Week of January 10, 2016
Let it SNOW, Let it SNOW, Let it SNOW....
With the balmy weather we had over the holidays, it is hard to start thinking about snowy days ahead. That said, many of our students were wistfully wishing for a snow day when they saw the flurries on Monday morning.
We all know too well that SNOW brings with it the potential for poor road conditions, the hassles of schedule changes, and on occasion, frazzled adults. As a chance of snow may be on its way soon, below is how St. Michael's handles snow:
In the case of snow, ice or power outages, the Headmaster may decide to close School, delay School opening, or in rare instances, send students home early. News about these decisions is communicated as soon as the decision is made in these ways: 
  • Parents notified by e-blast and text message. 
  • Announcement posted on the St M Facebook/Twitter pages, plus the Website home page.
  • Recorded message on the School telephone answering machine. 
  • Broadcasted on WWBT Channel 12's School Closings list. 
If possible, pending changing weather conditions, best efforts are made to announce the decision by 6 a.m. on all information outlets.  
Here is what happens in each situation when the School schedule changes:
  • Schools Closed- All School buildings and Administrative offices are closed. All school activities are canceled unless otherwise announced. 
  • Delayed Opening- Schools will open one or two hours later than usual. Field trips are canceled. As always, doors open 20 minutes prior to the start time. Student supervision is not provided before then.
  • Early Dismissal- Though rare, School will dismiss early if conditions require. We do believe that students are safest remaining at School when parents have not had a chance to make alternate plans for their children’s return home.  However, concerned families who prefer to pick up their children early during inclement weather are very welcome to do so. 
While the weather outside may soon be frightful, hopefully this information will make SNOW a bit more delightful.
8th Grade Families: Recommendations and Report Cards for Public School Specialty Center Applications

All recommendations for the public school specialty programs your child has applied to are due to the home middle school by Friday, January 15.  Please note that first semester report cards will not be ready to go with these recommendations since the quarter ends on the 15th.  Therefore, you will need to make an additional trip to your child's home middle school to submit the 1st semester report card.  

Erbie Godwin will package the recommendations and give them to your child by Monday, January 11.  Once the report cards are complete, a copy will be given to your child so you can hand deliver it to the home middle school.

If you have any questions please contact Erbie Godwin at egodwin@stmschool.net.

LS Author Visit/Autographed Book Opportunity 
Two amazing authors are coming to St. Michael's Lower School (Grades 3-5) on Wednesday, January 20th!  New York Times bestselling author Margaret Peterson Haddix and James Riley are visiting in celebration of their new books launching this month. "Under Their Skin" is the first book in Ms. Haddix's thrilling new series, and "The Stolen Chapters" is book #2 in Mr. Riley's' action-packed Story Thieves series. Our local bookshop, bbgb bookstore, is bringing these authors to our School and is offering the opportunity to purchase books signed by the authors.  (Note: "Under Their Skin", Margaret Peterson Haddix's book is best for 4th grade and up.)  
You may purchase autographed books for your child on bbgb's website at bbgbbooks.com/book-buzz. We are receiving 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. The books will be delivered to School on January 20th. Please place your order by Thursday, January 14th. You may call bbgb with any questions at 804-353-5675. 
Kindergarten Readiness Testing

The kindergarten admissions process is well underway at St. Michael’s! Readiness testing for Kindergarten will take place on Monday, January 11 and Saturday, January 16 at 8:30 a.m. at the Middle School Singleton Campus.
Middle School Tours for our current St M Families with a  Fifth Grade Child
For those St M families of fifth graders who would like more information about our Middle School program, we invite you to tour our Singleton Campus on Friday, January 15 or Friday, January 22 from 8:30-9:30 a.m.  (Note: All of our current fifth grade students will have an opportunity to visit the Middle School Singleton Campus on February 25th and attend the drama production. )
If you would like to tour, please RSVP to Laurel Nelson at lnelson@stmschool.net by January 13 and confirm which date you will be attending. We are also happy to answer any questions you may have about the Middle School program.
Sincerely, Betty Isaacs and Laurel Nelson
Third Grade Families: Send in Recycling
A reminder to third grade families to please send in recycling items for the current science unit. Mrs. Hettrick sent details home in an email.
Calling all Bookworms!
Join us for the St M Book Fair to be held January 26-28.  Click here for more info!  15% of sales come back to the SMPA!
Winter has arrived! Warm Up with St M Fleece Jackets! 
The cooler temperatures are perfect for wearing St. Michael's fleece jackets and sweatshirts! Get yours today by visiting our Spiritwear website at stmschool.net/community/school-spiritwear/. Questions? Please contact Logan Vetrovec.
MLK Holiday: St. Michael's Church Aftercare
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.

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."
In This Issue
  • Snow Procedures
  • 8th Gr. HS Specialty Center Recs/Report Cards for Applications
  • Lower School Author Visit
  • K Readiness Testing
  • Middle School Tours for StM 5th Gr. Families
  • 3rd Gr. Send in Recycling
  • Book Fair
  • Spiritwear: Fleece Jackets 
  • Extending the Day: MLK Holiday
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 
This Week:
Monday, 1/11:
  • Kindergarten Readiness Testing (2 sessions), 8:30 a.m.- 9:30 a.m. and 10:15-11:15 a.m. at the Middle School Singleton Campus
  • 3rd Grade: Young  Scientists Visit (Force and Motion), 8:30 a.m.
Tuesday, 1/12:
  • Lower School Chapel, 8:30 a.m.
Wednesday, 1/13:
  • 3rd Grade Author Visit (Lapallo), 8:30 a.m.
Friday, 1/15:
  • End of 2nd Quarter
  • 5th Grade Current Families: Tour of Middle School (Optional), 8:30-9:30 a.m., Singleton Campus
  • Middle School Chapel, 1:05 p.m.
Saturday, 1/16:
  • Kindergarten Readiness Testing, 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 10:30-11:30 a.m., at the Middle School Singleton Campus 
Looking Ahead:
  • Monday, January 18 is MLK Holiday: No Classes/Faculty Clerical Day
  • Save the dates for the Book Fair: January 26-28!
  • Week of January 25: CONFERENCE WEEK.

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