PTO Meeting, Carpool Safety, Half Day
Saint Michael's Minutes
Teaching Children their value as Children of God
Principal's Notes
Dear parents and families,

This weeks letter will be a bit of a safety-themed discussion. The temperature is dropping and the shadows are getting longer! Our boiler is turned on and our classrooms have access to heat while it is needed in the morning, but please be sure to send your children in with coats and appropriate gear to keep them warm between buildings. 

I ask that all our parents take care in our parking lot moving forward. When dropping your children off in the morning, it is a single-file system and you are not allowed to pass other cars in front of you. Students use both sides of the car to exit, and there is a serious risk when cars drive passed a student exiting a car trying to put their coat or book bag on. Also, please keep your speeds low while entering or exiting the parking lot. Speeding in the parking lot will not save you time on your commute and potentially puts our students at great risk. We have students walk to school and come through the parking lot, it is dark and cold, so please be careful and drive safely. 

Tomorrow we will have our first Lock Down Drill. The teachers have been informed, and the students will be warned ahead of time to ensure a calm and controlled atmosphere. This will be an opportunity to gather information and ensure our staff and students are prepared for any safety and security situations. 

God bless,

Daniel V. Cinalli
Principal 

P.S.- Go Nats!
PTO Meeting 

Our first PTO Meeting will be on Wednesday, October 19 at 7:00 PM in the school Cafeteria.

We will go over PTO and School news only, hoping to keep the meeting to less than 45 minutes. The meeting will cover:

  • State of the School
  • School Strategic Plan
  • PTO budget and finances
  • Fundraisers for the year
  • Technology Investments
  • School Volunteer opportunities

If there is an agenda item you would like added, please email our PTO Secretary, Mrs. Andia at mandia143@hotmail.com. 

If you attend you will earn your children a free dress down day pass and the class with the most parents attending gets McDonald's cookies and a juice. 

2016 Walk for Hope

HOPE in Northern Virginia, Inc. is excited to announce our Second Annual Walk for HOPE after more than 40 years of serving the women of our community.  We help women in difficult situations gain access to the emotional and material needs of expectant mothers.  

We will make an approximate two-mile walk for our mission on Saturday, November 5th from St. James Catholic Church followed by food and fellowhsip.  Come join us in giving HOPE to our community. 

For more information please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-walk-for-hope-tickets-27149864977

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CYO

CYO Basketball practices are about to begin and we need players! If your son or daughter would like to play with the world famous St. Michael Celtics basketball teams, please have them reach out to the front office for contact information for your grade's coach. CYO is open to boys and girls third grade and up! 

Saint Michael's Book Fair
 
St. Michael School will be holding a FALL BOOK FAIR– October 23-26 in the All Purpose Room. The Book Fair begins on Sunday October 23rd and will be open before and after masses from 9:30am-1:30pm.  Please stop by and get a head start on your Christmas shopping by giving the gift of Reading!

Family Night is on October 24th where books will be sold from 6 - 8pm. Refreshments will be provided and Gift Certificate drawings will be held at 6:30 and 7:30pm for book fair merchandise. Bring your family and friends to purchase books and enjoy refreshments and fellowship!

The Book Fair will also be open during the school day for student purchases on Monday through Wednesday October 24-26. Student wish lists will come home on Monday October 24th after they have previewed the Book Fair. If you would like your child to purchase books during the school day, please remember to send in cash or a check payable to St. Michael School with your child for their wish list purchases on Monday through Wednesday.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!!!
Volunteers are needed to help with the Book Fair. Please use the attached signup form and send it in to school, or email Mrs. Maureen Paparo at maureenpaparo@hotmail.com if you would like to volunteer to help at the Book Fair. Thank you in advance for your support!

If you have questions about the book fair, please contact our School Librarian Mrs. Patricia Wenger at patricia.wenger@stmikes22003.org.

Clinic Corner

Besides eating a healthy breakfast, getting a good night sleep is also essential in helping your child focus on their schoolwork.  According to the National Institute of Health, school-age children need at least 9 hours of sleep a night.  Try these tips to help maintain a healthy sleep hygiene for your child:

* Keep your child's bedtime at around the same time each evening.  The body functions better when it's on a set schedule.

* Exercise is great for children, but not right before bed.  Try to decrease their activity level before sleeping.

* Don't have your child do their homework while sitting or lying on the bed.

* Don't eat before bedtime.  Food gives energy and can cause indigestion that interferes with sleep

Mrs. Jarvis, RN

(703) 941-9482


      The Week Ahead

  • Wednesday, October 19: 11:30 Dismissal 
  • Wednesday, October 19: 7:00 PTO Meeting in Cafeteria
  • Monday, October 24: Book Fair Begins
  • Wednesday, October 26: Class Pictures
  • Thursday, October 27: End of 1st Quarter
  • Friday, October 29: No School 
“You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working, and just so, you learn to love by loving. All those who think to learn in any other way deceive themselves.” 
-St. Francis de Sales
Saint Michael School  | Phone 703-256-1222 | Fax 703-256-3490 | daniel.cinalli@stmikes22003.org