Weekly Update - September 14, 2017
In This Update

MaxwellFrom the Principal's Desk
Dear School Families,
Today is our 8 th day of school and the children are adjusting to the routines of the school day.  I am so proud of how our preschool through 2 nd grades are already quietly walking through the halls in a straight line.  The staff is enjoying being back with the students and I just love having school back in session.  On Monday while in the lunchroom a Kindergarten student stated, "Mrs. Maxwell, this is the third time I have seen you today.  Aren't you supposed to be sitting in your office drinking coffee?" It is in these precious moments of conversation that I have the opportunity to bond with my students.  Let us remember that this is the time for a fresh start, and you can help your child achieve great things by setting the stage and encouraging a positive attitude and work ethic.
This week teachers are learning your child's strengths, personalities, likes and dislikes.  If you have not had a chance to share with your teachers what you would like them to know about your child please send them an email.  They are all eager to know everything they can about their students.   
It is important to establish home routines.  Help your child succeed this school year by establishing a daily homework schedule and a consistent bedtime.  Be sure to stay involved by communicating with teachers, checking grades and asking your child about how school is going on a regular basis.  Have you thought of goals that you would like for your child this year?  As a staff we have established classroom learning goals.  Some student are underway creating their own personal goals.
Mrs. Johannes and I have been creating enrichment groups for reading and math.  The perameters our school uses for enrichment groups in a score of 94% or better on the Spring 2017 NWEA in math or reading and teacher recommendations.   We will be looking at the Fall NWEA testing once it is completed to see if more students qualify for enrichment.
Our NWEA testing begins on Tuesday, September 19 th and continues t hrough  Thursday, October 5thTeachers will communicate in their weekly letter the specific day their class will be testing.  Students with ISP's or 504 plans will receive accommodations during testing as per their plan.
Please attend your child's Curriculum Night.  It is during this night that you will learn about the standards (curriculum) for your grade and homework expectations.  You will have an opportunity to ask questions, too.  Let your teacher know the family goals you have for your child so together you can work on achieving those goals.

Wishing you and your child a blessed school year,
Mrs. Maxwell


WeekThe Week Ahead

September 14
6:30 p.m. SAC Meeting
September 16

Golf Tournament
September 18
6:00 - 8:30 p.m. Community Fest at Prior Lake High School
September 18 - 20
Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center (Gr. 6)
September 19 6:00 p.m. Curriculum Night (Gr. 1-4)
September 21 6:00 p.m. Curriculum Night (Gr. 5 & 6)
September 21
6:30 p.m. Curriculum Night (Gr. 7 & 8)
You can view the entire school calendar   here.

 hurricaneNext Wednesday, Sept. 20, we are asking each student to donate $1 to assist their peers in Catholic schools affected by the recent hurricanes. 

NCEA will distribute 100% of the funds collected to dioceses in the affected areas for their Catholic schools in vital need of support due to the impact of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.


MarathonMarathon News Update

Save the date for Family Fun Night!
4:30 - 6:30 p.m. October 6th

Our marathon events are well underway as we wrap our 2nd week of school.  Thank you for all your participation so far.  Students still have time to bring in their dimes (K-8 students) and pennies for the preschool train this week.  Please also continue to bring in donations from family and friends.
For TOMORROW, Friday, September 15th:
  • Students may wear their MARATHON T-SHIRTS with uniform bottoms
  • Students who brought in 2 valid addressed postcards may also wear CRAZY SOCKS
  • Students should continue bringing in donations from family & friends
  • K-8 Students can bring in QUARTERS.  The class with the most quarters wins a chips & queso party
  • Preschool students can bring in NICKELS for the coin train
  • All students can wear their MARATHON T-SHIRTS with uniform bottoms on Friday, September 22nd

Mad Science

Fall (September through December)
Sense-ational Science
Experience the sensational worlds of science with Mad Science. Light up your imagination as you blend and separate light, and trick your eyes with mirrors and optical illusions. Discover how to manipulate sound, harness the power of air, heat and static electricity. Explore food science as you practice chemistry in the kitchen and figure out how to build the perfect meal. And of course, get a great signature Mad Science take-home every day! Class content varies depending on series length. Visit mn.madscience.org for class syllabus at your location.
Tuesdays, 2:25-3:25, 6 weeks, $78 Mad Science Price; Sept 26, Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Thank you so much to Mrs. Vochoska and Mrs. Peterson for weeding, thinning plants and mulching Mary's Garden.  It looks so much better!

JobJob Opportunity

Seeking a vibrant, creative thinker and exceptional communicator for the position of ADVANCEMENT DIRECTOR. 

The ideal candidate possesses a passion for Catholic Elementary Education and can become a dynamic part of our growing church and school. 
Responsibilities include:
  • Enrollment management
  • Development
  • School communications
  • Social marketing
  • The recruitment and retention of students, and more!
This position is a part-time (0.50 FTE) exempt position, 20 hours per week. 
See the full listing for details: (http://careers.archspm.org/jobs/advancement-director-10/)
Contact Sue Kittams skittams@stmichael-pl.org

Top 20 Parent Night

Join us at 6:00 pm on October 9th in Archangels Hall for our popular guest speaker, Paul Bernabei, where you'll learn about our community culture. 

  exchangeShare your Home with a Guatemalan Exchange Student!

metroMetro Dining cards are available at the school and parish office for $25 each.  

acadamyAcademy of Holy Angels would like to invite you to a few of our upcoming events!
The Volleyball team will be hosting Grade School Night on Tuesday, September 19.  The Stars are undefeated on the season and will be facing the Blazers from Visitation with the first serve taking place at 7:00 pm. 
  All fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grade  students  get into the match for  FREE .  If you play volleyball for your grade  school , we encourage you to wear your team jersey.  We will have plenty of giveaways and fun so we hope to see you on September 19! 

We are also hosting our annual STARS Are Out Tonight Family Festival on Friday, September 22 from 5:00-7:00 PM.  There will be a grill out, music, giveaways, contests, inflatables and games sponsored by AHA sports and activities.  Stay for the football game at 7:00 PM and experience the welcoming atmosphere at AHA.   
Finally, we are having a dance clinic on October 7 for grades K-8.  

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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