Week of January 12, 2015
Let it SNOW, Let it SNOW... Please say NO.  :)
In many ways, SNOW can be a bit of a paradox. The serene beauty of new fallen snow on the trees at daybreak can be breathtaking. The glee of  children who can't wait to head outside to build the first snowman of the season is heart-warming. Just the words "SNOW DAY" send most children into a happy dance! Yet, we know all too well that SNOW also 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 a quick reminder of how St. Michael's plans for snow:
In case of snow, ice or power outages, the Headmaster and Head Elect 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 and student supervision is not provided before this.
  • 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 be frightful, hopefully this information will make SNOW a bit more delightful.
 Important Announcements:
Mark Your Calendars for the SMPA Book Fair!
The Book Fair will take place Tuesday-Thursday, January 27-29 at the Bon Air Campus. Family Open House will take place from 3-6:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 29th.
  • Annual "Make Your Own Ice Cream Sundaes" in the Art Room.
  • Q BBQ will be available for pre-order carry out dinners.  Order forms will be sent home in children's backpacks and available online soon.
  • Buy a book from your teacher's wish list.
  • Select books for all grades K-8 will be offered.
  • Everyone who attends is eligible to enter a raffle.
  • Click here for more information. Please contact Dia Flora with Q's.
Friendly Reminder:  With school back in session, thank you for slowing down and driving safely on both of our Campuses. Please be mindful as well of neighbors and potential speed traps.

Author Visit:  Author Jennifer Hollands will visit our 2nd-5th grade classes on Tuesday, January 13th. If you purchased copies of Jennifer Holland's books for her to sign, please have your child bring them to Mrs. Wise by January 12th.  Include a slip of paper securely inside the front cover of the book(s) with your child’s first and last name, grade and teacher’s name. Please contact Mrs. Wise if you have any questions.
The "Don’t Just Sit There, Get Up and Do Something" January Fitness Challenge has begun! This is a great opportunity to add a little more activity to your daily schedule during these cold January days. Students should check the appropriate box when they have completed the activity. If you have any questions, please contact Katherine Martin . Click here for an electronic copy of the calendar.

Trinity Testing at St M:  8th graders not taking the Trinity admissions test on Monday, January 12, are not required to be at School until 10:10 a.m., prior to 3rd period. However, these students are welcome to arrive at school at normal time and attend study halls in their normal 1st or 2nd period classroom, proctored by their normal 1st or 2nd period teacher. 
Namaste! Yoga Starts on Wednesday!  The whole Middle School is welcome—girls, boys and faculty!  Yoga sessions will start on January 14th and meet in the music room from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.  No cost, no sign up deadline, just drop in! Parents should pick up their students at 4:15 p.m. out in front of the school.  The specific dates are 1/14, 1/21, and 1/28. Questions? Contact Katherine Martin.    
Sign Up Now for Spring LAX:
Middle School lacrosse will be offered for both boys and girls this spring.  
Girls’ practices begin Monday, February 23rd. Boys’ practices begin Tuesday, February 24th. Signup forms are due by February 13th to Mr. Kern or Mrs. Martin. Here is the form.

Middle School Admissions Open House
Our Middle School Admissions Open House is TODAY, Sunday, January 11. The program begins at 2 p.m. for prospective families and at 3 p.m. for our current St. Michael's families at the Singleton Campus. Click here to register. We hope you will visit and see how We Do Small in a BIG Way!
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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." 
  Dates to Remember...
Lower School:
  • Book Club, Wednesday 1/14, 3-4:00 p.m.
  • Championship Chess, Wednesday, 1/14, 2:40 to 3:40 p.m.   
  • Author visit (Jennifer Holland), Tuesday, 1/13, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
  • Boys JV Bball practice, Tuesday, 1/13, 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Boys JV Bball practice, Thursday, 1/15, 7-8:00 p.m.
  • Boys JV game vs. St. Edward's, Saturday, 1/17, 4 p.m.
  • SMBA Games: Saturday, 1/17. 8:30 a.m. (for 1 vs. 5), 9:30 a.m. (for 2 vs. 4.)
  Middle School
  • Yoga (students and faculty invited!): Wednesday, 1/14, 3:15-4:15 p.m., Music Room
  • Student-Led Chapel, Friday, 1/16, 2 p.m.
  • Boys JV Bball practice, Tuesday, 1/13, 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Boys JV Bball practice, Thursday, 1/15, 7-8:00 p.m.
  • Boys JV game vs. St. Edward's, Saturday, 1/17, 4 p.m.
  • Boys Varsity A Bball practice, Monday, 1/12, 3-4:00 p.m.
  • Boys Varsity A Bball practice, Tuesday, 1/13, 3-4:00 p.m.
  • Boys Varsity A Bball practice,Thursday, 1/15, 3-4:00 p.m.
  • Boys Varsity A Bball game, Saturday, 1/17 vs. St. Mary's, 2-3:00 p.m.
  • Boys Varsity B Bball practice, Monday, 1/12, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 
  • Boys Varsity B Bball practice, Wednesday, 1/14, 6:30-8 p.m. 

  • Girls Varsity A Bball practice, Monday, 1/12 4:30-5:15 p.m.

  • Girls Varsity B Bball game vs. St. Edwards, Monday, 1/12, 5:30 p.m.
  • Girls Varsity A game @Veritas, Thursday, 1/15,  4:30-5:30 p.m. 

  • SMBA Games: Saturday, 1/17, 8:30 a.m. (for 1 vs. 5), 9:30 a.m. (for 2 vs. 4.)

  • Swim Team practices: Sunday, 1/11 and 1/18, 4:30-5:30 p.m. at St. Catherine's pool. 
  • Coming Up: Swim Meet 

    @ Holton Arms (Bethesda, MD), January 24, Time TBA

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