March 5, 2021 Volume VII, No. 25
From The Desk Of The Principal
Greetings!

Progress Reports really did go home today. Sorry about last week’s incorrect information in the e-newsletter.  For many students it was not their best showing. As I reviewed them, I noticed that “missing assignments” was the Achilles heel that brought many down.  

As I told the students this morning, a good part of a student’s job is to listen to the teacher, to complete the work assigned and to meet due dates. Regularly accomplishing these goals helps to form good self-discipline within a child. And the easiest time to form good self-discipline within an individual is in the elementary school years. There’s a lot of truth to the saying, “You can’t teach old dogs new tricks”!  

It’s our students’ responsibility to meet their deadlines, but to do this, they need a clear message from all the adults in their lives. As we all know, staying focused is hard work, especially in these times, but constantly giving the student a break in meeting deadlines, isn’t doing them any future good.

Please take time this weekend to review/discuss your child’s progress report with them. Always begin by praising the good and then together make a plan for improvement in the needed areas. We’ve got a good stretch of work time ahead of us. There’s really no reason why things can’t turn around before the next report card.

Next Friday (March 12th) we have our second round of Parent/Teacher conferences. Last year at the end of that day we closed for the remainder of the year due to COVID-19. I’d like to think we’re on the upswing from that infamous day!  

Peace and God's blessing,

Ms. Ann E. Dougal
Principal
Registrations For Next Year
Registrations for the 2021-22 Academic Year

Registrations for current students to attend next year (2021-22 academic year) were sent home last Friday. In order for your child to return next year, registration materials must be submitted by March 26th or your child's classroom slot will be lost and they will be placed on a waiting list.

At this point and as requested, all new siblings of current students should have their applications already submitted.
Important Reminders
Progress reports REALLY were sent home today! Be sure to check your child's backpack. Remote learners will be receiving their progress reports through email. Sorry about the confusion last week.

Remember March 12th is an All School Remote Learning Day due to Parent/Teacher Conferences. If you have not received your appointment, please contact d.cullen@smaspringfield.org.
Diocesan Financial Aid
Applications for Diocesan Financial Aid for the 2021-2022 school year began on January 1, 2021. Diocesan Financial Aid will be processed in rounds during March, April, May and June, 2021. Please apply as soon as possible as Diocesan Financial Aid is awarded on a first-come-first-serve basis. The deadline for applications for the 2021-2022 school year is June 30, 2021 or until funds are depleted, whichever comes first.
Safety First!!!

Cone Zone Alert!

The safety of our students is first and foremost! When the cones on the playground are in place, please remember you are NOT allowed to drive into the parking lot. This is to ensure the safety of all of our students. Thank you for keeping their well-being at the top of your priority list.
Car Line Courtesy
Car Line Courtesy

We are very fortunate to have understanding and caring neighbors surrounding St. Michael's Academy. Please be respectful and do NOT block their driveways during Drop-off or Pick-up.
Custodian Needed
St. Michael's Academy, a Catholic elementary school in Springfield, seeks a full-time custodian. Experience preferred. Medical, dental and vision insurance, along with paid vacation and sick leave offered. CORI check required. Apply in person at 153 Eddywood Street, Springfield, MA. 782-5246.
From The Classroom of Mrs. Wozniakowski - Gr. 7
Scaling Up, Scaling Down, and Scaling All Around

Last week one seventh grade class was learning about proportions and creating scale drawings. This week they took that knowledge and put it into practice. Using a famous monument, each student had to convert actual measurements into a scale and then draw the monuments so that they were all in proportion to one another.  

This skill is not only important for understanding the world around us, but it will be helpful next year when these students enter 8th grade. Next year, they will work on the famous “SchoolsNEXT” project that requires the proper knowledge of proportions and drawing and creating scale models. 

Remote Learners Corner
Attention Remote Learners
We Need Pictures!!!

The St. Michael's Academy yearbook is created with photos from throughout the entire school year. In order for us to include our remote learners, we need YOUR photos! Please email pictures of your child completing classwork at home, participating in groups, or working with teachers remotely, etc.

Please send your photos to d.laporte@smaspringfield.org. We want to include EVERYONE!
The Season of Lent
Stations of the Cross

This week, the Stations of the Cross were led by members of the 6th grade class.

This special devotion originated in the late 4th century when pilgrims traveled to the Holy Land to follow in the footsteps of Jesus in order to view the sites along the Way of the Cross. Over the years it became more and more difficult to visit the holy sites in person. As a result, villages all over Europe started constructing "replicas" of the Way of the Cross with small shrines honoring the sites along the route in Jerusalem. This was the beginning of the Stations of the Cross as we know them today.

Reconciliation
Reconciliation

Fr. David has graciously agreed to hear confessions and provide a blessing to all non-Catholic students during the season of Lent. So far, Fr. David has administered reconciliation to grades 7 and 8.
Counselor's Corner
Hello families and students!

Ensuring success happens when we build good and healthy habits to stay motivated, focused and working hard. This worksheet includes many strategies most beneficial to learning. Some of these include:

  1. Using a planner to list expectations and complete work on time.
  2. Attending and participating fully in classes whether in person or by remote.
  3. Complete work in class and at home by the due dates requested.
  4. Ask teachers for help when you don’t understand the directions or the assignment via a message in Google Classroom, through email, or in person.
Every student deserves to keep opportunities available to them now and in the future by maximizing their academic potential! You got this!

Mrs. Cullen
School Counselor :-)

Dr. Seuss's Birthday
PreK Celebrates Dr. Seuss's Birthday

Our preschool students enjoyed Dr. Seuss's birthday this week by wearing Cat in the Hat hats and masks, coloring pictures and listening to several well know stories such as The Cat in the Hat and One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.
Attention Girls in Grades 3-5
Food For Thought
"For prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God."
— St. Teresa of Avila

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 and those recovering from surgery:
Kali Crosby

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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