September 24, 2020 - News & Notes
From The Desk Of Principal Kerr
Dear St. Michael Families,

The Marathon buzz is building this week! The students who met the first week $50 goal received out of uniform passes, and tomorrow anyone who has $100 in total pledges will spin the prize wheel next week. Our classroom prizes went to the top two classes in K-2: Mrs. Gillham’s second graders and Miss Buesgen’s kindergarten class; in grades 3-5: Mrs. Vochoska’s fourth graders, and Mr. Amundson’s fourth graders; and in middle school Mrs. Disher’s 6th graders and Mrs. Shimek’s seventh graders. Congratulations to these 6 classes who each received a Gatorade of their choice!

The top classes in pledges brought in this week will be awarded next Tuesday with an ice cream party. The middle school kids are working toward a shared goal of $18,500, and will earn a new sweatshirt they can wear as part of their uniform if they reach it. AND if we reach our school goal everyone will get an out of uniform day every Friday for the rest of the school year, with Spirit Wear Fridays!

Our fabulous Marathon committee has come up with some great ideas to celebrate while still keeping each other safe. We are grateful to them and to our sponsors: Jason Walgrave Realty, Above All Flooring; Dr. Carlson and Belland Family Dentistry; and Babcock and Morgan Family Dental. This is such a generous community and we so appreciate all your support, whether financial, or through volunteering, or keeping our success in your prayers! 

I was out on the playground afterschool during Adventures Plus the other day, and a St. Michael’s dad told me that when his daughters came home from school on the first day, it was like a switch had been flipped and they had light in their eyes again! That is why we are here! Our kids need to be here (and we really love having them here too), we are grateful for every day this school year, and are taking nothing for granted. Our teachers have been knocking it out of the park during this challenging start. If you have a story or experience to share about these first weeks of school, I would love to hear it.

I hope you had a chance to take part in the K-5 virtual curriculum night on Tuesday. Please reach out to your child’s teacher if questions came up afterward. Tonight is the Middle School Virtual Curriculum Night, and a video featuring each middle school teacher will be sent out before 6:00 pm so you can view it tonight.

Thank you for sharing your children with us and at the risk of sounding like a broken record--keep on following the safety protocols so we can keep teaching the kids!

Have a wonderful weekend and God bless your families.

Go Blues!
Mrs. Kerr

Reminder: Picture Day is Tomorrow!

Come to school dressed in your uniform best for picture day tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 25th.

WE ARE IN NEED OF VOLUNTEERS TO HELP WITH PICTURE DAY! PLEASE SEE THE SIGN-UP GENIUS LINK BELOW TO SIGN UP. VOLUNTEERS WILL RECEIVE A LIFETOUCH VOUCHER TO USE ON ANY LIFETOUCH PURCHASE!
THANK YOU
Wednesday Early Release Day

Wednesday Early Dismissal Care & Homework Time - November 2020

Please let us know if your child(ren) will need Wednesday Early Dismissal Care (12:15 - 2:15) in November by completing this form as soon as possible, and no later than Thursday, October 15, 2020. 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.

Please note there is no school on November 26.

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

MEET THE SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL
Chris Chappuis
Kristin Chim
Nikki Draine
Bridget Hendrickson
Chuck Ihle
Molli O'Halloran
Amy Reichert
John Weaver
Jessica Zalusky
Lunch Orders
Please take care when ordering school lunches to submit only one order per child. Order Forms will be emailed 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
We love to see our students in action! Email us a picture of your child working on a service project, and we will display it in the multi-purpose room!

MARATHON FAMILY FUN NIGHT
JOIN US FOR FAMILY FUN NIGHT ON
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2ND!

We Need Your Help!
LUNCH AND RECESS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:
We still have many empty spots to fill; your help is 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!
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.