2022 Back to School Planning
Dear St. Michael's Families, 
I hope this note finds you and your family enjoying some summertime fun with each other and loved ones. With the calendar turned to August, I wanted to reach out to ensure that you have everything you need as you begin to think about Back to School time. All around campus, faculty, staff, and friends of the School have been busy working to prepare for the 2022–2023 school year.
Below you will find important updates and information. (This is a long email as we are trying to put all important info in one place.) Please note that several more communications will be sent out later in August with first week of school info, additional forms, and more, so please stay tuned to your email.
As always, the folks in the School office are here to help. If you have questions, please reach out at 804-272-3514. We look forward to seeing you in late August!
With warm regards,
Bob Gregg, Head of School
Back to School Basics
Be sure to visit and bookmark stmschool.net/community/summerback-to-school as your comprehensive home for supply lists, summer assignments, dress code information, campus maps, carpool maps, and more.        
LS Teacher/MS Advisor Assignments
  • Lower School (LS) students and families will find out their teacher assignments at Meet Your Teacher Day on Thursday, August 25.     
  • Middle School (MS) families will receive an email from their Advisors the week before Orientation. 

Carpool Requests Needed By Noon, Monday, August 15

If your family is part of an organized carpool with another St M family, we need you to submit your carpool information to the School via the link below NO LATER THAN NOON ON MONDAY, AUGUST 15, so that participating families can be assigned to the same carpool loop. Families will receive assigned carpool loops and placards for their car visors at Orientation.    

Student Dress Code 

St. Michael’s has an important tradition of a student Dress Code. Over the last two years, St. Michael’s faced unprecedented times as our School navigated the pandemic with courage, perseverance, and grace. During that time, St. Michael’s relaxed parts of our dress code.
As we head into the 2022-23 year with hope and excitement, St. Michael’s is returning to our dress code standards as outlined below.    
2022-23 Student Dress Code
August Student Orientation Dates 
It's THE MOST wonderful time of the year! We are excited to welcome our Dragons back to campus for orientation and the start of the school year!
LOWER SCHOOL (Grades K-5): Thursday, August 25
A Lower School "Meet Your Teacher Day" will be held on Thursday, August 25.  Students should attend according to their grade level and entry location as listed below. 
  • Bring all of your school supplies. 
  • Families with students in more than one grade may come at the time that works best.
  • No worries if you can't attend -- we will see you on the first full day on Tuesday, August 30. (There is no school for Lower School students on August 29.)
  • If you are a NEW STUDENT, you MUST bring a birth certificate with you to the front office for the School to record student information.
8:15 - 8:45 a.m. - KINDERGARTEN (enter through Hubbard Hall lower level library door facing playground)
8:45 - 9:15 a.m. - ALL NEW STUDENTS Grades 1-5 
  • 1st Grade: Enter through the Hubbard Hall lower level library door (door facing playground)
  • 2nd & 3rd Grades: Enter through Dragon’s Den door (door left of Hubbard Hall front door)
  • 4th & 5th Grades: Enter through the Hubbard Hall front door 
9 - 10 a.m. - RETURNING STUDENTS Grades 1-5
  • 1st Grade: Enter through the Hubbard Hall lower level library door (door facing playground)
  • 2nd & 3rd Grades: Enter through Dragon’s Den door (door left of Hubbard Hall front door)
  • 4th & 5th Grades: Enter through Hubbard Hall front door
EXTENDED DAY: Our Lower School Extended Day Program will host an Open House during Meet Your Teacher Day in the Extended Day Room (next to library on the lower level of Hubbard Hall).  Greater Richmond School of Music will also have a booth set up at the Open House to answer questions about music lessons.
SPECIAL NOTE: On Wednesday, August 24, there is a Kindergarten Parent Orientation at 6:30 p.m. (in Hubbard Hall library) and New St M Families Social for grades K-7 at 7 p.m, Perkinson Arts Center.
MIDDLE SCHOOL Orientation/Locker Set-Up (Grades 6-8): Monday, August 29
7th and 8th Grade Orientation:
  • PARENTS/GUARDIANS MUST ATTEND THE ENTIRE SESSION; students are not to be dropped off without an adult present.
  • Students and parents report to their Advisor's room at 8:15 a.m. (Families will receive an email from their advisor the week before orientation.) Please drop off locker/school supplies at Advisor's room.
  • Students and parents/guardians are to be seated in the Great Hall by 8:30 a.m. The program ends at 9:15 a.m.
  • Students may set up their lockers until 9:30 a.m., but families must leave at 9:30 a.m. in order for us to welcome our 6th grade families.
  • Students are to come to school in dress code attire. 
6th Grade Orientation:
  • Students and parents report to their advisor's room at 10 a.m. (they will get an email from their advisor the week before orientation) and drop off locker supplies.
  • Parents ARE TO ATTEND from 10-11:15 a.m. AND then come back by 2:05 p.m. to their students' advisory until 2:40 p.m. Students will have an opportunity at 2:40 p.m. to set up their lockers. (Thus, bring all school supplies.)
  • Students are to come to school in dress code attire. 
Updated Academic Calendar for the 2022-23 School Year
The detailed Academic Calendar below (updated August 10) contains the dates of important events and school early closings/holidays. 
Please note the date revisions/additions highlighted in red and adjust your calendars.
All SCHOOL and SPORTS CALENDARS will be available on the School website under "News and Events/Calendar."  
Updated 2022-23 Academic Calendar

School Hours (Starting Tuesday, August 30) 

Tuesday, August 30 is the first FULL day of school for ALL students. St. Michael’s standard school hours are: 8 a.m. to 2:55 p.m.
  • Free Morning Gym beginning at 7:20 a.m. (Dropoff in the Gym parking lot)
  • If not attending Morning Gym, the morning drop-off window is 7:40-7:55 a.m. (Students should be in their seats and ready to start the school day by 8 a.m.)
  • Afternoon pickup is between 2:55 p.m. and 3:05 p.m. (Any students not picked up by 3:15 p.m. will be sent to Extended Day and applicable drop-in fees will apply.)
Spiritwear Website and Back to School Pop-Up Shop
Be sure to check out our School spiritwear website for exciting St M apparel. Sizing info is included with each item.  
  • NOTE: If you order apparel at the St M online shop BY AUGUST 15, your items will be ready for pick-up at our Back-To-School Pop-Up Shop on August 25 and 29!

  • Show your Dragon Pride! FRIDAYS at St M are Dragon Dress Days, whereby students and faculty may wear St M apparel above the waist. We love seeing the blue/white in our halls!

We are also planning a BACK TO SCHOOL Spiritwear Pop-Up Shop in the Perkinson Arts Center during the following dates and times:
  • Thursday, August 25, 8-11 a.m.  (Lower School "Meet Your Teacher" Day)
  • Monday, August 29, 8 a.m.-Noon  (Middle School Orientation) 
We have LOTS of exciting new items. Show your DRAGON PRIDE and come ready to shop! SUPPLIES ARE LIMITED! (Note: given the wide range of sizes, apparel items should be ordered directly from the website above.)
St M Online Spiritwear Shop

Yay Lunch! - Our Hot Lunch Program (Optional)

We’re excited to welcome back our lunchtime partner, Yay Lunch, where parents have the option to order healthier versions of foods kids love. All meals are local, made fresh every morning, and delivered directly to the School. This year includes an easy-to-choose Lunch Calendar where you can schedule lunches for the next week or the entire semester. 
St M families will be able to update their Yay Lunch registrations/place future orders beginning SEPTEMBER 7. Lower School families need to include teacher assignments. Middle School just needs grade level.
Families will receive a 20% discount on their first order placed before October 2 by using the promo code sayyay20.  Also, families may now order up until Sunday at noon (versus Saturday) for the following week.
**The FIRST DATE of LUNCH DELIVERY will be Monday, SEPTEMBER 12.**
  • ALL STUDENTS should bring a bag lunch, nut-free snack, and water bottle the first TWO weeks of school. 
  • EVERY DAY of the school year, ALL students should bring a water bottle and nut-free snack.
Yay Lunch Info
Back to School Health and Info Forms Were DUE August 1

St. Michael's collects all student medical information via our secure online database. Parents must enter and update the required information for each child this summer through the Magnus Health online portal (instructions below) accessed from your PowerSchool Parent account. 
As these were due August 1, please complete these required forms ASAP if your family has not already done so.  
NOTE: There will also be some additional forms posted later in August that all families will need to complete.
Back to School Forms HERE
After-School Enrichment Classes, Sports, and MS Extended Day Registration CLOSES August 16
Registration for Fall K-8 After-School Enrichment Classes, Sports, and Middle School Extended Day CLOSES on TUESDAY, AUGUST 16. Don't miss out!
If you missed Lower School Extended Day registration in May and need a spot, please email Ashley Buffey, abuffey@stmschool.net, ASAP.    
Enrichment Classes, Sports, and MS Extended Day Registration
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