October 11, 2015
Our First Graders wrote stories this week on "If I Discovered America...."
By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at his (or her) chosen goal or destination."
- Christopher Columbus
"Meetings with Michael"
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Meetings with Michael. We appreciate your insights and ideas on the dress code topic. We are working on a summary of the discussions that will be shared with families in the coming week.
As always, Mr. Turner encourages feedback. Feel free to email or call him if you have thoughts to share.
Register Now for Challenge Discovery (6th & 7th Grade)
The sixth and seventh grades will be spending Friday, October 16 at Challenge Discovery on the University of Richmond’s campus. Much more than a ropes course, Challenge Discovery combines fun problem-solving exercises with achievable physical challenges.
Please register your sixth or seventh grader online at : HTTP://WWW.CHALLENGEDISCOVERY.COM/PARTICIPANT-FORMS/.  Forms must be completed by the end of the day Monday, October 12. There are two forms; one form requires medical information and the second is a participant agreement.  Please keep the confirmation email for your records.
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 librarian. A special bookplate in the front of each Birthday Book contains the name and birthday of the child presenting the book to the library collection. Books may also be given in honor or memory of someone. The first assembly honoring Birthday Book presentations will be held on the Bon Air Campus on Thursday, October 29.
If interested, the deadline to submit birthday books is October 15th. If you have questions, please contact Carol Wise.
Meet the MS SCA
The democratic process is alive and well at the Middle School. Following a campaign primary and speeches, our Middle School students elected their new Student Council Association officers and grade level representatives. 
President: Eudora Nordt; Vice-President, Graham Powell and Secretary: Sarah Nedeff.
Middle School Open Mike!
From music, art and dance, to dramatic readings and poetry, students have the opportunity to share their talents once a quarter on Friday afternoons during sixth period. Sign-up with Mr. Tickle by October 16.
Admissions Open Houses: Help Us Spread the Word 
  • The Kindergarten Open Houses are scheduled for: October 21 and October 22 at 9:30 am. Interested families can register here
  • The Middle School Open House is scheduled for Sunday, November 15 at 2 p.m. Interested families can register here
Dad's Night Out
We cordially invite our St. Michael's Dads to join us for an evening of fun and great BBQ on October 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Singleton Middle School Campus. If you have not yet responded,  please R.S.V.P. to Anne Bridgforth by this Monday, October 12.
Swim Like Fish?
St. Michael's Middle School Swim Team season is just around the corner. The season runs from November to the end of January. Our team practices on Sunday afternoons from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at St. Catherine's School.  If your Middle School student is interested in swim team, please complete the registration form at http://tinyurl.com/stmswim2015.  Thank you!
Sign up for SMBA!
SMBA, our popular co-ed intramural basketball league for grades 4-8 is now accepting signups from interested players. Everyone will be placed on a team. Practices start the week of November 15. Signup forms are available here and are due to Mr. Kern by November 3.
Nothing But Net! Basketball Tryouts
Calling all 5th-8th graders for JV and Varsity basketball tryouts! The tryout schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, November 9th - all interested 5th-8th grade Boys and Girls will meet in the Singleton Campus gym from 3:-4:30 p.m.  
  • Tuesday, November 10th - Boys will be in the gym from 3-4:30 p.m. for a second day of half and full court games.  
  • Wednesday, November 11th - Girls will be in the gym from 4:30-6 p.m. for a second day of half and full court games.  
Please contact Wally Kern with any questions.
Have you checked out the St M Website lately?
We continue to make improvements to the St M website to make information easier to locate and to better communicate the St. Michael's difference.  Please check it out and let Andrea Amore if you have any suggestions.

Support St. M when you shop at Kroger

Kroger has two different programs that can benefit St. Michael’s:

  • Kroger Plus Card Community Rewards Program: Register your Kroger card online and your shopping will earn dollars for the School. You can enroll your Kroger Plus Card online at https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards.
  • Kroger Plus Card for Education: Have the Kroger cashier scan this barcode, along with your Kroger Plus card, and your shopping will earn points for St M to buy needed items for the School. You only have to scan it once to have it work.
We've got SPIRIT, how about YOU? New Spiritwear Site!
Showcase your Dragon Pride with St. Michael's SPIRITWEAR! Be sure to check out our new online Spiritwear site at stmschool.net/community/school-spiritwear/. Great gifts ideas!
Let's Be Friends! 
Get connected to keep abreast of St M news, events, calendar changes and information.
St M on Facebook
St M on Twitter
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
  • No School Monday
  • Meetings with Michael 
  • Register for Challenge Discovery (6 & 7 Gr)
  • Birthday Books
  • Meet the MS SCA
  • MS Open Mike
  • Dad's Night Out RSVPs Due
  • Admissions Open Houses
  • MS Swimming Signup
  • SMBA Signup
  • JV/Varsity BBall Tryouts
  • St M Website Updates
  • Support St M When You Shop at Kroger
  • Spiritwear Site
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
Monday, 10/12:
  • Columbus Day Holiday/ No School
Tuesday, 10/13:  
  • LS Chapel, 8:30 a.m.
  • LS Book Club, 3-4 p.m.
  • MS Field Hockey Game @Saint Gertrude's, 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 10/14:
  • LS Monticello Field Trip, Fifth Grade, 7:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.
  • K Global Read Aloud (Skype with Canadian K class), 1:30 p.m. (Somerville)
  • MS Cross Country Meet, @Fork Union, 5-6:30 p.m.
  • MS Boys Intro Lacrosse Clinic, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Singleton Campus 
Thursday, 10/15:
  • Deadline to submit Birthday Books
  • MS Advisory Lunch
  • K Global Read Aloud (Skype with Canadian K class), 1:30 p.m. (Adams)
  • MS Field Hockey @HOME vs. Collegiate, 4:00 p.m.
  • Dad's Night Out, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Middle School Singleton Campus
Friday, 10/16:
  • MS Challenge Discovery Field Trip, 6/7th Grades, 8 a.m.-2:20 p.m.
  • Eighth Grade Cookout, 11:30 a.m.
  • Eighth Grade High School Planning Program, Friday, October 16, 1 p.m., Allen Library, Singleton Campus
  • Baseball Clinic (Gr 5-8), 3:30-5:15 p.m, Trinity 
Saturday, 10/17:
  • LS Campus Cleanup, 8-9 a.m.
  • MS Cross Country Meet, MileStat, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
 Your Healthy Resource
Healthy Snacking Tip: Adding More Vegetables
Celery and carrot sticks on their own may not get eaten, but with a healthy dip like humus, they will quickly disappear.

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