November 6, 2016
In the Middle School on Friday, the all-school, student-led Day of the Dead fiesta turned the Great Hall and the art room into a corner of Mexico for an afternoon. In the ninth year of this anticipated annual tradition, eighth graders researched and cooked authentic Mexican dishes for everyone, learning as they did about the origins of many popular foods. Seventh graders prepared beautiful ofrendas(offerings) and made oral and written presentations in Spanish and English to celebrate and commemorate the lives of family members who have passed away. 
As St M is proud to be a designated International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle School, this festive project-based learning opportunity fits the IB learner profile. IB learners are reflective, and reflecting on how different cultures remember and honor the dead encourages our students to see what is unique and what is universal about our own culture.
 Important Announcements:
Student Holiday on Monday!
A friendly reminder that there are no classes on Monday, November 7 as teachers will be conducting first quarter conferences. 
We look forward to seeing all of our Dragons on Tuesday!
Got Lunch?
Time to order hot lunch for the month of December! Ordering for the upcoming month opens on November 10. Orders for the month of December must be placed by midnight on November 20.
Click here for the online ordering link. 
Middle School Play Auditions
Auditions for the Middle School Winter Play will be held November 8 and 9 from 3-4 p.m., with possible callbacks on the 11th.  The play will be presented February 25-27. There will be a sign-up sheet in the Great Hall.

The play is called The Trial of Miz Margaret Malone. National award winning playwright, Bo Wilson, whose work has been published and produced all over the country, has turned his talents this project which is being created especially for St. Michael's.  By turns a comedy, a coming of age tale, a spoof of courtroom drama, and a poignant story that reminds us the senior citizens are just as vulnerable as children, The Trial Of Miz Margaret Millicent Malone is a full-length play that will delight kids and parents alike.
Lower School and Middle School Food Drives
As a Thanksgiving community service project, the Lower School is again collecting non-perishable food items for the St. Michael’s Church food pantry.  Each classroom will collect non-perishable food items from Monday, November 14 until the week of Thanksgiving, and students will present items at our chapel service Tuesday, November 22.
The Middle School will be collecting food for Feed More from Wednesday, November 9-Friday, November 18.
Here is a list of most needed items for these organizations:
  • Peanut Butter
  • Canned Tuna & Chicken
  • Low Sodium Veggies
  • Fruits Packed in Juice
  • Spaghetti Sauce (No Glass)
  • Canned or Dry Beans
  • Hot & Cold Cereal
  • Whole Grain Snacks
Thank you for your support!
New Middle School Online Grading System
St. Michael's is implementing a new Middle School online grading system called Chalkable whereby parents and students will now be able to go online to check grades. 
Families will receive information on this program, as well as 
passcodes and log-in information, during Middle School teacher conferences. 

For quick login to Chalkable, be sure to bookmark our new MySTM portal page on our school website. 
Register for Winter Sports and Co-Curriculars! 
It's time to register for Winter Sports and After-School Enrichment Classes.
This season we are pleased to offer the following opportunities: (Please click on the links below to access specific program information and the digital sign-up forms.) 
There will also be tryouts for girls and boys Varsity and JV basketball (grades 5-8). Tryout info is in next section below.
NOTE: If you are trying out for JV or Varsity Basketball but are also interested in SMBA pending tryout outcomes, please register for both and we will adjust accordingly.
Varsity and JV Basketball Tryouts
Calling all 5th-8th graders for JV and Varsity basketball tryouts! The tryout schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, November 14: - all interested 5th-8th grade Boys AND Girls will meet in the Singleton Campus gym, 3:-4:30 p.m.  
  • Tuesday, November 15: Boys will be in the Singleton Campus gym, 3-4:30 p.m. for a second day of half and full court games.  
  • Wednesday, November 16: Girls will be in the Singleton Campus gym, 3-4:30 p.m. for a second day of half and full court games. 
  • Need practice before tryouts? Join us for basketball Open Gym (not tryouts) on Thursday, November 3 and Tuesday, November 8 from 3-4:30 p.m in the Middle School Singleton Gym. Open gym is for boys and girls in 5-8th grade.   

**So that we may gauge interest, we ask that interested students
register HERE  for tryouts. Thank you for your help.
Please contact Wally Kern with any questions.
Middle School Admission Open House!
Please help us spread the word that the Middle School OPEN HOUSE for Prospective Parents is: Sunday, November 13, 2 p.m.  
Interested families may register here.
Remember Your Fruits and Veggies for The LS Fruit and Vegetable Challenge!!
The Lower School will once again be participating in the fruit and vegetable challenge starting on November 1st.  Be sure to bring a serving in your lunch or snack! 
It is getting cooler! Show your Dragon Pride w/ St M Jackets and Fleece!
Be sure to visit our spiritwear site for new St M 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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St M on YouTube   
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:
  • Student Holiday on Monday
  • Order Hot Lunch for December
  • Middle School Play Auditions
  • LS Food Drive
  • MS Online Grading System
  • Register NOW for Winter Sports and Co-Curriculars
  • Varsity/JV Basketball Tryouts
  • MS Admissions Open House
  • LS Fruit/Vegetable Challenge
  • Spiritwear: Fleece!
  • LS After-school 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, 11/7: 
Tuesday, 11/8:
  • MS Election Day In-School Field Trip
  • 4th Grade Science Museum Field Trip (Reminder: Field trip Dress Code and comfortable walking shoes please.)
  • MS Play Auditions, 3-4 p.m.
  • Basketball Open Gym (Gr. 5-8), Middle School Gym, 3-4:30 p.m.  
Wednesday, 11/9:  
  • MS Food Drive for Feed More Begins
  • 3rd Grade Writing with Parents (Eaton), 8:30 a.m.
  • 7th Grade Meals on Wheels Presentation, 1:15 p.m.
  • MS Play Auditions, 3-4 p.m.
Thursday, 11/10:  
  • Online Lunch Ordering Opens
  • 3rd Grade Writing with Parents (Hettrick), 8:30 a.m. 
Friday, 11/11  
  • MS Clubs, 1:37 p.m.
  • MS Recognition Chapel, 2:10 p.m.
Sunday, 11/13
  • 5th Grade Chorus Performs at St M Church 10:30 a.m. service. Students please arrive at 9:30 a.m. in Chorus Uniforms.
  • Middle School Admissions Open House, 2 p.m.  
  • MS Swim Team Practice, 4:30 p.m., St. Catherine's Pool
Lower School FALL After-School Enrichment and Intramural Sports Schedule
Click here for a full schedule of FALL session start dates, times and student pickup information.(Scroll down on on web page to view this calendar.)
Lower School WINTER After-School Enrichment and Intramural Sports Schedule 
Click here for a full schedule of WINTER session start dates, times and student pickup information.
Election Prayer Vigil (Information available here)

Teachers, staff, and St M families are invited to join this vigil at the following times…Monday, Nov. 7 from 12-7 p.m. & Tuesday, November 8 before or after school. 

Alternative Gift Fair
4th Annual Alternative Gift Fair
Friday, November 11 - Sunday, November 13 
Click HERE to get more information and learn about all the great things planned for that weekend including a performance by the 5th grade choir! 

November Youth Retreat Weekend - Grades 6-12
Friday, November 18 - Sunday, November 20 
Make new friends at this annual retreat for teens at Camp Chanco, open to grades 6-12! November Weekend includes great music, fun games and activities, a Friday night social and a Saturday night dance, meaningful group discussions, and amazing worship!
Cost: $120 (Scholarships Available)
Click HERE to RSVP and click the “tickets available” link to sign up! 
Please contact Chaplain Christian Hansen with any questions.
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