Week of October 13, 2014
"Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much." (Helen Keller)
In order to foster a strong student culture and grow a caring and cooperative community, our Middle School students recently took to the ropes at Camp Chanco and Challenge Discovery. By combining engaging problem-solving exercises with achievable physical challenges, our students learned essential team-work skills, strengthened relationships, and discovered some new inner strengths and confidence as well. Rumor has it that they had fun too!
 Important Announcements:
Thank you to ALL of our Admission Sign Ambassadors!  And a hearty congratulations to Lindsay Walker!  She is the winner of the pair of Auction tickets from the "Plant a Sign" raffle.
Cleaning Closets? Do you have any St. Michael’s Spiritwear no longer needed/worn by your children? We'd love to have it! Kindergarten mom, Nancy Chafin, is creating a special auction item with Spiritwear/MDD t-shirts (okay to send stained/torn). Please leave ASAP in one of the School’s Offices or in the Development Office. Thanks!
Join Us for "Meetings With Michael" 
With the year off to a great start, Mr. Turner would like to extend an invitation to families to join him for conversation and an exchange of ideas and insights on the theme of "community".  He would love your thoughts on:
1. How do you (we) define community?
2. What role does community play in how we pursue our mission?
3. What can each of each of us do to strengthen and enrich our community? 
The schedule is as follows:
  • Tuesday, October 14 at 2 p.m. (Singleton Campus, Great Hall)
  • Tuesday, October 14 at 7 p.m. (Singleton Campus, Great Hall)
  • Wednesday, October 15 at 8:15 a.m. (Bon Air Campus, Dundas-Hatcher Hall)
Thank you to the SMPA for hosting this program. We hope you join us for this exciting discussion! 
Lots of Sports Opportunities! Let's Get Active!
Now is the Time to Sign Up for SMBA!  SMBA, St. Michael’s popular Co-Ed Intramural Winter Basketball League for grades 4-6, is now accepting sign-ups from interested players. (There will be no try-outs this year as every interested player will be placed on a team.) SMBA interest forms are available here and are due to Mr. Kern by Tuesday, 11/4.
JV Boys Basketball Tryouts (for 5th and 6th grades) will be held on Thursday,10/16 from 7-8:00 p.m at the Middle School gym.
Middle School Varsity A&B Boys Basketball Tryouts (for 7th and 8th grades): TUESDAY, 10/14, 3-4:15 p.m. in the Middle School gym. (DATE CHANGE)  
Swim Like a Fish? Sign-ups have begun for the Middle School Swim Team. The season runs November-the end of January. Practices will take place on Sundays from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the St. Catherine's pool.  Click here for the sign up form and tentative schedule. Interest forms are due to Mr. Tickle by Thursday, 10/16
Middle School Girls Basketball Open Gym:  There will be an open gym on Sunday, October 19th from 3:30-5 p.m. for girls in 6th-8th grades who are interested in playing for the Middle School teams (not SMBA). Girls tryout dates will be announced shortly.
Friendly Reminder:  When scheduling annual check-ups for child(ren), it’s a good idea to ask your physician to include baseline concussion testing as part of the examination. 
Spread the Word @ Our Kindergarten Open Houses
Our St M families are our best ambassadors!
Please help us spread the word to your friends and neighbors that the St M Kindergarten Open House for Prospective Parents is scheduled for Wednesday, October 22, and Thursday, October 23, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Bon Air Campus in our Atrium. (This is a new location this year.)
Due to space limitations, we encourage interested parents to RSVP here.
Back by Popular Demand: Dad's Night Out
We cordially invite our St. Michael's Dads to join us for an evening of fun and great BBQ on October 28th, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the Singleton Campus. Please mark your calendars for this festive event. Invitations to follow shortly!
Help Us Make the Annual Auction A Success!
Would you be willing to donate a trip, golf outing or use of a vacation home? Or provide services like tutoring, sports or hobby lessons, home improvement and decorating services, medical and dental or spa packages?  Sports memorabilia, jewelry, restaurant gift certificates, summer camps and birthday party packages are also hot auction items. We would be MOST appreciative of your support. Thank you!
Please contact Mary King Coleman or Nena Meurlin to donate.
Support St M When You Shop
St. Michael’s and the SMPA benefit from additional funds when you shop and use the following community programs:
AmazonSmile: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-5038516. On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you will need to select St Michaels Episcopal School Inc to receive donations from purchases marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages.
Kroger Community Rewards Program:  Effective September 1, 2014, the only way to participate in the Kroger Community Rewards Program is to enroll your Kroger Plus Card by registering online at https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards . Use St. Michael’s NPO number 82190.
Martin’s A+ School Rewards: Log on to www.giantfoodstores.com/aplus, select Customer Registration to register online using your BONUSCARD. If you registered your card last year, you Do Not need to re-register this year. 
Target Take Charge of Education: Take Charge of Education requires the use of one of the REDCards:Target Credit Card, Target Debit Card or Target Visa Credit Card. Visit http://tinyurl.com/kxerxof  enter the School’s name or ID (23698) to view and designate school.
Middle Schoolers to Meet Author James Preller
James Preller, author of the summer reading book Bystander, will be speaking to our MS students on October 22.  Students have the opportunity to have their copy of Bystander signed by the author, but their individual copies need to be turned in to Mrs. Flemming no later than October 17. If students are interested in having his other books signed, that is possible as well. Please contact Mrs. Flemming with any questions. 
Lower School Author Visit and Book Signing 
Jennifer Holland, author of the Unlikely Friendships for Kids series, is coming to St. Michael's Episcopal School on Monday, October 27th, to share her experiences with the students in 2nd-5th grades. 
We are partnering with our local children's bookshop, bbgb, to make her books available for you to purchase prior to Jennifer's visit.  She will personalize the books and they will be delivered to your child's class that day.  You may purchase your books online via the bbgb website.  Our families are receiving a 15% discount on the books, so when ordering online please use the coupon code hero15 The deadline for ordering is October 15th. When ordering online, please choose "school delivery" as your shipping method and be sure to complete the sections asking for your child's school, child's name, teacher name, and to whom the book should be signed.  Mrs. Wise is happy to answer any questions you may have.
Nothing Like Paris in the Springtime
Do you have Spring Break plans yet? St. Michael's is pleased to offer our Middle School families the opportunity to participate in an exciting eight day guided trip to Rome, Orvieto and Paris the week of March 8th. A bigger announcement and final details are forthcoming. Please contact Mr. Hubbard with interest and questions.

SMPA Tennis Social a Huge Success!
Thank you to everyone who helped with the SMAP tennis social last Friday.  Under dark skies and hailing acorns, we managed to squeak in several rounds of great tennis.  Raffle prizes were handed out including hats and t-shirts from the US Open, gift cards, and beautiful mums.  In addition to having fun, we managed to raise nearly $400 for the SMPA. 
We especially appreciate those folks who donated a prize or a food item, those who participated in the tennis social and all who supported the SMPA. Thank you!
Get a Kick Out of Karate?
St. Michael’s Episcopal Church’s extended day program will be offering karate lessons for grades K-5. Classes will meet on Tuesdays, 3 to 4 p.m., from Oct. 14 to Nov. 18. The cost is $80. Children must enroll or be enrolled in the church’s extended day program to be eligible. For more information,  contact the Church’s program director, Merry Norris.
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  Dates to Remember...
NO CLASSES on Monday, 10/13. Enjoy the day!
  Lower School: 
  • Book Club, Tuesday, 10/14, 3-4:00 p.m.
  • Championship Chess: Wednesday,10/15, 2:40 to 3:40 p.m.   
  • 3rd Grade Variety Show, Friday, 10/17, 8:30- 9:30am.
  • Intramural Field Hockey: Friday, 10/17, 3-5 p.m.
  • SMBA basketball signups for Grades 4-6 due to Mr. Kern by 11/4. 
  Middle School:
  • Middle School Varsity A&B Boys Basketball Tryouts (for 7th and 8th grade): TUESDAY, 10/14, 3-4:15 p.m. in the MS gym. (DATE CHANGE)   
  • JV Boys Basketball Tryouts (for 5th and 6th grades)  will be held on 10/16 from 7-8:00 p.m at MS gym.
  • SMBA basketball signup forms for Grades 4-6 due to Mr. Kern by 11/4.
  • Swim team signup forms due by 10/16. 
  • Boys (grades 5-8) Lacrosse Clinic: Tuesday, 10/14, 5:30-6:45 p.m. (Bon Air Campus upper field)
  • Cross Country Team Practice: Monday-Friday, 3:15-4:45 p.m. 
  • Cross Country Race, 10/14, 4 p.m., against St. Christopher’s at Roslyn Diocese course.

  • Cross Country MileStat Meet (4K) at Fork Union, Saturday, 10/18.
  • Field Hockey Game (Blue and White teams): Tuesday, 10/14 at home (vs.Collegiate), 4:00p.m.
  • Field Hockey Team Practice: Wednesday, 10/15, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Field Hockey Game (Core and White teams): Thursday, 10/16 at home (vs. Steward). 5:30 p.m. (TIME CHANGE)
  • MS Girls Basketball Open Gym: Sunday, 10/19 from 3:30-5 p.m.

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