May 15, 2020 - News & Notes
Dear St. Michael Catholic School Families:
Thank you! Thank you for the beautiful partnership during these last few months at St. Michael Catholic School. The online and distance learning plans effectively prepared by our staff was not possible without our parent support, partnership and feedback. Our faculty feel so blessed to have such connected parents. As we prepare for our final week of online and distance learning, we thank you, and our staff looks forward to continuing to deepen their relationships with you and your child during the 2020-21 school year. Please reach out to schedule conferences for the last week of school with your teacher(s).

YOU'RE IN GOOD HANDS: The announcement that came out earlier today sharing the administrative team for the 2020-21 ensure me that you are blessed for this next school year. I've had the honor of working alongside Sue Kerr in my previous deanery of Archdiocese schools and can reassure you that her leadership will guide you safely with a continued focus on excellence. Ms. Power as the Middle School Dean will help to bring familiarity to the administrative team, strength in past relationships, and continuity during this transition. St. Michael Catholic School is set for success in 2020-21!

END OF SCHOOL YEAR TIMELINE: Our staff and SAC have adapted our end-of-year with the following timeline. We will miss not hugging our students goodbye and hope to plan a late summer gathering when we can be together, again. Until then, here are the plans for ending our year:
  • May 21: Last day for student assignments
  • May 25: Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL
  • May 26-28: Prek-Grade 5 closing conferences (If you would like an end of year conference, your teacher will be reaching out to schedule this with you.) Middle School will be scheduling all-class online gatherings.
  • May 27 at 3 p.m.: Final date and time to accept assignments or redo a test/assignment.
  • May 29: Preschool pick up parade (pick up yearbooks, clothing or any items left at school or return any library books) Details to come.
  • June 1-3: Final K-8 school drop off and pick up- Come to school to pick up and drop off items. Please come on the day assigned by your last name. You will be able to go into the building, clean out lockers and pick up items on your child's desk/locker:
  • June 1: A-G (10-4 p.m.)
  • June 2: H-P (10-4 p.m.)
  • June 3: Q-Z (10-4 p.m.)
  • WHAT TO RETURN TO SCHOOL?
  • Technology Devices
  • Library Books
  • Athletic Uniforms
  • School textbooks
  • WHAT WILL I PICK UP?
  • Yearbooks
  • Certificates
  • Clothing left at school
**If you cannot make your time noted above, please come on an alternate day and time. If you need to come earlier or later, please email me at: reeder@saintmpl.org

GRADUATION-June 3: We have two plans in place that include social distancing and special events. As we draw closer to our date, details will be shared!

SUMMER CARE : Our summer preschool and Adventure's Plus (AP) staff continue to finalize details for an adapted summer program following MDE and CDC guidelines. Here are the revised, tentative dates and times of the program. Registration closes May 21st.
  • June 15-August 21
  • Off July 6-July 10 **Enrollment on July 3 may result in closing on this date as well.
  • Times: 8-3:30 (Drop off between 8-8:30 a.m.)
Specific information about drop off and pick up will be shared by our AP and preschool director as we have to adapt all procedures to meet safety guidelines. We will not be able to be as flexible with drop off and pick up times due to regulations. We look forward to seeing you this summer!

United in Christ : This next week is our last week to join our school in daily prayer during BNN announcements on the school Facebook page, but weekly live streaming Masses will continue with St. Michael Church until we gather, again.

KUDOS: To Andrew McEachran, one of our 8th grade students, for creating BNN announcements with personality this week! We have loved each 8th grade student that came forward to share our daily announcements and know God has great plans for them in the future!

Blessings,  Mindy Reeder Principal   reeder@saintmpl.org  
6th Grade Girls won the Youth 1st Team Award - for the second year in a row! The Youth 1st Team Award selections are based on votes and comments from the Officials and input from the Tournament Directors. 
GREAT JOB TO OUR TEAM, COACHES & PARENTS!


 POSITIVITY PROJECT
Week 35: Gratitude

  • Calendar
  • End of Year
  • Summer Care

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

Deanna Vochoska

Samantha Karnes


#inthistogether
#everykideveryday
#stmplproud
#stmplexcellence




2020-21 St. Michael
Administrative Team :

  • Sue Kerr (Video) Principal
  • Brittany Power (Video) Dean of Students
  • Father Tom Walker (Video)

School Week Ahead : May 18-21 (Last week of online)

  • Thursday, May 21: FINAL BLUES SPIRIT WEAR DAY!! Please come to classes wearing your Blues spirit-wear or school uniform.
  • Last assignment/live class day.
  • Wednesday, May 27: All homework for the year is due at 3 p.m.
  • 4th Quarter Grades: If your child does not submit enough homework in any given subject for this quarter they will receive an NA on the final report card for the quarter. Please talk with your teacher if you have any questions. Final report cards will be mailed out in June 2020.
  • May 26-28: Final conferences, please schedule with your teacher
  • June 1-3: Pick up and drop off days, see above schedule
  • June 3: Tentative 8th Grade Graduation Event (Specifics to be determined)

Specialist Links for Preschool-Grade 8:
Art
  • Grades K-5: This week, students in grades K-5 should finalize their Heart artwork and submit it to Seesaw (K-4) or Google Classroom (5) by Friday, May 22. If you are having trouble submitting work to one of those sites, you can send it as an attachment to an email. I look forward to seeing and creating a display with your artwork.
  • Grades 6-7: This week, students in grades 6-7 should finalize their Heart artwork and submit it to Google Classroom by Friday, May 22. If you are having trouble submitting work to Google Classroom, you (or a parent) can send it as an attachment to an email. I look forward to seeing and creating a display with the hearts. 
  • Grade 8: This week, students in 8th grade should finalize their Heart typography artwork and submit it to Google Classroom by Friday, May 22. If you are having trouble submitting work to one of those sites, you can send it as an attachment to an email.   
MUSIC
  • Grades PreK-4: We will complete our Music Choice Boards by choosing our final lesson this week. Students have been choosing from five themes: Move, Listen, Explore, Sing and Play. Send a video, picture or written response to SeeSaw sharing what you learned.
  • GRADE 5: Students will compose their own music mix using a web version of Incredibox. They'll be working with back tracks that combine the different genres of music like jazz, hip hop radiant pop, dance-floor vibes, samba rhythms, trap wave , and more. Students will submit their mixes through the Incredibox program into their music google classroom.  
  • Grades 6-7: We wrap up our study of Music Appreciation with a fun composition lesson. Students will compose their own music mix using an web version of Incredibox. They'll be working with back tracks that combine the different genres of music like jazz, hip hop radiant pop, dance-floor vibes, samba rhythms, trap wave , and more. Students will submit their mixes through the Incredibox program into their music google classroom 
  • Grade 8: We complete our study of the History of Rock and Roll by completing a two week research project. After choosing a decade between 1980-Present, students will be putting together a presentation due May 22.

All late or missing work is due by May 27. Students may get extra credit points by completing the Monday Music Challenges that have been posted throughout our Distance Learning.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION
  • PreK-5: Since it's our last week and some of us would have done a "field day", I have put together some fun At Home Field Day games for you to try! More details to come on Seesaw!
  • 6th & 7th grade: Yard Games Galore!! It's supposed to be a beautiful week, so let's end the year off with some outdoor fun!! Details to come in google classroom! 
  • 8th grade: Optional assignment this week, I still encourage you to be active, get outside and try some yard games, but no required assignment for you guys this week - more details to come in google classroom! 

ONLINE LINKS:

SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL SEEKS MEMBERS
The St. Michael Catholic School School Advisory Council provides guidance and leadership for the vision of the school, supporting leadership, teachers and staff as we continue to plan for excellence. All applications are due May 21, 2020. You can complete the online google form, or download and email your application to our School Advisory Council Chair, Molli O'Halloran.

MENTAL HEALTH & SPIRITUAL 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:

Additionally, as a parent at this time, you need support. Here are parent support resources:

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.


REGISTER FOR SUMMER CARE-PreK to Grade 5
Dear St. Michael's Parents and Students,

I am saddened to inform you that St. Michael’s Basketball Camp 2020 has been canceled. I will sincerely miss all of the fun and excitement of seeing all our students at camp, and especially watching our 8 th  grade Camp Counselors in action. I wish everyone a great, healthy, and safe summer while enjoying time with family!

Sincerely, Mr. Olson
SUMMER CARE : We know we are all experiencing uncertain times and it's hard to know what the future will hold, but we wanted to share that St. Michael Catholic School plans to offer our summer programming for both preschool and Summer Adventure's Plus (SAP). Staff are researching best practices outlined by the Archdiocese, CDC, and the State of Minnesota to ensure everyone's safety while still providing this care including, but not limited to, cleaning standards, check in process, illness procedures, class sizes and structures.

SCHOOL AGE: CLICK HERE for more information

Click on the Preschool Summer Care graphic
for preschool summer information.