August 20:  Hooray for the First Day of School!
It's the MOST wonderful time of the year...
Back-to-School time!
We hope all of our Dragons had a fun and restful summer. We are so very excited to have our learning community all back together. We also extend a very BIG St. Michael's welcome to all of our brand new students and families! It is an exciting time to be at St. Michael's! 
As the start of the school year is always so busy, this first installment of our weekly newsletter contains all the info you need to get through the first week. We know this is a long one, but as it is important information, thanks for your understanding.
Also, be sure to check out our St M Facebook page for photos and videos of from the first week of school! 
 Important Announcements:
Back to School Forms and Summer Assignments
Be sure to visit our website to download all of the Back-to-School forms which need to be turned in the first week of school. Here is the link: http://www.stmschool.net/community/summerback-to-school/  
On that page you can also find Summer Assignments by grade. Be sure to scroll down the page as they are at the bottom.     
Updated 2015-2016 Academic Calendar
Click here to download an updated Academic Calendar (revised as of 8/19) which contains important information on School holidays, early dismissal days, etc.
Also, we have improved the calendar function on the School website (under News and Events) so that you can now:
  • View monthly and yearly master calendars of all School events, holidays, early dismissals, after-school activities, etc.
  • View/sort events by Lower School. Middle School, Lower School Co-Curriculars and Sports and Middle School Co-Curriculars and Sports.
  • Download the monthly calendars to your personal Google calendars.
  • To filter by specific calendars on the website master calendar, please click the downward arrow next to the "Agenda" tab.
Pack a Lunch The First Two Weeks of School
Our hot lunch program WILL NOT BEGIN until after Labor Day (Sept. 9) so be sure to pack lunches for your children/children until then.
NOTE: Milk WILL be served starting Tuesday, August 24. 
Hot lunch sign-up forms will be distributed and posted the first week of school to the website under http://www.stmschool.net/community/lunch-menus/.
Lower School Families: Please have your child bring a snack and a water bottle every day, including half-days. 
Carpool Line Maps/Directions
To help our families learn the carpool routine for campus drop-off and pick-up, below please find maps and instructions by campus. We will also have signs up at the Lower School directing folks.
Let's Be Good Neighbors: Please Drive Carefully
As both of our campuses are in residential neighborhoods, thank you for driving slowly and carefully as you drive to and from School. 
Say Cheese! School Picture Day Plan
Lower School
School pictures will be taken at the Lower School on Wednesday, September 16.  Picture order forms will be available at orientation or the first day of school.  Please complete and return the photo order form to your child's teacher by Wednesday, September 9, even if you're not ordering photos as all students will have a picture taken for the yearbook.

Middle School
School pictures will be taken at the Middle School on Thursday, September 17.  Picture order forms will be available at orientation or the first day of school.  Please complete and return the photo order form by Wednesday, September 9, even if you're not ordering photos as all students will have a picture taken for the yearbook.  
Dress Code
As our students select their clothes for the first day of school, please remember to refer to our updated 2015-2016 Dress Code. Click here for a copy.
New at the Middle School this Fall:  MOUNTAIN BIKING!
What could be more fun than exploring the forest of the entire 70-acre St. Michael’s Middle School Singleton Campus on a mountain bike?

Middle School Students of ALL experience levels and experience are invited to join us for a 10-week program that will meet every Monday and every Wednesday from 3:00-5:00 p.m. We’d love for 5th Grade Students to participate if there’s room! Click here for more info.

Our first day is Wednesday, August 26 and our last day will feature a Parent’s Day Ceremony on Wednesday, October 28. Act now to register as the program starts this coming week!

To register, please contact Julie Appleby at Info@PeakExperiences.com or 804-897-8283 ext. 310.
Co-Curriculars at St M!
St. Michael’s believes that important learning also happens outside the classroom with purposeful exposure to a broad variety of activities and experiences. That is why we offer inclusive co-curricular and sports opportunities for our students at both campuses.  
As many of these activities begin the first week of school, visit our website under http://www.stmschool.net/community/co-curricular-sports-forms/ to REGISTER NOW for our Lower School Championship Chess, Fishing and Lego Engineering and Middle School Cross Country, Field Hockey amd Mountain Biking after-school programs.
New for 2015-2106: Before-School Morning Gym!
St. Michael’s Extended Day Program, a ministry of St. Michael’s Church, will now offer a new Lower School before-school morning program in St. Michael’s gymnasium. “Morning Gym” provides your children with a safe, fun and well-supervised space with a variety of activities available. St. Michael’s School has a strict “no early drop-off before 7:55 am” policy, so Morning Gym can be a great option when parents have to get to work or meetings early.
Registered families will be able to drop their children off for care as early as 7:00 a.m. and pay only $5.00 per child per day.  The rate is the same whether you come one day or all year long.
We are also offering a special introductory registration fee rateNormal registration is $50 per family—but if you register by August 31, 2015 you will pay only $10 dollars per family. That’s a discount of 80%. But wait, there’s more! All families that register by August 31, 2015 will receive one free morning gym session.
Registration Forms are available on the church website at www.stmichaelsbonair.org under the Extended Day Program tab.
For more information call: Merry Norris, Extended Day Program Director, 804-272-0992, extension 106
Let's Be Friends! 
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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."
  Dates to Remember...(Please check our improved online School Calendar for updates.)
Monday, 8/24: 
Lower School (LS) First Day of School (Half Day).
  • 8 a.m: Morning arrival time 
  • 11 a.m.: Kindergarten dismissal
  • Noon: Grades 1-5 dismissal
  • NOTE: Please have your child bring a snack and a water bottle every day, including half-days. 
Middle School (MS) Orientation:
  • 9:15 a.m.:Sixth Grade and New Students Orientation, followed by locker set-up (Parents please attend)
  • 10:45 a.m.: Returning students in Grades 7-8, followed by locker set-up.(Parents please attend)
All-School Picnic at Ironbridge Sports Park at 3:30-6:30 p.m. Dinner served at 5:50 p.m.
Tuesday, 8/25
  • First FULL day for ALL students.
  • Lower School: Arrival begins at 8 a.m. School hours are 8:20 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
  • Lower School Blessing of the Backpacks: 8:20 a.m.
  • Middle School: Doors open at 7:45 a.m. School Hours are 8 a.m.-2:50 p.m.
Wednesday, 8/26
  • Fall After-School Activities Begin!
  • Middle School Blessing of the Backpacks: 8:00 a.m.
  • LS Championship Chess Begins: 3:10-4:10 p.m.
  • MS Mountain Biking begins: 3-5 p.m.
  • MS Field Hockey Begins: 3-4:30 p.m.
  • MS Cross Country Practice Begins: 3:15- 4:45 p.m.
Thursday, 8/27
  • MS Mountain Biking: 3-5 p.m.
  • MS Field Hockey Practice: 3-4:30 p.m.
  • MS Cross Country Practice: 3:15-4:45 p.m.
Friday, 8/28
  • Middle School Chapel: 1:05 p.m.
  • Middle School Club Signup Day
  • MS Cross Country Practice: 3:15-4:45 p.m.
Coming Up:
Tuesday, September 1: Lower School Back to School Night, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, September 9: Middle School Back to School Night, 7 p.m. 

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