CHARGER CHRONICLES

October 22, 2020

“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, Cherie Manuel, Paula Satterlee, Lorraine Olmo, Jessica Bodron, Krista Soileau, Dr. Joel Fokom, Nicholas Eirich, Jake Blalock, Pat Karrigan, Carla Hurlburt, Eileen Bruno, and Cheryl Walters Swanson.


For the repose of the soul of Dale Davis, Paige & Raymond Poirrier's Grandma; for her family and friends; and for all those who mourn her loss.


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

October is the Month of the Holy Rosary

On October 25 at 2pm, St. Margaret Mary Parish will have a Rosary Procession starting at the entrance of the Church lead by the Blessed Sacrament and continuing through the property of St. Margaret Mary. We will pray the Rosary as we walk and end with Benediction at the Grotto. If it is raining, we will still pray in the Church!! Please join us.


As a reminder: SMM students and faculty pray a decade of the rosary, led by Mission Club members, every morning on the WSMM Morning Show at 8:10 am. Please join us in spirit at that time and pray wherever you are.

DON'T FORGET ... IT'S CLASS PICTURE DAY ON MONDAY

Class pictures will be taken on Monday, October 26. Students are to wear their school uniforms. Students will wear their masks until the photographer is ready to snap the picture. They will place them in their laps for that moment and then re-mask. They will be safe socially distanced during the process.


Forms were sent home today. Please look in your children's back packs for the form. Please complete and return if you are planning on ordering a class picture.


In addition individual picture retakes will also be taken on Monday. Only students who ordered a picture package and have it with them or who were not here on original picture day are eligible to have their individual picture retaken. The original picture package must be given to the photographer. So please send the original package with your child on Monday.

Bring your best smile!

TWO IMPORTANT REMINDERS

1) We know that some little ones get sick and run fever for a few days and it has nothing to do with COVID. Lately, we have had a few little ones who have come to school with fever. Please follow our Health Policies as outlined for normal illnesses. Here are two excerpts from our handbook:


700 HEALTH POLICIES:

8. Students will not be given non-prescriptive medicine such as aspirin and Tylenol. A fever of 100.4 or higher will necessitate the child being picked up from school by a parent or someone designated on the student emergency form. A child must be fever free and symptom free for 48 hours before being allowed to return to school. (Without the use of fever reducing medicines, please)



Here is what it states in our handbook regarding fever during COVID:

Parent drop off. Please remain in your car in the carline. In order to avoid any unnecessary exposure to others, parents will not be able to walk the students to class. Student temperatures will be taken while in the car. To aid in this process, we are asking that you make available the right side passenger door for ease and speed of testing. If your child needs assistance in buckling/unbuckling, we ask that you aid in this so that teachers do not have to enter your vehicle for this process. If a student has a fever of 100.4 or above at arrival, please pull out of the carline and wait until 8:00 to enter the school office for a second test. If the second test is less than 100.4, then the student may attend school on that day. Students who test above 100.4 on the second reading can return to school once they are fever free without symptoms and medication for 48 hours. Parents, please do not medicate your children in the morning to bring down any fever they may have in order to send them to school. This will only increase the possibility of exposure to other students and would not respect other families.



2) We allow parents to send special birthday treats for students in grades PreK through 4 with permission from the homeroom teacher and principal. As much as we appreciate your generosity, we ask that you do not send snacks for any other reason. We do have special events during the school year in which we will have snacks. During COVID restrictions, we ask that birthday treats be individually wrapped.


1000-15 SCHOOL PARTIES AND GIFT GIVING The classroom teacher, in coordination with the room mother, may plan a small class celebration at selected times during the year. All class parties must be approved by the principal (Note: Parents may not provide special birthday or other treats for a class unless the teacher has obtained permission from the principal). Students are not allowed to exchange gifts on campus. Deliveries of balloons, flowers, and other gifts for children are not allowed. Party invitations may not be distributed at school, unless given to the entire class

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Attention Parents of 5th, 6th & 7th Grade Students

The combination locks have arrived! We have created a blue locker hall for 7th graders and a red one for 5th and 6th graders. A schedule of times will be made available when students are to enter the locker hall. The policy will be "Get n' Go" with no socializing in the halls. Masks must be worn at all times.


We are anxiously awaiting the November update form the governor. We hope that the students will be able to start moving classes and use their lockers then.


In the meantime, students may rent their lockers for a fee of $3.00 which has been billed to and is payable through your FACTS accounts.


IMPORTANT: Due to an increase in student passwords being used by others, we will institute a detention for any student who is logging into another student's account. Updates will be made to the handbook.

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SMM Students Go Wild For Art

For our first quarter in art class, the students strengthened their drawing skills by drawing portraits of indigenous Louisiana wildlife. We sent a sampling of 60 of those drawings to support the 2020 Wild Things Youth Art Contest hosted by the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife refuge in Lacombe. You can view the entire exhibit by using this Flickr link:

https://www.flickr.com/gp/187711011@N03/9P4vec

The exhibit coordinators were very appreciative that we would contribute so many drawings to their art exhibit. The following SMM students won prizes in their age group:
Annie Schneidau - 2nd Place, Red-eared Slider
Jude LeBreton - 3rd Place, Great Blue Heron
Andrew Ganucheau - Honorable Mention, Red Cockaded Woodpecker
Paige Poirrier - Honorable Mention, Swamp Rabbit

Congratulations to our winners and to all of our artists that helped support local conservation efforts through the 2020 Virtual Wild Things Exhibit. You can find more information on the Facebook page of the “Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Complex.”

LET'S GET INTO THE SWING OF IT ...

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GOLF CLASSIC REGISTRATION & SPONSOR FORM - DOWNLOADABLE PDF

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:


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

TEACHER FEATURE: Darine Rice

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Hi, My Name Is Darine Rice and This Is My Story

I was born in New Orleans and now live in Covington. I have been teaching for twenty years, all of which have been at SMM. When I interviewed with Mr. Ohler for my job, I immediately felt at home at SMM. I am still here because I still feel that way.


I became a teacher because I always loved school and loved helping the teachers at school; and now I love working with kids. I teach self-contained third grade so I teach all subjects. I am truly blessed to be able to work with so many wonderful teachers and students, to share my Catholic faith with them, and attend weekly Mass with them.


I have been married to my husband, James, for 21 years. James actually coached the SMM girls soccer team for a few years. We have two beautiful daughters, Allison and Emma, who both graduated from SMM (attended since PreK). In addition, James and I are parents to our 10-year-old yellow Lab named Blue.


I am the oldest of 6 children and attended Catholic school for both elementary and high school. Family is very important to me and I enjoy spending time with my family and attending my daughters’ soccer games. When not at the soccer field, I enjoy working on vinyl projects and gardening.

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CATHOLIC HIGh SCHOOLS ADMISSION PROCESS


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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GREAT NEWS FROM ARCHDIOCESAN NUTRITION SERVICES

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Menus October 26 - 30

Monday, October 26

HOT: Jamaica Jerk Grilled Chicken; Mac n' Cheese; Glazed Applesauce; Chilled Applesauce; Milk

SANDWICH: Chicken Nuggets; Fries; Glazed Carrots; Chilled Applesauce; Milk


Tuesday, October 27

HOT ONLY: Soft Beef Taco w/ Shredded Cheese; Shredded Lettuce & Chopped Tomatoes; Golden Corn; Mandarin Oranges; Fresh Fruit; Cinnamon Roll; Milk


Wednesday, October 28

HOT: Red Beans and Rice; Chicken Smackers; Cornbread; Chilled Strawberries; Milk

SANDWICH: Chicken Sandwich on Bun; Baked Beans; Shredded Lettuce, Tomatoes, Pickles; Chilled Strawberries; Milk


Thursday, October 29

HOT: Meat Sauce and Spaghetti; Garlic Roll; Creamed Spinach; Chilled Pears; Milk

SANDWICH: Mozzarella Sticks with Marinara Sauce; Fries; Creamed Spinach; Chilled Pears; Milk


Friday, October 30

HOT: Southwest Chicken Pita; Shredded Lettuce, Tomatoes, Pickles; Fries; Chilled Peaches; Cake; Milk

Sandwich: Pepperoni or Cheese Pizza; Shredded Lettuce, Tomatoes, Pickles; Fries; Chilled Peaches; Cake; Milk

Humor for All You "Fancy" Coffee Drinkers

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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