CHARGER CHRONICLES

September 5, 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, Dale Davis, Cherie Manuel, Paula Satterlee, Lorraine Olmo, Jessica Bodron, Mike Champagne, Lisa Ferrer, Dr. Joel Fokom, and the Comeaux and Boudreaux Families.


For the repose of the soul of Mrs. Secrist's Mother and Kennedy Brindell's Great Garndmother, Augusta Flanagan; for her family and friends; and for all those who mourn her loss.


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


For all those who suffered loss of life or property during Hurricane Laura; may they receive the comfort, resources, and help needed for a quick and complete recovery.


Our Lady of Prompt Succor, please protect us from damage to life and property during this hurricane season.

A Message from Mr. Collins

Parents,

I strongly urge you not to take your children out of school ahead of or after a long weekend. It is important that the students are in class to learn. Especially this year, given that we don't know what the next week will bring related to in-school learning.


I have also urged teachers not to take days off for the long weekend. We are blessed to have many holidays in our calendar. Please respect the class time as much as possible to give your child the opportunity he/she deserves to learn.


In light of Hurricane Marco, we took off two days of school (August 24 and 25). Therefore, we will have school on Monday, October 26. Originally, this date was the Monday after the fair, but we will not have a fair this year. Thank you for your understanding. Please update your calendars.


Thank you,

Christopher Collins, M.Ed.

Principal

SPIRIT DAY/ PAPA JOHN'S PIZZA NIGHT

Our first Spirit Day of the new school year is coming up - Thursday, September 10. All students should wear a grey spirit shirt. We have phased out the old spirit shirts. If a student elects not to wear spirit attire, he/she must wear the school uniform. Below is a condensed version of the Spirit Day Attire policy. We suggest that you re-read the entire policy in the school handbook to make sure that your child will be in compliance.


Spirit Day attire consists of the following: Proper attire consists of the spirit T-shirt and any shoe, pant, or shorts which are allowed on “Dress Down” days. No baseball caps or hats of any kind may be worn. (School Handbook 900-4)


Socks and any non-marking rubber sole TENNIS SHOES with shoe laces must be worn. Students in Prekindergarten through second grade may wear any non-marking tennis shoes with Velcro closures or Mary Janes with velcro closures.


Pants and shorts must be at the waist with no holes or shredding. They may be no shorter than fingertip length. (School Handbook 900-5)


During Phase II, any student who is not in compliance will receive a uniform violation to be signed by his/her parent and returned to school. If the dress is not in keeping with Catholic School standards, the student's parent will be asked to pick up the student.


During Phase III or beyond: Parents whose children are not in compliance with the Dress Down Guidelines will be called and asked to pick up their children or bring appropriate clothing for them. (School Handbook 900-5)


Thank you for your cooperation.

Car Line and Bus Line Policies & Procedures and Bonne Ecole

REMINDERS:


PETS: Pets/animals are not allowed on campus – this includes the carline. We ask that parents not bring their pets in the carline because family pets are not familiar with our teachers. Our teachers open the car doors for our students and pets may cause them harm. (School Handbook 1000-28)


TARDIES:Parents must accompany their children to the office if they are tardy. Parents may leave after their children have their temperatures taken and are within the guidelines.


BUS SERVICE BEGINS TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7:


School busses will enter from Robert Boulevard and feed into the car line. Busses have the right of way over cars. The traffic duty teacher will monitor the arrival and departure of the busses during the morning and afternoon.


In the morning, busses will pull to the front of the gym. All students will exit the bus and remain in a social distanced line. There will be one duty teacher designated to take their temperatures. If a student presents with a fever, that student will be sent to the office where his/her temperature will be retaken. If still over the limit, the parent will be called to pick up the child.


At dismissal, students will be separated by bus number and seated in a social distanced line in the gym. Busses will pick up students in front of the gym. Although busses will not feed into a car line in the afternoon, they still have the right of way over the car line traffic.


CAR LINE: Car line procedures in the morning and afternoon remain the same, but we do anticipate that the flow will move quicker.


BONNE ECOLE: Our next door neighbor, Bonne Ecole, is starting the school year next Tuesday, September 8. They will be phasing in students over the first four days and the entire school will be in session on Monday, September 14. Since both of our car lines enter off Independence Dr., there may be longer lines than you are currently used to. It would be prudent to leave your houses about 5 to 10 minutes earlier until we see how the car lines and bus transportation works out.

PHASE II UPDATE

Governor Edwards has continued Phase II until September 11. We will continue our Phase II policies and procedures (static grouping, social distancing, masks, lunch in classrooms, etc) until that time. We will update you after the governor's next announcement.

SAY CHEESE

School Pictures for students in MDO, Pre-K 3, and Pre-K 4 will be taken on Wednesday, September 9. Students will wear their school uniforms for these pictures. Order forms went home two weeks ago and should be returned to the homeroom teacher to be given to the photographer when the picture is taken. Orders not scanned at picture time can be ordered online at Lifetouch.com.

Important Information for Parents of 7th Grade Students

The 7th grade fee has been billed to your FACTS account. The fee covers items associated with the 7th grade promotion, fun day, retreat, and big field trip. The fee is due in full by January 15, 2021, but you may make payments on it until then.


The Archdiocese Office of Catholic Schools is currently reviewing the admissions process and high school open house schedule. As soon as we have the new directives, we will post them in the Charger Chronicles. Mr. Osborn will also email and/or provide a hard copy of the admission application and process.

PTO

Our awesome PTO is in search of a few new team members to serve in the following positions:

Board Members: Secretary, President Elect, and Vice President of Fundraising.


Committee Chairs & Members: Teacher Luncheons, Book Fair, Annual Fundraiser, and Spirit Day/Fundraising Nights.


Many people may be hesitant to volunteer for the PTO; but the more people who volunteer, the less work there is for everybody. If you are one of the hesitant parents, ask a friend to volunteer with you ... then your tasks and time will be cut in half AND you will have fun!


Our SMM PTO is an awesome organization. Our PTO provides services and support for our children and school. Our PTO plays an integral part in the success of our school.


If you want to be a part of our team, please contact Kelly Songy: krsongy31001@gmail.com

A MESSAGE FROM MR. OSBORN

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GOOD NEWS! THE USDA HAS APPROVED FREE LUNCHES FOR ALL STUDENTS - PLEASE READ MESSAGE BELOW

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LUNCHES Sept 8 - Sept 11

Tuesday, September 8

HOT ONLY: Crispy Beef Taco w/ shredded cheese, shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes; golden corn; fresh fruit; cinnamon; milk


Wednesday, September 9

HOT ONLY: Brunch for Lunch - Chicken fritters; waffles; fresh baby carrots; tater tots; grits; chilled strawberries; milk


Thursday, September 10

HOT: Sweet heat meatballs; baked macaroni & cheese; baked beans; shredded lettuce, tomatoes, pickles; mandarin oranges; milk

SANDWICH: Hamburger on bun with/without cheese; baked beans; shredded lettuce, tomatoes, pickles; mandarin oranges; milk


Friday, September 11

HOT: Meatballs & spaghetti; broccoli with cheese; chilled peaches; garlic roll; brownie; milk

SANDWICH: Chicken nuggets; tots/crinkles/shoestring/smilies; broccoli with cheese; chilled peaches; garlic roll; brownie; milk

Do You Want To Go To Sunday Mass?

St. Margaret Mary Church has ample room for up to 150 people during weekend Masses (Saturday 4:00 PM, 6:00 PM (Spanish) and Sunday 8:30 AM, 10:15 AM, Noon, and 5:00 PM) and still be socially distant. Masks are required to attend any Mass. While you do not need a reservation to attend any of our weekday Masses (Monday through Friday 8:30 AM; Monday, Wednesday, Friday 6:30 PM (English); and Tuesday and Thursday 7:30 PM (Spanish), reservations are necessary to attend one of the weekend Masses. In addition to calling 985-201-5504 to reserve your spot for weekend Mass, you can also go online to reserve a place at Mass. To do this, follow these simple steps:


1. Go to www.saintmmchurch.org/massreservations

2. Select the time that you would like to reserve a spot for Mass

3. Once on the site, click the green button marked "Register"

4. Click the dropdown menu to ark how many are in your party. Then click "Register"

5. To finish, you will need to put your name and your email address. Then click "Register to compete the process

6. An email will be sent to your email address to confirm your spot is saved.

7. Sit back and relax, knowing that your spot has been reserved!

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2020-2021 SCHOOL CALENDAR (Subject to Change)

SMM Google Calendar Link

Includes School, PTO & Men's Club Events & Activities

MATH HUMOR

Why shouldn't you be intimidated by advanced Math?


Because it is easy as Pi.



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