December 4, 2016
In this season of kindness, our Lower School students made holiday cards this week to send to veterans in appreciation of their service to our country. #ServiceLearning
 Important Announcements:
Lower School Noon Dismissal on Wednesday
A friendly reminder that the Lower School dismisses at noon on 12/7.
Drop-ins are welcome in our afternoon Extended Day Program for $25. Please email Allyson Steele if you plan to have your child drop-in.
Eighth Grade Exam Week Schedule
Eighth grade exams will be administered December 11-17.
Click HERE for the exam schedule. We wish all of our eighth graders much success!
Middle School Holiday Dance

Come be FESTIVUS with the REST OF US!  The Middle School holiday dance is Friday, December 9, 7-9 p.m., $8 at the door.  

Not only will there be a tacky sweater contest and a photo booth, but the seventh grade is collecting coats for Coats for Kids. Students who bring in a new or gently used coat to donate will receive the reduced rate of $5. In addition, the grade that donates the most coats will receive a BONUS dress down day before the holidays. 
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. 
Time to Order Lunch for January
Place your January lunch order beginning December 10 through December 20. Click here to place your order.
Book Fair Gift Certificates

Give the gift of reading this holiday season!  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. 

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 (Days to be announced)
Got Books?
If your child has library books at home/school that they are done reading, we ask that these books be returned before the break so that others may have the chance to check them out.  Thanks so much!  -Mrs. Wise and Mrs. Carpenter
Art in the Community
The SunTrust Bank Art Gallery is home this month to 100 pieces of art representing our very creative St M students. If you head downtown to view the Christmas lights, families and the general public can view this artwork from December 3-30 at 919 East Main Street. 
The Reason for the Season
As St. Michael's emphasizes the religious part of the Christmas season, gift giving at School is discouraged. On behalf of families, the SMPA provides funds for room parents to provide a class gift to all teachers.
Need to Do Some Holiday Shopping? We'll Watch Your Kids!
Who:     St. M Students in grades K-8
What:     Drop and Shop!
Where:  Extended Programs (inside LS Ticer Hall)
When:   Sunday, December 11,  2-5 p.m. 
Cost:     $25 for first child, $15 per additional child

Reservations required. Please complete this Google Form to register.

Contact Allyson Steele, Director of Extended Programs, at asteele@stmschool.net if you have questions.
Need Childcare for Winter Break? Register by 12/14!
St M will be hosting camps for grades K-8 during the winter holiday break (Dec. 19-23 and Dec. 26-30.)
Click on each link below for information, pricing and to register.  The deadline to register is December 14. (Minimum number of registrants needed for camps to occur.) 
Please contact Allyson Steele, Director of Extended Programs, with any questions.
NEW Spiritwear Items Make Great Holiday Gifts!
Be sure to visit our spiritwear site for holiday gifts! We have added NEW hats, a scarf and even a fleece vest!  
December 7 is the order deadline to receive items before the Christmas break. We also offer St M Tervis Tumblers. Please contact Kim Cronheim with any questions or to order the Tervis Tumblers directly!
Support St M While You Shop With Amazon SMILE!
This holiday season, please use the link below when you shop at Amazon and St. Michael’s will receive 5% of Amazon Smile purchases! Thank you SO MUCH for your support!
Here is St. Michael’s unique link: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-5038516
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:
  • LS Noon Dismissal Wednesday
  • 8th Grade Exams
  • Middle School Dance/Coat Drive
  • Tuition Raffle
  • Order January Lunch
  • Book Fair Gift Certificates
  • Return Library Books
  • St M Art in Community
  • Drop and Shop
  • Winter Break Camps/ Childcare
  • NEW 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
Sunday, 12/4:
  • MS Swim Team Practice, 4:30-5:30 p.m., St. Catherine's Pool
Monday, 12/5: 
  • LS Hour of Code Week Begins
Tuesday, 12/6:
  • LS Chapel, 8:30 a.m.
  • K and 5th Grade Ornament Exchange (after Chapel)
  • 3rd Grade Salad Bar
Wednesday, 12/7:
  • Lower School NOON dismissal
Thursdays, 12/8:
  • 5th Grade Chorus Winter Concert, 2-2:30 p.m.
Friday, 12/9:
  • Kindergarten (Somerville) Play, 8:30 a.m.
  • 2nd Grade Christmas Crafts
  • MS Advent Chapel, 1:37 p.m.
  • MS Clubs, 2:15 p.m.
  • MS Holiday Dance, 7-9 p.m., $8.00, donate a coat!
Saturday, 12/10:
  • Online lunch ordering opens for January
  • SMBA Game 1 vs. 2, 8:15 a.m., Middle School Singleton Gym
  • SMBA Game 3 vs. 4, 9 a.m., Middle School Singleton Gym
NOTE: Given the volume of Middle School basketball practices and games, please refer to the weekly schedules on the website calendar. You can 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.
Advent Lessons & Carols 
This Sunday, Dec. 4, 4:30 p.m.
Join us at St. Michael's Church for a holiday recital featuring Chaplain Christian Hansen and Crystal Jonkman. 

Polar Express Movie Night
Saturday, Dec. 17 
6:30-9:00 p.m. at Saint Matthias Episcopal Church
Sixth grade and older are invited to join us in your pajamas at Saint Matthias for a holiday classic, The Polar Express, plus milk and cookies. (RSVP to  chansen@stmschool.net

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