April 16, 2021 Volume VII, No. 31
From The Desk Of The Principal

It doesn’t seem quite right sending the students home to start their April vacation carrying their third quarter report card…but it’s just the way the cookie crumbled. Considering third quarter is traditionally the most difficult one academically, I thought as a whole, they managed it fairly well. 

Unfortunately, even though third quarter can be the most difficult academically, fourth quarter can be the most challenging….the sun is shining, the birds are tweeting, the sports are full steam ahead…a lot of most welcomed distractions! But that, coupled with the reality that the brains and body are tired of the school routine, means that everyone will need to dig down deep if we’re going to get the most out of the fourth quarter. And we really need to continue to do just that.
When the students return to school, we’ll all have to work together to keep them focused and on track for seven more weeks.

But, the good news is, the end is in sight. We have a couple of important dates set:
·        Eighth grade Graduation, June 7th
·        Last Day of School, June 11th
As far as other activities, we’ll have to wait and see. We’ll keep you posted.

Just a reminder, next week during vacation, we celebrate Earth Day. Our students have been sent home with an Earth Day Scavenger Hunt/Activity. This will count as their assignment for the All School Remote Learning Day on Monday, April 26th (Professional Development Day for teachers). We’re hoping our families will embrace the assignment and spend some extra time with their children enjoying God’s beautiful creation.  We'd love to have you send us some pictures (p.lund@smaspringfield.org)!

And finally, we do have seven weeks to go. Let’s do our best to keep them Covid free. As you rest and relax, don’t forget the mighty three!

God Bless,

Ms. Ann E. Dougal
Calendar Raffle
May Calendar Raffle

Our Calendar Raffle continues. It is the second major school fund-raiser of the year and we ask each family to sell a minimum of 5 calendars. We discourage all students from soliciting strangers and knocking on doors, but family members, relatives and friends are usually more than happy to support this fund-raiser! The initial returns have been great! Keep it up!!
Spring Vacation Reminder
Spring Break

April Vacation (Spring Break) begins on Monday, April 19th through Friday, April 23rd. Mark your calendars now!
All Remote School Learning Day - April 26th
All School Remote Learning Day

As we celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd, we will be using our All School Remote Learning Day for our Earth Day Scavenger Hunt. Teachers will send home the assignment which can be completed on Monday, April 26th or any day during Spring Break. Although the task can be done independently, we encourage the entire family to participate and enjoy the day together. All activities will be grade level appropriate. For instance, Middle Level students will be given a menu of many different activities and then asked to complete 5 of them. Mark your calendars now and plan on a fun family adventure!

Don't forget to email pictures of your Earth Day Scavenger Hunt to Phyllis Lund (p.lund@smaspringfield.org).
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Notes from the Nurse
Spring Break Travel

Spring Break has finally arrived! It has been a long stretch of school days since our last break! We were able to make it through with minimal disruption to our in school learning! That speaks to the partnership between all of you and St. Michael’s Academy. This brings me to the subject of travel over the break period.

Many of the kids are getting excited and are talking about their plans for the week. Several students have talked about travel plans out of state and out of the country. It is important to remember that Covid-19 is still with us, either in it’s original form or in one of the more contagious variants. Though Massachusetts is now under a travel advisory, it is still recommended to quarantine upon return to the state. If you are traveling outside the country, check the testing requirements to reenter the United States.

If you are traveling out of the state/country, we are requiring the students to have a negative PCR test in order to return to school on Tuesday April 27th. You can test in the state/country you are traveling from or test upon return to Massachusetts. The AMR site at Eastfield Mall on Boston Road in Springfield is a free testing site. You may also check with your pediatricians to see if they are doing in office testing. I know many of us adults are vaccinated, but the children are not, and we still face the possibility of Covid-19 in our school. We have 33 days left and we want to be able to say, “We made it”, through a whole school year!

Again, I want to thank you for partnering with us in helping to continue to keep Covid-19 in our school at a minimum. If your child has any Covid-like symptoms upon your return, please keep them home and email or call the school nurse.

Have a great time on your vacation! If you have any questions or concerns please let me know!

Nurse Maureen
Limo Ride
Walk-a-thon Winners

Our lucky Walk-a-thon winners arrived at school in style this past Tuesday morning in a beautiful stretch limousine. Mia Hanley and Andrew Auclair, along with Ms. Dougal were picked up and chauffeured to St. Michael’s Academy, courtesy of Michael’s Limousines & Transportation Services. We would like to thank Mia, Andrew and Reilly for their dedicated fund-raising efforts this past fall!

From The Classroom of Mrs. Allberry, Gr. 1-A
Comparing, Contrasting and Graphing with Jellybeans

In first grade, we have been comparing numbers using the comparison terms equal to, greater than, and less than. The students have also been learning about adding and subtracting increments of one and ten. We have also been listening to the song Mr. Alligator Can Chomp by Jack Hartman to help them visualize this concept. The children have learned that an alligator likes to eat the bigger number. His nose moves toward the smaller number, but his mouth opens when he reaches the larger number.

We finished the unit by practicing graphing using jellybeans. Once they finished their graphs, they were able to compare the numbers using the skills they had learned the past week. Eating the jellybeans at the end of the lesson was a special treat too!
National Child Abuse Awareness Month
Raising Awareness and Promoting Child Safety

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month. This week our faculty promoted child safety and raised awareness about child abuse. A blue pinwheel is a sign of people who are committed to keeping children safe. Our Pre-K students paraded around the playground with their pre-assembled pinwheels, while other classes meticulously assembled theirs in class.
8th Grade Retreat
8th Grade Retreat

Today our eighth graders enjoyed a unique day of retreat and reflection. This annual event facilitated by New Spirit is always one of the most memorable activities of the year. A specially designed day of reflection provided the students the opportunity to strengthen their relationship with God and self-reflect. We want to thank Pat Sears, Barry Kingston and their dedicated team of youth ministers for a fantastic day!
Fr. David - SMA Chaplain
Thank you, Fr. David

This past year, Fr. David Raymond has been celebrating daily Mass with our students on a rotating basis. He has prepared his homilies to specifically fit the needs of each particular class. This past week, we received word that Fr. David has been assigned as the new chaplain of St. Michael's Academy. Thank you for all you do for SMA, Father!
Spring Has Sprung
Still Blooming!

Spring has arrived! As you can see, the spring bulbs which our students planted with their buddies five years ago continue to bloom. Our school-wide project in celebration of God's creation in 2016 continues to be an annual reminder of the beauty of our world and a wonderful way to help our students appreciate the glory of God and His love.
Girls on the Run
Star Power

Our SMA "Girls on the Run" were out running this week despite chilly temperatures at times. The girls focused on the star power that shines strongly within each of them and different ways of channeling that power in a positive manner. YOU GO, GIRLS!
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Food For Thought

"Love is the most beautiful sentiment the Lord has put into the soul of men and women."
— St. Gianna Molla

Prayer Corner

St. Michael the Archangel, pray for us!

We pray for our brothers and sisters across our nation and across the world. May God give everyone strength during these especially stressful times.

We pray in a special way for all of our families and friends in need.

We pray for our recently departed.

We pray for all those lives that have been taken by the Covid-19 virus across the world.

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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