CHARGER CHRONICLES

January 8, 2021

“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, Ryan Ware, Lorraine Olmo, Jessica Bodron, Krista Soileau, Dr. Joel Folkom, Nicholas Eirich, Jake Blalock, Pat Karrigan, Carla Hurlburt, Eileen Bruno, Cheryl Walters Swanson, Juan Peralta, Nicole Forrest, Courtney Palulio, Lisa Ferrer, Richard Roach, Mrs. Peterson's Mom, Trevor Abney, Dorothy Weiss, Patsy Meyers, and Michael Wingerter.


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

Please Pray for Our Priests

In addition to our requests for prayers for our SMM families and community, we request that you pray for individual priests in our Archdiocese. Our priests need our prayers as much as we need theirs. These priests are celebrating their birthdays this upcoming week. What a great birthday present to have so many people praying for them.


Rev. Mariano Veliz, O.P.; Very Rev. Emile G. "Buddy" Noel, V.F.; Rev. John Perino; Rev. David M. Ducote; Rev. Michael Labre; Rev. Nathan W. O'Halloran, S.J.; Rev. Thien Nguyen Bach; Rev. Kevin T. DeLerno.


Here is a brief prayer that you may want to use:

Eternal Father, we lift up to you these and all the priests of the world. Sanctify them. Heal and guide them. Mold them into the likeness and holiness of your Son, Jesus, the Eternal High Priest. May their lives be pleasing tp you. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen

Goood Bye, Deacon Clement ... Until We Meet Again

To say that St. Margaret Mary School and Parish have been blessed by having Father Clement interning here is an understatement. His beautiful smile and gentle, playful nature have endeared him to our students. During his time at SMM, he could be found playing 4-squares or soccer with the students at recess.


Deacon Clement was born and raised in the Archdiocese of Tororo in Uganda, Africa. He grew up Catholic and his father sent him to a minor seminary to get a “good, Catholic foundation.”

At that time, he had no intention of becoming a priest. While he was there for 6 years, he learned a lot about his faith. Those times also became part of his discernment process.


He received his Bachelor degree in Philosophy. While studying, he fell in love with philosophy. He said, “God called me even when I didn’t want to be.” After graduation, he was still trying to discern what he would do with his life. He received a call from his vocational director that his archbishop wanted him to come to New Orleans to study at the seminary. The Archdioceses of New Orleans and Tororo have a close relationship. Select young men, like Deacon Clement, receive scholarships to attend Notre Dame Seminary. Deacon Clement didn’t realize that his calling would be fulfilled when he came here. But now, he realizes all that God was doing for him all along.


Deacon Clement is moving back to Notre Dame Seminary this week to finish his studies. He will receive his Master’s Degree in Theology in May. He will then have a few weeks to prepare for his return to Uganda on June 15th. There he will be ordained in early July surrounded by friends and family. Deacon Clement’s mission will then be to shepherd the people of his community. He promised that he will come see us one more time before moving home.


Deacon Clement has made so many good friends while at SMM. He is especially grateful that he was able to get to know so many of the children. Deacon Clement, we are the grateful ones.

JUST A FEW FRIENDLY REMINDERS FROM ADMINISTRATION

1. Some parents have asked about scheduled holidays - there will be holidays! There will be no changes to the yearly calendar unless there is a mandated reason for a school closure.

2. For the safety of their classmates and teachers, please keep your children at home if they are running fever or are not feeling well. Please contact Coach Gay Knock immediately for COVID issues.

3. Please do not bring dogs with you in car line.

4. Please do not block the entrance to the staff parking lot in the morning. Teachers on duty need to get in the parking lot.

GROOMING & UNIFORM CHECK

We will have a mid-year uniform and grooming check on Monday, January 11 during homeroom. Please make sure that your children are in compliance with the dress and grooming code as found in our school handbook. This includes skirt lengths, haircuts, and outerwear. Thank you for your cooperation.

KUDOS TO PATRIOTISM ESSAY WINNERS

Congratulations to these SMM middle school students. They placed in the recent regional "Americanism Essay" contest sponsored by the Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars in the United States. St. Margaret Mary was well represented and received the majority of the regional awards. We are proud of you.

5th Grade: 1st place – Michael Wingerter

2nd place – Carson Buckley

3rd place – Addison Melerine

6th Grade: 3rd place – Isabel Powell

7th Grade: 1st place – Annie Schneidau

2nd place – Landon Guidry

3rd place – Sophie Koniditsiotis

4th place – Shelby Fischer

THEY SAY IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY ... HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU

Since we still have to socially distance in 2021 and maintain our static groups, we will recognize birthdays by homerooms in grades K through 2. Grades 3 through 7 are done by grade level. We will continue to socially distance static groups when they come to the WSMM studio. Students will be expected to wear their masks the entire time. Every month, we will work through the cycle. Here is the schedule for January:


1 - 1 Birthdays in January on WSMM on Monday, January 11

1 - 2 Birthdays in January on WSMM on Wednesday, January 13

2 - 1 Birthdays in January on WSMM on Thursday, January 14

2 - 2 Birthdays in January on WSMM on Tuesday, January 19

3rd Grade Birthdays in January on WSMM on Thursday, January 21

4th Grade Birthdays in January on WSMM on Monday, January 25

5th Grade Birthdays in January on WSMM on Tuesday, January 26

6th Grade Birthdays in January on WSMM on Wednesday, January 27

7th Grade Birthdays in January on WSMM on Thursday, January 28



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

DECEMBER STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

We will recognize our December Students of the Month on WSMM as follows:


Monday, January 11 - Students of the Month in grades K, 1, 2

Tuesday, January 12 - Students of the Month in grades 3, 4, 5

Wednesday, January 13 - Students of the Month in grades 6 & 7


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

What's for Dinner?

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IMPORTANT - COVID QUARANTINE PROTOCOLS

It is important that all parents are aware of and follow these guidelines.


These are the CDC guidelines for quarantine periods. The LA Department of Health, the LA Department of Education, and the Archdiocese have adopted these guidelines.


FOR STUDENTS/TEACHERS QUARANTINING AT HOME WITH A COVID POSITIVE PERSON IN THE HOUSE:

1. There is a 10 day period in which the child or teacher may still be infected by the contagious person.

2. After the 10 days has expired, beginning on the 11th day, there is an additional quarantine period of either 7 or 10 days.

3. The student or teacher may be tested for COVID on the 6th or 7th day after the initial 10 days. If the test is negative, the exposed person may return to school on the 8th day with confirmation of the negative test and no symptoms. Documentation of the negative test must be provided to the school.

4. If the student or teacher elects not to be tested, he/she may return to school on the 11th day after the initial 10 days provided he/she has no symptoms.


FOR STUDENTS/TEACHERS QUARANTINING WITHOUT A COVID POSITIVE PERSON IN THE HOUSE:

1. The student or teacher may be tested for COVID on the 6th or 7th day after the initial contact with the positive person. If the test is negative, the exposed person may return to school on the 8th day with confirmation of the negative test and no symptoms. Documentation of the negative test must be provided to the school.

4. If the student or teacher elects not to be tested, he/she may return to school on the 11th day after contact if he/she has not experienced any symptoms.


In all cases where a student/teacher has been exposed to a person with a positive COVID test, the LDOH recommends that he/she receive a COVID test on the 6th day or later because it can take up to 10 days after exposure for symptoms to arise.


If a student or teacher tests positive OR comes in direct contact with a positive COVID person, please call Coach Gay Knock immediately to discuss your options.


Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

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HEADS UP PARENTS OF 7TH GRADERS

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Cafeteria Menus January 11 - 15

Monday, January 11

HOT: Red Beans & Rice; Sausage Links; Cornbread; Glazed Carrots; Mandarin Oranges; Milk

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


Tuesday, January 12

TACO TUESDAY: Soft Beef Taco; Shredded Cheese; Shredded Lettuce & Chopped Tomatoes; Golden Corn; Fresh Fruit; King Cake; Milk


Wednesday, January 13

HOT: Chicken & Broccoli Lo Mein with Noodles; Seasoned Green Beans; Chilled Strawberries; Milk

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


Thursday, January 14

HOT: Turkey & Sausage Gumbo; Steamed Rice; Potato Salad; Glazed Carrots; Chilled Pineapples; French Bread; Milk

SANDWICH: Mini Corn Dogs; Fries; Glazed Carrots; Chilled Pineapples; French Bread; Milk


Friday, January 15

HOT: Lasagna; Steamed Broccoli; Chilled Peaches; Garlic Roll; Cookie; Milk

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

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We are still having difficulty embedding the link to our Google calendar in the Charger Chronicles. Until we get it remedied, here are some upcoming events:


Mon, Jan 11

December Students of the Month in Grades K, 1, 2 on WSMM

January Birthdays in Homeroom 1-1 Recognized on WSMM

MId-Year Uniform & Grooming Check in Homerooms


Tues, Jan 12

PreK 4, K & 1st Grade attend Mass 8:30 am

December Students of the Month in Grades 3, 4, 5 on WSMM

PTO Board Mtg 7:00 pm E-Bldg


Wed, Jan 13

2nd, 3rd, 4th Grades attend Mass 8:30 am

December Students of the Month in Grades 6 & 7

January Birthdays in Homeroom 1-2 Recognized on WSMM


Thurs, Jan 14

SPIRIT DAY/PAPA JOHN'S PIZZA NIGHT

January Birthdays in Homeroom 2-1 Recognized on WSMM

Knights of Columbus Keep Christ in Christmas Contest Winners Recognized on WSMM 8:10 am

Fire Drill 1:25 pm


Fri, Jan 15

5th, 6th, 7th Grades Attend Mass 8:30 am


Mon, Jan 18

Martin Luther King, JR Day - NO SCHOOL


TUES,Jan 19

PreK, K & 1st Grade Attend Mass 8:30 am

January Birthdays in Homeroom 2-2 Reognized on WSMM


Wed, Jan 20

2nd, 3rd, & 4th Grades Attend Mass 8:30 am


Thurs, Jan 21

January Birthdays in 3rd Grade recognized on WSMM

Bad Weather Drill 1:25 pm


Fri, Jan 22

5th, 6th & 7th Grades Attend Mass 8:30 am

SMM SCHOOL YEAR AT A GLANCE

PIGSKIN HUMOR

Why didn't the dog want to play football?


Because he was a boxer.

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