Week of April 17, 2016

"What children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance. They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, lessons in life. And, most importantly, cookies."  
~Rudy Giuliani
Grandparents Day
St. Michael's was delighted to welcome over 100 grandparents to our School on Friday for fun-filled morning of singing, interviews, love notes and family-tree activities. This annual First Grade tradition has been a part of St. Michael's culture for decades and is a special time for children and grandparents to connect and spend time together. Most charming were the special Grandparent portraits that our first graders created.
Many of our grandparents and special guests traveled near and far to be a part of this day. Thank you so much for coming! (And many thanks to all of the first grade families who volunteered to make this event such a success!) Be sure to check out the School's Facebook page for more fun photos of the day! 
Join Us for "Meetings with Michael" on Growing Up Digital (+ Digital Survey)
Our children have never known a world without the internet, mobile phones and social media. As Digital Natives, young people need “training wheels” in the social and educational uses of technology. For many parents, this is scary, unchartered territory.
Please join us for the next installment of "Meetings with Michael" as we explore "Tips and Tools for Parenting Digital Natives." We will have a special guest and technology expert joining us. 
Date:    Tuesday, April 19
  • 7:20 a.m. at the Lower School, Dundas Hatcher Hall (free "Open Gym" child care will be provided)
  • 1:30 p.m at the Middle School, Singleton Campus Great Hall
To frame the conversation to include the digital parenting topics our families are most interested in, we would love your input. Please fill out this short survey. Thanks! 
Transition to Middle School 
We cordially invite our rising sixth grade parents to a Middle School Orientation on Thursday, April 28 from 8:30-9:30 a.m., at the Lower School. Bon Air Campus, in Dundas Hatcher Hall. 
Digital invitations were sent out. Thank you for responding by Monday, April 25.
Middle School Faculty Welcome 
St. Michael's extends a warm welcome to Mrs. Jennifer Evans, who will be joining our Middle School faculty in the coming school year as a teacher of math.
Mrs. Evans comes to us from Grace Christian School in Mechanicsville, where she taught middle school math and technology. Previously, she taught middle school math in Richmond City and Henrico County Public Schools. Jennifer is a graduate of VCU (B.S., Business Administration), and has a Masters Degree in Teaching (MAT) from Mary Baldwin College with an endorsement in Middle School Mathematics. She is currently pursuing a second advanced degree in Leadership in Mathematics Education (Ed.S.) from Regent University. Welcome aboard! 
St. Michael's Community Survey Coming Soon
Strong parent/family engagement is a core strength of the St. Michael's community. As St. Michael's values input and feedback from our families, we are putting the finishing touches on a community survey that will be sent out shortly. Our goal is to solicit feedback from our families every year via this annual survey. Thank you in advance for taking the time to share your thoughts with us.
Teacher Appreciation Week Wrap Up
Thank you to all the parents who contributed food and beverages to Teacher Appreciation Week!  If you brought in a platter or serving dish to the Bon Air campus, and have not retrieved it yet, please check the SMPA room. 
Coffee House Creativity

For decades, the local coffee house has served as a cultural destination for a community--  a place where folks gather to engage in fellowship and conversation, share ideas and experience local art, literature and music.

This week, the seventh grade presented their own Coffee House program.  Students shared insightful selections of their poetry, short stories, creative writing and art from their study of the Harlem Renaissance and other units from this school year. 

Check the School Facebook page for more photos!
Lower School Birthday Books

Our final Birthday Book presentation of the year is on Thursday, May 5. The deadline for submitting books is Thursday, April 21.  Thank you! 

Countdown to Magic Dragon Day!  
We are still accepting gently used spirit wear, blue blazers and used books for MDD. Please drop off any donations in the Middle School office or in the SMPA room at the Lower School. Thanks to all of you who have already donated! More general questions? Contact Jennifer Burke @ 833-9254 or Amy Wozniak @ 269-3384.
Spirit Week Schedule for the Week of May 2-6:
Announcing Summer Camps at St M!
We are pleased to announce that in partnership with ArtHaus and Little Scholars, St. Michael's School will be hosting a series of summer camps at both of our campuses. (Note: Camps are open to non-St.M families as well.)
Click here for information and to register! 
The Weather is Getting Warmer.
Time for a Cool Drink in a St M Tervis Tumbler!

Get your St M Tervis tumblers and Spiritwear today by visiting our Spiritwear website stmschool.net/community/school-spiritwear/Questions? Please contact Logan Vetrovec.
SPACE Wars Camp (Inspired by Star Wars): June 6-10
Get ready for out of this world excitement at  Space Wars Camp! This St. Michael's Church Extended Day camp will take your child on a galaxy full of movie-inspired challenges, from building a spaceship to designing tribal droids and launching rockets.  The camp will run June 6-10 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Click HERE for more information! The deadline to sign up is May 6.
 Local Youth Mission Opportunity this Summer 
July 10-16 for rising 7th to 12th graders.

Interested students and parents are invited to St Michael's Episcopal Church, Tuesday, April 19th at 7 p.m. in Dundas Hatcher to learn more about a local youth mission opportunity serving those in need in the Richmond area this summer. Mar-Mary Lutge from Episcopal Church of the Redeemer will give a brief presentation and will have youth who can share their experiences. More information can be found at impactrichmond.org. If you are interested in attending the information session, please contact Chris Gorman at chrisgormanmd@yahoo.com.
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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
  • 1st Grade Grandparents' Day
  • Generation Digital "Meetings with Michael"/Survey
  • Transition to Middle School
  • Middle School Faculty Welcome
  • St. Michael's Community Survey
  • Teacher Appreciation 
  • 7th Grade "Coffee House"
  • Birthday Books
  • Magic Dragon Day/Spirit Week
  • Summer Camps at St M
  • St M Spiritwear 
  • Space Wars Camp
  • Youth Mission Opportunity
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:  
Tuesday, 4/19:
  • Meetings with Michael, LS at 7:20 a.m. Dundas-Hatcher Hall) and MS at 1:30 p.m.
  • LS Chapel, 8:30 a.m.
  • MS Girls LAX AWAY Game @ St. Gertrude's, 4:30 p.m. (NOTE EARLIER TIME)
Wednesday, 4/20:
  • LS Noon Dismissal 
  • MS Golf Match at Willow Oaks Country Club vs. St. Catherine's/St. Gertrude's, 3:30 p.m.
  • MS Track Away Meet at Collegiate, 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, 4/21:
  • MS Grade 7C Meals on Wheels Service Day, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • MS Boys LAX vs. St. Christopher's, 5 p.m.
  • MS Golf Match (Tri-Meet), at Willow Oaks, 4 p.m.
Friday, 4/22:
  • 4th Grade ERB testing
  • 3rd Grade Colonial Day
Looking Ahead:
  • ERB Testing: April 25 – Fri, April 29

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