"The Messenger"

    May 10 , 2019
    Vol. VI, No. 36

St. Michael's Academy
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We're coming down the home stretch everyone! Today we sent home the last progress report of the year (Yippee!), and after reviewing them, they certainly reflected that typical "crawl to the finish line" kind of look. We've got a few more weeks to go. Homework, study, bedtimes, behavior, still matter! Hang in there! You can make it!

In our faith, May is the traditional time for First Communions. Many of our students are receiving the Eucharist for the first time this month and on Monday, we'll celebrate with them at our school Mass at 9:30 a.m. Sharing in the Eucharist joins us most fully to Christ and to the Church. Please join us as we welcome these children to the table of the Lord.

I hope all of our mothers enjoy a blessed and happy Mother's Day!  Enjoy a great 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

Saturday, May 11, 2019
Springfield's World's Largest Pancake Breakfast
SMA Performing

Sunday, May 12, 2019
Don't forget Mom!

Monday, May 13, 2019 at 9:30 a.m.
School Mass - Hosted by Gr. 2

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.
School Board Meeting

Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 6 p.m.
An Evening of Art and Music

Friday, May 17, 2019
Gr. 7 New Spirit Retreat

Please remember to attend Church as a family

Upcoming Dates
**Important End of Year Dates - 2019**
Thursday, May 16th ...........    Arts Night
Tuesday, May 21st  ............    Pop Up Book Swap
Wednesday, May 29th .......   Gr. 4 Chorus Recital
Thursday, May 30th ...........   Ascension Thursday - Mass of                                                                      Thanksgiving & Grade 8 Pinning Ceremony
Friday, May 31st .................    Carnival
Monday, June 3rd ...............   PK & K Field Day
Wednesday, June 5th .........    Grades 1, 2, 3, 4 Field Day
Thursday, June 6th .............   Grades 5, 6, 7 Field Day
Thursday, June 6th .............  Violin Recital
Friday, June 7th ..................   Carnival Rain Date
                                                 Grade 8 Awards Ceremony
                                                 Last day for Grade 8
Saturday, June 8th .............    Cornhole Tournament
Monday, June 10th .............    Kdg. Closing Ceremony (last day for kdg.)
                                                 Grade 8 Graduation
Tuesday, June 11th .............   Last day for PreK
                                                 Field Day Rain Date
Wednesday, June 12th .......    Last Day of School
                                                 Mass - 9:30 a.m.
                                                 Awards Ceremony to follow
                                                 Dismissal at Noon

 Social Media

Do You Follow Us On Social Media?

Have you "Liked" us on Facebook?

Do you follow us on Instagram?

Do you follow us on Twitter?

St. Michael's Academy has a presence on each of these social media outlets.   Check it out!


 Cornhole Tournament!


There are only 4 weeks left to register!!!!

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.

 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:

            Rihlan - Gr. 2B                                        Zelie - Gr. 3B       

  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!
From The Classroom of Mrs. Rowland - Gr. 1

 1A Watches Changes Before Their Eyes

Mrs. Rowland's first graders have welcomed six "Very Hungry Caterpillars" to 1A!  Every day, we are watching them grow into beautiful butterflies. 

As the students observe the "Very Hungry Caterpillars," they document the changes through their stages. The caterpillars came to the classroom in the second stage of development (as a caterpillar) and are currently entering the third stage called a chrysalis (cocoon). After emerging from the chrysalis they will rest for a while, and be set free flying away into their natural surroundings. 

This life science project teaches our students about the life cycle, as well as how to observe animals as they grow and change.

  Grade 8 News
Boston Science Museum Wows Grade 8

The Boston Museum of Science returned to St. Michael's Academy this past Wednesday presenting "Dynamic Earth" to the 8th grade class .  

Through a generous grant from Mr. and Mrs. Powers, students were able to learn more about conduction, convection, and radiation.  These three processes help heat the Earth and are integral parts of our daily lives.  Students were shown how heat  transfers and thermal energy impacts our world.  Emily, our presenter, demonstrated each of these concepts through a variety of experiments that powerfully illustrated the definitions she shared with our students.  

This program was an extension of the science curriculum here at St. Michael's and enriched the knowledge base of our students.

 Field Trip

Grades 6th and 7th Go To Connecticut Science Museum

Imaginations were going wild as the 6th and 7th grade students visited the Connecticut Science Museum today!

Counselor's Corner

Healthy Social Relationships

I thought it might be helpful to have a summary of Magic Jim's anti-bullying presentation to guide your continued work with your children to have successful social experiences.  There was valuable information given to help all students know what to do if they experience or witness negative social interactions.

"Bully-Proofing Your School" summary of the 3/27/19 presentation by Jim Vagias:
  1. Defined bullying : The intentional and one-sided use of unequal power to intimidate, ridicule, harass, threaten and belittle someone else.
  2. Types of bullying include physical, social (excluding), and verbal/internet.
  3. Causes of bullying: mostly unknown. Research tells that most people who exhibit bullying behavior either...A) like to exert power and can get away with it or B) have an inflated self-esteem.
  4. The 3 roles of a bullying situation are the target/victim , the bully/person causing harm and the bystander (who usually does not act due to fear of retaliation)
  5. In school most bullying occurs at recess, in the bathroom, at lunch, in the hallways or on the bus.
  6. There are many consequences of bullying for all 3 roles in bullying situations including negative physical, mental, academic, legal and social effects. One statistic tells that if a person who bullies is not stopped, he/she is 60% more likely to have a criminal record by age 24.
  7. What can be done ?
    1. Tell children what bullying is NOT (arguments or disagreements)
    2. Empower bystanders - "they are our best tools"
    3. Notice changes in children's behavior (increased absence, decrease in grades, cease hanging out with peers, decrease personal hygiene, increase physical complaints, etc).  May not be a symptom of bullying but take note and discuss with a School Counselor, School Nurse and/or Teacher.
    4. Set aside time with your child to discuss things like...What does bullying mean? What does it mean to be a good friend? How can people help each other? How did someone help you? Discuss what IS and IS NOT bullying. Discuss tattling vs. telling-as Mortimor the bird taught them. Discuss bystander roles and how they can help others if they see them being harmed, discuss respecting differences in other people, etc.
    5. Three steps NO - GO - TELL
      1. NO - try to solve it themselves by saying "no, I don't like when you say that to me."
      2. GO - move away from the person who is bullying.
      3. TELL - share what is happening with an adult. ( "discuss tattling vs. telling"-as Mortimor the bird taught them)
  8. Use and teach humor statements to be used in a difficult situation... Just keep saying "so" or "whatever" when someone is saying hurtful things.
  9. Adults can tell their kids that the person who is saying hurtful things "is wrong," and they may be jealous or secretly just want to make you upset.  Try to get the target to stop reacting.
  10. It is important to share any concerns with your child's teacher to provide teamwork as the best support for all.


 Art and Music

 Girls On The Run

St. Michael's Academy Practice 5k

Let's Cheer On Our Girls!

Please join us at 4 p.m. after school on  Friday, May 17th to cheer for our Middle School girls' Heart & Sole team! 
  • Sophia  
  • Jennie  
  • Cami  
  • Isabella  
  • Ireland  
  • Olivia  
  • Mia 
  • Norah 
  • Allison 
  • Nora 
There's no time commitment and no volunteering - just show up when you can, for as long as you can.  The girls have been working hard all season, and they'll complete their Final 5k on Sunday, June 2 at Springfield College with over 2,000 other runners.  

Our   Practice 5k on May 17th  will help them to prepare for their final run.  Please show your support for our SMA girls as they complete a 5k by running 9 laps around the school!  They would love to see you cheer for them!!

 Pope Francis

Summer Camps at Pope Francis

A copy of this flyer has been sent home with your child.  Check out the offerings at Pope Francis this summer!

 East Forest Park Library

Send In Your Loose Change!

Students from East Forest Park schools are joining community members in raising funds for the new East Forest Park Library through a coin drive.  Please help by sending in your loose change and having your child deposit it into the banks located in each of the classrooms. All change donors will receive a bracelet that can be worn at school during the month of May!  The best part?  Friends of the Springfield Library will match the total amount up to $5,000.

Keep sending in those coins hanging around your house! SMA students will certainly be taking advantage of the new library!

 Music Room
Last Chance To Practice!

Less than a week until the Evening of Art and Music! Don't forget to practice your music.

Please click here to access songs and music.

 Book Swap
Book Swap Coming Soon!

The "Pop Up Book Swap" will be held on Tuesday, May 21st.   There are over 200 books waiting for you at the swap!  It's not too late to bring in a book! Check your bookshelves and closets and bring in any books you want to swap. For every book you bring in, you will receive a coupon for another one! 

Food For Thought
"Have caution in not allowing yourself to be struck down by adversity nor becoming vain by prosperity."
                                     - St. Clare of Assisi

Parish News

St. Patrick's Parish - Springfield

An AMAZING movie is coming to St. Patrick's Parish on 
Saturday, May 18th 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  


Mt. Carmel Church

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.

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:

Mary A. Blakesley
Ahmyee Lamoureaux  
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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