February 5, 2021 Volume VII, No. 22
From The Desk Of The Principal
Greetings!

The highlight of our Catholic Schools Week was the visit by Bishop Byrne and his dog Zelie. After celebrating a live streamed Mass from our school chapel, Bishop Byrne, and his loyal companion, visited the classes and chatted with the students.  The students connected easily with Bishop and needless to say, loved Zelie to death. Luckily, Zelie was able to make it out of the building on her own four little legs!

Our faculty and staff enjoyed a delicious luncheon treat on their special day, but it came with a new twist. We went from our usual having families prepare their favorite dishes, to donating money to provide a catered lunch, to having the generous owners of Hot Table donate lunch for our entire staff! Delicious! 

This works out perfectly because we can now provide an extra lunch for the faculty and staff on the professional development day scheduled for Monday, February 22nd. They’ll be able to enjoy a quiet and relaxing lunch, with adults only. (As you know, they’ve been eating their lunches on the fly this year, in order to be available to maintain the appropriate social distancing, etc. within the classroom, during the lunch period.) Thank you parents for your generosity!

We celebrated student appreciation day today with lots of fun and topped it all off with the second quarter report card. Unfortunately for some, a very sobering experience. We’re in the thick of our academic program right now, with lots of new material being taught every day. 

Thank you, in advance, for taking the time to review the report card with your child and for supporting them with their challenges. 

We’ve got one more week to go before winter vacation!

Peace and God's blessing,

Ms. Ann E. Dougal
Virtual Open Houses
Virtual Open Houses Are Here!

St. Michael's Academy held its first virtual open house this week with great attendance! There will be repeat events next Tuesday, Feb. 9th and Wednesday, Feb. 10th at 6 p.m.

The evening will include a brief information session and will be followed by a panel of parents, teachers, and students. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of the panel and will also have the ability to submit a request for a private tour of the school.

Pre-registration is required so that a zoom link may be sent to participants before the meeting begins. Registration can be done by clicking here.

Want to go straight to filling out an application for a NEW student?
Admissions
Important Admissions Information
FOR SIBLINGS OF CURRENT STUDENTS!
LAST REMINDER!

If you have a sibling of a current student that you would like to send to St. Michael's Academy next year, it is EXTREMELY important that you submit an application AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

To complete an application, please click here or go to the website and click on the "apply now" button located on the left side of the homepage.

We cannot stress enough how important it is for you to complete an application for a new student right away or we may not be able to accept your child. Our preschool classrooms are almost full!
Advancement
Many Gifts, One Nation:
A Day of Giving to Catholic Schools
February 2nd-February 3rd!

THANK YOU!!!! 
 
What an INCREDIBLE Day of Giving, thanks to all of YOU!!! Our final total, including checks and pledges is $12,140. AMAZING!
 
A HUGE thank you to our generous Matching Challenge Donors who provided a $3,000 incentive for this special day. YOUR dedication to SMA is deeply appreciated!
 
Next, we want to thank YOU, our enthusiastic SMA community for making a gift, spreading the word, or sharing the link and encouraging others to give. Because of YOU, we doubled the amount raised last year and doubled the number of people who participated. We are grateful for YOUR support and appreciate all YOU do for SMA. 
Please accept our sincere thanks!

From the Classroom of Mrs. Duplessis - Music
Music Class Is A Happening Place!

It has been an interesting year in music so far!  Current limitations on activities (particularly singing) have changed some of what we do, but we’ve found creative ways to compensate!  

The elementary students have really enjoyed learning about instruments families and different genres of music, and participating in body percussion activities and dances. Middle school students have been focusing on music theory as they prepare to write their own music.

Currently, PreK and K are continuing to work on steady beat and movement in music. They’ve also been having fun with various percussion instruments! Grades 1-3 and working on more complex dances and rhythms. Students will also begin learning the fundamentals of reading music as the year progresses. Grades 4-5 have just begun recorder, and are already making good progress. The 5th grade students have a bit of catching up to do, as they only had about six weeks of instruction before we went remote last Spring, but they are rising to the challenge!

In honor of Black History Month, middle school students are each choosing an African-American composer to study during February. I’m excited to see what discoveries we all make during this unit.

Despite some restrictions, we have had a wonderful time so far, and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has in store for us!
SchoolsNEXT
SchoolsNEXT Projects

And We Have The Winners!

Catholic Schools Week at St. Michael’s would not be complete without announcing the winners of the 8th Grade Schools NEXT Contest.

This year, students were tasked to design a Covid SAFE school. They have had plenty of experience living daily with our success here at St. Michael’s. Designing a school where brand new, innovative safety protocols, equipment, and implementation strategies exist, is not as easy as it looks. Not only were 8th graders tasked with thinking into the future, they needed to navigate the technologies of today to make it happen.

In observance of current safety guidelines, students could not work cooperatively while sitting next to each other, they couldn’t build things directly in the classroom and share an unlimited amount of supplies; they couldn’t even go out into the community to see what other schools were doing. Our students were truly challenged to become experts, not only in today’s digital world but to creatively present options for a safe future for schools.

Using Zoom as our meeting tool, Judge Brian MacDonald – former SMA Boardchair, Brian Sears – Realtor and the person who originally brought SchoolsNEXT to SMA, and Joel Lund – Industrial Engineer, listened to 11 presentations on Wednesday, January 27th. After an exciting day of presentations and extensive round table discussion, this year’s winning teams were decided.

And The Winners Are:

3rd Place: CORE FOUR – Norah, Nick, John, and Zoe
2nd Place: DREAM TEAM – Andrew, Ariana, Jordyn, Nathan
and
1st Place: TEAM KES – Kasia, Ellianna, and Sage!


Stay tuned next week for photos from the medal presentation!
Catholic Schools Week
Mass With Bishop Byrne
St. Michael's Academy sends out a huge thank you to our newly ordained Bishop William Byrne for celebrating Mass with us this week for Catholic Schools Week. The school was able to live stream the Mass to all the classrooms and any community members who wanted to join. A portion of our 8th grade students hosted the Mass that was held in the school's chapel.

Bishop Byrne delivered a very poignant and meaningful homily. He spoke of how if you were exercising your body to be healthy, you wouldn't just exercise one half of your body. That would result in an very unbalanced body. The same can apply for your inner body. In order to be truly happy, people must nourish three parts of themselves; their mind, their body and their soul. If you nourish only your body and mind but not your soul, you will be unbalanced and find it hard to experience true inner happiness. The best part is, our Catholic school nourishes all three parts!

After Mass, Bishop Bryne was interviewed by Catholic Communications and then spent some time visiting all the classrooms. The students were delighted to meet the Bishop and just as thrilled that he brought his dog, Zelie, with him! Zelie received some special treats when she visited Mrs. Brisset in the main office!
Get Up and Move!
Can You Shake It ?!

While some of the festivities couldn't be held because of snow days, that didn't stop our Friday Fun! It was student appreciation day and the 8th grade students always have the privilege of choosing the theme for the dress down day. Their choice this year? Monochromatic! The students were charged with dressing in all one color and some were pretty creative.

The day also included the famous "Get Up and Move!" which means that any time a dance song is played over the intercom, the whole school has to jump up and do the dance. They danced to the Cha Cha Slide, The Twist and Chicken Dance to name just a few!
Virtual Bake Sale
Don't Forget The Virtual Bake Sale! 

This year we are not able to host a traditional bake sale but the Annual Catholic Appeal depends on our help in order to support a variety of organizations in our area including The Gray House and Bethlehem House.

Similar to this year’s candy cane sale, we are asking each student to bring in any donation of $1 or more over the next two weeks that will be donated to the Annual Catholic Appeal. In return, they will receive a cup cake coloring sheet that, after coloring, will be displayed in the cafeteria with their name on it. 

The virtual bake sale will run from Monday, February 1st through Friday, February 12th.

Do you need another form? You can get one in the Remote Learner's Corner. Please click here and choose the Virtual Bake Sale button to download.
Snow Day Fun!
Food For Thought
"What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like."
– St. Augustine
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:
Special intention

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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