"The Messenger"

           October 16, 2020
      Vol. VIII, No. 7
St. Michael's Academy
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Despite the mask wearing, the students' personalities shined through today as they enjoyed their free dress day and smiled for the camera. It was nice to see many of the remote learning students also join us for picture day. Just a reminder, new this year, the picture retake day is scheduled for December 15th from 4 -7 p.m. at the Grynn and Barrett Enfield studio.

We had a couple of productive meetings with Sodexo, our meal provider, and the Springfield Public Schools. The bottom line is, in order for us to maintain our free meal program, we need all families to order meals whenever possible. Not only are the breakfast and lunch meals free, but also nutritionally balanced. Your participation will help us to maintain the program for those students who absolutely need it.

First quarter Progress Reports were supposed to go home today, but due to some technical difficulties, will be sent home early next week instead. We'll send out an e-mail on the day they get sent home.

Finally, the Walk-a-thon! Great stories, great pictures, great videos!! Thank you for embracing the idea and being so creative in how you executed it. We're still working through reviewing the submissions. We're also counting money. It's dribbling in...we really need it to pour in...we have a way to go to $21,000...

Enjoy a great weekend!

Ms. Ann E. Dougal

From The Classroom Of  Mrs. Nicoliello-                                                                        Grade 6th & 7th Literature

Learning About Wilderness Survival 

Mrs. Nicoliello's 6th grade literature classes just finished their unit on survival and learned what exactly humans need to survive out in the wild. 

We began the school year discussing our summer reading book, Hatchet. This is the story of a boy who is stranded in the middle of the Canadian wilderness when the plane he is traveling on makes an emergency crash landing.  All he has to help him survive is his hatchet, himself, and his surroundings.  We also read three other similar stories about characters who find themselves in situations where they have to figure out how to survive.  With each story we categorized the survival needs that are important to people: water, food, shelter, tools/weapons, clothing, warmth, companionship, and the most important need-hope.

Before I introduced those needs, we discussed what they think is important to survival.  Most of them chose their technology and money. After our discussions about what really is important, they realized that technology is nice, but not an absolute necessity. 

The survival unit also provided them with real life applications as we witnessed back at the start of the pandemic when people were hoarding toilet paper and Lysol.  While those things are nice, are they really what we need?  It gave them some perspective about what really is important in life.  We discovered that it is most important to have hope which is connected to our faith. 

That's an important lesson for all of us. 

Please note this hatchet was only handled by this one student for photography purposes and under the direct supervision of Mrs. Nicoliello.
 Picture Day

Getting Ready To Smile!

Building Maintenance
All In A Day's Work!

Our custodial staff has done a fantastic job keeping up with all of the maintenance needs of our building, but today they went above and beyond the usual duties.  Little did Director of Building Maintenance Mr. Davies know what laid in store for him today. He can now add "Bird Catcher" to his job description!

That's right, even a little birdie joined us at school today!  After a rather lengthy chase, Mr. Davies was able to safely capture the poor little Goldfinch and release him to the great outdoors!


Walk-a-thon Photos

We thought we would share just a few of the photos submitted as part of the Walk-a-thon. We will create an album of photos on the school website after the voting has been completed.  

Stay tuned for the announcement of winners!

Families are reminded to submit any donations they have collected, if they haven't already. We have a long way to go to meet our goal.


Food For Thought

"Holiness consists simply in doing God's will, and being just what God wants us to be."

                                 - St. Therese of Lisieux
 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:

Phyllis Koons  
Juan Hernandez

We pray for our recently departed and 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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