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       "The Messenger"


          August 24, 2018
  Vol. VI, No. 2
St. Michael's Academy
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It's hard to believe that our summer vacation is coming to a close and our new school year will begin on Monday.  The teachers have been here all week participating in professional development and setting up their classrooms.  They are looking forward to seeing all the students on the first day of school.

As we begin this school year, please know I applaud you for your choice in sending your child to St. Michael's Academy. You are giving them the gift of a Catholic education. It's a gift that can never be taken away and the benefits will last a lifetime. 

Enjoy your last summer weekend.

God's blessings,

Ms. Ann E. Dougal
 
 

  Important Dates
 
Please Make A Note Of These Important Dates 

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

Monday, August 27, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.
School Mass
Gymnasium

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:

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

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


 1st Day of School

Where Am I Going?

Typically we have our 1st through 4th grade students report to the church on the first day to find out their classroom assignment.  The church is still undergoing renovations, so we will have students in those grades report to the gym. 

Students in grades 5 through 8 will line-up outside with their classmates after the first bell and the teachers will bring them to their classrooms.  All teachers will have a sign designating their class.

If you do not know what classroom your child is in, there will be many staff members outside on the first day to help direct students to the correct homeroom teacher. 

 1st Day of School Mass

Opening School Mass

 All are invited to join us on Monday, at 1:30 p.m. in the gymnasium for our opening school Mass.  Come and join us as we ask for God's blessing on this new school year. 

 Bus Transportation
  
The bus routes have been posted on the St. Michael's Academy website and can be found by   clicking here. 


 School Supplies
 
What Do I Do With The School Supplies?

If you have not dropped off your school supplies, you can bring them on the first day of school or divide them up over the first several days. If you choose to bring them over several days, please make sure to bring your pen and pencil box and completed summer work on the first day.


MobyMax Principal's Challenge
 
MobyMax Summer Challenge

The last day to earn time for the MobyMax dress down day challenge is Sunday, August 26th.


 Back To School BBQ
 
The Fun Was Happening!

Over 300 students, teachers and their families gathered at Nathan Bill Park yesterday for the annual Back To School BBQ.  The fun was "happening" as students hung out and compared summer stories and parents caught up with each other.

A special THANK YOU to the Holy Cross Knights of Columbus for doing such a fantastic job cooking all the hot dogs and hamburgers.  We appreciate them and couldn't do it without them!
















 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. 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 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!

Food For Thought

"You are rewarded not according to your work or your time but according to the measure of your love.

                             - St. Catherine of Siena


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:
Philip James Ryan

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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