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“To Do List"

November 8, 2019


by Mr. Antoine, Principal




He said to them, “Come after me and I will
make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19




Has anyone seen Autumn?

            Last week was an incredible week packed with great events and activities. It began on Monday with our Scholastic Book Fair which was very capably staffed by Mrs. Sandi Sipe and Mrs. Jona Meier. Students and family members were able to purchase a variety of books and other materials throughout the week as well as contribute coins for various incentives throughout the book fair. The final tally isn’t in, but it is safe to say the money raised will be used for all classrooms including the very popular and academically challenging Scholastic Magazines.
            On Thursday we hosted the Trunk-or-Treat event chaired by Mrs. Andee Siegler. And while the event was moved indoors based on weather, the night was a complete success with great costumes, themes and activities. Mrs. Siegler outdid herself with making sure everyone walked away with tons of candy and prizes. Everyone who attended said it was Spooktacular!  
            On Friday we welcomed our grandparents for Grandparent’s Day beginning with an All-School Mass celebrating the Feast of All Saints. Fr. Dale gave an excellent homily and the church was full with students, parents, grandparents and parishioners. After Mass the school hosted it’s 1st Quarter Awards Assembly in the church with students receiving awards or being recognized for their spiritual, academic and social acumen. Fr. Dale pulled the $500 Calendar Raffle winner (Steve Schwartz) and then students Bryden and Reid Hall presented Sergeant Mike Peebles with monies raised during Trunk-or-Treat and the Mass that morning. These funds were raised to assist Sergeant Peebles and his family who recently suffered a devastating house fire.
            Finally, last Sunday I had my first taste of SMS Turkey Bingo. I must say it was a very entertaining event with the following personal highlights. Check-in was a breeze and the raffles were set up perfectly as one walked in. I thought Dr. Knowles did a fabulous job as bingo caller, moving the games along at a brisk pace keeping everyone on point. The event wrapped up in a crisp two hours and while this may not be the norm, in my opinion it was perfect. The food was great and the line moved quickly. The 17-bean soup was scrumptious as were the desserts and chili. Finally, the vendors were all cordial and their wares were very well displayed.
            All in all, the event again symbolized the teamwork and spirit of community present here at SMS. Everyone pitched in together to make the day a success and everyone appeared to leave satisfied even if they didn’t win a turkey or ham. I just want to thank our parents, grandparents, parishioners and all those who attended these events. It was a fun week and I am looking forward to more great fun in the future. Have a great weekend and O-76!

Mr. Pierre N. Antoine




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