Week of February 14, 2016
Valentine's Day Video
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WILL YOU BE OUR VALENTINE?
SHARE WITH US WHAT YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT ST M!
Every day our faculty and staff bring into our classrooms their love of teaching and passion for inspiring children, as they strive to make every child's and family's experience at St M a meaningful and special one. 
As this is Valentine's Day, will you share with us what you LOVE MOST about St. Michael's? 
We would be "tickled pink" if you would take a moment to click HERE  and send us your thoughts
We LOVE all of our St M families and wish you all a Happy Valentine's Day! 
Re-Enrollment Contracts:
Contracts for the 2016/2017 School year have been mailed to our current families. Thanks for returning them to us by Monday, February 22.
Celebrating Black History Month 
This month, St. Michael's joins communities across the U.S. in celebrating African American culture and its contributions to our country. Below is a glimpse into a few of the learning opportunities taking place:

  • Seventh grade is in the midst of a multi-discipline Harlem Renaissance project incorporating ART, HISTORY, and LANGUAGE ARTS. As part of the study of the 1920's in seventh grade U.S. History, students are presenting skits that focus on celebrating the contributions of African Americans (e.g., Langston Hughes, Jacob Lawrence, and Billie Holliday)
  • Middle School students went to the VMFA to participate in a writing around the galleries exercise. They looked at the art of the 1920's and African Americans and wrote about what they saw using sensory details. Students also wrote cinquains. 
  • Second graders are researching famous African Americans using a questionnaire sheet to locate specific information.  They will use these notes to write a research paper and give an oral presentation on their chosen person.
  • Third grade is writing an "I have a Dream" book in class and reading about Ruby Bridges and contributions of African Americans in the U.S.
  • Fifth grade is reading and discussing a short biography on gospel singer Mahalia Jackson (1911-1972).  During this unit, they are reading about and listening to the music of Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and Louis Armstrong.
  • Our librarians are sharing relevant books such as "Stop on Market Street" by Matt de la Pena and "Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman" by Alan Schroeder.
  • Lower School art classes are exploring the art of African-American painters such as Jacob Lawrence and William Johnson.
Get Your Tickets for the Middle School  Play 
Join us for the Middle School spring play production! This year, we present 2 one-act comedies (so there will be an intermission). The titles are Bad Auditions by Bad Actors and The Internet is Distract--Oh Look a Kitten! 
The shows will take place at the Singleton Campus Great Hall on February 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. and February 28th at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for $3.00 and may be purchased from Erbie Godwin at the MS Front Office or at the door on the day of the performance (cash or checks made out to St. Michael's Episcopal School). Break a leg!
Announcing Spring Sports And Activity Signups!
Believe it or not, spring is right around the corner! The following after school spring sports options are open now for signup:
  • Interscholastic Middle School Boys Lacrosse (grades 6-8)
  • Interscholastic Middle School Girls Lacrosse  (grades 6-8)
  • Middle School Mountain Biking (grades 6-8)
  • Lower School Fishing (grades 1-5) - Monday Session OR Friday Session
  • Lower School "Fun and Games" (Grades 3-5)
  • Want details about the above offerings (practice/meetings dates, cost, etc.)? Please check out descriptions on our website HERE.
We are trying out a new digital sign up form for SPORTS activities. Click HERE and follow instructions to sign up for selected sports activities.
A note about Middle School Track: We are working closely with Trinity to continue our practice from years past of utilizing their outdoor track for our team. Details will be shared as soon as they are avalable.
Spring registration is also NOW OPEN for:
  • Lower School ArtHaus Art Classes (Grades K-5)
  • Lower School Championship Chess (Grades K-5)
  • Lower School Lego Engineering (Thursdays for Grades 2-5)
  • Lower School Lego Enginnering (Fridays for Grades K-2)
For more information and to register for Lower School Lego Engineering, Art and Chess, please click HERE and follow registration information under the desired activity.
Any questions? Please contact Athletic Director Wally Kern.
Global Learning: Endangered Species
What do the Red-Browed Amazon Parrot, the Golden-lion Tamarin and the Mountain Bongo Antelope have in common?
These beautiful creatures are all nearing extinction. As part of their study of habitats and endangered species, our second graders skyped this week with the Rare Species Conservatory Foundation in Florida. They video-chatted with three experts in the conservation of endangered animals and traveled via webcam through the primate area, the reptile center and other areas of the conservatory. ‪#‎MakingConnections‬ ‪#‎GlobalLearning‬
Lost and Found
Missing anything? Last call on Lost and Found. All unclaimed items will be donated on February 19.
Magic Dragon Day 2017

Yes, you read that right! We are looking for two individuals to coordinate every Dragon's favorite day of the year. We are looking for chairs for next year's event so they can shadow this year's chairs at Magic Dragon Day to get a sense of what goes on behind the scenes. Magic Dragon Day is a big event, but the chairs have the help and support of the School and the SMPA. If you have any interest, please contact Laura Stewart (ph: 317-9760 or tdslcs@yahoo.com.) A conversation is not a commitment!
Last Chance to Order St M. Duffel Bags and Totes!
With spring sports right around the corner, NOW is the time to order St M duffel bags and totes. These items will be replaced soon with some new apparel items.
Get yours today by visiting our Spiritwear website at stmschool.net/community/school-spiritwear/. Questions? Please contact Logan Vetrovec.
Girl Scout Food Drive for the St M Church Food Pantry
Girl Scout Troop 426 will be having a canned food drive to benefit the St. Michael's Church food pantry during the week of February 12-18.  (No glass items please.) Thank you for your support!
St. Michael's Church Extended Day Program News

Need childcare for Spring Break (March 7-11)?
Join us for a week full of beach-inspired challenges and fun! Cost for the week: $350.  Space is limited so sign up soon!  Click here for more information!

Lots of Exciting After School Enrichment Opportunities 
St. Michael's Church Extended Day Program is excited to announce the following after-school enrichment opportunities:
  • Tennis Anyone? Offering TENNIS Lessons for all Ages!
    Fridays from 3:30-4:30 p.m., April 1—May 20, 2016, at Bon Air Community Association. Click HERE for more info. 
  • Registration is also NOW under way for Multi-Media ART Lessons (by ArtHaus). Classes are on Thursdays from March 3-April 28. Cost is $175.  All new art lessons!
  • For information and to register, please contact Colby Nauth  at 804-272-0992, Ext 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
  • Tell us why you LOVE St M!
  • Re-Enrollment Contracts Due Back 2/22
  • Celebrating Black History Month
  • MS Play Tickets on Sale
  • MS/LS Spring Sports and Activity Signups
  • Global Learning:Endangered Species
  • Lost and Found Last Call
  • Magic Dragon Day 2017 Help
  • Food Drive
  • Spiritwear: Last Call for Duffle Bags
  • Canned Food Drive
  • Birthday Books
  • Register for Spring Break Child Care
  • Extended Day Tennis and Art Lessons Enrolling
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.
Click here for next year's   2016-2017 School Year key planning dates 
NO CLASSES ON MONDAY, 2/15.
This Week
Sunday, 2/14:
  • Boys Varsity A Bball Game vs. Winner of play-in game at Benedictine (Fan), noon
  • Boys JV Bball game vs. Collegiate (1) at St. Christopher's Court 2, 2:30 p.m.
Monday, 2/15
  • President's Day Holiday/No Classes! 
Tuesday, 2/16:
  • Lower School Chapel, 8:30 a.m.
Wednesday, 2/17:
  • 3rd Gr. Living History (Eaton), 8:30 a.m.
Thursday, 2/18:
  • 3rd Gr. Living History (Hettrick), 8:30 a.m.
  • Math Club, 3 p.m.
Friday, 2/19:
  • 5th Grade Science Fair,   8:30 a.m.
  • 3rd Grade Engineering speaker, 1 p.m.
  • MS Open Mike, 1 p.m.
Saturday, 2/19:
  • MS Swim Meet, Holton- Arms
  • Girls Varsity Bball game vs. CVHAA, 10 a.m.
Coming Up:
  • 5th Grade visit to Singleton Campus, 2/25
  • Middle School Play Production, 2/26-2/28
 
Birthday Books
The presentation of Birthday Books to the library is a special tradition at St. Michael's. Each year, students may choose a favorite book from a selection of new books set aside in the library, from a bookstore or by special order through the library. The second assembly honoring Birthday Book presentations will be held on the Bon Air Campus on Thursday, March 31.
The deadline to submit Birthday Books is March 17. If you have questions, please contact Carol Wise.

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