Week of November 10, 2014
In the wonderful book The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate, Ivan the gorilla remarks that he thinks he would excel at homework as he enjoys chewing pencils.  As parents, we know that homework is a childhood rite of passage. As educators, we know that homework serves an important role in practicing and cementing educational concepts.

With the first quarter at a close, now is a wonderful time to reflect on report card input and progress updates with your child and to help them in setting goals for the upcoming quarter. 

As it is our goal to help all of our St. Michael's children succeed, our teachers would like to share their ideas on how to make homework more engaging, as well as tips on homework best practices and helpful online resources. We hope you find this link helpful.

 Important Announcements:
We're Getting Ready for SMBA:  We had an enthusiastic response to our SMBA league signups. Practices will be held in the Bon Air gym starting Sunday, November 16. Rosters and schedules will be announced shortly.

Visitor Policy: Thanks to everyone for doing such a great job with the visitor sign in/out. Most appreciated!

Getting into the Holiday Spirit: St. Michael's Episcopal Church cordially invites our families to attend their Second Annual Holiday Gift Fair on Friday, November 16th at 7:00 p.m. The event features a concert by the Greater Richmond Children's Choir and artwork by our own St M second grade students!  Click here for additional information.

Let's Be Friends! Have you visited our Facebook page to view more photos of St M activities? Help us reach over 400 page likes!

The Countdown To Our Annual Auction Has Begun!
Do you have your tickets yet? Excitement is building for this fun-filled event! 
Tickets: Visit 501auctions.com/stmichaelsauction to RSVP online and complete your bidding registration! Please RSVP by November 12th. 
Class Projects:  Our students and volunteers have been working hard on some truly amazing Class Project auction items! 
  • A friendly reminder that Class Project Descriptions are due NOW. Thanks for emailing them to Mary King Coleman
  • Due to the lack of an enclosed truck to protect auction items and class projects, we ask that you deliver your projects to The Commonwealth Club on Saturday morning, November 22, by 10 a.m.
Helpers Needed: Lastly, would you be willing to give a bit of your time at the event? Volunteers are needed for Registration and Check-out. We would be most appreciative of your help. Please contact Mary King Coleman for information and to volunteer.
Meet Your SMPA Officers
St. Michael’s Parents’ Association (SMPA) plays an active role in the life of the School. The purpose of the Parents’ Association is to promote the welfare of our children and of the School, and to bring families into a closer relationship with the School though culture and community-building programs and events, family education opportunities and more.
We invite you to get to know this school year's SMPA officers and to reach out to them for information. In order of how they appear, they are: Sandy Brooks (Secretary), Caroline Jennings (President), Laura Stewart (Vice-President), Rebecca Lundgren (Treasurer).
SMPA committees and activities offer families many different ways to become involved in our School. From Grandparents’ Day, Teachers’ Appreciation Week, and Magic Dragon Day, to the Annual Auction, Scholastic Book Fair, and Meetings with Michael, we encourage you to become a part of the SMPA.
Wild About Fruit! 
Our Lower School “Fruit and Vegetable” challenge is off to a roaring start!  Our students have been very eager to place their stickers on the gym wall after incorporating a fresh fruit or veggie into their snacks or lunches. Our teachers are saying it has transformed what the children are eating in school. The class with the most sticky notes at the end of the month will earn an extra gym period, as well as a fruit party!  This competition will coincide with weekly nutritional lessons during PE class. Click here for more info. Thank you for your support!
Let's Be Friends!
We are receiving lots of wonderful feedback from families on our communications and social media updates. Thank you! 
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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." 
  Dates to Remember...
 Lower School: 
  • 5th Grade Trip to Monticello, Monday, 11/10. 
  • Chapel, Tuesday, 11/11, 8:30 a.m.
  • Book Club, Tuesday 11/11, 3-4:00 p.m.
  • Championship Chess, Wednesday, 11/12,  2:40 to 3:40 p.m.   
  • Boys JV Bball practice, Monday, 11/10, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Boys JV Bball practice, Thursday, 11/13, 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Admissions Play, Thursday, 11/13, 9-10:00 a.m.
  • First Grade Play (Ms. Mitchell's class), Friday, 11/4, 8:30-9:30 a.m., Dundas-Hatcher
  Middle School
  • Meals on Wheels Volunteer Service Day (7th Grade/ Flemming), Wednesday, 11/12, 9:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. 
  • Recognition Assembly, Friday, 11/7, 2-2:45 p.m.

  • Boys JV Bball practice, Tuesday, 11/11, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Boys JV Bball practice, Thursday, 11/13, 7-8:30 p.m. 
  • Boys Varsity A Bball practice, Monday, 11/10, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Boys Varsity A Bball practice,Thursday, 11/13, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Boys Varsity B Bball practice, Monday, 11/10, 6:30-8 p.m. 
  • Boys Varsity B Bball practice,Tuesday, 11/11, 7-8:30 p.m. 
  • Girls Bball Varsity A&B practice, Monday, 11/10, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Girls Bball Varsity A&B practice, Thursday, 11/13, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

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