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October 28, 2018

All-School Halloween Parade

Ghouls just want to have fun! Every year, our Dragons look forward to the kindergarten Halloween parade. In celebration of ONE campus, this year we invite all of our students and faculty to come in costumes on October 31 for an all-school parade led by the kindergarten classes.
In order to make the parade fun and not intimidating for our youngest Dragons, we ask that costumes not be scary. Also no blood or weapon props, please.
Students should wear costumes that they can wear for the whole day or have regular clothes underneath. They will remove props (masks, wings, boxes with arms, etc.) after the parade. Students may also wear Halloween colors. 

No Classes/Faculty Clerical Day on Thursday, November 1

A friendly reminder that Thursday, November 1 is a student holiday.
Need Childcare?
Our Extended Day Program will be open on November 1 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. We will accept drop-ins based on availability. Please contact Allyson Steele, Director of Extended Programs, for more information and pricing.
Another Care Option:
Join the staff of Virginia Outside for a day of mountain biking at Pocahontas State Park. The park hosts some of the best trails around that riders of all levels will enjoy. Participants will learn beginner and intermediate mountain biking skills. Bikes and Helmets provided. The day will start and end at St M.
  • Open to St M boys and girls in grades 1-8
  • Participants should be comfortable riding a bike on pavement before signing up for this program 
  • The day runs from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and the cost is $65
  • Click HERE to register.

Teacher Conferences

Teacher conferences begin this week.
For student safety, as there is no adult supervision on the playground, we ask that children who are accompanying their parents at conference time sit quietly in the hallway outside the classroom. 

Fruit and Vegetable Challenge

The Lower School will once again be participating in the fruit and vegetable challenge from November 5 - November 16.
For the first 2 weeks in November, students will tally if they ate a lunch or snack serving of fruits or vegetables. The grade who wins will earn an extra P.E. class and fruit party.  Students will additionally be discussing in P.E. class the importance of eating a well-balanced diet that includes a variety of fruits and vegetables.

Food Drives

In this season of giving, the Lower School canned food drive will take place from Monday, Nov. 12 - Tuesday, Nov. 20.  As in years past, items will be donated to the St. Michael's Church food pantry.
Most needed items:
  • Canned vegetables (any beans, corn, green peas)
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned soup
  • Old Fashioned Quick Cook Oatmeal (not instant packs)
  • Mac & cheese
The Middle School will also be collecting non-perishable food items for Meals on Wheels beginning on November 7. Stay tuned for details.

Register NOW for WINTER Sports and Co-Curriculars 

Have you signed up yet for Lower School and Middle School winter season sports and after-school co-curricular activities? We have lots of exciting options available for all grades.
Click HERE for more information and registration link.
Note: Middle School Boys' and Girls' Basketball Tryouts dates are as follows:
  • Boys' Basketball tryouts for JV and Varsity A and B teams are November 6, 3-5 p.m.
  • Girls' Basketball tryouts for JV and Varsity teams are November 8, 3-5 p.m.
If your child is planning to try out or play SMBA basketball, please register as soon as possible as we are trying to get a handle on the numbers. Thanks!

Got Lunch?

Now is the time to order Hot Lunch for the WINTER SEASON (Dec 3-Feb 28).
Orders must be placed by November 21
The first Hot Lunch date 
is Monday, December 3.
Click HERE to place your order.

Middle School Extended Day Registration for Winter Season

NOW is also the time to sign up for MIDDLE SCHOOL Extended Day for the winter season. We offer 2-day, 3-day and 5-day care options.
Advance registration is required each season so that we may staff properly and offer care until 6 p.m.
Click HERE for the registration form.

Support St M While You Shop!

Kroger Community Rewards – IT’S TIME TO RE-ENROLL!
Your everyday shopping benefits St. Michael's. Once you link your Kroger card to our School, all you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card! Kroger has updated their program so even if you have linked your card in the past, you must re-enroll. Please take a minute to update your enrollment. Visit Kroger Community Rewards, login and select St. Michael’s by entering our ID: TD406.  
Amazon Smile
This holiday season, please use the link below when you shop at Amazon and St. Michael’s will receive 5% of Amazon Smile purchases!  Here is St. Michael’s unique link:
Coca-Cola Give Program
Use codes from your favorite Coke products to support St. Michael's! Go to,  search for St Michael's Episcopal School and scan or enter product codes. Any Coca-Cola Beverage that has a product code under its cap or printed on paper packaging is eligible to be used for donation. Donations go directly back to the school.

Box Tops

The Lower School is excited to bring back the Box Tops for Education program.  Each box top will raise 10 cents for our school.
The program begins November 5th and runs through December 14th.  The winning class/homeroom will be able to celebrate with both a dress down day and ice cream party before the holiday break.  This is a fantastic and easy way to support our school.   
Questions may be directed to our Box Top coordinators, Kate Jonas or Kristen Burden.

Cozy Fleece Jackets for Fall Weather Ahead! 

Fall means pumpkins, colorful leaves, and chilly weather. St. Michael's offers cozy fleece jackets and vests, hoodies, long sleeve polo shirts and more!
Visit our spiritwear website HERE to place orders for fall apparel. 

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

Please check our online School Calendar for updates. 
Click HERE for the UPDATED 2018-2019 Academic Calendar.
Never miss an update! Subscribe to our School calendars and receive automatic updates! Please subscribe to the ALL SCHOOL calendar, PLUS the Lower School or Middle School calendar (or both) as needed.

This Week:

Monday, Oct 29:
  • Dragon Dress Day (Grades 3-8)
Tuesday, Oct 30:
  • Middle School Chapel, 8:05 a.m.
  • Lower School Chapel, 8:45 a.m.
Wednesday, Oct 31:
  • Halloween Dress Day/8th Grade Dress Down Day
  • All-School Halloween Parade: 8:15 a.m., on The Green
Thursday, Nov 1:
  • No Classes for Students/Start of Conferences
Friday, Nov 2:
  • Middle School Day of the Dead, 1:15 p.m.
Note: Due to the volume of sports practices and games, please consult the online School calendar for practice/game dates and times.
First Middle School Recognition Chapel: November 7, 8:05 a.m.
If your child has been selected for the service award, look for an email inviting you to Chapel. 
Can Parents Come to Chapel?? 
I have received this question from several parents and am often met with surprised faces when I say YES, OF COURSE! You are always welcome to join us for chapel :) 
Middle School Exploring Faith (Current Topic: Belief in Heaven)
Monday, October 29
7:20 a.m. in the second floor of the Gym 

All faith backgrounds welcome -- join us for some treats, fun games, and engaging discussion twice a month! The dates for the entire year are on the School's Google Calendar. 
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