Weekly Update - March 2, 2017
In this update:

A letter from Mrs. Maxwell.
 
Your student's chance for almsgiving
 
It's time to order a 2016-17 yearbook.
 
Mark you calendars for the Lenten Fish Fries.
 
Here's to another success at the St. Cloud Quarry Classic.
 
Band concert date change.
 
Shop Amazon?  Sign up for Amazon Smile.  
 
Purchase Scrip?  Here's an update for you.   
 
Summer will be here before you know it.  Time book your summer tutor.
 
Save the date for a spring book fair!
 
Prior Lake Players presents: Fee Fi Fo Fum!  One weekend only.

 
Upcoming dates  you should be aware of. 

laurieFrom the Principal's Desk

Our seventh graders in Ms. Taormina's religion class have enjoyed a variety of hands on projects to learn about our Catholic faith. One such lesson was on the preciousness of human life. Afterwards students' took time to create a protective container for a baby chick egg.  The goal was to protect the forming babies' life.  Next, they dropped the egg down the stairs.  All but one egg stayed intact.  A lively discussion followed the activity. Students agreed we all need to help preserve and protect life. They enjoyed watching portions of Horton Hears Who and embraced the saying, "A person is a person no matter how small."  They agreed it is not enough for us to just hear about life being precious, rather we need to live life valuing each other and all life from conception to natural death.
 
Last year our middle school students formed a Respect Life Group. Mrs. Power meets with the group every first Thursday of the month focusing on prayer, outreach and educating others. On the first Friday of each month, they attend our parish's 8:00 am morning mass followed by the rosary specifically said for the unborn. Together let's pray for the protection of all human life through the world in a special way this Lent.
Blessings, 
 
Laurie Maxwell
Principal
  


  almsgivingAlmsgiving

Students are asked to bring in an item for Wednesday's Children's Liturgy.  Students are invited to bring their items and place them into a basket at the altar.  We will be collecting items for 5 weeks:
  • March 8 - Canned vegetables/tuna
  • March 22 - Boxed meals (stuffing, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, etc.)
  • March 29 - Personal items (shampoo, soap, toothpaste)
  • April 5 - Cereal
  • April 12 - Baby items

 FishLenten Fish Fries

Come and enjoy a delicious fish dinner! 
St. Michael School families are asked to supply the desserts for the fish fries. 
Desserts can be left at Archangel's Hall on the days of the fish fry. 
Friday, March 3
Friday, March 24
Friday, March 31

Archangels Hall 4:30 - 7:30 pm

The famous dinner includes lightly breaded Alaskan Pollock, potato wedges, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, green beans, homemade rolls, coffee, milk, and dessert.

Convenient five minute parking for to-go orders.

 
  basketballSt. Cloud Basketball Tournaments

St. Michael's Catholic School is always well represented at the St. Cloud Quarry Classic Basketball Tournament.  Some of our teams do very well in the tournament, but one of the main reasons all of our basketball teams continue to go each year is because of all the wonderful memories that are created during this weekend.  I asked some of the coaches and players what their favorite memories of St. Cloud are, and here are some of the responses that I received: 
  • Team bonding parties in the Husky Room! 
  • Having fun hanging out with friends in the hotel 
  • Even if you don't win in your basketball game you can still have fun!! 
  • Pizza parties, games, swimming
  • Like being able to play teams other than the ones in our SSYO league
  • 4th grade girls were able to throw coach Hoen into the swimming pool! 
Congratulations to: 
  • 5th grade boys for taking 1st place 
  • 6th grade girls received 2nd place
  • 7th grade boys blue team and 8th grade boys gold team won the consolation championship
WAY TO GO BLUES! 

  scripScrip

Scrip statements will be mailed the week of March 6th to all families that purchase Scrip and have a balance. We are three-fourths of the way through the school year for purchasing scrip so you should have purchased $2700 worth of scrip at this point to stay on target. Families that still have a balance by May 15th will have their accounts prorated and will need to pay the difference by the end of May. If you have already purchased $3600 worth of scrip, you have fulfilled your obligation and will not receive a statement in order to save the school money on postage.

Thank you, Shawn Binkowski
952-440-8103

socialCSCOE is Hosting Social Media Safety Presentations at
3 Catholic Schools!

The Catholic Schools Center of Excellence is so excited to bring Josh Ochs, a nationally-renowned social media safety speaker, to the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis on March 7th-March 9th, 2017. He will present seminars at three Catholic schools to teach parents about social media safety and how to help children use social media to impress colleges and future employers. Josh will bring parents up to speed on the latest apps and explain how to talk with kids about using digital tools to shine online. 

These FREE events are geared toward young parents and are open to the public, including parents from all Catholic schools. FREECHILDCARE will be available at all locations.

Seminars include:

March 7
7PM-8:30PM
St. John the Baptist Catholic School
4625 W 125th St
Savage, MN
55378

March 8
7PM-8:30PM
Annunciation
Catholic School

525 W 54th St
Minneapolis, MN 55419

  March 9
7PM-8:30PM
St. Croix
Catholic School

621 3rd St S
Stillwater, MN
55082
  bandSpring Band Concert DATE CHANGE
Change your calendars for the spring band concert to Thursday, June 1st
(originally scheduled for May 25th). 
Band rehearsal 12:30 pm.  Concert 7:00 pm.

 
  yearbook2016-17 Yearbook

Please order your yearbook by visiting:
https://ybpay.lifetouch.com

School ID code: 12368117
                    $20.00
Orders due by March 10, 2017 
  fairSave the Date!
Book Fair May 10-12

Times : 2:30-5:30 Wednesday and Friday
               5:00-8:00 Thursday Family Night!   

Needs: VOLUNTEERS!
We need volunteers who are certified to handle money (very easy to do).

 SET UP : Tuesday May 9th from 6-8pm (5 volunteers to setup)
                  Wednesday and Friday volunteers (money : 2) (non-money : 2)
        Thursday Family night. Visit the book fair, play on the playground
and enjoy treats!
Please contact the office for more details:
krishall@saintmpl.org or 952-447-2124
         
 
  priorFee Fi Fo Fum!

Twin Oaks Middle School
One Weekend Only!

March 3-5
tutoringSummer Tutoring

Mrs. De Gross
Grades 2-4
Also offering more affordable small group sessions to keep students' skills sharp over the summer.
degross@saintmpl.org

Mr. Whalton
Grades 1-8
Math

Mrs. Vochoska
Grades K-6
Math and Reading
vochoska@saintmpl.org
Ms. Johannes
Primary Grades
Math and Reading
Johannes@saintmpl.org

  primeAmazon Smile

Parishioners can establish St. Michael Catholic Church for their AmazonSmile charitable giving by searching "St. Michael Prior Lake".  A search simply on "St. Michael" yields many, many results.  A charitable organization need only be established one time.
                                      Amazon
calendarUpcoming Events

March 3
4:30 pm - 7:30 pm 
Fish Fry sponsored by Student Council (Archangels Hall)
March 9
12:30 pm
Reconciliation Grades 2-8
March 9
6:30 pm
School Advisory Council
March 13-17

Spring Break - No School
March 23
6:30 pm

Marketing Meeting 

March 31

8:45 am 

Living Stations and Grandparents/Special Persons Day (Preschool - Grade 8)
March 31
7:00 pm
Living Stations
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You can view the entire school calendar here.

Victim/Survivor Assistance

The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis partners with Canvas Health, an independent and professional local care provider, to offer confidential, compassionate assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at (651) 291-4497.


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