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       "The Messenger"


          March 1, 2019
  Vol. VI, No. 27
St. Michael's Academy
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We ended the week on a high note. Fr. Warren Savage celebrated a truly inspirational  Mass with us today. His message of love one another and prayer touched everyone's heart. 

It was a wonderful message to take with us as we begin the season of Lent next week on Ash  Wednesday. We hope that as many of you as possible will join us for our 9:30 Mass on that day.
 
Enjoy your weekend!

Peace and God's blessings,

Ms. Ann E. Dougal 



  Important Dates
 
Please Make A Note Of These Important Dates 


No Banking during March
Violin every Thursday


Friday, March 1, 2019
Progress Reports Distributed

Friday, March 1, 2019
2019-20 Registrations Sent Home
*DUE BACK MARCH 29th*

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
BAKE SALE

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 9:30 a.m.
School Mass - ASH WEDNESDAY
Grade 5 Hosted

Friday, March 8, 2019 at 2:10 p.m.
Stations of the Cross
Holy Cross Church



Please remember to attend Church as a family

Pray The Rosary

 
  NEW!  NEW! 
 NEW!  NEW!  NEW!  NEW!  NEW!  NEW!   

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 Tuesdays 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!


 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.  We are catching up on a few weeks of winners!

                                 Harrison - PreK-4C                                          
      
  Cadence - Gr. 4B 
  

                        Aubree - Gr. KA                                

 Makenna - Gr. 3B


Aidan - Gr. 6A
 

PLEASE NOTE

IOWA Testing Coming Soon

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.  

We will be posting helpful testing suggestions as the date draws closer.



From The Classroom of Mrs. Santos - Kindergarten

Kindergarten Is Learning History!

Welcome back! February break has come and gone, and there is a lot happening in Mrs. Santos's kindergarten classroom! 

As we enter into our second half of the school year, we will be exploring history. Before break we learned all about Rosa Parks, and we thanked her for her bravery. This week we are celebrating the past leaders of our country, beginning with Abraham Lincoln. They were fascinated by how young Abraham was when he began working and all of the jobs he had before leading our country in the fight for civil rights. 

In the coming weeks, we will explore different national symbols, and use our much improved writing skills to write facts about these important symbols of the United States of America. I already see some future leaders forming, as we learn the importance of working together to create a nation of unity and respect to each other!




 Catholicity

  School Mass

We had the privilege today of having Fr. Warren Savage celebrate Mass with us today.  What a beautiful message of love and prayer that he shared with our students. Fr. Savage selected two of our students and demonstrated the fact that we are all made in God's image, despite our skin color or background.  The two most important things that God wants us to do is to love one another and to love God by praying.

We also thank our 8th grade students who did a great job with the readings, as altar servers, gift bearers and as choir members.




 Dr. Seuss
   
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

In honor of Dr. Seuss's, March 2nd birthday, many of our younger students  made "Cat in the Hat" hats. Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!


Ms. Synan's PreK4 Class


Ms. Enderlin's PreK4 Class


Mrs. Brodeur's PreK3 Class


And Mr. Lapierre came in to draw Dr. Seuss pictures 
with our 3rd grade students.


 Grandparent Event
 
 Students Enjoy Ice Cream With Grandparents

Our Kindergarten students entertained their grandparents today with some wonderful St. Patrick's Day songs and dance.  Afterwards, everyone enjoyed an ice cream sundae!

We extend our thanks to Mrs. Pat Kern who graciously spoke about the importance of Catholic Education and supporting the Fund for SMA.

   






 New Spirit

8th Grade Students Attend New Spirit Retreat

St. Michael's Academy 8th grade students had the opportunity to participate in our annual "New Spirit" retreat.  The goal of New Spirit is to create an environment which accepts and celebrates all young people, enabling them to enjoy a positive faith experience, and inviting them to be in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Here are some photos from the event:





 Pope Francis


Admissions Open House
Saturday, March 2 @ 1PM
99 Wendover Road, Springfield, MA

This is our LAST Open House Program for the 2019 admission season. And it's not too late to 
reserve your seat today!

Questions? Contact Ann Rivers, Director of Admissions at 833-999-7673 ext. 1132
or email arivers@popefrancisprep.org


Girls On The Run

Attention Girls Middle School Girls!

 
  •                      Build confidence and self-esteem
  •                      Manage stressful emotions
  •                      Make healthy choices
  •                      Make connections with other girls
  •                      Increase physical activity while having fun
  •                      Run a 5k at Springfield College on June 2nd
 
Practice Mondays and Fridays starting
March 11th
3:30-5:00 at St. Michael's Academy
 
Families, help your girls develop essential skills to navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. Girls learn to recognize their strengths, gain a better understanding of who they are, what's important to them, the value of teamwork, and develop healthy relationships. Financial assistance is available.
Empower your girl today!
 

Food For Thought
   
"Put aside your hatred and animosity. Take pains to refrain from sharp words. If they escape your lips, do not be ashamed to let your lips produce the remedy, since they have caused the wounds. Pardon one another so that later on you will not remember the injury.
                                     - St. Francis of Paola

Parish News
   
St. Michael's Cathedral

We save the best 'til last.  Wrap up the "Irish Season" at  St. Michael's Cathedral's  Irish Celebration dinner and revelry on March 30 after the 4 pm Famine Mass.  Have fun with Jerry Murphy and Friends who will entertain.  Tickets $20. for adults and $7. for kids ten and under.  Please bring a non-perishable food item to help eliminate the problem of hunger in Springfield.



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RECONCILIATION SERVICE
Holy Cross Church, Holy Name Church, 
and St. Paul's Church

Our shared Lenten reconciliation service will take place on Tuesday, March 19th, at Holy Cross Church, 221 Plumtree Road, Springfield, MA, starting at 5:30 p.m.

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Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

Tomorrow night's Kof C pasta supper at Mt. Carmel is a mid winter evening out designed for families. Come and enjoy homemade Italian food for all ages, and children's activities and crafts. 

That's tomorrow, Saturday, March 2, serving 5 to 6 p.m. Tickets at the door, $12 adults, $5 ages 5 to 12.


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Holy Cross

BURNING OF THE PALMS
 
Join us Tuesday, March 5th, at 5:30pm, in the Holy Cross Church parking lot, for a brief prayer service and burning of the palms (Ash Wednesday is March 6th). Following the service, we will gather in the meeting room for pizza. Please bring your old palms, and deposit them into the baskets at the Church prior to March 5th.




LENTEN ADULT FAITH FORMATION
 
"SABBATH: CREATING SACRED SPACE IN OUR LIVES"
 
A video series with Fr. Ron Rolheiser followed by discussion 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. On the following three Mondays: March 11th, March 18th, and April 1st. Please call Deacon Bill at the Holy Cross Church rectory to register.
 



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.

Robert M. Ryan, Jr.

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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