September 13, 2015
“Pull a thread here and you’ll find it’s attached to the rest of the world.”
Nadeem Aslam
At St. Michael's, we strive to both broaden students’ awareness of the wider world and increase their toolboxes for tackling its challenges and opportunities. 
How do we enrich our student's understanding of world interconnectedness?
This week, our Lower School welcomed New York Times best-selling author, Judy Schachner. Ms. Schachner mesmerized our students with stories about her creative process and encouraged our students to keep journals with photos, quotes, sketches and words that inspire them as these journals become a wonderful resource for story ideas. She also reminded them to embrace failures as learning experiences and to believe that "the stories in our own lives are worth writing about."
As part of their study of the ocean, our second graders had a Skype video chat with a marine biologist from The Turtle Hospital in Marathon, Florida. From learning about how turtles at the hospital are rescued and cared for to how our students can do their part to protect sea turtles and ocean life by keeping trash and chemicals out of waterways, this virtual classroom experience was the highlight of the week!
Important learning happens outside of the classroom as well as inside. Our eighth graders returned on Friday from a  two-day camping trip to Camp Chanco that was filled with team-building exercises, fellowship, self-discovery and connection to the natural world.
Be sure to check out our St M Facebook and Twitter pages for additional photos and video of this week's learning adventures.
 Important Announcements:
Time to Apply for Kindergarten!
Have a little one going into his/her last year of preschool? Application time is NOW for the 2016 kindergarten class!
Applications can be submitted online or by calling Betty Isaacs. We are excited about the interest we have received so far! 
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 Houses for Prospective Parents are scheduled for October 21 and October 22 at 9:30 am. Interested families can register here
The Middle School Open House for Prospective Parents is scheduled for Sunday, November 15 at 2 p.m. Interested families can register here
Vote for St. Michael's for "BEST PRIVATE SCHOOL" & "BEST SCHOOL FESTIVAL"!
Click here to cast your vote today in Style Weekly's 2015 Annual Family Favorites poll. The final day to vote is Sept. 25. Please encourage your friends and family to vote for us as well.
We were thrilled to be voted Best Private School and Best School Festival (Magic Dragon Day) last year and would love to chosen again! Thanks so much for your support!
Planning For High School: A Program for our Eighth Grade Families
Choosing the right high school to meet your child's needs and interests is a big decision. Fortunately, St M families have many resources and choices at their disposal. As part of our parent engagement program, St. Michael's cordially invites our Eighth Grade families to attend our High School Planning Program on Friday, October 16 from 1-2:30 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 Cheryl Broga with questions.
Can You Bowl a Turkey?
St M Middle Schoolers, join us for an afternoon of Middle School bowling and fun on Friday, September 18 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at King Pin Lanes in Midlothian.
Students must provide their own transportation. A sign-up sheet will be in the Great Hall. More info will be sent home with students the start of the week. (FYI: Three strikes bowled consecutively is known as a "turkey.")
Middle School Boys Lacrosse Clinic
There will be a free MS Boys Lacrosse Clinic on Wednesday, September 16 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the Singleton Campus for boys who want to try the sport or work on their skills if an experienced player.
No need to sign up, just come! Please bring needed LAX equipment (to include mouthguard and stick. (Bring helmet and shoulder pads if you have them.)
Contact Wally Kern with questions. 
Baseball Anyone?

The Athletic Department has received a significant number of inquiries from families about starting a St. Michael's Middle School baseball program. Our response, given the number of sports available for students (7 co-ed, 4 for girls, 2 for boys), will be to explore the level of interest that families might have for a club level program. While still in the investigative stage, a baseball program would likely mirror the boys lacrosse clinic that meets once per week and is coached by parent volunteers. Beginning as early as this fall, times for the clinic could be in the mid- to late-afternoon during the week or on weekends depending on availability of a field as well as volunteers coaches' schedules.

Those with interest in the program are asked to complete this survey http://goo.gl/forms/tDuJBF8Jn0 aimed at gauging interest. Please contact Wally Kern with questions. Thanks! 
A Friendly Reminder 

For the safety and supervision of our Lower School students, the yellow poles at the start of carpool line will not be removed until 7:55 a.m. 

Families using the Early Gym before-school care will need to park and walk children to the gym. Thank you for your understanding.
Field Hockey Fan Fest!
Calling all Intramural Field Hockey players, students, parents and fans: On Tuesday, September 15th at 4:30 p.m., we invite our St M community to come and cheer our Middle School girls' field hockey team as they take on the Panthers. Drinks, snacks and other food items will be available for purchase. Wear blue and white or your intramural shirt and come out to support our St M Field Hockey program! For additional info, please contact Coach Martin. Go Dragons!
We've got SPIRIT, how about YOU? New Spiritwear Site!
Showcase your Dragon Pride with St. Michael's SPIRITWEAR! Be sure to check out our new online Spiritwear site at stmschool.net/community/school-spiritwear/. Great gifts ideas!
Say Cheese! School Picture Day Plan- LAST CALL  
  • Lower School pictures will be taken on Wed., September 16.
  • Middle School pictures will be taken on Thurs., September 17. 
If you have not already completed the photo order form that came home with your child, please return it to your child's teacher in the Lower School or to Erbie Godwin in the Middle School office by Monday, September 14.  If you're not ordering photos, please complete and return the form anyway, as all students will have a picture taken for the yearbook.

Eighth Grade Class Pictures- Special Instructions

Here is the link for special instructions for 8th grade parents/students regarding school pictures.  Parents and students should pay special attention to the information, sign and return the signature portion of the form to Erbie Godwin by Monday, September 14

Questions? Please contact Tracy Ward.
A School Holiday is not your Work Holiday? We can help!
St. Michael’s Episcopal Church Extended Day Program is pleased to announce that we will be open on many of the days that St M School is not in session, if we have at least 8 children signed up for care on those days.  The first day off will be Monday, October 12th.  Do you need care that day? 
Also, our Extended Day program will be open on Wednesday, September 23 to accomodate the NOON Lower School closing that day. 
To register, please contact Merry Norris, Program Director at 804-272-0992 x 106. 
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  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
Tuesday, 9/15
  • LS Chapel Practice, 8:30 a.m.
  • LS Intramural Soccer Begins, 3-3:50 p.m.
  • MS Field Hockey Fan Fest, 4:30 p.m., Singleton Campus.
Wednesday, 9/16:
  • MS Boys Lacrosse Clinic, 5:30-7 p.m., Singleton Campus 
Thursday, 9/17:
  • Grade 5 Jewish Festival, Religion/Values Class 

    -MS Cross Country Home Meet, 4-5:30 p.m.
    -MS Field Hockey Away Game (@Steward), 4:30 p.m.
Friday, 9/18:
  • Middle School Chapel, 1:05 p.m.
  • Middle School Student Council Association Primary, 1:55 p.m.
  • Middle School Bowling Social, Friday, 9/18, 3:30-5:30 p.m. at King Pin Lanes, 200 N Otterdale Rd, Midlothian.

Looking Ahead:
  • Lower School dismisses at NOON on Wednesday, 9/23.  
   Your Healthy Resource 
 Healthy Lunch Tips  
Good healthy lunches don’t need to be complicated and they don’t have to include a sandwich each day. The best lunches can simply have finger foods from these 5 categories:  protein, grains, fruit, vegetables and water to drink.  For creative ideas that your children will love, check out the following websites:

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