Week of May 1, 2016
Countdown to Magic Dragon Day!
The big day is almost here! Looking forward to seeing everyone on Saturday, May 7, for Magic Dragon Day!
Here are a few "need to know" items to make the most of MDD Day:
  • Tickets and wristbands open at 9 a.m. 
  • PLEASE BRING CASH.
  • Coffee and bake sale items also open at 9 a.m.
  • The traditional Maypole dance is at 9:30 a.m.
  • "Blue vs. White" Tug of War is immediately after the Maypole dance. (Cleats and gloves are often helpful.)
  • Booths, games and food vendors open at 10 a.m.

    **  Please be aware that the Bon Air Historical Society’s Victorian Day Parade and Festival will be happening from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. this day.  The parade will take place along Buford Road, from Bon Air Baptist Church to Bon Air Christian Church, starting at 11 a.m., so this section of Buford Road will be CLOSED. Please plan your travel route accordingly. 

Spirit Week Schedule:
Dress Code Reminder: No hair dye or face paint during Spirit Week. The Dress Code is relaxed this week for shirts only. No athletic pants/shorts on Monday-Thursday of Spirit Week please. Athletic clothes are allowed on Friday as it is Field Day.
  • Monday, May, 2:  Hawaiian attire
  • Tuesday, May 3:  Tie Dye attire
  • Wednesday, May 4:  Christmas in May attire
  • Thursday, May 5:   Neon attire
  • Friday, May 6:  Spirit Day and Field Day! Wear your MDD T-shirt! Shirts were sent home the week of April 20. Athletic clothes allowed. Students may wish to bring a change of clothes as some of the games include water fun!
  • Saturday, May 7:   Magic Dragon Day! Wear your MDD T-Shirt!
Note: Please be on the lookout for an email that will go out early this week containing more details on the Field Day schedule, carpool logistics and more. 
Go Blue! Go White! GO DRAGONS!
St. Michael's Community Survey 
Strong parent/family engagement is a core strength of the St. Michael's community. As St. Michael's values input and feedback from our families,  a community survey was emailed on Wednesday, April 27. Our goal is to solicit feedback from our families every year via this annual survey.
Please remember that all responses go directly to an outside consulting firm and are strictly confidential. No email or personal information is captured. 
Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts by midnight tomorrow, Monday, May 2.
Our Fouth Graders Take Center Stage!
Today is an exciting day for our fourth graders as they take the stage at Center Stage to celebrate a yearlong study of ecology through dance! 
Featuring over 1300 students from area schools, this joyful culminating "Minds in Motion" performance is one of the signature events of the Richmond Ballet calendar each year and St. Michael's is so pleased to be participating for the first time. Alongside professional Richmond Ballet company dancers with costumes and sets, our students will bring the story of The Gift to life, which follows a young boy and girl as they explore the gifts that nature can bring to the human world, and what may happen should mankind fail to preserve such precious gifts. Inspired by Doug Tallamy and his work in entomology, ecology and wildlife conservation, The Gift reminds us that we all possess the power to make a difference in the health of our planet.
To all of our fabulous fourth graders: Break a leg today! We all are rooting for you as you take the stage and wish you a fabulous  performance experience! Dragon Pride!
Welcome Dr. Kathryn Best 
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Kathryn Best as our new Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment. 

Dr. Best, Katie to her friends, is currently the Director of the Academic Resource Center at Trinity Episcopal School, where she previously taught middle and upper school English. Dr. Best is not only familiar with St. Michael’s as a mud-on-her-boots adult working with our students and graduates, she was a Dragon herself from kindergarten through second grade until her family moved out of town. Dr. Best is an adjunct instructor at VCU in the Graduate School of Education, having served the same role at the University of Kansas. She began her teaching career as an English teacher at Thomas Jefferson High School. Dr. Best holds a B.A. in English and secondary education, cum laude, from the University of Richmond, as well as a M.A. in literature from VCU. She earned her Ph.D. from VCU, where her dissertation research centered on Universal Design for Learning, which provides flexible approaches for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for all students and learning styles.
Welcome aboard!
Eighth Grade Graduation Ceremony: New Start Time
Eighth grade families, we are making an adjustment to the start time of the graduation ceremony on June 3. In order to allow sufficient time prior to the ceremony for students to gather, receive flowers, and to take class and individual pictures, the graduation ceremony will now begin at 9 a.m.
Yassou! It's Greek Day!
Wondering why some of our students were in togas on Friday? Our first graders have been studying Greek mythology, food and culture. To cap off the unit, the grade came together on Friday for a day of greek food tastings, the sharing of their own Greek myth-inspired stories and mock Olympic Games! Opa!  Ώπα!
Extending the Day
St. Michael’s strives to meet the needs of children and families beyond the traditional school day. We are pleased to announce that our School will be assuming oversight of the Extended Day program from the Church and that we are commencing the search for a Director of Extended Day.
Our families can expect an enriched, coordinated program for before- and after-school care and activities, as well as a summer program in 2017. More details will be shared shortly!
Announcing Summer Camps at St M!
We are pleased to announce that in partnership with ArtHaus and Little Scholars, St. Michael's School will be hosting a series of summer camps at both of our campuses. (Note: Camps are open to non-St.M families as well.)
Click here for information and to register! 
The Weather is Getting Warmer.
Time for a Cool Drink in a St M Tervis Tumbler!

Get your St M Tervis tumblers and Spiritwear today by visiting our Spiritwear website stmschool.net/community/school-spiritwear/Questions? Please contact Logan Vetrovec.
SPACE Wars Camp (Inspired by Star Wars): June 6-10
Get ready for out of this world excitement at  Space Wars Camp! This St. Michael's Church Extended Day camp will take your child on a galaxy full of movie-inspired challenges, from building a spaceship to designing tribal droids and launching rockets.  The camp will run June 6-10 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Click HERE for more information! The deadline to sign up is May 6.
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
  • MDD/Spirit Week Info
  • St. Michael's Community Survey Closes Tomorrow
  • 4th Grade Minds in Motion Final Performance Today
  • Welcome Dr. Kathryn Best
  • 8th Grade Graduation New Start Time
  • First Grade Greek Day
  • Extending the Day
  • Summer Camps at St M
  • St M Spiritwear 
  • Space Wars Camp
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 
This Week:  
It's SPIRIT WEEK!
Tuesday, 5/3: 
  • LS Chapel, 8:30 a.m.
  • MS Boys LAX Home Game vs. Rebels, 6 p.m.
Wednesday, 5/4:
  • MS Golf Match vs. Collegiate, 3:30 p.m.
  • MS Track Meet (Distance) at St. Christopher's, 4 p.m.
Thursday, 5/5:
  • LS Birthday Book Assembly, 8:30 a.m.
  • 5th Gr. Religion Field Trip, 8:45 a.m.-3 p.m.
Friday, 5/6:
  • FIELD DAY!
  • MS Semi-Formal Dance, Friday, 7-9 p.m., $7.00 at the door, cash only, no coins please
Saturday, 5/7 
  • Magic Dragon Day

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