December 13, 2015
Hour of Code Photos

We live in a world surrounded by technology. We know that whatever fields our students choose to go into as adults, their abilities to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. Helping our students lay the foundations for 21st century skills and building their confidence in technology and computer science are built into our curriculum.

St. Michael's dove enthusiastically into The Hour of Code this week as our students at both campuses practiced coding and brain skills. 

Our budding computer scientists tell us that they are eager to keep coding at home over the holidays!  Here are some recommended sites:

For grades K-2, we coded with The Foos:

For grades 3-5, we coded with Minecraft and Star Wars: 

For Middle School: Scratch is a free programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations). 
St. Michael's is so very thankful for Carol Wise and Melanie Price for leading our Hour of Code initiative. BIG high fives to you both for getting our students energized about computer science!
Christmas Pageant:
  • The Christmas Pageant dress rehearsal will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 17, at the Bon Air Campus. As always, Middle School students will attend the dress rehearsal. Thus, Middle School students should be dropped off at St. Michael's Church by 8:15 a.m. that morning. Drivers who have signed up to transport students back to the Singleton Campus should be at church no later than 9 a.m. Students will be assigned a driver.

  • For families coming to the pageant on Friday, December 18, the church will open at 8 a.m. for an 8:30 a.m. presentation. (Please note the earlier start time this year.)
Eighth Grade Exam Week
We wish all of our eighth graders much success as they take exams this week.  Click here for the exam week schedule.
Middle School Food Drive
The Middle School will continue its Food Bank Challenge until this  Thursday, December 17. We want to challenge our students to surpass last year's donation of 496 pounds of food for the FeedMore Food Bank.Click here for a list of needed food items. Thank you for your support!
Art in the Community
The SUN TRUST BANK ART GALLERY is home this month to 100 pieces of art representing our very creative St M students.  Our families and the general public can view this art work until December 30, 2015.  If you are downtown visiting the Christmas lights, please feel free to see our display at 919 East Main Street.

In addition, we are so fortunate to have a rotating exhibit of art work on display at the BELGRADE CLEANERS in Midlothian.  Every nine weeks, StM art work is displayed for customers to enjoy!
The Reason for the Season
As St. Michael's emphasizes the religious part of the Christmas season, gift giving at School is discouraged. On behalf of all families, the SMPA provides funds for room parents to provide a class gift to all teachers.
Support St M. While you Shop for the Holidays!
Remember to support St M when you shop at Target, Amazon, Kroger ad Martins! Click here to register and support our School and the SMPA!
Book Fair Gift Cards
Looking for a great holiday gift idea for your child? Give the gift of reading!

The SMPA is selling Book Fair Gift Cards that can be redeemed during the St M Book Fair on January 26-28.  Gift cards can be purchased December 6- December 17. Click here for more information.
Magic Dragon Day 
If you find yourself in an "out with the old and in with the new" frame of mind over the holidays, please be sure to keep the following items for Magic Dragon Day, May 7, 2016:
Stuffed Animals - Please set aside your child's gently used stuffed animals to be "won" at the Pet Palace on Magic Dragon Day. Please hold onto your animals at home. We will put the call out for our fuzzy friends to come to school for collection at a later date.
Used Spirit Wear/ Blue Blazers - Donate gently used St M Spirit Wear and navy blue blazers that your child has outgrown. Again, please hold these items at home at this time until we put out collection requests closer to May.
The Fifth Grade Chorus
Our fifth grade chorus gave a joyful Christmas concert this past week. On Tuesday, they will be spreading holiday cheer and performing for the residents at Westminster-Canterbury. 
Show your DRAGON PRIDE with St M Spiritwear!
Visit our Spiritwear website at  Questions? Please contact Logan Vetrovec.
Extending the Day: St. Michael's Church Aftercare
St. Michael's Extended Day will run as normal through Friday, Dec. 18th with both morning and afternoon care. 

Additionally, on Friday, Dec. 18th, which is a half-day for St. Michael's, we will be offering extended day from 12 pm to 6 p.m. 

We will also be able to offer full-day care on Monday, Dec. 21st and Tuesday, Dec. 22nd from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Extended Day will resume our regular schedule on Monday, Jan. 4th. 

Monday, Jan. 18th, is the Martin Luther King holiday, and School will be closed. We would like to offer care for that day, assuming we have 10 or more children signed up.  Please email Interim Director, Colby Nauth, to sign up.

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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
  • Hour of Code
  • Christmas Pageant
  • 8th Grade Exam Schedule
  • Middle School Food Drive
  • Art in the Community
  • The Reason for the Season
  • Support St M While You Shop
  • Book Fair Gift Cards
  • Magic Dragon Day Items
  • 5th Grade Chorus
  • Lost and Found
  • Spiritwear 
  • Extending the Day
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 2016-2017 School Year key planning dates 
* 8th Grade Exam Week *
Tuesday, 1215:
  • 5th Grade Choir performance at Westmister Canterbury, 10 a.m.
Thursday, 12/17:
  • Christmas Pageant Dress rehearsal, 8:30 a.m. (Middle School attends)
Friday, 12/18:
  • Christmas Pageant, 8:30 a.m., Church Sanctuary
  • Grades K-3 dismissed after the Pageant
  • Grades 6-8 dismiss at 11:35 a.m.
  • Grades 4-5 dismiss at noon
Christmas Break:
  • December 19-January 3
Classes resume on Monday, January 4, 2016.

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