September 18, 2020 - News & Notes
From The Desk Of Principal Kerr
Dear St. Michael Families,

Today is the first collection day for our Marathon fundraiser. This is one of my favorite traditions in Catholic Schools, and my own sons participated starting 30 years ago! I love that it helps our children gain a sense of responsibility and philanthropy. They gather pledges, they do the works of service, and their Catholic school benefits. St. Michael added the tradition of 26 acts of service to mimic a real marathon. It is not only clever, but also in line with the mission of our school. This year we are not able to celebrate the Marathon the same ways we have in the past. If you have any questions about any of the information that was sent home, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Advancement Specialist, Brandi McColm.

On Wednesday morning we celebrated our first school Mass with our 4th through 8th graders in attendance, and our K-3 students participating virtually. The first reading for the day was the well known First Corinthians description of love which we quoted in our back to school plan because it notes: Love never fails. Fr. Tom recommended that the kids would do well to focus on two of Paul’s descriptors: Love is patient; and love is kind. Have a chat about that with your children and ask who shows them patience and kindness, and how do they show patience and kindness to others?

Scott County sends us a COVID update every week. This week’s report showed dropping numbers in Scott County. Over the latest two week period it dipped below 20 cases (18.7) per 10,000 people. According to the Governor’s recommendation, that is the threshold for in person education for elementary students. I would love to see these numbers continue to drop, and we will be doing our part here to mitigate the spread of the virus. Please continue to be vigilant, and please take temperatures every morning and stay home with a fever over 100.4 in the household, or COVID symptoms present. We want to stay open for in-person learning every day. That is what we do best!

Thankfully, we have not had anyone with a positive COVID diagnosis as yet. Families have been keeping kids home and checking with their doctor when their children are experiencing two of the less common symptoms. Allergies, colds, and strep throat all might cause two less common COVID symptoms to occur. Please continue to keep kids home and have the symptoms checked out before sending them back to school, and keep us informed of any diagnosis from your doctor.

As we near the end of our second week of school, things in the classrooms are really humming along. Our educators are educating, and our students are learning! I am seeing a lot of joy--eye smiles over masks, and full smiles through the shields! We are where we need to be, and happy to be here!

Go Blues!
Meet the School Advisory Council
Molli O'Halloran
Chris Chappuis
Bridget Hendrickson
Jessica Zalusky
Kristin Chim
Amy Reichert
John Weaver
Nikki Draine
Congratulations St. Mike's Students!



7th graders Madeline, Claire, and Lauren won the People's Choice Award at Prior Lake's 2nd Annual Chalk Fest over the weekend.

Well done Madeline, Claire, and Lauren! We are proud of your awesome artwork!
Picture day is Friday, Sept. 25. Students will be photographed wearing their school uniforms.

Attention Distance Learners: Please stop in for pictures at 12:30pm or 1:45pm.

All photo ordering will be done online this year - no paper order forms will be sent home. Please order using the link below. For your convenience, the ordering website will be available for online orders up to 48 hours after picture day. Picture day ID: EVT3M4TSM
Curriculum Night 2020 - Virtual Edition
Next week we will hold virtual curriculum nights:

  • The Kindergarten team will send a video to kindergarten parents on Tuesday, September 22. 

  • At 6:00 pm on Tuesday, September 22, the first and second grade teachers will host a Zoom meeting.

  • At 6:30 pm on Tuesday, September 22, the third through fifth grade teachers will host virtual meetings via Zoom for grades 3 and 4, and GoogleMeet for grade 5.

  • On Thursday, September 24, the middle school teachers will send a curriculum night video to middle school parents after school.
Important Reminders
Wednesday Early Release Day
St. Michael Catholic School has an early release every Wednesday afternoon with bus transportation available only at the early dismissal time of 12:15 pm. We will plan to have Wednesday Early Dismissal Care and Homework Time available for students who need to stay at school based on registrations from the early dismissal time (12:15) to the end of the regular school day (2:15). At 2:15 students will go to their normal car line pickup lot or to Adventures Plus (AP). Students wishing to attend AP must be pre-registered. (Regular Adventures Plus fees will apply after 2:15).
If a child needs to be picked up prior to 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.

Sign-up for October is closed
. October Early Release Care is full. The November signups for Wednesday Early Dismissal Care will be available soon and will be due the 15th of October.

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


Lunch Orders
Please take care when ordering school lunches to submit only one order per child. Order Forms will be sent Thursday mornings at 10:00, and are due at 10:00 Monday mornings. A reminder email is sent out on Sunday mornings.


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4th through 8th grade - Sign up for Band!
All 4th-8th graders are welcome to join band at St. Mike's!
Band lessons and rehearsals will take place on Tuesdays this year. To register for band, follow this link:
Any questions can be directed to band director Laura Thompson at concertbands.88notes@gmail.com. Thanks!
Marathon 2020

UNITED IN CHRIST
St. Mike's Service Marathon 2020 - United In Christ began on Friday, September 11th and continues through Friday, October 2nd. Our St. Michael School students are being challenged to each perform 26 acts of service (mimicking 26 miles of a marathon). As we have done in years past, some of our acts of service will be completed with our class, and others are performed by each student independently.

Our goal this year is $45,000, and these funds help us fill the gap between tuition and the true cost of education here at St. Michael Catholic School. Please check to see if your employer offers a company match. Some companies have increased their match amounts this year.
We hope to blow the roof off our $45,000 goal!

To help our school obtain this grant we are asking all students to participate!
  • Preschool Students have a per student goal of $50.
  • K-5 Students have a per student goal of $150.
  • Middle School 6-8 Students have a per student goal of $200.
  • NEW this year: If our Middle School students raise a combined $18,500, each of them will receive a new sweatshirt approved to wear as part of the uniform.

When we meet our $45,000 goal ALL students WIN!

Students will each received a marathon t-shirt on Thursday, Sept. 17. If you need to exchange t-shirt sizes please email Jessica Zalusky. Every Friday (with the exception of school picture day) students will have the choice to wear their Marathon Shirt or St. Michael Spirit Wear. Please refer to the calendar included with the Marathon Booklet.

Please see information in the Marathon Booklet which was
sent home early this week with the students!
We Need Your Help!
LUNCH AND RECESS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:

  • 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. See section below for more information. Please visit virtusonline.org to log in or to create and account and complete the required steps to be a volunteer.

We're Hiring!
Adventures Plus Child Care Aid:
Two positions are open for an Adventures Plus Child Care Aide at St. Michael Catholic School. Candidate must be available to work 2:00 – 5:00 when school is in session, have strong communication skills, enjoy working with children and have or be willing to get their First Aid/CPR certification. Please contact Julie Herbst at 612-619-7484 or julieherbst@saintmpl.org for more information.


Preschool Substitutes Needed!
Faithful Beginnings Preschool at St. Michael Catholic Church is looking for qualified subs for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year.

Substitutes are required to have the following in order to sub in preschool:
 -Essential 3 through the Archdiocese
  -DHS background study and fingerprints
  -Pediatric first aid/CPR
  -Child development training
  -Orientation/policies/procedures/allergies
  -Abusive Head Trauma
  -Cultural training
  -Disability training

Full job description available by contacting our Preschool Director Ashely Lind. To apply, please send your resume to ashleylind@saintmpl.org.