Catholic Schools' Week, FACTS Night
Saint Michael's Minutes
Teaching Children their value as Children of God
Principal's Notes
Dear parents and families, 

Sunday, January 29 - Saturday, February 4 is Catholic School's Week and we will be celebrating daily our love for Catholic Education, especially at Saint Michaels. Please be sure to look below for a schedule of the week which includes Masses, assemblies, a canned food drive, and dress down days. This week was planned with the Student Council and will be a wonderful, uniting, and celebratory time for our school. 

If you are interested in Financial Aid for the 2017-2018 school year, please be sure to attend FACTS Night tomorrow night from 6:00-7:30. Mrs. Carlstrom and Mr. Muha will work in the cafeteria with anyone who needs assistance signing up and applying for Financial Aid. There is only so much aid to go around, so applying is incredibly important to ensuring your family receives assistance. Please read below for more information and what you need to bring. 

This is a reminder that Scantron Testing began this week and will run through the first week in February.  The results of your child's January Scantron Performance Series assessment will be included with the second quarter report cards. Please note that this is the second assessment of the school year. A baseline test was administered in September, and a final test will be administered in April. Attached is a letter from  Leslie Lipovski, Ph.D., Curriculum Coordinator for the Arlington Diocese Office of Catholic Schools.  The letter provides a brief description of each score on the results report. Click  here  for the complete Diocesan letter.

Another McDonald's Spirit Night is on the horizon. Please join us on Wednesday, January 25th from 5:30-7:30 at the McDonald's in Bradlick Shopping Center for some fun and of course the free dress down pass!

Due to the Inauguration on Friday, January 20th, the school will be closed that day

God bless,

Daniel Cinalli

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Mrs. Carlstrom will host a FACTS Night for all parents who would like assistance applying for Financial Aid for the 2017-2018 school year. 

The event will be on Thursday, January 19 from 6:00-7:30 in the school cafeteria. We will send a flyer home next week with more specific information that will be needed, however the main items are:

  • Birthdays
  • Family information (names, addresses, phone numbers)
  • 2015 Federal Tax Income
  • 2016 W2's
  • A credit card to apply to the account

Here is more information concerning FACTS and financial aid:

The Diocese of Arlington has decided that they will be partnering with FACTS Management to be the provider of financial aid assessment beginning with the 2017-18 school year. Families applying for financial aid will need to complete an online application.  The processing fee for this service is $30 per year/per family.  Parents may conveniently pay the fee, online via an automatic debit or credit card.

If you applied for financial aid last year you MUST apply again this year.  Applications for financial assistance, with all supporting documentation, are due no later than March 13, 2017.

More information is available at the links below:

FACTS Overview in English

FACTS Overview in Spanish

Click here for the FACTS Application

Open Houses

Did you know the greatest recruitment tool for Catholic schools is word-of-mouth references?

Please spread the word and tell your neighbors or friends about our two Open Houses during Catholic Schools Week. 

Tuesday, January 31 from 9:30-11:00 AM

Thursday, February 2 from 1:30-3:00 PM

Catholic Schools Week

Canned Food Drive All Week: Running Monday-Friday, students will be teaming up with another grade and having a week long canned food drive competition. Totals will be tracked daily, and each class can earn a dress down day, and the grand prize winners will receive an extra PE class with Mr. Muha! The teams are: 

  • 8th and 2nd
  • 7th and 1st
  • 6th and Kindergarten
  • 5th and PreK
  • 4th and 3rd

Sunday, January 29

We are kicking off Catholic School week right with Mass! Students are invited to wear their uniforms to the 12:00 Mass. We will have student readers and a reception following in the All Purpose Room. 

Monday, January 30

Mass with Bishop Burbidge at 9:00 AM. Following Mass we will have our Religion Bee in the school Cafeteria. The students will also write letters of appreciation to their parents, and the school will send home a special gift for Parent Appreciation. 

Tuesday, January 31

Open House from 9:30-10:30. There will be an Awards Ceremony with the Knights of Columbus, as well as our School Spelling Bee that morning immediately following opening prayer in the Cafeteria. 

Wednesday, February 1

11:30 Dismissal and Teacher Appreciation Day. Students are invited to wear their craziest socks to school to show off their creativity!

Thursday, February 2

Open House from 1:30-3:00. Pep Rally for all students at from 10:00-Lunch. Students will dress down in a color with their grade team for the canned food drive and our 8th Graders and Mr. Muha have planned a Pep Rally for all 4th-8th graders. Ronald McDonald will be coming to visit our PreK-3rd graders as well.

Friday, February 3

School Mass at 8:15. Following Mass, students are invited to don their craziest hats for the day. We will have a  Modern Music Making - Interactive Assembly for K-8th grade. This will be a fun, engaging, entertaining, and educational assembly and wrap up the school week with some fun for all ages. 

Saturday, February 4

We will close out Catholic Schools week with a Spaghetti Dinner at 6:00 in the school cafeteria.It is $10 for adults and $5 for children. There will be a raffle, a 50/50, and good food and fun for all! 

Little Celtics

Greetings from Preschool!

We had a very short fun filled week. Mrs Nary's class was working on Pope Francis 5 fingers prayers. Also the children are going to make bird feeders. Remember to check your child's yellow folder daily, and please be on time for school. 


Mrs. Jennison

Preschool Director

Clinic Corner

During the winter months, you may have noticed a slight increase in your weight. Here are several ways extra weight can sneak up on you and how you can make some adjustments in order to fight off those extra pounds:

  • FALLING FOR "DIET" FOODS. Low-fat products entice people to eat more than they should.  They tend to eat a larger portion than if it wasn't low-fat.  As a result, they eat more calories than they need.
  • DISTORTING PORTIONS. Larger bowls, packages and servings can lead you to eat more than what is appropriate.  To eat and drink less, try using smaller plates, bowls, and glasses along with similar serving dishes and utensils.  Take one serving at a time from large packages, then remove the packages from sight.  When dining out, share dishes with your dining companions.  Also, downsize snacks and fast food.  A study in the Journal of Nutrition, Education and Behavior had movie-goers eat from either a medium or large tub of popcorn.  Those with the larger tubs ate 45% more.
  • SLEEPING LESS THAN 6 HOURS.  A lack of sleep can cause an increase in the hormone ghrelin, which tells your brain that you are hungry.  It also causes a drop in leptin, the hormone responsible for signaling when you are full.  Therefore, it is important to make an earlier bedtime a priority.
  • LETTING YOUR CABINETS OVERFLOW. Does your pantry look like it could serve 15?  If it does, then trim your shopping list.  Also, if you stock-pile food, then many food items are left outside the cabinets, causing family members to see and consume it more quickly.
  • RACKING UP SCREEN TIME.  The more you sit, the more you will gain.  When at work, try to take as many "walking" breaks as possible.  Also, cut down on after-work and weekend use of the television and computer.

Mrs. Jarvis, RN

(703) 941-9482

On the horizon...

  • January 19: FACTS Night, 7:00-7:30 School Cafeteria
  • January 20: No School, Presidential Inauguration
  • January 25: McDonald's Spirit Night
  • January 27: End of 2nd Quarter
  • January 29-Feb 4: Catholic Schools Week
  • February 4: Spaghetti Dinner, 6:00 PM School Cafeteria
“God has not called me to be successful, he has called me to be faithful." -Mother Theresa
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