SMCS Elementary Family Newsletter
August 1st, 2022
SMCS ELEMENTARY FAMILY NEWSLETTER - SEPTEMBER 14, 2022
Greetings from the Principal
Dear SMCS families,
On this Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, our gospel reading gives us one of the most famous and most important messages upon which we base our Christianity from John 3:16: For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. Throughout the first few weeks of school I have been constantly amazed and filled with gratitude for all the ways God pours out his immeasurable love for us. It is so evident as we celebrate mass as a school community, as our students learn about their faith in religion class, as we pray together each and every day, in the acts of kindness and generosity I see, and so many other ways day in and day out. What a blessing it is to educate your children and to be a part of the SMCS community!
Mrs. Anna Cihlar
Principal ~ St. Gabriel, St. Margaret Mary, St. Mary
Preparing and inspiring students to lead meaningful lives, rooted in the teachings of Christ and our Catholic tradition.
Picture Retake Day Information
MAP Testing in September
- Help your child get a good night sleep before testing
- Provide a nutritious breakfast
- Try not to schedule appointments on testing days
- Encourage your child to do their best on this test and reassure them it is not a reason to be anxious
We look forward to collaborating with parents to ensure each child's success!
Student~Parent~Teacher Conferences will be on September 29 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. and September 30 from 8:00-11:30 a.m. Please see the SignUp Genius for your school below. Please sign up for a 15-minute time slot to meet with your child's teacher. Art, music, PE, technology, library, counseling, and learning/reading specialists will be available in an "open house" format and it is not necessary to sign up to meet these teachers in advance. If this time frame does not work for your family, please contact your child's teacher to schedule a time that works. Thank you!
There is no school for students on September 30 due to parent-teacher conferences.
Si Usted necesite intérprete durante las conferencias por favor, llame a su escuela.
St. Mary Elementary Student/Parent/Teacher Conference Sign Ups
Ms. Coenen, Preschool 3-year old - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4AAEAF2AA7FACE9-preschool1
Mrs. Roloff, 4K - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4AAEAF2AA7FACE9-4kparentteaccher
Ms. Tomasi, Kindergarten- https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4AAEAF2AA7FACE9-kindergarten1
Mrs. Burton, 1st Grade - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4AAEAF2AA7FACE9-1stgrade
Mrs. Schultz, 2nd Grade - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4AAEAF2AA7FACE9-2ndgrade
Ms. Wingert, 3rd Grade - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4AAEAF2AA7FACE9-3rdgrade
Mr. Logemann, 4th grade - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4AAEAF2AA7FACE9-4thgrade
Ms. Loderbauer, 5th Grade - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4AAEAF2AA7FACE9-5thgrade
Ms. Rutz, counselor - available Friday, Sept. 30 from 8:00-11:30 a.m. (no sign-up required)
Mrs. McCurdy, art - available Friday, Sept. 30 from 8:00-11:30 a.m. (no sign-up required)
Mr. Dummer, music - available Friday, Sept. 30 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. (no sign-up required)
Mr. Sawall, band - available Thursday, Sept. 29 from 3:30-4:45 p.m. (no sign-up required)
Ms. Loughrin, P.E. - available Thursday, Sept. 29 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. (no sign-up required)
Mrs. Cedergren, Technology - available Thursday, Sept. 29 from 5:50-6:30 p.m. and Friday, Sept. 30 from 8:00-9:20 a.m. (no sign-up required). Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if planning on meeting with Mrs. Cedergren
Mrs. Schneider, Library - available Friday, Sept. 20 from 9:45-11:30 a.m. (no sign-up required)
St. Margaret Mary Elementary Student/Parent/Teacher Conference Sign Ups
Mrs. Reyes, Preschool 3 year old https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0C44AAAE22A0FF2-elizabeth
Mrs. Bekkers, Preschool 3 year old https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0C44AAAE22A0FF2-holly
Mrs. Schlieter, 4K https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0C44AAAE22A0FF2-cathy
Mrs. Rivas, 4K https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0C44AAAE22A0FF2-cheryl
Ms. Hinkley, Kindergarten https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0C44AAAE22A0FF2-karli
Mrs. Quick, Kindergarten https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0C44AAAE22A0FF2-heidi
Miss Flood, 1st Grade https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0C44AAAE22A0FF2-andrea
Miss Ebert, 1st Grade https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0C44AAAE22A0FF2-olivia
Mrs. Zelinski, 2nd Grade https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0C44AAAE22A0FF2-cari
Mrs. Bergstrom, 3rd Grade https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0C44AAAE22A0FF2-lyndsey
Mrs. Oneacre, 3rd Grade https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0C44AAAE22A0FF2-tammy
Ms. Kingsley, 4th Grade https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0C44AAAE22A0FF2-maya
Mrs. Logemann, 4th Grade https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0C44AAAE22A0FF2-halle
Ms. Stuber, 5th Grade https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0C44AAAE22A0FF2-daana
Mrs. Rodman, P.E. - available Thursday, Sept. 29 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. and Friday, Sept. 30 from 8:00-11:30 a.m. (no sign-up required)
Ms. Rutz, counselor - available Friday, Sept. 30 from 8:00-11:30 a.m. (no sign-up required)
Mrs. McCurdy, art - available Thursday, Sept. 29 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. (no sign-up required)
Mr. Dummer, music - available Thursday, Sept. 29 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. (no sign-up required)
Mr. Sawall, band - available Friday, Sept. 30 from 8:00-11:30 a.m. (no sign-up required)
Mrs. Cedergren, Technology - available Friday, Sept. 30 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Please email email@example.com if planning on meeting with Mrs. Cedergren
Mrs. Schneider, Library - available Thursday, Sept. 29 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. (no sign-up required)
Mrs. McKenna, Counselor (long-term sub for Mrs. Murray) - available Thursday, Sept. 29 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. (no sign-up required)
St. Gabriel Elementary Student/Parent/Teacher Conference Sign Ups
Mrs. Lepak https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4DA8AC29A4F8C34-mrs
Mrs. Jacobson https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4DA8AC29A4F8C34-mrs1
Mrs. Plumb https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4DA8AC29A4F8C34-mrs2
Mrs. Slavinsky https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4DA8AC29A4F8C34-mrs3
Miss Athey https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4DA8AC29A4F8C34-miss
Mrs. Olsen https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4DA8AC29A4F8C34-mrs4
Mr. Hickey https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4DA8AC29A4F8C34-mrhickey
Mrs. Wilkinson https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4DA8AC29A4F8C34-mrs5
Mrs. Niccum https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4DA8AC29A4F8C34-mrs6
Ms. Rutz, counselor - available Thursday, Sept. 29 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. (no sign-up required)
Ms. Fackelman, art - available Thursday, Sept. 29 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. ( no sign-up required)
Mr. Dummer, music - available Friday, Sept. 30 from 8:00-9:45 a.m. (no sign-up-required)
Mr. Sawall, band - available Thursday, Sept. 29 from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. (no sign-up required)
Ms. Loughrin, P.E. - available Friday, Sept. 30 from 8:00-11:30 a.m. (no sign-up required)
Mrs. Cedergren, Technology - available Thursday, Sept. 29 from 5:30-5:30 p.m. (no sign-up required) Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if planning on meeting with Mrs. Cedergren
Mrs. Schneider, Library - available Thursday, Sept. 29 from 3:30-4:45 p.m. (no sign-up required)
All-school Mass Day & 5th Grade Visit Day: Friday, October 7
Students in grades K-12 from all five SMCS campuses will have the opportunity to celebrate mass together on Friday, October 7 at the high school. Elementary students in grades K-4 will take a bus to the high school, celebrate mass at 9:30 a.m. and return to school by lunch time. Students in 5th grade will take the bus to the high school in the morning along with the rest of the students, attend the all-school mass, and then walk to the middle school for "5th Grade Visit Day." They will attend an assembly, have lunch, and then be bussed back to school around 1:15 p.m. This is a great opportunity to get a feel for middle school.
Please watch for a permission slip to come home soon!
You're invited to walk in the Homecoming parade!
Elementary students will have the opportunity to walk in the Homecoming Parade on Oct. 7! Kids are asked to line up at Schildt Park at 4 pm and the parade will begin in 5 pm. Parade ends on the campus of SMCHS. Football game starts at 7 pm. Please contact your parent organization leaders for more information.
Tuition Discount Opportunity
Our After School Care Program is hiring! We have openings at our Elementary and Middle School Campuses. If you or someone you know is looking for a part-time job, join SMCS! The schedule will be Monday – Friday from 2:45 – 5/5:30 p.m.
This is a paid position that offers great benefits! If you have a child enrolled in our schools, you will receive 50% off their school tuition and while you work in the after school care program, you can bring your child with you for free!
If you are interested in learning more about the After School Care Provider position or would like to apply, please contact the Human Resources Department by calling 920-722-7796 and ask for HR or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
It has been wonderful seeing parents at drop-off in the morning and staying for our morning prayer in the gym - what a wonderful opportunity to begin the day in prayer as one big school community! We welcome parents to continue to join us in the gym for morning prayer throughout the year. Beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 6, we ask that parents say goodbye to their children in the gym after prayer/announcements and allow them to leave for their classrooms on their own with their teachers. Thank you!
St. Gabriel Information
H.A.L.O stands for Helping and Loving Others. When a child displays behavior above and beyond what is expected by showing faith, responsibility, teamwork, kindness, or leadership, they may receive a H.A.L.O. award from a teacher. H.A.L.O awards are shared with the school at our morning prayer time in the gym. Awards are then added to our bulletin board. This is our amazing bulletin board for the month of September!
St. Margaret Mary Information
Reporting absences: When reporting absences via email to the school office please email both Mrs. Schira (email@example.com) and Mrs. Charapata (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thank you!
St. Mary Information
Spirit Wear reminder: This year there is only one Zephyr spirit day per month. It is the first Tuesday of every month. Moving forward, students will be asked to grab a shirt from our uniform exchange shirt if they are out of dress code.
Drop-off reminder: Please do not park in between the bus loading signs. Thank you!
Zephyr Basketball Club
ZEPHYRS BASKETBALL CLUB
Zephyrs Basketball Club Registration is NOW OPEN! This is for boys and girls in grades 3rd - 5th grade! DON’T DELAY. Registration ends on Oct 7th. I highly encourage all to join! It's a great way to meet friends, learn the game and stay active during the winter months!
Middle School Basketball registration (similar but separate from ZBC) is for 5th grade only and that ends this Thursday, Sept 15th (email from Matt Schoultz for registration). Most kids do both!
Notes from our Teachers
A note from Mrs. Rodman - PE teacher at St. Margaret Mary:
Notes from our Parent Organizations
St. Gabriel Elementary School
Grandparent's Day - Thank you to all who helped with or attended our grandparent's day celebration. A great time was had by all!
Stock the Teacher's Lounge: We've had a great start to the school year and that is largely due to our amazing teachers!! Let's show our appreciation by stocking the teacher's lounge with treats to fuel their day. Please check out the sign up genius and bring any goodies to the school office. Thank you for supporting our teachers!! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAF2CAAF94-stock
Teacher Conference Meals - Teachers will be staying late on September 29th for conferences. Let's thank them for their continued dedication to our students by providing them with a meal. Please sign up using the attached sign up genius, and bring any contributions to the school office by 2:00 on the 29th. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAF2CAAF94-september
Save The Date: Funset Night!! Mark your calendars for September 28th when we will gather at Funset Boulevard for a night of fun for both children and adults!! More info will be coming soon!
St. Mary Elementary School
Next POPS Meeting - We have our POPS meeting scheduled for the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Hopefully you were able to make it yesterday, but if not, we hope to see you next month on Oct 11 at 8 am in the school Conference Room.
BASKETBALL - Middle School Ball (5th grade only) & ZBC (3rd through 5th grade)
Middle School Basketball registration for 5th grade only ends this Thursday, Sept 15th (email from Matt Schoultz for registration). 3rd through 5th graders are invited to join Zephyrs Basketball Club. This registration opened on Monday! See link on Zephyrs Basketball Club Facebook Page or your email inbox. It is open through October 10th. I highly encourage all to join! It's a great way to meet friends, learn the game and stay active during the winter months! https://tcces.ejoinme.org/MyPages/JuniorZephyrsBasketballClub20222023/tabid/1324255/Default.aspx
THANK YOU to all those who contributed to our September’s teachers appreciation gift of Stocking up the Teacher’s Lounge! I am sure they are enjoying all the treats!!
ALL ABOARD - BATHROOM UPDATES:
Our annual fundraiser, ALL ABOARD is coming up on Oct 15th and I am happy to announce that St. Mary Elementary is going to raising money to improve our bathrooms! Depending on how well the fundraiser does, we are excited to revamp and make the bathrooms more pleasant! Please come to the fundraiser and help us make it a success!!
SMCS Homecoming Parade and Football Game is coming up on October 7th! Mark your calendars to come join the fun. SMCS Elementary kids are invited to participate and march in the parade. If you are interested in making this event/parade a bigger and better evening, please contact Caela Brenn at 414-416-9595. Kids are asked to line up at Schildt Park at 4 pm and the parade will begin in 5 pm. Parade ends on the campus of SMCHS. Football game starts at 7 pm.
We are always looking for more helpers in the lunch room. Please fill out the form below if you are able to help at all. https://docs.google.com/document/d/103Cl3qookhTlWOI75m9ZzySJqp1MU3YV/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=104668470946215144624&rtpof=true&sd=true
Thank you to all those who volunteered for popcorn duty! There are still openings if you would like to help! Please let me know. Our first popcorn Friday will be this Friday!
We are hoping to put a shed out on the playground so classrooms can keep some of their toys, first aid, chalk, etc outside. Unfortunately, Costco is out of them for the season and won’t have them back until spring. If you know of someone who has a durable and weather proof one that they are willing to donate, please let the office know.
SME FAMILY EVENT:
I am looking for help planning/hosting a Family Event for our school in Oct/Nov. In the past, we have had Bowling night, Movie Night in the Gym, Roller skating, etc. We are open to new ideas. In particular, I am looking for a group of parents to pull this off. I know some of you signed up at Orientation and I will be sending out a text soon to those, but we are always looking for more! I most likely won’t be able to host, as my evenings are full of activities for my older children, so I need a few parents to be the point people. I can help plan. It’s great to build school community, and these types of events help so much with that development. Please consider and text me at 414-416-9595!!
St. Margaret Mary Elementary School
- Walk to School Day and Coffee Social - Wednesday, October 5th at 7:20 am - Students and families can walk / bike / scoot to school from home OR join our group walk to school! We will meet at the fountain at Riverside Park at 7:20 am. We'll take a group picture at 7:30 and then children will walk / bike / or scoot to school (Wisconsin to Pine to SMM) with their grown-ups. We'll have volunteers stationed at each of the intersections to help the group cross safely, but we do ask that all children participating in the group walk are accompanied by a grown-up. Following the walk, we will have our October coffee social at school!
- FACES Meeting - Friday, October 7th at 8 am - All parents are invited to our monthly FACES meeting! Please sign in at the office and then head downstairs to the cafeteria. Our meeting will start at 8 am, and meetings usually last about one hour. Little siblings are always welcome. We hope to see you there!
- Lunchroom volunteers - We are always in need of smiling faces to assist in the lunchroom! We have upcoming openings on September 20th, September 27th, and September 29th, and then lots of availability in October and November. Please contact Liesl Britzke at 920-740-5173 with questions about helping in the lunchroom, or sign up using this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0C44AAAE22A0FF2-smm20222023
- Let's Stock the Teachers' Lounge! - We'd like to show our appreciation for our teachers and staff this school year! If you are interested in contributing a treat for the teachers' lounge, please see this SignUpGenius for suggested donations: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0C44AAAE22A0FF2-fall3
Notes from our Parishes
St. Margaret Mary Parish
The sign up link is: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409094aaaa72fabfc1-pcubed
St. Margaret Mary Youth Choir: Are you in Grades 2-12? Do you enjoying singing? Are you looking for a service opportunity? Come join our SMM Youth Choir. We will sing at the 9:30 am Mass on: 10/2; 11/6; 12/24*; 1/15; 2/12; 3/5; 5/7. Rehearsals will be held at 10:30 am in the church on: 9/25; 10/30; 12/4; 12/11; 12/18; 1/8; 2/5; 2/26; 4/30.
If your child is interested in signing up, please contact Justine Semrow at email@example.com or Justin Krueger at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the parish office at 920-729-4560 ex. 108
St. Mary Parish
Imagine you could see the life of Jesus through the eyes of the people that walked on earth with him – the disciples, Mary his mother, the Pharisees, the children, those he healed. What would that look like? Now you can experience it! … The Chosen allows us to see Him through the eyes of those who knew him. The Chosen stays faithful to the Gospels and at the same time tells us a story that is in between the lines of scripture. This T.V. series brings to life those people that are mentioned in the Bible, using the historical context of life at the time of Jesus. The series does not contradict scripture, but instead puts life around it so that we as viewers can imagine, “What life was like with Jesus.” It really could have been this way. The Chosen is a fresh look at the Gospels for those who have been reading the stories for years or for those who are just curious about who Jesus is and was.
Come join us if you are curious and interested in learning more about Jesus and the people He interacted with. We will watch and discuss Season 2 of The Chosen, generally twice a month at St. Mary’s during Faith Formation classes, on the following dates…9/21, 10/12, 10/19, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30, 12/14.
We also conclude each Wednesday night with Mass at 7pm - to end each night with our Lord, what could be better?!
Virtus Training for Volunteers
We are so grateful to all our volunteers who contribute so much to our schools! If you are considering volunteering or chaperoning any school field trips or events, please complete Virtus training, a background check, and the code of conduct through the Diocese Green Bay. Please contact your schools' administrative assistant to get the process started. Thank you!
St. Gabriel contact Mrs. Richards, email@example.com
St. Margaret Mary contact Mrs. Schira, firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Mary contact Mrs. Barraza, email@example.com
A Look Ahead...
- Sept. 23 - Zephyrs Connect
- Sept. 29 - 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. Parent-Teacher Conferences
- Sept. 30 - NO SCHOOL - Preschool - 12th grade Parent-Teacher Conferences from 8:00-11:30 a.m.
- Oct. 4 - Zephyr Spirit Day
- Oct. 7 - Field trip for grades K-5 to SMCS high school for all-school mass
- Oct. 7 - 5th grade visit day at middle school following all-school mass
- Oct. 7 - Homecoming parade, cookout, and football game at SMCS high school
- Oct. 15 - All Aboard
- Oct. 20-22 - SMCS high school musical performances
- Oct. 28 - End of quarter 1
- Oct. 31 - No school for students. Professional development day for staff.
Previous SMCS Elementary Newsletters
St. Gabriel: 920-725-4161
St. Margaret Mary: 920-729-4565
St. Mary: 920-725-5351
Elementary Principal: Mrs. Cihlar, firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Gabriel Associate Principal: Mrs. Giombetti, email@example.com
St. Margaret Mary Associate Principal: Mrs. Lutz, firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Mary Associate Principal: Mrs. Cendejas, email@example.com