Yearbook Volunteer needed, Band Concert & Christmas Pageant
Saint Michael's Minutes
Teaching Children their value as Children of God
Principal's Notes
Dear parents and families,
Yesterday our parish welcomed a new Bishop, Bishop Michael Burbidge, as the shepherd of our flock. Bishop Loverde will be moving into the center for retired priests next door to our school. Hopefully he will be a frequent visitor to St. Michaels in the future. Please keep Bishop Burbidge and Bishop Loverde in your prayers. 

In celebration of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, tomorrow we will attend Mass as a school at 8:15 AM. If your child has PE, please send them in wearing their normal uniform, but the children should bring in their PE shoes. 

We have a few exciting performances next week for our Advent Season. On Thursday, December 15, there will be a Band and Choir concert at 7:00 PM in the school cafeteria. Come hear your favorite Christmas tunes and support Dr. Little and our choir!

On December 16 at 1:30 we will host our new Christmas pageant for the school and any parents who wish to attend. This year the pageant has been updated and incorporates each grade in a wonderful performance planned by Mrs. Taylor. 

Our school is in desperate need of a yearbook coordinator. Traditionally this has been taken by an 8th grade parent, however if you are interested please email Mrs. Carlstrom for more information. The yearbook is done completely online and students compile the pages. The parent volunteer is needed to supervise the children during meetings and to ensure deadlines are met. Please help our school with this incredibly important historical document!

Our Altar Boy enrollment is expanding! If you are interested, there is a mandatory Altar boy meeting on Sunday at 1:00 in the church for any current altar boy as well as any boy who has received this first communion and would like to be an altar boy. 

If you purchased poinsettia's this year, please come to the cafeteria this weekend, Satturday 9:30-12:30, Sunday 8:30-1:30 for pickup. 

God bless,

Daniel Cinalli

Catholic Charities Fundraiser

Tomorrow, Thursday, December 8 the student government will be selling an extra dessert during both lunches. The proceeds will go to Catholic Charities to support their mission of reducing poverty. I will send out another reminder next week with the specific food being offered and prices. 

It will be $2.00 for five munckins from Dunkin Donuts! Yum!

Food Pantry Donations

On first Fridays please send in canned food for our food pantry. The donations are given to families in need in our parish. During the Advent season an extra you and your family are able to give is greatly appreciated. 
Little Celtics Update

Preschool is busy this month preparing for Jesus' birthday. We are making holiday decorations: mangers, snowmen and Christmas trees. 

Please join us for our annual preschool Christmas programs. Mrs Nary's pre-k3/4 class on Friday December 16th. Mrs Jennison's pre-k4  class on Monday December 19th. We will sing holiday songs and enjoy festive treats.

Pam Jennison

Preschool Director

Clinic Corner

Caffeine is a substance found in coffee, tea, soft drinks, chocolate, kola nuts, and certain medications.  It has many effects on the body's metabolism including stimulating the central nervous system.  This will give you a temporary boost of energy, but afterwards, you may feel more tired than usual.

The following are the average amounts of caffeine in certain food items:

5oz. coffee (115mg)

12oz. coca-cola (55mg)

12oz. iced tea (70mg)

1oz. chocolate milk (6mg)

1 tablet cold relief medicine (30mg)

For most people, drinking 2-3 cups of coffee a day is not harmful.  However, too much caffeine can make you restless, anxious and irritable.  It can also keep you from falling asleep at night and cause headaches and abnormal heart rhythms. There is no nutritional need for caffeine in the diet, so it can be avoided altogether.  If you decide to reduce caffeine in your diet, do it gradually to prevent withdrawal symptoms such as drowsiness, headaches, irritability.

Caffeine may also have a negative effect on a child's nutritional status, in that caffeinated drinks replace healthy drinks such as milk or water. A child who consumes a large amount of caffeine may also eat less because caffeine reduces the appetite.  As a result, the child may take in less nutrients in their diet.

So the next time you reach for a cup of coffee or soft drink, try reaching for the milk, water or 100% fruit juice instead.

Mrs. Jarvis, RN

(703) 941-9482

On the horizon...

  • Thursday, December 8: Feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass 8:15
  • Thursday, December 15: Band & Choir Concert 7:00 PM in cafeteria
  • Friday, December 16: Christmas Pageant 1:30 in school cafeteria
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