Week of September 15, 2014
"How Was Your Day?"  
We all want to hear about our child's day. Parents alike want to know what their children are learning, if new friendships are being formed, what their children are excited or nervous about, what they did at recess, and more. Now, how many of us parents have asked the "How was your day?" question and in return, received a quick "fine" or "ok" as the only response?
For many parents, the information they receive about what’s happening at school ebbs and flows, especially once their kids grow older. Yet even younger children may be reluctant sometimes to share the details of school life.
As new school routines as forming, now is the perfect time to tweak your approach to the "How was your day?" question. We have compiled this list of open-ended questions and tips that hopefully will foster more open lines of communication with your child.  Sometimes, the best way to find out about their day is not to ask "How was your day?".
Important Dates and Announcements:
CONGRATULATIONS and big high-fives to the the Girls Cross Country Team who won FIRST place at their cross country meet held over the weekend at Pole Green Park! 
Lower School: 
  • Chapel Dedication of Students and Teachers: Tuesday, 9/16 at 8:30 a.m.

  • Chess anyone? We are excited to announce a new chess program for Lower School students. Championship Chess of Greater Richmond will be running a weekly afterschool program on the Bon Air Campus, Wednesdays from 2:40 to 3:40 p.m., starting on September 24th.  Click here for further details and to register.   

  • Intramural Field Hockey: Friday, 9/19, 3-5 p.m.
  • Intramural Soccer (grades 3-5): Tuesday, 9/16, 3-3:50 p.m.

  • Lower School Picture Day: Wednesday, 9/17.  

  • Lower School Back to School Night and SMPA Fall Meeting:  Wednesday, 9/17 at 7 p.m.
Middle School:  
  • Challenge Discovery Trip Registration Needed:  The Sixth and Seventh grades will be spending an exciting day at Challenge Discovery at the University of Richmond on Friday, October 10.  Much more than a ropes course, Challenge Discovery combines fun problem-solving exercises with achievable physical challenges.The day’s activities are planned to foster team spirit and cooperation.

    Sixth/Seventh grade parents: Please register your child online at www.challengediscovery.com.  There are two forms, one requires medical information and the second form is a participant agreement. After completing the Participant Agreement, a confirmation email will be sent to you.  Please forward that confirmation page to bdutton@stmschool.net by September 28. Other information is available at www.signatureteambuilding.com.  Please contact Mrs. Dutton with any questions.

  • Your Vote Counts! The SCA election process begins on Wednesday, September 17th. The Primary is on Friday, 9/19. Campaign week is Sept. 22-26.  Please contact Cheryl Broga for more details on the Middle School elections.  

  • Is Bowling Right Up Your Alley? Join us for an afternoon of Middle School Bowling and fun on Friday, September 19 from 3:30-5:00 p.m at King Pins Lanes in Midlothian. Students must provide their own transportation. Sign up in the MS Great Hall.  Please bring payment with you to the Bowling Alley. Click here for more information.

  • Boys (grades 5-8) Lacrosse Clinics begins on Wednesday, 9/17 from 5:50-6:45 p.m. If interested in participating, please sign up with Coach Wally Kern.

  • Cross Country Team Practice: Monday-Friday, 3:15-4:45 p.m.
  • Cross Country Meet at St. Michael's: Thursday, 9/18. Girls start at 4:00 p.m; Boys start at 4:30 p.m.

  • Field Hockey Team Practice: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 3-4:30 p.m. 
  • Field Hockey Game (Core and Blue teams): Wednesday, 9/17 at Collegiate, 4 p.m. (on their Goochland Fields)
  • Middle School Picture Day: Thursday, 9/18.

  • 8th Grade Class Pictures: Please see attached for important special instructions and requested early arrival time on Thursday, 9/18.

  • Middle School Back to School Night and SMPA Fall Meeting:  Wednesday, 9/24 at 7 p.m.
Germs Go Back to School Too: The Enterovirus Virus
In recent days, there has been a great deal of media coverage about enterovirus D68 (EV-D68). While at this point our school has not been affected, rest assured the School is receiving information directly from the State Health Commissioner and State Epidemiologist. Based on that information, the entire faculty has been briefed on how to respond were a case to appear, as well as on precautionary measures to help reduce the risk of spreading this or any illness. These precautionary measures are simple and good practice all of the time:
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds especially after going to the bathroom, and before eating.

  • Disinfect surfaces such as tabletops, toys and door knobs.

  • Avoid shaking hands, hugging, kissing and sharing utensils with people who are sick.

  • Stay home if you don't feel well. 

If your child exhibits signs and symptoms of a common cold but the onset is sudden, and symptoms (coughing and wheezing) worsen quickly, please seek the services of your medical provider prior to sending him/her to school.
Of course, the school will keep you informed if there are developments that impact our students and families.
For more information on this virus, here is a useful link to the Center For Disease Control.
SMPA Event: St. Michael's Tennis Social
Please join us for our annual St. Michael's Tennis Social on Friday, October 3rd from 9 a.m. to noon at Bon Air Community Center.  There will be light refreshments and raffles.  The cost is $30 per person.  Make checks payable to SMPA.  Cash is also acceptable.  Please indicate your USTA/Suburban ranking when turning in your payment to the front office.
ALL tennis levels are welcome.  Balls will be provided.
Please contact Carol Pfeiffer at carsonpfeiffer@gmail.com (677-4312) or Bo Ewell at coolewell17@aol.com (513-3299) for any questions.  We hope that you bring your racket for some tennis fun while helping to raise funds for your children's School.  (Rain Date:  Friday, October 10th.)
Vote for St. Michael's for "Best Private School!
Help St. Michael's School be voted "Best Private School" by casting your vote here in Style Weekly's 2014 Annual Family Favorites poll!
Balloting is open from September 3-October 1st. Please encourage your friends and family to vote for us as well! Thanks so much for your support!
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