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       "The Messenger"

          October 26, 2018
  Vol. VI, No. 11
St. Michael's Academy
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Today we finished up our first quarter of school. (Can you believe it?) During the next week, teachers will be busy preparing the report cards that will be distributed at the parent/teacher conferences on Tuesday, November 6th. Everyone should have received their designated appointment time for that day. If you have not already done so, please send in the confirmation slip ASAP. Mrs. Cullen, the counselor, will work with you, if you should need a scheduling change.

Next week, we celebrate the Feast of All Saints on Thursday, November 1st. Monsignor Joyce will be here to celebrate Mass with us. We would love to have you  join us for this holy day of obligation. 

I hope everyone has had a good week. 

Enjoy a great weekend.

God's blessings,

Ms. Ann E. Dougal  

  Important Dates
Please Make A Note Of These Important Dates 

Banking and Drumming every Wednesday

Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.
All Saints Day Mass

Friday, November 2, 2018 at 2:30 p.m.
Perfect Attendance

Good Attendance Pays Off ! 
Congratulations to our perfect attendance dress-down winners! In order to qualify for the weekly drawing, a student must have no absences, tardiness or early dismissals the previous week of school. We select one from PreK - 2nd grade, one from 3rd - 5th grade and one from 6th - 8th grade.  Congrats to this week's winners!
                Keira  - Gr. 6B                                    Jace  - Gr. 3A  

  Alexander - Gr. PreK4-C   

  From The Classroom of - Ms. Laporte - Computer Lab

Busy In the Computer Lab

Since the beginning of the school year, the children have been working very hard in the computer lab. Pre-K and Kindergarten have been learning their numbers and letters using websites such as Grade 1 has been typing skill lessons using Microsoft Word and Grade 2 has been learning how to research a specific animal and create a small report of their findings.

Grades 3 is creating a poem about themselves. They are using different fonts, sizes, colors, borders, and images as well. Grades 4 and 5 are completing research assignments. Grade 4 is researching a good role model. Grade 5 is researching a Catholic saint of their choice. Both grades are creating reports as well.

Grade 6 is working with MS Publisher to create a brochure on a specific country. They are using text and images in the brochure and formatting a template with a specific design and color scheme. Grade 7 is creating a small portfolio about themselves. They are using MS Word to type a brief essay, to create a word cloud, MS Word to design a collage and format a cover. Grade 8 is working on gathering information to input into a database in MS Access. Their database will consist of information on the  characteristics of the five types of vertebrates. 

As you can see we have been very busy!


SchoolsNEXT Team Receives Award

The verdict is in and we are proud to announce that our SchoolsNEXT Team from last year's eighth grade class has received the Award of Commendation for their project!

From the Jury: "The St. Michael's Academy students displayed remarkable enthusiasm, rigorous research and exceptional teamwork, creating solutions that not only meet the needs of students, but also address the economy and society of the future, enabling them to master the skills they need to take on the challenges of a world defined by change."

As always - St. Michael's Academy students ROCK!

  PreK-4 News

I Spy A Jack-O-Lantern!

Ms. Enderlin's PreK-4 class "got into it" today carving pumpkins. Some of the brave students stuck their hands into the pumpkins to clean them while some looked on.

The result?  A fantastic Jack-O-Lantern that even lights up!  Have no fear parents...the light is battery powered!

 Middle Level Event
Middle Level Halloween Dance

The gymnasium was invaded this past Wednesday evening by a bunch of costumed characters!  We are talking about the middle level Halloween dance.  Here are a few photos from the night!

A Big Thank You!

 Happy Birthday Mr. Ryan!

Your child(ren) might remember making a page that was going into a big birthday book.  Every grade worked hard and contributed!  Well... we wanted to show you the recipient of this special birthday card.

Mr. Ryan, one of our special donors, celebrated his 86th birthday and was extremely touched by his card that was hand delivered by Mrs. Lund. He said he had never received ANYTHING that was as special as this card and he couldn't wait to show it to his friends that also reside at Providence Place. He is also now the proud owner of a SMA sweatshirt as well.  

Happy Birthday Mr. Ryan and thank you for all you do for St. Michael's Academy!

  Open House
 PreK and Kindergarten Open House

Do you know of a family with a PreK 3 or 4 year old or a Kindergarten student that is looking for a GREAT school?

Pass on the news about what a great school St. Michael's Academy is and invite them to attend a special informational session for prospective students and their families on Tuesday, November 27th from 5-6 p.m. This event will be geared specifically for PreK and Kindergarten families. The little ones will enjoy doing a craft in one of our nearby classrooms while parents receive information about our school.

Help us spread the word!

 Open House

Pope Francis Open House

SMA Clothing
Coming Soon....

Back by popular demand, SMA sweatshirts will be an option again this year  for Christmas!  We will also be adding some additional "once a year" items including sweatpants and umbrellas.

Look for order forms coming home with your child in the next few weeks!   GO SMA!

 Cans and Bottles!

                                  Can and Bottle Drive 

Have you been saving all of your cans and bottles for the first SMA Can and Bottle Drive?The event will be held on Saturday, November 17 from 9 a.m. to noon.  Make a little extra room in your garage or basement and start saving now! 

The benefits are two fold - we are helping to recycle and making a few dollars for our school!

Food For Thought

"Faith and love are like the blind man's guides. They will lead you along a path unknown to you, to the place where God is hidden."

                                      - St. John of the Cross

Parish News
St. Mary's - Hampden

St. Mary Church, located at 27 Somers Road in Hampden, will sponsor a Benefit Concert by Dee Reilly on  Sunday, November 18 at 2 p.m. in the church.  Concert proceeds will benefit the health clinic being  built by    
Fr. Adolf Busobozi in his parish in Uganda. 

Tickets are $10 general admission and will be  sold after all Masses (Sat. 4 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.) in the church kitchen. They are also available  by contacting Cathy at 413-949-6808.


Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

On Nov. 4th, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel will holding its 10th annual Packing Party for Operation Christmas Child. To our shoeboxes, you can add mild soap bars & face cloths, dolls, cars, stuffed toys, calculators, books/puzzles, tees, toys, sox, play jewelry, $9 to ship a box.  On Nov. 11th, we bless them all (100?) and send to North Carolina for worldwide distribution to children in need. We'll let you know where they arrive!

Also at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

If you like Christmas Carols, Music Director Ernie Hadley, invites you to help lead us at the CHRISTMAS CAROL FESTIVAL on Sunday, Dec. 9th from  2-4 p.m.  Join the Mt. Carmel cantors around the grand piano for a few Sunday  rehearsals at 9:30 a.m.  And everyone's welcome to the FESTIVAL event. You'll learn some Carol fun facts, hear two personal stories, relive the Bethlehem scene, have homemade cookies and get a take-home gift.  All free!


Holy Cross 

"An Invitation To Rest Awhile"

You are invited to Holy Cross Church, 221 Plumtree Road in Springfield, 
for Eucharistic Adoration and recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy each Wednesday from 4-5:15 p.m.

Come and pray in Adoration, Thanksgiving, Petition or "just be" with the Lord.  We welcome you for an hour or a few minutes for this special time with God.

Also At Holy Cross

Altar Server Ministry

Ever consider becoming an altar server? We would like to invite you to join this ministry. 

This is a wonderful learning experience for our young members of the parish. They learn about their faith and take on responsibility. The assistance of young people as altar servers at Mass is a ministry of great importance at Holy Cross Church. They help facilitate a reverent flow to the liturgy. 

If you are a member of our parish, and your child would like to become a server, we welcome youth starting in grade 3 and up, who have made their First Communion. This is an excellent way for Catholic girls and boys to appreciate our great ritual of the Eucharist in faith and fellowship. 

Training sessions will be provided and announced at a later date. If you are interested, please contact Maureen at 413-783-6428 for further information. 

Prayer Corner
St. Michael the Archangel, pray for us! 

We pray for all St. Michael's Academy students, families, faculty, and staff, and their special intentions.

Fr. David Darcy

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

Michael Wesley

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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