CHARGER CHRONICLES

October 9, 2020 - Happy Fall, Ya'll

“Look upon yourself as a tree planted beside the water, which bears its fruit in due season; the more it is shaken by the wind, the deeper it strikes its roots into the ground.” -- Margaret Mary Alacoque

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.


Simone Boell, Dale McCloskey, Dale Davis, Cherie Manuel, Paula Satterlee, Lorraine Olmo, Jessica Bodron, Krista Soileau, Dr. Joel Fokom, Nicholas Eirich, and Pat Karrigan.


For Fr. Jared as he begins his new assignment at St. Luke Parish


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


For all those who suffered loss of life or property during Hurricanes Laura, Sally & Delta; may they receive the comfort, resources, and help needed for a quick and complete recovery.


Our Lady of Prompt Succor, please protect us from damage to life and property during this hurricane season.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR SMM SEPTEMBER STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

These students were chosen by their teachers because they are good role models for their peers, they are kind in spirit, they always do their best, and they are helpful in the classroom.

SMM MISCELLANEOUS UPDATES


AFTERCARE: Please remember that after care ends at 6:00 pm.


MORNING CAR LINE - The morning car line seems to be flowing well, but it starts backing up about 7:50 am. To help alleviate this minor problem, we ask that you start saying your good-byes, having your kiddos unbuckle, and having them get their stuff ready when you reach the front of the school office building instead of waiting until you reach the gym. Thank you.


LUNCH: We will begin having lunch in the cafeteria on Monday, October 12th. The students will be safe socially distanced by grade level and homerooms. Hot and cold selections will both be served from both lines so that grade levels homerooms do not intermingle.

THE STATE OF SPORTS & FLAG FOOTBALL TRYOUTS

The Catholic School Athletic League has been given permission to resume fall sports but with certain conditions. Some pastors and principals are reluctant to have sports indoors and do not want to allow outsiders in their buildings. We discussed the possibility of having cabbage ball but no Northshore District schools have large enough concrete areas to play.


We hope to be able to have basketball in January and February, but it will be dependent on COVID restrictions at that time. We will have girls volleyball and boys cabbage ball in the spring. We do not play soccer in CSAL, but we are free to do so if there is an availability of teams to play. We are also looking at starting CC soon. More details on these sports will follow.


FLAG FOOTBALL TRYOUTS FOR BOYS IN 4TH - 6TH GRADE WILL BE HELD NEXT MONDAY, OCTOBER 12, 3:15 - 5:00 PM. ATHLETES MUST WEAR MASKS WHEN ON SIDELINES OR IN A HUDDLE. THEY MUST HAVE THEIR OWN PRE-FILLED WATER BOTTLES. WATER FOUNTAINS ARE NOT IN OPERATION. PLEASE SEE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS BELOW.


ELIGIBILITY

Students who participate in extracurricular activities, including all student organizations, represent St.Margaret Mary School. Therefore, the following minimum standards must be met in academics as well as discipline:

1. The student must maintain at least a “78” average with no grade lower than a “70” (N in enrichment classes) in any subject per grading period.

2. The student may not earn a grade lower than “78” in conduct.

3. Students who are members of the National Junior Honor Society and Student Council are held to a higher standard (See requirements in sections 1100-1 and 1100-2).

Note: Students must meet minimum requirements to "tryout" for all organizations. When a student is disqualified from participating in extracurricular activities during the quarter, eligibility may be reconsidered when interim reports are issued, unless organizational by-laws prohibit such consideration. Moderators are responsible for monitoring student eligibility status and may establish participation criteria which exceeds minimum standards.

BIRTHDAYS ARE BACK ... ON WSMM

We will begin acknowledging birthdays on WSMM this week. Since we must still socially distance and maintain our static groups, we will do it by homerooms in grades K through 2. Grades 3 through 7 will be done by grade. Students will be expected to wear their masks the entire time. We will backtrack to summer birthdays beginning July 16. Every few weeks, we will work through the cycle. Here is the first schedule:


2-1 Mrs. Secrist on Tues, Oct 13 - July 16 - Oct 15 birthdays

2-2 Mrs. Riviere on Thur, Oct 15 - July 16 - Oct 15 birthdays

3rd Grade on Tues, Oct 20 - July 16 - Oct 22 birthdays

4th Grade on Thurs, Oct 22 - July 16 - Oct 22 birthdays

5th Grade on Tues, Oct 27 - July 16 - Oct 29 birthdays

6th Grade on Wed, Oct 28 - July 16 - Oct 29 birthdays

7th Grade on Thurs, Oct 29 - July 16 - Oct 29 birthdays


SINCE PARENTS ARE STILL NOT ALLOWED ON CAMPUS, YOU MAY VIEW THE WSMM MORNING SHOW LIVE ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE MONDAYS THROUGH THURSDAYS AT 8:10 AM. WSMM WILL BE POSTED ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE AFTERWARDS AT SAINT MARGARET MARY SCHOOL @ SLIDELL

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AUTUMN LEAVES & TEMPERATURES ARE FALLING

It's that time of the year again when it gets a little chilly. Please make sure that your children are following the SMM dress code for outerwear. Please read below the excerpt form the SMM student handbook:


900-3 BOYS AND GIRLS


01. Only the following uniform items may be worn in the classroom as outerwear over the uniform shirt:

A. Uniform gray pullover sweatshirt with SMM logo

B. Uniform blue zip-up sweatshirt with SMM logo

C. SMM windbreaker or SMM fleece-lined jacket

D. Navy blue, v-neck buttoned cardigan sweater with SMM logo (girls only)

E. Approved club or athletic sweatshirts may be worn by current, participating members or players


02. No sweatshirt or windbreaker other than the SMM sweatshirts and wind breaker may be worn on campus. On very cold days, students may wear a heavy coat or jacket outside only.


PLEASE ... PLEASE ... PLEASE ... put your child's name on his/her outerwear. We already have several pieces of unmarked outerwear in Lost n' Found. Thank you for your cooperation.

TEACHER FEATURE: KATHRYN FASSNACHT

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Hi, I'm Kathryn Fassnacht and here is my story

My Home Town is Nevada, Texas but I’ve been in New Orleans 13 years and it’s my adopted hometown. I have been teaching for 13 years and have been at SMM for eight.


An early experience inspired me to become a teacher. I came home from school on my first day of Kindergarten and asked my Mom who was the lady in our classroom. My Mom explained that she’s the teacher and it was her job to teach us; and that I could choose to be a teacher when I grew up. Ever since that day, I wanted to become a teacher and it’s been my life’s passion to help children learn and grow. I love facilitating learning experiences that help kids understand the world around them. I stay in teaching because the time I spend with my students enriches my life on a daily basis.


I am very fortunate because as a PreK -3 teacher, I get to teach my students all subjects - Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, plus how to be a kind friend and share.


I love spending my time outside of school with my husband and our pets. I especially enjoy playing video games, baking, and working creative projects for my home and the people I love. I love, love, love Halloween and have had my Halloween decorations up since August!


I live in New Orleans and travel quite a way back and forth to SMM, but I love my job and don’t want to be anywhere else. I love the family atmosphere. I love getting to know families and seeing the kiddos I teach grow up.


I have one dog named Jameson and 2 cats named Mia & Zoe. I was actually born in Singapore as a US citizen born abroad because my parents were living there at the time for my Dad’s work. I met my husband at a Chewbacchus Sci-Fi Fashion Show we both attended where I was dressed as the TARDIS from Dr. Who. We had our own Krewe in the Chewbacchus parade for a few years. I love trying out new baking recipes and bringing them to my friends and family to enjoy. I’m well known among our friends for my great grandmother’s Christmas cookies and I usually bake and decorate about 75 dozen or more every year!

TEACHER FEATURE: CLAYTON PERRIER

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HI, I'm Clayton Perrier and this is my story

My home town is Slidell, Louisiana. I graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette two years ago and have been teaching at SMM since then. In fact, I attended SMM from Kindergarten through 2nd grade. I went to Northshore High School where I was the captain of my basketball team.


I became a teacher because I felt like I had enough life experiences to deliver some wisdom to kids, not only in school but outside of school. Life lessons that I have learned from my previous teachers and coaches has helped me develop in my teaching career. I also have many young cousins (two of which attend SMM), and two younger sisters. I realize just how much I love and adore them. I felt I would be good role model for the students. I also have a dog.


I teach Science to the middle school students and help coach basketball. In my free time I like playing basketball, exercising, and watching sports. I always have sports on my TV.


I love teaching at SMM because the kids are terrific. I receive great advice from the teachers and administrators that have taught longer than me. I have learned so much and am still learning. I was diagnosed with epilepsy when I was 12, but it has never stopped me from pursuing my goals.

Important Information for Parents of 7th Grade Students

The 7th grade fee has been billed to your FACTS account. The fee covers items associated with the 7th grade promotion, fun day, retreat, and big field trip. The fee is due in full by January 15, 2021, but you may make payments on it until then.

CATHOLIC HIGh SCHOOLS ADMISSION PROCESS

High School admissions personnel and administrators have been working hard to brainstorm ways to work with our students this season. Keeping in mind all guidelines for masking and social distancing, schools during Phase 2 may host small admissions activities and private tours outside of school hours that focus on 7th graders, taking into consideration their elementary school groups as they are able. Students may also be invited to participate in many virtual activities.


Please see below the admission calendar of important dates. In addition, please click on the attachments that follow for the updated list of Open House dates and the actual application process.

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INFORMATION ABOUT PJP'S OPEN HOUSE

Pope John Paul II High School has officially rescheduled their 2020 Open House for Wednesday, November 18 from 5:30-8pm. The online registration link is www.pjp.org/future-jaguars/.


Here’s some information regarding how PJP is following the COVID-19 guidelines for Open House:


  • All guests must reserve an appointment in advance. Walk-ins are not permitted.
  • Every 15 minutes, 5 families will be scheduled for their tour check-in. Faculty/staff will monitor entrance for social distancing and masks. Masks will be worn the entire time by everyone.
  • Families will be toured through the campus by 1 or 2 PJP Student Ambassadors. Ambassadors/Faculty/Staff will remain socially distant from the families.
  • The essential/required faculty/staff will attend. No additional personnel or students will be present.
  • There will be NO general gathering at any time.



Their plan is to have almost 50 slots available for families on Open House night. They are also providing the following options, which will be scheduled on an individual basis as requested:


  1. Private/personal tours for a family on campus outside of regular school hours.
  2. Virtual tour/appointment via Zoom


All of the options can be requested or scheduled on our website at www.pjp.org/future-jaguars/ or via email/phone to me.

INFORMATION ABOUT ST. SCHOLASTICA'S OPEN HOUSE

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ST. PAUL'S OPEN HOUSE INFORMATION

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LOVE LIFE AMENDMENT ON NOVEMBER 3RD BALLOT

Attention, all Louisiana citizens: on the November 3rd election ballot, you will be asked, “Do you support an amendment declaring that, to protect human life, a right to abortion & the funding of abortion shall NOT be found in the Louisiana Constitution?” Please vote YES for Amendment #1. In Louisiana, we love babies & their mothers, so we want to make sure that no judge “finds” a right to abortion or the taxpayer funding of abortion in our Constitution as they have done in 13 other states.


The 40 Days for Life Prayer Campaign is from September 23 and November 1. We are asking everyone to pray &/or do some type of penance during those 40 days for an end to abortion. If anyone is so inclined, St. Margaret Mary has adopted October 17 as our day to go in front of the "Women's Health Care Center," an abortion facility in New Orleans, to pray for an hour sometime between 7:00 AM & 7:00 PM. We will have a sign-up sheet in the church vestibule.

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Menus October 12 - 16

Monday, October 12

HOT: Red Beans & Rice; Chicken Smackers; Cornbread; Glazed Carrots; Mandarin Oranges; Milk

SANDWICH: Fried Chicken Tenders; Baked Beans; Glazed Carrots; Mandarin Oranges; Milk


Tuesday, October 13

HOT ONLY: Soft Beef Taco w/ Shredded Cheese, Shredded Lettuce, Chopped Tomatoes; Golden Corn; Chilled Pears; Cinnamon Roll; Milk


Wednesday, October 14

HOT: Chicken Fajita Alfredo Pasta; Southern Roll; Seasoned Green Beans; Chilled Strawberries; Milk

SANDWICH: Bacon Cheeseburger on Bun; Shredded Lettuce, Tomatoes, Pickles; Chilled Strawberries; Milk


Thursday, October 15

HOT: Chicken Nuggets; Baked Macaroni & Cheese; Glazed Carrots; Chilled Pineapples; MilkMilk

SANDWICH: Mini Corn Dogs; Fries; Chilled Pineapples; Milk


Friday, October 16

HOT: Italian Baked Pasta; Garlic Roll; Steamed Broccoli; Chilled Peaches; Cookie; Milk

SANDWICH: General so Chicken; Fries; Garlic Roll; Steamed Broccoli; Chilled Peaches; Cookie; Milk

Don't Go Batty

What kind of bats fly around the school at night?
AlphaBATS!

2020-2021 SCHOOL CALENDAR (Subject to Change)

SMM Google Calendar Link

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

Why did Waldo go to therapy?


To find himself.

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