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December 9, 2018

Let It Snow...Let It Snow...

In the case of snow, ice or power outages, the Head of School may decide to close School, delay School opening, or in rare instances, send students home early.  These decisions are  communicated as soon as the decision is made in these ways: 
  • Parents notified by text message. 
  • Announcement posted on the St M Facebook/ Twitter pages, plus the Website home page.
  • Recorded message on the School telephone answering machine.
  • Broadcasted on NBC 12's School Closings list. 
  • Best efforts are made to announce the decision by 6 a.m. on all information outlets.  
Please note:
School Closed- All School buildings, Administrative offices, and Extended Day are closed. All school activities are canceled unless otherwise announced. 

Delayed Opening- Schools will open one or two hours later than usual. Field trips are canceled. As always, doors open 20 minutes prior to the start time. No Morning Gym is provided.

Extended Programs: 
When the School is closed, Extended Day Programs will be closed. As such, Morning Gym will NOT be open on Delayed Opening Days.

While the weather outside may soon be frightful, hopefully, this information will make SNOW a bit more delightful.  

Meet the Head of School Candidates

The Search Committee is excited to welcome to campus three excellent Head of School candidates. One finalist will visit the School on each of the following dates this week: December 10, 11, and 12. All are invited to meet the candidates during open drop-ins on these dates from 8:05 to 8:35 a.m. in the Hubbard Hall Library.  
Brief bios of each candidate will be sent out the night before each of the meet and greet sessions. (This is a change requested by the search consultant.)
If you plan to attend the Meet the Candidate sessions, please drop-off any students in the regular car loop first, park in the East (Gym) Lot and enter directly into the Hubbard Hall Library.  If you cannot attend, please share any questions or thoughts with the Parent Advisory Committee as they will meet with each candidate.  The names of all Advisory Committee members may be found on the School's website. Thank you for your support.

Christmas Break

Can you believe that Christmas is only 16 days away?!  A friendly reminder that St. Michael's Christmas Break is from noon on December 19-January 2. Classes resume on Thursday, January 3.

8th Grade Winter Exams Begin This Week

Below is a schedule by subject for 8th grade exams so students know the order of exams. We wish our students much success!
  • Thursday, December 13: Geography
  • Friday, December 14: Math
  • Monday, December 17: Spanish
  • Tuesday, December 18: English
  • Wednesday, December 19: Science (NOON DISMISSAL)

Key Dates for Next School Year

For planning purposes, below please find key dates for the 2019-2020 school year.
  • August 22: Lower School "Meet your Teacher" and Extended Day open house
  • August 26: Lower School first day of school with early dismissal
  • August 26: Middle School orientation
  • August 27:  First full day of school for all students
  • December 20: Christmas break begins with early dismissal
  • January 6: Classes resume
  • March 6: Spring break begins with early dismissal
  • March 16: Classes resume
  • June 3: Closing Exercises for Lower School and Middle School
  • June 4: Eighth Grade Commencement (9 a.m)

Middle School Holiday Dance

Middle Schoolers, join us for the Holiday Dance on Friday, December 14, from 7-9 p.m. in the Great Hall.
Admission is $8 at the door (cash only please) or $5 if you bring a donated coat or gloves.  Be sure to wear your most festive, tacky holiday attire as we will have a contest to chose the most holiday-spirited outfit!
Note: Drop-off and pick-up for the dance will be in the West (Green) loop at the front door of Singleton Hall.

Box Tops Due By December 14!

Be sure to send in your boxtops as this contest round ends on December 14! The winning class/homeroom will celebrate with both a dress down day and ice cream party before the holiday break.  This is a fantastic and easy way to support our School!   

Winter Break Camp

Need childcare for winter break? Or some alone time to do holiday shopping?
St M is partnering with Challenge Island to host Camp Jingle, a winter camp for grades K-5 on December 20-21. 
Click HERE for more information. 
Register online at (Go to the blue bar at top of the page & hit the “Register Now” tab. Once on the registration page, scroll down to find the Camp Jingle entry.) 
Contact Allyson Steele, Director of Extended Programs, with any questions.

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 all-school Book Fair, January 28-31.

Click HERE to purchase from bbgb bookshop's website.
Note: Gift certificates are a way for children to have purchase power during their class visit day.  Gift certificates are for $20, $15, and $10 amounts. Multiple certificates can be purchased and combined into one if designated.  When checking out online, write in the memo "please combine" if you wish to combine gift certificate values for one of a larger amount.

Let's Be Friends! 

Get connected to keep abreast of St M news, events, calendar changes and information.
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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 online School Calendar for updates. 
Click HERE for the UPDATED 2018-2019 Academic Calendar.
Never miss an update! Subscribe to our School calendars and receive automatic updates! Please subscribe to the ALL SCHOOL calendar, PLUS the Lower School or Middle School calendar (or both) as needed.

One Campus.

One Phone Number.

For your records, our ONE campus phone number is: 804-272-3514.

This Week:

Monday, Dec 10:
  • Dragon Dress Day (Grades 6-8)
  • 5th Grade Chorus Tour
  • MS Exploring Faith, 7:20 a.m.
Wednesday, Dec 12:
  • Middle School Chapel, 8:05 a.m.
  • Lower School Chapel, 8:45 a.m.
  • 5th Grade Chorus Concert, Great Hall,  2 p.m.
Thursday, Dec 13:
  • Eighth Grade Exams Begin
Friday, Dec 14:
  • K and 5th Grade Chapel Pal Ornament Exchange, 1:20 p.m.
  • Middle School Holiday Dance, 7 p.m.
Note: Due to the volume of sports practices and games, please consult the online School calendar for practice/game dates and times.
MS Exploring Faith
Monday, December 10
7:20 a.m. in the second floor of the Gym 

Join us in the second level of the gym for tasty treats, fun games, and good conversation about faith! 
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