Week of November 3, 2014
¡Feliz Día de los Muertos!

This was a week of project-based learning about Spanish, culture and family for many St. Michael’s students. Fifth graders completed a unit on "describing themselves and others" by making family photo albums complete with Spanish sentences about those they love—look for yourselves in their albums when they bring them home next week!
In the Middle School, the all-school, student-led Day of the Dead fiesta turned the Great Hall and the Art Room into a corner of Mexico for an afternoon. Eighth graders researched and cooked authentic Mexican dishes for everyone, learning as they did so about the origins of many popular foods. (They were horrified to discover that chocolate, originally from Mexico, did not become a worldwide phenomenon until after 1492, when the Old World and the New World met!)  Seventh graders prepared beautiful ofrendas (offerings) and made presentations in English and in Spanish to celebrate and commemorate the lives of family members who have passed away.
Want to learn more about Day of the Dead celebrations and traditions? Check out this informative interactive site from the Smithsonian Institute.
(Visit our Facebook page for more photos of St M activities this week!)
 Important Announcements:
Have You Received the Annual Fund Mailing? If you haven't received yours, please contact Mary King Coleman. Thanks so much for your support of St. Michael's!
Nutritional Challenge:  Lower School Students will have the opportunity in November to compete in a “Fruit and Vegetable” challenge.  Students who bring in and eat a serving of fruits or vegetables with their snack or lunch will earn a grade-specific sticky note.  On their gym day, students will bring the notes in and place them in a line along the gym wall.  The class with the most sticky notes at the end of the month will earn an extra gym period, as well as a fruit party!  This competition will coincide with weekly nutritional lessons during PE class. Click here for more info.

Getting into the Holiday Spirit: St. Michael's Episcopal Church cordially invites our families to attend their Second Annual Holiday Gift Fair on Friday, November 16th at 7:00pm. The event features a concert by the Greater Richmond Children's Choir. Proceeds from items purchased at the Holiday Gift Fair will support local service ministries such as Noah's Children, Stop Hunger Now, and more.  Click here for additional information.

Friendly reminders:
  • Tuesday, November 4th is Election Day. As the Bon Air Community Center is a polling place, please be extra cautious of pedestrians coming to vote during Lower School carpool.
  • Our new visitor sign-in procedure begins on November 3. 
Hope to See You at Our Annual Auction!
Do you have your tickets yet? Invitations to our annual auction have been mailed and excitement is building for this fun-filled event! Come celebrate "Blue and White" with us on Saturday, 11/22 at 6 p.m at the Commonwealth Club. 
Visit 501auctions.com/stmichaelsauction to RSVP online and complete your bidding registration!
Love Wears Pink
United as a community, our school came together this week with an abundance of faith, hope, strength and love to support Ms. Somerville and all those fighting breast cancer.
Ms. Somerville said that "her cup runneth over" with love and support and asked that we share this thank you letter with all of you. If you haven't yet seen it, her husband also wrote the touching blog post below about our community.  
Support St M When You Shop
With the holiday shopping season almost upon us, now is the the time to sign up to support St M when when you shop! St. Michael’s and the SMPA benefit from additional funds when you shop and use the following community programs:
AmazonSmile: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-5038516. On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you will need to select St Michaels Episcopal School Inc to receive donations from purchases marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages.
Kroger Community Rewards Program:  Effective September 1, 2014, the only way to participate in the Kroger Community Rewards Program is to enroll your Kroger Plus Card by registering online at https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards . Use St. Michael’s NPO number 82190.
Martin’s A+ School Rewards: Log on to www.giantfoodstores.com/aplus, select Customer Registration to register online using your BONUSCARD. If you registered your card last year, you Do Not need to re-register this year. 
Target Take Charge of Education: Take Charge of Education requires the use of one of the REDCards:Target Credit Card, Target Debit Card or Target Visa Credit Card. Visit http://tinyurl.com/kxerxof  enter the School’s name or ID (23698) to view and designate school.
Spring Break Trip Informational Session
Do you have Spring Break plans yet? St. Michael's is pleased to offer Middle School families the opportunity to participate in an exciting eight-day guided trip to Rome, Orvieto and Paris the week of March 8th. 
Please join us for an information session on the trip on Sunday, November 9th at 7 p.m at the Singleton Campus. Jo Leitner of Customised Tours wil be there to present the trip details and options, as well as to answer questions. Here is a brief overview on the trip. Please contact Mr. Hubbard with any questions.
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  Dates to Remember...
  Lower School: 
  • Chapel, Tuesday, 11/4, 8:30 a.m.
  • Championship Chess, Wednesday, 11/5, 2:40 to 3:40 p.m.   
  • Boys JV Bball practice, Tuesday, 11/4, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • SMBA basketball signups for Grades 4-6 due to Mr. Kern by this Tuesday, 11/4.
  • Coming up: 5th Grade Trip to Monticello on Monday, 11/10.
  Middle School
  • Chapel, Friday, 11/7, 2-2:45 p.m.
  • Spring Break Trip Information Session, Sunday, 11/9, 7 p.m., Singleton Campus.
  Sports
  • Final Tryouts for MS Girls Bball, Monday, 11/3, 4:30-6:30 p.m.**The coaches would like to meet with parents for 5 minutes after tryouts
  • Boys JV Bball practice, Tuesday, 11/4, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Boys JV Bball practice, Thursday, 11/6, 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Boys Varsity A Basketball practice, Monday, 11/3, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Boys Varsity A Basketball practice,Thursday, 11/6, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Boys Varsity B Basketball practice, Tuesday, 11/4, 7-8:30p.m.
  • Boys Varsity B Basketball practice, Thursday, 11/6, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • SMBA Basketball signup forms for Grades 4-6th due to Mr. Kern by this Tuesday, 11/4.

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