October 23, 2016
Mummies and Pharaohs and Tombs, Oh My!
Mummies came to life in the third grade this week…. all in the name of engineering and math! Our students were challenged to break into small groups and create the tallest mummy using only newspaper, masking tape and toilet paper. Lots of math calculations, comparison graphing, writing and basic structural engineering principals (not to mention teamwork) were incorporated into the day's lesson as well!
Our second graders traveled to the land of the Nile during their Egypt Day on Friday. From ancient Egyptian government, hieroglyphics and art, to architecture and stories of daily life, our students were excited to showcase their learnings to their families and invited guests.
From the Middle School Halloween Dance and SCA Representatives Installation, to Science and STEM activities, be sure to check out our St M Media Gallery on our website for photo highlights of classroom learning and events from around our School this past week!  
 Important Announcements:
Test of St M Emergency Notification System: Oct. 24
To ensure all of our families are connected to emergency notifications, we will conduct a second test of the emergency notification system at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, October 24. The display name on a St. Michael’s emergency text message will be 30939. Please do not reply to the text OR call the school to verify receipt of the message.  If a family has students at both campuses, they will receive two texts (one for each campus).
We also do our best to post emergency updates and school closing information on our St M Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as on the home page of the School website.
Please contact the front office if your contact information changes to ensure that emergency information is communicated to everyone in a timely manner. 
Middle School Tours for Current Fifth Grade Families
For those parents of St M fifth graders who would like more information about our Middle School program, we cordially invite you to tour our Singleton Campus on one of the following dates:
  • Wednesday, November 2, 8:30-9:30 a.m. 
  • Friday, January 27, 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 this winter and attend an informational program and drama production.
Please RSVP to Laurel Nelson at lnelson@stmschool.net and confirm the date you will be attending. 
Fall Admissions Open Houses!
  • Kindergarten OPEN HOUSES for Prospective Parents: October 26 and October 27, 9:30 am. Interested families can register here
  • Middle School OPEN HOUSE for Prospective Parents: Sunday, November 13, 2 p.m. Interested families can register here.
Winter Sports and Co-Curriculars Sign-Up Coming Soon
Digital sign-up sheets for Winter Sports (swimming and SMBA basketball) as well as enrichment classes (like Art, Lower School Mountain biking and more) will be sent out later this week. Stay tuned!
Varsity and JV Basketball Tryouts
Calling all 5th-8th graders for JV and Varsity basketball tryouts! The tryout schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, November 14: - all interested 5th-8th grade Boys AND Girls will meet in the Singleton Campus gym, 3:-4:30 p.m.  
  • Tuesday, November 15: Boys will be in the Singleton Campus gym, 3-4:30 p.m. for a second day of half and full court games.  
  • Wednesday, November 16: Girls will be in the Singleton Campus gym, 3-4:30 p.m. for a second day of half and full court games. 
**So that we may gauge interest, we ask that interested students register HERE for tryouts. Thank you for your help.
Please contact Wally Kern with any questions.
Volunteer Opportunity: Head Team Parent
  • Provide guidance and support to individual team parents
  • Ensure team parents coordinate sign-ups for team events (scorekeeper, maneuvering equipment, snacks)
  • Provide team rosters to student athletes' families
  • Coordinate communications from coaches to families
  • Work with Athletic Director and SMPA, hospitality and spiritwear committee to plan at least one seasonal (fall, winter, spring) event around team sports.
Please contact Kim Dobzyniak if interested. Thanks for your support!
School Pictures Update
MIDDLE SCHOOL: School pictures were sent home on Wednesday.  Thanks for checking your child's backpack.  
Please contact Tracy Ward by Thursday, October 27 if you need a Lower School or Middle School photo re-take. 
Join us for "Meetings with Michael"
Join Mr. Turner to discuss "How to ask about recess: Partnering with teachers to support children's social-emotional growth."  Play, especially unstructured play, offers children the opportunity to practice social skills and deepen emotional maturity. Understanding one's own emotions, interpreting and responding to others emotions, decision-making, creativity, and communication are all on display and in demand on the playground. 

Merrill Geier, our Lower School coordinator, will share how St M supports children as they learn to apply lessons in empathy, enabling them to create positive social/emotional relationships before, during, and after recess.

  • Wednesday, November 2, 1:40-2:40 p.m., (Lower School, Dundas Hatcher Hall)
  • Thursday, November 3, 7:20 a.m.-8:20 a.m. (Lower School, Dundas Hatcher Hall)
Lower School Fruit and Vegetable Challenge!
The Lower School will once again be participating in the fruit and vegetable challenge starting on November 1st.  
For the first 3 weeks in November, students who eat a serving of fruits or vegetables for either lunch or snack will receive a grade-specific sticky note.   Students will bring their notes to the gym during P.E. and line them up along the wall.  The grade with the most notes at the end of the month will earn an extra P.E. class and fruit party.  Students will additionally be discussing in P.E. class the importance of eating a well- balanced diet that includes a variety of fruits and vegetables.
Recycled Containers Needed for Collection of Composting Items

The gym is looking to collect approximately 12 large coffee ground containers or Clorox wipe type containers for use with our School composting program. Please send them to the gym. Many thanks!  
- Katherine Martin
It is getting cooler! Show your Dragon Pride w/ St M Jackets and Fleece!
Be sure to visit our spiritwear site for new St M jackets and fleece!
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!  

St M on Facebook
St M on Twitter
St M on Instagram
St M on the Web
St M on YouTube   
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: 
  • Mummies and Pharaohs
  • 2nd Test of Emergency System
  • MS Tours for Current 5th Grade Parents
  • Winter Sports and Co-Curriculars Signups Coming Soon
  • Time to Apply for K!
  • Varsity/JV Basketball Tryouts
  • Meetings with Michael
  • Head Team Parent Opportunity
  • School Pictures
  • LS Fruit/Vegetable Challenge
  • Compost Containers Needed
  • Spiritwear: Fleece!
  • LS After-school Enrichment/Intramural Sports Schedule
  • 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, 10/24: 
  • MS Mountain Biking, 3-5 p.m.
  • MS Cross Country Practice, 3-4:30 p.m. 
  • NO MS Field Hockey Practice today
Tuesday, 10/25:
  • Lower School Chapel, 8:30 a.m.
  • MS Cross Country Practice, 3-4:30 p.m. 
  • MS Field Hockey practice, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • MS Soccer Away Game @ St. Edward's, 4 p.m.
Wednesday, 10/26:  
  • Kindergarten Admissions Open House, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 
  • MS Mountain Biking, 3-5 p.m. 
  • MS Cross Country Practice,  3-4:30 p.m.
  • MS Field Hockey HOME Game vs. Panthers, 4:30 p.m.
  • MS Lacrosse Clinic (Gr. 4-8), 5:30-6:30 p.m., Singleton Campus
Thursday, 10/27:  
  • Kindergarten Admissions Open House, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 
  • MS Cross Country Meet @ Collegiate (JV Invitational 5K, Robins Campus), 4 p.m. 
  • MS Field Hockey Home Game vs. Orchard House, 4:30 p.m.
Friday, 10/28:  
  • 3rd Grade Variety Show, 8:30 a.m, Dundas-Hatcher Hall
  • Author Visit- G3off Rodkey, (Gr. 3-5), 1:30 p.m.
  • MS Clubs, 1:37 p.m.
  • MS "Open Mike", 2:15 p.m.
  • MS Baseball Clinic,
    3:15-4:45 p.m., Location TBA
Lower School After-School Enrichment and Intramural Sports Schedule
Click here for a full schedule of session start dates, times and student pickup information.
Pumpkin Palooza

SundayOctober 30, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Bring your pumpkin to Dundas-Hatcher Hall to carve it, make s’mores, drink some apple cider and prepare for Halloween the next day! RSVP HERE

Service Opportunity - Bon Air Crop Walk 

Sunday, November 6, 2 p.m.

Looking for a service opportunity in the Bon Air area? Join us in partnership with other local churches to support this wonderful cause. 

Youth in grades 6-12 are especially encouraged to participate. Click HERE to get more information and HERE to sign up on our team page! 

November Youth Retreat Weekend - Grades 6-12

Friday, November 18 - Sunday, November 20 

Make new friends at this annual retreat for teens at Camp Chanco, open to grades 6-12! November Weekend includes great music, fun games and activities, a Friday night social and a Saturday night dance, meaningful group discussions, and amazing worship!
Cost: $120 (Scholarships Available)

Click HERE to RSVP and click the “tickets available” link to sign up! 

Please contact Chaplain Christian Hansen with any questions.
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