September 4:  It's Going to Be A Great Year!
A Back to School Blessing
"Lord God, as we start this year, we ask your blessing upon us. 
Help us to make new friends, and to support one another in our learning. 
Help us each to do our best – in teaching, in learning, in trying new things, and in learning how to grow from our mistakes. 
Most of all, Lord, in all we do, let our thoughts, words and actions show that we love you, that we love each other and that we love ourselves. 
In the power of your Spirit… Guide us Lord."
Welcome Back, Dragons! 
 Important Announcements:
Our goal is to consolidate all important info for our families into this weekly newsletter. Thus, the newsletter is extra long this week given so many new school year announcements. We promise it won't always be this long.
So pour a cup of coffee and let's dive in!  :)
Let's Be Friends!
Be sure to check out and LIKE our St M FacebookTwitter and new Instagram pages for photos and videos from the first week of school! 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!  
Please Turn in ALL Back to School Forms
Be sure to visit our website to download all of the Back-to-School forms which need to be turned in ASAP thsi weel. Here is the link: http://www.stmschool.net/community/summerback-to-school/ .  
Welcome New Faculty and Staff
We extend a warm St M welcome to our new Faculty and Staff!
(Clockwise from upper left): Dr. Katie Best (Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment), Jennifer Evans (Middle School Math), Samantha Futrell (Middle School Social Studies), Christian Hansen (Chaplain), Mary Carpenter (Middle School Librarian), Allyson Steele (Director of Extended Programs)
We also welcome our new team members in our Extended Day Program! (below left to right: Gaye Frugard, Wells Bridgforth and Megan Paul)
Lower School (K-2) Author Visit and Book Order
Author and Illustrator Abby Hanlon is coming to St. Michael's School on Tuesday, September 20th! She is visiting in celebration of the latest book in her Dory Fantasmagory series, Dory Dory Black Sheep, and will be speaking to our K-2nd graders. Our local bookshop, bbgb, is bringing her to us and offering the opportunity to purchase a signed book.

You may purchase autographed books for your child on bbgb's website at bbgbbooks.com/book-buzz. You will receive 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 note that you may purchase books even if your child's grade is not attending.)
Please place your order by Wednesday, September 14th. You may call bbgb with any questions at 804.353.5675.
Fifth Grade LEGO Robotics Organizational Meeting
Lego Robotics season is upon us! There will be a FIFTH grade organizational meeting from 3:05-3:45 p.m. on Thursday, September 8, in the Bon Air campus library. 
During this meeting, we will discuss the logistics of the LEGO Robotics season and give students the opportunity to sign up to participate.  
Eighth Grade Camping Trip
The Eighth Grade will head to Camp Westview on the James in Goochland, VA on September 15 and 16 for the annual Eighth Grade Camping Trip.  Packing lists and further details will be announced shortly. 
A parents' meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 13th from 6-7 p.m. to discuss the trip and last minute details.  We look forward to a good time away as we begin the eighth grade's final year at St. Michael's! 
Let's Be Good Neighbors: Please Drive Carefully
As both of our campuses are in residential neighborhoods, thank you for driving slowly and carefully as you drive to and from School. 
Carpool Placards
A friendly reminder to place carpool nameplates on your front passenger visor facing traffic. This visual cue helps faculty call for the students and keeps the carline moving swiftly. We also invite families to make their own placards for extra drivers.
Say Cheese! School Picture Day Plan
•   Lower School pictures will be taken on Tuesday, September 13.
•   Middle School pictures will be taken on Wednesday, September 14. 
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 7.  IF YOU DO NOT PLAN TO ORDER PICTURES, PLEASE CHECK NO ORDER, AND RETURN THE FORM TO SCHOOL - EVERY CHILD NEEDS TO TURN IN AN ORDER FORM.
Eighth Grade Class Pictures - Special Instructions
Here is the link for special instructions for eighth grade parents/students regarding school pictures.  Parents and students should pay special attention to the information, and sign and return the signature portion of the form to Erbie Godwin no later than Wednesday, September 7.
Questions? Please contact Tracy Ward @ tracy.ward@concoursauto.com
Music Lessons at St M!
St M Extended Programs is pleased to announce music lessons in: Guitar, Piano and Ukelele.
Music lessons will be held in the Extended Programs rooms at the Lower School.  Click below for more information and to register.
Note: Interested families will schedule lessons directly with each music instructor.
Guitar: Click HERE for info and registration information
Piano:  Click HERE for info and registration information. Click HERE for a bio on the Piano Instructor.
Ukelele:  Click HERE for info and registration information
Middle School Mountain Biking
Mountain Biking will begin this Wednesday, September 7 from 3-5 p.m. on our Middle School campus for those that have registered for the program.
We will have secured storage for bikes so be sure to bring your bike on Wednesday!  Want to sign-up? Please email Wally Kern at wkern@stmschool.net.
Boys Lacrosse Fall Clinics (Gr. 3-8)
Due to interest in an expanded LAX clinic program, St. Michael's is holding free Boys' lacrosse clinics for our students in grades 3-8 starting on Wednesdays running through through October at the Middle School. The first clinic is this Wednesday, Sept. 7 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Middle School field. No need to sign up, just show up!
The sessions are well-suited for new and experienced players alike and will be an informal and low-stress environment for those boys who would like to give lacrosse a try. We will focus on both individual and game fundamentals and adjust our on field activities and working groups based on the number of attendees, skill levels, and especially age.
For the first session, a mouthguard is needed for all participants but a full set of equipment/protective gear is NOT necessary. We will have a few sticks available to borrow for the evening. Depending on the turnout in subsequent sessions, we plan on going to live drills and short games at which time the protective equipment will be needed. If your son has equipment, please bring it and expect to wear it at all sessions. 
Last Call to Register for Extended Programs and Lower School Fall Sports!

The deadline to sign up for Lower School intramural sports (Soccer and Field Hockey), co-curriculars, and Extended Day programs is Thursday, September 8.

* Lower School Co-Curricular and Sports

A summary of co-curricular offerings as well as links to registration forms can be found at: stmschool.net/community/co-curricular-sports-forms.

Please note the season dates for Lower School Soccer and Field Hockey: 

  • LS Soccer: Tuesdays from 3-4:15p.m., starting Sept. 13 - Oct. 11
  • LS Field Hockey: Fridays from 3-5 p.m., starting Sept. 16- Oct. 14

* Lower School Extended Day Programs:

The deadline to sign up for Extended Programs is Thursday, September 8.

  • Click HERE for schedules & pricing, and to register. Please direct questions to Director of Extended Programs, Allyson Steele.

Yearbook Needs Your Help!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:
The St. Michael's Yearbook Staff is in search of volunteers to help out with the yearbook for the 2016-2017 year. If you enjoy taking photos and love capturing the memories of this wonderful school, this is a fun and rewarding opportunity. 

PHOTOS NEEDED:
We'd also love your photographs! If you can't help volunteer but have some photos to share, please share through our dedicated yearbook share site or share with your grade editors.

Please make sure to set your camera/smart phones to take the highest resolution possible for quality photos. High-resolution camera photos are preferred. Photos may be uploaded to the yearbook website: www.hjeshare.com or the Herff Jones eShare App. Enter school code 3042755 and follow the instructions. Photos may also be placed on a CD and turned into either school office. Please mark the CD with “yearbook” and note the grade, the name and date of the event, and your name. Blank CDs are available in the SMPA room at the Lower School.
Questions, please contact:
Show your DRAGON PRIDE with St M Spiritwear!
Visit our spiritwear website here to place online orders for St M apparel. We have lots of exciting new items!
SPEAK UP 5K Run

In keeping with fostering student social and emotional wellness at St M, we'd like to share an opportunity with our students and families to participate in the third annual Richmond SpeakUp5k taking place on Saturday, September 10th at 9 a.m. at Byrd Park. Runners and walkers will enjoy beautiful scenery as they complete the 3.1-mile course. This race is the signature event of the SpeakUp5k Race Series. It serves to fulfill Cameron Gallagher’s dream of hosting a 5k in her community to cultivate understanding and awareness for those suffering from teenage depression and anxiety. This is a fun-filled event for the whole family with music, food, and vendors.


Interested families may click the Join an Existing Team link and and scroll to find St. Michael’s School (which is our team name). We need a minimum of five racers to qualify for a team and, of course, parents are welcome to race as well.


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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: 
  • Backpack Blessing
  • Turn in Back to School Forms
  • Welcome New Faculty/Staff
  • Lower School Author Visit/Book Order
  • 8th Grade Camping Trip
  • 5th Grade LEGO Robotics Meeting
  • Drive Safely/Carpool Placards
  • School Picture Day Plan
  • MS Mountain Biking Begins This Week!
  • Music Lessons at St M
  • Yearbook Help Needed
  • Lacrosse Clinic for Grades 3-8
  • Last Call for Lower School Fall Sports and Extended Programs
  • Spiritwear
  • SPEAKUP 5K
  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, 9/5: 
  • No School/Labor Day Holiday
Tuesday, 9/6:
  • Hot Lunch Begins
  • MS Cross Country Practice, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • MS Field Hockey Practice, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • MS Soccer Practice, 4:30-6 p.m.
Wednesday, 9/7:  
  • MS Cross Country Practice, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • MS Field Hockey Practice, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • MS Mountain Biking BEGINS, 3-5 p.m.
  • Lacrosse Clinic (Gr. 3-8) at Middle School field, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Thursday, 9/8:  
  • MS Cross Country Practice, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • MS Field Hockey Practice, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • MS Soccer GAME at Veritas, 4 p.m.
  • Lower School Back to School Night, 7 p.m., in the Church Sanctuary, Bon Air Campus
Friday, 9/9:  
  • 2nd Grade Beekeeper Presentation, 9 a.m.
  • 4th Grade Beekeeper Presenttaion, 9:40 a.m.
  • MS Honor Chapel/Signing of Honor Pleadge, 1:35 p.m.
  • MS fall clubs begin
Saturday, 9/10:
  • MS Cross Country Meet (FUMA Invitational), 8:45 a.m.
Coming Up:
Tuesday, September 13:
  • Lower School Picture Day
  • Middle School Back to School Night, 7 p.m., in the Great Hall, Singleton Campus
Wednesday, September 14
  • Middle School Picture Day (8th Graders- note special dress requirements)
 NOTE:
  • LS is Lower School
  • MS is Middle School

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