Thursday Newsletter

September 21, 2017

September 21, 2017 What We DO… By Sue Brown, Assistant Principal/Coordinator of Religious Education
As Coordinator of Religious Education at St. Margaret, I was planning a liturgy earlier today, and happened to notice the inside cover of the SMOS Worship Resource, We Celebrate. (It’s the one with the green cover with the readings for Sunday Masses. Copies are in the pews in church.) I encourage you to read it. It’s funny and tender, and contains a very valuable message for young and not-so-young Catholics and Christians. I promise you’ll enjoy it!
What we DO is We Celebrate, hence the title of the book, and there are many reasons to celebrate every day of the year, and especially THIS year—the centennial anniversary of St. Margaret of Scotland School.
We celebrate Eucharist—the source and summit of our faith. We celebrate academic excellence, and we are in the middle of testing for that this week. We celebrate our diversity in many ways—our heritage, our talents, our frailties. We need each other, and so we SERVE!
How We Serve…
This year some of our middle schoolers have accepted a leadership role in the SMOS Service Corps. We will meet every other week and plan a variety of ways we can be of service to our school, our parish, our community, and our common home—the Earth! We will learn about new places and the people who live there. We will plan and lead the whole school in projects that show we CARE. WE Schools (the “WE” is coincidental here.) is a resource we will use, too, which provides assistance in planning lessons in our study of countries around the world, and the issues with which they struggle that will inspire us to ACTION! WE Schools will also support our classes’ study of a chosen country this year, culminating in the Festival of Nations in the spring.
How We Pray…
As I said to the members of the Parish Leadership Council last Saturday, please know you are always invited to join us in the celebration of the Eucharist.
This Friday, September 22, we celebrate with the universal Church, praying with the Holy Father, Pope Francis, for his special intention for the month of September, 2017—all parishes! And we pray especially for St. Margaret of Scotland Parish. Ms. Walz’s sixth grade class has planned this special liturgy.
 Next Wednesday, September 27, the Middle School, led by Mr. Unverferth’s class, will celebrate the Feast of St. Vincent de Paul.
 On Thursday, September 28, the whole school (PK-8) celebrates the Memorial of St. Wenceslaus, a martyr of the Church. Ms. Kavanaugh’s class is learning about him, what martyrs do, and the lesson we can learn from these holy men and women.
 On Tuesday, Oct. 3, the annual Blessing of Pets will be held, weather permitting, on the school grounds outside St. Joseph Hall. If you are unable to bring your pet, Ms. Wilson’s fourth graders, who are planning this prayer service, invite you to bring a symbol to be blessed—a dish, a bowl, or a favorite toy.
 Please join us in prayer for the repose of the souls of Ms. Wucher’s aunt and Ms. Reid’s mother who passed a way this week. May their souls, and all the souls of the faithful departed, rest in peace.
 In school this month we are reviewing, or learning for the first time, the special prayer we will be praying together in October. It is always helpful to practice this prayer as a family, too. We invite you to pray the Memorare with us.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. Do you do I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petition, but in your mercy, hear and answer me. Amen.
 October 1—Centennial Alumni Mass and Open House! All are invited to pray and celebrate on Sunday, October 1 at a special outdoor 10:00 Mass (on the school grounds instead of at Church) followed by an Open House. We will welcome SMOS alumni and celebrate 100 wonderful years! A reception in the cafeteria, and open house in all school buildings will follow with tours, displays of students’ work, pictures that have been shared of classes of the past and refreshments in the cafeteria! Members of the SMOS Service Corps will be on hand to assist. Please join us for this very special event!
 On the Stockley Verdict…Fr. O’Toole has shared an important document with advice and information on ways we can respond to this decision, and continue to work and pray for peace and justice. Please click here to read this document.
How We Stay Safe…
The safety of our children is our number one priority. Planning ahead, please know that our annual “Safe Touch” curriculum will be taught during the weeks of October 2 and October 9 in your child’s homeroom. Ms. Erin Brennan, SMOS Coordinator of Faith Formation, and I have been trained in the presentation of this program, and we will share in leading these age-appropriate classes. Each homeroom teacher will be present during the session. Please watch for
more information about these classes which are designed to teach children how to recognize unsafe behaviors, and how to respond with three easy-to-learn-and-remember steps:
1. Say NO!
2. Get away!
3. Tell a safe adult!
Parents will be receiving a letter soon with the date of your child’s Safe Touch class, a link on the school website for you to review the curriculum, and a way to answer any questions or concerns you may have. This program is sponsored by the Archdiocese of St. Louis for use in all Catholic schools in the Archdiocese.
Reminders…
• Protecting God’s Children at 8:30 am on Saturday, September 23, in the rectory east of the church, on Flad. If you want to volunteer in any capacity at St. Margaret of Scotland School it is absolutely necessary that you attend a PGC workshop. Go to archstl.org to register, or to find additional dates.
 The SMOS Middle School is holding a BAKE SALE on Tuesday SEPTEMEBER 26 on the playground after school. Proceeds will help victims of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. Items will be priced at a minimum of $1, but donations of any size are also welcome.
 Last chance to go to WeShare and register for the Mouse Races hosted by the Athletic Association on Saturday, September 23.
• Scholastic Book Fair will be held during the week of Oct. 2 – 5, with a special invitation to parents (and their dogs and cats) on Oct. 3 following the Pet Blessing.
Blessings to all families of St. Margaret of Scotland School,
Ms. Brown
More Good News…
Last Chance - Get your tickets NOW for the 2nd Annual Mouse Races in the SMOS Gym!
 Saturday, September 23, 2017  @ SMOS Gym, 3964 Castleman Ave.  Doors Open at 6:00 pm / Races at 7:00 pm (event will be over by 10:00 pm)  $20 in advance / $25 at the door – purchase advanced ticket by Friday, September 22nd  Tickets available on WeShare
 10 races and mouse roulette - Buy tickets and place your bets!
 Raffle for SMOS AA Liquor Basket
 Beer, wine, water and soda included!
 Bring your own drinks and snacks to share (or not)!
 Parking available in the school playground and on Lawrence Street
 This is a cash event with no ATM available so bring your wallet for betting on races.
 This is an adult event so leave the kiddos at home.
 Sponsors can fund part of the event for $100/race and will have ample advertising.
This is a fundraiser hosted the SMOS Athletic Association with the proceeds benefitting our sports programs. The Athletic Association uses fundraisers like this to be able to support the growing sports programs at SMOS, as well as making improvements to athletic facilities that all of our students use during school day gym classes. We recently installed new gym windows, sun shades and new gym lights.
* No mice are harmed as part of the races. They live a very happy life with the “Mouse Guy”.
Winter Sports Sign-ups are OPEN!
Basketball (1st – 8th) and Chess (K – 8th) registrations are now OPEN! You can access the sign-up webpage by either clicking on the link (http://ezrosters.com/stl-smos) or by the SMOS school site and clicking Athletics and then Athletic News. Each team will be filled based on a first come, first served basis. Please do not delay in registering your children.
The early registration for basketball is $70 per child (3rd – 8th) and $45 per child (1st and 2nd). Register between September 20th – October 4th. On October 5th, the fees increase to $95 and $70, respectively.
The early registration for chess is $70 per child. Register between September 20th – October 4th. On October 5th, the fees increase to $95 per child.
The deadline to register is October 14th.
For more information, please do not hesitate to contact the SMOS AA at athletics@smos-school.org.

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