Dear Parents,

Registration for the coming school year is underway at St. Margaret Mary Catholic School. Please note that all registration materials can be found under the Admissions tab. We are honored to be your partner in forming our students in their Catholic faith and in educating the whole child while challenging each one to grow academically, spiritually, and socially.

After a wonderful week of celebrating our Catholic school, we are recharged to move ahead. And what a week it was! We recognized our Distinguished Graduate, Jay Branham, who models faith in action; we had one of the closest Religion Bowls; beautiful handwriting entries; dropped everything and read; and had a great visit with Grandparents’ Mass.

With that momentum, there was no question our school auction wouldn’t be a success. Thanks to the many volunteers and sponsors who made the Moroccan Nights Auction a community-building night too.

We also applaud the 25 sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students representing SMMCS at the Dr. Nelson Ying Orange County Science Expo. After tough competition from fellow classmates, this group of students advanced to defend their experiments to several judges at Rollins College. The finalists for state competition will be recognized February 17th at Howard Middle School. We are proud of all our young scientists.

Our parents too should be congratulated for their participation at the recent Parent Math Night. Dr. Marty Hopkins, Professor Emeritus at UCF, led the evening which presented new practices in teaching math. Look for more parent academic nights in the future.

Sixth grade students are delving into a new robotics program. They will take a hands-on approach as they build and program robots in science class. Fourth grade is conducting research on the planets using school I-pads. Their goal is to produce a Keynote presentation which students will lead using Smart Board technology.

In contrast to all the learning activity, our classrooms will begin to engage in discussions about the simplicity of Lent and how to best prepare for this inward journey. Students and teachers will make personal commitments to help them ready for the Holy Triduum. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered to all students in grades third through eighth. Families are encouraged to share some conversations about how they can practice the three traditional tenets of Lent -- prayer, almsgiving, and fasting.

May your family continue to experience growth in faith and knowledge.

Mrs. Kathleen Walsh