September 11, 2016
Honor Assembly
A Community Commitment to Honor
"St. Michael's is known for its strong community, and honor is key. Without honor, there is no trust. And without trust, there is no community."
-Oriana Nordt '13
At St M, we strive to treat others as we would like to be treated. Honor, integrity and accountability are an integral part of our core values. Our honor pledge below is signed each year by every Middle School student at the Honor Assembly, which took place on Friday. A big THANK YOU to our speaker and St. Michael's alumna, Oriana Nordt '13 for her insightful words.

"I pledge to be honest in everything I do; therefore I will not lie, cheat or steal. I will not do things that might injure other people because I believe that I should treat others as I would like for them to treat me. I promise to prevent, discourage and report all bullying while doing my best to treat others with respect. Because I respect myself, I will not do what I know to be wrong, and I will not abuse my privileges. If I break a rule, I will accept responsibility for my actions without arguing or excuses."
 Important Announcements:
Middle School Bowling Social
Middle School students are cordially invited to a new year Bowling Social this Friday, September 16, from 3:30-5 p.m. at King Pin Lanes, 200 N. Otterdale Rd. in Midlothian. Students should sign-up in the Great Hall by Wednesday, September 14.
The cost for bowling and shoes is $8 (cash only). Students may also bring additional money for food.  
Eighth Grade Camping Trip
The Eighth Grade will head to Camp Westview on the James in Goochland, VA on September 15 and 16 for the annual Eighth Grade Camping Trip.
Click here for an informational letter and permission form that was sent to eighth grade families late last week. Permission forms are due by Wednesday, September 14 at 9.a.m.
A parents' meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 13th from 6-7 p.m. to discuss the trip and last minute details.  We look forward to a good time away as we begin the eighth grade's final year at St. Michael's! 
Middle School Student-Led Chapel Committee

Our Chaplain is seeking motivated and creative students to help organize and run the Middle School student-led chapel each week! Please contact Mr. Hansen at chansen@stmschool.net if you are interested and indicate what you would be interested in leading (i.e. music, prayers, sound, creative dance). Space is limited - members of the Chapel Committee will be installed at the October 12 Chapel service.   
Got Lunch?
Now is the time to place your online order for Hot Lunch for the month of OCTOBER.
Orders must be placed by midnight on September 20.
Click here for the online link and order information.  
Note: Chick-fil-a will be on the menu as a monthly treat and can be found on the second Friday of every month, which is October 14 this month.
LS After School Enrichment and Intramural Sports 
Many (though not all)  of our Lower School fall enrichment classes and intramural sports programs start this week. 
Click here for a full schedule of session start dates, times and student pickup information.
Say Cheese! School Picture Day Plan
•   Lower School pictures will be taken on Tuesday, September 13.
•   Middle School pictures will be taken on Wednesday, September 14. 
If you have not already done so, please complete the photo order form that came home with your child and return it to your child's teacher in the Lower School or to Erbie Godwin in the Middle School office no later than Monday. IF YOU DO NOT PLAN TO ORDER PICTURES, PLEASE CHECK NO ORDER, AND RETURN THE FORM TO SCHOOL - EVERY CHILD NEEDS TO TURN IN AN ORDER FORM.
Eighth Grade Class Pictures - Special Instructions
Here is the link for special instructions for eighth grade parents/students regarding school pictures.  Parents and students should pay special attention to the information, and sign and return the signature portion of the form to Erbie Godwin no later than Monday.
Questions? Please contact Tracy Ward @ tracy.ward@concoursauto.com
Lower School (K-2) Author Visit and Book Order
Author and Illustrator Abby Hanlon is coming to St. Michael's School on Tuesday, September 20th! She is visiting in celebration of the latest book in her Dory Fantasmagory series, Dory Dory Black Sheep, and will be speaking to our K-2nd graders. Our local bookshop, bbgb, is bringing her to us and offering the opportunity to purchase a signed book.

You may purchase autographed books for your child on bbgb's website at bbgbbooks.com/book-buzz. You will receive a 15% discount when you use coupon code stm15. At check-out, choose school delivery, then select St. Michael's Episcopal School and indicate your child's name, teacher and to whom the book(s) should be signed.  Book orders must be placed by Thursday, 9/15.
Please place your order by Wednesday, September 14th. You may call bbgb with any questions at 804.353.5675.
Music Lessons at St M!
St M Extended Programs is pleased to announce music lessons in: Guitar, Piano and Ukelele.
Music lessons will be held in the Extended Programs rooms at the Lower School.  Click below for more information and to register.
Note: Interested families will schedule lessons directly with each music instructor.
Guitar: Click HERE for info and registration information.
Piano:  Click HERE for info and registration information. Click HERE for a bio on the Piano Instructor.
Ukelele:  Click HERE for info and registration information.
Boys Lacrosse Fall Clinics (Gr. 3-8)
Due to interest in an expanded LAX clinic program, St. Michael's is holding free boys' lacrosse clinics for our students in grades 3-8. The next clinic is on Wednesday, Sept. 14 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Middle School field. No need to sign up, just show up! A mouthguard is needed for all participants. Bring LAX gear if you have it. Please join us! 
NOTE: For those players that want to purchase equipment, parent coach Tyler Meurlin has negotiated an equipment package (helmet, stick, shoulder pads, arm pads and gloves) for $260, provided 12 people purchase the package. Please contact Tyler at tmeurlin@daricorp.com with questions or to purchase.
Let's Make a Racquet!  Join Us at the       SMPA Tennis Social!

Please join us for the annual St M Tennis Social on: Friday, October 7th from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Bon Air Community Center. Cost is $25 per player.
Beginners: Don't be afraid if you don't play often, or don't play at all, as  we will have Bon Air Tenis Pros providing a lesson!
Experienced Players: We will have a fun round robin and tennis games.
Register by emailing: jules.kearfott@gmail.com and leave a check made   out to "SMPA" in the "Tennis Event" box in the Lower School SMPA room. 
Please let us know if you need to borrow a racquet. See you there! 
Yearbook Needs Your Help!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:
The St. Michael's Yearbook Staff is in search of volunteers to help out with the yearbook for the 2016-2017 year. If you enjoy taking photos and love capturing the memories of this wonderful school, this is a fun and rewarding opportunity. 

PHOTOS NEEDED:
We'd also love your photographs! Photos may be uploaded to the yearbook website: www.hjeshare.com or the Herff Jones eShare App. Enter school code 3042755 and follow the instructions. Photos may also be placed on a CD marked "Yearbook" and turned into either school office. 
Questions, please contact:
Show your DRAGON PRIDE with St M Spiritwear!
Visit our spiritwear website here to place online orders for St M apparel. We have lots of exciting new items!
Chaplain's Corner
Children, youth and adults alike are invited to the St. Michael's Church first ever Fall Fest on September 24 from 4-7 p.m. to celebrate the 65th Anniversary of Michael’s Church! Details are below.
 Please contact Christian Hansen  with questions. 
Let's Be Friends! 
Get connected to keep abreast of St M news, events, calendar changes and information.  We also have a NEW Media Gallery page on our website under News and Events so you can follow all of our St M social media in one place!  

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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: 
  • Commitment to Honor
  • MS Bowling Social
  • 8th Grade Camping Trip
  • MS Student Led Chapel
  • Order Hot Lunch for OCTOBER
  • Lower School Author Visit/Book Order
  • LS Afterschool enrichmond/intramural sports begin
  • School Picture Day Plan
  • Music Lessons at St M
  • Lacrosse Clinic for Grades 3-8
  • SMPA Tennis Social
  • Yearbook Help Needed
  • Spiritwear
  • Chaplain's Corner
  Dates to Remember...(Please check our improved online School Calendar for updates. You now can subscribe to St M calendars so they automaticaly download to your personal calendar!)
Click HERE for the '16-'17 Academic Calendar
Monday, 9/12: 
  • MS Mountain Biking, 3-5 p.m.
  • MS Cross Country, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • MS Field Hockey Scrimmage @River City Sportsplex vs. Panthers, 5 p.m.
Tuesday, 9/13:
  • Lower School Picture Day
  • LS Intramural Soccer begins, 3-4:15 p.m.
  • MS Cross Country Practice, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • MS Field Hockey Practice, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • MS Soccer GAME at HOME vs Steward, 5 p.m.
  • 8th Grade Parents Camping Trip Planning Meeting, 6 p.m.
  • MS Back to School Night, 7-9 p.m.
  • Kindergarten Calendar Meeting, 7 p.m., LS Atrium
Wednesday, 9/14:  
  • Middle School Picture Day
  • MS Cross Country , 4-5 p.m. 
  • MS Field Hockey Practice, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • MS Mountain Biking, 3-5 p.m.
  • Lacrosse Clinic (Gr. 3-8) at Middle School field, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Thursday, 9/15:  
  • 8th Grade Camping Trip
  • MS Cross Country Practice, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • MS Soccer practice, 4:30-6 p.m.
Friday, 9/16:  
  • 8th Grade Camping Trip
  • 4th Grade begins Richmond Ballet's Minds in Motion yearlong program
  • LS Intramural Field Hockey begins, 3-5 p.m.
  • MS Chapel, 1:40 p.m.
  • MS Baseball Clinic, 3-4:45 p.m., 
  • MS Cross Country Practice, 3-4:15 p.m.
  • MS Bowling Social, King Pin Lanes, 3:30-5 p.m., $8.00
 NOTE:
  • LS is Lower School
  • MS is Middle School
 Friendly Reminders:
  • ALL students in grades K-8 should have a CHANGE OF CLOTHES in their lockers/ cubbies. Thank you for sending this in this week.
  • ALL students participating in sports at St M must have an ATHLETIC PARTICIPATION FORM on file. Click here for the form.
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