"The Messenger"


    April  26 , 2019
    Vol. VI, No. 34

St. Michael's Academy
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I hope everyone enjoyed a peaceful and happy Easter and the students enjoyed a restful spring break.

And now it's back to work for the last two months of our school year. We are looking forward to many upcoming events including our May crowning of the Blessed Mother, the 8th grade Science Fair, and our School Spirit Day to name just a few. It will most definitely be a busy next two months. 

The students enjoyed a variety of activities and speakers this week centering around how to keep their bodies healthy.  Please see details farther down in this newsletter.  We thank all the parents, agencies, clinicians and instructors who visited our school and shared such important information with our students. 

I look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events!

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


Satuday, April 27, 2019 from 9 a.m. to Noon
SMA CAN AND BOTTLE DRIVE
SMA Wheeler Parking Lot


Wednesday, May 1, 2019 
Grade 8 Graduation Photo

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 2 p.m.
Crowning of the Blessed Mother

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 from 6-7 p.m.
Grade 8 Science Fair
Gymnasium

Thursday, May 2, 2019
National Day of Prayer

Friday, May 3, 2019
School Spirit Day
Grade 8 versus Faculty Volleyball Game
BBQ Lunch




Please remember to attend Church as a family

 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 our recent winners:

           Nahlia - PreK3                                       Calvin - 5A
               

           Jonathan - 8B                                      Kaleb - PreK-4

             Jacob - 4B                                             Jack - 7A
 

 Can and Bottle Drive
 
Can And Bottle Drive

The can and bottle drive is TOMORROW!
Help us to help our school raise a few extra dollars by dropping off your cans and bottles between 9 a.m. and noon!



  Catholic Identity

Pray The Rosary

Do you have a half hour between 8:30 and 9 a.m. on Tuesday mornings?  If so, we invite you to join other parents during this half hour to pray the rosary for our school, students and faculty. What a great way to start your day!
 
 Honor Roll

Congratulations Students!

We congratulate all of the students who made the honor role this quarter.  Nicely done students!  To view the full list, please click here.



From The Classroom of Mrs. Dean - Grade 2

Grade 2 Welcomes Spring

The second grade students have been eagerly awaiting spring and all that it brings; sunshine, warm weather and flowers. They have been reading about and discussing ways they can be good stewards of our Earth. In addition and as part of the St. Michael's Academy "Good Neighbor Program," the students made door hangers with the message that they are good ecologists.  These door hangers were distrbuted to all of our school neighbors. 

The students have also been preparing songs for the May Crowning of The Blessed Mother on Wednesday, May 1st at 2 p.m. and for the May 14th Mass at 9:30 a.m. that they will be hosting.

May is also the time of the year for many of our parishes to celebrate First Holy Communion. Our Catholic students will be receiving this sacrament in their individual parishes. This is a very special time for the students and their families and we wish them well.

We hope you can join us for the May crowning or our 2nd grade Mass.
 



 From The Nurse's Office

Health Week Great Success!

Wow! Health week...what a fun week to be a School Nurse here at SMA! I may have had more fun than the students! We were busy all week learning how to take great care of the beautiful bodies God gave us. I'm not sure who laughed more, preschoolers or I, when I sneezed green glitter germs on my hands during our hand washing demonstration! Then the kindergarteners, Mrs. Cullen, and I were all laughing as we acted out various emotions and discovered our innate "Super Powers" of regulating our own emotions.

Preschoolers through 2nd graders will now have the cleanest teeth in town thanks to Dental Hygienist Missy Brown and our very own PE teachers! First through 4th graders met with EMTs and were even able to tour an ambulance today, Thanks American Medical Response! Afterwards, our 3rd and 4th graders learned relaxation and grounding techniques from our school counselor. They will also have a visit from Springfield Police Department next week!

And, of course, there was the Health Fair for our 5th through 8th graders! What an amazing opportunity for the students to hear from professionals and local organizations in our community. We thank all of those who volunteered and participated, Springfield Fire Department, Drug Enforcement Administration, Gandara Mental Health Center, Springfield College Art Therapy Department, Westfield State College PE Department, Springfield Parks and Recreation, Nicole Chivas (Nutritionist), Heidi Szalai (Exercise Physiologist) from Baystate Medical Center, The Marceau Family, the Deperry Family, and the Accetta Family.

The students learned about the harmful effects of vaping, nicotine, and drugs. They had an opportunity to put on police vests and fire fighter's equipment! They discussed mental health issues and practiced stress reduction techniques. They learned about healthy food selections and the importance of physical activity. They also received ideas for summer fun from the Springfield Parks and Recreation Department and from local boy and girl scout troops.

And, even though I am slightly relieved that the busyness of health week is wrapping up, inside I am filled with excitement of the possibilities for next year's health week!    
 





 Health Fair Raffle Winners

Health Fair Raffle Winners

Congratulations to the following students who were winners in today's health fair raffle!

Brenna - 8B - Vortex Football
Anthony - 7B - Watch
Carmella - 7C - Playdough
Sean - 5B - Playground Ball Pack
Nick - 6B - NFL Poster
Angelo - 6B - Trivial Pursuit
Sophia - 5B - Relaxation Kit
Vince - 7B - Basketball



 
 Science Assembly

Boston Science Museum 

The 6th grade students were treated to a look at the night time sky by the Boston Science Museum on Wednesday.  How do you view the night time sky during day?  You bring a big, inflatable sky lab with you!

The inflatable sky lab is able to project on the ceiling what the night time sky looks like on any given night, at any given time. Some of the things the students were able to learn about included identifying the constellations, how the earth's rotation affects what you see at night, the difference between locating stars versus planets, what a super novas is and much, much more!

Pictures were difficult because the flash from the camera kept lighting up the lab so you couldn't see the stars and planets on the ceiling!




 Prayer Partners

Thank You Prayer Partners

Did you know that during the season of Lent, everyone at St. Michael's Academy has a prayer partner?  This person includes their partner in their prayers and then celebrates them at Easter with a card.  During this past week, the students and faculty delivered their cards and enjoyed a smile with their partner. It was fun to find out who had been praying for you!



 Kindergarten
 
Let's Take Care Of Our Earth

To celebrate Earth Day, the 1st grade students were busy this week helping to take care of our earth.  Armed with gloves and plastic bags, the students did their part in helping to keep Nathan Bill Park clean for everyone.

Nice job students!





Last Dance

Shaking and Moving!

Our middle level students held their last dance of the school year on Wednesday. There were plenty of moves on the dance floor!





 Music Room
 
Practice Makes Perfect!

Don't forget to practice your music for the upcoming "Evening of the Arts."

Please click here to access songs and music.


 Book Swap
 
Need Something Different To Read?

Well, we have just the thing for you!  St. Michael's Academy will be holding a "Pop Up Book Swap!"  Start your spring cleaning now and bring in as many books as you want (and don't want anymore.) You will receive a voucher to swap for a book of your choice during the swap.  Books may be brought in between Monday, April 22nd and Friday, May 17th - there will be a collection box in all of the classrooms. 

The "Pop Up Book Swap" will be held on May 21st.  Seems like next week's vacation is a perfect time to go through your books and decide which ones you would like to swap!



 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.




Food For Thought
   
"The last degree of love is when He gave Himself to us to be our Food; because He gave Himself to be united with us in every way."

                                - St. Bernardine of Siena

Parish News

St. Patrick's Parish - Springfield

An AMAZING movie is coming to St. Patrick's Parish on 
Saturday, May 19th at 7 p.m. in the Parish Meeting Room.



A story of Hope and the Power of Prayer. An 81 minute film for all ages. Our parish has the opportunity to experience the rosary like never before. Power in My Hands, featuring a 13 member all-star cast,  conveys the timeless message of hope and the power of the Rosary  in a way that speaks to the heart of modern viewers. Don't miss this opportunity to transform your life! Find out more about the film at powerinmyhandsthemovie.com.

Don't miss your chance to see, Power in my Hands!

This film has captivated audiences worldwide and inspired people of all ages to encounter Jesus Christ through the rosary. This is a unique opportunity for our parish to come together and share in the beauty and power of this devotion. Join us for this free event and invite a friend!


Also at St. Patrick's  

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Mt. Carmel Church


On Sunday, May 5 at 10:30 Mass, children and youth at Mt. Carmel Church invite you to a ceremony to crown a statue of Our Lady. Be at the main entrance 10:15 AM to get flowers for the procession.  

 


On Friday, May 10th, Mt. Carmel invites you to an elegant Wine Tasting at the Springfield Country Club to benefit Mt. Carmel's Parish Center.  The evening will include hors d'oeuvres, wine and pasta stations, dessert trays, amazing raffle prizes, live music, games and soft beverages. 

Tickets are $35 per person at the door, or by calling Mary Anne Herron at (413) 250-2441. An etched wine glass memento will be given to every ticket holder.

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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:

Patricia Flynn
 
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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