VOLUME 22 | March 30, 2020

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From the Desk of the Principal...

I hope this email finds you safe and well. I miss you all and your children so much everyday and pray that we will be back together very soon. At this most difficult time, it is a blessing to be part of our Saint Michael Catholic School family and to know that we are all here for one another. 

In the School Office (and from home), we are ready to help you and your children in any way we can. We check telephone messages and emails and make every effort to reply to you promptly. Please know that we are all here for you to answer your questions and concerns.

Most importantly, since March 16th, our students have been able to continue active learning on a daily basis through Google classroom, online resources, daily group “chats”, instructional handouts and Edmodo classes with their teachers and friends.  They have opportunities to sign in to “Zoom” to watch teaching videos, receive direct instruction, and share discussion and completed projects with their classmates. As a result, our students are not only meeting with success academically, but have even been able to complete art projects, practice music, and follow a fitness program. As we now learned that the building will be closed until at least April 30, we are all the more committed to actively teaching your children on a daily basis. As Principal, I am so grateful to my teachers and staff for providing for our students, not only academically, but socially, emotionally, and spiritually as well. That is our Mission as a Catholic School. 

Please be assured that as any new information becomes available from the Diocese, the Governor, or the County, I will keep you completely informed. I ask that you join us in prayer that Jesus will keep us healthy and safe and that He will soon end this suffering in our country and our world. 

God bless
Prayer for Pandemic
May we, as the people of God, remember to be the people of God. This should be a part of our daily prayer until we have weathered this storm: 

May we who are merely inconvenienced remember those whose lives are at stake. 
May we who have no risk factors remember the most vulnerable. 
May we who have the luxury of working from home remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making rent. 
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their school is closed remember those who have no options. 
May we who have to cancel our trips remember those that have no safe place to go. 
May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market remember those who have no margin at all. 
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home remember those who have no home. 
As fear grips our country let us choose love. 
During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other, let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors. 

-Author Unknown
Virtual Spirit Week
We are meeting up and posting everyday on the Edmodo website with daily lessons in all subjects as well as some fun stuff through experiments at home. We have weekly prayer petitions and have been reflecting on the Stations of the Cross. The students have been asked to reach out to family and neighbors with notes and phone calls. The most fun part for me is to watch the students interact with each other. It's hard for us all to be away from each other.

Click the egg experiment button below and check out this video from Kody, (love the slow motion!). He took up the egg in a glass experiment and made the video in slow motion to show how it works. It's all about Newton's law of motion. All you need for this experiment is a glass of water, a paper plate, a cardboard tube and a raw egg. Watch the video and try it for yourself or maybe try and create one of your own.

Just wait for the Rube Goldberg Challenge...it'll be coming soon! 
6th Grade Quarantine Photos...
For You, O Christ, our God, are the enlightenment of our souls and bodies.
Have any questions? Feel free to email us anytime.