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       "The Messenger"

          August 31, 2018
  Vol. VI, No. 3
St. Michael's Academy
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Well, it was an atypical first week of school with this crazy heat and humidity that necessitated half days on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Despite the extreme temperatures, the staff and students made the best of it and we had a good first week. Today was a welcomed change in temperature, but they tell me the heat and humidity will be returning next week.  We will be allowing students to wear their gym uniforms all of next week so they can be as cool as possible. I wonder if we will ever say we want to escape the cold again!

The number of students who completed my Moby Max summer challenge was very impressive.  Many of the students I spoke with said they did a little bit every day and it didn't take away from having summer fun.  Thank you for your support with Moby Max and for all you have done to prepare your child(ren) for their transition back into the school routine.

I hope everyone enjoys a great long weekend.  

God's blessings,

Ms. Ann E. Dougal

  Important Dates
Please Make A Note Of These Important Dates 

Monday, September 3, 2018

Wednesday, September 5th from 6-7 p.m.
Grade 3 and Grade 4 Parent Orientation

Thursday, September 6th from 6-7 p.m.
Grade 1 and Grade 2 Parent Orientation


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 paperwork must be completed in the school office as well as viewing the safe environment video at home. 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 Virtus 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.

 1st Day of School

First Day of School Mass

We send out a big thank you to Fr. Wayne Biernat and Deacon Dennis Skowera from St. Michael's Parish in East Longmeadow for celebrating our first day of school Mass with us. 

Fr. Wayne spoke to the students and challenged them to change their way of thinking as they are about to do something.  Instead of thinking "I have to," try to think of it as "I get to."  He also played a super hero game with the students and Camrie in Grade 1 correctly guessed that Jesus was Fr. Wayne's super hero.  Her prize?  A crisp dollar bill - what a treat!  

We also thank our 8th grade students for doing a great job hosting the Mass! 

  From The Classroom Of:  Mr. Starzyk - Gr. 6&7 Science

A Hands-On Approach to Atom Theory and 
the Periodic Table of Elements
Welcome to Science Class!
As we all know, atoms make up every facet of this world; from the air we breath to the massive space stations currently in orbit. But....have you ever been able to examine an atom up close? St.Michael's sixth grade science class most certainly has! Through a hands-on modeling activity, students were able to demonstrate their learning about atom-theory and the periodic table of elements.
Elements are substances that are made entirely of one type of atom. Certain atoms differ from one another mainly due to their weight. This weight is dictated by the amount of subatomic particles each atom has. Each subatomic particle differs in regard to the electrical charge it holds. Protons are positive, electrons are negative, and neutrons hold no charge.
Each student was assigned an element from the periodic table found in their student planners. The students were then asked to calculate the number of protons, electrons, and neutrons based on the atomic number and atomic mass of their individual atoms. To further enhance the learning and retention of the material, the students were then asked to use color coordinated art supplies to accurately model their atom.



A Look At Our First Week

Here are some photos from our first week of school!

From The Nurse's Office

  Attention Parents in Kindergarten,  
4th Grade and 7th Grade


Massachusetts Department of Public Health requires all students in Kindergarten, 4th grade and 7th grade to provide updated physical exam forms and current immunizations to their schools.

If you have a child in one of these grades, it is extremely important that you provide our school nurse, Ms. Pomeroy, R.N. with these documents.
Thank you!

 The Practice of Mindfulness
MINDFULNESS...Stay tuned for more information

 Girls On The Run
Registration Extended For One More Week!
Due to the extreme heat and humidity, registration for Girls On The Run has been extended for one more week!  This is your chance ladies to be part of an awesome opportunity!  St. Michael's Academy will be having two groups:  grades 3-5 and grades 6-8.  

Each season, team members 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, they 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 will begin the second week in September and continue 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 or 413-271-4700, or go to

 After School Clubs
Do You Have A Talent That You Would Like To Share?

Help us offer extracurricular activities for our students! St. Michael's is  looking for parent volunteers to lead after school clubs.  Do you have an interest?  Ideas for after school clubs might include a chess club, 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 or by calling (413) 782-5246, ext. 1208. 

Our students really enjoy the clubs - consider joining us!


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  Want To Learn Portuguese?

Ludlow Portuguese School
33 Norwood St.
Ludlow Massachusetts 01056 (413) 589-7101

The Portuguese School of Ludlow has been educating students in the art of reading, writing and speaking the Portuguese language since 1972. Our goal in educating students is to keep the Portuguese culture and language alive in the community. We are proud to announce the many new upgrades to the classrooms, new technology and methods to engage students in their exploration of the Portuguese language. We offer students the opportunity to learn conversational Portuguese as well as grammar and vocabulary along with history and culture through engaging hands on learning.

Open Registration
Wednesday September 5th and
Thursday September 6th from 4-6 p.m.
Classes begin
Monday September 10th from 4-6 p.m.
and run September through June
Class time Schedules

Mondays and Thursdays
4-6 p.m. for returning students in grades 1-6

Tuesdays and Wednesdays
4-6 p.m. for incoming new students to the program.
Class schedules are flexible to accommodate many levels and are designed to fit with other extra curricular activities on your family's schedule. You can discuss with staff and teachers a time class time that would work.

Tuition: $650 per student
payment plans are available
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Food For Thought

"We can't have full knowledge all at once. We must start by believing; then afterwards we may be led on to master the evidence for ourselves."

                               - St. Thomas Aquinas
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!

Grab your clubs and hit the course!

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:

Fr. Wayne Biernat
Deacon Dennis Skowera
Kevin O'Brien
Laurie Coughlin 

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

Ramonita Tarado

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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St. Michael's Academy 
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