St. Margaret Mary School Newsletter
November 13, 2023
Seton Leadership and Board of Directors Parent Meeting
Thank you for being a part of the Seton Family of Catholic Schools. There will be two opportunities for you and your student(s) to have a conversation with members of the Seton Catholic Schools leadership team and members of our Board of Directors. Spanish translation will be provided. Attendance is not mandatory. Please click on the link below to register for the meeting.
Please see the following letter from Kristen Foster the Chief Schools Officer of Seton Catholic Schools. Kristen Foster is currently working on her dissertation at the University of Southern California. She is asking that 1st-8th grade families complete the survey linked below.
End of the Day Pick Up
A reminder that the school day ends at 3:15 pm. All students should be picked up at 3:15. Staff have meetings and other after-school obligations and cannot stay with students after 3:15. We do offer after-school extended care, for an additional fee, for families who may need to pick up their child after 3:15. Please contact the main office for more information.
Accelerated Reader is a digital program for students in 3rd through 8th grade that helps students and teachers manage and monitor independent reading practice in both English and Spanish.
Students pick a book at their own level and read it at their own pace. When students finish the book, they take a short quiz on the computer to check their understanding.
As students read and take quizzes, they earn points and track their progress toward their individualized Accelerated Reader goals.
Teachers conference regularly with students to support reading engagement, goal setting, and comprehension strategies.
Be sure to check with your student’s teacher for information about how Accelerated Reader is helping your student grow, and how you can support their efforts at home!
Cell Phone Policy
Students are discouraged from bringing electronic apparatuses/devices to school, and may not be used during the school day. Watches with phone and messaging capabilities are also included in this. St. Margaret Mary Catholic School is not responsible for any electronic items brought to school. Theft or damage to electronic devices is the sole responsibility of the owner.
It is requested that students do not bring cell phones to school. However, if a parent or guardian wishes to allow his/her child to bring a cell phone to school, the following guidelines must be followed:
Cell phones must be turned in to the office staff upon arrival at school. All phones will be turned into the office at the beginning of the school day.
Students may pick up phones from the office staff at the end of the school day. If cell phones are not turned in upon arrival to school, the following consequences will occur:
The cell phone is taken by the teacher/ staff member and given to a School Leader. The student must come to the School Leader in the office at the end of the day to retrieve the cell phone. Parents will be contacted.
The cell phone is taken by the teacher/ staff member and given to the School Leader. The student’s parent/ guardian must make arrangements to retrieve the cell phone. The cell phone will not be released to the student.
The cell phone will be taken from the student and a meeting will be held before the cell phone is released
Important Information for the 2023-2024 School Year
The STMM Way!
Teachers and scholars have been practicing our school routines and procedures for the last two weeks. A few reminders:
1) We work hard and try our best!-Students are expected to meet their tech goals, complete classwork, and complete homework each day. Students receive math homework Monday through Thursday and are expected to read for at least 10 minutes a night at home.
2) Students are expected to be in uniform each day. if students are not in uniform, students will be asked to get into the correct uniform.
3) Cell phones and smart watches should remain at home or be turned into the main office daily.
4) School starts at 8:00 a.m.
5) Our theme this year is "Growing in Greatness". Students and staff are setting goals, routines, and expectations to help each individual reach their full God-given potential!
School Arrival and Dismissal Procedures
Arrival / Dismissal Procedures
Students arrive and depart at the South parking lot in two lines.
For arrival students can start coming in the building at 7:45 am, if not attending before care.
Any scholar arriving after 8:00 am will be considered tardy, and will need to enter through the front door.
For Dismissal students are released from their classroom by family name and grade level when called over the walkie talkie. Students are not to leave until called.
Drop Off & Pick Up of Students
Dismissal begins at 3:15.
Families form a line at the area indicated by the stop sign on the map; 1st come first serve. Enter through 92nd St. and exit on 92nd St. or Capital (as normal).
Each family will have a family name card that should be place in the front window. Student name and grades will be called via walkie talkie.
Students will be sent down and enter the car by the south door. Families will not need to exit their vehicle.
Students who are dropped off after 8:00 am should enter through the main school entrance.
Students who need to leave before 3:15 pm will need to be signed out in the main office by an adult.
Dates to Remember
November 16th-Picture Make Up Day
November 17th-Fall Festival
November 20-24th-Thanksgiving Break
December 3rd-Start of Advent
December 6th-Out of Uniform Wear Red and White
December 12th-Out of Uniform Wear Milwaukee Bucks Gear
December 14th-Rudolph Nose Day
December 19th-Family Movie Night
December 19th-Christmas PJ Day
December 20th-Wear Christmas Bling Day
December 21st-Ugly Christmas Sweater Day
December 22nd-January 1st-Christmas Break
Stay in the know!
Over the summer, if your address, email or phone number changes, be sure to call the main office and let us know.