Week of March 19, 2017
Welcome to Our Dragon's Arcade!
Critical thinking. Problem-Solving. Creativity. Teamwork. Over the last six weeks, our fourth graders embarked on an exciting STEM engineering challenge. Using their knowledge of simple machines, they built an ARCADE! Inspired by Caine's Arcade and cardboard construction (watch his inspirational story of perseverance and creativity that launched a movement here), students used the design process to build their own games with Make.Do tools, each using a minimum of two simple machines. The Arcade made its exciting debut on Friday. Check out our Facebook page to view their creations!

 Important Announcements:
Summer Spectacular Camps: Online Registration is NOW OPEN!
Welcome to summer camp, St. Michael’s-style! For children ages 3 through rising eighth grade. To register, visit stmschool.net/programs/summercamps/.
Please contact Allyson Steele, Director of Extended Programs with any questions. 
Hot Lunch Orders for April Close 3/20
The deadline to order Hot Lunch for APRIL is March 20. Click here for the order link.


Middle School Faculty Welcome 

St. Michael's extends a warm welcome to Rebekah O'Dell, who will be joining our Middle School faculty in the coming school year as a teacher of English.
Mrs. O'Dell has taught 9th, 10th, and International Baccalaureate 12th grade English at Trinity Episcopal School since 2012. Previously, she taught similar courses at both Atlee and Patrick Henry High Schools. She's published several works including Writing with Mentors: Reaching Every Writer in the Room with Current, Engaging Mentor Texts. She is currently working on her second book due out next year, Wholehearted Analysis, which focuses on analytical writing. Mrs. O'Dell has completed level 3 International Baccalaureate training, holds a BA in English with high honors and a master’s degree in secondary English education from UVA. Welcome aboard!
Auction Success! 
Thank you to all those who worked together to make this year's auction a huge success! Support of the St. Michael's Auction comes in many ways: from overseeing class projects and participating in the auction skit, to soliciting donations, providing sponsorships, volunteering and more. We are truly grateful for all of your contributions!
We are pleased to share that the event raised $75,000 for the School.
Parents’ Night Out: April 1!
Enjoy an evening on the town, and we'll watch the kids! 
  • Who: St M Students in grades K-8
  • When: Saturday, April 1, 6-9 p.m.
  • Where: St. Michael's Extended Programs in the Lower School Ticer Hall.
  • Cost: $25 for the first child, $15 for each additional child
  • Dinner (pizza), snacks, movies, crafts, activities will be provided.
Reservations Required. Please complete this Google Form to register.
Contact Allyson Steele, Director of Extended Programs, with questions.
Field Hockey Clinic Opportunity for Girls in Grades 3-6
Dear St. Michael's families,
My name is Catherine Hughes. Teresita Ambrogi-Torres and I are St. Michael's alumni from the class of 2013. During our time at St. Michael's, we loved playing in the field hockey program and we continued playing field hockey all four years at Trinity Episcopal School. We are both IB Diploma Candidates at Trinity, and part of our graduation requirement is to do a Collaborative Service Project with two or more students. 
We are hosting a field hockey clinic on Sunday, March 26, from 9 a.m.-noon on Trinity's field hockey field and are inviting girls of all skill levels in grades 3-6 to come and play. There is no fee, and snacks will be provided for the players. We will focus on individual skills and have a full-field scrimmage at the end. We hope to create a fun environment to both improve the girls' field hockey techniques and increase confidence in their playing ability to prepare for the upcoming fall season. Girls from the U12 and Cubs teams from Panthers United Field Hockey Club have also been invited, so there will be a variety of ages and skill levels. 
The girls will need to bring: Field hockey sticks, Shin guards, Mouth guards, eye gear, water bottles (we will have a water cooler for refills), cleats (if owned previously) or running shoes. 
RSVP: If your child plans to attend, please RSVP to one of the emails below and note your child's name, age, and their previous field hockey experience.
Please have the girls come prepared for the weather conditions (hopefully it will not rain!). We hope to have as many girls as possible to come and develop a passion for the game. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us.  Hope to see you soon! Sincerely, Teresita and Catherine
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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:
  • STEM at St M: Dragon's Arcade
  • Register Now for Summer Camps! 
  • Hot Lunch Orders for April close 3/20
  • Middle School Faculty Welcome
  • Auction Success!
  • Parents' Night Out
  • Field Hockey Clinic
  • Calendar
  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
CALENDAR
Lower School After-School Co-Curriculars: Click HERE for the schedule.
Middle School Sports Practices/Games: Click HERE for master calendar.
Monday, 3/20:
  • Online Lunch Ordering Closes 
Tuesday, 3/21:
  • 4th grade chapel (Geier): Living Water, 8:20 a.m.
Friday, 3/24:
  • 2nd Grade Play, 8:30 a.m.

IMPACT Richmond Mission Trip 2017 - Space Limited! July 9-15, 2017
Open to Rising 7th through 12th Graders. Cost: $300 /person - Early Bird Rate
We are now looking towards our summer mission trip where we are once again participating in IMPACT Richmond. If you are interested, please click HERE to access the appropriate forms and then submit them to the IMPACT Director (info on the forms) and Chaplain Hansen.
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