Week of January 19, 2015
Do You Want to Build A Snowman? 
Now that Old Man Winter is upon us and more "FROZEN" stuff is forecasted ahead, let's have some FUN in the snow!
The first time we have a sizeable snow event, show us your St. Michael's DRAGON PRIDE by heading outside and building a snowperson or a snow dragon! Be sure to accessorize your creation with blue and white, spirit wear or anything that shouts St. Michael's!
Then, email a photo of your family's creation (with your family's contact info please) to Andrea Amore in our Communications Office and we will post the best ones in our communications and on social media. The snow creation with the MOST St. Michael's spirit (as determined by select St M staff) will also win a small prize, and bragging rights of course. 
So start your brainstorming... Ready, Set, Snow!
 Important Announcements:
Friendly Updates and Reminders:
  • Check your mailboxes as Reenrollment Contracts for the 2015/16 School year will be mailed out to our current families on Wednesday, January 21. 
  • Mid-year conferences are upon us. By now, you likely have heard from your child's teacher about signing up for a conference time.
  • Talk about books! With lots of new books in Christmas stockings and more on the way with the Book Fair, a reminder to talk with your child about what they’re reading. It’s a great way for you to engage with what they’re learning. Moreover, literary categories can be amorphous and confusing. For instance, the American Library Association defines the audience for “young adult literature” as ages 12-18, a broad developmental range. 
Mark Your Calendars for the SMPA Book Fair!
The Book Fair will take place Tuesday-Thursday, January 27-29 at the Bon Air Campus. Family Open House will take place from 3-6:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 29.
  • Q BBQ will be available for pre-order carry out dinners on 1/29. Click here for the order form. Pre-orders are due in by Monday, January 26th with a check made payable to SMPA.
  • Annual "Make Your Own Ice Cream Sundaes" in the Art Room.
  • Buy a book from your teacher's wish list.
  • Select books for all grades K-8 will be offered.
  • Everyone who attends is eligible to enter a raffle.
  • Click here for more information. Please contact Dia Flora with Q's.

Join us for After School Fun and Games: We are excited to offer a new after-school opportunity for Grades 3-5 called "Fun and Games." A different game will be played each week, including kickball, pickle ball, Frisbee golf and more! These will be held on Tuesday afternoons from 3-4:00 p.m., beginning March 17 and ending April 14. Click here to sign-up! Sign-ups due in please by March 6.

Fruit Challenge Finale!  On Friday, January 9, the second grade enjoyed an extra PE class and class party for winning the Lower School November Fruit Challenge! Their celebration snack consisted of 4 pounds of grapes, 2 quarts of strawberries, 1 quart of blueberries, 2 pomegranates, 7 kiwis, 1 pineapple and 4 pounds of bananas--and not a bite was left over.  Congratulations Second Grade!!

We Like to Move it, Move it! Don’t forget to keep working on completing your January Fitness calendars!


Sign Up Now for Spring LAX: Middle School lacrosse will be offered for both boys and girls this spring. Girls’ practices begin Monday, February 23rd. Boys’ practices begin Tuesday, February 24th. Signup forms are due by February 13th to Mr. Kern or Mrs. Martin. Here is the form.
Gearing Up for Magic Dragon Day: T-Shirt Art Contest!
Calling all St. Michael's artists!  Your dragon artwork could be chosen to appear on the 2015 Magic Dragon Day T-Shirts!
Contest Rules:
1. All entries must be submitted on a piece of white paper (8.5 x 11 inches). The drawing must include a picture of a dragon.
2. Please use a black marker or black ink pen (no colors or pencil) so that the design can be copied easily onto a shirt.
3. Write your name and grade in pencil on the back of the drawing.
4. Submit your entry to the office (Bon Air or Singleton) by the end of the School day on Thursday, February 12, 2015.
Questions? Contact Madeline Gorman @ 929-1290 or Alison Roussy @ 855-9090.
“Spirited Conversations” 
Want an opportunity to discuss things important in your life and find a spiritual grounding to understand them? Join Rev. Jeunée every other Thursday, starting January 29th, at 2 pm in St. Michael’s Church Library for spirit-filled conversations which integrate important life issues and personal faith. Open to School parents, parishioners, and community members of all faith traditions. Questions? Contact Rev. Jeunée . (Upcoming dates: February 12 & 26)
Namaste! (The divine in me honors the divine in you!)
This first semester, the focus of our eighth grade Values class was on "My Postive Self" (strengths, leadership styles, areas to improve) and "Reflective Living" (ethical dilemmas, mindfulness, meditation and how to handle life's challenges).
As part of this study, they welcomed Ms. Jenny Courain (Yoga Instructor and St. M parent) this week, who led them in a session of yoga and meditation.
Let's Be Friends! 
Get connected to keep abreast of St M news, events, calendar changes and information.
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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...
 MLK Holiday/No Classes/ No After School Activities on Monday, January 19.
Lower School:   
  • Championship Chess, Wednesday, 1/21, 2:40 to 3:40 p.m.  
  • 4th Grade Play, Thursday, January 22, 8:30 a.m.
  • Boys JV Bball practice, Tuesday, 1/20, 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Boys JV Bball practice, Thursday, 1/22, 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Boys JV Bball game vs. St. Benedict's, Saturday, 1/24, 4 p.m.
  • SMBA Games: Saturday, 1/17. 8:30 a.m. (for 4 vs. 5), 9:30 a.m. (for 2 vs. 3).
  Middle School
  • Yoga (students and faculty invited!): Wednesday, 1/21, 3:15-4:15 p.m., Music Room.
  • Student Shakespeare Performance, Friday, 1/23, 2 p.m.
  • Boys JV Bball practice, Tuesday, 1/20, 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Boys JV Bball practice, Thursday, 1/22, 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Boys JV game vs. St. Benedict's, Saturday, 1/24, 4 p.m.

  • Boys Varsity A Bball practice, Tuesday, 1/20, 3-4:00 p.m.
  • Boys Varsity A Bball practice,Thursday, 1/22, 3-4:00 p.m.
  • Boys Varsity A Bball game, Saturday, 1/24 vs. St. Christopher's, 2-3:00 p.m.
  • Boys Varsity B Bball practice, Wednesday, 1/21, 6:30-8 p.m. 
  • Boys Varsity B Bball game, Saturday, 1/24 vs. St. Benedict's, 3 p.m.

  • Girls Varsity B Bball game vs. St. Edwards, Wednesday, 1/21, 5:30 p.m.
  • Girls Varsity A and B Bball Practices, Thursday, 1/22, Time TBA
  • Girls Varsity A Bball Game vs. Amelia, Saturday, 1/24, 10:30 a.m.

  • SMBA Games: Saturday, 1/24, 8:30 a.m. (for 1 vs. 5), 9:30 a.m. (for 2 vs. 4.)

  • Swim Team practice: Sunday, 1/18, 4:30-5:30 p.m. at St. Catherine's pool. 
  • Swim Meet @ Holton Arms, January 24.
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