Week of January 17, 2016
Do You Want to Build a Snowman? 
As a seven-year St M winter tradition, our kindergarten classes did a SNOW dance this week (led by Mrs. Craig, our art teacher) in hopes of enticing Mother Nature.  Now that Old Man Winter is upon us and more "FROZEN" stuff is forecasted ahead, let's have some FUN in the snow! 
The first time we have a sizeable snow event, show us your St. Michael's DRAGON PRIDE by heading outside and building a snow person or snow dragon! Be sure to accessorize your creation with blue and white, spiritwear or anything that shouts St. Michael's! 
Then, email a photo of your family's creation (with your family's contact info please) to Andrea Amore in our Communications Office and we will post the best ones in our communications and on social media. The snow creation with the MOST St. Michael's spirit (as determined by select St M staff) will also win a small prize, and bragging rights of course!
So dust off your snow shovels and start your brainstorming... Ready,Set, Snow! 
(Be sure to check out our St M Facebook and Twitter pages to see the Snow dance and a glimpse into our curriculum, culture and community.)
Every Gift Counts!
A successful Annual Fund is tantamount to sustaining St. Michael's tradition of dedicated teachers who challenge and guide students to continually achieve at their highest levels. Together, tuition and your gift to the Annual Fund provide the resources necessary to fund teachers' salaries, professional development, classroom needs, technology improvements and competitive athletics.
Local and corporate foundations provide funds through grants. One of the first things a foundation considers is parents' participation in the Annual Fund.
You make a difference!  Thank you for your support!
Auction: The Tradition Continues
The 2015 Auction was a tremendous success for St. Michael's! This 25th Anniversary event netted $65,000 for the School. Many thanks to the many volunteers and to those who attended - making November 21 a night to remember.
Plans are underway for Auction 2017. Please contact Mary King Coleman if you are interested in being part of a fun group of volunteers working together to bring you another fabulous auction.
Thanks! -Mary King Coleman, Director of Development
Gearing Up for Magic Dragon Day: T-Shirt Art Contest!
Calling all St. Michael's artists! Your dragon artwork could be chosen to appear on the 2016 Magic Dragon Day T-Shirts!
Contest Rules:
  1. All entries must be submitted on a piece of white paper (8.5 x 11 inches). The drawing must include a picture of a dragon.
  2. Please use a black marker or a black ink pen (no colors or pencil) so that the design can be copied easily onto a shirt.
  3. Write your name and grade in pencil on the BACK of the drawing.
  4. Submit your entry to the office (Bon Air or Singleton) by the end of the school day on Thursday, February 11, 2016.
  5. Questions? Contact Jennifer Burke or Amy Wozniak.
Mark Your Calendars for the SMPA Book Fair!
The Book Fair will take place Tuesday-Thursday, January 26-28 at the Bon Air Campus. Family Open House will take place from 3-6:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 28.
  • Q BBQ will be available for pre-order carry out dinners on 1/28. Click here for the order form. Pre-orders are due in on Monday, January 25th with a check made payable to SMPA. 
  • Annual "Make Your Own Ice Cream Sundaes" in the Art Room. 
  • Select books for all grades K-8 will be offered. Books will be provided by bbgb bookshop, our wonderful Book Fair partner. 
    15% of sales come back to the SMPA!
  • Click here for more information. Please contact Dia Flora with Q’s.
Time to Order Hot Lunch! 
The next Hot Lunch order period commences on February 1. Order forms are available here and are due back in no later than Monday, January 25. (Order Form hard copies will be sent out on January 19.)  
St M Art in the Community!
St. Michael's continually looks for ways to showcase our students and their talents in the community. We hope many of our families had a chance to stop by the St M art exhibit this holiday season downtown at the SunTrust Bank Building gallery.
This month, the following students have art work on display until February 1, 2016 at Belgrade Cleaners/Midlothian (3730 Winterfield Place):
Abigail Brooks, Ava Benson, Brooks Sheppard, Claire Arnold, Emily Stewart, Emma Morgan, Hailey Reining, Hudson Williams, Kaitlin Browne, Kate McCann, Kathryn Du Val, Max Flaherty, Page Wells, Rose Shulman    Taylor Benson, Tyler Crawford, Virginia Broughton.   
Belgrade Cleaners exclusively features the work of St. Michael's students and we are thankful for their support.  
Missing Anything?
Our lost and found boxes are full. Please take a moment to stop by and see if anything belongs to your family. Unclaimed items will be donated in early February. 
Winter has arrived! Warm Up with St M Fleece Jackets! 
The cooler temperatures are perfect for wearing St. Michael's fleece jackets and sweatshirts! Get yours today by visiting our Spiritwear website at stmschool.net/community/school-spiritwear/. Questions? Please contact Logan Vetrovec.
Lots of Exciting After School Enrichment Opportunities 
St. Michael's Church Extended Day Program is excited to announce the following after-school enrichment opportunities:
  • FREE Double Dutch Jump Rope Lesson: WEDNESDAY, January 20th from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Jump Starz uses the sport of double-dutch to build confidence and improve cardio-health while empowering youth to set and reach goals. Weekly classes start on 2/10, every Wednesday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Come try it for free on January 20!
  • Registration is also under way for Multi Media Art Lessons (by ArtHaus), Challenge Island (an engineering, art and science program), Guitar lessons (our St M families LOVE the instructor! Just ask Andrea Amore), and more. Please contact Colby Nauth for more information and to register.
Let's Be Friends! 
Get connected to keep abreast of St M news, events, calendar changes and information.
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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
  • St M Snowman Contest
  • Your Gift Counts!
  • Auction Update
  • Book Fair: Order Q BBQ
  • Time to Order Hot Lunch!
  • Art in the Community
  • LS Author Visit
  • Lost and Found
  • Spiritwear: Fleece Jackets 
  • Exciting After-School Enrichment Opportunities
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.
Click here for next year's   2016-2017 School Year key planning dates 
Monday, January 18 is MLK Holiday: No Classes
Re-enrollment contracts will be mailed this week.
This Week:
Monday, 1/18:
  • No Classes/MLK Holiday
Wednesday, 1/20:
  • Lower School Author Visits:Margaret Peterson Haddix/James Riley (Gr 3-5), 11:30 a.m.
  • 2nd Grade presents their Spanish book projects to Kindergarten 
Friday, 1/22:
  • Middle School Chapel, 1:05 p.m.
Saturday, 1/23:
  • Middle School Swim Meet (Holten Arm DC Invitational)
Looking Ahead:
  • Save the dates for the Book Fair: January 26-28!
  • Week of January 25: CONFERENCE WEEK (Please contact your child's LS teacher/MS advisor if you have not yet scheduled a conference.)

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