October 16, 2016
Starstruck
  • As part of their study of Broadway musicals in music class, our eighth graders skyped with Tony and Grammy award nominated actor/singer/songwriter Brandon Victor Dixon, who is currently playing Aaron Burr in the acclaimed Broadway production of Hamilton: An American Musical. Mr. Dixon shared stories about the musical and his life as an actor, and even rapped and sang a few song lyrics. A BIG thank you to Brandon and to Craig and Hilary Dixon for bringing this cultural experience to our Dragons and for donating two tickets to see Hamilton on Broadway to our St M Auction! 
  • From binary stars orbiting each other and clear views of craters on the moon to glimpses of Saturn and Mars, there were so many interesting things to see in the night sky on Tuesday! As our eighth grade students are studying astronomy, Middle School science teacher, Tim Winkler, invited our students to an astronomy night at the Middle School to view these celestial bodies through his telescopes.

(Click on our Media Gallery to see more photos from around campus this week!)

 Important Announcements:
Join us for "Meetings with Michael"
Join Mr. Turner to discuss "How to ask about recess: Partnering with teachers to support children's social-emotional growth."  Play, especially unstructured play, offers children the opportunity to practice social skills and deepen emotional maturity. Understanding one's own emotions, interpreting and responding to others emotions, decision-making, creativity, and communication are all on display and in demand on the playground. 

Merrill Geier, our Lower School coordinator, will share how St M supports children as they learn to apply lessons in empathy, enabling them to create positive social/emotional relationships before, during, and after recess.

  • Wednesday, November 2, 1:40-2:40 p.m., (Lower School, Dundas Hatcher Hall)
  • Thursday, November 3, 7:20 a.m.-8:20 a.m. (Lower School, Dundas Hatcher Hall)

Middle Schools Tours for Current Fifth Grade Families
For those parents of St M fifth graders who would like more information about our Middle School program, we cordially invite you to tour our Singleton Campus on one of the following dates:
  • Wednesday, October 19, 8:30-9:30 a.m.  
  • Wednesday, November 2, 8:30-9:30 a.m. 
  • Friday, January 27, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
  • Note: All of our current fifth grade students will have an opportunity to visit the Middle School Singleton Campus this winter and attend an informational program and drama production.
Please RSVP to Laurel Nelson at lnelson@stmschool.net and confirm the date you will be attending. Those coming on October 19 should respond by Monday, October 17.
Fall Admissions Open Houses!
  • Kindergarten OPEN HOUSES for Prospective Parents: October 26 and October 27, 9:30 am. Interested families can register here
  • Middle School OPEN HOUSE for Prospective Parents: Sunday, November 13, 2 p.m. Interested families can register here.
Got Lunch? Ordering Closes Oct. 20.
Last call to place your online order for Hot Lunch for the month of NOVEMBER.
Orders must be placed by midnight on October 20.  Click here for the online link and order information. 
Varsity and JV Basketball Tryouts
Calling all 5th-8th graders for JV and Varsity basketball tryouts! The tryout schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, November 14: - all interested 5th-8th grade Boys AND Girls will meet in the Singleton Campus gym from 3:-4:30 p.m.  
  • Tuesday, November 15: Boys will be in the Singleton Campus gym from 3-4:30 p.m. for a second day of half and full court games.  
  • Wednesday, November 16: Girls will be in the Singleton Campus gym from 4:30-6 p.m. for a second day of half and full court games.  (OR 3-4:30 Confirm)
Please contact Wally Kern with any questions.
School Pictures Update
LOWER SCHOOL: School pictures are in for the Lower School and were sent home in backpacks on Friday.  Thanks for checking your child's backpack. Contact Tracy Ward with any questions or make-up photo needs.
MIDDLE SCHOOL: We are still awaiting delivery of the Middle School student photos as there was a delay in processing. We will keep you updated as to when you can expect them. Thanks for your patience.
(Safe) Hydration is Good
It's a great idea for students to have reasonably-sized water bottles at school. Bottles should be washed at home on a regular basis. We ask that no glass bottles, even in a rubber wrapper, be sent. 
Running a Little Late?
When dropping off (even a little) late, students must be checked-in by an adult at the office. Please do not drop 'n' drive at the office the way we do during morning drop-off. This is to ensure we have accurate attendance and know where students are at all times. 
Lower School Author Visit!
New York Times Bestselling Author Geoff Rodkey is coming to St. Michael's School on Friday, October 28th! He is visiting in celebration of the latest book in his Tapper Twins Series, The Tapper Twins Run for President, and will be speaking to our 3rd-5th graders. 

You may purchase autographed books for your child on bbgb's website at bbgbbooks.com/book-buzz. We are receiving a 15% discount when you use coupon code stm15. At check-out choose school delivery, then select St. Michael's Episcopal School and indicate your child's name, teacher and to whom the book(s) should be signed. Please place your order by Wednesday, October 19th. You may call bbgb with any questions at 804.353.5675 or email Mrs. Wise (cwise@stmschool.net) .
It is getting cooler! Show your Dragon Pride w/ St M Jackets and Fleece!
Be sure to visit our spiritwear site for new St M jackets and fleece!
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: 
  • Broadway and Astronomy
  • Meetings with Michael
  • MS Tours for Current 5th Grade Parents
  • Time to Apply for K!
  • Last Call Nov. Hot Lunch 
  • Varsity/JV Basketball Tryouts
  • School Pictures
  • Waterbottle Update
  • Late Policy
  • LS Author Visit
  • Spiritwear: Fleece!
  • LS After-school Enrichment/Intramural Sports Schedule
  • 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
Monday, 10/17: 
  • 5th Grade FIELD TRIP to Monticello: REMINDER OF EARLY DEPARTURE TIME OF 7:30 a.m. Please arrive at school by 7:20 a.m. and bring a nut-free snack, bag lunch and a drink. 
  • MS Mountain Biking, 3-5 p.m.
  • MS Cross Country Practice, 3-4:30 p.m. 
  • MS Field Hockey Practice, 3-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, 10/18:
  • Lower School Chapel, 8:30 a.m.
  • MS Cross Country Practice, 3-4:30 p.m. 
  • MS Field Hockey AWAY Game @ St. Catherine's, 5 p.m.
  • MS Soccer Game vs. St. Bridget's, 4:30-6 p.m.
Wednesday, 10/19:  
  • Middle School Tour for Parents of Current 5th Graders, 8:30-9:30 a.m. 
  • MS Mountain Biking, 3-5 p.m.
  • MS Cross Country Home Meet , 4 p.m.
  • MS Field Hockey Away Game @ Steward, 4:30 p.m.
  • MS Lacrosse Clinic (Gr. 4-8), 5:30-6:30 p.m., Singleton Campus
Thursday, 10/20:  
  • LAST DAY to Order Hot Lunch for November
  • MS VCIC Prejudice Awareness Summit, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • MS Cross Country practice, 3-4:30 p.m. 
  • MS Soccer Home Game vs. Veritas, 5 p.m.
  • Dad's Night Out, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Middle School Singleton Campus
Friday, 10/21:  
  • 2nd Grade Egypt Day, 8:30 a.m.
  • MS Chapel & Installation of SCA officers, 1:40 p.m.
  • MS Clubs, 2:15 p.m.
  • LS Intramural Field Hockey, 3-5 p.m.
  • MS Baseball Clinic,
    3:15-4:45 p.m., at Trinity
  • MS Cross Country Practice, 3-4:15 p.m.
  • Middle School Halloween Dance, 7-9 p.m., $8.00 at door, cash only please (no coins). Costumes optional.
Saturday, 10/22
  • Lower School Bon Air Campus Grounds Clean-Up, 8 a.m.
Lower School After-School Enrichment and Intramural Sports Schedule
Click here for a full schedule of session start dates, times and student pickup information.

Is Your Child Interested in joining the Girl Scouts? 

Click here for information. If interested,  Chaplain Hansen would be happy to connect you with the Girl Scout leadership.

Pumpkin Palooza

SundayOctober 30

Join us after the 10:30 a.m. St. Michael's Church service in Dundas-Hatcher Hall to carve pumpkins, make s’mores, and prepare for Halloween! RSVP HERE

Service Opportunity - Bon Air Crop Walk 

Sunday, November 6, 2 p.m.

Looking for a service opportunity in the Bon Air area? Join us in partnership with other local churches to support this wonderful cause. Youth in grades 6-12 are encouraged to participate. Click HERE to get more information and RSVP. 

Please contact Chaplain Christian Hansen with any questions.
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