Weekly Update - November 3, 2016
In this update:

A letter from Mrs. Maxwell.

Learn a little about Ms. Taormina!

A few volunteer opportunities and upcoming dates you should be aware of. We hope to see many parents at our Veteran's Day celebration next Thursday at 8:00 a.m.
laurieFrom the Principal's Desk

Tonight we hosted our Fall Open House. I am happy to report, it was a success! Thank you to those families who recommended our school to their friends. It is the best compliment we can receive.
In preparation for this event we have been making sure our school represents what each of us already know, that is, we are excellent in developing the whole child.  I love hosting open houses as it gives me an opportunity to share St. Michael with our community.
Both you and I know that being a part of the St. Michael community is being part of a family.  Together we work to ignite spiritual, academic and social growth within each one of our children. Being educated under one roof from preschool through eighth grade is a great gift that we are able to give to our children. Teachers truly know and love each student and are able to communicate each child's needs to the next grade's teacher. Together we take our middle school students through the uncertain years of adolescence.  We support them in remembering their giftedness while holding them accountable. Now that is family! Thank you for giving your child the best Prior Lake/Savage has to offer in education, St. Michael Catholic School.  
I am excited to announce we have an addition to our middle school staff, Ms. Lori Taormina. Ms. Taormina is the Middle School Faith Formation Director at St. Michael Catholic Church. She will be teaching one seventh grade religion class starting with the second quarter. Ms. Taormina's passion for educating children in our Catholic faith is quite evident when you visit with her. Please join me in welcoming Ms. Taormina to our school community!


Laurie Maxwell
loriWelcome Ms. Taormina!

Lori Taormina is the Director of Middle School Faith Formation and Youth Minister at St. Michael's Catholic Church and starting on November 14  will be teaching a seventh  grade Religion Class for the school. She graduated from the College of St. Scholastica with a Bachelor's degree in Religious Studies and Theology in 2007.  From there she served as the youth minister at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Savage for 5 years, and the Pastoral Associate for Youth Formation at Mary, Mother of the Church in Burnsville for 2 years.  

Ms. Taormina became involved in youth ministry thanks to her mother and father and 3 siblings.  She was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and is an avid Steelers fan.  During her free time, she enjoys working out, cooking, reading, watching Netflix, and boating on Lake Minnetonka with her fiancé.  She is looking forward to meeting the group of seventh  graders in her class and many more of the middle schoolers during upcoming youth ministry activities!
top20Top 20 Training Night

Guiding Our Children through Life's Challenges:
Becoming the Best Version of Ourselves

How can we bring positive energy to every situation life sends our way?

How can we think in ways that benefit others and ourselves?

How can we eliminate negativity?

How can we help our students learn from mistakes?

How can we celebrate confusion?

How can we help our children know how they have intelligence?

How can we make things better after we have said or done something we wish we hadn't said or done?

Tuesday, November 29
5:30 p.m. Social and Dinner
6:30 p.m. Training Begins

St. Michael Catholic Church
Archangels Hall

Parents of ALL students preschool - 8th grade are invited to attend.  All 5th - 8th grade students are encouraged to attend.

Learn more about Top 20:  top20training.com

Need a great service project for your team, club, group, or family? Make a fleece tie blanket for Families Moving Forward. Click here for the details.

Milk Moola Coordinator:  This is an easy at-home project you can do for our school.
Milk Moola®, brought to you by Kwik Trip stores is one of the easiest fundraising programs we have. Our organization earns 5¢ for every cap or bag top collected from Kwik Trip Nature's Touch® products. There is no limit to the amount of cash you can earn and you can use it for school trips, new books, or playground equipment, the possibilities are endless.  Please contact the school office if interested at 952-447-2124.

Campus Fall Cleanup:  The Building and Grounds committee has set November 12  to clean up St. Michael's campus so it is ready for Winter.  We will start at 9:00 am and will be done by noon. We are looking for families, school children, and parishioner's to assist in the cleanup. Children under 13 require a parent to be present.  See you on the 12 th .  If you have questions call Chris Wrobel at 952-913-5366.

Other volunteer opportunities can be found here: http://saintmpl.org/volunteer
calendarUpcoming Events

November 10 8:00 a.m. Veterans Day Program (all parents welcome)
November 10
Early Release at 12:15 p.m.
November 11
NO SCHOOL - Staff In-service Day
November 15 7:00 p.m. Athletic Committee Meeting
November 17 6:30 p.m. Marketing Committee Meeting
November 23 - 25
NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break
You can view the entire school calendar here.