“A clean heart create for me, O God, and a steadfast spirit renew within me.” ( Psalm 51:12 )
Message from the Principal
Dear Parents and Families,
 
Each Friday throughout the Lenten season, our students and staff will participate in Stations of the Cross from 8:10-8:30 in the morning. Next Tuesday we will also have our annual Lenten Penance Service from 9:30 a.m. until noon. Students in Grades 2-8 will have the opportunity to go to confession and speak to a priest during that time. Our seventh graders have also begun practice for their presentation of Stations of the Cross next month. This will be presented at St. Gabriel on Wednesday, April 10th at 7:00 p.m. and at St. Michael on Friday, April 19th at 10:00 a.m.

Next Friday is the last week of Quarter 3, and with several students being absent with illnesses over the last few weeks, we hope that students have had the chance to meet with their teachers to get any missing work they may have so that these assignments and tests can be made up. Additionally, with just one quarter left, we want to remind families about their required service hours. We have just over a third of our families who have accumulated ten volunteer hours for the year, but many, many more are within just a few hours of meeting this requirement. Please know that there are still several opportunities by which families may meet their goal of ten service hours. Remember that we are always looking for volunteers to help with recess duty and our annual Field Day, which will be held in late May. Additionally, we can use some volunteers to help with our Spring Book Fair, which will be held next month, our Someone Special Dance and Color Run in April, and our Mother’s Day Breakfast in May. All of these activities do require volunteers to be Safe and Sacred trained, so if you are interested in helping with any of these events, please complete your Safe and Sacred training now so that you are ready to help when these events come around. For those who are not Safe and Sacred trained, we do offer some other opportunities to acquire service hours by attending our last three PTA meetings and to help with our Teacher Appreciation luncheon in May by making a dish. 

God Bless,
Mrs. Ramos
Announcements
8 th Grade Jeans Day Fundraiser

On Thursday, March 14 th , the 8 th Grade will be sponsoring a $1.00 Jeans Day. Students may wear jeans with a uniform top. Proceeds will go toward the 8 th Grade Trip in May. 
Registration Updates

As noted in last week’s school newsletter, we have several grades that are filling up quickly, including 4 th Grade, 5 th Grade, and our Junior High classes, as 80% of our current families have submitted paperwork and the registration fee. Remember, that in order for a student’s registration to be deemed complete, all paperwork, including parishioner form and updated vaccinations, plus the non-refundable $150 registration fee, must be submitted. If you have any questions about the registration process or believe you may have something missing, please contact the main office. 
Spring Break Reminders

This is a reminder that Spring Break for St. Michael-St. Gabriel begins on Friday, March 22nd. (We will dismiss at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 21 st .) Classes resume on Monday, April 1st. The school office will be open from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. during Spring Break, should you have any paperwork or payments to drop off. Additionally, Mrs. Treminio de Celis will not be available over the break. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Cardinal Joseph E. Ritter Memorial Scholarship

The Cardinal Joseph E. Ritter Memorial Scholarship is available for current 8th grade students who plan on attending Cardinal Ritter High School next fall. Applications are due by Thursday, April 18. If you have any questions, please contact Kyle Powers .
Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) Meetings

Our Parent-Teacher Association will be meeting on the following Sundays at 7:00 p.m. in the school cafeteria. As a reminder, parents who attend these meetings receive one hour (per meeting) toward their ten required service hours. 
March 17, April 14, May 19
Registration for Cardinal Ritter Summer Sports Camps is now open!

More details here !
21 st Century Scholarship

The 21 st Century Scholarship is a program for students currently in seventh and eighth grade. This scholarship program provides income-eligible students the opportunity to earn a scholarship that covers up to four years of tuition and regularly assessed fees, such as technology and health services fees, to several public colleges and universities in the state of Indiana. For those families considering private institutions in Indiana, the scholarship will cover part of the cost to attend these schools as well. Families interested in applying for this scholarship should do so by June 30 th of a student’s eighth grade year. Several of our families have already registered for this program. For more information about this scholarship and how to apply, visit www.Scholars.IN.gov.                  
Safe and Sacred Training

We would like to remind all our families wishing to help with activities where our students are present that individuals must have completed the Safe and Sacred online training and completed a background check in order to volunteer or to serve as chaperones for a field trip. Please understand that until the certificate and background check are on file, we cannot, per the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, allow individuals to volunteer or work as employees of the school without this training and background check completed. If you completed your Safe and Sacred training, but did not complete the background check, simply log in to your account with your password and press the background check to complete the entire process. If you completed your training over a year ago or are unsure of your status, please log in to your Safe and Sacred account to see whether your training and background check are current. All Safe and Sacred certificates will have an expiration date on them, allowing your training to be valid for three years. To access the Safe and Sacred website, please go to the following: https://safeandsacred-archindy.org/login/index.php
Trash Bag Order Forms

To place your order for trash bags and help support the 8th grade class, please complete this order form and return it to the main office, or call us at 317-926-0516.