"The Messenger"

    May 17 , 2019
    Vol. VI, No. 37

St. Michael's Academy
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Thursday night our gymnasium was alive with the promising talents of our students! On display throughout the gym were their beautiful artistic renderings centered around the theme of Creation. And center stage were our talented musical students entertaining the audience with uplifting vocal and instrumental songs. I am so happy that so many were able to come out to support our students in this wonderful culminating experience!
Planning ahead, we're looking for lots of volunteers...Carnival, Field Days, Corn Hole Tournament....many the hands make light work! And, the more the merrier!  And speaking of the Cornhole Tournament, there are only 3 weeks left to register!  Get your team together and see link below to register.

Enjoy your, hopefully, sunny weekend.

Peace and God's blessing,

Ann E. Dougal

  Important Dates
Please Make A Note Of These Important Dates 

Violin every Thursday
4th Grade Chorus every Wednesday


Monday, May 20, 2019 
Boston Science Museum Assembly - Gr. 7

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 
Pop Up Book Swap!

Thursday, May 23, 2019 
Kindergarten Field Trip
Lupa Zoo

Thursday, May 23, 2019 
Grade 8 Class Trip
High Meadows

Friday, May 24, 2019 at 9:30 a.m.
Gr. 6 Play - Grandparent Event

Friday, May 24, 2019
PreK4 In House Field Trip
Mystic Aquarium

Monday, May 27, 2019
Memorial Day

Please remember to attend Church as a family

Upcoming Dates
**Important End of Year Dates - 2019**
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

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 Cornhole Tournament!



There are only 3 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:

            Hannah - Gr. KA                                       Steven - Gr. 4B   

Nicholas - 6B                                            David - 6B

                                                                    (previous week's winner)

From The Classroom of Mrs. Senecal - Gr. 5

5th Grade Students Learn About Jamestown

Did you know that Jamestown, VA was founded on May 14, 1607? It is no coincidence that the fifth grade students are currently reading the novel Blood on the River, which is about the beginning of this very settlement!

Students have read the first few chapters learning of the gentlemen leaving from London, England, with few commoners and peasants aboard three ships traveling to the New World. In the story, students will learn of the struggles of too many people who aren't willing to work and have relied on others to do for them. They will also see what happens when a large group learns to work together and help each other after many trials and tribulations and how all of society is affected by the actions of others.

Students have creatively recreated Jamestown by building models of this first North American settlement. They worked in groups and had to develop a plan on how to design their settlement and delegate tasks to group members in order to complete the project.

We even added a bit of math into our work. Students had to figure out how much older Jamestown is than one of our students whose birthday is the same day! (401 years older!)


The Feast Of Our Lady Of Fatima

Thank you to Fr. Barrent Pease from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Northampton for celebrating Mass with us today. Fr. Barrent spoke about the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima where Blesssed Virgin Mary appeared to three young shepherd children in 1917. The vision asked them to pray the rosary, engage in adoration and to do penance.

We also thank our 2nd grade students who did a great job as readers!

SchoolsNEXT National Competition - Bring It On!

The 2019 Schools NEXT winning competition team of Brenna, Sarah, and Liam, digitally presented to the National Jury this morning via Skype.  Jury members from across the nation met via a digital conference to listen to our students present their winning project.  Brenna, Sarah, and Liam fielded questions from representatives of the EPA, Flooring Manufacturers, Architects, and various other school building professionals.  They were asked very thought provoking questions and answered them with poise and grace.  We are all proud of their accomplishments and wish them luck as we await the results.

 Art and Music

An Evening of Art and Music

Who knew there was such amazing talent at SMA?  If you were at the Evening of Art and Music you quickly found out!  Fantastic, creative artwork was on display throughout the gymnasium and every student contributed something. That's 470 pieces to view!

And the music portion of the evening featured another group of abundantly talented students from the middle level choir, all recorder players, honors recorders, honors choir and a special solo from each of the five graduating 8th grade girls.  And wow...did we hear some singing!  

Yet another reason why SMA students make the faculty, staff and especially their parents very proud!

 New Spirit
Grade 7 Participates In New Spirit

Our 7th grade students had a both fun and meaningful day today as they participated in their New Spirit retreat. The day is designed to help students enjoy a positive, faith-filled day. Thank you to Pat Sears and Barry Kingston for always providing our students with a eventful and memorable day!


Hats Off To PeoplesBank!

We would like to thank PeoplesBank for their generous grant in the amount of $2,500 to help support the installation of our audio video sound system in the gymnasium. Our goal is to transform the gym into a functioning multi-purpose room by installing a quality audio video sound system that will accommodate the many needs of our program. We are grateful to PeoplesBank for their commitment to our mission and their desire to partner with us.

  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!
 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!

 Book Swap
Book Swap Next Week!

The "Pop Up Book Swap" will be held next Tuesday, May 21st.   There are over hundreds of 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 patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them, every day begin the task anew."
                             - St. Francis de Sales

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  

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.

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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