January 8, 2017

RSVP for a Special Showing of Screenagers
Join us Thursday, January 19 at 6:45 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Middle School Singleton Campus for a special parent viewing of Screenagers, a documentary about the impact of the digital age on children and how to help them minimize harmful effects and find balance.
The film probes into the vulnerable corners of family life and depicts struggles over social media, video games, academics, and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists, solutions emerge on how we can empower children to navigate the world of technology. Screenagers has been featured in the New York Times, Forbes Magazine and The Washington Post, as well as on the Today Show, NPR, and Good Morning America. 
Although this event is free and open to St M parents and prospective families, please register HERE to ensure adequate seating is available.
 Important Announcements:
Let it SNOW, Let it SNOW, Let it SNOW
In the case of snow, ice or power outages, the Headmaster may decide to close School, delay School opening, or in rare instances, send students home early. News about these decisions is 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 WWBT Channel 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 and Administrative offices 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. Student supervision is not provided before then.
  • Early Dismissal- School will dismiss early if conditions require. Students are safest remaining at School when parents have not had a chance to make alternate plans for their children’s return home.  However, families who prefer to pick up their children early during inclement weather are encouraged to do so. 
  • Extended Programs: When the School is closed, Extended Day Programs will be closed. As such, Morning Gym will also 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.  
8th Grade Families: Recommendations and Report Cards for Public School Specialty Center Application Due 

All recommendations for the 
​Henrico County ​
public school specialty programs your child has applied to are due to the home middle school by Friday, January 
​13.


Recommendations for Chesterfield County public school specialty programs your child has applied to are due to the home middle school by Friday, January 20.​
 
Please note that first semester report cards will not be ready to go with these recommendations since the quarter ends on the 
​19​
th.  Therefore, you will need to make an additional trip to your child's home middle school to submit the 1st semester report card.  
    ​
Erbie Godwin will package the recommendations and give them to your child by 
Tuesday, January 10
.  Once the report cards are complete, a copy will be given to your child so you can hand deliver it to the home middle school.
Parents’ Night Out!
Enjoy an evening on the town, and we'll watch the kids! 
  • Who: St M Students in grades K-8
  • When: Friday, February 3, 6-9 p.m.
  • Where: St. Michael's Extended Programs in the Lower School Ticer Hall.
  • Cost: $25 for the first child, $15 for each additional child
  • Dinner (pizza), snacks, movies, crafts, activities will be provided.
Reservations Required. Please complete this Google Form to register.
Contact Allyson Steele, Director of Extended Programs, with questions.
Need Spring Break Childcare?
St. M is partnering with Challenge Island to offer an exciting week of ISLAND-inspired camp! Campers will create their own tribal tiki huts, beach racers, cruise ships, island rides and more.  A minimum number of registrants is needed to hold the camp. Contact Allyson Steele, Director of Extended Programs, with questions.
  • When: March 6-10
  • Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Where: St. Michael’s Episcopal School (Extended Programs Wing) 
  • Fee: $75 per day or $350 for the entire week (sign up for one day or all 5!) 
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, March 1, 2017 
Register HERE
Time to Order Hot Lunch for February
Hot lunch orders for FEBRUARY may be placed January 10-20. Click here for the order link.
Author Visit/Book Ordering Opportunity for Grades 3-5
R.A. Spratt, the award-winning Australian author of the Friday Barnes and Nanny Piggins series, is coming to St. Michael's on Thursday, January 19 to speak to our 3rd-5th graders. Our local bookshop, bbgb, is offering the opportunity to purchase a book signed by Ms. Spratt. 
You may purchase autographed books 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. 
Orders are due by Friday, January 13. As bbgb partners with St M to bring exciting authors like Ms. Spratt to our children, thank you for "buying local" and supporting this local bookshop when you make your book purchases.
Get Outside this Winter with Lower School Mountain Biking!
We will visit James River Park and others over the course of the month. Participants will learn beginner and intermediate mountain biking skills. ALL Bikes and Helmets WILL BE provided. This five-week session in late Jan/Feb is open to boys and girls in Gr. 1-5 and is run by our partner, Virginia Outside. 
Click HERE for information and to register. 
Missing Anything?
Our Lost and Found pile is large. As you come to our campuses for conferences, please check to see if any items belong to your family. Middle School items will be on the stage stairs in the Great Hall. Lower School items will be in the SMPA Conference Room (first door on the right as you come in the main door) and in the LS Gym.  Please help us by labeling costs and jackets with your child's name.
Stay Warm with NEW Spiritwear Items
Be sure to visit our spiritwear site for new St M winter items like hats, a scarf and even a fleece vest! We also offer St M Tervis Tumblers. Please contact Kim Cronheim with any questions or to order the Tervis Tumblers directly!
Let's Be Friends! 
Get connected to keep abreast of St M news, events, calendar changes and information.  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!  
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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:
  • RSVP for Screenagers Documentary 
  • Planning for Snow
  • 8th Grade Specialty Center Recs Due
  • Parents' Night Out
  • Spring Break Childcare
  • Order February Hot Lunch
  • 3rd Grade Author Visit
  • Lower School Mountain Biking Registration
  • Lost and Found
  • Spiritwear
  • LS After-school Enrichment/Intramural Sports Schedules
  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
Sunday, 1/8
  • MS Swim Team Practice, 4:30-5:30 p.m. (Stay tuned for snow plan)
Monday, 1/9: 
  • Kindergarten Admissions Testing
Tuesday, 1/10: 
  • Hot Lunch Online Ordering for February Opens
  • LS Chapel, 8:30 a.m.
Wednesday, 1/11
  • 3rd Grade Author Visit: Connie Lapallo, 8:30 a.m.
Friday, 1/13:
  • MS Portfolio Conference Presentation: 1:37 p.m.
  • MS Clubs: 2:15 p.m.
  • MS Swim Meet at St. Catherine's, 6 p.m.
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NOTE: Given the volume of Middle School basketball and SMBA practices and games, please refer to the weekly schedules on the website calendar. You may also download individual sports team calendars to your own calendar.
Lower School WINTER After-School Enrichment and Intramural Sports Schedule 
Click here for a full schedule of WINTER session start dates, times and student pickup information.
Youth Ski Trip to Massanutten
Saturday, February 24 - Sunday, February 25
Open to 5th grade and above; Price: TBD. Please RSVP to Chaplain Hansen. 
IMPACT Richmond Mission Trip 2017 - Space Limited! July 9-15, 2017
Open to Rising 7th through 12th Graders. Cost: $300 /person - Early Bird Rate
We are now looking towards our summer mission trip where we are once again participating in IMPACT Richmond. If you are interested, please click HERE to access the appropriate forms and then submit them to the IMPACT Director (info on the forms) and Chaplain Hansen.

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