September 27, 2015
New to St. Michael's This Year: Minds in Motion
St. Michael's is pleased to be partnering with the Richmond Ballet to bring their esteemed year-long program, "Minds in Motion" to our Lower School campus this year.
Minds In Motion teaches fourth-grade students discipline, dedication and self-awareness. Not to be mistaken for a ballet class, this movement-based curriculum teaches students the benefits of applying themselves to a task involving both mental and physical challenges. This year's theme is local ecology and native and invasive species. 
In conjunction with physical education and reading programs, our fourth grade students will receive instruction from Richmond Ballet professional teaching artists and musicians for one class per week.The program includes both on-campus and off-campus enrichment field trips. It concludes with a memorable May performance, alongside students from across central Virginia, at Richmond's Center Stage.  
Students from independent and public schools alike across the Richmond metro area have found Minds in Motion to be anywhere from "really cool" to "utterly transformative."
 Important Announcements:
Join us for "Meetings with Michael"
With the year off to a great start, Mr. Turner would like to extend an invitation to families to join him for conversation and an exchange of ideas. This year’s first "Meetings with Michael" will kick off with the idea of "feedback," using dress code as a launch point.
In order to accommodate varied schedules of families, the opportunity to meet with Michael will be offered three times as follows:
Monday, October 5:
  • 8:15 a.m. (Lower School, Dundas Hatcher Hall)
  • 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. (Middle School, Singleton Campus, Great Hall).
We hope you can be a part of this discussion!
Time to Order October Hot Lunch
Hot Lunch order forms have been sent home for the month of October. Order forms can also be found here. Orders are due back tomorrow, Monday, September 28.
Emergency Notification System

To communicate quickly and efficiently in the event of an emergency or a school closure, St. Michael’s subscribes to an emergency notification system created especially for schools called ParentReach.
A test of this emergency notification system will be conducted at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 1. The effectiveness of the test will be monitored by the system. Please do not reply to verify receipt of the messages. More information on this test and the Parent Reach System will be sent out the start of this week.
Current Families: Time to Apply for Kindergarten!
Application time is NOW for the 2016 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 that the St M Kindergarten Open Houses for Prospective Parents are scheduled for October 21 and October 22 at 9:30 am. Interested families can register here
The Middle School Open House for Prospective Parents is scheduled for Sunday, November 15 at 2 p.m. Interested families can register here
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 16, 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 Cheryl Broga with questions.

Note: Families, please check the websites of area high schools for their Fall Open House dates.
Support St M When You Shop!   
St. Michael’s and the SMPA benefit from additional funds by shopping and using the following community programs:
Kroger Plus Card
Have the Kroger cashier scan the barcode that will be sent home, along with your Kroger Plus card, and your shopping will earn points for St M to buy needed items for the School. You only have to scan it once to have it work all school year. Click HERE to print a copy of the barcode.
Amazon Smile
Support St. Michael’s by shopping at AmazonSmile, On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select St Michaels Episcopal School Inc to receive donations from purchases marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages.
Martin’s A+ School Rewards
Log on to, select Customer Registration to register online using your BONUSCARD. Our school ID # is: 25765. If your card was registered last year, there is no need to re-register. 
Target Take Charge of Education
Take Charge of Education requires the use of one of the REDCards: Target Credit Card, Target Debit Card or Target Visa Credit Card. Visit and enter the School’s name or ID (23698) to view and designate school.
Help Wanted
The SMPA is looking for a pizza coordinator.  Pizza Fridays are popular with our students and a great fundraiser for the SMPA.  Dave Lundgren will work with the new coordinator through at least one cycle to ensure a smooth transition.  The job requires some organization and paper work management three times a year, as well as coordinating with the volunteers. If you have questions or interest, please contact Dave Lundgren or Laura Stewart .  A conversation is not a commitment!
St. Michael's SMPA Tennis Social!
St. Michael's annual tennis social is just around the corner!  Mark your calendars for:
  • Wednesday, October 7 from 9 a.m.-noon
    (rain date of Friday, October 9) 
  • Location: Bon Air Community Center Courts

This year's fundraiser is going to be bigger than ever!  We have multiple tennis pros leading a fun rotating clinic of drills.  A round robin, fabulous food, ice cold beverages and the chance to win over $500 worth of raffle prizes will follow.  All tennis levels welcome!  Even if you have never picked up a racket, come and spectate while getting to know some fellow Dragon parents. 

There's more! That evening, Cassie Omohundro has graciously offered up her shop, Sassy Bee from 6-8 p.m.  It's called a "Sip & Shop." The entire St. Michael's community can enjoy light refreshments while they stock up on gifts as well as a huge selection of tennis and golf shoes and apparel. 15% of all sales go to the school!!!

Click here for more info and the registration form. Then, please send a check for $30, made payable to the "SMPA", to your child's homeroom teacher by Monday, October 5th. Any questions, feel free to email Lauren Golliday
Middle School Boys Introduction to Lacrosse Clinics  

This series of hour-long clinics is designed to introduce the fundamentals of lacrosse to new players (parents are welcome give it try as well) and for experienced players to refine their fundamentals. This is a great opportunity for a low key introduction to the "Fastest Game on Two Feet."  No need to sign up, just show up.

Who:           6th-8th grade boys
What:          Fall Intro to Lacrosse Clinics
When:         Wednesdays from 5:30- 6:30 p.m., 9/23- 10/28 
Where:        MS Singleton Campus Athletic Field
Equipment: There will be no body contact nor stick checking, so for the purposes of these clinics, complete protective gear won’t be required. For those without a stick, we will have loaner sticks available. (A mouth guard is recommended.) 

Contact Wally Kern or  Pete Waldbauer with questions. 

Baseball Anyone? Announcing Fall Ball!

We are excited to announce that St. Michael's will offer fall baseball clinics on Fridays from September 25 - October 30 from 3:30-5:15 p.m at the Trinity softball field. The clinic will be run by David Jennings, Jeff Carpenter and Michael Turner. 

Who:      5th-8th graders
What:     Fall baseball
When:    Fridays from 3:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m., 9/25- 10/30  
Where:   10/2 (and following Fridays) - @ Trinity softball field 
Equipment: glove, helmet, bat and any other baseball protection you wear.
Please contact Wally Kern with questions. Thanks! 
We've got SPIRIT, how about YOU? New Spiritwear Site!
Showcase your Dragon Pride with St. Michael's SPIRITWEAR! Be sure to check out our new online Spiritwear site at Great gifts ideas!
Family Math Night Fun
4 teachers + 60 St M Dragons + 1 Math Magician + 70 math games = ONE incredible evening! We hope everyone enjoyed our Lower School Family Math Night and took home some great ideas to incorporate math into your family fun!
Need Care for the Columbus Day Holiday?
As there are no classes for students on Columbus Day, St. Michael's Episcopal Church Extended Day Program is happy to announce that we are offering full day care on Monday, October 12, 2015. 

As part of our day, we are offering the opportunity for children to preview our newest enrichment activity: Challenge Island. You do not have to attend the full day out in order to register and participate in this activity.  You may sign your child up for the activity only.  The link to the Challenge Island website is:

To register, please contact Merry Norris, Program Director at 804-272-0992 x 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."
In This Issue
  • Meetings with Michael
  • Hot Lunch Order Time
  • Emergency Notification Test
  • Apply Now for Kindergarten
  • Planning for High School
  • Support St M When You Shop
  • Pizza Coordinator Needed
  • MS Boys Intro LAX Clinics
  • MS Baseball Clinics
  • SMPA Tennis Social
  • Spiritwear Site
  • LS Family Math Night
  • Columbus Day Childcare
Dates to Remember...
Please check our improved online School Calendar for updates, events and weekly activities/sports schedules.
Click here to download an updated Academic Calendar
Monday, 9/28:
  • 7th Grade Fieldtrip to see Author Steve Sheinkin@ Collegiate, 9-11 a.m.
  • MS SCA Members-at Large Nominations
Tuesday, 9/29:  
  • MS Field Hockey Game @home vs. Orchard House, 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 9/30:
  • MS SCA Members-At-Large Essay Due
  • MS Cross Country Relay Race @Collegiate, 4:30 p.m.
  • MS Boys Intro Lacrosse Clinic, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Singleton Campus 
Thursday, 10/1:
  • Emergency Notification System Test, 3:30 p.m.
Friday, 10/2:
  • MS Chapel, 1:05 p.m.
  • Baseball Clinic (Gr 5-8), 3:30-5:15 p.m, Trinity Softball Field.
 Your Healthy Resource 
Week 4: Healthy Lunch Tips
Include seasonal fruits and vegetables in your child’s lunch!  Local fruits in season tend to have more flavor and greater appeal to children. For a list of seasonal local fruits, check out these web sites:
Got Labels?
Our Lost and Found is already filling up. Thank you for labeling all of coats, jackets, and belongings.

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