Week of February 21, 2016
Celebrating Global Engineers Week
"Engineering is all around us, so people often take it for granted. Ask yourself, what do I touch that is not engineered? Engineering develops and delivers consumer goods, builds the networks of highways, air and rail travel, and the Internet, mass produces antibiotics, creates artificial heart valves, builds lasers, and offers such wonders as imaging technology and conveniences like microwave ovens and compact discs. 
In short, engineers make our quality of life possible."

- Bill Wulf, Former president, National Academy of Engineering

Engineering teaches critical thinking, collaboration, teamwork and problem-solving. At St. Michael's, engineering, design and technology are integrated into our Lower School and Middle School curriculums as we prepare our students for 21st century careers.
In celebration of Global Engineering Week and inspired by new ideas that several of our faculty members acquired at the recent Virginia Children's Engineering Conference, all of our Lower School students will be participating in engineering design challenges this week.
We look forward to sharing their designs, learning and engineered creations later this week on our St M Facebook page.
To inspire your children at home, check out pbskids.org/designsquad/, for children's engineering project ideas and videos.
Re-Enrollment Contracts: Due Tomorrow (Monday)
Contracts for the 2016/2017 School year have been mailed to our current families. Thanks for returning them to us by TOMORROWMonday, February 22.
Share with Us What You Love MOST About St M!
Every day our faculty and staff bring into our classrooms their love of teaching and passion for inspiring children, as they strive to make every child's and family's experience at St M a meaningful and special one. 
Will you share with us what you LOVE MOST about St. Michael's?  We would be "tickled pink" if you would take a moment to click HERE  and send us your thoughts
We LOVE all of our St M families and thank you to all who have already submitted input! 
Fifth Grade Middle School Orientation

This is a friendly reminder that this Thursday, February 25, our current fifth graders will go to the Singleton Campus for an afternoon of orientation and immersion into the Middle School culture.  

Thus, our fifth grade students should be picked up on Thursday FROM THE MIDDLE SCHOOL CAMPUS at 2:30 p.m., not the Lower School Campus. (Those with Middle School siblings may wait in the library for the standard 2:50 p.m. pickup.)

Golf Anyone?
The School is exploring the level of interest families might have for a coed Middle School golf team. While still in the investigatory phase, a golf program would likely be coached by parent volunteers and practiced on a "home" course. Students would be responsible for their own personal equipment - bags, clubs, balls, shoes, etc. Beginning as early as this spring, times for practice would be mid-late afternoon during the week or weekends depending on availability of the golf course, as well as volunteer coaches' schedules. Due to course regulations and the pace of play restrictions, golf participants should be experienced and knowledgeable about the game of golf. This would not be a developmental program.
To express interest, please fill out the interest form here.
Note: To ensure a lasting program, if you have a FIFTH grader who would be interested in the program in the future, please submit your information as well.
Get Your Tickets for the Middle School  Play 
Join us for the Middle School spring play production! This year, we present 2 one-act comedies (so there will be an intermission). The titles are Bad Auditions by Bad Actors and The Internet is Distract--Oh Look a Kitten! 
The shows will take place at the Singleton Campus Great Hall on February 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. and February 28th at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for $3.00 and may be purchased from Erbie Godwin at the MS Front Office or at the door on the day of the performance (cash or checks made out to St. Michael's Episcopal School). Break a leg!
Last Call for LS/MS Spring Sports And Activity Signups!
Believe it or not, spring is right around the corner! The following after school spring sports options are open now for signup:
  • Interscholastic Middle School Boys Lacrosse (grades 6-8)
  • Interscholastic Middle School Girls Lacrosse  (grades 6-8)
  • Middle School Mountain Biking (grades 6-8)
  • Lower School Fishing (grades 1-5) - Monday Session OR Friday Session
  • Lower School "Fun and Games" (Grades 3-5)
  • Want details about the above offerings (practice/meetings dates, cost, etc.)? Please check out descriptions on our website HERE.
We are trying out a new digital sign up form for SPORTS activities. Click HERE and follow instructions to sign up for selected sports activities.
A note about Middle School Track: We are working closely with Trinity to continue our practice from years past of utilizing their outdoor track for our team. Details will be shared as soon as they are available.
Spring registration is also NOW OPEN for:
  • Lower School ArtHaus Art Classes (Grades K-5)
  • Lower School Championship Chess (Grades K-5)
  • Lower School Lego Engineering (Thursdays for Grades 2-5)
  • Lower School Lego Engineering (Fridays for Grades K-2)
For more information and to register for Lower School Lego Engineering, Art and Chess, please click HERE and follow registration information under the desired activity.
Any questions? Please contact Athletic Director Wally Kern.
Lost and Found
Missing anything? Last call on Lost and Found. All unclaimed items will be donated the end of this week.
Magic Dragon Day 2017

Yes, you read that right! We are looking for two individuals to coordinate every Dragon's favorite day of the year. We are looking for chairs for next year's event so they can shadow this year's chairs at Magic Dragon Day to get a sense of what goes on behind the scenes. Magic Dragon Day is a big event, but the chairs have the help and support of the School and the SMPA. If you have any interest, please contact Laura Stewart (317-9760 or tdslcs@yahoo.com.) A conversation is not a commitment!
Show your DRAGON PRIDE with St M Spiritwear!

Get your Spiritwear today by visiting our Spiritwear website at stmschool.net/community/school-spiritwear/. Questions? Please contact Logan Vetrovec.
From the third grade Living History Wax Museum and engineering guest speaker to the fifth grade Science Fair and the Middle School "Open Mike" this week, be sure to check out our Facebook page for an up-to-date glimpse into our culture, community and curriculum.
St. Michael's Church Extended Day Program News

Lots of Exciting After School Enrichment Opportunities 
St. Michael's Church Extended Day Program is excited to announce the following after-school enrichment opportunities:
  • Tennis Anyone? Offering TENNIS Lessons for all Ages!
    Fridays from 3:30-4:30 p.m., April 1—May 20, 2016, at Bon Air Community Association. Click HERE for more info. 
  • Registration is also NOW under way for Multi-Media ART Lessons (by ArtHaus). Classes are on Thursdays from March 3-April 28. Cost is $175.  All new art lessons!
  • For information and to register, please contact Colby Nauth  at 804-272-0992, Ext 106.
Let's Be Friends! 
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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
  • Global Engineering Week
  • Re-Enrollment Contracts Due TOMORROW (Monday, 2/22)
  • Tell us why you LOVE St M!
  • 5th Grade Middle School Orientation
  • MS Golf Anyone?
  • MS Play Tickets on Sale
  • MS/LS Spring Sports and Activity Signups
  • Lost and Found Last Call
  • Magic Dragon Day 2017 Help
  • Spiritwear
  • Seen this Week at St M
  • Birthday Books
  • Extended Day Tennis and Art Lessons Enrolling
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 
This Week
Monday, 2/22:
  • Girls Varsity parent - daughter Bball game, 4:45 p.m.
Tuesday, 2/23:
  • Lower School Chapel, 8:30 a.m.
Wednesday, 2/24:
  • 4th Grade Student-Led Chapel (Bockisch). 8:30 a.m.
Thursday, 2/25:
  • Barter Players perform for Lower School/conduct workshops: 8:30-11:30 a.m.
  • 5th Grade Visits Middle School. Parents: Please pick up 5th Graders at 2:30 p.m. AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL.
Friday, 2/26:
  • MS Recognition Ceremony, 1:55 p.m.
  • Middle School Play Production, 7:30 p.m. 
Saturday, 2/27:
  • Middle School Play Production, 7:30 p.m. 
Sunday, 2/28:
  • Middle School Play Production, 2 p.m. 
 Coming Up:
  • Friday, March 4: EARLY DISMISSAL (MS dismisses at 11:45 a.m. and LS dismisses at Noon for start of Spring Break)
  • Spring Break: March 5-March 13.
  • Classes Resume: March 14

Birthday Books
The presentation of Birthday Books to the library is a special tradition at St. Michael's. Each year, students may choose a favorite book from a selection of new books set aside in the library, from a bookstore or by special order through the library. The second assembly honoring Birthday Book presentations will be held on the Bon Air Campus on Thursday, March 31.
The deadline to submit Birthday Books is March 17. If you have questions, please contact Carol Wise.

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