March 11, 2021 - News & Notes
From The Desk Of Principal Kerr
What a March week we had for weather: shorts on Tuesday, thunderstorms Wednesday, and back to winter gear on Thursday. Lion, lamb, Tasmanian devil? We weren’t sure, but we made the most of it!

Just a reminder that next Wednesday we will be closing the campus at 12:15 for an employee appreciation event. There will be no early aftercare available that day and no Adventures Plus. Please see an invitation in below from G-Team to spend the afternoon on the slopes. Our staff and faculty event will include some games with prizes, so if you have something fun to donate as a prize, please drop it off with Tricia Peters in the office. (Please consider this a soft ask just in case you have something on hand.)

Fr. Tom has been reminding us during school liturgies about our Lenten sacrifices, examination of conscience, and the Ten Commandments. It is good for all of us to consider how our words and actions affect others and impact our relationship with God. I am thankful for the role models our children have here at St. Michael: Fr. Tom, the teachers, and the support staff. During Lent we all benefit from spending more time in prayer, celebrating the sacrament of Reconciliation and reflecting on our habits.

Next week we will celebrate the Living Stations of the Cross led by our 8th graders. If you are not familiar with this meditative form of prayer, it follows the story of the Passion of Christ. At the 1st Station Pilate sentences Jesus to death on the cross. Most of the rest of the Stations follow His path to the cross, and at Station 14, Jesus is laid in the tomb. The Stations of the Cross are a mini pilgrimage, with a prayer and meditation on the events of Jesus’ last day as a man on Earth. At St. Michael this tradition is also a chance for our 8th graders to demonstrate their leadership skills as they dramatize the Stations. We will not be able to have a large congregation in attendance this year, but we will live stream the Stations next Friday, March 19, at 1:00 pm.

Our School Advisory Council (SAC) meets this evening. Fr. Tom and I are so grateful for their commitment to St. Michael, and their thoughtful input as we plan for a strong finish to this school year, and look ahead to 2021-22.

Thank you for sharing your children with us, it is so much fun to see the ways they are learning and growing this year. Our 1st graders are reading and writing with more confidence, our 2nd graders are celebrating Reconciliation with the big kids this week, our 4th graders are learning about decimals in math class (yes, you read that correctly--decimals in 4th grade!), and our 7th graders showed great leadership at Mass this week, serving as acapella cantors, lectors and readers. We are blessed to have so much great learning happening here every day!

Enjoy this March weekend, God bless your families and go Blues!

Mrs. Kerr
Shred The Slopes!
Shred the slopes with your classmates at Buck Hill on Wednesday, March 17! G Team will be offering an afternoon of skiing and snowboarding at Buck Hill along with the option to receive coaching. Students must have at least their basic skills to participate. Jessica from G Team will meet students after school to help them prepare and a chartered bus will take students to Buck Hill along with a ride back to school afterwards. Coaches will be floating around. Buck Hill has a ton of snow and a deep base! 
March 17, 12:15-4:30pm
Cost: $25 and includes transportation and a snack (lift ticket not included)
For an additional $25, you can receive coaching!
Email G Team for any questions: coach@thegteam.com

Honoring Grandparents and Special Persons!
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.

Register for Summer Adventures Plus 2021 

Our program is open to kindergarten through eighth 
grade for our entire community.

Summer Adventures Plus (SAP)
Hours of Operation
Monday through Friday 8:00 am-4:00 pm
SAP reserves the right to close due to lack of enrollment.
SAP will be open June 14-August 20
PLEASE NOTE: SAP will be closed the week of July 5-July 9 for routine building maintenance.

Fees
Registration Fee – $60 per child
Session Fee – $50
All fees will be billed via TADS Billing Management

Why choose our program? 
Each week a new theme will be introduced. The following special events and activities will tie in with each weekly theme.
-Community service project
-Spiritual theme and bible verse
-Virtual or in-person field trips
 
For more information please see the Summer Adventures Plus Handbook or visit the school website. Please direct questions to Julie Herbst at advplus@saintmpl.org or 612-619-7484.

St. Michael Catholic School’s Summer Adventures Plus is waiting for new decisions or announcements from the Governor’s office to help guide our 2021 summer plans. Guidance around social distancing, group size and venue availability will be critical for our decision-making regarding the structure of our summer offerings. We appreciate your understanding and patience. Updates will be posted as soon as more information is available about the program.
Preschool Summer Program
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.
Book Recommendations
If you missed the PTO meeting last week, our special guest, Keri Brenden, School Counselor, discussed anxiety and suggested a few of her favorite books on the topic. Keri Brenden is at St. Michael Catholic School every Thursday and one Monday a month. She is also always available via email brenden@saintmpl.org.

  • Freeing Your Child from Anxiety by Tamar Chansky
  • The Whole Brain Child by Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
  • Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents by Reid Wilson

Summer Tutors
Don't let learning stop over the summer!

  • Summer tutoring provides an opportunity to review difficult material.
  • Working with a tutor during the summer helps students retain past content for a smooth transition into the following academic year.

Teachers are available to provide summer tutoring to students. Please email them directly for more information or to schedule tutoring.

Mrs. Kelley DeGross, K-5 Math and Reading (Orton-Gillingham trained), degross@saintmpl.org
Mrs. Amy Peterson, T-W-Th, peterson@saintmpl.org
Ms. Deanna Vochoska, All Grades and All Areas, vochoska@saintmpl.org

Session for Parents:
Helping your Struggling Learner

 When our children struggle in school, it is hard to know when to be firm and when to be flexible. Should we intervene early and structure the environment for success or should we view learning as developmental and expect all of our children to advance at different speeds? Should we give our kids consequences for poor grades or can we “pay” them to get A’s? How do we know when poor school achievement is something more serious than low motivation? In this session you will learn research-based strategies for helping struggling learners no matter the cause of the struggle. You will also learn signs of more serious learning issues and how to help your child thrive in school. Use the link below to register for one of the web sessions.
 
March 10, 7:00 pm
March 22, 7:00 pm
 
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.
COVID-19 Testing for Kids and Families

MDH announced a recommendation for all school-age youth returning to school, youth sports, or extracurricular activities, and their families, to get tested every two weeks through the end of the school year. While it is not a requirement, regular testing complements other safety measures already in place, such as masking and social distancing.


Getting tested every two weeks from now until the end of the school year can help keep schools open and sports operating, and ensure we are limiting the spread of COVID-19.
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