September 25, 2016
Through the Halls ...
Fostering a Love of Reading: This week, our Lower School K-2 students welcomed acclaimed author Abby Hanlon of the popular Dory Fantasmagory series. Ms. Hanlon enthralled our classes with stories of how she wrote the books and gave our young writers tips on story writing and idea generation. 
Making Global Connections: As part of their study of the ocean, our second graders had a Skype video chat with a marine biologist from The Turtle Hospital in Marathon, Florida. From learning about how turtles at the hospital are rescued and cared for to how our students can do their part to protect sea turtles and ocean life by keeping trash and chemicals out of waterways, this virtual classroom experience was the highlight of the week!
Hands on Science: It was planting day in seventh grade science this week as our students planted their crops in the new greenhouse for ongoing science study this year.
Our eighth grade students are learning how elements in the periodic table have different chemical properties. Each one emits a different color flame when burnt, which they then used to identify an unknown solution by its color.
 Important Announcements:
Lower School NOON EARLY DISMISSAL on Wednesday
A friendly reminder that the Lower School will have an early dismissal at noon on Wednesday, 9/28, for teacher planning.
As a reminder, below are the dates for Lower School Wednesday early dismissals for this school year:
  • September 28 at noon
  • December 7 at noon
  • January 25 at noon
  • April 5 at noon
  • May 10 at noon.
Need childcare for these early dismissal days? We have you covered! 
"Drop In" Extended Day packages are still available and may be used for early dismissal care coverage. An afternoon drop-in block of 10 days is $230 and care is available until 6 p.m.  Please contact Allyson Steele, our Director of Extended Programs, for more information and to register.
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
School Directories Have Been Sent Home!
The 2016-2017 School Directory and Handbook is hot off of the presses and was sent home this week with the youngest child in each family. 
New in the Directory this year is a list of St M families by zipcode to aid with carpools and relationship-building in your neighborhoods.
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 Methven 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 as several school have Open House dates in advance of our October 7 high school program.
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. 

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 (  if you have any questions. 
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: 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! 
Support St M When you SHOP!

Kroger Community Reward Program:
Families need to renew their membership each year. Families should re-enroll now for the current yearly cycle which began September 1. If you were previously enrolled, just log in and re-enroll in Community Rewards by selecting St. Michael's. You can enter St. Michael's number (82190) or the first three letters of the school name and click 'Search'. If you did not participate last year, follow the link to sign in and register:

Martin's A+ School Rewards:
If you have previously selected St. Michael's as your designated school to support, you do not need to do anything. Your Martin's card will automatically begin to earn points when the new program starts on Oct. 7.

If you have not earned points for St. Michael's before, visit to register your card. You can look up St. Michael's by the city or enter the school ID: 25765. You can also call the A+ School Rewards Hotline at 877-275-2758 for assistance.
You will need your 11-digit bonus card number found on the back of your Martin's card in order to register. If you have a Martin's card but do not know your 11-digit number, call the bonus card hotline at 888-562-7846 and select Option #1. The representatives will be able to provide you your BONUSCARD® number and register your chosen school. If you need a BONUSCARD®, please visit your local store to obtain one. 
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.
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: 
  • Lower School NOON Early Dismissal on Wednesday
  • Time to Apply for K!
  • Dad's Night Out
  • 8th Grade HS Planning
  • LS Birthday Books
  • LS Afterschool Enrichment/Intramural Sports Schedule
  • SMPA Tennis Social
  • Spiritwear Flags
  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, 9/26: 
  • LS Speech Screening
  • MS SCA Primary Week begins
  • MS Mountain Biking, 3-5 p.m.
  • MS Cross Country, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • MS Field Hockey, 3-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, 9/27:
  • LS Speech Screening
  • LS Richmond Ballet performance, 8:30 a.m.
  • LS Intramural Soccer 3-4:15 p.m.
  • MS Cross Country Practice, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • MS Field Hockey HOME GAME vs. Orchard House, 4:30 p.m.
  • MS Soccer Practice, 4:30-6 p.m.
Wednesday, 9/28:  
  • Lower School EARLY DISMISSAL at noon
  • MS Mountain Biking, 3-5 p.m.
  • MS Field Hockey Practice, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • MS Cross Country Meet at Collegiate (Robin's Campus), 4 p.m.
  • Lacrosse Clinic (Gr. 3-8) at Middle School field, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Thursday, 9/29:  
  • MS Cross Country Practice, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • MS Soccer HOME GAME vs. St. Bridget's, 4:30 p.m.
  • MS Field Hockey AWAY GAME @Collegiate (8th grade team), 4:30 p.m.  
Friday, 9/30:  
  • MS Artist Visit: Baxter Perkinson, 10 a.m.
  • 2nd Grade "Mystery" Geography Skype Session, 12:30 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.
 Saturday, 10/1:
  • MS Cross Country Meet Middle School Invitational, 9:30 a.m. (TIME to be confirmed)
  • LS is Lower School
  • MS is Middle School
Lower School After School Enrichment and Intramural Sports Schedule
Click here for a full schedule of session start dates, times and student pickup information.
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