October 9, 2016
"Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much."    
--Helen Keller
How do we build a Dragon community? From morning meetings and handshakes, cross-grade reading buddies, Middle School advisory groups and Middle School Friday clubs, to Dragon Guides, chapel pals and chapel services, St. Michael's is constantly striving to grow and support a thriving, close-knit school community. It is one of the ways that we "do small in a BIG way!"
This week, our sixth graders joined our seventh graders for a Middle School adventure day on the ropes at Challenge Discovery.
The objectives of the trip were to: 
  1. promote the building of meaningful relationships based on vulnerability and trust.
  2. help our students understand the value of working together and supporting each other.
  3. provide opportunities for students to build confidence and self-esteem and to do things they did not think were possible.
How did our Middle Schoolers like Challenge Discovery? To quote one of our sixth graders: "It was AWESOME!"
(Click on our Media Gallery to see more photos from around campus this week!)
 Important Announcements:
Columbus Day Holiday on MONDAY
A reminder that there are NO CLASSES for students on MONDAY, 10/10, as it is the Columbus Day holiday. Enjoy the day!
Time to Apply for Kindergarten!
Have a little one going into his/her last year of preschool? There is still time to apply for the 2017 kindergarten class! Click HERE for the application.
Our St M families are our best ambassadors!  Please help us spread the word to your friends and neighbors about our Admissions Open Houses!
  • Kindergarten Open Houses for Prospective Parents: October 26 and October 27, 9:30 am. Interested families can register here
  • Middle School Open House for Prospective Parents: Sunday, November 13, 2 p.m. Interested families can register here.
Got Lunch?
Now is the time to place your online order for Hot Lunch for the month of NOVEMBER.
Orders must be placed by midnight on October 20.
Click here for the online link and order information.  
Note: Chick-fil-a will be on the menu as a monthly treat and can be found on the second Friday of every month.  
Help Us Stock the STEM Supplies at STM!
STEM (and STEaM) education is incorporated into the St M curriculum for all grades K-8. 
As you clean out closets and tool boxes and use recyclable items at home, please donate these items to St M to re-stock our Maker Spaces.
Below is a list of items that the Lower School and Middle School campuses are always in need of:
Thank you!
Support St. Michael's While You Shop with Amazon SMILE!
The holidays are right around the corner and Amazon has made it easier to support St. Michael's while you shop on their site with a unique link. 
What is St. Michael's unique link? http://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-5038516
Please use this link above when you shop at Amazon and St. Michael's will receive 5% of eligible smile.amazon.com purchases!
We do recommend that you bookmark and use this unique link so you don't accidentally shop at amazon.com instead of smile.amazon.com. Only purchases made at smile.amazon.com are eligible for donations. Thank you SO MUCH for your support!
Lower School Author Visit!
New York Times Bestselling Author Geoff Rodkey is coming to St. Michael's School on Friday, October 28th! He is visiting in celebration of the latest book in his Tapper Twins Series, The Tapper Twins Run for President, and will be speaking to our 3rd-5th graders. Our local bookshop, bbgb, is bringing him to our school and is offering the opportunity to purchase a book signed by the author. 

You may purchase autographed books for your child on bbgb's website at bbgbbooks.com/book-buzz. We are receiving a 15% discount when you use coupon code stm15. At check-out choose school delivery, then select St. Michael's Episcopal School and indicate your child's name, teacher and to whom the book(s) should be signed. Please place your order by Wednesday, October 19th. You may call bbgb with any questions at 804.353.5675 or email Mrs. Wise (cwise@stmschool.net) .
Class Calendars Posted on Website
Class calendars are posted on the website under Community/Class Calendars. Click here to view. These calendars are password protected. Please ask your room parents for the passcode if you have forgotten it.
Join Us for Dad's Night Out!
We invite our St. Michael's Dads to join us for an evening of fun and great BBQ on October 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Singleton Middle School Campus. 
Please R.S.V.P. to Anne Methven by Monday, October 12.
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!
A friendy reminder that athletic clothing (hoodies and sweatshirts) are not permitted inside during the school day, except for PE classes.
Only St. Michael’s athletic outerwear (i.e., a St M hooded sweatshirt or St M fleece) may be worn INDOORS in class during cold weather.
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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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: 
  • Building Community
  • Columbus Day Holiday 
  • Time to Apply for K!
  • Order Nov. Hot Lunch 
  • STEM Supplies Needed
  • Support St M While You Shop
  • Lower School Author Visit
  • Class Calendars Posted
  • RSVP to Dad's Night Out
  • 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, 10/10: 
  • Columbus Day HOLIDAY: NO CLASSES
Tuesday, 10/11:
  • GRCTM Middle School Math Day at UR, 8:15 a.m.-1:45 p.m.
  • LS Intramural Soccer 3-4:15 p.m.
  • MS Mountain Biking, 3-5 p.m.
  • MS Cross Country Practice, 3-4:30 p.m. 
  • MS Field Hockey Practice, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • MS Soccer Practice, 4:30-6 p.m.
Wednesday, 10/12:  
  • MS Mountain Biking, 3-5 p.m.
  • MS Field Hockey Practice, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • MS Cross Country Practice, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • MS Soccer Game: 4:30 p.m. @ Steward
  • Lacrosse Clinic (Gr. 3-8), Middle School field, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Thursday, 10/13:  
  • LS Birthday Book Assembly, 8:30 a.m., Dundas-Hatcher Hall
  • MS Cross Country Practice, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • MS Field Hockey HOME GAME vs. Collegiate, 4 p.m.  
  • MS Cross Country Meet @ St. Chris (Roslyn), 4:30-6 p.m.
  • MS Soccer Practice 4:30-6 p.m.
Friday, 10/14:  
  • LS Intramural Field Hockey, 3-5 p.m. 
  • MS Clubs, 1:37 p.m.
  • MS Student Council Debates: 2:10 p.m.
  • MS Baseball Clinic,
    3:15-4:45 p.m., location tba
  • MS Cross Country Practice, 3-4:15 p.m.

Lower School After-School Enrichment and Intramural Sports Schedule
Click here for a full schedule of session start dates, times and student pickup information.
19th Annual Pie Auction by St. Margaret’s Guild of St. Michael's Church
Sunday, October 23
The auction will be held following the 10:30 a.m. worship service in Dundas-Hatcher Hall. There will be delicious homemade pies, tarts and quiches available for bidding by silent auction (Facebook Event). 
Pumpkin Palooza at St. Michael's Church
Sunday, October 30 
Join us after the 10:30 a.m. service in Dundas-Hatcher Hall to carve pumpkins, make s’mores, and prepare for Halloween the next day! 
Please contact Chaplain Christian Hansen with any questions.
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