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Dragon Derby Day: A St. Margaret of Scotland School Auction
Join us for a Kentucky Derby-Themed dinner, entertainment, and silent & live auctions to support our parish school on Saturday, May 4th. Click here for more information.

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Announcement of a New Principal

We are excited to announce that Clare Abkemeier will be the next principal of St. Margaret of Scotland School. Read more for a special announcement from Fr. O'Toole.

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Preserving Our Future Campaign

The Preserving Our Future capital campaign is well underway, and the generosity of our St. Margaret of Scotland community is evident! To view our Case Statement and see how you can support the campaign, please click here.

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A reflection on the Mass of Accompaniment and Novena for the Principal Search. What does it mean to accompany?

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Juliann Hesed Announces Her Last Year as Principal

A Message from the Principal: It is after much prayer and thought that I announce my intention to retire from my position as principal at St. Margaret of Scotland School for the 2019-2020 school year.  After 13 years  - all of which I treasure – I feel confident that it is time for St. Margaret of Scotland School to move forward with new leadership, new visions for our school’s future. To read the full statement, click on read more.

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Planning Study Results

Please see the attached document to view the results of the St. Margaret of Scotland Planning Study.

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GiveStL Day is TODAY!!

Today, May 11, is Give STL Day 2017!  Please support the completion of the St. Margaret of Scotland School PlaySpace by donating today before midnight at: https://www.givestlday.org/SMOS

The funds raised today will be used to provide benches, a stone seating wall, and a St. Margaret, Queen of Scotland prayer/gathering space, as well as fund the final stages of the revitalization of our school's outdoor play area.

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GiveStL Day a Huge Success for our Play Space!

It is with disbelief and immense gratitude that we write this today.  Thanks to your outpouring of support, Give STL Day 2016 was able to raise over $19,190.00 for the St. Margaret PlaySpace!!!  The online totals have finally been updated, and our total has far surpassed our wildest dreams!  Read on for to learn how we shattered expectations and earned our place on the event's Leaderboard!

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Support the SMOS School PlaySpace through GiveSTL

Give STL Day 2016 is coming up on Tuesday, May 3. GiveSTL Day is an online day of giving sponsored by the St. Louis Community Foundation.  All of the money we raise on this day is tax deductible and will go directly to fund the St. Margaret of Scotland Parish School PlaySpace (formerly known as the parking lot).  This space impacts every student at St. Margaret, neighborhood families who play on the weekends, and the greater Shaw neighborhood!  Read on to learn about the PTA's challenge matching gift and get a link to the giving site.

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Schoola Clothing Drive

We will be collecting gently-used women's and children's clothing and accessories, March 29 through April 1. Please fill a secure, plastic bag with your items and drop it off at our school office during school hours from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

These items will be resold at www.schoola.com and our school earns 40% of the profits. Please only send in what can be resold. A good motto: "If you can give it to a friend, Schoola can resell it."   Keep reading tolearn how to participate!

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Spirit of St. Margaret Novena

Catholic Schoools Week begins this Sunday with Open House at our Parish School from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Come see the good works, but here at St. Margaret of Scotland we like to start a little early and with prayer.  The Spirit of St. Margaret Novena bookends our celebration of Catholic education, and fortifies us for continuing our parish and school missions for the future.  Read on to view the prayer, written for the 100th anniversary of our parish, and please join us in saying it each day.

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Presenting Purcell Hall!

On Sunday, September 27 the time at last arrived to dedicate and name the new middle school building, born from the efforts of the Faith in Our Future Capital Campaign.  With a beautiful Mass, a joyful procession and prayerful blessing we dedicated the newest of our school buildings - Purcell Hall - to learning and service of the Lord.

Read on for more photographs, details and links to news stories about the day.

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Great Time Had by All at the Back-To-School BBQ

Saturday, September 12 was our annual Back-to-School Barbeque, hosted by the PTA.  As it happens it was also a beautiful day!  Families from our parish, school and the local community gathered on the playground lot to welcome one another to a new school year, share stories from the summer break and dig in to hanburgers, hotdogs, pot-luck side dishes and delicious desserts. 

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School is Open!

In six months, despite unseasonable summer rains and an unexpected brick layers’ strike, St. Margaret’s new middle school building was completed in time for the new school year.  On Monday, August 31 children in our 6th, 7th and 8th grades entered their new classrooms and became the first students to take up their studies in this state-of-the-art facility.  It is an historic moment for Catholic education in the City of St. Louis, as this is the first new free-standing elementary school to open in fifty years.  The project is the fruit of many generous givers – of time, talent and treasure.

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Volunteers In Action

St. Margaret of Scotland is greatly blessed with parishioners and school familes who continue to amaze with their generous gifts of time, talent and treasure.  Recently parishioners and school families came together to work on some much-needed improvements at St. Joseph Hall (the oldest school building).  Read on to learn of all they accomplished!

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Summer Help - Much Needed!

It's summer time and school's out.  But when there are no kids in the halls, the work of adults is just beginning.  If you are handy with a screwdriver or are just willing to "pick that up and put it over there," we need your time and talents.  Read on to learn more about volunteer work sessions at our school this June.

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Mid-Year Financial Report

The Finance Committee wants to keep the parish informed about the financial health and challenges of our parish.  Our annual report offers information for the entire prior year, but for up-to-date information throughout the current year, we offer regular reports such as the one attached here.

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Mad About St. Margaret of Scotland

The School Auction is fast approaching - April 25, 2015.  You will definitely want to be a part of this exciting evening at the Grand Hall on Chouteau.  The night begins with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres and the silent auction at 6:00 p.m. and at 7 o'clock, the dinner stations open.  The live auction will start at 8:30 p.m. and includes beautiful artwork, vacations, unique items and opportunities and so much more.  If you can't make the event, get in the Mad Ticket for your chance to win one of three amazing trips.  Read on for all the details.

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Traffic & Parking Study - Your Comments Welcome

St. Margaret of Scotland’s traffic and parking consultant, CBB Traffic Engineers + Planners, has finished the draft recommendations for parking, traffic, and circulation for St. Margaret School and the study area including the future Green House Venture.  You are invited to a neighborhood meeting on Wednesday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the Church Basement to learn more about the draft recommendations.

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Start Cracking!  Time to Break Ground

The public presence of St. Margaret in our neighborhood is expanding again!  On Sunday, March 1, at 11:45 a.m. ground will be broken for the construction of our new middle school building at the corner of Shaw Boulevard and Lawrence Street.  Be a part of this historic moment!  Church and civic dignitaries will be on hand. 

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A Vision of the Future

As we draw closer to breaking ground our architects from The Lawrence Group have provided a detailed rendering of the new middle school, as seen from the intersection of Shaw Blvd. and Lawrence Ave.  This expansion and improvement to our school campus is made possible only by the generous pledges and gifts from hundreds of parishioners, school families, alumni, foundations and friends.  Thank you for your support and, especially, your prayers as this project proceeds towards construction.

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Kemper Foundation Grants $100,000 to St. Margaret of Scotland

In an overwhelmingly enthusiastic endorsement for St. Margaret’s efforts to accommodate the growth of our Catholic school, the Kemper Foundation of St. Louis has given a gift of $100,000 to the “Faith in Our Future” capital campaign.  This generous donation is another example of the Kemper Foundation’s long support of the mission of our parish and school.  With this contribution, the capital campaign has surpassed the $2 million mark in pledges, and it advances the work of making the expansion of our grade school a reality.

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Mission-Steeped Novena to begin Saturday, January 25
Prayer lifts us up, while mission gives legs for walking.  Our mission-steeped Novena offers a way to lift up and walk with our own parish school for Catholic Schools Week.  Read on to learn the details of this nine-day prayer initiative.

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News from St. Margaret of Scotland School
January ushers in preparations for Catholic Schools Week, Open House and registration for the 2014-2015 school year.  Parishioners, with school-aged children or not with school aged-children, are most welcome to join us for Open House.  On Sunday, January 26, from 11:00 to 2:00 we will welcome all who may be interested in getting to know us just a little better. 

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Feasibility Study - The Results Are In
Thank you, again, to all those who participated in the Feasibility Study conducted this past October to help the parish determine how we can best respond to our school's growth and capital needs..  Input was received from parishioners and school families, non-parishioner school families, faculty, staff and leadership.  The final report has been presented by the Steier Group.  Please download the attached file to view their findings.

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St. Margaret of Scotland School Featured on KMOV Channel 4
Recently, KMOV News 4 has aired stories about two city Catholic schools that are closing their doors.  For a change of pace, reporter Andre Hepkins recently visited St. Margaret of Scotland School, where we are facing growing enrollment. The story features an interview with principal Julie Hesed and explains the logistics of having many young families, lots of Pre-K through fourth grade classes and the impact that has on our limited space. The segment aired on Thursday, November 21,  Click here to see the news story.

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School Feasibility and FAQs

The Steier Group has completed its feasibility study for the potential expansion of and capital improvements to St. Margaret of Scotland School.  Their data continues to be evaluated by the members of the Parish Council, the School Board and the Finance Committee.  We hope to communicate a decision soon to everyone in the parish and school communities.  In the meantime, I would like to address some of the frequently asked questions (FAQs) that surfaced in the course of the Steier Group’s inventory.  Many of you expressed a desire to know more clearly how the parish leadership came to the proposals that were made, certainty that all options have been explored, and clarity on a few specifics.  Here and in the future I will provide answers to these FAQs.

 

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Feasibility Survey - Your Opinion Counts!

Surveys have been sent to all parishioners and school families to assist the Steier Group in assessing the ability and willingness of the parish to undertake a capital campaign for school expansion.  We value your opinion and hope that if you have not yet completed your survey, you will do so and return it to the Parish Office soon.  You may drop them in the collection, or use the addressed return envelope included in the packet to send it by mail.  Read on for a link to the online version of the survey and the Fact Sheet describing the proposed projects.  

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Give With Target - Voting Extended!
Target has extended voting until September 30!  By voting once a week for St. Margaret of Scotland School via the Give With Target program  and your Facebook account, you can help our school earn up to $10,000 from Target.  Read the full article to get the links and details on this great opportunity to help our school without spending a dime.

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Determining the Future of Our School

St. Margaret of Scotland School continues to grow but the physical space of our buildings is at a saturation point.  If we are to accommodate this increasing enrollment – which is projected to continue in the next few years – then we must plan for the future.  This October we will proceed with a Feasibility Study to determine if it is possible for the parish to afford physical expansion to the school.  Our “good problem” presents serious challenges.  We will require both a prayerful and pragmatic approach to deciding the direction we will take.

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South City Collaborative Newsletter
Are you concerned with the future of Catholic education in South St. Louis?  A group of nine parish schools are meeting to address concerns and tackle strategic planning.  This group is known as the City Catholic Collaborative, consisting of pastors and principals at the concerned parishes, along with an extensive list of sub-committees.  Read their monthly newsletter to learn more.

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Open House at St. Margaret!

The children and teachers of St. Margaret of Scotland Parish School invite you to come see our school on January 27 during our Open House from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Come see what we love about being at St. Margaret of Scotland.

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St. Margaret is Choosing to Grow

As St. Margaret of Scotland meets the challenges of increasing school enrollment, both the parish and school communities will be actively involved in the process. This article will serve as a mechanism for keeping the parish and school communities up-to-date on the latest developments.

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Children run free within the safe confines of the school playground as parents catch up with other parents after a summer of being away. The St. Margaret of Scotland PTA throws a great party for new and returning school families. The annual PTA barbecue is just the first of many events that will bring families together, offer an evening of fun, and, on occasion, make a little money.

PS: Super thanks to our PTA for their generous gifts of a repaired SmartBoard and 3 document cameras. You always show how much you care.

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