year. The work hours are 6:00 - 7:30 AM. Please contact Shannon Gallo at sgallo@saintmm.org if interested.


We also need teen workers for after school care. Work hours vary from 3:00 - 6:00 PM Monday through Friday. Students must be 16 years of age and drive. Please contact Shannon Gallo at sgallo@saintmm.org if interested.

STUDENT GOOGLE ACCOUNTS & UNRETURNED LIBRARY BOOKS

Students who are not returning to SMM for the 2020-2021 school year have until JULY 15 to transfer any Google information from their school accounts. These accounts will be suspended after July 15. If your child is unsure how to do this, please contact Shannon Gallo at sgallo@saintmm.org for assistance.


Please check with your child to see if he/she has any unreturned Library books that are the property of St. Margaret Mary School. Please drop them at our school office as soon as possible. Mrs. Gallo is in the process of conducting her yearly inventory.

WE ARE CONDUCTING TOURS FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR

We will be happy to give tours to parents of students in any grade - not just PreK.
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Inquiring Minds Want To Know (about the 2019/2020 yearbook)

Our yearbook sales are lagging behind last year's sales, so Jostens has agreed to extend the purchase deadline until July 31. Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer personalization any longer.


Even though our yearbook may look a little different from previous years, it will still be full of wonderful pictures of your children.


We ask that you please order your year- book online as soon as possible. Jostens offers a payment plan at checkout for your purchase if you would like to use that option

http://jostensyearbooks.com?ref=A03182270

SCHOOL SUPPLY ORDERING HAS BEEN EXTENDED

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The Clarion Herald Online Edition

If you have been unable to attend weekend Mass, you probably have missed reading the Clarion Herald. Here is the link to the on line edition so that you may continue to keep up on the news and events happening in the Archdiocese of New Orleans: http://clarionherald-la.newsmemory.com/
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I WANT TO GO TO MASS

You do NOT need a reservation to attend a weekday Mass at 8:30 am or 6:30 pm.


We now have ample room for up to 150 people to start returning to Mass at weekend Masses (Saturday 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm (Spanish); Sunday 8:30 am, 10:15 am, 12 noon), but you should make a reservation if you want to attend one of the WEEKEND Masses.


Call the I WANT TO GO TO MASS hotline 985-201-5504 on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm. Reservations are strongly recommended. If you come to a weekend Mass without a reservation, please see the call-in list and add your name where you see blank spaces up to 150. Remember that a mask is required at any Mass you attend.


While we have returned to the weekend Masses scheduled, we do understand that some may not be ready to return to Mass in church. The dispensation of the obligation to attend Sunday Mass is still in effect. The Archbishop also recommends the elderly and those with health conditions to also consider staying home as a wise decision until things get better.

Father Ed and Father Jared live-stream weekend Masses on the SMM Church Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/StMargaretMaryChurch/


If anyone does not feel comfortable attending Mass and might yet desire to receive Holy Communion at the end of one of the Sunday Masses, please let the usher at the main door of church know you are waiting, and he will contact the deacon or priest to bring you Holy Communion at the door.

POPE JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL Information Video

2020-2021 PROPOSED SCHOOL CALENDAR (Subject to Change)

SMM Google Calendar Link

Includes School, PTO & Men's Club Events & Activities

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Don't Forget About These Important Links

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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PARENTS, PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOUR CHILDREN HAVE ADEQUATE FUNDS IN THEIR LUNCH ACCOUNTS BEFORE SCHOOL BEGINS. YOU MAY LOG ON BELOW IF YOU ALREADY HAVE AN ACCOUNT. IF NOT, PLEASE SET ONE UP ON CHECK REGISTRATION DAY.
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