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       "The Messenger"


         Summer, 2018
  Vol. VI, No. 1
St. Michael's Academy
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On behalf of all of us at St. Michael's Academy, I hope you are enjoying a fun and productive summer vacation! 

You should have already received a paper version of this Messenger during the past couple of weeks. Please be sure to keep the paper version handy and refer to it for important dates. Information contained in this document may answer your questions and save you a phone call to the Academy.  It is also extremely important that you continue to read the newsletter every week as this is one of our major lines of school to home communication.

Enclosed with the printed version of the newsletter, you received the Transportation Request and Extended Day forms. If you are in need of and/or qualify for either service, please remember these forms are due back at the Academy by Monday, August 13th.

 
Please make sure you reserve Thursday, August 23rd for the Back To School BBQ over at Nathan Bill Park. It's lots of fun and you won't want to miss it!

Over these summer months, please know that we continue to keep all of you - our returning and new families - in our prayers. We ask that God continue to bless your children during this time, that they may grow in grace through play and picnics, camps and friendships, family visits and vacations.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

God's blessings,

Ms. Ann E. Dougal
 

 The Messenger

The Messenger Newsletter-Please Read!

Communication is the cornerstone of our school!  We will continue to send The Messenger out via e-mail every Friday beginning August 24th. This is an important avenue of school communication, so please make every effort to  read it on a weekly basis

Send email addresses (grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.) that you would like to receive the newsletter to: n.coley@smaspringfield.org.
 


  Important Dates
 
Please Make A Note Of These Important Dates 

Monday, August 27, 2018
First Day of School!
Grades 1-8

Tuesday, August 28, 2018
 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Preschool and Kindergarten OPEN HOUSE
Drop in any time between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to meet 
teachers and other students!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018
First Day of School! Preschool and Kindergarten

Monday, September 3, 2018
LABOR DAY - NO SCHOOL
 

 Parent Orientation Nights

Parent Orientations 

Please mark your calendars for the dates and times of each grade level orientation:

Monday, August 20th: 6-7 p.m.
Grade 5 and Grade 8

Tuesday, August 21st: 6-7 p.m.
Grade 6 and Grade 7

Wednesday, August 22nd: 6-7 p.m.
Preschool and Kindergarten

Wednesday, August 29th: 6-7p.m.
Grade 3 and Grade 4

Thursday, August 30th: 6-7 p.m.
Grade 1 and Grade 2
 


 Gently Used Uniform Sale
 
   *Gently Used Uniforms*
 
Drop-Off:
Bring in a gently used uniform and receive 50% off! Uniforms may be dropped off in the gym August 13th between 3-7 p.m.

Purchase:
Gently used uniforms may be purchased on Tuesday, August 14th from 5-8 p.m. (note expanded time).
 

 Before and After School
 
Before and After School Program

The registration form for the Before and After School Program was included in the summer mailing and is due to St. Michael's Academy by Monday, August 13th. For more information on the program, please visit our website, and select Before and After School Program , under the Parent/Guardian drop-down menu. 

Please note, in order to use the program for the 2018-2019 school year, all outstanding bills from the previous year must be paid in full.
 

 Bus Transportation
  
Bus Transportation Form

This form was also included in the summer mailing and should be completed only by Springfield residents who:
  •  Are either new to St. Michael's Academy or
  •  Are a returning family who moved to a new Springfield address
Please note: Busing is available to students enrolled in grades K-8 only . Also, if your child(ren) rode the bus last year and you did not move, your child(ren) will continue to receive this service. You do not need to re-apply.

It is imperative that you submit the completed Transportation Request form to St. Michael's Academy no later than Monday, August 13th. We will submit all forms to the Springfield Public Schools (SPS) Office of Transportation Services and they will determine, based on your home address, whether or not you qualify for this service.

Information regarding bus stops for St. Michael's Academy students will be posted on Springfield's cable channel 15 as well as on the web site for the Springfield Public School www.sps.springfield.ma.us. one week before the start of school.

 Transportation Continued

Drop Off and Pick Up

Morning drop-off will occur between 8 and 8:30 a.m. Please do not pull through the parking lot to drop off your child. School buses will arrive at campus during that time frame. Breakfast in the classroom begins at 8:10 a.m. School dismissal will begin at 3:10 p.m. We will dismiss the car lines first, followed by bus students at approximately 3:20 p.m. and walkers to follow at 3:25 p.m.

Please note : students whose last names begin with A through L will be picked up on Wheeler Avenue, students with last names that begin with M through Z will be picked up on Eddywood Street. All preschool students will be dismissed on the Eddywood side of the building. When forming carlines, please be respectful of our neighbors and do not block residential driveway access.  No one is allowed to park in the parking lot during dismissal. Parking is also not allowed down the side streets across from Plumtree Road (Lancaster and Grandview Streets), and on the opposite side of the school block on Wheeler Avenue, Arvilla Street, and Eddywood Street.

STUDENTS SHOULD BE DROPPED OFF AND PICKED UP AT THE SIDEWALK.  PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE PARKING LOT TO DROP OFF OR PICK UP YOUR STUDENT.  Parents who enter the parking lot to drop off their child create a potential safety issue for people walking through the lot.  Also, unless there is a special circumstance, students will not be dismissed between 2:30 and 3:10 p.m.  Early dismissals should occur prior to 2:30 p.m.

Please set a good example for your child by following the school rules.
 
Please be patient and kind in the car lines!

Important Parent Volunteer Information!

Parent Volunteer Requirements

St. Michael's Academy welcomes all parent volunteers.  In order to volunteer at the school or chaperone a field trip, all parents must complete the Safe Environment Training as mandated by the Diocese of Springfield.

The CORI background check and the Code of Conduct forms must be completed as well as viewing the safe environment video. A certificate of completion for the video will be provided at the end of the training and must be brought to the school.  A link to required information and the training video can be found here.

If you plan to volunteer for the Walk-a-thon on Sept. 28th, the above training must be completed.  Please plan to set aside 1 1/2 hours  to view the safe environment video and complete testing modules.


 Girls On The Run
 
  Girls On The Run Continues!



OK girls...get ready for Girls On The Run at St. Michael's Academy this Fall!

Registration for the fall season is now open for Girls On The Run for girls in Grades 3-5 and Heart and Sole for girls in Grades 6-8! Each season, our girls learn to recognize their individual strengths, and gain a better understanding of who they are, what's important to them, the value of teamwork, and developing healthy relationships.

Over the course of the ten-week program, girls develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. All girls in Grades 3-5 and 6-8 are welcome - nobody needs to be a runner. Our fall season begins the first week in September and continues for 10 weeks, ending with our GOTR 5k at Smith College.

We are also still looking for additional coaches for both teams. Coaches do not need to be runners. We hope you will join us for another great season! 


For more information, please contact Kristie Budrecki at kabudrecki@gmail.com or 413-271-4700, or go to www.girlsontherunwesternma.org.

 After School Clubs
  
Do You Have A Talent That You Would Like To Share?

St. Michael's is always looking for parent volunteers to lead after school clubs.  Do you have an interest?  Ideas for after school clubs might include a chess club, cooking class, arts and crafts class, public speaking class, creative writing class....the possibilities are endless!

If you are interested, we would love to chat with you. Please contact Nancy Coley in the Admissions Department at n.coley@smaspringfield.org or by calling (413) 782-5246, ext. 1208. 

Our students really enjoy the clubs - consider joining us!

 Back To School BBQ
 
Don't Miss The Fun!

Community Music School

Community Music School

The Community Music School of Springfield is offering a tuition-free chorus entitled The Children's Chorus of Springfield open to students from 3rd grade to 7th grade, and another chorus entitled The Youth Chamber Choir for students in 8th grade to12th grade. 

Both choruses are tuition-free and will be performing at a number of venues this year including Springfield Symphony Hall and the Academy of Music in Northampton with the Young at Heart Chorus. Please help spread the word to other families. There will be an Open House coming up for both choruses on  Aug 22 @ 4 p.m.  at  The Community Music School located on 127 State St, Springfield Ma 01103.

To view the flyers, please click here.


Food For Thought
 
"Everybody today seems to be in such a terrible rush, anxious for greater developments and greater riches and so on, so that children have very little time for their parents. Parents have very little time for each other, and in the home begins the disruption of peace in the world."

                                   - St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Parish News

Holy Cross Knights of Columbus
2018 Golf Tournament

The Holy Cross Knights of Columbus invite you to join them at the 5th Annual K of C Golf Tournament on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at Franconia Golf Course, 619 Dwight Road in Springfield. This is a 4 person scramble event, beginning with a non "shotgun" start.  There will be trophies for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams as well as longest drive and closest to the pin.  Check-in will be 11-11:30 a.m. at the course. Dinner will be at Nathan Bill's Restaurant and Bar at 110 Island Pond Road in Springfield.

Not a golfer?  Join for just the dinner!

Prices:     $60 - 18 holes of golf with cart and lunch on the course
                $80 - the above plus dinner at Nathan Bill's.
                $20 - dinner only

Please click here for additional information!

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Reminder For Grade 2 Parents

Parents of grade 2 students are reminded that it will be a sacrament year for their child and they will need to attend CCD classes at their individual parishes.  Please contact your parish to enroll your child!




Prayer Corner
 
St. Michael the Arch angel, pray for us! 
 
We pray for all St. Michael's Academy students, families, faculty, and staff, and their special intentions. 

And we pray in a special way for our recently departed:

Carol Brown
Kevin Latour
Vincent Yacovone

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen. 



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