Week of January 24, 2016
 Snow Planning:
  • Please check the School website home page and calendar or social media (Facebook and Twitter) for snow-related updates and activity/schedule changes. 
  • This is Teacher Conference Week. In the event of School closure, teacher conferences planned on that day will be cancelled and rescheduled.
  • If we have a delayed opening and your conference time takes place when school is open, your conference will continue as planned.

For the Love of Reading
"Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift."  (Author Kate DiCamillo)
Looking for ways to survive "Snowmageddon" with your kids? Help them curl up with a good book! 
It is widely recognized that the better the reading skills children have, and the earlier they have them, determines how rapidly and how well they will achieve in school. As this is Book Fair week, our librarians, Carol Wise and Melanie Ferguson, offer the following tips and ideas on how to get your children excited about reading:
Where to find books your kids will gobble up:
How to get kids excited to read:
  • As "Generation Digital," encourage your children to explore our St. Michael's digital library! Click here for instructions on how to access our eBook collection. 
  • Visit author websites with your children as many contain reading games and activities to get your kids excited about reading. Some great examples:
    ----  bignatebooks.com,  mowillems.com
    ----  
    treasurehuntersbooks.comtreehousebookseries.com
     
  • Even better, COME TO THE SMPA BOOK FAIR this week where we will have a wonderful selection of recommended reading for grades K-8! 
(While snowed in this weekend, be sure to check out our St M Facebook and Twitter pages for a glimpse into our curriculum, culture and community.)
Re-enrollment Contracts:
Contracts for the 2016/2017 School year will be mailed this week to our current families. Thanks for returning them to us by Friday, February 19.
St M Communications On the Go!
In our on-going commitment to improve School communications, we have made improvements to the St M website such that it is better optimized for mobile phones and hand-held devices.
Now you can pull up our daily School calendar, academic calendar, key dates for the next School year, sports schedules, admissions information and more on the go. You can find the navigation by clicking on the 3 white bars in the upper right-hand screen of our mobile home page. (Be sure to bookmark our website, stmschool.net, on your mobile device for easy access!) 
Please contact Andrea Amore in our Communications Office with any questions!
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.
SMPA Book Fair: Dinner Orders Due
The Book Fair will take place Tuesday-Thursday, January 26-28 at the Bon Air Campus. Family Open House will take place from 3-6:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 28.

  • Q BBQ will be available for pre-order carry out dinners on 1/28. Click here for the order form. Pre-orders are due in on Monday, January 25th with a check made payable to SMPA. 
  • Annual "Make Your Own Ice Cream Sundaes" in the Art Room. 
  • Books for all grades K-8 will be offered. Books will be provided by bbgb bookshop, our wonderful Book Fair partner. 
    15% of sales come back to the SMPA!
  • Click here for more information. Please contact Dia Flora with Q’s.
Time to Order Hot Lunch! 
The next Hot Lunch order period commences on February 1. Order forms are available here and are due back no later than Monday, January 25 (or the first day School resumes after snow). (Order Form hard copies were sent home on January 20.)  
Winter has arrived! Warm Up with St M Fleece Jackets! 
The cooler temperatures are perfect for wearing St. Michael's fleece jackets and sweatshirts! Get yours today by visiting our Spiritwear website at stmschool.net/community/school-spiritwear/. Questions? Please contact Logan Vetrovec.
SPRING BREAK CAMP: St. Michael's Church Extended Day

MARCH 7-11
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily
BEACH PARTY CAMP

Join us for a week full of beach-inspired challenges for you and a tribeful of friends!  You’ll build and design your own Tribal Tiki Huts, Beach Racers, Cruise Ships, and Boardwalk Rides and Games. You will even erupt a restless Hawaiian volcano!

Challenge Island will present these different challenges each day and the rest of the day will center on that particular challenge.We will wrap up with an island beach party complete with music, beach volleyball and fun surprises!

Cost for the week:  $ 350.  Space is limited so sign up soon!
Contact Colby Nauth to register.

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 under way for Multi Media ART Lessons (by ArtHaus), CHALLENGE ISLAND (an engineering, art and science program), GUITAR lessons (our St M families LOVE the instructor! Just ask Andrea Amore), and more.
  • Please contact Colby Nauth for more information and to register.
Let's Be Friends! 
Get connected to keep abreast of St M news, events, calendar changes and information.
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St M on the Web
St M on YouTube 
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
  • Snow Planning
  • Book Recommendations
  • Re-Enrollment Contracts Due Back 2/19
  • St. M Mobile Website
  • MDD Tee Shirt Contest
  • Book Fair: Order Q BBQ
  • Time to Order Hot Lunch!
  • Spiritwear: Fleece Jackets 
  • Register for Spring Break Child Care
  • Exciting After-School Enrichment Opportunities
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 is Teacher Conference Week
This Week(subject to change given snow conditions)
Tuesday, 1/26:
  • Book Fair
  • Lower School Chapel, 8:30 a.m.
  • SMBA Makeup Date (if needed from 1/23), 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 1/27:
  • Book Fair
Thursday, 1/28:
  • Book Fair
Friday, 1/29:
  • Book Fair "Snow Day" (if needed)
  • Middle School Tour for Current St M 5th Grade Families, 8:30 a.m., Singleton Campus
  • Middle School Chapel, 1:05 p.m.
Saturday, 1/30:
  • SMBA Playoffs, 8:15-11 a.m.
Remember to send in any St M snow creations to our Communications Office!  


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