April 3, 2020 - News & Notes
Dear St. Michael Catholic School Families:
In all of my training and years of planning, I never imagined that I would be preparing my staff, students and families for what has transpired. I thank you for your continued, rich partnership with all of the St. Michael Catholic School staff throughout these changes. Thank you for working with us to resolve any technology needs or issues. We are all experiencing this together and we are blessed by you.

What a blessing that we can unite in our faith to pray and come together during this unsettling time. Please see a tentative schedule, below, for your family to join with our greater school and parish community in celebrating Holy Week together, from your home.

ADDITIONAL PICK UP TIME MONDAY (10-Noon) : Did you forget something at school? Is there something in your child's desk or locker that you would like to pick up? I will be in the school office on Monday, April 6 from 10-Noon. If this time does not work, please reach out to my email, below.

FAMILY HARDSHIP : If during this time you find that your family is in a financial hardship, please reach out directly to me and we will support your family. We thank you for partnering with us and we want you to know that we are dedicated to supporting you, our teachers and staff, and praying for our world. In addition, our District is offering curbside pick up for meals if your family is in need. The meals are at West Wood elementary from 11 to 1 p.m. Our District is also offering care for essential workers. Through our parent survey, we only had three families possibly looking for care as essential employees. If you find in the weeks ahead that you are struggling with care or tuition, please email me.

Next week I will send out a survey to all families to get your input on all that we are doing for online and distance learning. We want to continue to grow in online educational excellence to support each child, personally.

PRAYER: We invite every family to join in prayer. Stay connected through our parish and school with online prayers and streaming events. Please watch the parish website for up-to-date prayers and programs: Church FB Page . Click on this link: "Litany in Time of Need" to pray this at home.

In addition, some of our parish and school staff are calling parishioners at home to check on them. From health needs to loneliness and illness, many in our parish and school are asking for prayer. We are so thankful that you will join us in praying for our larger school and parish community.

Blessings,  Mindy Reeder, Principal   reeder@saintmpl.org  


Here is Gabriel in religion
class with Mr. Peters.

 POSITIVITY PROJECT
Week 30: Bravery

  • Holy Week Schedule
  • St. Michael Summer Care Sign up 
  • Reminders

Parent Link:  Growth Mindset

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS:
Absent: 952-447-2230
School fax: 952-447-2132
Federal tax ID: 41-086790

 School Calendar:  


SUMMER TUTORING :
Kelley DeGross- degross@saintmpl.org
Deanna Vochoska- vochoska@saintmpl.org

YEARBOOKS! Our Life Touch representatives purchased every St. Michael Catholic School student, Preschool to Grade 8, a school yearbook. We will be in touch when the books arrive! THANK YOU!
Krystal Magnuson & John Wartman

**If you already purchased a book, you will receive a voucher for 2020-21!
School Week Ahead : April 6-April 9 (No school on Good Friday)


HOLY WEEK DAILY FOCUS: April 6-12, 2020
SUNDAY-Palm Sunday
10-Noon: Pick up palms at St. Michael Catholic Church, or put any tree branch on your door or color your own palm branches to hang in your windows. Shout "Hosanna" and make a parade at home using the liturgical color, red and "palms."
** Preschool-Kindergarten: Open your blue egg, read your packet and do the activity.
St. Michael Catholic Church Live Mass at: 5:15 p.m.

Join the Archdiocese for a Holy Week Retreat - Online!

MONDAY:
8:30 a.m. - Mrs. Reeder begins daily reading from " The Easter Story" by Wildsmith following announcements.
** Preschool-Kindergarten: Open your purple egg, read your packet and do the activity.

TUESDAY:
8:30 a.m. - Mrs. Reeder continues daily reading from " The Easter Story" by Wildsmith following announcements.
** Preschool-Kindergarten: Open your red egg, read your packet and do the activity.

WEDNESDAY:
8:30 a.m. - Mrs. Reeder continues daily reading from " The Easter Story" by Wildsmith following announcements.
** Preschool-Kindergarten: Open your white egg, read your packet and do the activity.

THURSDAY-Maundy Thursday
8:30 a.m. - Mrs. Reeder continues daily reading from " The Easter Story" by Wildsmith following announcements. The liturgical color today is white.
** Preschool-Kindergarten: Open your pink egg, read your packet and do the activity.
7 p.m. - St. Michael Catholic Church Live Mass ( St. Michael Facebook Page )

FRIDAY-Good Friday
8:30 a.m. - Mrs. Reeder finishes the daily reading from " The Easter Story" by Wildsmith following announcements. The liturgical color today is black.
** Preschool-Kindergarten: Open your orange egg, read your packet and do the activity.
7 p.m. - St. Michael Catholic Church Live Mass ( St. Michael Facebook Page )

SATURDAY
** Preschool-Kindergarten: Open your green egg, read your packet and do the activity.
8 p.m. - St. Michael Catholic Church Live Mass ( St. Michael Facebook Page )

SUNDAY-EASTER!
** Preschool-Kindergarten: Open your yellow egg, read your packet and do the activity.
10 a.m. - St. Michael Catholic Church Live Mass ( St. Michael Facebook Page )
Dress in your Easter best and join the "Live Mass" and send us your photos-reeder@saintmpl.org.

If you are looking for some creative food ideas for this week at home, visit,
Weekly Picture & Video Challenge
This week keep sending in those photos of your children working on homework, ,doing their "egg" daily activity, meeting their specialists challenges, and, your family dressed in your Easter best!
Have a blessed Holy Week.

MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT
Mental Health Support: Please be aware that at this time our children are also feeling the anxiety of all that is happening around them. While school is closed, a routine is a healthy way of structuring your days. Included scheduled time for school work, outdoor play, free-choice reading, unstructured play and rest time. Address children's questions directly and honestly. Continuing with regular bed and meal times is also helpful. Limit exposure to media and screen time as well. Our School Counselor : Dr. Keri Brenden

Additional resources that you may find helpful:

Please feel free to review this downloaded children's explanation of the virus: ( PDF of VIRUS)
IDEAS FOR AT HOME NON-SCREEN ACTIVITIES: ( PDF chart)
Act of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus,
I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
Amen.
©2012 EWTN. Used with permission.

Join the parish in prayer, spiritual communion and virtual Mass
through Facebook or the parish YouTube channel.
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REGISTER FOR SUMMER CARE
Join us for Summer Adventures Plus (SAP) beginning Wednesday, June 10th through Friday, August 28th. SAP will be closed the week of July 6th – July 10th and August 12th – August 14th for routine building maintenance. New this year: SAP will be offering a hot lunch option for all students! 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 & bible verse, two field trips each week. Don’t need Full or Part-time Care? Consider signing your child/ren up for our weekly Field Trips.

CLICK HERE for more information