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Principal News ~ September 29, 2022

Virtue of the Month: Reverence

Reverence: showing deep respect for God and things of God.

When we have the virtue of reverence, we show in our words and actions that we have respect for anything that has to do with God - His Holy Name, the Blessed Virgin Mary and all the saints, the Holy Eucharist, and the holy objects found in a church or that have been given a special blessing. We also show reverence for God when we show reverence for each other because we are all made in His Image and likeness.

October is for the Rosary

The development of the Rosary can be traced back to the Middle Ages period. The month of October each year is dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary. This is due to the fact that the liturgical feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is celebrated each year on October 7. It was instituted to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary in gratitude for the protection that she gives the Church in answer to the praying of the Rosary by the faithful.

John Paul II called the Rosary his favorite prayer, in which we meditate with Mary upon the mysteries that she as a mother meditated on in her heart.

In this month of October, let us consider this beautiful prayer of the Rosary as a means that we too can use in order to draw closer to Jesus and Mary by meditating on the great mysteries of our salvation.

Students are asked to bring in a Rosary, as we will be praying a decade of the rosary each morning.

Iowa Flex Testing

Over the past week, the students in grades K - 8 completed the IOWA Flex benchmark testing. The areas of focus were reading and math. The information gathered during these tests will have our teachers better understand areas of strength and improvement. Results of the IOWA Flex benchmark testing will be reviewed at parent-teacher conferences in November. Students will be benchmarked again in the winter and spring.

IOWA tests will be given in March to all 3rd - 8th-grade students.

Playground Construction: Help Wanted!


PHASE 1 (October 1, 2022) ** There is a sign-up on School Speak. Hours worked will count towards your school stewardship.

  • Weed out both playground beds
  • Move mulch out of both beds and transfer mulch to the blacktop
  • Remove edging around both playgrounds
  • Demo/scrap blue and green playground
  • SUPPLIES NEEDED - Wheelbarrow, shovels, hammers, and drills

We a looking to purchase a friendship bench for the play area. If you would like to make a donation to help defer the cost of the bench please send cash or check directly to the school office in an envelope marked "friendship bench."

Protecting God's Children - Empowering God's Children Student Program

St. Margaret Mary will present a sexual abuse prevention program, the Teaching Safety - Empowering God's Children program, to our students on October 3 - 7. The creators of the Protecting God's Children program developed the Teaching Safety - Empowering God's Children program. This program is provided by the Diocese of Rockford and is part of our ongoing effort to help create and maintain a safe environment for children and to protect all children from sexual abuse.

The scheduled lesson is being offered to all students at Preschool - 8th grade. As a parent, you have the right to choose whether your student participates. We encourage you to read the program overview so you'll be aware of the nature of the Teaching Safety - Empowering God's Children program. If you have any questions about the program or lessons, please contact Mrs. Brenna O'Hearn at 847-658-5313. If you determine that you DO NOT want your child to participate, please complete the "Opt-Out" form below, and return it to your child's teacher no later than Wednesday, September 28, 2022.

For more information on the Teaching safety - Empowering God's Children program, visit the VIRTUS Online website at

Lou Malnati Pizza Fundraiser

St. Margaret Mary Catholic School is partnering with Lou Malnati’s pizza for our fall fundraiser. The money raised during our fundraiser helps support our educational programming at St. Margaret Mary Catholic School. Each child was given an envelope and order form this week. Please check your child's backpack if you did not see it yet.

Pizza coupons are sold for $13 each.

  • Coupons are good for one 9-inch frozen pizza at ANY Lou Malnati’s location.

  • Coupons are good for 6 months

  • Options: cheese, sausage, pepperoni, or spinach

  • Coupons can not be used for any other purchase or for shipping frozen pizzas.

  • Makes a great holiday gift for family, friends, teachers, etc., or a great dinner that you can throw in the oven when you are looking for something easy and quick to make!

  • Money is to be collected at the time of the order. Cash or check can be collected as payment. Checks are to be made payable to St. Margaret Mary Catholic School.

Sale Date: October 3 - 21, 2022


Turn-in Date:

Friday, October 21, 2022


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Marian Central Catholic High School News

Help Wanted

Marian Central Catholic High School in Woodstock is seeking to fill the positions listed below. Please click the link to apply or contact Mr. Mike Shukis, Superintendent at for more information.

Director of Building and Grounds (Full Time)
Maintenance Worker (full or part time)

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Substitute Teachers Needed!

St. Margaret Mary is looking to build our substitute teachers list for the 2022 - 2023 school year.

Please contact Mrs. O'Hearn -

Birthday Treat Guidelines:

St. Margaret Mary Catholic School recognizes that birthdays are a special day for our students. We must also ensure that parties and celebrations do not disrupt the instructional day or interfere with the health and safety of all students. Birthdays occurring on weekends are recognized on the morning announcements the following Monday. Summer birthdays are recognized before the end of the school year.

How to celebrate your child's birthday at STMM:

  • You are welcome to send in a low-cost non-food treat such as stickers, birthday pencils, tiny fidgets, (no toy weapons of any kind!), etc…

  • Individually wrapped treat (store-bought or homemade). This should be a small treat. Food options such as pizza, happy meals, or root beer floats are not permitted. This should be a snack that does not require any assembling.

  • Parents are asked to drop off the treats in the main office, and these treats will be delivered to the classroom.

  • Goody bags are not allowed. The school will not permit bouquets of balloons and other celebratory decorations to be sent to the classrooms. These can be distracting to students’ learning.

  • We do not recommend that the school be the primary point of distribution for birthday invitations. Teachers are not expected to hand out invitations for the child. If a child brings invitations to school, it is expected that the entire class is invited, or all of one gender (all boys or all girls).

***We kindly ask that you not ask teachers or staff to make an exception for your child. Making an exception for one child means we must make an exception for all, and that defeats the purpose of the policy. Teachers are also not allowed to distribute private party invitations to students.***

Attendance Guidelines:

IMPORTANT - You must communicate with the SCHOOL OFFICE by 9:00 a.m. if your child will be absent. If you do not call your child in for the day, we will call you directly throughout the day until we hear from you.

We worry about all our students and want to be sure they are safe.

Student Absent Guideline:

Tarty – Any student that comes to school between 8:55 – 9:15

A.M. Absence – Missing time between 9:15 – 12:00 for more than an hour

P.M. Absence - Missing time between 12:00 – 3:15 for more than an hour

Partial Absence – Missing any part of the school day for less than an hour

Full Day Absence – Any student that is missing 75% of the day (4.5 hours)

Notes will be documented through School Speak including late arrival and early dismissal times.

School Office Hours:

The school office is open Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

On Fridays, the office closes at 3:30 p.m.

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