December 4, 2020
GUARDIAN EVENTS
Guardian Bash Auction Donation Drop-Off December 9-11
As the holidays are approaching, so is our fourth annual Guardian Bash. This year's "Livin' it Up in Kansas City" themed annual dinner and auction is currently set for Saturday, February 20, 2021. The Guardian Bash task force has 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, gift cards, electronics, art, jewelry, tools, home goods, service or sports tickets.
  • 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: The Guardian Bash task force is hosting auction drop-off mornings from 7:30-8:30 AM on December 9 - 11 at SMA. Students of families who drop-off an item during this time will receive a free spirit wear dress pass. 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.
Lessons & Carols Concert - December 9
All students, immediate family and staff are invited to attend Lessons and Carols on Wednesday, December 9th at 7 PM in the gymnasium. Families may sit together with physical distancing between households. Masks are required. CLICK HERE to sign up to attend. Free live stream available at St. Michael the Archangel Broadcasting.

Choir and orchestra students should report to the gym at 5:30 in their concert attire.
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!
NEW DATE! 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. Please plan now to have the appropriate bag. 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
Boys Tennis - Information Meeting
Any guys interested in playing tennis this Spring, please come to our meeting with Coach Hirtzel on Tuesday, December 8th at 3:20 in room 109. Remember, no experience necessary. We hope to see a big group there.
Boys Soccer Players Receive Post-Season Awards

Congratulations to the following soccer athletes
All-State 2nd Team: Lawrence Roccaro, Jr.
All-Region Team: Lawrence Roccaro, Jr., Vincent Haggerty, Noah Weiler, Chris Oberkrom
All-District 1st Team: Lawrence Roccaro, Jr., Noah Weiler, Vincent Haggerty
All-District 2nd Team: Keegan LeNeave, Chris Oberkrom, Josh Oberkrom
STUDENT TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES
Summer Trip to France
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.
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 12th.  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.
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.
VIRTUE OF THE MONTH
DECEMBER - Humility

Humility is the awareness that all our gifts come from God and appreciation for the gifts of others.

What does humility look like?
Taking time for prayer; particularly a prayer of gratitude
Going last and waiting for others to go first
Thinking of others before yourself
Letting someone else know they did a good job
Being joyful at another person’s success

What does humility sound like?
Jesus, thank you for all the blessings you have given me.
You can go ahead of me.
Would you like this seat?
You did a really good job.
You are really good at that!
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