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Week of December 31, 2017

A New Year Prayer

Thank you, Lord, for giving me the brand new year ahead.
Help me live the way I should as each new day I tread.
Give me gentle wisdom that I might help a friend.
Give me strength and courage so a shoulder I might lend.
The year ahead is empty, help me fill it with good things.
Each new day filled with joy and the happiness it brings.
(-Author Unknown)
Important Announcements:
Welcome Back!
A friendly reminder that classes resume on WEDNESDAY, January 3. We hope everyone had a fun and restful holiday break!

Upcoming Admissions Events: Help Us Spread the Word!

St. M will be hosting Coffee and Campus Tour Admissions Events for prospective parents as follows:

Grades K-5:
  • Thursday, January 18, 8:30 a.m., Bon Air Campus 
  • Wednesday, January 24, 9:30 a.m., Bon Air Campus 
Grades 6-8:
  • Thursday, January 25, 8:30 a.m., Singleton Campus 
Thank you for encouraging your friends and neighbors to come learn more about the benefits of a St M education! Interested families may RSVP here.

Middle School Tour for Current Fifth Grade Parents

Parents of current fifth grade families are invited to tour the Middle School on January 11 at 8:30 a.m. Please RSVP to Laurel Nelson.

Sixth Grade Drop-Off At Lower School on Thursday, Jan. 4

Sixth graders will be meeting their Second Grade Sidekicks on Thursday, January 4 to work on a collaborative Egypt project. Students should be dropped off at the Lower School Chapel/McRae Road entrance at 8 a.m. (NOT at the Middle School) and then be picked up by assigned drivers at 9:30 a.m. by the Chapel to return to the Middle School.

Sixth Grade Field Trip to Latin Ballet: Field Trip Dress Required

Sixth graders will attend a field trip on Friday, January 5 to see a ballet performance of The Legend of the Poinsettia at the Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen.  Students will leave school at 9:45 a.m. and return around lunch time. 

Carpools have been assigned and FIELD TRIP DRESS CODE is required.  Please contact Sra. Whitaker with any questions.

Boys Varsity B Basketball Practice Change Reminder

Boys Varsity B Basketball practices moving forward will be on Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 3-4:30 p.m. starting on Wednesday, January 3.  Please contact Coach Hansen with any questions.

Middle School Willy Wonka Rehearsals

Willy Wonka rehearsals will take place on Wednesday and Friday, January 3 and 5 from 3-4:30 p.m.  On Friday, January 5, a design meeting will also take place while others are singing with the musical director.  All backstage crew members should start attending rehearsals.
Starting the week of January 8, rehearsals are 3-4:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through January. Depending on progress, rehearsal hours may need to be extended. If your child can't make it to a rehearsal, please e-mail Jan Guarino ahead of time to let her know. 

Save the Date!

Save the date to join us on January 11 at 6 p.m. for the Lower School (K-5) Family STEM night! We have lots of exciting new activities planned! More details to come.
We are also collecting gallon MILK JUGS for use in a related STEM project. Please rinse them well and send them in to the Lower School. Thanks for your help!

Dress Code Reminder

All clothing worn at school should be neat, clean, without holes/cuts/ frays/excessive wear/offensive-inappropriate language-symbols, and worn as designed (e.g., not inside out). 

Clothes should fit properly, being neither oversized, form-fitting, nor revealing. For instance:
  1. pants and shorts should be worn at the waist;
  2. necklines should be no lower than the armpit; 
  3. sleeveless dresses should be at least three-finger widths at the shoulder;
  4. tops should cover the midriff in front and back, including when arms are raised; 
  5. shorts, tunics, dresses and skirts should be neatly hemmed and at least fingertip length;
  6. leggings may not be worn as pants, but may be worn under items in #5 above;
  7. sheer clothing and clothing with cut-outs is not permitted; and undergarments should be concealed.
Students should also have an extra cold weather change of clothes at School AND bring coats daily for recess.

Around the Halls....

Check out our Media Gallery for photos of field trips, plays, events and learning that took place this past month at St M!

Let's Be Friends! 

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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." 

Dates to Remember

Please check our online School Calendar for updates. 
Click HERE for the 2017-2018 Academic Calendar.
Never miss an update! Subscribe to our School calendars and receive automatic updates! (Families should download the Academic Calendar as well as a Lower School or Middle School calendar.)

This Week:

Wednesday, Jan 3:
  • Classes resume
Thursday, Jan 4:
  • 2nd and 6th Grades Sidekick Egypt Project, 8-9:30 a.m. at Lower School. (6th Graders should be dropped at Lower School at 8 a.m., NOT Middle School.)
Friday, Jan 5:
  • 6th Grade to Latin Ballet (Field Trip Dress Code), 9:45 a.m.
Saturday, Jan 6:
  • MS Boys BBall Varsity A Game vs. Lourdes, 1 p.m.)
  • MS Boys BBall Varsity B Game vs. Steward, 2 p.m.)
  • MS Boys JV (white) BBall Game vs. St. Bridget's, 3 p.m.
NOTE: Due to the volume of sports practices, please consult the online School calendar for practice dates and times. 
If you, a family member, or friend needs prayers, please email Christian Hansen with the subject “Prayers of the Dragons.”  
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