November 8, 2015


In the Middle School this past week, the all-school, student-led Day of the Dead fiesta turned the Great Hall and the art room into a corner of Mexico for an afternoon. Eighth graders researched and cooked authentic Mexican dishes for everyone, learning as they did about the origins of many popular foods. Seventh graders prepared beautiful ofrendas(offerings) and made oral and written presentations in Spanish and English to celebrate and commemorate the lives of family members who have passed away. 

As St M is proud to be a designated International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle School, this festive project-based learning opportunity fits the IB learner profile. IB learners are reflective, and reflecting on how different cultures remember and honor the dead encourages our students to see what is unique and what is universal about our own culture.

Be sure to check out our St M FACEBOOK and TWITTER pages for this week's posts on the Middle School's Day of the Dead Celebration and St. Michael's culture, curriculum and community.

Thank you for voting St. Michael's a Style Weekly Family Favorite for "Favorite Private School" and "Favorite School Festival!" It is an exciting time to be at St. Michael's!
Honoring Our Veterans
As this Wednesday, November 11, is Veteran's Day, St. Michael's would like to recognize and show our appreciation for all those who answered the call to serve. Students and faculty are invited to add the name, branch and relationship between the person writing and the veteran to our Wall of Honor at each campus. 

The willingness of America's veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.
An Auction Item Sneak Peak!
Have you purchased your tickets yet to our Annual Auction on November 21?
Here is a sneak peak at a few of the many wonderful items up for auction:
  • Restaurant and Catering Gift Certificates to include Buckheads, Heritage, Southbound and a Dinner Party for Eight by Shaper Palate
  • Fabulous trips to include Virginia Beach, Mountain Lake, the Adirondack Mountains and even Cortona (Tuscany), Italy!
  • Summer Camps to include St. Catherine's Cat's Cap, the Visual Arts Center, Fishing Adventures and sports and mountain biking camps
  • Plus a golf outing at the Country Club of Virginia, a BMX bike, our ever-popular Class Projects and more!
To purchase tickets online and register for online bidding, please visit  Click on “Purchase Tickets” in the left column.
Tuition Raffle! 
Be a winner!  Get your ticket(s) now for our 2015 Tuition Raffle!
The winner will receive a $5,000 CREDIT towards their 2016-2017 tuition! Only 200 tickets will be sold! The winner will be announced at the Auction on November 21. You do not need to be present to win. (No cash will be awarded.) For details and to purchase, please click here.
Middle School Admissions Open House
  • The Middle School Open House is scheduled for Sunday, November 15 at 2 p.m. 
  • Interested prospective families can register here Thank you for spreading the word to neighbors and friends!
Lower School Admissions Play
Our Lower School admissions Play, "Nuts", is scheduled for Thursday, November 19, at 9 a.m. for prospective Kindergarten parents and children. Please encourage your friends to come! Prospective parents may RSVP to Anne Methven.
Eighth Grade: Maggie Walker Deadline is Approaching

All requests for recommendations for Maggie Walker Governor's School should be submitted to the teachers by this Monday, November 9, to provide enough time to process the requests before the submission deadline. 

Completed Maggie Walker applications should be given to Erbie Godwin by Monday, November 16 in order to prepare the student's packet for delivery to your home Middle School by December 1.
Please contact Erbie Godwin with any questions. Thanks!
Lights! Camera! Play Auditions!
Middle School Winter Play Auditions will take place November 10, 11 and 12 from 3-4:15 p.m. in the Great Hall. (The play production will run February 26-28.)
The name of the play is: “The Internet is Distract-- Oh Look, a Kitten!” This high-octane comedy explores the rabbit hole of distraction we all go down every time we go online.
LS Fruit Challenge
The Lower School will be participating in a November fruit and vegetable challenge!  Students who eat a serving of fruits or vegetables at either lunch or snack time will receive a grade-specific sticky note to post by class on the Gym wall. The grade with the most number of notes (per student) will earn an extra PE class and fruit celebration.  More details can be found here.
Lego Engineering Winter Program (Grades K-5)  
Your child can build elaborate objects, structures and vehicles while exploring the fundamental principles of engineering and physics. Sign up now for the winter session of Lego engineering.
The session runs Nov.19- Feb. 4 from 3:10-4:40 p.m. (NOTE: This start date has been pushed back a week to November 19/20.)
Nothing But Net! Basketball Tryouts
Calling all 5th-8th graders for JV and Varsity basketball tryouts! The tryout schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, November 9th - all interested 5th-8th grade boys and girls will meet in the Singleton Campus gym from 3:-4:30 p.m.  
  • Tuesday, November 10th - Boys will be in the gym from 3-4:30 p.m. for a second day of half and full court games.  
  • Wednesday, November 11th - Girls will be in the gym from 4:30-6 p.m. for a second day of half and full court games.  
Practice schedules are on the website under News and Events/Athletic Schedules.
Please contact Wally Kern with any questions.
Order Spiritwear for Holiday Gifts! New Items Available!
With holiday shopping season just around the corner, NEW ITEMS have been added to our Spiritwear site. From fleece jackets and blankets to Tervis tumblers and PJ bottoms, we have the  perfect gifts for all of our Dragons. As well, we have updated the tee shirts on the website so that they are "dress code" approved.
To receive orders in time for the holidays (and before school lets out in December), holiday orders must be placed by DECEMBER 1. Visit our Spiritwear website at
Questions? Please contact Logan Vetrovec.
Need Childcare the Day before Thanksgiving?

St. Michael's Church Extended Day Program is willing to offer full-day child care on the Wednesday, November 25, school holiday.  A minimum of ten children are needed in order to offer this service.  You do NOT have to be currently enrolled to use this service.  Contact Merry Norris, Program Director, 804-272-0992 x 106 for more information.

The Extended Day program is also happy to be partnering with Challenge Island to offer a STEAM-centered enrichment activity this winter. The first session "Shark Tooth Island" has begun -- but you can still join! Check them out at:
You are Invited to "Gifts from the Heart"
St. Michael’s Church invites the St. Michael’s School community to “Gifts from the Heart,” an alternative holiday gift fair featuring gift cards designed by St. Michael’s lower school students. Support a favorite charity while buying for those on your holiday list. The Fair takes place Friday, Nov. 13th7-9 pm and kicks off with a free concert by the Greater Richmond Children’s Choir. The fair will also be held Sunday morning after the worship services. For more information, see the Church website.
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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
  • St M: Voted Family Favorite!
  • Honoring our Veterans
  • Auction Items Sneak Peek
  • Tuition Raffle!
  • MS Admission Open House
  • 8th Gr Maggie Walker Deadline
  • MS Play Auditions
  • LS Fruit Challenge
  • LS Lego Engineering Signup
  • JV/Varsity BBall Tryouts/ Practice Schedules
  • NEW Spiritwear Items Added, Dress Code Approved T-Shirts!
  • Need Childcare for 11/25 Holiday?
  • Gifts from the Heart
Dates to Remember...
Please check our improved online School Calendar for updates, events and weekly activities/sports schedules.
Click here to download an updated Academic Calendar
Monday, 11/9:  
  • 3rd Gr. Jamestown Field Trip, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • JV and Varsity basketball tryouts (Boys and Girls, Gr 5-8), 3-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, 11/10:
  • LS Chapel, 8:30 a.m.
  • MS Play Auditions, 3-4:15 p.m.
  • JV and Varsity basketball tryouts (Boys, Gr 5-8),
    3-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 11/11:
  • Veteran's Day
  • MS Play Auditions, 3-4:15 p.m
  • JV and Varsity basketball tryouts (Girls, Gr 5-8),
    3-4:30 p.m.
Thursday, 11/12:
  • MS Play Auditions, 3-4:15 p.m.
Friday, 11/13:
  • MS Student-Led Chapel, 1 p.m.
  • MS Clubs, 2 p.m.
Saturday, 11/14:
  • FIRST Lego Robotics Competition at LC Bird HS, 9 a.m.-5p.m. Go DRAGONS!!!
Sunday, 11/15:
  • Middle School Admissions Open House for prospective parents, 2 p.m., Singleton Campus

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