Weekly Update - March 30, 2017
Here's what's NEW this week:

Time to pick out your spring outfit for Spring Picture Day


Over 100 attended STEM night!


Is your student heading to high school or already there?  Sign up for Math Academy

From the Principal's Desk

 Dear Families,
Join Us Tomorrow for Grandparents/Special Person: Please note that we have delayed the start of the Living Stations by 15 minutes to 9:00 AM. The Living Stations will take place in the church, performed by 8th grade students. Afterward, join us at the school to visit your grandchildren's classrooms.
School Accreditation : On April 19, 20 and 21 there will be a team of teachers and principals who'll come to our school to review the self-study report that we have been working on for the past two years. All teachers will be interviewed. Students will be interviewed too. The team will be making random phone calls to parents. They will ask you about the strengths of the school and about any areas that you feel need improvement. The team will also look at our school's long range plan which has been developed with goals for improvement. We are being re-accredited through MNSAA (Minnesota Nonpublic School Accrediting Association.)
Uniform Shorts: The weather has warmed up faster than expected, therefore students may begin wearing uniform shorts on Monday, April 3rd. Please make sure their shorts fit them per the uniform code.
NWEA Testing: Our spring MAP (NWEA) testing will begin on Wednesday, April 19 and continue through Friday, May 12th. As in the fall, NWEA will be administered to all 2nd through 8th grade students. You child's teacher will be looking for his/her academic achievement and growth from fall to spring.An NWEA report will be sent home to you with your child's results. The NWEA is aligned to our standards allowing us to measure your child's individual progress by standard. You will receive specific recommendations for learning opportunities targeted just for your child.
Not Allowed on Campus: It is important to keep your toys at home, especially when they resemble guns. Please do not bring your airsoft, water, paintball and nerf guns etc. to school. This is a serious violation of school policy. Thank you.

Upcoming Events

March 31

9:00 am 

Living Stations and Grandparents/Special Persons Day (Preschool - Grade 8)
March 31
7:00 pm
Living Stations
April 4
7:00 pm
Athletic Committee
April 6

End of 3rd Quarter
April 6

Early Release (12:15)
April 7

No School
April 11

Spring Pictures (Out of Uniform!)
April 14

No School/Good Friday
April 17

No School/Easter Monday
You can view the entire school calendar here.
Special Persons Day

When: Friday, March 31, 2017

Where: Church of St. Michael

16311 Duluth Avenue SE
Prior Lake, MN 55372


9:00 Living Stations

9:45-10:45 Classroom Visits

9:45 Kindergarten Performance


Refreshments & activities to follow at the school immediately after Living Stations


 8th Grade guides will be available

to assist guests
Last Lenten Fish Fry
Friday, March 31
Archangels Hall 4:30 - 7:30 pm

Students are asked to bring in an item for Wednesday's Children's Mass. 

April 5 - Cereal

April 12 - Baby items

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. 
  picturesSpring Pictures - Tuesday, April 11

  • Spring picture are taken OUT OF UNIFORM! 
  • Order forms were sent home with students.
  • To order online: www.mylifetouch.com  School ID: MI306148Y0
  • 3-4 volunteers needed to assist.  Free photo package for all volunteers!  Call the school office if interested.  447-2124

Our preschool and kindergarten students along with their families enjoyed a night of exploring and building at our Preschool and Kindergarten STEM event thanks to Curious Minds, LLC. Animal tracks and earth worms were popular at the animal exploration station.  Families built cars using cardboard tubes and life saver mints, tennis ball lifts and roller coaster tracks.  The creativity and curiosity of our youngest learners was evident throughout the evening.

School Advisory Council Application 2017

School Advisory Council Members are needed.  Members commit to a three year term.  The School Advisory Council meets once a month August through June.  The council advises our school leadership and is involved in many areas of our community life including marketing, technology, finance, buildings and grounds and Parent Connections to name a few.  Please call Laurie Maxwell for more information (952-447-2124). Applications are due to the office by Friday, May 5, 2017. 

SAC Application
Save the Date!
Book Fair May 9-11

 2017 Summer Adventures Plus

Exploration galore... Filled with creativity and excitement...

June 12 - August 25 (closed July 3-7, July 14 & 21) 2 sessions: 7:00-12:00 & 12:00-5:00
Accepting ages 5 and up
Why choose our program?
Each week a new theme will be introduced.
Don't need Full or Part-time Care?
Consider signing your child/ren up for our weekly Field Trips
  For Additional Information, please contact:
Julie Herbst -advplus@saintmpl.org or 952-529-2484
Sports News

If you haven't registered your 5th - 8th grader (boy or girl) for Spring Golf, it is time to do so! Please use the St. Mike's BLUES Athletic website to register:   http://www.stmichaelsblues.org

Any questions please email Melissa Shimek: mshimek@saintmpl.org 
 "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)

  MathMath Academy

Sister Melissa is offering the St. Michael Math Academy this summer for students entering high school or already in high school. The objective is to give students a head start in their math studies. Past students find it to be a very helpful program that makes math "much easier" during the school year and say that it cuts down homework time. We review familiar concepts and new concepts so they are familiar in the fall.
Classes meet the weeks of Aug 6th and 13th and cover both review and new math topics in a study group/discussion format. Classes are two weeks in duration, meeting two days per week. Students should attend the math class they signed up for in the fall.
Classes offered: geometry, honors geometry, algebra 2, honors algebra 2. Math analysis, pre-calculus, and calculus are available upon request. These classes are aligned to the math classes at PLHS, but they work for students attending other high schools as well.
Contact Sister Melissa for dates, times and syllabi.
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

Know the Truth

Holy Family Catholic High School in Victoria invites parents and educators to a presentation by Know the Truth, a substance abuse prevention program developed to educate high school and middle school students as well as the adults in their lives. This free presentation is on Thursday, April 6, from 6-7:30 p.m. in the HFCHS Performance Center. You'll learn about warning signs and what to do or how to help teens who are experimenting with drug use. There is no need to RSVP. More information about Know the Truth is available at www.knowthetruthmn.org

K-12 Education Tax Subtraction and Credit
As you prepare your 2016 Minnesota income tax return, please make note of Minnesota's K-12 Education Subtraction and Credit, which may provide a tax credit and/or subtraction for certain private school expenses. These tax relief programs may benefit your family by lowering the tax you must pay and may even provide a larger refund. Click here  for more information about these programs, including the steps to identify how much tuition you paid in 2016.
Apply for Financial Aid by March 31

Families, who wish to apply for financial aid based on family financial need, must submit an application to Tuition Aid Data Services (TADS) by Friday, March 31. Families may access the online application at   http://mytads.com/

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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