February 26, 2021 Volume VII, No. 24
From The Desk Of The Principal
Greetings!

A couple of important communications went home in the backpack today. 

First, registration materials for next year went home. (Registration materials for remote learners is in the mail.) Please take the time this week to read the letter attached to the forms. There is very important information about due dates and financial aid information included. We have had incredible interest by new families for enrolling for next year, and we want to make sure our current families reserve their spot before we open up enrollment on March 29th

Also sent home today were parent/teacher conference times for Friday, March 12th. (Parents of remote students will receive an e-mail with this information today.) This will be an All School Remote Learning day so that teachers and parents can meet to discuss student progress and areas of concern. Please confirm your conference time by returning the bottom portion of the form or by e-mailing the teacher (remote learners).

Today our seventh graders led the student body in praying the (virtual) Stations of the Cross. This prayer of the Catholic Church follows the road of Calvary with Jesus and connects his feelings and experiences with today’s world. If your schedule allows, please join us next week when the sixth graders take their turn to be our leaders.   The Zoom link for Stations of the Cross will be posted on the website each Friday.

Enjoy your weekend.

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) went home TODAY. Please check your child's backpack.
As we have previously said, if you plan to have your child attend St. Michael's Academy next year, it is CRUCIAL that you return your registration materials BEFORE THE END OF MARCH. You will have one month to complete your paperwork and to return it to the school with your deposit.

Under certain circumstances in the past, we have worked with some families that have had extraordinary circumstances preventing them from meeting the deadline, but this year we will NOT be able to do so. If your paperwork is not returned by the end of March, your child's slot will be lost and filled with another student and unfortunately we will need to place your child on a waiting list.

Please plan ahead and submit your registration materials as soon as possible.

At this point and as requested, all new siblings of current students should have their applications in, especially for the preschool program. The preschool classrooms are almost full!
Important Reminders
Progress reports were sent home today. Be sure to check your child's backpack. Remote learners will be receiving their progress reports through email.

Remember March 12th is an All School Remote Learning Day due to Parent/Teacher Conferences.
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.

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. Logan - Gr. 2
100th Day Excitement

The second grade celebrated the 100th Day of School on Tuesday! It was a very fun and exciting day for them. The students began their day by writing in their journals about what they would look like when they are 100 years old. They also described what kinds of activities they would be doing, and how they would get around. Finally, they enjoyed drawing a picture of themselves at 100 years of age!

Math class was extra special on the 100th day! The students were allowed to go on a $100 shopping spree. They were given a pamphlet listing toys, games and foods they could buy. Then they had to add up the items on their receipt and check their answers on a calculator. If all items added up to exactly $100, they could purchase them. Everyone had a wonderful time shopping and using the calculators!

The students counted by ones, fives, and tens up to the number 100. Later in the day they were given a special snack which turned out to be the number 100 made up of half of a pretzel and donut holes. They thought the number 100 tasted pretty good!

Finally, the 2nd graders made special 100th Day projects. Their options were to create a poster, build something, list 100 words they know or write a list of 100 healthy foods to eat. All of the projects were very unique such as a pizza with 100 toppings, a Lego sculpture,100 musical notes and a box of healthy food to name a few. The students worked very hard on their 100th Day projects!

The first 100 days of school were wonderful! Only 80 days left!


Remote Learners Corner
*Attention Remote Learners*

The St. Michael's Academy yearbook is created with photos from throughout the school year. In order for us to include our remote learners, we are asking for families to submit photos! They should be photos of your child working at home, participating in class with teachers remotely, working in groups, etc.

Please send your photos to d.laporte@smaspringfield.org. We can't include you if you don't send us photos!
The Season of Lent
Stations of the Cross

During the season of Lent, St. Michael's Academy participates in the Stations of the Cross every Friday. Our 7th grade class led us in prayer this afternoon as the service was live-streaming from our chapel. Although we couldn't gather as a school community in the church, we participated as one body, both in-person and remotely.

Step-Up Day
Step-Up Day

Yesterday, students experienced Step-Up Day, an opportunity for teachers to visit students in the grade below and discuss what to expect next year. Teachers introduced themselves, explained major projects, shared stories and answered questions. Knowing what to expect the following year can be very helpful and exciting!
100th Day of School
100th Day of School

One of the important SMA traditions is the celebration of the 100th Day of School. It is a huge milestone in the life of a student. Recognizing this special day allows our students to share their creative talents, practice their counting skills and celebrate an important achievement.
Girls on the Run
Food For Thought
"Who except God can give you peace? Has the world ever been able to satisfy the heart?"

-St. Gerard Majella
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:
Chris Thibault

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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