February 18, 2021 - News & Notes
From The Desk Of Principal Kerr
Thank you all for your participation in our virtual Gala last Saturday night! The dinner from Charlie’s was delicious (my husband and I enjoyed the brisket) and the virtual program was a lot of fun. Most of us were a bit nervous speaking to the camera, but Melanie Brower and Bill Olson were naturals! We don’t have final numbers yet, but it is safe to say that our fund-a-need met its goal, and we will be able to get the teachers new laptops! We hope to share final Gala numbers in our March 18th News and Notes. If you did not get a chance to participate, but would still like to give, we are now shooting for 10 more ViewSonic whiteboards. 

We are very grateful for outdoor recess after several days of captivity. It makes such a difference when the kids can get outside and get some energy out, especially for our youngest Blues. Hopefully we are finished with below zero temperatures this winter. Please remember to send winter gear every day.

It was good to see so many parents here Tuesday night and conferences continue tonight. If you were not able to find a time to attend, please feel free to reach out to your teachers to set up another time. It is always nice to catch up on how things are going at home and school, and let the kids know they have a strong team supporting them. Thank you to the PTO for providing meals for the faculty on these long conference days!

We entered the season of Lent yesterday with a beautiful Mass led by our 8th graders, who also distributed ashes in the church and to students watching the livestream from their classrooms. It was different this year, of course, but with Q-tips for applying the ashes, we were able to celebrate together with the regular cadence of an Ash Wednesday liturgy.

Now that the gala is behind us, we will be focusing on planning for next year. If you have not yet completed registration for next year, please do so as soon as possible, and reach out to Darlene Casey if you are interested in learning about tuition assistance. Staffing decisions must be made and we don’t want to leave our teachers hanging! A couple grade levels are at or near capacity already, but we do have room in most classes. Your word-of-mouth is our best marketing, so if you have friends or neighbors thinking about an excellent Catholic education, be sure to tell them to act quickly. We are filling up! 

Enjoy a relatively balmy weekend, God bless your families, and go Blues!

Mrs. Kerr
Thank You To Our Gala Sponsors

Music Education
We are looking for donations of Musical (movies) DVD's and children's music CD's appropriate for ages 6-14. If you have any lying around your home that you'd like to donate, please send them to school with your children. Thank you!
Keeping Christ in Christmas
Poster Contest Winners Announced!
The Knights of Columbus announced the winners of their Keeping Christ in Christmas poster contest and dropped off several prizes here at St. Michael. We had winners in every age category!
Congratulations to:
1st place - Anna Hennen
2nd place - Luke Hendrickson
3rd place - Laura Hennen

1st place - Analise Creager
2nd place - Archer Vig
3rd place - Arabelle Pillai

1st place - Aidan Klinkhammer
2nd place - Madeline Chappuis
3rd place - Kaitlyn Gilbertson
Decision Tree
Quarantining is staying home and away from others because you may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus. Isolating is completely avoiding close contact with others because you have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Please see the decision tree above, but these are important questions to determine close contact with COVID-19:

Were you exposed to COVID because you live with someone who has COVID? 
Yes: Quarantine for 14 days (with COVID positive individual isolating)

If you were exposed outside your household ask:
Will you test after 5 days?
If yes, return with negative result and no symptoms on day 8.
If no, return after 10 days if no symptoms develop.
Wednesday Early Release Days

Wednesday Early Dismissal Care & Homework Time - April 2021

Please let us know if your child(ren) will need Wednesday Early Dismissal Care (12:15 - 2:15) in April by completing this form as soon as possible, and no later than Friday March 15, 2021. We are offering this for families who do not have other options available for Wednesday afternoons. If you are able to have your child come home at 12:15, please do so, as the teachers are finding the Wednesday afternoon planning especially necessary this year.

If you are picking up your child before 2:15, we ask that you call the office so that one of our staff members can bring your child safely to their car line pickup zone.

In order to ensure proper staffing and the safety of all students we request no late enrollment.

Please complete one form per student.

Order Yearbooks Now!
It's time to order a yearbook for your St. Michael Catholic School student. Yearbooks are distributed to students at the end of the school year. Don't miss out!
Order before March 19, 2021

Yearbook ID code: 12368121
Lunch and Recess Volunteers Needed!
We still have many empty spots to fill; your help is appreciated!

  • Lunchroom and kitchen every day from 10:30am - 12:45pm. If you are available midday, please sign up using the Sign-Up Genius button below.
  • Recess from 11:10am - 1:10. Please use the Sign-up Genius button below.

All volunteers must be up to date on Virtus training. Please visit virtusonline.org to log in or to create an account and complete the required steps to be a volunteer.
Resources for St. Michael Parents

Parenting with Executive Functioning Skills in Mind:
Simple Strategies to Build Skill
Many children procrastinate, lack organization, have emotional outbursts, get “stuck” in their worries, are poor planners, or demonstrate other Executive Functioning difficulties. If your child frequently struggles in these areas, it might be impacting his/her school or social success. During this talk, parents will learn about the role of Executive Functioning in child and adolescent development. They will better understand the areas of Executive Functioning and take away simple, concrete parenting strategies to help their children develop lagging skills. Participants will also gain insight into their own EF skills and how the parent/child interactions can be improved through attention to these areas in ourselves and in others.  
Monday Feb 22 at 6:30pm
School Office: (952) 447-2124
24/7 Absentee Line: (952) 447-2230