CHARGER CHRONICLES

November 29, 2020

“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, Cherie Manuel, Paula Satterlee, Lorraine Olmo, Jessica Bodron, Krista Soileau, Dr. Joel Fokom, Nicholas Eirich, Jake Blalock, Pat Karrigan, Carla Hurlburt, Eileen Bruno, Cheryl Walters Swanson, Juan Peralta, Jenee Landdry, Nicole Forrest, Courtney Palilio, and Trevor Abney.


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. John Ryan, Rev. Kurt R. Young, Rev. Angel Antonio Diaz-Perez, Rev. George Hanna, S.D.B., Rev. Stephen Kramer, S.J., Rev. Louis Molinelli, S.D.B., and Rev Jude Israel, O.S.B.


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

VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Beginning tomorrow, Monday, December 30, students will eat lunch in their classrooms again. They will also remain in their static groups during recess.


Middle school students will change classes, but continue to use hand sanitizers and must wear masks at all times.

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Kenneth Faust Award Winner: Annie Schneidau

Congratulations to Annie Schneidau on receiving the 2019/2020 Kenneth Faust Memorial Award. This award is presented to the 6th grader, who in the eyes of his/her teachers, represents the true spirit of an SMM 6th grader. (Due to COVID, Annie was not presented the award at the end of last school year. Also, the Faust family was unable to travel to Slidell to present Annie with the award.)


Kenneth was an SMM graduate who unfortunately died in an accident. Friends and family members decided that they wanted to do something in his memory. They established the Kennth Faust Memorial Award which, several years ago, was given to a 7th grader entering 8th grade. His family said it was because Kennth's 8th grade year at SMM was one of his happiest times. Now that we no longer have 8th grade at SMM, it is given to a 6th grader entering 7th grade at SMM.


Annie received a plaque and her name is on the perpetual plaque in the school office. Her name is engraved on a silver loving cup that is kept by Mr. George Faust, Kenneth's dad.

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

We have celebrated student birthdays through the month of November on WSSM these past few weeks. Since we still have to socially distance and maintain our static groups, we do it 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 December:


K-1 Birthdays in December on WSMM on Monday, November 30

K-2 Birthdays in December on WSMM on Wednesday, December 2

1-1 Birthdays in December on WSMM on Thursday, December 3

1-2 Birthdays in December on WSMM on Monday, December 7

2-1 Birthdays in December on WSMM on Tuesday, December 8

5th Grade Birthdays in December on WSMM on Wednesday, December 9

2-2 Birthdays in December on WSMM on Thursday, December 10

3rd Grade Birthdays in December on WSMM on Monday, December 14

4th Grade Birthdays in December on WSMM on Tuesday, December 15

6th Grade Birthdays in December on WSMM on Wednesday, December 16

7th Grade Birthdays in December on WSMM on Thursday, December 17


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

THE SNACK SHACK - OPEN FOR BUSINESS ON WEDNESDAYS

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The Snack Shack's Grand Opening was held on Wednesday, December 18. It will be open on Wednesday mornings in the middle school courtyard. It is the brainchild of two of our 6th grade students, Avery Showalter and Gabriella Silessi, who presented the idea to Administration for their required Girl Scout project. Their objective is to raise money for Wild Aid (wildaid.org). Wild Aid works "to end the illegal wildlife trade in our lifetimes."


Avery and Gabriella are the proprietors of the Snack Shack and will manage all aspects of their business venture. This is not a SMM fund raiser. It is completely voluntary.


The girls will sell morning snacks (powdered donuts, muffins, pop tarts, cinnamon rolls, etc) and beverages (water, capri sun, juice, etc) out of the window in room 3. All snacks and beverages will be individually wrapped and cost between $.50 and $1.50. The Snack Shack will be open to students in grades 4 - 7 from 7:30 - 7:55 am. Snacks will be reasonably priced so there is no need for students to bring a lot of money.


The middle school teachers will take turns supervising on the days the Snack Shack is open.

HELP ... WE NEED SOMEBODIES!

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Knights of Columbus Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest

Knights of Columbus Council 2732 is sponsoring the Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest once again this year. Here are the contest rules:


1. The contest is open to all youth enrolled at St. Margaret Mary and Our Lady of Lourdes from ages 5-14 as of November 1, 2020.


2. Poster submissions must be accompanied by a completed entry form and a copy of the student's birth certificate.


3. Prizes will be awarded to first and second place winners in age age groups 5-7, 8-10, and 11-14.


4. Posters should be 11x17 inches with the name and age of the entrant printed on the reverse. If the poster is in pastel, chalk or charcoal, it must be laminated.


5. Entries must be submitted to the SMM or OLL school office on or before December 1. Winners will be notified by Knights of Columbus Council 2732.


Please see below the entry form and judging fact sheet in a pdf form. Students may also pick up an entry form in the school office.


Our 2019 poster winners are in the above picture L to R: Addison Melerine, Monet Champagne, and Caroline Cortez.

TEACHER FEATURE: Amanda Schneidau

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Hi, My Name Is Amanda Schneidau and This Is My Story

I am Amanda Schneidau and I was born and raised in Slidell, La. I am one of 8 children. I attended Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary School and Salmen High School. My husband, Thomas, graduated from St. Margaret Mary. I am the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Coordinator at SMM. I also teach some of the classes. I have a total of 12 years of teaching experience with the last 7 at SMM.


When I was in high school, I prayed a lot about what it was that God was calling me to do. My junior year, I was in Eucharistic Adoration on a retreat, and I felt very strongly a tugging at my heart from the Lord to teach our Catholic faith. I began writing in my prayer journal these thoughts from our Lord and kept referring back to them throughout the duration of my junior and senior years of high school. God's plan became ever more clear to me, as He provided financially for me to go to Franciscan University of Steubenville to study theology and catechetics. I grew so much in my faith during my time in college and my desire really was to teach high school theology, which I did for 5 years following graduation.


Once I was married and had children of my own, I began to recognize a desire in them for a relationship with the Lord at a very young age. God shifted my focus from high school to young children, as I longed for a way to draw my own children closer to the heart of Christ. An answer to that longing came in this beautiful program called "Catechesis of the Good Shepherd." My family and I prayed intently for this program to come to St. Margaret Mary. Once the door was opened, we started making all the materials needed for the Atrium, and I began seeing major growth in my own children's hearts. I didn't know at the time that God would be calling me to coordinate this program at SMM. The idea was proposed to me by our former principal, Mr. Ohler. I'm so grateful now to have the opportunity to not only see my own children's faith deepening but also the many children at SMM, who I am so blessed to teach. I realize now that the amazing gift of "teaching" the faith is that it is Christ who is the Teacher, and I will forever be His student learning through these precious children He puts before me.


Outside of teaching, my days are spent caring for my 6 children, including our newest little blessing, who is now already 1 month old. With so many children, I've learned that my "hobbies" have to include them if I want to ever get to them! I love running through the neighborhood, while my boys ride their bikes alongside me. I enjoy working with clay, making little statues for the atrium and as gifts for family and friends. Some of my children have surpassed my skill level in statue making, as they've made statues with me through the years! I also enjoy a nap every now and then, and also just spending time with my husband, who is my rock of faith and whose sense of humor gets me through those crazy days that follow sleepless nights with a newborn!

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ST. MARGARET MARY PARISH BLOOD DRIVE

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CATHOLIC HIGh SCHOOLS ADMISSION PROCESS


Please see below the admission calendar of important dates. In addition, please click on the attachments that follow for the updated list of Open House dates and the actual application process.

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INFORMATION ABOUT ST. SCHOLASTICA'S OPEN HOUSE

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Every page of every issue of the Clarion Herald is available through its e-edition at http://clarionherald-la.newsmemory.com.
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Cafeteria Menus November 30 - December 4

Monday, November 30

HOT: Salisbury Steak; Mashed Potatoes; southern Butter Roll; Glazed Carrots; Chilled Applesauce; Milk

SANDWICH: Pepperoni & Cheese Pizza; Tots/Shoestrings/Crinkles/Smiles; Glazed Carrots; Chilled Applesauce; Milk


Tuesday, December 1

TACO TUESDAY: Soft Beef Taco; Shredded Cheese; shredded Lettuce & Chopped Tomatoes; golden Corn; Fresh Fruit; Cinnamon Roll; Milk


Wednesday, December 2

BRUNCH FOR LUNCH: Pancakes; Sausage Patty; Tater Tots; Chilled Strawberries; Milk


Thursday, December 3

HOT: Chicken Smackers; White Beans; Rice; Mandarin Oranges; Milk

SANDWICH: Hamburger on Bun; Baked Beans; Shredded Lettuce, Tomatoes, Pickles; Mandarin Oranges; Milk


Friday, December 4

HOT: Shepherd Pie; Broccoli with Cheese; Chilled Peaches; Brownie; Milk

SANDWICH: Chicken Nuggets; Tots/Shoestrings/Crinkles/Smiles; Broccoli with Cheese; Chilled Peaches; Brownie; Milk

PACHYDERM HUMOR

Do elephants have uncles?


No, only eleph-aunts!

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