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       "The Messenger"

          February 8, 2019
  Vol. VI, No. 25
St. Michael's Academy
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We finished the week with a school Mass celebrated by Fr. White from Mt. Carmel Church. Fr. White spoke with the students about how Jesus wants us to be his disciples and wants us to help spread his message. He continued by saying that one of the best ways we can do this is by carefully listening to His words and then trying to use those words to guide us in our own lives. It was the perfect message to hear as we depart for vacation. The perfect reminder to practice kindness and truly listen to one another and respond like Jesus would.

I hope everyone enjoys a fun and restful week off.

Peace and God's blessings,

Ms. Ann E. Dougal 

  Important Dates
Please Make A Note Of These Important Dates 

Banking every 
Violin every Thursday

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

Monday, Feb. 18th through Friday, Feb. 22nd

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.
Middle Level Information Night
for prospective students

Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Grade 8 New Spirit Retreat

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.
SMA School Board Mee ting

Friday, March 1, 2019 at 1:45 p.m.
Kindergarten Grandparent Event

Friday, March 1, 2019
Progress Reports Distributed
2019-20 Registrations Sent Home

Please remember to attend Church as a family

Pray The Rosary

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Parents' Rosary Group

You are invited to join other parents to pray the rosary for our wonderful school: for our students, our families, and our teachers and staff. Please join us on Tuesday, February 26th at 8:30 a.m. at Holy Cross Church. Rosaries and booklets will be provided. This will be an ongoing group. 

We hope you can come!



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!


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. McQuade - Gr. 5 

Math Fun in Grade 5

The 5th grade students in Mrs. McQuade's classroom had some fun this week finding the mean, median, and mode of different sets of data in math class this week. They began by learning how to find these measures of central tendency. 

The students worked in small groups and used playing cards to create sets of data. Then they found the mean, median, and mode in order to describe the data.



 School Mass

We thank Fr. Robert White from Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church who celebrated Mass today with the students. Fr. White spoke to the students about the importance of listening and hearing the message.  He reminded them that at baptism, the priest blessed their ears and mouths so they could speak and hear the words of Jesus. To reinforce his point, he showed the students that he wears hearing aids to make sure he is able to listen.  He quizzed the students to see how well they were listening to the readings and Lucas from Grade 4 had the best listening ears and won a big container of Twizzlers! 

We also thank our 6th grade students for hosting the Mass and doing a great job as readers, altar servers and choir members.

  100th Day of School
Kindergarten Celebrates 100 Days of School

It's time for the 100th day of school celebration!

The Kindergarten students had a blast counting 100 pieces of cereal and eating it for snack!  You couldn't miss the beautiful hats that they made with 100 letters, numbers, stickers, dots! 

Guess what?  They are 100 days smarter!!

 10 Year Anniversaries
We have one more 10 year anniversary celebration to include! We couldn't forget Mrs. Mathews!  Congratulations to all of our SMA team members - we appreciate you!

Library Visit

4th Grade Gets Creative 

The 4th grade students had a visit from the East Forest Park Library this week!  After hearing the exciting details of the new library that is being built, the students were able to create a list of what would be in their "dream library."  They were even able to get creative and make their own library floorplan using various crafting supplies, all provided by the Library. And to top it all off...each student received a free book! 

Thank you East Forest Park Library!

 Movie Night

It's not too late to join the fun! 
Tickets are available at the door!

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

Food For Thought
"You know well enough that Our Lord does not look so much at the greatness of our actions, nor even at their difficulty, but at the love with which we do them."
                             - St. Therese of Lisieux

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.

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.

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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