Week of September 1, 2014
A Prayer for the Start of School
And so begins a new year...
May it be a year of learning and growth, 
a year of new experiences and understanding.
May each day bring something new and may routine guide your steps.
May your pencils be sharp and your minds even sharper.
May you revel in the joy of each new fact learned, each right answer, each small accomplishment.
May the erasers on your pencils get as much use as the tips.
May you learn that wrong answers can be just as important as right ones.
May you ask questions, lots and lots of questions.
May you make friends and build relationships,
and may you make lifelong connections.
May you be kind, compassionate and polite.
And may this year be filled with blessings…
(Adapted from a prayer by Phyllis Sommer)
Important Dates and Announcements:
  • Labor Day Holiday/No Classes: Monday, 9/1. 
  • School Forms: Thanks for turning in your back-to-school forms. Haven't had a chance to fill them out yet? Copies are on our website.
  • School Pictures: Picture forms were sent home last week on your Orientation Day. Please return all pictures forms no later than this Tuesday, 9/2
  • Blessing of Backpacks: St. Michael’s Church cordially invites our school community to a "Blessing of the Backpacks and Briefcases,"  followed by a "Sundae Sunday" ice cream social after church next Sunday, 9/7 at 10:30a.m. 
  • Pizza! Pizza!  Friday orders are due on Monday, 9/2.  Click here for the signup form. Pizza Friday starts on 9/5. Dave Ludgren is looking for a few good volunteers who will help deliver pizza on Fridays from 11-noon. Please contact Dave  to volunteer or if you have questions. 

  • Go Dragons! Best wishes and good luck to the Cross County team on their first race of the season at Fork Union on September 6th! We all are rooting for you!

Lower School: 
  • Chess anyone? We are excited to announce a new chess program for Lower School students. Championship Chess of Greater Richmond will be running a weekly afterschool program on the Bon Air Campus, Wednesdays from 2:40 to 3:40p.m., starting on September 24th.  Click here for further details and to register.  
  • First Lego Organizational Meeting for 5th Grade:  Thursday, 9/4, 3p.m.
  • IM Field Hockey: Friday, 9/5, 3-5p.m.
  • Lower School Picture Day: Wednesday, 9/17. (Say Cheese!)
  • Lower School Back to School Night:  Wednesday, 9/17 at 7p.m.

Middle School: 
  • Chapel and Honor Code Signing:  Friday, 9/5, 2p.m.
    The Middle School Honor Assembly is an honored tradition.  During this assembly, students will discuss and sign the honor code. Our guest speaker will be St. Michael’s Alumnus and Trinity student, Andy Chess.

  • Clubs Begin: Friday, 9/5
    Clubs take place during sixth period and provide students with the opportunity to take part in exciting activities with classmates across grade levels. 

  • Cross Country Team Practice: Monday-Friday, 3:15-4:15p.m. 
  • Cross Country Team Scrimmage: Wednesday, 9/3, 4p.m. race (Singleton Campus).
  • Cross Country Race at Fork Union (FUMA Invite): Saturday, 9/6.
    • 8:45a.m. Boys' Middle School Team Race, 2.5 kilometers
    • 9:00a.m. Girls' Middle School Team Race, 2.5 kilometers 
  • Field Hockey Team Practice: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 3-4:30p.m.

  • 8th grade Camping Trip Planning Meeting: Monday, 9/8 in the Great Hall at Singleton.  Socializing will start at 6:30p.m. and the planning meeting will begin promptly at 7p.m
  • 8th Grade Camping Trip: Thursday and Friday, 9/11-9/12 at Chanco on the James.

  • Middle School Picture Day: Thursday, 9/18. (Wear your Sunday best!)
  • Middle School Back to School Night:  Wednesday, 9/24 at 7p.m.
Middle School Dress Code Clarification
A section of the MS Handbook was inadvertently omitted. While this section did appear in orientation materials, we’re providing it below to ensure that folks have seen it.
MS DRESS UP DAYS/FIELD TRIP DRESS CODE:
  • Males must wear a dress shirt, tie and long pants.

  • Females must wear a dress or dressy skirt with a dress blouse.

  • Field Trip dress code may be altered based upon the destination/activities.

For clarification, please note the following.
  • “Dress blouses” may be sleeveless as long as they are three-finger widths at the shoulder. Sleeveless blouses may not be worn on regular school days.

  • Dresses with sleeves are difficult to find. Rather than prohibit the wearing of dresses on regular school days, the school has allowed them so long as they are three-finger widths at the shoulder and neatly hemmed & at least mid-thigh in length, including when seated.

Admissions
Have a little one going into his/her last year of preschool? Application time is NOW for the 2015 Kindergarten Class!
Applications can be submitted online or by calling Betty Issacs. We are excited about the amount of application interest we have received so far! 
Our St M families are our best ambassadors! Please help us spread the word to your friends and neighbors that the St M Kindergarten Open House for Prospective Parents is scheduled for October 22 at at 9:30-11:30a.m. at the Bon Air Campus. Interested parents can RSVP here.
Photos Wanted!
Did you take a great photo at a St M field trip, sports event, or classroom activity? Send it to Andrea Amore in the Communications Office so we can showcase it in our school communications! 
SMPA Yearbook Photos Needed Help us capture the spirit and culture of St. Michael's by sharing your photographs during the year! 
For optimal yearbook photo printing, please set your camera/smart phones to take the highest resolution possible for quality photos. High resolution camera photos are preferred. 
Photos may be uploaded to the yearbook website: www.hjeshare.com or the Herff Jones eShare App. Enter school code 3042755 and follow the instructions. Photos may also be placed on a CD and turned into either school office. Please mark the CD with “yearbook” and note the grade, the name and date of the event and your name. Blank CDs are available in the SMPA room at the Lower School.   Questions? Please contact Jennifer Jung, (804) 687-8333 / joohye@gmail.com or Sandy Brooks, (804) 399-7745 / ojardnas@mac.com.
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