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January 13, 2019

Thank You

After an extensive search that involved the St. Michael’s administrative team, faculty, parents, students, alumni, and community, we are very excited to welcome Bob Gregg as our incoming Head of School.
St. Michael's extends our deep appreciation to the following individuals for the time, thoughtfulness, and care they dedicated to our search process. THANK YOU!
Head of School Search Committee Members:
Kim Daniel (Chair), Craig Amos, Chris Gorman, Caroline Jennings, Eric Nedell, Lisa Schuster, Phil Strunk, and John Vetrovec

Oh, Snow!

It appears that more of the white stuff may be coming our way. A reminder that decisions about school delays or closings are communicated as soon as the decision is made in these ways: 
  • Parents notified by 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 NBC 12's School Closings list. 
How many more days until SPRING?

Happy Trails!

A unique feature of St. Michael's is our beautiful 70-acre campus filled with rich opportunities for outdoor learning and adventures. Through the generous support of a One.Together. Campaign donor and a partnership with Trinity Episcopal School, we are excited to share that work has begun on a core trail to encircle the Singleton campus and connect with the Trinity Episcopal School campus. Down the road, this core trail will be expanded to become a network of trails. Trinity provided expertise on designing the trail and will provide ongoing assistance in maintaining it. The two schools will share access to the trail which traverses both campuses. 

This easily-walkable trail provides quick and easy access to the entire campus property for K-8 academic outdoor learning, as well as by athletics (i.e., cross country, mountain biking) and clubs.
(Note: some of you may have noticed yellow construction machinery to the side of Hubbard Hall. This is only temporary as we fix some erosion issues that have appeared after this historic year of rain.)

Birthday Books

Thank you to the following students and families for presenting the Lower School library with Birthday Books! 

Jackson Aaron
Amelia Burden
Austin Davis
Hadley Hampton
Adeline Wall
Declan Wall
John Hadjis
Parker Hadjis


Would you like your child to present a birthday book to the Library? Please contact Carol Wise (Lower School) or Mary Carpenter (Middle School). 

St M Summer Spectacular Camps

Explore your creative side. Experiment with science. Embrace the outdoors. Learn coding and engineering. Get active with sports. Be an adventurous chef.

Welcome to summer camp, St. Michael’s-style!  St M will offer six camp sessions from June 17-August 2 for children ages 4 through rising ninth grade.  Half-day and full-day options available.
SNEAK PEEK: We have lots of exciting camps planned, including Coding, LEGOs and Video Game making, Model UN, Cooking and Cake-Decorating, Creative Writing and Poets Workshop, Challenge Island STEM/STEAM Adventures, Fishing and Mountain Biking, Performing Arts and Music, and more!
Online registration opens February 1. STAY TUNED!  
Please contact Allyson Steele, Director of Extended Programs with any questions.

Looking Ahead: January 21 Holiday


For planning purposes, a reminder that Monday, January 21, is a student holiday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Our Extended Day program is also closed.

Box Tops WINNER!


Congratulations to Mrs. Mitchell's First Grade class for winning the first Box Tops challenge! They collected a whopping 710 Box Tops, and have won a dress down day and ice cream party. Well done! Congratulations are also in order to Mrs. Bockisch's class, who came in second place with 658 Box Tops collected, and Mrs. Geier's class, who came in third place with 540 Box Tops! Thank you to ALL students who brought in Box Tops and helped with school fundraising!

Please don't stop collecting those Box Tops! Round Two starts now! The class collecting the most Box Tops by May 17th will also win a dress down day and ice cream party!

Going to The Chapel

This is an exciting week for James Romanik, our Director of Development, as he is getting married on January 19!  Please join us in extending well-wishes to James and his bride, Harley, as they embark on a joyous new life together! Wishing you both a lifetime of love and happiness!

Show Your Dragon Pride!

Be sure to visit our spiritwear website HERE to place orders for St M apparel.
Did you know you can order school uniform items from Lands' End with the St. M logo?   
To order apparel with the St. Michael’s logo, go to the Lands’ End website by clicking HERE, enter the School’s preferred school number 900128059, and begin shopping!
ATTENTION: During the Holiday Pop-Up Shop, one family paid for a belt that needed to be ordered. The belt has come in, but somehow the name I wrote down is missing. If this is you, can you please contact me HERE so I can deliver your belt. Thanks for your understanding! -Emily Helmboldt

Cardboard Needed

If you are cleaning up after the holidays or "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo," the Lower School Maker Space would love cardboard and boxes for STEM activities.  Thanks for sending them in!

Key Dates for Next School Year

For planning purposes, below please find key dates for the 2019-2020 school year.
  • August 22: Lower School "Meet your Teacher" and Extended Day open house
  • August 26: Lower School first day of school with early dismissal
  • August 26: Middle School orientation
  • August 27:  First full day of school for all students
  • December 20: Christmas break begins with early dismissal
  • January 6: Classes resume
  • March 6: Spring break begins with early dismissal
  • March 16: Classes resume
  • June 3: Closing Exercises for Lower School/Middle School
  • June 4: Eighth Grade Commencement (9 a.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 UPDATED 2018-2019 Academic Calendar.
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One Campus.

One Phone Number.

For your records, our ONE campus phone number is: 804-272-3514.

This Week:

Monday, Jan 14:
  • Dragon Dress Day (Grades K-2 and 6-8)
Wednesday, Jan 16:
  • MS Chapel, 8:05 a.m.
  • LS Chapel, 8:45 a.m.
Note: Due to the volume of sports practices and games, please consult the online School calendar for practice/game dates and times.
Monday, January 21: Martin Luther King Jr. Day 
At St. Michael's, we strongly value student engagement in service around our Richmond community. As has become annual practice nationwide, we encourage students and their families to serve their communities on MLK Day as a way of honoring the work of Martin Luther King.  
Please click HERE to view MLK Day service opportunities around RVA.
MS Service Hours/ DRAGONS Values Nominations Due 
Wednesday, February 13 

The next recognition chapel is coming up on Wednesday, February 27. All Middle School students have been asked to turn in their hours and DRAGONS Values Nominations through their ATLL Google Classrooms by the 2/13!
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