2015-16 School Year

St. Margaret’s School office will re-open on Monday, August 3rd at regular hours.

St. Margaret’s School Business Day:

Business day will be August 5 from 4-7 p.m. this is the time to office hourscomplete registration, order uniforms, pick up supply lists, pay registration fees, fill out tuition assistance forms, etc.

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2014-15 SCHOOL YEAR

2014-15 Welcoming Letter

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Welcome to Saint Margaret’s Catholic School

 Vitae Nos Parat

Preparing Children for Life

Our Mission

We, the Saint Margaret’s Catholic School Community, are dedicated to inspiring faith, achieving academic excellence, and nurturing all students to form strong moral character and values.

Our Core Belief

The entire staff at Saint Margaret’s School embraces the Gospel values of love of God and service to humankind, formation in the Catholic Faith and moral principles, and the development of personal integrity and character.  We believe the center of Christian Life is based in a strong parental involvement in the lives of the children, supported by dedicated teachers and staff.  We affirm the dignity and uniqueness of each human person and strive to create an environment that nurtures and encourages the academic, spiritual, moral, intellectual, physical, emotional, and social development of each student.

Our Vision

With Christ as our center, we, the faculty at St. Margaret’s Catholic School, are committed to making a positive difference in the lives of the children entrusted to our loving care.

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SUMMER OFFICE HOURS

SUMMER SCHOOL OFFICE HOURS: We will be open during the month of June once a week: Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Please feel free to e-mail the school @ stmarg@wyoming.com if  you  have  any  questions  or  concerns. E-mails will be checked daily. The school will be closed during the month of July.  Thank you.

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SCHOOL UPDATE – August 2011 – St Margaret’s Parish

Saint Margaret’s School is up and running for the coming school year!  We are very happy with our staff for this year.  Steve Gresback, our new principal last year has been getting
rave reviews from students, parents, and the school commission.  All teachers grades 1 through 5 are state certified.

The test scores are in for last year and we are extremely pleased.  St Margaret’s’ School students had the highest scores in the State of Wyoming for the ACRES test for knowledge of their faith, religion and ethics.  The Dibbles reading test scores showed impressive
growth in all grades with year-end scores being predominantly ABOVE AVERAGE.  The PAWS test scores came in even better with NOT ONE student below basic in any subject with the vast majority at least proficient and a significant percentage advanced!  For those of you who were concerned about academics at St Margaret’s School…we are back!

This summer our teachers with guidance from Joanne Flannigan, who has a doctorate in curriculum, have begun a long term study of our curriculum.  The first thing they
learned was that we have a good curriculum.  They are learning to better define and articulate meets and measures, skills and concepts.  This is leading them to added continuity, more effective exercises and more focused lessons.  All this will bring
yet more improved test scores.  We are excited!

Of course we have to remind everyone that this is a Catholic school.  We are teaching the Catholic faith to our children.  It is our solemn obligation to pass our faith on to our
children and grandchildren, to bring them to church and teach them our religion.  Saint Margaret’s School stands ready to help you meet that obligation.  (Remember that thing about the millstone?)

Reflectively, over the last several years we attempted to be more inclusive with our enrollment.  While a worthwhile goal and we helped some students who really needed the help overall we were not successful either academically or financially and our service to our own parish suffered for the effort.  Last year we returned to our core objectives of providing religious education and academic excellence for our own children.  Within those
parameters non-parishioners are still welcome.  We discovered that our teachers are not special education teachers.  Only by exception and with dedicated family cooperation and support can we accept “at risk” and special education students.  With those changes
our school atmosphere became more peaceful and pleasant, a better place to learn.  As a result academic performance surged as evidenced by the test scores.  The only major thing left to repair is enrollment and that is up to you.

This Thursday, August 18 is our Open House and Registration from 4:00 to 8:00 PM.  Come sign up, take care of your uniform needs and other business to be sure your student is off to a flying start for the coming school year.  

Mike Zirbel                                                                                                                                             St. Margaret’s School Commission

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School News – July 2011

School News July 2011

We are getting ready for our coming school year. Below are some few dates to
remember:
Business Day:
Thursday August 18 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the school gymnasium. This
will be a date to register your child, update important information and sign up
for different school events and others.
Back to School:                                                                                                                     Teachers and Staff: Monday August 22.                                                                          Students: Monday August 29 (full day from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)

Last week our teachers received a two day Curriculum class from Mrs. JoAnne
Flanagan.

Welcome!   We would like to welcome Jeanmarie  Cooper  as  our  new  4th/5th
combination class teacher.  Mrs. Cooper has a Bachelor of Science and Elementary Education from Valley City – North Dakota.  We are very excited about Mrs. Cooper to be
part of our school staff!

SCHOOL OFFICE HOURS

The School office will be open again daily starting Monday August 22nd.  If you have any questions or concern before that time, please feel free to call the school at 856 5922 or e-mail us @ stmarg@wyoming.com.

Thank you,

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School News June 2011

School News – June 2011

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SCHOOL – SUMMER OFFICE HOURS:

We will be open during the month of June once a week: Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Please feel free to e-mail the school @ stmarg@wyoming.com if you have any questions or concerns. E-mails will be checked daily. The school will be closed during the month of July. Thank you.

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KVOW’s Chit Chat for March

http://rivertonradio.com/index.php/2011/03/17/chit-chat-st-margs-western-hoedown/

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Season of Lent

Lent starts on Ash Wednesday – March 9, 2011.  Here are some tips to remember during Lent:

WHAT IS THE SEASON OF LENT?

 The Season of Lent is a time of prayer and penance in preparation for Easter.  It is especially a penitential season, a time of reflection and self-discipline and the turning of the mind to God, and the renewal of one’s spiritual life.

 WHAT IS A PENITENTIAL SEASON?

 A penitential season is a time when we put aside our usual occupations and concentrate on the things of the soul.  It is a time to think about our position before God, the state of our conscience, our moral and religious life, the reality of death and the salvation achieved for us by Jesus Christ.  It is especially a time for reflecting on the passion and crucifixion of the Lord and the price that he paid for our redemption.

 WHEN DOES THE SEASON OF LENT BEGIN?

 The Season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday.

 WHEN DOES THE SEASON OF LENT END?

 The Season of Lent ends at the Solemn Easter Vigil on Easter Eve.

 HOW LONG DOES THE SEASON OF LENT LAST?

 The Season of Lent lasts for 48 day, including the first day of Lent, Ash Wednesday and the last day of Lent, Holy Saturday.

 SPECIAL PRACTICES OF LENT?

 The special practices of Lent are prayer, almsgiving and fasting.  Prayer is directed to God, almsgiving to others, and fasting to our own spiritual welfare.

 WHAT ARE THE OBLIGATIONS OF LENT?

 The obligations of Lent are fasting and abstinence, but it is a time as well for setting aside times for prayer, attending Mass on weekdays, the devotion of the Stations of the Cross, reflection upon the Passion and Death of the Lord, and for the renewal of our own spiritual life.

 WHAT IS FASTING?

 Fasting is taking less food than usual, limiting our intake of food.

 WHAT IS ABSTINENCE?

Abstinence is not eating meat for the whole day.  On a day of abstinence one may not eat meat.

 WHY DO CATHOLICS FAST AND ABSTAIN?

 Fasting and abstinence are religious practices, as penance for our sins, or to enable us to spend more time in prayer.  They are penitential practices, a spiritual discipline to strengthen the soul and open it to God.

 WHEN ARE CATHOLICS OBLIGED TO FAST?

 Catholics are obliged to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

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