Happy New Year, Scantron Testing, New Chromebooks
Saint Michael's Minutes
Teaching Children their value as Children of God
Principal's Notes
Dear parents and families, 

Happy New Year and Merry Christmas Season! I pray everyone had a restful and relaxing break filled with fun. During the continuing Christmas season, I find the website here to be particularly helpful in daily prayers and reflections for everyone to continue to celebrate the birth of Christ. 

Eighth grade parents, the High School Placement Test Scores are coming home today. Please be on the lookout for them. 

Scantron Testing will begin next week and run through the first week in February. Mr. Muha will be using his computer class for the students to log in using the Chromebooks and complete the tests. As before, there is no need to study for these tests, they are used as a tool to gather data on where your child lies on the curriculum. Please be sure to avoid any absences on computer days during this time. 

The new year is a fantastic time to send in new supplies for your child. By now the pencils have been worn down and the erasers are smudging more than erasing. Crayons barely can be held, and papers /folders have been folded one too many times. If you find yourself near a grocery store or Staples feel free to get some new supplies for the new year. 

Due to the Inauguration on Friday, January 20th, the school will be closed that day. This was not on the original school calendar and has recently been altered. I will be sure to send many reminders leading up to the day. 

For our Friday food pantry, we request pasta, rice, sauces, cereal, soup, canned fruit, peanut butter, jelly, and boxed potatoes. 

God bless,

Daniel Cinalli
Principal
New Chromebooks!

Thanks to our extremely generous PTO and all the hard work and donations from parents, Saint Michaels is the proud new owner of 60 HP 14G4 Chromebooks and two TrippLite Charging Carts. 

The teachers have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of these Chromebooks and are checking them out to use already with your children.

A big thank you to our technology committee who researched and recommended this model for purchase. 

FACTS

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

Clinic Corner

Students often have a difficult time adjusting to their normal school routine after having an extended time off from school.  It is important to set up healthful school day routines at home so that their time in school is successful.

Consider these five "school year resolutions" for minimizing stress and maximizing well-being.

1. Organize the Night Before. A mad morning rush starts everyone's day with unnecessary stress.  Skip the drama by taking a few unhurried minutes the evening before to load backpacks and lay out school clothing.  Also, if there are forms to sign or lunches to pack, do this the evening before.

2. Set a Bedtime and Stick to It.  School children need about 9 hours of sleep each night.  Kids who do not wake easily often seem irritable or lack day time energy, and therefore, need more sleep.  Getting enough sleep is important for so many things, such as overall growth to learning and concentrating in school.

3. Make Breakfast.  If your child has not eaten since the night before, they will not have sufficient energy for the school day.  Kids learn better when there is food in their stomachs, so make sure they eat breakfast before heading off to school.

4. Know the Weather.  Be aware of the weather for the day before your child leaves for school.  Have them wear rain jackets for possible rain, and a heavier jacket if the weather will be turning cooler.  They will be uncomfortable walking outside and playing at recess if they are not dressed properly for the weather.

5.  Spell out Expectations.  Discuss appropriate classroom behavior, a homework policy, balancing social time and schoolwork, and grade goals.  When they know what is expected of them, they will be aware of how to stay on the right path for a successful school year.

Stay healthy,

Mrs. Jarvis, RN

(703) 941-9482

On the horizon...

  • January 9 - Feb 3: Scantron Testing
  • January 16: No School, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • January 17: No School, Teacher Professional Development
  • January 20: No School, Presidential Inauguration
  • January 27: End of 2nd Quarter
  • January 29-Feb 4: Catholic Schools Week
" Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 
and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator." Colossians 3:9-10
Saint Michael School  | Phone 703-256-1222 | Fax 703-256-3490 | daniel.cinalli@stmikes22003.org