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       "The Messenger"


          October 12, 2018
  Vol. VI, No. 9
St. Michael's Academy
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Despite our short week with the holiday on Monday, we had a strong academic work week! As I walked by the classrooms, I heard great conversations, great topics being covered and a nice rhythm between students and teachers.

In just three weeks, we will be having our first round of parent/teacher conferences. We will be sending home appointment times on October 22nd and Mrs. Cullen, our guidance counselor, will be coordinating these appointments.

We have finally been blessed with some fall weather. It sounds like it will be a great weekend to be outside and enjoy the beautiful gift of fall. God certainly knows how to color our world!

God's blessings,

Ms. Ann E. Dougal  
 

  Important Dates
 
Please Make A Note Of These Important Dates 


Banking and Drumming every Wednesday

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Kindergarten Field Trip
to Elm Knoll Farm

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.
SMA School Board Meeting

Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.
Feast of St. Luke School Mass
Hosted by Grade 6

Friday, October 19, 2018
Diocesan In-Service for Faculty and Staff
NO SCHOOL


SAFETY

PLEASE - SAFETY FIRST!!

We had a close call today during drop off where a child could have been easily hit by a car. Thankfully, the parent saw the situation about to enfold and stopped the child. 

We cannot stress enough how important it is to follow our drop-off and pick-up policies. Even when following the rules, dangerous situations can still happen.  PLEASE be aware of your surroundings and drive slowly! We all have places that we need to be but safety should ALWAYS take priority.



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.  Congrats to this week's winners and one from a previous week!
 
 
            Vincent - Gr. 1B                                    Gavin - Gr. 4B   
 
                                            Ellianna  - Gr. 6A
 


  From The Classroom of - Ms. Enderlin - PreK-4

PreK-4C Shines

The preschool students in PreK4 C have been wonderfully settling in to their new school routine! They have been hard at work learning how to walk in a line, sit crisscross-applesauce, and raise their hands to answer questions. They have also been busy learning their letters, numbers, and prayers, as well as many other important topics! 

During the month of September, the students learned the prayer "The Hail Mary". They have been very excited to be able to recite this prayer along with the rest of the student body as we pray a decade of the rosary each morning during our October morning announcements!





Dress Down

School Picture Dress Down Day

We had many pretty and handsome students in the school today! Not that we don't always but today was dress down (or dress up!) for school picture day.  We couldn't resist but snap a few pictures!











 Coming Next Week
   
Trunk or Treat

Next Thursday, October 18th, is Trunk or Treat!  Grab your scariest costume (and your parent) and head to the SMA parking lot between 5:30 and 7 p.m.  All students must be accompanied by a parent.

The cost of admission is only one bag of candy per child or $5 if you don't have time to shop.  Either of these should be sent in before Thursday so we can have candy ready for our trick or treaters.  We have sent home sign-up sheets for decorated cars and volunteers for the activities in the gym.

Don't miss a howling good time!




Free Concert

"Viva Italia" Concert

Two musical works, relatively unknown in America, will be among the selections at the "Viva Italia" concert at St. Michael's Cathedral on State Street in Springfield on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. 

The evening will include a mixture of rarely heard pieces including a sonata for trumpet and strings by Galuppi Baldassare and a concerto for two oboes by Antonio Vivaldi. The featured work will be the Jubilate et Gloria of Vivaldi with choir and soloists. In addition, the cathedral choir will be singing what may be the first complete American performance of Psalm 19, I Cieli Immensi (The Heavens Declare), for chorus and strings by Bendedetto Marcello.

The cathedral choir is a semi-professional, working choir that is constantly performing and learning new music because of the needs of the cathedral. It includes several current and past St. Michael's Academy boys!

The event is free and open to the public.



Celebration of Hope
 
 


Please join us on October 20th, 2018 at 4 p.m. for a Mass for cancer survivors, families & caregivers  at St. Michael's Cathedral located at 260 State Street, Springfield, Ma. The 2018 honorees will be the Sullivan Family. A reception will immediately follow the Mass at Nathan Bill's Bar & Restaurant. $10 food tickets will be available for purchase and $20 tickets for food and Big Wheels Night Racing. 

Tickets will be available at Nathan Bills or eventbrite. Celebration to benefit Sister Caritas Cancer Center Patient Fund & D'Amour Center for Cancer Care. 


 Cans and Bottles!

                                  Can and Bottle Drive 

Have you been saving all of your cans and bottles for the first SMA Can and Bottle Drive?The event will be held on Saturday, November 17 from 9 a.m. to noon.  Make a little extra room in your garage or basement and start saving now! 

The benefits are two fold - we are helping to recycle and making a few dollars for our school!



Food For Thought
 
"You can't go to heaven hating somebody. Forgive now. 
Be compassionate now. Be patient now. Be grateful now. Accept God's will now."

- Mother Angelica

Parish News
    
Holy Cross 

Please keep Fr. David Darcy from Holy Cross Parish in your prayers next week as he will be undergoing an aortic valve transplant on Wednesday. We wish him a successful surgery and a speedy recovery.

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St. Michael's - East Longmeadow

Announcing Bishop Robert Barron's
Course on the "Eucharist"
 
The St. Michael's Spiritual Life Committee is
offering a four week program on the
"Eucharist" The Sacred Meal, Sacrifice and
Real Presence
 This  free four-week program will be held in the
Michaelmas Room at 7 p.m. on the following dates:

  October 22, October 29, November 5 & November 12 

                                    
The free program is open to all parishioners and guests. Pre-registration is not required. The Michaelmas Room is located at the side entrance of the church.  For further information,  contact Chuck Alfano at 860-508-0805 or by email at  cea49a@gmail.com .




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.

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

Abigail C. Cignoli
Melodi Albino
Kathleen Miller

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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