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[16 Sep 2010 | admin | Comments Off | 1,182 views]
Parents Getting Involved in 2010-2011

The PTF Welcome Back Coffee, held on Tuesday, September 14 in Sillers Hall, welcomed parents to share a cup of coffee and a continental breakfast as they volunteered for everything from school activities to major fundraisers. The event was filled with enthusiasm and excitement for things to come in the new school year. Chaired by Elaine Perry and Joyce Lee, this annual event gives St. Margaret’s parents a chance to not only peruse volunteer opportunities but also mingle with old and new friends and learn more about the role the PTF plays in the school community. More than 200 people attended kicking off a great school year.

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[8 Sep 2010 | admin | Comments Off | 1,299 views]
Special Camp for Special Kids Celebrates 19 Years of Success

The summer of 2010 marked the 19th anniversary of St. Margaret’s Special Camp for Special Kids, a traditional summer camp for youth with disabilities. This summer, Special Camp welcomed the largest number of participants in the program’s history. Over 175 youth campers and 205 volunteer high school and college-aged counselors participated in this year’s program. Approximately 75 of this year’s volunteer counselors were students from St. Margaret’s Upper School.
“Special Camp’s growth is not only evident in our numbers, but also in miles that families traveled to bring their children to …

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[7 Sep 2010 | admin | One Comment | 1,678 views]
SMES Sophomore Community Service Featured in OC Register

Mrs. Lora Allison’s and Mr. Dallas Clemmons’ grade 10 advisory groups put on a “senior” prom on Friday for the senior citizen residents of Del Obispo Terrace in San Juan Capistrano. Approximately 20 St. Margaret’s students arrived at the senior living center at 9 a.m. and began preparing the facility and helping the residents get ready for the prom. The students decorated the room with balloons and streamers, including a giant metallic “PROM 2010” inflatable sign, styled hair and nails for the residents, served lunch, prepped the music and played video games with the residents before the prom. Once the event began, the students and seniors dance and partied to the music, enjoying each other’s company.

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[23 Apr 2010 | admin | Comments Off | 1,595 views]
Our Conversation With Mr. Gaddi Vasquez

In a world where 24,000 people die every 24 hours of hunger or diseases related to it, Mr. Vasquez spoke of the importance of everyone finding ways to improve the lives of others.

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[19 Mar 2010 | admin | One Comment | 2,785 views]
Lemon-Fest Raises $11,000 to Aid Haiti

Last Saturday, hundreds filled the St. Margaret’s campus, supporting the Lemon-Fest community fair and concert to benefit earthquake victims in Haiti. This student-led event raised more than $11,000. At the fair, there were booths to decorate lemon cookies, buy a yellow friendship bracelet or hair ribbon crafted by the cheerleaders, and toss a pie at a Lower School teacher, as well as an extensive offering of goods baked by the Middle School for sale. Vendors included Z-Pizza, Subway, Hot Dog on a Stick, Tom’s Shoes, and others. At the concert, …

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[30 Dec 2009 | admin | Comments Off | 2,160 views]

Spencer Corwin, grade 12, and his mother, Terry Corwin, have been featured in The Orange County Register for their work creating an organization for students seeking opportunities to give back to the community through service. The organization, Lion’s Heart, is growing every year as more teens join the group. To read the article “Teens With Hearts of Lions,” click here.

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[24 Nov 2009 | admin | Comments Off | 2,619 views]
St. Margaret’s Makes Holiday Cookies for San Juan Food Bank

For many families, making cookies is considered an essential part of celebrating the holidays. When you rely on the help of a food bank to help supplement your monthly groceries, however, making cookies is often a luxury you can’t indulge. This understanding was the inspiration behind an Upper School service project this week.

While the Lower School and Preschool conducted food drives for food essentials like infant formula, canned vegetables, pasta and other non-perishables for Father Serra’s Food Pantry in San Juan Capistrano, Upper School students worked within their advisory groups, collectively donating more than 350 service hours, to make 74 batches of cookie dough, including chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, sugar …

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[17 Nov 2009 | admin | Comments Off | 1,347 views]
Role Models With Needles

A couple of weeks ago, I started leading a knitting group open to all interested community members, knitting for fellowship and charity, with knitters at all levels welcome.

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[25 Sep 2009 | admin | Comments Off | 2,997 views]
Service Week Projects Presented, Headmaster Challenges St. Margaret's to Year of Service

The St. Margaret’s community and students in all divisions put their hearts, minds and hands to work this week, on Thursday delivering more than 1,000 bags of dog treats to the Ark of San Juan; 250 snack bags including a thoughtful note to Camp Pendleton’s Operation Hero; 144 blankets to children in need in Orange County for Project Linus; and 1,850 bags of beans and rice and 962 tube socks filled with toiletries to Father Serra’s Pantry.
This impressive outcome of a week of service began when students gathered together on …

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[25 Sep 2009 | admin | Comments Off | 1,052 views]
Going to the Dogs: Preschool Service to the Ark of San Juan Capistrano

By Ingrid Andrews, Director of the Early Childhood Development Center
The preschoolers aren’t “going to the dogs,” but lots of yummy dog treats are! As part of the 30th Anniversary kickoff, the preschoolers partnered with The Ark of San Juan Capistrano to bag and deliver over 700 bags of doggie treats for homeless, abandoned or surrendered dogs of San Juan Capistrano.
This special service project helped students to reflect on service to animals that need our help in our local community. Service is a valued part of a St. Margaret’s education, and …

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