October 30, 2016
Wishing all of our Dragons a safe and fun Halloween!
 Important Announcements:
Halloween Fun
Monday, October 31 is not only Halloween, but it is also a dress code Dragon Day!
Students are welcome to wear any above the waist St. Michael's spiritwear (including team jerseys or athletic shirts) to show their Dragon pride.  
In celebration of Halloween, students may also wear Halloween shirts or dresses with Halloween emblems, theme headbands, witch hats, and Halloween colors. (No masks or costumes please unless you are participating in the Kindergarten costume parade.)
We are looking forward to a wonderful Monday filled with St. Michael's spirit!
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.
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 Tuesday and Thursday, November 1 and 3 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.
A Lower School Morning Drop-Off Friendly Reminder 
For student safety, a friendly reminder that Lower School doors are not opened until 7:55 a.m. We are finding that students are being dropped off prior to that time and are standing outside unsupervised, especially behind Ticer Hall. 
Should you need to drop your child prior to 7:55 a.m., please feel free to take advantage of Morning Extended Day, which opens at 7 a.m. in the Lower School gym. 
Middle School Tours for Current Fifth Grade Families
For those parents of St M fifth graders who would like more information about our Middle School program, we cordially invite you to tour our Singleton Campus on one of the following dates:
  • Wednesday, November 2, 8:30-9:30 a.m. 
  • Friday, January 27, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
  • Note: All of our current fifth grade students will have an opportunity to visit the Middle School Singleton Campus this winter and attend an informational program and drama production.
Please RSVP to Laurel Nelson at lnelson@stmschool.net and confirm the date you will be attending. 
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.
Volunteer Opportunity: Head Team Parent
  • Provide guidance and support to individual team parents
  • Ensure team parents coordinate sign-ups for team events (scorekeeper, maneuvering equipment, snacks)
  • Provide team rosters to student athletes' families
  • Coordinate communications from coaches to families
  • Work with Athletic Director and SMPA, hospitality and spiritwear committee to plan at least one seasonal (fall, winter, spring) event around team sports.
Please contact Kim Dobzyniak if interested. Thanks for your support!
Join us for "Meetings with Michael"
Join Mr. Turner to discuss "How to ask about recess: Partnering with teachers to support children's social-emotional growth."  Play, especially unstructured play, offers children the opportunity to practice social skills and deepen emotional maturity. Understanding one's own emotions, interpreting and responding to others emotions, decision-making, creativity, and communication are all on display and in demand on the playground. 

Merrill Geier, our Lower School coordinator, will share how St M supports children as they learn to apply lessons in empathy, enabling them to create positive social/emotional relationships before, during, and after recess.

  • Wednesday, November 2, 1:40-2:40 p.m., (Lower School, Dundas Hatcher Hall)
  • Thursday, November 3, 7:20 a.m.-8:20 a.m. (Lower School, Dundas Hatcher Hall)
The Lower School Fruit and Vegetable Challenge Starts This Week!
The Lower School will once again be participating in the fruit and vegetable challenge starting on November 1st.  
For the first 3 weeks in November, students who eat a serving of fruits or vegetables for either lunch or snack will receive a grade-specific sticky note.   Students will bring their notes to the gym during P.E. and line them up along the wall.  The grade with the most notes at the end of the month will earn an extra P.E. class and fruit party.  Students will additionally be discussing in P.E. class the importance of eating a well- balanced diet that includes a variety of fruits and vegetables.
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!  

St M on Facebook
St M on Twitter
St M on Instagram
St M on the Web
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: 
  • Halloween Fun
  • New Middle School Online Grading Program
  • Register NOW for Winter Sports and Co-Curriculars
  • Varsity/JV Basketball Tryouts
  • LS Morning Drop-Off Safety Reminder
  • MS Tours for 5th Grade Parents
  • Meetings with Michael
  • Head Team Parent Opportunity
  • 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, 10/31: 
  • Lower School Halloween Parties  
  • Kindergarten Halloween Parade, 8:30 a.m.
  • MS Mountain Biking, 3-5 p.m.
Tuesday, 11/1:
  • LS Fruit and Vegetable Challenge Begins
  • LS Chapel, 8:30 a.m.
  • 4th Grade Young Scientists Activity, 12:15 p.m. and 1:40 p.m.
  • Basketball Open Gym (Gr. 5-8), Middle School Gym, 3-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 11/2:  
  • Middle School Tour for 5th Grade Parents, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
  • Meetings with Michael, 1:40 p.m., Lower School Dundas Hatcher Hall
  • MS Mountain Biking, 3-5 p.m
Thursday, 11/3:  
  • Meetings with Michael, 7:20 a.m., Lower School Dundas Hatcher Hall
  • Basketball Open Gym (Gr. 5-8), Middle School Gym, 3-4:30 p.m.
Friday, 11/3:  
  • MS Day of the Dead Celebration, 1:35-2:50 p.m.
*Remember to set your clocks back one hour on Sunday, 11/6!
*Looking ahead: No classes on Monday, 11/7.
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.
A separate schedule will be posted shortly for Winter activities.
Service Opportunity - Bon Air Crop Walk 
Sunday, November 6, 2 p.m.
Looking for a service opportunity in the Bon Air area? Join us in partnership with other local churches to support this wonderful cause. 
Youth in grades 6-12 are especially encouraged to participate. Click HERE to get more information and HERE to sign up on our team page! 

Alternative Gift Fair

The St. Michael's Church Alternative Gift Fair begins on Friday, November 11th at 7:00  p .m. with a Ukulele Concert and Sing-Along. Afterwards join us for dessert and meet representatives from 10 local charitable organizations. Holiday shop for your friends and loved ones by making a donation to one of these worthy organizations. The celebration continues on Sunday, November 13th after the 10:30 service. Please join us!  St. Michael’s School Fifth Grade Chorus will sing at this event on Sunday, 11/13 at 10:30 a.m. and the St. Michael's School 2nd grade students have designed the gift cards that you receive with each purchase.

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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