Weekly Update - October 13, 2016
In this update:

Mrs. Maxwell reflects on the week.

A Marathon wrap up and upcoming celebration days.

St. Mike's is featured in this month's CSCOE magazine.

Registration for Spanish for kindergarten - 5th grade is still open.

Help us honor our Veterans on November 10.

A way to celebrate  Respect Life month in October.

Other important items: no cost fundraising items, Catholic high school eventsUpcoming Events at St. Michael, and volunteer opportunities.
laurieFrom The Principal's Desk
Dear Families,

It was a beautiful week in Catholic education!

Every day we focus on Christ as our Lord, friend, and an active part of our lives. We begin each day with Morning Prayer as a whole school through BNN (Blues News Network). Each Wednesday we celebrate the Mass together. While the highlight of the Mass is the Eucharist, this week the Fruits of the Spirit were shared with us through the readings, Fr. Tom's homily, and Mrs. Block's classroom reflection.  As a reminder of those gifts the beautiful tree visual the third graders created is on display in the multi-purpose room. I encourage you to discuss these gifts at home and what they mean to each member of your family.

Mrs. Vochoska's class prepared our Reconciliation Service on Thursday for our third through eighth grade classes.  As a class, they guided us through an examination of conscience, providing us time to reflect on our lives.  Each child had an opportunity to receive the sacrament of reconciliation. After reconciliation, the fourth graders gave  us each a beautiful crocheted cross in remembrance of God's forgiveness.  

I often hear students comment:
"Remember, we are family in Christ Jesus."
"All of us our God's children." 

I see children forgiving one another as Christ taught us to.  I see children receiving forgiveness and being welcomed back into the group activity as if nothing has happened.  I see children's faces light up when their names are read in the petitions.

We are so blessed to be able to use our faith in our day to day life at St. Michael. On behalf of all the staff at St. Michael, thank you for allowing us to share the love of Jesus with your children.


Laurie Maxwell
heroA Great BIG Marathon Thank You

Thank you to all for making Marathon a success! Whether you donated, raised funds, volunteered, joined in the celebration on Friday night, or had breakfast with us on Sunday morning we are grateful for your support and involvement.

Next week we continue the celebration:

  • Mrs. Peterson's first place classroom is OUT OF UNIFORM!
  • Mrs. Morgan's second place classroom can wear a hat ALL day!
  • Mrs. Lind's classroom has crazy sock day!!!!!!
The entire school is out of uniform!!!!! As a reminder, even when students are out of uniform, shorts should not be shorter than 4 inches above the knee cap. Skirt lengths should not be shorter than 2 inches above the knee cap. We appreciate your support in encouraging students to choose appropriate out of uniform attire. 

The planning and preparations for this annual event happen by a parent-driven committee in the months leading up to it. Should you be interested in joining the fun, and want to help plan the 2017 service marathon, please email Maggie Stack at mstack@stmichael-pl.org
cscoeCheck Out Page Five!

Your students will be bringing home the latest Catholic Schools Center of Excellence (CSCOE) publication. Mrs. Morgan's classroom is featured on page 5.
spanishSpanish at St. Mike's
It's not too late to sign-up!

The Fall/Winter session for kindergarten through fifth grade begins next Monday, October 17. Our kids are at a perfect age for learning a foreign language and pick it up very quickly. The program makes learning fun and easy.

With the Hispanic population increasing in our country, learning Spanish will create a great bridge for communicating with our neighbors. Many other countries require their students to learn at least one foreign language in elementary school so this helps keep us competitive. As an added bonus, your child will be able to recognize words or conversations when you travel to a Spanish speaking country like Mexico, Spain or Cuba. It also increases Cultural Sensitivity and makes a child aware of how cultures can vary from one country to another.

There is usually one sheet of homework each week to help reinforce what the student learned in class. It can take 10-30 minutes to do, depending on how much time your family wants to invest in learning the language. It is a great way for parents to get some exposure with learning Spanish too.

If you have any questions about what it is like to have a student taking the class, please contact Sandy with Futura Adventures at sandyo@futuraadventures.com. You can register at futuraadventures.com.
veteransVeteran's Day

Veteran's Day is a special day at St. Michael. We hope all parents can join us for an assembly on Thursday, November 10 at 8:00 a.m. in the school gym.

Red forms and white stars were sent home with students this week. We would love to name and honor the Veteran's in your families. And, if possible, display some memorabilia.

The white star can be returned with your Veteran's name, branch of service, and dates of service. Your students can decorate them how ever they would like! The stars will be hung in the hallway and gym.
diaperDiaper Drive for Shakopee Community Assistance

October is Respect for Life month.  We have an outstanding opportunity to serve. Shakopee Community Assistance (SCA) is a non-profit organization located in the Shakopee St. Mark's church cafeteria.  It is committed to meet the needs of clothing, nutrition, and hygiene for children birth thru five for families of limited resources.  They are currently in need of diapers of all sizes but mostly larger sizes 4-6.  Please drop off a box of diapers to assist their growing need.  Other baby items are welcome.  As Mother Teresa once said, "Not all of us can do great things.  But we can do small things with great love."  Any questions, please contact Michelle Gillette-Lacko at ahlacko@aol.com or 952-440-4970.
fundraisingNo Cost Fundraising at St. Mike's

NEW - Wendy's Night:  The third Tuesday of every month is Wendy's Night! When your family visits Wendy's in Savage make sure to tell them you are from St. Mike's and 10% of your purchase will come back to the school!

NEW - Davanni's Night:   The third Wednesday of every month is Davanni's Night! When your family visits Davanni's in Savage make sure to tell them you are from St. Mike's and 20% of your purchase will come back to the school!

AmazonSmile: Have you signed up yet? Go to smile.amazon.com and designate St. Michael Catholic Church, Prior Lake and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.

Box tops:  Did you hear about the new Box Top Bonus App? Click here for the details.

Metro Dining Cards are here!  Click here for more details.

PROMOTION ENDS SUNDAY - Uncle Ben's Beginners: Cook with your child and win $15,000 for yourself and $30,000 for the school. Click here for details.
highschoolCatholic High School Events

The Academy of Holy Angels Events

Family Information Night
Family Information Night for 6th- 8th grade students on Monday, October 17, from 6:45 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Savage. We will meet in the Atrium. You'll hear from administration and from current students and parents about what AHA has to offer for high school. Join families from St. John the Baptist, St. Michael in Prior Lake, and Shakopee Area Catholic School to learn why more and more families from "south of the river" are choosing AHA. Interested in hearing more? We'll provide the cookies and cocoa too!  Please  RSVP  to Meg Angevine, Admissions, at 612-798-0764 or  mangevine@ahastars.org

Fall Open House
  Please join us for our Fall Open House on Thursday, October 27.  The evening begins at 6:00 p.m. with an activities and sports fair.  Our opening prayer and program starts at 6:30 p.m. with tours and academic presentations following.  This is an excellent opportunity to find out about Holy Angels, so we hope to see you on the 10/27!
calendarUpcoming Events

October 19-21
October 24
Staff In-Service - NO SCHOOL
October 25
Parent Conferences
October 27
Picture Retakes
October 27
Parent Conferences
October 28 7:00 p.m. Halloween Dance (Grades 6-8)
October 31
Halloween Party (Preschool - Grade 5)
November 1 8:00 a.m. All Saints Day Mass
November 1
NET Ministries Retreat (Grade 7 & 8)
November 3 5:00 p.m. Fall Open House
November 3 6:30 p.m. Parent Connections Meeting
You can view the entire school calendar here.
volunteer volunteer2Volunteer at St. Mike's

Volunteers are essential to the success of St. Michael Catholic School. We welcome parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, alumni, and friends to volunteer. Please review the many opportunities to help find one that best meets your skills and interests.

The current active sign-ups are: