October 2, 2016
Embracing The Arts at St M
“When I say artist I mean the one who is building things … some with a brush – some with a shovel – some choose a pen.”
~ Artist Jackson Pollock
At St. Michael's, we encourage all of our students to be "art smart", meaning, we all have within us the ability to be "artists", to approach tasks from different perspectives and to problem-solve while developing creativity, confidence, focus and perseverance.
As St. Michael's strives to expose our students to award-winning writers,  acclaimed dancers and artists, we were very excited to welcome some amazing creative guests to our campuses this week:
  • Acclaimed local dentist and watercolor artist Dr. W. Baxter Perkinson shared his creative talents at both of our campuses and inspired our students with insights and tips on watercolor painting (including how to embrace light vs. dark and cool vs. warm colors to denote distance and perspective), and encouraged our Dragons to view artistic accidents as true opportunities. Thank you, Dr. Perkinson! 
  • Bravo! The RB2 company of the Richmond Ballet gave a sneak peek premier performance of scenes from their upcoming presentation of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at our Lower School on Tuesday. Through audience participation, they reminded all of our students that they too can find joy in creativity and dance! 
  • St. Michael's is pleased to be partnering with the Richmond Ballet for the second year to bring their esteemed year-long program, "Minds in Motion" to our Lower School campus this year. The 2016-2017 MIM year will center around the culture, history and traditions of the Rappahannock Indian Tribe. In conjunction with physical education and reading programs, our fourth grade students will receive instruction from Richmond Ballet professional teaching artists and musicians for one class per week.  The program includes both on-campus and off-campus enrichment field trips. It concludes with a very memorable May performance, alongside students from across central Virginia, at Richmond's Center Stage.  
 Important Announcements:
Test of St M Emergency Notification System: Oct. 5
St. Michael’s subscribes to an text-based emergency notification system created especially for schools, called ParentReach, to communicate quickly and efficiently in the event of an emergency or a school closure. We will conduct a test of the emergency notification system at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 5. The effectiveness of the test will be monitored by the system. 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 as part of the test (one for each campus).

We will 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. 
Admissions Yard Sign Ambassadors 
Our best ambassadors for St. Michael's are our families!  
We are looking for families willing to post Admissions Open House signs in their yards, preferably in high visibility areas. 
Interested? Please email your name and this week to Betty Issacs. Thanks so much!
Time to Apply for Kindergarten!
Have a little one going into his/her last year of preschool? There is still time to apply for the 2017 kindergarten class!
Our St M families are our best ambassadors!  Please help us spread the word to your friends and neighbors about our Admissions Open Houses!
  • St M Kindergarten Open Houses for Prospective Parents are scheduled for October 26 and October 27 at 9:30 am. Interested families can register here
  • St M Middle School Open House for Prospective Parents is scheduled for Sunday, November 13 at 2 p.m. Interested families can register here.
6th and 7th Grade Families:
Please Register by TOMORROW (Monday, 10/3) for the October 6 Field Trip to Challenge Discovery!
Much more than a ropes course, Challenge Discovery combines fun problem-solving exercises with achievable physical challenges. The day’s activities are planned to foster confidence, empathy, cross-grade relationships and cooperation.
Click here for the registration forms and more information. Q's? Contact Diane Flemming
Lower School Author Visit!
New York Times Bestselling Author Geoff Rodkey is coming to St. Michael's School on Friday, October 28th! He is visiting in celebration of the latest book in his Tapper Twins Series, The Tapper Twins Run for President, and will be speaking to our 3rd-5th graders. Our local bookshop, bbgb, is bringing him to our school and is offering the opportunity to purchase a book signed by the author. 

You may purchase autographed books for your child on bbgb's website at bbgbbooks.com/book-buzz. We are receiving a 15% discount when you use coupon code stm15. At check-out choose school delivery, then select St. Michael's Episcopal School and indicate your child's name, teacher and to whom the book(s) should be signed. Please place your order by Wednesday, October 19th. You may call bbgb with any questions at 804.353.5675 or email Mrs. Wise (cwise@stmschool.net) .
Class Calendars Posted on Website
Class calendars are posted on the website under Community/Class Calendars. Click here to view. These calendars are password protected. Please ask your room parents for the passcode if you have forgotten it.
Thank you to all of our St. M families for signing up to volunteer. St M is the special place it is because of the unwavering support of our families! Hearty thanks as well to Alison Roussy for her herculean efforts in coordinating our master classroom calendar and to our Room Parents who spearheaded classroom signup efforts. We are truly grateful for your help!
Join Us for Dad's Night Out!
We invite our St. Michael's Dads to join us for an evening of fun and great BBQ on October 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Singleton Middle School Campus. 
Please R.S.V.P. to Anne Methven by Monday, October 12.
Planning For High School: A Program for our Eighth Grade Families
St. Michael's cordially invites our Eighth Grade families to attend our High School Planning Program on Friday, October 7, from 1-2:50 p.m. to learn about options and the application process.The schedule for this program is as follows: 
  • 1:00 p.m.    Parent education program (Allen Library)
  • 1:55 p.m.    8th grade students join the discussion (Allen Library)
  • 2:05 p.m.    Open House for high schools (Great Hall)
Please contact Erbie Godwin  with questions.

Note: Families, please check the websites of area high schools for their Fall Open House dates.
Let's Make a Racquet!  Join Us at the       SMPA Tennis Social!

Please join us for the annual St M Tennis Social on: Friday, October 7th from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Bon Air Community Center. Cost is $25 per player.
Beginners: Don't be afraid if you don't play often, or don't play at all, as we will have Bon Air Tennis Pros providing a lesson!
Experienced Players: We will have a fun round robin and tennis games.
Register by emailing: jules.kearfott@gmail.com and leave a check made   out to "SMPA" in the "Tennis Event" box in the Lower School SMPA room. 
Please let us know if you need to borrow a racquet. See you there! 
Show your Dragon Pride with Spiritwear!
The weather is getting cooler! Be sure to visit our spiritwear site for STM 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!  

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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: 
  • The Arts at St M!
  • Admissions Yard Sign Ambassadors Needed
  • Time to Apply for K!
  • 6th/7th Gr: Register for Challenge Discovery
  • Lower School Author Visit
  • Class Calendars Posted
  • RSVP to Dad's Night Out
  • 8th Grade HS Planning
  • SMPA Tennis Social
  • Spiritwear: Fleece!
  • LS Afterschool 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, 10/3: 
  • MS SCA At Large Nominations 
  • MS Mountain Biking, 3-5 p.m.
  • MS Cross Country, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • MS Field Hockey, 3-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, 10/4:
  • LS Chapel, 8:30 a.m.
  • LS Intramural Soccer 3-4:15 p.m.
  • MS Cross Country Practice, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • MS Field Hockey HOME GAME vs. Panthers, 4:30 p.m.
  • MS Soccer Practice, 4:30-6 p.m.
Wednesday, 10/5:  
  • MS Mountain Biking, 3-5 p.m.
  • MS Field Hockey Practice, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • MS Cross Country Meet at St. Chris (Roslyn), 4 p.m.
  • Lacrosse Clinic (Gr. 3-8) at Middle School field, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Thursday, 10/6:  
  • 6th & 7th Grade Field Trip to Challenge Discovery
  • MS Cross Country Practice, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • MS Soccer Practice 4:30-6 p.m.
  • MS Field Hockey HOME GAME vs. Collegiate, 4:30 p.m.  
Friday, 10/7:  
  • SMPA Tennis Social, 9-11:30 a.m., BACC
  • LS Intramural Field Hockey, 3-5 p.m.
  • 8th Grade High School Program/Open House, 1-2:50 p.m.
  • MS Clubs (6th/7th grade only), 1:37-2:50 p.m.
  • MS Baseball Clinic,
    3:15-4:45 p.m., Trinity
  • MS Cross Country Practice, 3-4:15 p.m.
  • MS Soccer HOME Game vs. New Community, 4:30 p.m.
Lower School After School Enrichment and Intramural Sports Schedule
Click here for a full schedule of session start dates, times and student pickup information.
Middle School Chapel Committee
The deadline for student Chapel Committee Signup was this past Friday, September 30. If your student missed the deadline and is still interested in joining, please contact me at 

Blessing of the Animals
Join us this Sunday, 10/2, for our annual Blessing of the Animals and bring your pets to St. Michael's Church at 10:30 a.m. 

We will be accepting donations for the Fill the Bowl Project and have treats and a PETTING ZOO after the service. Check out our Facebook event HERE
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