Weekly Update - November 22, 2016
In this update:

Is the Top 20 Training Night on your calendar?

Celebrate Advent with the school each Monday.

Due to new items not being on the original store link, the Spirit Wear Order window has been extended to November 27. Check out the new items here

Mad Science returns in January!

Join other St. Mike's families this Friday to remember Emily.

top20Top 20 Training Night! 

Learn more at our Top 20 Training Event! It is not just a program for schools, it is a way for families and communities to live.  Start living the Top 20 way with us by attending this very important event.

Guiding Our Children through Life's Challenges:
Becoming the Best Version of Ourselves
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. So we can plan accordingly, please let us know if you'll be in attendance. RSVP here.

Learn more about Top 20:  top20training.com

adventAdvent Season

Join us on Monday, November 28 at 7:45 a.m. for a brief Advent Prayer Service in the gym.

Ways to celebrate the Advent Season:

As a school community we will be working with the Families Moving Forward Committee to help end homelessness one family at a time. St. Michael will be hosting families over Christmas at the Franciscan Retreat Center. They are in need of many items to make the families' stays more comfortable. Items needed are:
Preschool and Kindergarten: Legos and Duplos (may be gently used)
1st & 2nd Grade: Baby wipes and diapers (all sizes)
3rd & 4th Grade: Socks, deodorant, shower gel
5th & 6th Grade: Shampoo, conditioner, razors, chapstick
7th & 8th Grade: Night lights, mittens, gloves (mittens/gloves may be gently used)
All grades: Gas gift cards, feminine hygiene products, baby bouncy seats (bouncy seats may be gently used).

Christmas Food Drive: On Sunday, December 11, St.  Mike's students will be collecting food at the Savage Fresh Thyme to donate to the CAP Agency. You can sign-up to participate here:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0448ada922a2fe3-december

Also, as you are preparing for winter, please save any outgrown gently used winter coats. Mr. Olson's class will again have a coat drive. More details to come.
spiritThe Spirit Wear Store Order Window has been Extended!

Shop online by clicking here.

Place your order by November 27 to receive before Christmas. Please indicate in the comments section if the purchase is a gift and you can pick up in the school office. All other orders will be sent home with your student.

Please contact Beth with any questions at spiritapparelandstuff@gmail.com.
madscienceMad Science Returns in January!
Grades 1 - 5
Tuesday After School Program

Start your chemistry career off right with Mad Science's Crazy Chemworks. You'll explore the chemistry of everyday life through spectacular hands-on activities with real lab equipment. You will learn how to work in a lab, operate different lab equipment, tell the difference between acids and bases, identify chemical reactions, observe chemistry that happens in the blink of an eye, and bond molecules together in ooeygooey slime. You'll also explore the micro-world of molecular chemistry and delve into the secrets of hydrogen bonding. At the end of each class, you'll add to your own lab by taking home a Graduated Cylinder, pH Paper, Action Flask, set of Atomic Coins, Professor Beakerdude, and a batch of Mad Science Slime, created by you!

  Register here.
emilyHappy Holidays to the Kostik Family

Please join our St. Michael's school family in the Kostik's yard (16991 Whitewood Ave.) on  Friday, November 25 for the lighting up of Emily's purple trees at  7:00 p.m. followed by singing of Christmas carols to Emily at the cemetery.

Below is the link to Emily's story when we first lit the trees 2 years ago.

Statements will be mailed the first week of December to all families that purchase Scrip and have a balance. We are at the halfway point for purchasing scrip so you should have purchased $1800 worth of scrip at this point to stay on target. If you have purchased less than $500 by the end of November, you will be switched to the $200 Payment Plan and will be billed through Educate. If you have already purchased $3,600 worth of scrip, you have fulfilled your obligation and will not receive a statement in order to save money on postage.

Scrip sells quickly during the holiday season so plan ahead. The deadline to place SCRIP special orders is  9:00 a.m. on  MONDAY, DECEMBER 12 for pick up beginning on  DECEMBER 16.  All SCRIP SPECIAL ORDERS WILL NEED TO BE PICKED UP BY  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21 if the gift cards are needed before Christmas.

AprilFest Kids Tent: AprilFest is St. Michael Catholic Church's Community Event. It is held the last full weekend in April. It is filled ith great food, music, fun, and fellowship. The Committee has started planning and is in need of a person or persons to manage the Kids Tent. The Kids Tent is filled with games and entertainment for our youth. Please contact Lauren Peters if you are interested or have questions. He can be reached at 612-751-9620 or lauren.peters@mchsi.com.

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.

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

November 23 - 25
NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break
November 28 7:45 a.m. Advent Prayer Service (parents welcome)
November 30
High Honors Awards (7th and 8th grade) after Mass
December 2
Spirit Wear Day!
December 2 6:30 p.m. First Reconciliation
December 8 8:00 a.m. School Mass: Feast of the Immaculate Conception
December 13 12:30 p.m. Christmas Program Rehearsal (Preschool - 6th Grade)
December 13 6:30 p.m. Christmas Program (Preschool - 6th Grade)
December 19 12:30 p.m. Band Christmas Concert Rehearsal
December 19 6:00 p.m. Band Christmas Concert
You can view the entire school calendar here.