Weekly Update - January 5, 2017
In this update:

A letter from Mrs. Maxwell.

Are your kids wondering about what they can wear during Catholic Schools Week?

Did you get your Blues and White Ball tickets yet? Purchase tickets online.

Would your Middle School student like to work on the yearbook? Yearbook Committee information night is January 10 at 6:30 p.m.

Looking for an activity for your children for early release at the end of the month? They can join Adventures Plus at The Works Museum and the Tropics Indoor Waterpark and Playground.

Read more about a job opportunity with Adventures Plus.

Help us spread the word about an exciting offer for next year's Kindergarten class and new families .

Considering Catholic High School? Parents, this event is for you.

St. Mike's is partnering with Fresh Thyme again for a Food Drive.

Upcoming dates  you should be aware of. 

laurieFrom the Principal's Desk

Dear Families,

Happy New Year! Did you make a New Year's Resolution for your family this year? I did. More togetherness! We are committing to more quality time together at the dinner table. Like most of you, our evenings are filled with sports, choir, and other extracurricular activities. Our goal is to make time at least twice a week to share a meal together, talk about our days, and share some laughs. We are turning off the electronics and turning on the family conversation!

The bonus is that conversing as a family gives our children a chance to practice having an active voice.  Children need to be heard and research has proven that regular family meals have physical, mental, and emotional benefits.  If you don't already, you might consider having your children share about their school day or something that interests them. Dinner is a time to enjoy one another's day, ideas and dreams. Parents, talk about current events that are age appropriate for your child and then give them a chance to express their opinion.  Make sure all family members talk and are active listeners.  Most importantly, enjoy your time of togetherness. I know I will!


Laurie Maxwell

CSW2017Catholic Schools Week is January 29 - February 4

Our teachers are busy preparing for Catholic Schools Week, we thought we would give you a preview of the dress-up days so you can begin planning.

Monday- Blue and White/Spirit Day
Tuesday- 70's Day
Wednesday- Dress Your Best in Red, White and Blue- no hair color or face paint
Thursday- Comfy Day (No pajamas)
Friday- Homeroom Choice!

ballThe Blues & White Ball presents:  Denim, Disco, and Diamonds

Online Ticketing is LIVE! 

Saturday, February 4, 2017
The Wilds Golf Club

Wondering how you can help?
Help us Stuff the YETI Cooler: donate  gift cards, wine, spirits, beer or you choose to make this the best LIVE auction item!  Donations can be dropped at the school office. You can also purchase items at Viking Liquor and Village Liquor and they will hold the items for the committee to pick up before the event.

Become an event sponsor: Contact Beth Gassen at bbmack@mac.com or Lynn Loehr at lynnloehr@hotmail.com

Donate to the silent or live auction: Sporting event tickets, vacation rentals, and more make great auction items. Contact Maggie Stack at mmstack4@gmail.com.
yearbookMiddle School Yearbook Committee

Make your mark on St. Mike's memories! New in 2017 - we're starting a yearbook committee. We're looking for Middle School students  who are interested in helping us design, create and promote the 2016-2017 school yearbook. No experience necessary. Find out more about it at our first meeting Tuesday, January 10, 6:30 p.m.  at school. The yearbook committee is led by Molly Quach and Connie Perila. If you're interested or have any questions, please contact Molly at  mollyq91@gmail.com .

advplusWhat are your kids doing on staff workshop days ?

Explore and create with Adventures Plus at The Works

$35 per child includes the bus and admission.
Ages 4 and above
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Bus departs St. Michael School at 1:00 pm and return by 4:00 p.m.
Registration form can be faxed to 952-447-2132 or emailed to julieherbst@saintmpl.org

Get Out of the Cold & Enjoy a Day in the Tropics with  Adventures Plus at the  Tropics Indoor Water Park & Playground

Experience a tropical themed waterpark  with activities designed for a ll ages.  Enjoy Shipwreck Beach, their  zero-depth play area that features tons of water fun or the main pool area filled with activities! Riders of their three-story "Shark Attack" water slide will experience a  one-of-a-kind jukebox experience! We'll  end the afternoon exploring the Tropical Playground! 

$40 per child includes the bus and admission.
Ages 4 and above
Friday, January 27, 2017
Bus departs St. Michael School at 1:00 pm and return by 5:00 p.m.
Registration form can be faxed to 952-447-2132 or emailed to julieherbst@saintmpl.org

jobAdventures Plus Job Opportunity

After school and summer care Specialist needed to work Monday - Friday all year long.  Hours and times to be determined due to varying program enrollment and academic calendar.  In addition, the Specialist would work with the Director to create a strong program year round that meets the needs of the students and families.  Candidate will provide guidance, support, and encouragement to keep students engaged in activities while maintaining a clean and safe environment.  Regular program hours are 2:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M. Monday - Friday during the school year.  The summer program hours are 7:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. Monday - Friday.  Candidate will also be in charge of staff when the Director is not available.

  Read the full description.
tuitionExciting Offer for Kindergarten and New Families

We shared in a previous update that we are experiencing a high level of interest in our Kindergarten program. We are also receiving many inquiries from families with older students looking for a new school environment. In order to be proactive in our staffing and budgeting for next school year, we have opened 2017-2018 pre-registration for Kindergarten and new families. Submitting a registration form and fee before January 31 will secure future Blues a spot in our school and lock in 2016-2017 tuition rates.  

Please help us spread the word to families you know that are considering St. Michael for their children.

Tuesday, January 10
6:00 p.m.

Join us for our Middle School Information Night! Come hear valuable perspectives from teachers, alumni, and others on why our St. Michael middle school experience sets students apart and prepares them for future success. Better understand the impact our small school setting has on building leaders, supporting academic growth, and developing character. Learn how to best navigate and assist your child during these important and formative years.

highschoolCatholic High School Information

Are you considering Catholic high school options?  You are invited to attend an event to assist you with your decision-making process. Learn what you need to know in selecting a high school that will help preserve your child's Catholic Faith.

freshFresh Thyme Food Drive

St. Michael Catholic School students and Fresh Thyme Farmers Market in Savage are partnering to host a January  food  drive .  
Students will be collecting food donations, and all donations will be delivered to the CAP Agency in Shakopee.  The  food   drive  will be held on Sunday, January 22  from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  at Fresh Thyme Farmers Market in Savage (14100 Hwy. 13 South; located at the northwest corner of the intersection of Hwy. 13 and CR 42).  Student volunteers are needed that day to help collect donations.  This is a great opportunity for our students to be active in the community just ahead of Catholic Schools Week.  

Please follow this link to sign up for a 90-minute volunteer shift: 

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 .

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

January 10 6:00 p.m. Middle School Open House
January 16
NO SCHOOL: Staff In-Service/
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 19 6:30 p.m. Marketing Committee
January 24 5:00 p.m. All School Open House
January 26
Early Release
January 27
No School / Staff In-Service
January 28/29
Catholic Schools Week Mass
You can view the entire school calendar here.