November 1, 2015
"Clothes make a statement. Costumes tell a story."
-- Mason Coole

If costumes tell a story, what wonderful stories we had this week at St. Michael's! These include:

  • The Kindergarten memories made during their endearing costume parade
  • First graders using descriptive words to write about their Halloween ensembles
  • Fourth graders wearing funny hats and writing Halloween-themed cards to their first grade reading pals 
  • Parents dressing as "Goal-Busters" in support of the Annual Fund 
  • Middle Schoolers dressing uniquely to showcase their team spirit at Friday's Advisor Group Games. 
Perhaps the biggest story of all is that what makes St. Michael's so very special is not only first-class academics but the vibrant culture that exists here. That is the best Halloween treat ever!  
   Be sure to check out our St M FACEBOOK and TWITTER pages for this week's posts on St. Michael's culture, curriculum, community                   and stage performances.
Get your Tickets!
Please join us Saturday, November 21, 2015, at The Commonwealth Club for the 25th Anniversary celebration of St. Michael’s annual benefit  auction. Come for a night of friendship, frivolity and frenzied bidding!
Invitations have been mailed. If you have not received yours, please contact Mary King Coleman. 
To purchase tickets online and register for online bidding, please visit 501auctions.com/stmichaelsauction.  Click on “Purchase Tickets” in the left column.
Tuition Raffle! 
Be a winner!  Get your ticket(s) now for our 2015 Tuition Raffle!
The winner will receive a $5,000 CREDIT towards their 2016-2017 tuition! Only 200 tickets will be sold! The winner will be announced at the Auction on November 21. You do not need to be present to win. (No cash will be awarded.) For details and to purchase, please click here.
Join Us for our Middle School Admissions Open House
  • The Middle School Open House is scheduled for Sunday, November 15 at 2 p.m. 
  • Interested prospective families can register here Thank you for spreading the word to neighbors and friends!
And the Winner Is......
Congratulations to Megan Pollard! She won the free pair of tickets to the St. Michael's Auction for being an Admissions Yard Sign Ambassador!
A BIG THANK YOU to all of our Yard Sign Ambassadors! We are most appreciative of your help!
LS Fruit Challenge
The Lower School will be participating in a November fruit and vegetable challenge!  For the first 3 weeks in November, students who eat a serving of fruits or vegetables at either lunch or snack time will receive a grade-specific sticky note. On their appointed PE day, students will bring their notes to the gym and line them up along the wall.  The grade with the most number of notes (per student) will earn an extra PE class and fruit celebration.  More details can be found here. Students will additionally be discussing in PE class the importance of eating a well-balanced diet that includes a variety of fruits and vegetables.
Signup for the Next Cycle of Hot Lunch 
Now is the time to sign up for hot lunch for November and early December. Orders are due in by Thursday, November 5. Click here for the lunch forms.
Lego Engineering Winter Program (Grades K-5)
Your child can build elaborate objects, structures and vehicles while exploring the fundamental principles of engineering and physics. Sign up now for the winter session of Lego engineering.
Championship Chess Winter Program Signup (Gr K-5)
Studies show that chess improves math, reading and problem-solving skills. Sign up now for the winter session of Championship Chess. The program runs November 11-February 17 on Wednesdays from 3:10-4:10 p.m. Click here for the registration form. Forms are due in by November 6.
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 gradeboys 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.  
Practice schedules are on the website under News and Events/Athletic Schedules.
Please contact Wally Kern with any questions.
Order Spiritwear for Holiday Gifts! New Items Available!
With holiday shopping season just around the corner, NEW ITEMS have been added to our Spiritwear site. From fleece jackets and blankets to Tervis tumblers and PJ bottoms, we have the  perfect gifts for all of our Dragons. As well, we have updated the tee shirts on the website so that they are "dress code" approved.
To receive orders in time for the holidays (and before school lets out in December), holiday orders must be placed by DECEMBER 1. Visit our Spiritwear website at stmschool.net/community/school-spiritwear/
Questions? Please contact Logan Vetrovec.
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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
  • Get your Auction Tickets
  • Tuition Raffle!
  • MS Admission Open House
  • Yard Sign Raffle Winner
  • LS Fruit Challenge
  • Hot lunch orders due!
  • LS Lego Engineering Signup
  • LS Chess Signup
  • MS Swimming Signup
  • SMBA Signup
  • JV/Varsity BBall Tryouts/Practice Schedules
  • NEW Spiritwear Items Added, Dress Code Approved T-Shirts!
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
   Conference Week Begins
Monday, 11/2:  
  • No Classes
Tuesday, 11/3:
  • 4th Gr. Science Museum Field Trip, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 
Wednesday, 11/4:
  • Mountain Biking Closing Ceremony, 4 p.m. (Mountain Biking is 3-5 p.m.)
Thursday, 11/5:
  • Middle School Day of the Dead Festival, 1-2:45 p.m.
Friday, 11/6:
  • Middle School Recognition Assembly,    2 p.m.
  • Fall Afterschool Activities End
Saturday, 11/7:
  • FIRST Lego Robotics Competition at Maggie Walker High School, 9 a.m.-5p.m. Go DRAGONS!!!

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