August 30: It's Going to Be A Great Year!
 A Back to School Blessing
"Lord God, I ask your blessing upon these backpacks that they represent all the tools you have given these children for the year ahead. Lord, may what they carry in their backpacks remind them of the gifts you have given each of them to carry inside of them.
May you help each student always find the right resource and tool to use to grow to be the person you created them to be, and Lord, as you bless these backpacks, may each child know that they are beloved, blessed, children of God."  (-Rev. Jeunée Godsey)
We started our School year with a new St M tradition at both campuses: The Blessing of Backpacks. We hope all of our students had a truly wonderful first week!
Also, let's be friends! Be sure to check out our St M Facebook and Twitter pages for photos and videos from the first week of School! 
 Important Announcements:
For those who are new to St. Michael's,"This Week at St. Michael's" is our weekly newsletter which comes out via email every Sunday morning to help you prepare for the week ahead. In it, you will find important announcements, calendar items, etc. You can also find weekly copies of this newsletter on the St M website and social media.  
New Faculty and Staff
We extend a warm St M welcome to our new Faculty and Staff (clockwise from upper left):
Tim Winkler (MS Science), Ben Hayward (MS Math), Mike  Jackson (Director of Finance and Facilities) and Anne Methven (Advancement Assistant). Welcome aboard! We are glad you are here!
Carpool Placards
A friendly reminder to place the nameplate for your student(s) on the front passenger visor facing out. This visual cue helps faculty call for the student(s) and thus keeps carline moving swiftly.  We also invite families to make their own placards for extra drivers.
Last Call to Update Your School Directory Listing

Has your email or phone number changed? Do you want School communications to go to a particular email address?
Please send in any changes by this Tuesday, September 1,  as we are finalizing the School directory. Returning families need only to review their current listing and forward all new/corrected information (e.g., address, emails, phone numbers, etc.) to Erbie Godwin at egodwin@stmschool.net. New families have been emailed separately to confirm contact info.
Say Cheese! School Picture Day Plan 
  • Lower School pictures will be taken on Wed., September 16.
  • Middle School pictures will be taken on Thurs., September 17. 
Please complete the photo order form that came home with your child and return it to your child's teacher in the Lower School or to Erbie Godwin in the Middle School office by Wednesday, September 9.  If you're not ordering photos, please complete and return the form anyway, as all students will have a picture taken for the yearbook.

Eighth Grade Class Pictures- Special Instructions

Here is the link for special instructions for 8th grade parents/students regarding school pictures.  Parents and students should pay special attention to the information, sign and return the signature portion of the form to Erbie Godwin no later than Wednesday, September 9.

Questions? Please contact Becky Ward.
Lower School Author Visit and Book Order 
We are excited to announce that New York Times best-selling author, Judy Schachner ,will be visiting with our K-2nd grade students on Wednesday, September 9th, to discuss her books and the writing process.  On tour to promote her new book, Dewey Bob, she is best-known for her very popular Skippyjon Jones books.  

We are partnering with our local children's bookshop, bbgb, to make Ms. Schachner's books available for purchase. The books will be personalized and delivered to your child's class that day.

To place an order, go to http://bbgbbooks.com/book-buzz/. You will be asked to provide the name of the child, the school and teacher's name. In the "order notes" section, please write to whom you want the book subscribed. Book orders must be placed by: September 7. Also, as these books make great gifts, all families may buy these books whether or not they have a child in K-2. 
Lower School Intramural Sports Sign-Ups
Signups are now underway for Lower School Boys and Girls Intramural Soccer and Girls Intramural Field Hockey. Field Hockey begins on Friday, September 4 and Soccer starts on Tuesday, September 15. 
Please visit our website under http://www.stmschool.net/community/co-curricular-sports-forms/ for the sign-up forms. 
Questions? Please contact Coach Kern or Coach Martin.
Fifth Grade Lego Robotics Organizational Meeting
Join us for a 5th grade LEGO Robotics organizational meeting on Thursday, September 3, at 3:15 p.m. in the Bon Air library. 
FIRST LEGO League (FLL®) challenges kids to think like scientists and engineers. Students will solve a real-world problems and also build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology to complete a set of missions in the Robot Game.  Come learn more about the program!
Sign Up Now for Pizza Friday!
Pizza Fridays is a popular fundraising program sponsored by the SMPA. Students may pre-purchase a Pizza Hut personal pan cheese or pepperoni pizza and a dessert/side for lunch on Fridays. A portion of the proceeds supports the SMPA.

Click here for the order sheet. Orders are due by this Tuesday, 9/1. Pizza delivery starts on Friday,  9/11.

We are in need of volunteers to help sort and serve the pizza at each campus - contact Dave Lundgren if you want to be part of the "Pizza Crew." This involves donating between 30-60 minutes of time on Fridays around lunchtime. Thanks!
Learn an instrument! Join the St M Band! (for Grades 5-8)
Our St M band program consists of three sections: a beginning section for students who have no previous experience with a band instrument (woodwind, brass or percussion) and 2 intermediate sections (based upon playing level/experience) for students who have had a year or more of instruction (either in a school or private lesson setting). Sessions will take place at Trinity Episcopal School. Here are two links for more information: Band Program Overview and  Band Schedule. Questions? Please contact Band Director Brian Rollins.
The Adventures of Flat Dragon!
A BIG thank you to our families for including Flat Dragon in your summer adventures! (Dragon has now gone to bed to recuperate!) If you have not had a chance to view it, please check out our video that recaps Dragon's travels and summer fun! 
Extended Day: Tennis, Karate, Hip Hop, Drums & More!
Would you like your child to participate in after-school activities such as tennis lessons, karate class, Hip Hop, pre-allet, piano, guitar, drums, art or yoga without giving up an evening or a Saturday?
St. Michael’s Church Extended Day Program is the answer! Take advantage of our 80% off family registration, now only $10 per family, and you can also enroll your child in the enrichment activities we offer.  Several activties will begin as early as the week of August 31.  Also, if you’re able to pick your child up at or before 4:30 p.m. on scheduled enrichment days, your daily drop-in rate will be only $10, not $25!
For more information, click HERE.  Questions?  Call: Merry Norris, Extended Day Program Director, 804-272-0992, extension 106
Let's Be Friends! 
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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."
  Dates to Remember...(Please check our improved online School Calendar for updates, events, and weekly activities/sports schedules.)
Click here to download an updated Academic Calendar
Tuesday, 9/1: 
  • Lower School Back to School Night, 7 p.m., Church Sanctuary, followed by classroom visits
Friday, 9/4:
  • Middle School Honor Pledge Ceremony: 1:03 p.m.
  • Middle School Clubs begin
Coming Up:
  • Labor Day Holiday- No Classes, Monday, 9/7
  • Eighth Grade Camping Trip Planning Meeting, Wednesday, 9/9, 6-7 p.m., Great Hall 
  • Middle School Back to School Night, Wednesday, 9/9 p.m., Great Hall  
  • Eighth Grade Camping Trip, Thursday-Friday, 9/10-11
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