September 18, 2016
Nature Is a Wonderful Teacher
Nature is the most wonderful teacher.
This week, our first graders are preparing for their field trip to the Zoo by studing animal habitats and adaptations. Young Scientists paid a visit to first grade and delighted our students with animal facts and stories. The highlight was a visit by some live animal friends, a turtle and two sugar gliders. (Sugar gliders are marsupials from Australia and are in the same family as the Koala.)
Our fourth graders are starting their year-long study of plants by observing characteristics of different types of plants on our campus and keeping observation journals. These studies will lead up to the planting and harvesting of the fourth grade garden.

Have you seen the new Middle School greenhouse? This greenhouse will be used for Middle School science experiments and their study of earth science. Our seventh graders are also planting food crops in it and over the year, have to maintain their plots to see what variables grow the most food. The garden beds will utilize compost made from food waste from Middle School lunch.

Our eighth graders returned on Friday from a fabulous two-day camping trip (a St M tradition) to Camp Westview on the James that was filled with team-building exercises, fellowship, self-discovery and connection to the natural world. 
 Important Announcements:
Time to Apply for Kindergarten!
Have a little one going into his/her last year of preschool? Application time is NOW for the 2017 kindergarten class!
Applications can be submitted online or by calling Betty Isaacs. We are excited about the 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 about our Admissions Open Houses!
  • St M Kindergarten Open Houses for Prospective Parents are scheduled for October 26 and October 27 at 9:30 am. Interested families can register here
  • St M Middle School Open House for Prospective Parents is scheduled for Sunday, November 13 at 2 p.m. Interested families can register here
Join Us for Dad's Night Out!
We cordially 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 Bridgforth by Monday, October 12.
Planning For High School: A Program for our Eighth Grade Families
St. Michael's cordially invites our Eighth Grade families to attend our High School Planning Program on Friday, October 7, from 1-2:30 p.m. to learn about options and the application process.The schedule for this program is as follows: 
  • 1:00 p.m.    Parent education program (Allen Library)
  • 1:55 p.m.    8th grade students join the discussion (Allen Library)
  • 2:05 p.m.    Open House for high schools (Great Hall)
Please contact Erbie Godwin  with questions.

Note: Families, please check the websites of area high schools for their Fall Open House dates.
Lower School Birthday Books

Birthday books, a long-standing St M tradition, offers students a way to present a favorite book to the library in honor of their birthdays, in honor of someone special such as a teacher or sibling, or in memory of a loved one. A bookplate is placed in the front of the book with the name of the donor and the occasion for which the book was presented. Children presenting the books have the special honor of being the first person to check that book out of the library. There are three different Birthday Book programs during the school year.

The deadline for submitting Birthday Books for the October 13th program is September 28th.

Mrs. Wise has a selection of new books in the library from which to choose.  Please feel free to email her (cwise@stmschool.net)  if you have any questions. 
Got Lunch?
Now is the time to place your online order for Hot Lunch for the month of OCTOBER.
Orders must be placed by midnight on September 20.
Click here for the online link, password 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, which is October 14 this month.  Also, if ordering pizza, the pizza slices are large.
LS After School Enrichment and Intramural Sports 
Our Lower School fall enrichment classes and intramural sports programs are underway this week. 
Click here for a full schedule of session start dates, times and student pickup information.
Let's Make a Racquet!  Join Us at the       SMPA Tennis Social!

Please join us for the annual St M Tennis Social on: Friday, October 7th from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Bon Air Community Center. Cost is $25 per player.
Beginners: Don't be afraid if you don't play often, or don't play at all, as  we will have Bon Air Tennis Pros providing a lesson!
Experienced Players: We will have a fun round robin and tennis games.
Register by emailing: jules.kearfott@gmail.com and leave a check made   out to "SMPA" in the "Tennis Event" box in the Lower School SMPA room. 
Please let us know if you need to borrow a racquet. See you there! 
Show your school spirit with a St. Michael’s flag! 
These gorgeous 100% nylon flags are made to order and available in two sizes (garden and house flags). For the larger (house) flag, choose between the St M logo and the new Dragon logo! Order yours today by contacting Kim Cronheim via email or by phone at (804) 310-1974.
  • Garden Flag with St M Logo – $35 (4″ × 18″ with a 2-1/2" pocket for garden stand mounting)
  • House Flag with St M logo – $85 (36″ × 56″ with a 3-1/2" rod pocket for pole mounting)
  • House Flag with Dragon logo – $120 (36″ × 56″ with a 3-1/2" rod pocket for pole mounting) This design is priced higher as the Dragon logo is a more complicated/time-consuming design to sew.
Chaplain's Corner
Children, youth and adults alike are invited to the St. Michael's Church first ever Fall Fest on September 24 from 4-7 p.m. to celebrate the 65th Anniversary of Michael’s Church! Details are below.
 Please contact Christian Hansen  with questions. 
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: 
  • Nature as Teacher
  • Time to Apply for K!
  • Dad's Night Out
  • 8th Grade HS Planning
  • LS Birthday Books
  • Last Call for October Lunch Orders
  • LS Afterschool Enrichmond/Intramural Sports Schedule
  • SMPA Tennis Social
  • Spiritwear Flags
  • 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, 9/19: 
  • MS Mountain Biking, 3-5 p.m.
  • MS Cross Country, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • MS Field Hockey, 3-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, 9/20:
  • Hot Lunch Ordering Closes Today
  • LS Chapel Dedication, 8:30 a.m.
  • LS Author Visit (Abby Hanlon) for Grades K-2
  • LS Intramural Soccer 3-4:15 p.m.
  • MS Cross Country Practice, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • MS Field Hockey AWAY GAME @Collegiate, 4:30 p.m.
  • MS Soccer Practice, 4:30-6 p.m.
Wednesday, 9/21:  
  • MS Mountain Biking, 3-5 p.m.
  • MS Field Hockey Practice, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • MS Cross Country Meet at St. Christopher's , 4 p.m.
  • Lacrosse Clinic (Gr. 3-8) at Middle School field, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Thursday, 9/22:  
  • MS Cross Country Practice, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • MS Soccer practice, 4:30-6 p.m.
  • MS Field Hockey AWAY GAME @Panthers (River City Sportsplex), 5:30 p.m.
Friday, 9/23:  
  • MS SCA Primary
  • 2nd Grade Skype Session with the Turtle Hospital, 1:15 p.m.
  • MS Chapel, 1:40 p.m.
  • LS Intramural Field Hockey, 3-5 p.m.
  • MS Baseball Clinic, 3:15-4:45 p.m., 
  • MS Cross Country Practice, 3-4:15 p.m.

 NOTE:
  • LS is Lower School
  • MS is Middle School
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