Thursday Newsletter

February 22, 2018

February 22, 2018


We did it –SUPER THANKS to:

two stunningly talented music teachers, Ms. Calza and Ms. Bowman, who can do magic with their students (Truly, I wish you could see them in action!);
Ms. Kavanaugh, an amazing 5th grade teacher who teaches the whole child and has with several of her homeroom students written and, now, recorded their original pieces of music;
Mr. Hesed who passionately throws himself into any worthwhile music project;
our who staff who graciously put up with schedule delays, disruptions and changes all for the sake of the recording;
your children – well, we all know that “dragons will constantly amaze you.  Some say that even they don’t know the full extent of their powers” – they sing beautifully, tear-provokingly-beautiful when they pray in song.

What was it like wrangling 487 children?  Ask your children.  They’ll tell you that there’s lots of waiting, lots of moving into position, lots of microphones and wires, lots of singing the same song multiple times, and lots of moments when we had to be so silent that even a sniffle could be heard on the recording (causing us all to laugh and start again).  And, I hope they will tell you that it was worth the effort, and beyond exciting after coming to the end of the song, holding our breath through 5 seconds of absolute silence until hearing Ms. Calza call out “that’s it.”  At which point we would all go into spontaneous applause.

The recording will go on sale in mid-April both in CD and on-line format, available to our school families and our VIPS on April 27.


SMART (St. Margaret of Scotland Research Training) FAIR, March 1st

6:30pm – 8:30pm, March 1st in Faith Hall all exhibits will be on display

6:30pm – 7:30pm: Living Museum and 5th grade’s Green Schools Quest highlighted.

7:30pm – 8:30pm: Middle School highlighted.

In fact, we begin training our students in the art of researching as early as preschool.  This month Ms. Carel’s kindergartners are researching penguins.  There is much to be learned from any one of her Ks about the penguin. 
As of 3rd grade we expect our students to publish their research at SMART Fair through their Living Museum.  From 6:30pm – 7:30pm our 3rd graders will be transformed into statues representing presidents, musicians, athletes, etc.  Press their button and the statue will come to life telling you all about the famous person this student has researched, written about, and now has become.
Our 4th graders have just begun immersing themselves in a project with artist Jenna Bauer’s Color Bridge curriculum.  The children have begun studying the color wheel – its differences and similarities – eventually they will compare that to their own experience of differences in people.  They will read and discuss and draw and eventually design and create their own books that tell the story of our racial and ethnic differences and similarities.  In May our 4th graders will hold an Inclusion Book Fair.
Our 5th graders are participating in the Green Schools Quest competition.  As a class they chose a “green quest,” something intended to sustain our environment. They’ve researched, designed and created some experiments in conserving electricity.  They will present projects at the SMART Fair from 6:30 – 7:30pm before going into the Green Schools Quest competition.  Come learn about sustainable ways to protect our environment and enjoy hearing from them about their research experiences.
Middle School students have spent the last 4 months studying in great depth a topic of choice.  Their exhibits, performances, websites, robots and Rube Goldberg simple machines will be on display in the gym and cafeteria.  Students will be at their projects ready to explain their work from 7:30 to 8:30.  Tour the gym, enjoy the projects and ask lots of questions – they love to show off what they’ve been doing for the last 4 months.

NOTE to parents of students in 5th – 8th grades: Students will bring their projects to school on Tuesday, February 27,  and place them in the designated spot in the gym.  Later in the day, each grade will be called down to set up projects.  Projects will be taken down on Friday by the student to take all pieces home with them unless directed otherwise by their individual teachers.

An Invitation to all: come join us at the SMART Fair any time between 6:30 and 8:30 and see just how research-smart our students are.


HIDDEN SOMEWHERE in your oldest or your only child’s backpack


Included in the packet that went home today, SHOPS is the simplest fundraiser that any school/non-profit might do.   Keep a Schnuck’s card to present when doing your grocery shopping; stop by Ms. Stephen’s office and purchase Dierbergs, Shop and Save or Target cards before running errands.  It takes just a bit of planning ahead but the dollars these organizations and more share with SMOS adds up quickly.
Did you know that every other fundraiser we do – from Walk-a-Thon to a Bake-Sale requires that a percentage of funds raised goes back to the Archdiocese?  Not SHOPS – it ALL goes directly to SMOS.


Only at the Panera at 2018 S 7th street on February 28 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm.
Bring the flier in today’s packet or show the electronic version to the cashier.

BOXTOPS – the other easiest-ever fundraiser

Did you know every time you bother to take the Box Top for Education label off a cereal box or butter or Kleenex or . . . and send it to school, you have sent a dime to school.  I think I have at least $5.00 in labels just sitting on the windowsill in our kitchen.  The only effort necessary for this fundraiser is to cut/rip off the Box Top for Education label.  (It’s a shame to throw a dime away.)


The results went home several days ago with your children.  Please be sure to look for them.  For your child’s sake, please be sure to take action if the screening results call for an all-out eye exam or hearing test.



February 23   NO ALL-SCHOOL MASS, we start tomorrow at school.

5:00 – 7:00 (at school) Fish Fry hosted by PTA prepared by Feastie Boys

(Chef Dan Stark and assistants, Dave Drebes and Tom Reitenbach)

March 28        8:00am Middle School Mass, Mrs. Kuppinger’s 7th grade leading

March 1          6:30 – 8:30, SMART Fair see above for details

                        2nd installment towards registration for the upcoming school year due.

March 2          8:00am Preschool – 5th grade Mass, Ms. Puckett’s 3rd grade leading

March 7          9:00am Stations of the Cross, led by 4th grade in school gym; all are

                        invited to join us.

March 8          7:00pm Parent meeting for those parents whose children are preparing for

                        First Communion.  We will meet in the school cafeteria.

March 9          8:00am All-School Mass; Ms. Kunkel’s 4th grade is leading.

March 14        8:00am Middle School Mass; Ms. Finnegan’s 6th grade is leading.

                        8:00am 1st grade parent breakfast in the school cafeteria.

March 16        8:00am Preschool to 5th Mass; Ms. Wilson’s 4th grade is leading

                        End of 3rd quarter (report cards published for all levels by March 26.)

March 17        Is NOT Trivia Night – mark your calendars for April 21st.

March 23        Stations of the Cross (outside on campus) led by 6th grade; all are invited

                        to join us as we walk the way of the cross.

March 27        2nd grade will lead the school in prayer at 2:00 in the gym; all are welcome.

3rd quarter Parent Student Teacher conferences, 4:00 – 8:00

March 28        No School for spring break, classes resume on April 9.

                        Faculty professional development, 9:00 – noon.

3rd quarter Parent Student Teacher conferences, 1:00 – 7:00

March 28        Holy Thursday Mass of the Last Supper at 7:00pm in church.

                        Servers and students in 2nd, 7th and 8th preparing for sacraments are

                        encouraged to attend and bring their families.

March 29        Good Friday services at 7:00pm.

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