Weekly Update - May 4, 2017
From the Principal's Desk

Accreditation Continued: Kari Staples, principal at St. Alphonsus Parish School and head of our accreditation team shared their top five strengths with me at the end of our accreditation review.  Click here to see last week's news notes for the first three areas we celebrated. Our next two areas to celebrate are:

 St. Michael School is commended for their commitment to the emotional and social growth of students.
The team noted that our community actively embeds the Top 20 Program into the school day.  Students and staff alike were heard utilizing the language and techniques to make our school a better place to learn and grow.  Most impressive to them was the fact that our families are eager to live above the line with our school.  Paul Bernabei contacted me this week to thank me for our community being such a great example of living the Top 20.  He has been contacted by some of our accreditation team members to learn more about it as they just love St. Michael Catholic School's culture.
St. Michael Catholic School is committed to standards-based grading.
The team was impressed with the teachers' consistent communication with parents in regards to student progress.  They noted that the 1 st - 5 th grade teachers are proficient in standards-based grading through the use of rubrics.  The team was pleased with the efforts of the staff's professional development in the areas of creating power standards, aligning standards and teaching to the standards.  They highly support our efforts to expand the use of standards at all grade levels and subject areas.
I look forward to seeing you at First Communion this weekend.

Mrs. Maxwell

Upcoming Events

May 1-10

NWEA Testing
May 6
5:00 pm
First Communion
May 7
8:30 am & 10:30 am
First Communion
May 9 & 11
12:30 pm & 7:00 pm
Spring Musical - Beauty and the Beast Jr
May 9, 10, 11, 12,13
see sched
Spring Scholastic Book Fair
May 17
6:30 am
Athletic Breakfast
May 25
3:00 - 4:30m pm
Academic All-Star Recognition (Archangels Hall)
You can view the entire school calendar here.
Visit the Spring Book Fair! 

Tuesday, May 9th
9am - 9pm (to accommodate the spring musical 7pm show)

Wednesday, May 10th
9am - 5pm

Thursday, May 11th
9am - 9pm (to accommodate the spring musical 7pm show)

Friday, May 12th

Saturday, May 13th
9:30-11:00 (during the "Be Our Guest Tea Party")

Please consider donating 2 hours of your time.  
We thank you in advance!  
Spring Musical

 You're invited to join us
May 9th or 11th.
   Show times are 12:30 and 7:00 pm.

"Be Our Guest" Tea Party

Join us Saturday, May 13. 
9:30-11:00 am
Kids in preschool - 2nd grade
Bring your mom or special guest.

Enjoy tea and juice, pastries and craft-making and have a special meet and greet with the characters of Beauty and the Beast!

And we invite you to visit the book fair while you're here. 

RSVP to Nikki Draine at ndraine@saintmpl.org or on our
Facebook Event Page

St. Mike's Robotics Information Night

Join us Thursday, May 18th at 7:00 pm in the multi-purpose room.

Robotics Flyer
Movie Night

If you missed the Blue and White Ball and signing up for the Movie Night
There are still openings. 
Hosted by Ms. Johannes & Mrs. Peterson
When: Friday, June 9
Who: Preschool and up
Where: SMCS
Time: 7-10pm
 Snacks and tons of FUN provided!

If interested please send in a $25/per child to the office marked for Movie Night. This is first come first serve. Email either johannes@saintmpl.org or apeterson@saintmpl.org to save your spot.

Spring Golf

Spring Golf at Cleary Lake was canceled on Monday, May 1st due to weather, but has been postponed for May 22nd, 2017.  Please contact Mrs. Shimek with any questions.

Summer Adventures Plus offers
Field Trips Galore!

 Summer Adventures Plus is offering two field trips per week this summer.  Drops in welcome - the more the merrier!

Mountain Bike Youth Clinic for grades 3-6
Congratulations Box Tops Winners for April!

Mrs. Peterson's 1st grade
Mrs. Schroeder's 5th grade
Ms. Bray's homeroom.
Ms. Kaczmarek's 2nd grade won the pizza party for bringing in the most BoxTops for the year.

We are at $1,656.50 for the year. Our goal is $2000.00

Children's Mass Date Changes

May 10th - hosted by 7th Grade class
May 17th - hosted by Ms. Kaczmarek's 2nd grade class

New School
Supply Kits

Purchase the kit "as is" with the supplies that each homeroom has requested - or you can al-a-carte it!  Already have scissors?  Remove them.  Know your child will need extra paper?  Add it! 

All supplies ship free to school to be picked up next August at Meet the Teacher night. 
Or pay to ship to your home. 
Save the Date!

May 31st 
5:30 - 7:30 pm
School-family picnic.
Lakefront Park! 
More details to follow. 

 "Stuff the Truck" 2017 Washington DC Trip Fundraiser
  Benefitting St. Michael 7th grade and Epilepsy Foundation of MN
  WHEN: Saturday, May 20- Sunday, May 21
TIME: Sat. 10am-6pm, Sun. 8am-noon
PLACE: St. Michael Church Parking Lot, Prior Lake
(students will be at the truck to unload and pack)

ALL Clothing- (any size, any season)
Accessories- (hats, gloves, scarves, ties, belts, purses, bags, wallets)
Footwear- (all shoes and boots)
Bed and Bath- (sheets, blankets, pillows, towels, tablecloths, curtains)

Summer Tutoring

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

Mr. Whalton
Grades 1-8

Mrs. Vochoska
Grades K-6
Math and Reading
Ms. Johannes
Primary Grades
Math and Reading

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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