November 15, 2015
"Every day is a new beginning. Take a deep breathe and start again. Every day is a chance to get better."
Education is not a destination but a journey. As it is through challenges and mistakes that we learn and grow, St. Michael's strives to be a place where our students can safely take risks in learning and self-discovery.
With the first quarter at a close, now is the time to reflect on report card input and progress updates with your child and to help them in setting goals for the new quarter. 
It is our goal to help all of our St. Michael's children succeed. Thus, our teachers would like to share their ideas on how to make homework more engaging, as well as tips on homework best practices and helpful online learning resources. We hope you find this link helpful.
Be sure to check out our St M FACEBOOK and TWITTER pages for this week's posts on St. Michael's culture, curriculum and community.
An Auction Sneak Peek!
Thank you to the volunteers who so willingly and graciously addressed invitations, solicited for hours for diverse and appealing auction items and coordinated class projects. Thanks as well as to the many businesses and merchants who generously donated and to the Auction Team for their tireless efforts to make this auction an evening to remember!
Here is another sneak peak at a few of the many wonderful items up for auction:
  • Restaurant and Catering Gift Certificates to include Heritage, Flemings, Northside Grill, and BellyTimber.
  • Fabulous trips to include a condo in Colorado, a Lemaire Dinner Package for 2 including an overnight at The Jefferson, tickets to Disney and even a trip for 4 to Cortona (Tuscany), Italy!
  • Plus... Nutcracker and Richmond Symphony tickets, Squirrels First Pitch and game tickets, a Paint 'n' Play Paint Party, Baxter Perkinson Painting, a His and Hers Section, our ever-popular Class Projects and more!
To purchase tickets online and register for online bidding, please visit  Click on “Purchase Tickets” in the left column.
Tuition Raffle! 
Be a winner!  Get your ticket(s) now for our 2015 Tuition Raffle! Tickets are going fast!
The winner will receive a $5,000 CREDIT towards their 2016-2017 tuition! Only 200 tickets will be sold! The winner will be announced at the Auction on November 21. You do not need to be present to win. (No cash will be awarded.) For details and to purchase, please click here.   
Lower School Thanksgiving Food Drive

Each year, our Lower School collects non-perishable food items to be donated to the St. Michael's Church Food Pantry. Students are invited to bring in non-perishable food items between Monday, 11/16 and Tuesday, 11/24.

Fifth graders will deliver all items to the St. Michael's Church food pantry following the Thanksgiving chapel service on Tuesday, 11/24. Thank you for your support!
Pizza! Pizza! Order Now!
If you didn't order Pizza Friday for the entire year, or if you missed the deadline for the fall order, now is the time to re-order Pizza!  Order forms have been sent home or are available online here.  The deadline for the receipt of the next order is November 23rd.  
The fall order of Pizza runs through 11/20, so be sure to get your order in to keep that pizza delivery coming all of the way through Spring Break!  Thanks for your support with this SMPA fundraiser. Contact Dave Lundgren  with questions.
Lower School Admissions Play
Our Lower School admissions Play, "Nuts", is scheduled for Thursday, November 19, at 9 a.m. for prospective Kindergarten parents and children. Please encourage your friends to come! Prospective parents may RSVP to Anne Methven.
Eighth Grade: Maggie Walker Deadline is Approaching

Completed Maggie Walker applications should be given to Erbie Godwin by this Monday, November 16, in order to prepare the student's packet for delivery to your home Middle School by December 1. Please contact Erbie
 Godwin with any questions. Thanks!
LS Fruit Challenge
Our Lower School fruit and vegetable challenge is off to a roaring start!  Our students have been very eager to place their stickers on the gym wall after incorporating a fresh fruit or veggie into their snacks or lunches. The grade with the most number of notes (per student) will earn an extra PE class and fruit celebration.  More details can be found here.
Lego Engineering Winter Program (Grades K-5)  
Your child can build elaborate objects, structures and vehicles while exploring the fundamental principles of engineering and physics. Sign up now for the winter session of Lego engineering. Last chance to sign up!
The session runs Nov.19- Feb. 4 from 3:10-4:40 p.m. (NOTE: This start date has been pushed back a week to November 19/20.)
Order Spiritwear for Holiday Gifts! New Items Available!
With holiday shopping season just around the corner, NEW ITEMS have been added to our Spiritwear site. From fleece jackets and blankets to Tervis tumblers and PJ bottoms, we have the  perfect gifts for all of our Dragons. As well, we have updated the tee shirts on the website so that they are "dress code" approved.
To receive orders in time for the holidays (and before school lets out in December), holiday orders must be placed by DECEMBER 1. Visit our Spiritwear website at
Questions? Please contact Logan Vetrovec.
Need Childcare the Day before Thanksgiving? Plus, Extended Day Activity Signups.

St. Michael's Church Extended Day Program is willing to offer full-day child care on the Wednesday, November 25, school holiday.  Wednesday, November 18, 2015 is the cut-off date to sign up. A minimum of ten children are needed in order to offer this service.  You do NOT have to be currently enrolled to use this service.  Contact Merry Norris, Program Director, 804-272-0992 x 106 for more information.

The next 6-week session of Karate begins on Tuesday, November 24. The class is taught by Erick Easter of Ultimate Karate Academy and is only $85 for the entire session.  Class begins at3:00 p.m.

In case you missed it, STM Extended Day program has openings for guitar, piano and drum instruction.  Guitar is offered Wednesdays.  Piano is offered Wednesdays and Thursdays and Drums are offered on Friday.

For questions about any of these items, please contact Merry A. Norris, Program Director at 804-272-0992 x 106 or via email at:

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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
  • Auction Items Sneak Peek
  • Tuition Raffle!
  • Lower School Food Drive
  • Pizza Friday Orders Due
  • 8th Gr Maggie Walker Deadline
  • MS Play Auditions
  • LS Fruit Challenge
  • LS Lego Engineering Signup
  • NEW Spiritwear Items Added, Dress Code Approved T-Shirts!
  • Need Childcare for 11/25 Holiday? Plus Music and Karate Signups.
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
Winter Co-Curriculars Begin This Week/ Lower School Food Drive
Tuesday, 11/17:
  • LS Chapel, 8:30 a.m.
Wednesday, 11/18:
  • 7th Grade Meals on Wheels Service Day, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Thursday, 11/19:
  • 5th Grade Young Scientists: Scientific Method, 8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
  • LS Admissions Play for Prospective Families(Mitchell), 9-9:30 a.m.
  • LS Math Club, 3-4 p.m.
Friday, 11/20:
  • Ist Grade Play (Mitchell), 8:30-9 a.m.
  • MS Student-Led Chapel,  1 p.m.
  • MS Clubs, 2 p.m.
Saturday, 11/21:
  • FIRSTLego Robotics Competition at Godwin  HS, 9 a.m.- 5p.m. Go DRAGONS!!!
  • Our 25th Annual Auction, 7-10 p.m., the Commonwealth Club
Mr. Turner extends his sincere thanks for your kind birthday wishes and notes. They made his day!

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