Week of March 20, 2016: First Day of Spring!
Wellness day photos
Health and Wellness at St M
Research has shown that the academic success of students is strongly linked to their health, with healthier students being better learners. Students who are more physically active, get adequate sleep and consume a balanced diet perform better in school than those who do not. Here are a few fun facts:
  • Students who eat breakfast have better attention and memory.
  • According to a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center research study, results indicate that higher math scores were related to greater sleep quality, less awakenings and increased sleep efficiency
  • After just 20 minutes of physical activity, brain activity improves.
  • Aerobic exercise is great for body and brain. Not only does it improve brain function, but it also acts as a “first aid kit” on damaged brain cells.
On Friday, our Middle Schoolers participated in a Wellness Day exploring the topics of Healthy Sleep Habits, Mindfulness and Relaxation, Healthy Snacks and Nutrition and Cyber Bullying and Cyber Safety. Special thanks to organizer Katherine Martin and to our speakers:
  • Dr. Niam Basir (Bon Secours Sleep Disorder Clinic)
  • Jenny Courain (Mindfulness and Yoga Coach)
  • Laura Godwin (VAIS/Nutrition specialist)
  • Georgia Smith, (Crime Prevention Specialist, Chesterfield County Police Department)
Thank you as well to everyone who joined us this week for our "Meetings with Michael" on the topic nutrition and school lunch.  Nutritionist Donna Wheeler from ACAC gave many helpful tips on how to encourage healthy eating habits at home and at school. 
As a follow-up to these discussions, we invite our families to complete the following survey on our school lunch program. We are exploring options to improve our lunch offerings to make them more nutritious. We welcome community feedback.
Click here to complete the School Lunch survey.  
Faculty News
We would like to share with you that a beloved member of our Middle School faculty, Cheryl Broga, will be leaving at the end of the School year. In her words, she is transitioning from middle years education to "early years education one-on-one" with her new granddaughter, Addie.
Mrs. Broga has left an indelible mark on St. Michael's and our love and best wishes go with her as she begins her next adventure outside of our School walls. She shared that she is going to miss most our special community and all of the St M children who have touched her heart and made her smile and laugh.
In the days ahead, please join the School in thanking her for all of her contributions to St. Michael's.
Mrs. Broga, always remember... Once a Dragon, always a Dragon!
Magic Dragon Day – Calling all Blue & White Backers! 
Thank you to those families and businesses that have already generously committed to being a Backer for Magic Dragon Day! Backers are vital to the success of Magic Dragon Day, as they offset the cost of the event and increase the amount that the SMPA provides to the school! 

If you have been thinking about being a Backer, please act today!   These are due by this Friday, March 25.  Download a copy of the form here.
Magic Dragon Day Order Forms 
Order form packets for Magic Dragon Day 2016 went home with your youngest child last week. Included are order forms for Tickets & Wristbands, T-Shirts, & Dragon-Grams!
Completed forms are due to your child's homeroom teacher or either School office by this Friday, March 25.

Should you need them, extra forms are in  the office and on the website under Community/Docs and Forms. Questions? Please contact: Jennifer Burke @ 833‐9254 or Amy Wozniak @ 269‐3384. 
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 our campuses. 
Here are the details:
Art Haus: Pack your Bags with the Story Lady (Ages 4-11)
  • June 6-June 10, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the LOWER SCHOOL Bon Air Campus for ages 4-11. Click here for more info.
Art Haus: The Road to Rio (ages 4-11)
  • August 1-August 59:30 a.m.-12: 30 p.m. at the LOWER SCHOOL Bon Air Campus for ages 4-11. Click here for more info.
Little Scholars Pre-School and Kindergarten Camps:
  • Little Scholars will be offering Pre-School and Kindergarten Camps for the weeks of June 20-July 25 at our MIDDLE SCHOOL, Singleton Campus, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Camp themes include:  Dino Discovery, Green Thumb Club, Creative Builders, Princesses and Superheroes, Science Exploratorium and World Travelers.  
  • Click here for for information and to register.
Middle School Chapel Communion
On Thursday, March 24th at 1:05 pm, the Middle School Chapel will include an abbreviated service of Holy Communion, led by Rev. Jeunée with the help and creativity of the Chapel Committee members and leaders, in commemoration of Maundy Thursday.
Maundy Thursday is the day Jesus celebrated the Last Supper with the disciples. Families are invited to attend.  For students who are interested, Rev. Jeunée will lead a brief time of instruction and discussion around the meaning of the Eucharist at lunch at 11:15 a.m. on Monday in the conference room.
Of course, receiving communion is completely voluntary, so take the time to talk with your child about your family's beliefs. In the Episcopal Church, all baptized Christians, no matter age or denomination, are welcome at the Lord’s Table, and St. Michael’s Church invites anyone who desires to draw closer to God to receive the bread and wine (or in our case Thursday – grape juice) of communion. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Rev. Jeunée at 272-0992, x 108.
E.G. Allen photo
Thank you to our Basketball Coaches!
From Varsity and JV to SMBA, our basketball program is a success because of the enthusiastic support and dedication of our volunteer coaches. St M would like to express our sincere thanks and gratitude to ALL of our coaches for giving so freely of their time and talents this past season.
After coaching 10 teams in seven seasons, we extend special thanks and appreciation to E.G. Allen for his tireless commitment and passion to our basketball program! 
Pizza Friday Volunteers Needed
Dave Lundgren, the head of our Pizza Friday program, is in need of extra volunteers to sort pizza orders on Fridays.  Please contact him here if you can lend a hand. Thanks so much! 
NEW Long Sleeve Polo Shirts in our Spiritwear Shop!
(Note: the shirt logo is smaller and fits our dress code standard.)

Get your Spiritwear today by visiting our Spiritwear website stmschool.net/community/school-spiritwear/Questions? Please contact Logan Vetrovec.
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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
  • MS Health & Wellness Day 
  • School Lunch Survey
  • Faculty News
  • Magic Dragon Day Update-Orders Due
  • Summer Camps at St M
  • MS Chapel Communion
  • Basketball Coaches- Thank You
  • Pizza Friday Helpers Needed
  • New Spiritwear Long Sleeve Polos
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 
Easter Holiday: No School on Friday, 3/25 and Monday, 3/28.
This Week:  
Monday, 3/21:
  • 3rd Grade Young Scientists Speaker: 8:30-11 a.m.
Tuesday, 3/22:
  • LS Chapel, 8:30 a.m. 
  • 6th Grade Service Learning meeting: 1-2 p.m.
  • MS Boys LAX HOME game vs. Chester, 6 p.m
Wednesday, 3/23:
  • 1st Grade Easter Egg Hunt, 10:30 a.m. -1 p.m.
  • 8th Grade to Edgar Allen Poe Museum, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Thursday, 3/24:
  • 5th Grade Young Scientists Speaker, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Kindergarten Easter Egg Hunt, 1-2:20 p.m.
  • MS Chapel/Communion-Maundy Thursday, 1:05 p.m., families welcome
  • MS Girls LAX Away Game @Collegiate, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Friday, 3/25:
  • NO SCHOOL/EASTER HOLIDAY
Monday, 3/28:
  • NO SCHOOL/ EASTER HOLIDAY

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