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       "The Messenger"


          February 8, 2019
  Vol. VI, No. 25
St. Michael's Academy
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After a busy Catholic Schools Week, it's nice to get back into our regular routine.   I am always impressed with how easily the students are able to jump right back in and get down to business. After all, one more week and it will be February vacation!

Our morning drop-off and dismissal routines have been going smoothly.  Thank you for your efforts in adhering to these procedures. Our priority is always for the safety of our students and these routines play a huge part in keeping everyone safe. We are trusting that everyone will not slip back into old habits(!)

Fear not...there is always something to work on! The next item on the "to do" list will be tardiness. There is a snowball effect behind the scenes for the student, teacher and staff when someone comes in late. We will be working on this next!

Enjoy a restful weekend.

Peace and God's blessings,

Ms. Ann E. Dougal 

  Important Dates
 
Please Make A Note Of These Important Dates 


Banking every 
Wednesday
Violin every Thursday


Thursday, February 14, 2019


Friday, February 15, 2019 at 9:30 a.m.
School Mass hosted by Grade 6

Friday, February 15, 2019 at 6 p.m.
MOVIE NIGHT - Now showing "The Muppet Movie"
Wear your PJs and bring a blanket and pillow!



Please remember to attend Church as a family

Congratulations

HONOR ROLL ANNOUNCED

Congratulations are in order for the second quarter honor roll students. You are to be commended for your hard work!

To view the full list, please click here

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PLEASE NOTE

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

IOWA Tests of Basic Skills will be administerd during the weeks of March 11th and 18th to our students in Grades 3-7.  Please avoid scheduling any appointments during those weeks that will require late arrival or early dismissal.  Thank you!


TIME TO EVALUATE

February vacation is a good mid-year time to evaluate the condition of your child's school uniform. Are those pants getting short?  Do those shirts have stains or holes?  Is your child wearing the correct pieces of the uniform?  The right gym uniform?

Please be sure your child is properly attired in uniform for the second half of the year.



From The Classroom of Mrs. Wozniakowski - Math 

'Tis The Season For Math     

It is that time again when the smell of mathematics is in the air! 

Two weeks ago, the St. Michael's Academy Mathcounts Club held the St. Michael's Academy school competition to see who would represent the school in the Chapter competition. The students who will compete for St. Michael's are eighth graders, Sarah Szalai, Grace Gustafson, Hua Nghi, and seventh grader Keegan Sears.

For the last four months, these students and others have trained with problems that test their mathematical knowledge and add a little fun to math. Factorials, permutations, bases, right triangles, sequences, combinations, radicals, simplifying, and the Sieve of Eratosthenes are just a few of the math concepts that St. Michael's Academy MathCounts Club students reviewed for our yearly MathCounts school competition.
    
Our Mathcounts club emphasizes problem solving skills included in the frameworks of middle-school mathematics. The subject matter of Mathcounts includes geometry, number theory, and algebra. In addition, the program is designed to increase enthusiasm for math and engage students using a variety of math activities for all levels. The only requirement is to be open-minded about math and learn to have fun with it!
    
Our MathCounts Club can solve this problem can you?
 
Jan is thinking of a positive integer. Her integer has exactly 16 positive divisors, two which are 12 and 15. What is Jan's number?
 

 


 10 Year Anniversaries
   
We have a few more 10 year anniversary celebrations to include!  Here are the folks who were not available at photo time last week.




 Catholic Schools Week

Wrapping up Catholic Schools Week

Pasta Supper

Good food and good company! We're talking about the Pasta Supper that wrapped up Catholic Schools Week last Saturday night.  We send a special shout out to Bob Bys and Barry Crowley from the Holy Cross Knights of Columbus for doing all the cooking. We couldn't have done it without you guys. And thank you to ALL the volunteers who made it possible to have such a great supper.  We appreciate you!

Here are a few photos from the evening! 










Raffle Basket Winners!

Here are the lucky basket raffle winners!

Coffee and Tea Basket  - Katie Ann DeMars
Chocolate Basket  - Carly Hogan
Gardening Basket  - Karen Pomeroy
Italian Basket  - Ann Dougal
Arts and Crafts Basket  - Mia Nguyen
Game Night Basket  - Emily Voudrin
Dog Lovers Basket  - Jordyn VanMourik
Movie Night Basket  - Nahlia Edwards
Sports Basket   - Anthony Acetta
Baking Basket  - Nancy Coley
Lottery Tree  - Chris Harlow



 
And Our Calendar Raffle Winners!

1st - Susan Hart - $25
2nd - Marie Enderlin - $150
3rd- Cati Josefina - $50
4th - Carol Smith- $25
5th- Joshua Rady - $25
6th - Maria Renta Morrero - $25
7th - Robin McIntosh - $25
8th - Peter LeMaire - $25
9th - Ashley Pietras - $50
10th - Alisha Harlow - $50
11th -  Bridget McCarthy - $25
12th - Ernistein and John Booth - $25
13th - Josephine Sears - $25
14th - Sheila Lambert - $150
15th - Pam Westmorland - $25
16th - Kelly Westbrooks -$50
17th - Mary T. O'Connor - $50
18th - Ana Maria Magalhaes - $25
19th - Kristie Budrecki - $25
20th - Rejean Lapointe - $25
21st - Denise Clark - $25
22nd - Peter Lemaire - $25
23rd - Lucretia Cameron - $50
24th - Ruben Flores - $50
25th - Raemarie Walker - $25
26th - Emily Fitzhenry - $25
27th - Kristine Lefebvre - $25
28th - Chiarizio Family - $500

Congratulations To All !

The check is in the mail (Really!).

 Thank you!
   
 Shout Out!
 
And speaking of calendar sales...we send a special shout out to Jaden from KB, Ocean from 7C and Sophia from 7C who went  ABOVE AND BEYOND in selling calendars! Thanks for supporting our school!


Jaden raised $350 in calendar sales


Ocean raised $350 in calendar sales


And Sophia raised $480 in calendar sales!

 WAY TO GO!!!!!!!


 Movie Night




Girls On The Run

Attention Girls In Grades 3 Through 5!

Would you like to be joyful, healthy and confident? Then Girls On The Run is the program for you!  Using a fun, experienced based curriculum which creatively integrates running, you will learn valuable life lessons such as setting goals, establishing a healthy lifestyle, resisting peer pressure, preventing bullying, choosing good friends and serving the community.

The group meets twice a week and will begin on March 11 and run until June 2nd after school. The cost is $150 and no girl is turned away.  There is a sliding fee scale according to household income. Practice days will be announced.

Girls On The Run is also recruiting coaches to support the St. Michael's Academy team. If you are interested, please contact Abby Mahoney at the email or phone below.

For more information contact Abby Mahoney at 413-222-6129 or abby.mahoney@girlsontherun.org



Food For Thought
    
"If a tiny spark of God's love already burns within you, do not expose it to the wind, for it may get blown out... Stay quiet with God. Do not spend your time in useless chatter... Do not give yourself to others so completely that you have nothing left for yourself."
                                    - St. Charles Borromeo


Parish News
   
St. Michael's - East Longmeadow



St. Michael Parish in East Longmeadow invites you to join Fr. Gary Caster for an "Evening with St. Joseph." The event will be held on Wednesday, February 27th at 7 p.m. in the Church.




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Holy Cross 

The Holy Cross Knights of Columbus are hosting their 5th annual Sweetheart Dance on Saturday, Feb. 16th in the St. Michael's Academy gym, 153 Eddywood St. Springfield, MA. Tickets are $30 a person; singles welcome! 

Arrive at 6 p.m. sharp for a Cheese & Cracker Social. Gourmet catered dinner is at 7 p.m. with a DJ and dancing until 11:00 p.m. BYOB if you'd like a beverage with dinner. 

Tickets may be purchased securely through Yapsody  (click here) using debit/credit/or PayPal by visiting holycrosskoc.yapsody.com. Tickets are limited and will only be on sale until February 10th. Please call Bob Bys at 413-563-1147 for more info.

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.

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

Frank D'Agostino
Linda McNally

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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