Panther Press

Principal News ~ March 24, 2023

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Lent Reflection:

"Lord always forgives us and walks at our side. We have to let him do that."

- Pope Francis (Twitter, August 30, 2013)

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Spring Dance for All 5th - 8th Grade Students (Guidelines)

While middle school dances are intended to be fun, students must remember they are still inside Saint Margaret Mary Catholic School and should behave accordingly.

Behavior expectations include the following:

1. Respect others.

2. Respect others’ belongings.

3. Respect the property of the school, church, and outside vendors.

4. Respect the chaperones and school staff.

5. No running.

6. No throwing food or drink.

7. Sit on seats, not on tables.

8. Closed-off areas in the school are not to be explored.

9. Bathrooms are for using the bathroom, not for congregating or socializing.

10. Students are to remain in the building during the dances. They may wait in the school foyer for a ride or if a quiet place is needed to make a phone call.

11. Always behave in a manner appropriate for a student of Saint Margaret Mary Catholic School.

Attire Expectations at the Dance:


  • Button-up shirts or polos (short or long sleeves) can be worn. Some will choose to wear a tie, but that is optional.
  • TWO Straps are required on dresses and tops – the requirement for the width of the strap is to be TWO inches or more. NO SPAGHETTI STRAPS or STRAPLESS tops or dresses.
  • No strapless or backless tops/dresses are permitted, and your midriff cannot be exposed.
  • You can wear sleeveless tops.
  • Dresses/tops cannot have cutouts that expose the lower torso (back, sides, stomach).
  • Please be sure that as you move throughout the evening, including dancing, your top does not ride up exposing your lower back or midriff area.
  • Dress length must be at minimum natural fingertip length - both in the front and the back.


  • Nice pants/slacks such as Dockers, Khakis, Dickies may be worn. Nice jeans are also ok
  • Pants cannot have rips or tears in them (even if made that way).
  • No baggy/saggy pants


  • You may wear open-toed shoes, but realize you’ll be standing and dancing most of the night, so be comfortable!!!
  • You may not take your shoes off because the heels are too high and hurt your feet. This is for safety reasons.
  • One suggestion - vans or converse with a dress is super cute.
  • Nice tennis shoes, boots, and dress shoes are also permitted.

If you are out of the dress code, parents will be called to pick you up. While the adults do not enjoy having to do this, you WILL be turned away if the guidelines are not followed.

PHONES AT THE DANCE – Phones are not permitted during the dance. Unfortunately, there have been more phone violations during the school dances. As a result, phones will be collected at the start of the dance. Students may have their phones back at the end of the dance. Phones will be kept in a secure location. If a child needs to make a phone call, the school phone can be used. If a parent needs to get in contact with his/her child, they may call 815-354-8603 (Mrs. O’Hearn).

If students have questions regarding the attire they would like to wear for an upcoming event, they may bring a photo of the front and the back of the outfit to Mrs. O’Hearn for approval prior to purchasing.

If a student fails to obey these rules after warnings by the chaperones or staff, the student’s parents will be called so the student can be taken home.


We are looking for parents to volunteer during the lunch hour to help with Pizza Friday and Culver's lunches. You can sign up on School Speak to volunteer. Please be sure that you have met all the requirements for volunteering at STMM.

Pizza Sign-up Link:

Culver's Sign-Up Link:

Volunteer Requirements:

Attention all school volunteers:

Thank you for volunteering at St. Margaret Mary Catholic School! Your contribution of time and talent will help our students and our school thrive.

All volunteers are required to complete an online VIRTUS training, provided by the Diocese of Rockford.

Attached below are the instructions that will walk you through the training process, step by step.

When you are prompted to enter your organization's password, please use 2train!


Click on the registration link below to RSVP.

Advisory Board Nominations for the 2023 - 2024 School Year

The Advisory Board is currently accepting nominations for the 2023 - 2024 school year. If you would like to nominate someone for the advisory board or are interested in nominating yourself please fill out this form by March 16, 2022.

Advisory Board Nomination Link -

Below is a summary of the purpose of the Advisory Board.

  • To represent the school community through meetings in order to foster a spirit of shared leadership with the Pastor and Principal
  • As requested by the Principal, develop policies as needed and in accord with Diocesan guidelines that enable St. Margaret Mary School to reach its goals, promote the implementation of the said policies, and provide counsel and advise the school's administration.
  • To engage in a timely review of the annual school tuition plan to consult with the Principal on financial matters.
  • To establish endowment and development programs for the benefit of the school and implement plans, strategies, and means for involvement with such programs
  • To collaborate in the formation and implementation of long-range planning for the school.
  • To establish and maintain bylaws and to evaluate the Board’s policies every three years and performance annually.

Membership Guidelines:

  • Membership is open to nine (9) appointed Members. The executive officer (Principal) and the Pastor shall be ex-officio non-voting members of the School Advisory Board.
  • No appointed Board member, spouse, or immediate family member may be employed by Saint Margaret Mary in either part-time or full-time employment during that term of office.
  • Each member shall serve a term of three (3) years. A member may be appointed for an additional successive term. Two successive terms shall be the limit. However, if a person serves less than one and one-half years by filling an unexpired vacancy, then that person shall be eligible for two (2) successive terms after that. Terms shall expire the day prior to the June meeting. Additional terms shall be approved by the Principal and Pastor no later than the May meeting.
  • Any Board member missing two (2) meetings in succession, without prior notification, shall automatically be dropped from membership, and any Board member who misses three (3) meetings in a year, without good cause shall be dropped from membership.


The Board will meet from August - June. Typically the meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. Meetings are subject to change or be postponed. Special meetings may be called by the Chairperson, Principal, or Pastor as needed.

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Help Wanted

St. Margaret Mary Parish is looking to hire a part-time maintenance person to help maintain the church, school, and ministry center. Some duties include lawn maintenance during the summertime, snow removal during the winter months, and general maintenance and cleaning.

Don't hesitate to contact Greg Freund, Facility Manager, by email at, office phone at 847-658-7625 ext. 1116, or by cell phone at 847-907-0330 for more information and to apply.

Absenteeism and Truancy Policy

As a reminder, STMM follows the following policy. Below is a summary of the larger Dioscian policy. Please take time to review the information below.

Absenteeism and Truancy Policy 5134B

The Illinois School Code requires that any school, including a nonpublic school, receiving funds through participation in the federal/state milk, breakfast, and/or lunch programs shall develop and communicate to its students and their parent or guardian, on an annual basis, an absenteeism and truancy policy, that contains certain provisions.

School attendance is compulsory in the State of Illinois. The responsibility of compliance with the law belongs to the parents, but the school is required to keep a record of daily attendance. The record is placed in the student’s permanent file at the end of each school year.

A student who is subject to compulsory school attendance shall not be absent without a valid cause. The following

  • Vacations
  • personal days
  • family obligations
  • visiting relatives
  • transportation issues are not considered valid causes for absence. A student who is absent without valid cause is a truant student.

A student is considered truant when he/she is absent for a school day or portion of a school day without valid cause and the absence exceeds 5% (more than 8 days) of the total student attendance days in the school year.

When a student is truant, the School administration will be in contact with the parent/ guardian. The School’s contact with the parent/guardian is for the purpose of determining the reason for the student’s absence and further discussion if the absence is without valid cause. If the administration is unsuccessful in reaching the parent/guardian or the emergency contacts, the School will notify the police and request a well-being check on the student/family.

If a student fails to resume regular attendance in school, and the student’s absence without valid cause exceeds more than five percent (5%) of the total attendance days in the school year, the student is deemed a truant minor and written notice shall be sent to the parent/guardian stating that the student’s truancy is being reported to the Illinois State Board of Education. This may be done through the truancy department of the Regional Office of Education. Additionally, the School may drop the student from enrollment.

All student attendance will be reviewed in the next two weeks. Families will be contacted if their student is at risk of truancy.

If you are calling your child into school absent you MUST contact the SCHOOL OFFICE by 9:00.

Give Central: Weekly Offertory for St. Margaret Mary Parish

Click on the link below to set up an electronic offertory:

Sunday Mass Schedule at St. Margaret Mary

Saturday Evening
4:30 PM, 6:30 PM in Polish Language

7:00 AM, 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM
1:00 PM in Polish Language

4:30 PM