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  • Jesus promises his disciples that the Father will send the

    Holy Spirit (John 14:23-29)

    Our celebration of the Easter season is coming to an end. Liturgy reminds us that Jesus remains with us through the Holy Spirit, who teaches us everything we need to know, reminds us of all that Jesus taught, and brings us peace. The Christian's life is not shaped by Jesus' absence but by God's abiding presence; God's presence overcomes anxiety about God's absence; and the present holds in it the seeds of a fresh future shaped by love, not fear.

    The gospel of John, read during this Easter Season, contains glimpses of some of the other themes of the farewell discourse or Jesus. Jesus' relationship with the Father and the disciples' relationship to Jesus connect the disciples to the Father as well. Jesus promises to send an Advocate or intercessor who will remind the disciples of everything that Jesus taught them and bring them peace.

    Jesus is preparing his disciples in advance for his absence so that they will continue to believe in him and not feel all alone after his return to the Father. After the initial excitement of his Easter appearances, Jesus will remain with his followers in a very different way throughout the centuries.

    Copyright 2016 Loyola Press. All Rights Reserved. Used with permission.

    Mary our Patron and Mother of us all. Pray for us. Live Jesus in our hearts, forever.

    April

    28 SMCMS Prayer Service 9:37 a.m.

    28 Power Hour

    29 6th Grade Retreat

    May

    2-6 Faculty and Staff Appreciation Week

    5 SMCMS Liturgy in FAEC 9:37 a.m.

    5 Power Hour

    6 7th Grade Retreat

    9 Spring 2017 Student-Parent Washington DC info meeting 6:30-7:30 p.m.

    10 Band/Choir Concert 6:30 p.m.

    12 SMCMS Prayer Service 9:37 a.m.

    12 Power Hour

    13 No School Staff Development

    16-20 SMCMS Book Fair

    19 SMCMS Final Liturgy in FAEC 9:37 a.m.

    19 Power Hour

    20 SMCMS Social/Dance 3:30-5:30 6th & 7th Grade 3:30-6:30 8th Grade

    25 Battle of the Books

    26 8th Grade Retreat Pick up at 4:30 p.m.

    26 Power Hour

    27 SMCMS Final Prayer Service 9:37 a.m.

    27 7th Grade Flashback Friday Speeches

    30 Memorial Day-7-12 Grade Band Marches in Parade

    31 SMCMS Academic/Band Awards 8:15 a.m. FAEC

    31 8th Grade Recognition Practice

    April 27, 2016

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    Forensics

    Congratulations to the St. Mary Catholic Middle School forensics team for another successful year. The team consisted of 46 students this year. March 1 with 26 entries during the in-house tournament the team earned 18 blue (1st place) ribbons, 5 red (2nd place) ribbons, and three white (3rd place) ribbons. A team of 25 entries competed March 22 at St. Mary Catholic High School winning a 1st place trophy for large teams (based on the number of entries). The team earned 22 blue (1st place ribbons) and 3 red (2nd place) ribbons. The March 23 Xavier competition was cancelled because of the snow storm and will not be rescheduled. Thank you to the judges and coaches who helped make this a very successful season.

    Judges and coaches Mrs. Taubel, Mrs. Sturgell, Mrs. Pociask, Mrs. Vanden Acker, Mrs. DeWitt, Mrs. Ladish, Mrs. Olsen, Mrs. Peters, Mrs. Coggins, Mrs. McCurdy, Mrs. Serwatt, Mrs. Bonertz, Mrs. Sampe, Mrs. Curran, Miss McCann, Mrs. Koskinen, Mrs. Kalaus, Mrs. Hayes, Ms. Wetzel.

    Students: 6th grade Noelle Anderson, Ethan Campbell, Claire Coggins, Ellie DeWitt, Grant Hansen, Kenzie Hayes, Catie Higgins, Ben Jochman, Agii Kerwin, Ava Krema, Eden Marshall, Madeline Molchany, Conner Olsen, Anthony Peters, Lauryn Serwatt, Miley Sickels, Lauren Sturgell, Anna Vanden Acker, Myles Vanden Wyngaard, Jaydin Vosters, Billy Walsh, Frank Whiting.

    7th grade Ethan Collins, Lilly Foster, Henry Ladish, Tessa Long, Sam Pingel, Bailey Schroeder, Ava Staehler, Sophie Taubel, Trey Uhlenbrauck

    8th grade Elliot Becker, Ellie Dimmer, Gwyneth Ellenberger, Gianna Gallucci, Emma Hageman, Annie Higgins, Jack McCurdy, Emma Murray, Elizabeth Rosiejka, Katya Schumacher, Caiti Shrofe, Sam Snyder, Alex Ullrich, Lydia VanRossum, Annalise Zwicky.

    ******************************************** Spring 2017 Washington DC trip meeting

    On May 9th we will be having a meeting at 6:30 p.m. at SMCMS for all current 7th grade students & parents who are planning to attend Washington D.C. next year. ********************************************

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    MATH LEAGUE

    The Math League is a statewide competition held throughout the United States. All St. Mary Catholic Middle School students took the test February 16. Based on their scores the following students represented St. Mary Catholic Middle School: 8th grade (16th place out of 42 competing schools) Jack Bogner, Teresa Dold, Wesley Blashka, Megan Berg, Reid Sickels 7th grade (26th place out of 46 competing schools) Michael Weninger, Lauren Meyer, Ava Staehler, Tessa Long, Elizabeth Vitale 6th grade (20th place of out 56 competing schools) Paul Nutini, William Walsh, Casey Goethel, Lauren Sturgell, Anna Porter

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    Parent Involvement Opportunity

    If you are looking for some parent involvement hours, here is an opportunity to help. Just a friendly reminder that SMCMS requires 40 hours of parent involvement as part of having a child enrolled at SMCMS. Parents are billed $200 as a parent involvement fee. This fee may be worked off through volunteer activities ($5.00 per hour). Parents are responsible for keeping track of the hours they work and hours are credited on a quarterly basis. We will be working in Janes Woods (behind SMCMS) removing the invasive buckthorn. Here is the plan:

    Cut and spray new buckthorn growth in the woods. Cut and spray mature buckthorn along the SMCS

    East border with Outlook Graphics. This will be a major effort as it is important to remove all of this invasive brush in or near the woods.

    Larry Plaia and Pat Hickey will be working on this effort every Tuesday morning from 9:00-11:30 a.m. One or two helpers on those days would be appreciated. Ideally we would also need a trailer/truck with a bed that is 16-20 feet. We have a 10 foot trailer, but some of the buckthorn branches are 12-18 feet in length.

    The volume is going to be substantial. Anyone interested can contact Pat Hickey at 850-2718 (voice or text) for more details. Thanks for your help.

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    Book Fair

    We are excited to offer a book fair this school year at the middle school, per request of the students. The students were hoping to have some new books for their required reading over the summer. The book fair will be available to shop the week of May 16. More details will come at a later date. If you are interested in helping out for service hours, please let me know: tschneider@smcatholicschools.org. We will need help with setup on Thursday, May 12, take down on Friday, May 20 and checkout during the week it is open. I will create a sign up genius with exact dates and times. Thanks! -Trisha Schneider, librarian

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    Class for Credit

    Upcoming eighth graders and high school students, would you love to produce beautiful works of photographic art, but don't have time during the school year? Now, you have the opportunity to be creative and stress-free this summer in the new for-credit photography class at St. Mary Catholic High School. Learn more about this and other for-credit classes including health, computer coding and personal finance, then sign up online. Click on Summer Academics under the SUMMER PROGRAMS box on the gold bar.

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    Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Reading Club

    Once again this year, SMCMS is participating in the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Reading Club. Each student has the opportunity to earn a free Timber Rattlers game ticket and a voucher for a free hot dog and soda. The game will be on Sunday, June 5 at 1:05 p.m. A flyer with more information is attached. Please encourage your child to attain their reading goals.

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    Zephyr Fields of Dreams

    SMCS is pleased to announce the Zephyr Fields of Dreams project, slated to begin soon! Among the exciting developments on the SMCS campus will be a new softball field, the creation of a football & soccer practice field and future construction of an equipment storage building with room for team gatherings. Please consider supporting the project with your online donation!

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    Invention Project

    New this year SMCMS is offering a week-long, half-day (morning) STEM camp, Invention Project! You will find out how inventions get real - from generating a concept to building prototypes to marketing a brand. Our business deals are simulated, but the skills, friendships and fun are all real. This Invention Project will be offered June 20-June 24. Register today! *********************************************

    6th & 7th Grade Retreat

    On Friday, April 29th, our sixth graders will go on their spring retreat, and the following Friday, May 6th our seventh graders will do so. Teachers and students will travel to St. Pauls in Combined Locks for a day of reflection and spiritual growth. The sixth grade focus will be on being peacemakers. As students grow in maturity and learn to advocate for themselve

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