December 11, 2016
Programming is a basic literacy in the digital age. From phones to computers to robotic toys, it is one thing to know how to use these technologies. It’s another, however, to understand the logic behind them. Coding draws back the seeming “magic” of technology so students can truly understand the logic and science that controls this technology–a discovery that is all the more magical. The students of today must be able to not only passively consume technology, but also to understand and control it, becoming an active part of this huge digital shift. This week, St. Michael's students dove enthusiastically into the Hour of Code and practiced coding and brain skills.
 Important Announcements:
Due low interest, the Extended Programs Drop and Shop scheduled for Sunday, December 11, from 2-5 p.m. is CANCELLED!  Thanks for your understanding.
From the Kindergarten holiday play and the fifth grade chorus concert, to the Hour of Code and harvesting the Middle School greenhouse, be sure to check out our Media Gallery for photos and videos from this week at St. Michael's! 
Eighth Grade Exam Week Schedule
Eighth grade exams will be administered December 11-17. Click HERE for the schedule. We wish all of our eighth graders much success!
Planning Ahead: Key Dates for the '17-'18 School Year
For planning purposes, below please find key dates for the next school year:
  • August 24, 2017: Lower School Meet Your Teacher 
  • August 28, 2017: Lower School First Day of School (Noon Dismissal for Grades 1-5, Kindergarten to release at 11 a.m.)
  • August 28, 2017: Middle School Orientation in a.m.
  • August 29, 2017: First Full Day of School for Grades K-5
  • November 22-26, 2017: Thanksgiving Break
  • December 20, 2017-January 3, 2018: Christmas Break
  • Spring Break 2018: TBA
  • June 8, 2018: Eighth Grade Graduation
Extended Programs Morning Gym Time Change
Effective January 2, Morning Gym will open at a NEW 7:20 a.m. start time. Please visit our website for updated pricing for semester and 10-day drop-in blocks. Families who have already purchased semester or drop-in blocks will be contacted about a rate adjustment.  Please email Director Allyson Steele with any questions.
Time to Order Hot Lunch for January
January hot lunch orders must be placed by December 20. Click HERE to order.
November Fruit Challenge Results

The November Fruit and Vegetable Challenge ended on November 18 with the students recording over 2,224 servings of fruits or vegetables over a 14 day period! 
Students averaged 9.4 servings of fruit during this period.  The fourth grade class won the overall challenge with a total of 326 notes and a whopping 10.9 servings per student.  The fourth graders can look forward to both a fruit party and an extra PE class in January!
Auction Raffle: Tuition Credit
Need a holiday gift idea? Purchase a raffle ticket for only $50 for a chance to win a $5,000 credit toward your 2017-2018 tuition!
Only 250 tickets will be sold.Click HERE
 for information and purchase form. 
Book Fair Gift Certificates

Need a great stocking stuffer? The SMPA (in partnership with bbgb bookshop) is selling Book Fair Gift Certificates that can be redeemed during the Lower School and Middle School Book Fairs. Order online by December 19 and have them shipped free to you house!

Click HERE for more information and ordering instructions. Click HERE to purchase from bbgb bookshop's website (scroll to bottom of page for gift certificates) Students who pay for Lower School Book Fair books with a gift certificate will receive an extra raffle ticket for a chance to win one of four exciting book basket prizes.

Lower School Book Fair: Tuesday-Thursday, January 31-February
Middle School Book Fair (new this year!): Week of March 13 
Got Books?
If your child has library books at home/school that they have completed reading, we ask that these books be returned before the break. Thanks so much!  -Mrs. Wise and Mrs. Carpenter
Need Childcare for Winter Break? Registration closes December 12!
St M will be hosting camps for grades K-8 during the winter holiday break (Dec. 19-23 and Dec. 26-30.)
Click HERE for information, pricing and to register. (Minimum number of registrants needed for camps to occur.)  Please contact Allyson Steele, Director of Extended Programs, with any questions.
Stay Warm with NEW Spiritwear Items
Be sure to visit our spiritwear site for new St M winter items like hats, a scarf and even a fleece vest! We also offer St M Tervis Tumblers. Please contact Kim Cronheim with any questions or to order the Tervis Tumblers directly!
Missing Jackets or Coats?
St. Michael's jackets and sweat shirts continue to be left in the gym without names in them. Please stop by and see if they are yours. Thanks too for putting names on jackets and coats.   
Let's Be Friends! 
Get connected to keep abreast of St M news, events, calendar changes and information.  We also have a NEW Media Gallery page on our website under News and Events so you can follow all of our St M social media in one place!  
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Current and past issues of "This Week at St. Michael's" are now archived on our website under "News and Events," as well as under "Community."
 In This Issue:
  • Hour of Code
  • 8th Grade Exams
  • Planning Dates for the 2017-2018 School Year
  • Morning Gym TIME CHANGE
  • Order January Lunch
  • Fruit Challenge Results
  • Auction Tuition Raffle
  • Book Fair Gift Certificates
  • Return Library Books
  • Winter Break Camps
  • Spiritwear
  • LS After-school Enrichment/Intramural Sports Schedules
  • Chaplain's Corner
  Dates to Remember...(Please check our improved online School Calendar for updates. You now can subscribe to St M calendars so they automaticaly download to your personal calendar!)
Click HERE for the '16-'17 Academic Calendar
Eighth Grade Exams Week
Sunday, 12/11:
  • MS Swim Team Practice, 4:30-5:30 p.m., St. Catherine's Pool
Monday, 12/12: 
  • Fifth Grade Chorus Tour, 9:30 a.m. -2 p.m. (Please dress in Chorus Uniform)
Tuesday, 12/13: 
  • Kindergarten  Gingerbread Houses, 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, 12/15:
  • Christmas Pageant Dress Rehearsal, followed by Band Concert, 8:30 a.m. 
  • 2nd and 6th grade Service Learning Project at LS, 10-11 a.m.
Friday, 12/16:
  • Christmas Pageant , 8:35 a.m., Church Sanctuary (Doors open at 8 a.m.)
  • Early Dismissals: Middle School at 11:35 a.m. and grades 4-5 at Noon. (Grades K-3 dismiss right after the Pageant.)
Christmas Break: 12/17-1/1. Classes resume on Monday, 1/2.
NOTE: Given the volume of Middle School basketball and SMBA practices and games, please refer to the weekly schedules on the website calendar. You may also download individual sports team calendars to your own calendar.
Lower School WINTER After-School Enrichment and Intramural Sports Schedule 
Click here for a full schedule of WINTER session start dates, times and student pickup information.
Christmas Caroling Night with St. Michael's Church
Join us for dinner and then let’s go sing some caroling at Bickford Assisted Living Center! Please contact
Madeline Gorman
to let her know if Dec. 18 or 19 works better for you.

Polar Express Night
December 17 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. at St. Matthias Episcopal Church.
All 6th-12th grade youth are invited to join us in their pajamas to watch The Polar Express. Please contact Jill Hunter to RSVP. 

Christmas Pageant
All are invited to participate in the Church’s Christmas Pageant on December 24 at 4:00 p.m. Rehearsal will be on December 18 from  10:20-12:30 p.m. The signup for parts is available HERE.

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