Week of February 7, 2016
"Men and women love to wonder, and that is the seed of science.~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Everywhere you turn, the seeds of science are being sown on both of our campuses and are motivating our students to think harder, dig deeper and "wonder" more. 
In sixth grade science, students recently designed and built roller coaster tracks out of foam tubing, tape, books, marbles and other classroom items.  The project challenge was to see who could design the most effective, creative and safest roller coaster in the class.  This STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art and Math) project ties in with their current studies of kinetic and potential energy.
Homeostasis, endoskeletons and nematodes, oh my!  In seventh grade life science, students are studying the anatomy of roundworms, sea stars, fish and frogs to determine the differences and similarities between echinoderms, chordates and vertebrates.
From experiments on mold and plants, to determining the effects of caffeine on typing speed and launching small vehicles with various propellants, to name a few, our fifth graders are creating hypotheses and conducting their individual experiments and analyses for the upcoming Science Fair on Friday, February 19.
As part of a third grade insulation science and engineering project, students recently built homes for a snowmen (in this case,  insulated structures for ice cubes) to see how long they could keep the ice from melting. Next week they will be designing and testing engineering structures to protect and prevent an egg from breaking when dropped from a high distance.
Re-Enrollment Contracts:
Contracts for the 2016/2017 School year have been mailed to our current families. Thanks for returning them to us by Monday, February 22.
Announcing Spring Sports Signups!
Believe it or not, spring is right around the corner! Thus, the following after school spring sports options are open now for signup:
  • Interscholastic Middle School Boys Lacrosse (grades 6-8)
  • Interscholastic Middle School Girls Lacrosse  (grades 6-8)
  • Middle School Mountain Biking (grades 6-8)

  • Lower School Fishing (grades 1-5) - Monday Session OR Friday Session
  • Lower School "Fun and Games" (Grades 3-5)
Want details about the above offerings (practice/meetings dates, cost, etc.)? Please check out descriptions on our website HERE.
We are trying out a new digital sign up form for activities. Click HERE and follow instructions to sign up for selected activities.
We will be posting spring signups later this month for: 
  • Lower School Lego Engineering
  • Lower School ArtHaus Art Classes
  • Lower School Championship Chess
Any questions? Please contact Athletic Director Wally Kern.
Faculty News
After a long career, we would like to share with you that a beloved member of our Middle School staff, Anne Mikula, will be retiring at the end of the School year.  Mrs. Mikula has left an indelible mark on St. Michael's and our love and best wishes go with her as she begins her next adventure outside of our School walls. (Rumor has it, spoiling her new granddaughter plays big in the mix.) 
In the days ahead, please join the School in thanking her for all of her contributions to St. Michael's. Mrs. Mikula shared that she will miss most being around our St M young adults who give her extra energy each day.
Mrs. Mikula, always remember... Once a Dragon, always a Dragon! 
Birthday Books
The presentation of Birthday Books to the library is a special tradition at St. Michael's. Each year, students may choose a favorite book from a selection of new books set aside in the library, from a bookstore or by special order through the library. The second assembly honoring Birthday Book presentations will be held on the Bon Air Campus on Thursday, March 31.
The deadline to submit Birthday Books is March 17. If you have questions, please contact Carol Wise.
Magic Dragon Day 2017

Yes, you read that right! We are looking for two individuals to coordinate every Dragon's favorite day of the year. We are looking for chairs for next year's event so they can shadow this year's chairs at Magic Dragon Day to get a sense of what goes on behind the scenes. Magic Dragon Day is a big event, but the chairs have the help and support of the School and the SMPA. If you have any interest, please contact Laura Stewart (ph: 317-9760 or tdslcs@yahoo.com.) A conversation is not a commitment!
Gearing Up for Magic Dragon Day: T-Shirt Art Contest!
Calling all St. Michael's artists! Your dragon artwork could be chosen to appear on the 2016 Magic Dragon Day T-Shirts!
Contest Rules:
  1. All entries must be submitted on a piece of white paper (8.5 x 11 inches). The drawing must include a picture of a dragon.
  2. Please use a black marker or a black ink pen (no colors or pencil) so that the design can be copied easily onto a shirt.
  3. Write your name and grade in pencil on the BACK of the drawing.
  4. Submit your entry to the office (Bon Air or Singleton) by the end of the school day on Thursday, February 11, 2016.
  5. Questions? Contact Jennifer Burke or Amy Wozniak.
What a GAME!
Congrats to the WHITE team for winning the 2016 SMBA Championship against the Blue team in DOUBLE OVERTIME!
The best part of our unique SMBA basketball program is COMMUNITY! Our teams are co-ed and foster cross-grade relationships (as the teams include Lower School and Middle School players). St. Michael's alumni eagerly come back each year and coach. (Thank you Coaches!!) Our students and families cheer the players on and celebrate the hard work, sportsmanship and efforts of all of the teams. And our faculty even provides final game half-time entertainment. Special thanks to the SMPA for hosting the pre-game s'mores roast and thanks to everyone for a truly memorable season! GO DRAGONS! 
Have You Ever Tasted Stone Soup?
A band of hungry soldiers, denied food by some suspicious villagers, publicly declare that they can create soup from STONES. They just need an onion, and perhaps a carrot, and maybe a rutabaga to make it taste first-rate. As pantries are pilfered and root cellars ransacked, everyone in the village provides something. In the end, the stone soup is proclaimed scrumptious, and more importantly, this little hamlet discovers the true magic behind the recipe: SHARING.
Applause to Mrs. Baldwin's first grade class for a fun and memorable performance on Friday! A big THANK YOU to all of our family volunteers, Mr. Tickle and Mrs. Baldwin for all of their hard work and efforts to make this performance a success!
Last Chance to Order St M. Duffel Bags and Totes!
With spring sports right around the corner, NOW is the time to order St M duffel bags and totes. These items will be replaced soon with some new apparel items.
Get yours today by visiting our Spiritwear website at stmschool.net/community/school-spiritwear/. Questions? Please contact Logan Vetrovec.
Girl Scout Food Drive for the St M Church Food Pantry
Girl Scout Troop 426 will be having a canned food drive to benefit the St. Michael's Church food pantry during the week of February 12-18. Please encourage your child to support this community service project by donating canned food items during this period!  (no glass items)
The Girl Scouts will place boxes for food collection in the front halls of the Lower and Middle Schools on Friday, February 12.  They will collect food boxes on Thursday, February 18 for distribution to the St. Michael's Church food pantry.
St. Michael's Church Extended Day Program News

Need childcare for Spring Break (March 7-11)?
Join us for a week full of beach-inspired challenges and fun! Cost for the week: $350.  Space is limited so sign up soon!  Click here for more information!

Lots of Exciting After School Enrichment Opportunities 
St. Michael's Church Extended Day Program is excited to announce the following after-school enrichment opportunities:
  • Jump Starz uses the sport of double-dutch to build confidence and improve cardio-health while empowering youth to set and reach goals. Weekly classes start on 2/10, every Wednesday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. 
  • Registration is also NOW under way for Multi-Media ART Lessons (by ArtHaus). Classes are on Thursdays from March 3-April 28. Cost is $175.  All new art lessons!
  • For information and to register, please contact Colby Nauth  at 804-272-0992, Ext 106.
Ash Wednesday & Lent, from Rev. Jeunée
Shrove Tuesday (February 9):
  • St M School students, faculty and staff are invited to St. Michael's Church's Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner hosted by the youth of the parish on Tuesday, February 9 at 5:30 p.m.  No charge, a free-will offering will be collected.
Ash Wednesday (February 10)
  • St. Michael’s students, families, teachers and staff are invited to join St. Michael’s church for the Ash Wednesday services, held at 7 a.m., noon or 7 p.m.
  • Additionally, Rev. Jeunée will once again offer “Ashes to Go” on February 10 for parents and students at the Lower School campus at morning drop off, 8:00 a.m., at Ticer Hall near McRae Rd, and then at the Middle School Campus during pick up at 2:50 p.m.
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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
  • The Seeds of Science
  • Re-Enrollment Contracts Due Back 2/22
  • MS/LS Spring Sports Signups
  • Faculty News
  • Birthday Books
  • Magic Dragon Day 2017 Help
  • MDD Tee Shirt Contest
  • SMBA Championship Results
  • First Grade Play
  • Food Drive
  • Spiritwear: Last Call for Duffle Bags
  • Canned Food Drive
  • Register for Spring Break Child Care
  • Extended Day Art and Jump Rope Classes
  • Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner and Ash Wednesday "Ashes to Go"
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.
Click here for next year's   2016-2017 School Year key planning dates 
This Week
Sunday, 2/7:
  • Girls JV BBall vs. Luther, 4:15 p.m.
Tuesday, 2/9:
  • Lower School Chapel, 8:30 a.m.
  • K-5th Grade Valentine's Exchange, 9 a.m.
  • LS Book Club, 3 p.m.
  • MS Girls Varsity BBall Game @Veritas, 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 2/10:
  • Ash Wednesday: "Ashes to Go" (LS Morining carpool and MS Afternoon Carpool)
  • 7th Grade Field Trip to VMFA, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • MS Girls Varsity BBall vs. St. Edward's A, 6 p.m.
Thursday, 2/11:
  • Deadline to submit Magic Dragon Day T-shirt art
  • MS Swimming - St. Catherine's and St. Chris "Last Chance" Meet, 5 p.m.
Friday, 2/12:
  • Lower School Valentine's Parties
  • Middle School Chapel: Expressing Love, 1:05 p.m.
  • Middle School Valentine's Dance, 7 p.m. ($7.00 at the door, no coins please)
  • Monday, 2/15: President's Day Holiday/No Classes!
Fruit for Health!
The third grade recently celebrated their winning of the St. Michael's Fruit Challenge by having an extra PE class and eating an all-you-can-eat smorgasbord of fruit. Class members enjoyed a fruit salad of their choice of pears, apples, mango, grapes, bananas, pineapples, strawberries, kiwi, and oranges.  Congratulations to Mrs. Hettrick and Mrs. Eaton's students!

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