2023 Back to School Planning- Update #2
August Student Orientation Info: PLEASE READ
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!
  • BELOW are the orientation schedules for Lower School (tomorrow, Thursday, August 24) and Middle School (Monday, August 28.) 
  • PLEASE NOTE the specific instructions per event for students and families.
  • New students should bring their birth certificates to the front office.
Back to School Orientation Schedules
Dragon Pride: Visit Our Back to School Pop-Up Shop!
We are planning an exciting BACK TO SCHOOL Spiritwear Pop-Up Shop in the PERKINSON ARTS CENTER during the following dates and times:
  • Thursday, August 24, 8-11 a.m.  (Lower School "Meet Your Teacher" Day)
  • Monday, August 28, 8 a.m.-Noon  (Middle School Orientation) 
We have LOTS of exciting new items and even NEW limited edition t-shirts.
Show your DRAGON PRIDE and come ready to shop!  SUPPLIES ARE LIMITED! 
School Hours (Starting Tuesday, August 29) 

Tuesday, August 29, is the first FULL day of school for ALL students. For the 2023-24 school year, St. Michael’s standard school hours are:
  • School Day: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Free Morning Gym beginning at 7:20 a.m (drop off at gym)
  • If not attending Morning Gym, the Morning Drop-off window is 7:45-7:55 a.m. (Students should be in their seats and ready to start the school day by 8 a.m.
  • Afternoon pickup is between 3 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. (Any students not picked up by 3:15 p.m. will be sent to Extended Day and billed the drop-in fee.)

Faculty/Staff Update 

We are delighted to share that Cyndi Chambers has been hired as St. Michael's Director of Security. Cyndi will officially start at St M on September 11. During her distinguished career, Mrs. Chambers has spent 33 years as an active duty policewoman for the Chesterfield County Police Department (CPD) with 8 years as a School Resource Officer, been a trainer for CPD's "Crisis Intervention Training Program," worked with schools on emergency preparedness plans and execution, been a hostage/crisis negotiator and crisis de-escalator, and is a board-certified EMT. Her colleagues have shared that her superpower is her excellent communication skills and that she loves working with and building rapport with children. Her expertise in these areas will be invaluable to us as we continue to prioritize the safety and security of our campus, students, and staff.   
St M also extends a warm welcome to Joan Spyhalski as she joins our Extended Programs team. Mrs. Spyhalski comes to us with extensive experience both as a teacher and a school counselor for pre-K, elementary, middle, and high school students in public and independent schools. She thrives in implementing curriculum and classroom activities that foster creativity, self-confidence, and problem-solving in students. She most recently was a lead instructor at Redeemer Episcopal Day School. Welcome!
Updated Roles
Tracy Jebo will be continuing her great work as Angie Rowe’s right hand in Kindergarten, but will also be taking on technology education for grades K-4.

Julia Bryan-Diehl will be adding fifth grade Information Literacy and Research support to her library curriculum.
This summer, St M bid farewell to Gaye Frugard and Jenn McCauley.
Jenn McCauley came to us as classroom support during the 20-21 school year. She brought her can-do attitude and abilities, taking over technology education and working with students in our Extended Day program. Her tenure at St M was characterized by her appreciation for children and her warm collegial spirit, making her a favorite of children and colleagues alike. We wish Jenn well as she moves into her dream job teaching middle school theater arts, and we know that we’ll stay in touch with her.
As one of the first hires of the School’s Extended Programs department, Gaye Frugard shared her passion for young children with the Dragon community for seven years. She quickly became known for the personal and caring relationships she built with our families and the enthusiasm and dependability she brought to her role.
We are grateful for the time Ms. Frugard and Ms. McCauley spent at St. Michael’s and wish them much joy in their future adventures.    
Directory Updates Needed by September 1  
Did you move this summer? Has your email or phone number changed? Do you want School communications to go to a new email address?
Please send any changes by Friday, September 1, as we are finalizing the School directory. Returning families need only to review their current listing (in last year's directory) and forward all new/corrected information via the form in the button below. Thank you! 
2023-24 Directory/Contact Info Updates
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 route maps, and more.        
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