Week of February 2, 2015
“There is no friend as loyal as a book.” 
 Ernest Hemingway
Thank you for supporting our SMPA Book Fair this week! We are most appreciative of the time and efforts of our wonderful Book Fair chairpersons, organizers and parent volunteers, plus our partner bbgb books, who all made it a huge success!
We are pleased to share that over 1100 books were sold at the Book Fair! The top 10 titles sold were:
  1. Danger is Everywhere by D. O'Doherty
  2. Maggie Sinclair, Will You Please Fix Your Hair? by H.G. Dixon
  3. Unlikely Friendships by J. Holland
  4. Terrible Two by J. John
  5. Unlikely Loves by J. Holland
  6. Keeper: The Unguarded Story of Tim Howard by T. Howard
  7. El Deafo by C. Bell
  8. 100 Most Destructive Natural Disasters Ever by A. Claybourne
  9. My New Friend Is So Fun by M. Willems
  10. Guinness World Records 2015 by Guinness World Records
We are also grateful for author and St M parent Hilary Grant Dixon, who read and signed copies of her book, Maggie Sinclair Will You Please Fix Your Hair?, and for Q Barbeque for providing to-go dinners. Thank you, thank you.
Happy reading!
 Important Announcements:
SMBA Championship Fun! Come out and cheer for the SMBA on Tuesday, February 3! Join us for a night of family fun and great basketball. The SMPA will begin the evening at 6:15 p.m. with a s'mores roasting in the parking lot before the game (weather permitting). The game begins at 7 p.m.  We will even have a special half-time event! Go Dragons! 

E-Books Are Here! Students are now able to access eBooks online or download them to view offline. Please be on the lookout on Monday for an email that outlines how to access eBooks in our library collection via student passwords. - Mrs. Wise and Miss Price

Only 210 Days Until The First Day of School! As folks are turning their attention to summer vacation planning, we wanted to share in advance the dates for the first week of school 2015. They are:
  • Monday, August 24: First Day of School 2015 (This will be a 1/2 day for Lower School and Middle School registration day.)
  • Click here to view the tentative 2015-2016 school calendar.

Swim Success! Congrats to our St M Swim Team for a very impressive meet and third place finish at the competitive Holten Arms JV Invitational in Maryland last weekend! 

Snow Fun! Remember to send in your snow dragons and other St M- themed snow creations to our Communications Office. Show us your DRAGON PRIDE!

Friendly Reminder: School Closing announcements are sent via email and text to our families. Please be sure to add the following address to your email "safe list" to keep it out of spam folders:  STMSCHOOLENS@xmr3.com.

Join us for After School Fun and Games: We are excited to offer a new after school opportunity for Grades 3-5 called "Fun and Games." A different game will be played each week, including kickball, pickle ball, Frisbee golf and more! These will be held on Tuesday afternoons from 3-4:00 p.m., beginning March 17 and ending April 14. Click here to sign-up! Sign-ups due in please by March 6.


Sign Up Now for Spring LAX: Middle School lacrosse will be offered for both boys and girls this spring. Girls’ practices begin Monday, February 23rd. Boys’ practices begin Tuesday, February 24th. Signup forms are due by February 13th to Mr. Kern or Mrs. Martin. Here is the form.
Gearing Up for Magic Dragon Day: T-Shirt Art Contest!
Calling all St. Michael's artists!  Your dragon artwork could be chosen to appear on the 2015 Magic Dragon Day T-Shirts!  Contest Rules:
1. All entries must be submitted on a piece of white paper (8.5 x 11 inches). The drawing must include a picture of a dragon.
2. Please use a black marker or black ink pen (no colors or pencil) so that the design can be copied easily onto a shirt. Write your name and grade in pencil on the back of the drawing.
3. Submit your entry to the office (Bon Air or Singleton) by the end of the School day on Thursday, February 12, 2015.   Questions? Contact Madeline Gorman @ 929-1290 or Alison Roussy @ 855-9090.
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  Dates to Remember...
  Lower School:   
  • Chapel, Tuesday, 2/3 at 8:30 a.m.
  • Championship Chess, Wednesday, 2/4, 2:40 to 3:40 p.m.  
  • Math Club, Thursday 2/5, 3:10-4:10 p.m.
  • First Grade Play (Baldwin), Friday, 2/6, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
  Middle School
  • 6th Grade Field Trip to VMFA, Tuesday, 2/3, 11:3- a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Yoga (students and faculty invited!): Wednesday, 2/4, 3:15-4:15 p.m., Music Room.
  • Student Recognition Assembly, Friday, 2/6 at  2 p.m.
  LS and MS Sports:
  Monday, Feb. 2 –
  • 3:00-4:00 p.m. – Boys Varsity A Bball practice
  • 4:00-5:15 p.m. - Girls Varsity A BBall practice
  • 5:15-6:30 p.m. - Girls Varsity B Bball practice
  • 6:30-8:00 p.m. – Boys Varsity B Bball practice
  Tuesday, Feb. 3 –
  • 3:00- 4:00 p.m. – Boys Varsity A Bball practice
  • 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Boys JV Bball practice
  • 5:30 p.m. – Girls Varsity A Bball game AT VERITAS
  • 7:00 p.m.- SMBA Finals (Come for s'mores at 6:15 p.m. and stay to cheer on the teams!)
   Wednesday, Feb. 4 –
  • 6:30-8:00 p.m. – Boys Varsity B Bball practice
   Thursday, Feb. 5 –
  • 3:00-4:00 p.m. – Boys Varsity A Bball practice
  • 4:30 p.m. - Girls Varsity A Bball Game vs. St. Benedict’s
  • 5:30-6:30 p.m.- Girls Varsity B Bball practice 
  • 6:00 p.m.- JV SWIM MEETat St. Catherine's
  • 7:00-8:30 p.m. – Boys JV Bball practice
   Saturday, Feb. 7 –
  • 10:00 a.m. – Girls Varsity A Bball game vs. Saint Gertrude’s
  • 11:00 a.m. – Girls Varsity B Bball game vs. Waldorf
  • 2:00 p.m. – Boys Varsity A Bball game vs. St. Edward’s

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