December 10, 2020
GUARDIAN EVENTS
Last Day to Earn a Dress Down Pass!
Guardian Bash Auction Donation Drop-Off December 11
As the holidays are approaching, so is our fourth annual Guardian Bash. And the theme for this year's annual dinner and auction is "Livin' it Up in Kansas City". The Guardian Bash task force has already begun work on SMA's largest fundraising event, and we need the participation of all SMA families to help to make it a success!

Auction donations are needed!
  • Donate an item, basket, electronics, art, jewelry, tools, home goods, service or sports tickets.
  • Contribute a gift card from your favorite local restaurant or retail store.
  • Offer something special, such as a unique experience or handmade gift that can't be easily purchased anywhere else.
  • Join with other families to provide larger items, baskets, trips or services.

Auction Drop-Off: Tomorrow, December 11, is the last day to earn a free spirit wear dress down pass. The Guardian Bash task force will be in front of the school from 7:30-8:30 AM collecting donations. All SMA families are encouraged to donate at least one item to the auction. For questions, please email klucas@smacatholic.org


Committee Volunteers Needed for the 2021 Guardian Bash

Wanting to get involved with the spirit of SMA? Come join the team for the annual Guardian Bash. The auction is seeking volunteers for various subcommittees that are needed to make this a successful auction! CLICK HERE to sign up.
Staff Christmas Fund - Sponsored by the Parent Club
The SMA Parent Club is sponsoring a holiday gift-giving option this year for our dedicated teachers and staff. Parents and students, who want to express their appreciation this time of year, are invited to make a monetary donation to the Staff Christmas Fund instead of purchasing individual Christmas gifts. The fund will then be divided among the teachers and administration of our school. The staff has been very appreciative of these gifts in previous years, and many parents prefer the convenience of making a monetary donation rather than- shopping for several teachers’ gifts. 

This is strictly a voluntary donation! Families may donate any amount they wish. Donations are held in strict confidence with information available to the Advancement Office for acknowledgement purposes only. 

We have several ways you can contribute to the Staff Christmas Fund: 
  • Cash - place the cash in an envelope labeled “Staff Christmas Fund” and place in the box at the front office (If you would like a receipt for tax purposes, please include your name.)
  • Check - send in a check made payable to SMA with “Staff Christmas Fund” in the memo and place it in the box at the front office
  • Venmo - send money through SMA’s new Venmo Account: @SMAParentClub. When you type that in, SMA's Director of Finance & Human Resources Jim Chladek’s name will come up and it is tied to the SMA account
  • Online - make a donation through our webpage Staff Christmas Fund

Thank you and Merry Christmas!
Spirit Shop FLASH Sale - 15% off
EVERYTHING 15% OFF next week!
(excluding school uniforms)
Surprise your relatives with SMA spirit wear for Christmas! Follow the Spirit Store Instagram!

Special Store Hours:
Monday - Friday 11 AM - 1 PM and 3 PM - 3:45 PM

Stand Up For Life! Kansas City Rally for Life - January 29
Instead of going to the March for Life in Washington DC this year, SMA students are invited to participate in STAND UP FOR LIFE! - Kansas City Rally for Life - Friday, January 29 at St. Therese North in Parkville from 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM. All students in the KC-SJ diocese are invited to come to pray and learn about what we can do to stand up for life in our world today. Stand Up For Life is going to be an engaging morning of praise and worship, dynamic speakers, and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass where you will be inspired and empowered to stand up for life.

All SMA students are invited. If you are interested in attending Stand Up for Life, please CLICK HERE to fill out the form since space is limited. Registration will be opening soon. If you have any questions, contact Mr Sellnow, ksellnow@smacatholic.org or Sr. Jude Andrew, srjudeandrew@smacatholic.org
Support the SMA's SMILE Zone by Shopping AmazonSmile
Shop at smile.amazon.com and Amazon will donate to the SMA SMILE Zone, at no cost to you.
Directions: Go to smile.amazon.com
Select your charity: St. Michael the Archangel High School Lee's Summit then begin your Amazon shopping!
Encounter - Monday, December 14
All students, immediate family and staff are invited to attend a night of Eucharistic Adoration, worship, confession and a student witness on Monday, December 14 at 7 PM in the Chapel. We have limited seating so CLICK HERE to sign up today!
Facebook and Instagram LIVE Rosary is back during Advent
What are you doing during Advent to prepare your heart for Christmas? Join us in praying the rosary from the comfort of your home by watching our live stream every Tuesday evening at 8 PM during Advent. Follow our Facebook and Instagram accounts at @smacatholic to watch.
Virtual A+ Program Monthly Meetings
Assistant Principal Page will offer virtual A+ Program Meetings at 6 pm on the third Tuesday of each month (excluding Spring Break in March). These meetings are casual, Q&A meetings where general information will be provided. Students and parents are welcome to attend. The first meeting will take place on Tuesday, December 15. The link to this Zoom meeting is below, and can also be found on our website by visiting our A+ webpage. Please CLICK HERE for a detailed letter to the Class of 2021 from Mr. Page about the A+ program.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 961 070 6311
Passcode: 020591
New Technology Recommendations - MacBooks
If you are considering buying a new MacBook in the coming months, please read Mr. Alsbach's new MacBook recommendations at smacatholic.org/technology.
Apple has announced their newest M1-based computers, see why Mr. Alsbach recommends the M1 MacBook Air over the M1 Pro.

As a reminder, for security reasons, if your student gets a new device or has their device serviced, please reach out to Mr. Alsbach at jalsbach@smacatholic.org.
SMA Backpacks or SMA Side Bags Required

Starting 2nd semester, SMA logo backpacks or side bags will be required by all students. Seniors will be the only exception allowed. To purchase a bag, please go to our Spirit Store CLICK HERE
Time to Order Yearbooks

Order your 2020-2021 yearbook now! Cost is $95. Don't miss this chance to bring home the memories of this school year. To order CLICK HERE. Our school code for ordering is 16571. Remember, you can contribute your own photos to the yearbook by uploading them HERE. Questions about yearbooks, please email Mrs. Ellis at aellis@smacatholic.org
ATHLETICS & ACTIVITIES
SMA Athletics Calendar & Game Change Notifications CLICK HERE
SMA Guardian Athletics YouTube
All home basketball games and all home wrestling matches will be live streamed. To subscribe for live stream athletic events CLICK HERE
Concession Stand Volunteers Needed at Wrestling Tournament

SMA wrestling is hosting its first ever tournament on Saturday, December 19 and we will be providing concessions. We are in need of parent and student volunteers to help work the concession stand during the tournament. There will be 2 hour shifts from 8:30 AM - 5 PM. Please contact Ms. Kroening at mkroening@smacatholic.org to sign up for a time slot. Your help is greatly appreciated! 
Boys and Girls Track & Field

If anyone is interested in participating in Track and Field and were not able to make the informational meeting on Dec 9th, please contact Coach Price at jprice@smacatholic.org. Even if you have never competed, feel free to come out we would love to have you join the team.
STUDENT TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES
Summer Trip to France - Registration Deadline 12/31
This trip is available to the classes of 2021, 2022 and 2023, whether you have had French courses or not.
9 days discovering Paris, the Loire Valley and its castles, Normandy beaches, Mont-St-Michel abbey… A great visit of the capital and northwestern France, various sites of religious, historical and cultural significance!
Tour: Paris and the Chateaux
Requested Dates: 5/28/21 – 6/5/21
Tour Number: 2385852EX
Student price: $3,925
For questions, contact Madame Evans at cevans@smacatholic.org.
Registration Deadline: 12/31/2020
CLASS OF 2021 NEWS
Senior Yearbook Ads
Senior Parents - It's time to submit your Senior Ad for the yearbook! All ads must be turned in by January 10. Cost goes up as the deadline approaches. Spaces are limited so don't miss out on this special memory for your student. CLICK HERE for details and order form.
COUNSELOR'S CORNER
SEMESTER SCHEDULE CHANGES

Students who wish to make a schedule change should contact Mrs. Glasgow prior to December 12. Semester schedule changes will be limited this year due COVID and class size. If a request is made it must be approved by the teacher(s) and the administration. NO changes will be made when we return in January unless a student fails a course.
Career and Technology School Programs Available

Sophomores and Juniors: Online applications have opened for all three programs from Summit Technology Academy (STA), Herndon Career Center (H-CC) and Southland CAPS. For more information about programs offered through these partner career schools CLICK HERE. Priority deadline for applications is February 16, 2021.
College Information

Seniors - Our counselor's office receives new information from colleges weekly. Visit the Counselor Corner's webpage each week for the most updated Virtual Admissions videos, deadlines and full detailed spreadsheet packed with information on scholarships! CLICK HERE.

Juniors - the Coolidge Scholarship is now taking applications. Full-ride, four-year, merit based college scholarship is only available for juniors to apply! CLICK HERE for more information.
ADVANCEMENT OFFICE NEWS
Quarterly & Semi-Quarterly Tuition Payments are Due
All quarterly and semi-quarterly tuitions payments are past due now.
Tuition payments must be current before students take their finals on December 16.

If you have any questions please contact Jim Chladek at jchladek@smacatholic.org.
Employment Opportunity

Full time position available in the Advancement Office. CLICK HERE for more information.
VIRTUE OF THE MONTH
DECEMBER - Humility

Humility is the awareness that all of our gifts come from God and appreciation for the gifts of others.
AROUND TOWN
Positive Parenting Practices Presented by LS Cares

Want to lower your stress and increase joy? Our December Positive Parenting Practices free webinar will bring some light-hearted joy to the conversation of holiday stress. Join us at 4 p.m. on Dec. 15 for “Stress Less During the Holidays.” Register HERE. For more information on the free webinar CLICK HERE.
WEEKLY INFORMATION