December 18, 2020
GUARDIAN EVENTS
Guardian Bash Auction Donations Still Needed
While out doing your after Christmas shopping please remember SMA! We are still in need of auction items and will be collecting them through January.The Guardian Bash is 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.

You may drop off your auction donation in the Advancement Office during regular school hours. Please fill out the online donation form HERE or print an auction donation form HERE and attach it your donation. 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.
A Parent Club Thank You
The SMA Parent Club would like to thank the SMA families for your generous contributions to the Staff Christmas Fund. We recognize how hard the SMA teachers and staff work every day for the benefit of our children. They have been dedicated to educating and supporting our students the during this first semester of in person, virtual and hybrid learning. We are so thankful to the SMA staff and we were pleased to give them a monetary Christmas gift to show them our appreciation. We wish the entire SMA community a blessed Christmas! 
Thank You from the Staff
To SMA Parents:

It is with humble and grateful hearts that we extend a HUGE THANK YOU to the St. Michael parents for the gracious donation to the Staff Christmas Fund. On Thursday, Fr. Sly and Principal Briggs distributed the monetary gift to each staff member.

It is a privilege to work in a Catholic school where faith and academics can blend together on a daily basis. Your support, especially these past nine months of covid, has been essential in educating the students. Thank you for the gift and thank you for the continued prayers and support.

Merry Christmas! - SMA teachers and staff
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!
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. A recording of the first zoom meeting held on December 15 can be viewed on our A+ webpage. For a detailed letter about the A+ program from Mr. Page, CLICK HERE.

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
Sign Up to Work at the Chiefs Game
Volunteer concession workers needed for December 27 game Chiefs vs. Falcons. Be a part of this fun volunteer opportunity at Arrowhead! To sign up to work at the Chiefs game CLICK HERE.
Spring Musical Auditions - January 8
Audition submissions for our spring musical, Broadway Revue are due January 8 at 3:30 pm. All information about the show and auditions can be found here or by becoming a part of our Theatre Google Classroom with code VUTDTRF. All students are welcome to audition! Please direct any questions to Mr. Wright at wwright@smacatholic.org
Concession Stand Volunteers Needed at Wrestling Tournament - December 19

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.
Athletic Events Over Christmas Break

SATURDAY 12/19
8:00am - Wrestling Varsity Tourney at HOME

TUESDAY 12/22
(please check the calendar on the website for any last minute changes, cancellations, or postponements)
2 PM Swimming Girls Varsity Meet vs. Raytown High School (Away)
4:30 PM - Basketball Boys Freshman game vs. Pleasant Hill (HOME)
6 PM - Basketball Boys JV game vs. Pleasant Hill (HOME)
7:30 PM Basketball Boys Varsity game vs. Pleasant Hill (HOME)

MONDAY 12/28 - WEDNESDAY 12/30 - (please check the calendar on the website for any last minute changes, cancellations, or postponements)
TBD - Basketball Boys Varsity Tourney (Away - Bishop LeBlond High School)
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
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
If your tuition is not current or a plan has not been set with the Business Office to bring it current, your student will not have access to PowerSchool after December 18.

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