"The Messenger"

    April  5 , 2019
    Vol. VI, No. 32

St. Michael's Academy
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Our 8th grade students were definitely the stars of the show Wednesday evening at The Poetry Cafe. What a performance they put on!

These very same students will have yet another opportunity to shine next Friday when they portray "The Living Stations of the Cross."  If you have never seen this presentation, we urge you to join us for this extremely touching reenactment. Two presentations are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at Holy Cross Church.

Enjoy a restful weekend.

Peace and God's blessing,

Ann E. Dougal

  Important Dates
Please Make A Note Of These Important Dates 

Banking every Wednesday
Violin every Thursday
4th Grade Chorus every Wednesday

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 9:30 a.m.
Creation Fair
5th Grade Grandparent Event

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 from 12:45 - 2:15 p.m.
Grade 5 Creation Projects Displayed for Parents

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.
School Board Meeting

Friday, April 12, 2019 
"Living Stations of the Cross"
Performances at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Friday, April 12, 2019 
Field Trip - Grades 1, 2, 3
Symphony Hall - "Cat in the Hat"

Friday, April 12, 2019 

Please remember to attend Church as a family

 Cornhole Tournament!

The First SMA Cornhole Tournament!

Have you put your team together, given it a catchy, fantastic name and registered yet? 

  What are you waiting for?  Get your cornhole team together and
Please submit one registration form for each person.

 Can and Bottle Drive
Save Us Your Cans And Bottles

Whether you are hosting Easter Dinner or just having a few friends over, chances are you might have a few empty bottles or cans at the end of the day.  We ask that you put them aside for the SMA Can and Bottle Drive taking place on Saturday, April 27th from 9 a.m. to noon.

All you have to do is pull into the Wheeler Avenue parking lot side of the school and students will unload your bottles and sort them! It's easy!

Help us to help our school raise a few extra dollars!

 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.  Here are this weeks winners!
              Alexander - Gr. 1A                       Lana - Gr. 5A

Aaden - Gr. 6A   

From The Classroom of Ms. Callahan

Exploring the Northeast
The fourth graders in Ms. Callahan's Social Studies class have been busy the past couple of weeks exploring the Northeast region of the United States. The students studied the different states in the region and learned about what makes each state unique, such as its history, resources, landforms, and attractions. With this new information, the students started creating their own brochures about the different places in the Northeast. 

Collaborating in groups, they identified well-known places in the region and included important information about that place in their brochures. Some of the popular destinations that the students selected included Boston, Cape Cod, and New York City.

  Catholic Identity
Living Stations of the Cross

Mark your calendars for next Friday, April 12th, when our 8th grade students will be portraying "The Living Stations of the Cross."  The reenactment will take place at 9:30 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m.

We hope you will be able to join us for one of these powerful performances.

Catholic Identity

The Crucifixion

Today, our Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Dan Baillargeon, joined us for a presentation to the middle school students about the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.  His powerful words helped the students understand exactly what Jesus went through from His arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane, to His scourging and crowning with thorns, to carrying His cross, to His eventual crucifixion.

Thank you Dr. Baillargeon for your thoughtful and outstanding presentation.

  Catholic Identity

Stations of the Cross

We thank our 4th grade students for leading us in the Stations of the Cross this week.

 Catholic Identity
School Mass

A thank you goes out to Fr. David Aufiero from Holy Name Church for celebrating Mass with us this week.  His Lenten message of prayer, fasting and almsgiving tied nicely into what the students are learning in school.

We also thank our 4th grade students for doing a great job hosting the Mass.

 Poetry Cafe

8th Grade Students Impress With Their Poetry

If you were there - you were impressed.  If you were not there - you missed a special night. We are talking about The Poetry Cafe which was held this past Wednesday evening.

The evening featured self-penned poetry by the 8th grade class which was then performed amidst three stages.  The poetry was filled with deep thoughts, comedy, and entertainment.  

Nicely done 8th grade students!

 Nurse's Office
News From The Nurse's Office
Screening Updates
  • The annual health screenings for vision (grades K - 5 and 7), hearing (grades K - 5 and 7), and height & weight (grades 1, 4, and 7) have been completed. If I had any concerns about your child's hearing or vision, I have spoken with you.
  • Scoliosis screenings for 5th - 8th graders will begin in April. I will be sending more information home soon!
We are getting excited for our annual health fair at the end of April. If you have any ideas, please contact the nurse's office.  She would love to hear them!

 Happy Thoughts

Schools NEXT
St. Michael's Comes Out On Top!
St. Michael's Academy Schools NEXT Team 
Wins Regionals

Last Thursday, the St. Michael's Academy winning Schools NEXT team, comprised of Liam Russell, Brenna Sears, and Sarah Szalai competed in the Northeast Regional SchoolsNEXT competition. 

In front of a panel of school building industry experts, our students presented their ideas for a cost effective remodel of a portion of SMA. Students cited that innovative thinking sometimes is as simple as providing a more functional space for learning to occur. Later that same evening, the students were asked to present to the entire conference body at the awards ceremony. 

Our amazing students were named the 2019 Northeast Regional winners, moving us to the national competition level to be held digitally in May. We are very proud of the accomplishments of this group of students.  This is a perfect example of the success of students when home and school work together!

 Student Council

East Basket Raffle

The Student Council is, once again, sponsoring an Easter basket raffle!

Starting on Monday, April 8th, students can send in a dollar (or more) to purchase a ticket for a chance to win a beautiful basket full of Easter goodies. The money can be brought in an envelope with the child's name and homeroom. The money raised will be going to the Gray House. The winner will be drawn on Friday, April 12th. 

Good luck to everyone.

Dine and Donate

 Thank You !

We send out a HUGE thank you to all of our families who participated in the Dine and Donate program this past Monday evening at Texas Roadhouse.  As a result of our SMA family coming together and dining, we were able to raise $320 for our school.  The best part?  We all had the opportunity to have a great meal at the same time!

Food For Thought
"Cheerfulness strengthens the heart and makes us persevere in a good life. Therefore, the servant of God ought always to be in good spirits."

                                         - St. Philip Neri

Parish News
St. Catherine of Siena

St. Catherine of Siena invites you to the 6th Annual Fish Fry on Friday, April 12th.  Dinner includes a generous 1/2 lb. portion of fresh haddock, french fries, homemade coleslaw and a beverage.   Everything is fresh, fresh, fresh! Take-out is also available! Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children 10 and under and may be purchased through the Parish Office or by contacting Maria or Stephen Wyszynski at (413) 374-5358.

St. Catherine's youth group will serve as waiters (which is filled with past and present St. Michaels students) for tips to support their group. 

Also At St. Catherine's

St. Catherine's also offers Lenten Lunches from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. every Friday during Lent in the Parish Center, 1023 Parker Street.  Meals include a homemade soup, sandwich, dessert and beverage. Don't you just love a bargain!!


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:

Dr. Harold Gramse

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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