Panther Press

Principal News ~ May 5, 2023

Join us this weekend for Annie Jr at 2:00 p.m. (Doors open at 1:30 p.m.)

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Visitation and Funeral Arrangements for Mr. Ross

It is with deep sadness that I inform you about the recent loss to our school community. Mr. Ross, the father of Mary Ross (8th Grade), passed away peacefully at his home this morning.

We are saddened by the loss of Mr. Ross, and we will keep the Ross family in our prayers during this difficult time.


Tuesday, May 9, 2023

9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

St. Anne Catholic Church

120 Ela Street

Barrington, IL 60010

Funeral Mass:

Tuesday, May 9, 2023

11:00 a.m.

St. Anne Catholic Church

120 Ela Street

Barrington, IL 60010

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Hot Lunch Program Survey

We are working on bringing back a hot lunch program at least three days a week for the 2023 - 2024 school year. We are asking for your feedback before we kick off the program. Please take a few moments to complete this short survey.

Survey link -

Auction Time

It's the final hours to bid! Be sure to check the auction often to be sure you are the winning bid! There are a lot of great items.

Auction Link:

Morning Drop off

We have seen an increased number of parents entering the parking lot from the wrong direction off Eastgate Dr. This is incredibly dangerous not only to the vehicles but to the students exiting the vehicles. Under no circumstances should drivers enter the front parking lot from Eastgate Dr to drop off their student(s). If you are coming from the east you will need to drive around the block to enter the parking lot from the west.

Thank you for your attention to this safety matter.

Heart of the School


While our teachers and staff members do not seek out recognition, it is important that we celebrate their tremendous work. This is our opportunity to give them that recognition. Our teachers, administrators, and staff members are the Heart of our School.

Who Can Be Nominated:
Any current teacher, administrator, or staff member who works at St. Margaret Mary Catholic School can be nominated for a Heart of the School Award.

Who Can Nominate:

Nominations can be submitted by any person at the school (e.g. teacher, staff member, administrator, parent, volunteer, student, etc.).

Nomination Process:
First-round nominations are submitted through Google Forms. These nominations are due by Monday, May 11, 2023. The top nominations will be sent to all staff members, parents, and students for the final selection. The final vote is due by May 19, 2023.

The winner of the Heart of the School will be announced on the last day of school.

Heart of the School Link:

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Annie Jr Performances

CORRECTED TIME - The Saturday performance is at 2:00 on Saturday, May 6.

We understand that not all guests are able to enjoy the weekend performance of Annie Jr on Saturday, May 6 at 2:00 p.m. Therefore, we have opened up the Friday school performance to any friends or family members that are unable to attend Saturday. This is a dress rehearsal for the students so they have an opportunity to perform with an audience prior to the main event on Saturday.

We are happy to give families this extra opportunity to see their rising star perform. Please note that all performers will not be available for pictures or flowers after the performance. The director will be meeting with the cast and crew immediately following the show on Friday. Flowers can be given when you see your child after school. Thank you for understanding.

All guests to the school must enter through the main doors and sign in at the office. Seating will begin at 1:20.

Playground Update:

We know that everyone is very anxious for the playground to be complete and for all the students to use it. We are working with a team of volunteers that have come up with a plan for completion. If you have construction knowledge and would like to help build the playground please let me know ASAP so that you can join our team.

We are looking for volunteers to help on April 29 starting at 8:00. This project can not be completed without your help. It is our goal to have the playground open for the kids before the end of the school year.

Hours worked for the playground will count towards your required 20 stewardship hours.

Volunteers can sign-up through School Speak.

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.

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!


Important Dates:


Friday (28) Ribbon Day at 2:00 in School Gym

Saturday (29) First Holy Communion at 11:30 at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church


Monday (1) 8th grade Field Trip

Friday (5) School Musical at 1:30 in School Gym

Saturday (6) School Musical at 3:00 in School Gym

Tuesday (9) Sports Pictures

Wednesday (10) Culver's Lunch

Friday (12) May Crowning Mass at 9:15/ Jog-a-thon/ NOON DISMISSAL

Monday (15) Sports Awards at 6:30

Monday (22) Band Concert in Gym at 6:30

Wednesday (24) Spirit Wear/ Culver's Lunch

Friday (26) Last Day of Bus Service

Monday (29) NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day

Tuesday (30) 8th Grade Class Trip

Wednesday (31) 8th Grade Dinner Dance

Thursday (June 1) 8th Grade Graduation

Friday (June 2) Last day of School ** Dismissal at 11:00 NO AFTERCARE

Marian Central Summer Camps

Registration for the 2023 Athletic Camps is now open. We hope you will join us for a summer of team bonding, skill development, and fun! We have camps for all ages and all skill levels.

Click here to view our athletic summer camp offerings. The grade level listed is for Fall 2023. Click here to register for summer camps. From the drop-down menu, select Summer Camps and complete the registration information. Each summer camp requires a separate registration.

Questions? Contact the Athletic Office at (815) 338-4220 x119.

Go Canes!

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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