Weekly Update - January 12, 2017
In this update:

A letter from Mrs. Maxwell.
The generosity of our community benefits our students with new tablets!

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.

St. Mike's is partnering with Fresh Thyme again for a Food Drive.
In need of support in raising a child with learning or behavioral challenges?  This group is for you.

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 .
Looking for something to do after school?  Why not try Spanish?

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

Upcoming dates  you should be aware of. 

laurieFrom the Principal's Desk

Dear Families,

A big thank you goes out to our remarkable middle school staff for the inspiring information night they hosted on Tuesday evening.   The middle school experience begins with excellent teachers and staff, combined with committed families creating an environment for success.  Our middle school team takes the time to know their students both in and out of the classroom utilizing Top 20's motto "Human Being Proceeds Human Doing" creating trusting and caring relationships with their students.  This opens doors for deeper academic and social questions from students leading to more rigorous lessons and a just right learning level for all.
Another big thank you goes out to Ben Gabbard, Allison Keller and Jack Lewis, former St. Michael Middle School Students and their parents who came to share their middle school experience and how it has helped them in high school and beyond. 
We are committed to giving our students the "big school" experience while maintaining our small class sizes.  In middle school, your students will continue with two sections in subjects such as math and language arts, yet offer larger sections in subjects such as phy-ed and music which will allow teachers to be more creative with their curricular units.


Laurie Maxwell

  tabletsTablet Donation

St. Michael Catholic School has been blessed with a generous donation of 25 tablets and covers along with a tablet cart.  Teachers are patiently (not!) waiting for their arrival.  A google doc. is being created so that all teachers may check out the tablet cart.  Our community is so generous!
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.
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: 

  supportParent Support Group

YOU ARE NOT ALONE - We are forming a group in Prior Lake and Savage with the goal to provide a place to exchange resources, find support, and learn more about how to deal with the stresses of raising a child with any learning or behavior challenges (including but not limited to: dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, and other hindering conditions) The goal is to provide a venue of listening, to offer support, and be able to talk about things going on in your child's life in a comfortable place with other parents who may be going through or have gone through the same thing.

Open house gathering Wednesday, January 18 at 6:15 and January 25 at 6:15.
Please RSVP to  kelly.banyai@gmail.com or 612-599-5652.

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.
  spanishSpanish Classes

Looking for something to do After-School? Why not try SPANISH?!
Your child can get ahead with this exciting 8-week class held right at school. This upcoming session, ¡Vamos a Explorar!  (Let's Explore!) will include practical travel vocabulary and important conversation elements like how to barter at a market and order at a restaurant. Futura's interactive, dynamic style will get students speaking "REAL WORLD" Spanish before you know it! Register today to reserve your student's spot! ¡Vámonos! www.FuturaAdventures.com

highschoolCatholic High School Information

Academy of Holy Angels:
Thursday,  January 12 - Winter Open House - 6:00 PM
Wednesday,  January 18 - Future Star Day
Saturday,  January 21 - Placement Exam, Financial Assistance Workshop and First Round Application Deadline

Holy Family Catholic School:
Holy Family Catholic High School Winter Open House - February 2, 2017
Learn more about Holy Family Catholic High School's commitment to preparing students for college and helping them reach their full potential as moral and ethical leaders of the future. The evening begins with an activities fair from 6:30 to 7 p.m. followed by presentations about our college prep process, financial aid, and Holy Family curriculum. Register for our February 2 open house at 

One-Act Play Performance at Holy Family Catholic High School- 01/26/2017
Families are invited to attend Holy Family Catholic High School 's one-act play performance on Thursday,  January 26, of "You're Driving Me Crazy," a collection of four 10-minute comedies taking a hilarious look at the world of the teenage rite of passage- learning to drive.  Performance begins at 7 pm and admission is free.  SPECIAL INVITE for students in grades 5-8: Join us for a post-performance reception to meet HF's director of theater arts, Anna Olson, along with the cast and crew. Please RSVP for the reception at  hfchs.org/RSVP.  (No RSVP or ticket required for the performance.)

calendarUpcoming Events

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
January 29 - February 4

Catholic Schools Week
February 4
5:00 p.m. - midnight

Blues & White Ball presents:

Denim, Disco or Diamonds

The Wilds Golf Club 

You can view the entire school calendar here.