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September 2, 2018

One.Together!

This week, we joyously began a new school year-- our 61st year of welcoming Dragons to our vibrant learning community and our first year of being "One.Together." on the Singleton Campus! 
Congratulations to all for making the first week such a success!  Students are having fun exploring Hubbard Hall and all of its unique learning spaces. Morning Gym has been a big hit, as has the new playground. Carpool is working, with each day running more efficiently. The biggest blessing has been watching our kindergarten-eighth graders interact as they move through the halls and around campus. 
We wish all of our Dragons a truly wonderful year ahead! 

Save the Date!

St M families are invited to attend the Hubbard Hall dedication on Monday morning, September 10, at 8:15 a.m. More details to follow.

News You Can Use

For those who are new to St M,"This Week at St. Michael's" is our weekly newsletter which comes out via email every Sunday morning to help you prepare for the week ahead. In it, you will find important announcements, calendar items, etc. You can also find weekly copies of this newsletter on the St M website and social media.  
Also, be sure to check out our Media Gallery to view pictures and videos from the first week of school! 
A REMINDER THAT MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, is a SCHOOL HOLIDAY. (Extended Day is also closed.)

Welcome!

We extend a warm St M welcome to our newest Faculty and Staff:
  • Elisa Bennett, Spanish Teacher (Grades 2-5) and Instructional Technology support
  • Kristen Bultman, Kindergarten Teaching Aide
  • Ellis Chase, Middle School Extended Day Staff
  • Dawn Childs, Music Teacher (Grades K-2) and Director of the Middle School Musical
  • Dave Grossman, Director of Technology
  • Charlotte Howard, Kindergarten Teaching Aide
  • Sarah McFarlane, Science Teacher (Grades 4, 5 and 6)
  • Sarah Munro, Extended Day Staff (Grades 2-5)
  • Yarden Murray, First Grade Teacher
  • Chuck Robinson, Physical Education Teaching Fellow, (Middle School PE Classes)
  • James Romanik, Director of Development
  • Emerson Underwood, Extended Programs Lead Teacher (Grades 2-5)
Click HERE to read bios of the above new members of the St M team.

Back to School Nights

Below please find the schedule for Back to School Nights by grade.

Back to School Forms

Please return ALL Back to School forms THIS WEEK. Thanks!

Updated Allergy and Medicine Protocols and Forms Needed

At St. Michael’s, student safety is of utmost importance. As the School does not have a nurse on staff, we require explicit instructions if a medication is to be administered to a student. 
In an effort to follow recent VAIS (Virginia Association of Independent Schools) and Department of Social Services mandates, St. Michael’s is now using the standard MAT Medication Parental Consent Form for all Prescription and over-the-counter medications. 
Additionally, students with inhalers and/or EpiPens will also need to fill out the FARE forms (Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan) with their physician.

For your convenience, you will find links to these forms below. (These forms were also posted on the website this summer in the Back to School forms section.)
  • Please note that these are two-sided forms that require a signature from your physician when you are bringing in a prescription drug. 
  • Over the counter drugs can be administered for a short period of time (10 days or less) with a simple note from a parent.
We've had a number of forms and medications come in that have not met our newly stipulated standards.  With our students’ safety in mind, we will be returning the medications home with a brightly colored sheet noting exactly what is needed before a medication can be properly stored and administered at School.  Thank you for your understanding.

MAT Medication Consent Form

Middle School Extended Day: Registration Required

A friendly reminder that ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED this year for Middle School Extended Day. This is a shift from a drop-in service in the past. This certainty in enrollment is allowing St. Michael’s to staff properly and extend the option of care this year until 6:00 p.m.
If your child is staying for after-school sports and will be utilizing Extended Day, seasonal Extended Day registration is needed.
  • Click HERE to register for MS Extended Day
Middle School families in need of a single day of after-school care from time to time may take advantage of a daily rate of $8 from 3-4:30 p.m. or $16 to 6 p.m., both require 24-hour notice. For student safety if dropping in, it is imperative that you email Mrs. Godwin (egodwin@stmschool.net) AND Mrs. Steele  (asteele@stmschool.net)  to let us know your child will be taking advantage of Middle School Extended Programs on a given day. Thanks so much!

Say Cheese! School Pictures!

New this year, school pictures will be ordered online after picture day.  The link with ordering instructions will be provided to parents via email once pictures are taken.  Even if you’re not planning to order photos, all students will have a picture taken for the yearbook.  
Middle School pictures will be taken on Monday, Sept. 17. 
Lower School pictures will be taken on Tuesday, Sept. 18. 

Eighth Grade Class Pictures: Special Instructions


HERE is the link for special instructions for 8th grade parents/students regarding school pictures.  Please review these instructions so you may plan accordingly.

Questions? 
Please contact Tracy Ward or Christi McFadden.

Got Lunch? September 4 Order Deadline


Tuesday, September 4 is the LAST Day to place an online order for Hot Lunch for the fall season. Click HERE to order.
Hot lunch begins on MONDAY, September 10.

Carpool Placards

A friendly reminder to place the nameplate for your student(s) on the front passenger visor facing out. This visual cue helps faculty call for the student(s) and thus keeps the carline moving swiftly.  We are happy to provide you with any needed extra placards.

Last Call to Signup For Fall Sports/Co-Curriculars

Don't miss out! Be sure to sign up for after-school sports and co-curriculars today! Click HERE for online registration.

Join Our St M SpeakUp Richmond 5K Team!


With our daily focus on social-emotional learning and health and wellness, we invite our families to join our St. Michael's team as we run in the SpeakUP Richmond 5k in support of the Cameron Gallagher Foundation.
  • Race Info: Saturday, September 8 at 9 a.m. at Byrd Park.  It is a FUN race meant for everyone, with plenty of on-course surprises.
  • Current Price: $35 / person
  • Sign up HERE to join our St. Michael's Team (password: dragons)
  • As the race gets closer, we will contact our team with a meeting place, etc. 

Spiritwear

Show your DRAGON PRIDE with St M Spiritwear!
Visit our spiritwear website HERE to place online orders for St M apparel. From shirts and string bags to belts and hats, we have lots of exciting items!

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.

This Week:

Monday, Sept. 3: No School/Holiday
Wednesday, Sept. 5:
  • Middle School Chapel, 8:05 a.m.
  • Lower School Chapel, 8:45 a.m.
Friday, Sept 7:
  • Middle School Clubs begin
Note: Due to the volume of sports practices, please consult the online School calendar for practice dates and times.
Chapel Committee

If your child is interested in helping organize and lead our Middle School chapels throughout this year, please contact Chaplain Hansen at chansen@stmschool.net and also indicate if your child has any particular preferred focus (reading/prayers/ music). 

Please Submit Middle School Summer Service Hours

Middle Schoolers should record any summer service hours via this Google form. Thank you!


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