Thursday Newsletter

January 11, 2018

January 11, 2018

 

CENTENNIAL GALA JUST 3 WEEKS AWAY!

Come join the adult celebration of the year – of the century!  Good food – the Centennial team’s food tasters gave all three choices a 2 thumbs up.   Good music – we’ve heard and enjoyed this band before, 2 auctions ago.

Good drinks – super thanks to parishioner Erin Dix and Four Hands Brewery’s Meagan and Kevin Lemp. 

Good friends – that one’s up to you. Purchase your tickets on WeShare before January 22 (yikes, only 11 days left).

 

JANUARY! 

AHH, BUDGET & TUITION-SETTING TIME AGAIN

It is our custom to announce our tuition for the upcoming school year as we invite our current families and siblings to re-register – only fair that you should know how much it will cost.  We do not come to tuition decisions easily.  Bryan Kujawa, Parish Administrator; Shannon Grass, School Board and Parish Finance; Ms. Stephens, Administrative Assistant; and I began critiquing our income and spending in October.  Since that time we have met with the Parish Finance and will meet with School Board – both of whom scour our numbers to be sure that our figures are accurate and that budget our plans are sound for a fiscally responsible year ahead. 

  • School personnel make up the majority of our spending – the Archdiocese determines salaries and salary increases from year to year.  In doing so the Archdiocesan school board has to take into account the budgetary needs of all 100+ schools in the Archdiocese as well as the needs of our teachers.
  • At St. Margaret of Scotland we work to maintain a balanced budget allowing the parish to cover our capital expenses – last summer’s installation of phones in all classrooms and this summer’s much needed tuck-pointing.  Most often when we hear of an elementary school closing one of many reasons for closure has to do with its financial drain on the parish.  Our School Board and Parish Finance work to make sure that our school is not a financial drain on our parish – we are looking to another 100 years, after all.

All that said, the tuition is not set yet, it is still in process and has not yet been formally advised to our pastor, Fr. O’Toole – in the end, he is the final decision-maker. The recommendation and decision will be made soon in order that re-registration forms accompanied by the 2018-2019 tuition schedule will come home in your child’s backpack on January 25.

  • Re-registration forms in backpacks on January 25.
  • Re-registration and registration for new siblings can be paid in up to 3 parts:
    • February 1
    • March 1
    • March 22

 

OPEN HOUSE INVITES NEW FAMILIES TO APPLY

On January 28, we will open our doors to new families to visit classrooms, talk with teachers, talk with parents, talk with students and get a feel for the welcome and warmth that is St. Margaret of Scotland School.  Accompanying all that conversation is the application for the 2018-2019 school year.  Many families fill out the application before they leave Open House, others need some time to think about whether they want to choose SMOS for their child and bring that application in on Monday, others are looking for a full year from now fearing that our wait list could possibly leave their child out.

  • We currently have 30+ students who will tour at Open House.
  • We need 30+ parents to partner with those students to help conduct tours.
    • Are you interested?  Jan. 28, 11:00 – 2:00.  Qualifications – enthusiastically love your child’s school.  Don’t worry if you feel like you don’t enough,  those student tour guides are very knowledgeable.  Chris, Sue and I will be there to answer the hard questions.
    • Send me a quick Fast Direct if you are able to assist with tours.  Do you remember who toured you through on Open House?

A note to our marketing team:  That’s you, that’s each of our parents and our students and their grandparents!  You are the voice that brags up SMOS – at parties, at yoga, at work, and on social media. 

  • Keep that positive voice calling out loud and clear – St. Margaret of Scotland is a faith-based, nurturing environment in which children and their teachers enjoy thinking and learning every day.
  • If you need a yard sign (there are 3 on my block alone) just send me a Fast Direct and we will have it for you at pick-up or stop by the school office.

 

SUPER THANKS TO WE SNACK AND BON APPETIT

We Snack our newly formed nutrition and health committee was the inviting contact for Bon Appetit.  I am sure that it helped that school parent David Murphy works for Bon Appetit a San Francisco based group dedicated to healthy sustainable eating habits.  Our 3rd graders enjoyed a field trip at the Bon Appetit café on Wash U’s campus during which they toured the kitchen, made their own healthy lunch having talked about local growing and sustainable food sources, and talked about becoming chefs someday.  Parents of 3rd graders, let them get started in the kitchen now.

Our 1st and 2nd graders were visited here on SMOS campus by Bon Appetit reps and the Wash U café chef. They made fruit kabobs, by first choosing from an abundance of fruits, carefully cutting the fruits and skewering them. And thoroughly enjoying them.  I loved the comment of one 2nd grader who said “I thought I didn’t like oranges but now I know that I do.” 

It’s always a success when we can get children to understand sustainable growing practices and healthy eating habits.  Thank you, We Snack!

 

BLOOD DRIVE – YES, WE NEED YOURS

Besides all the civic good reasons for donating blood, the school receives an educational donation of $250.00 if we have 20+ donors.  We have pledged our educational donation to WeSnack for continued curriculum and activities for our teachers and students. Please consider being a donor.

January 15, 3:00pm – 7:00pm in the school cafeteria.

 

PARENTS OF 3RD GRADERS

It’s your month for parent breakfast – January 24 at 8:00am in the school cafeteria.

 

PARENT MEETING FOR SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION

Parents of those 7th and 8th graders choosing to receive the sacrament of Confirmation will need to attend the parent meeting on Thursday, January 25 at 7:00pm in the school cafeteria.

 

HEALTH SCREENING FOR ALL STUDENTS

Cardinal Glennon Hospital provides vision and hearing screening for all of our students.  The nurses will work with your child on February 6, 7, or 8 here at school during the school day. 

 

THAT PACKET OF RAFFLE TICKETS IN YOUR CHILD’S BACKPACK

We sent home today from our Ladies Auxiliary their annual raffle tickets. The Ladies Auxiliary is a parish organization whose sole support is this raffle.  This group of women supports our school in prayer and their enthusiasm. 

 

MY FINAL NOTE:

Monitoring grades on Fast Direct for parents of 3rd – 8th graders has been shut down while teachers prepare report cards.

Just a reminder that the January report cards are for all students, preschool through 8th grade.  Parents, also remember that you must be up to date on all your financial responsibilities with the school: tuition, disposable material fees, registration from last spring, etc. 

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