Weekly Update - December 14, 2017
Dear Families,

Thank you all parents, grandparents and friends who attended the Christmas concert on Tuesday evening! It was wonderful to be part of such excitement and energy during this Advent season. On behalf of our teachers and staff, I would like to wish a blessed Christmas to all of our St. Michael's families. We are deeply grateful for your presence and support of our school.

Peace and Joy,

Mrs. Kate Hamill

In This Update


WeekThe Weeks Ahead

December 18
12:30 p.m.
Band Rehearsal
December 18
6:00 p.m.
Band Concert
December 20
Time TBD
Christmas Party (Preschool - Gr. 5)
December 21-31

No School/Winter Break
You can view the entire school calendar  here.

Book Drive

Mrs. DeGross's 3rd Grade class is putting their "giving spirit" to work this month by hosting a book drive to benefit families served by Sharing and Caring Hands.  'Tis the season to share the love (and a good book)!

  ToyThe Toy Corner at St. Michael

Hi Saint Michael's Family!
You may notice a little red wagon in the lunchroom if you are at school in the next few weeks. It is
"The Toy Corner" wagon and we would love your help filling it with new and used toys for kids aged 0-16.  The Toy Corner is a non-profit organization located in downtown Savage and we give toys to families in need that live in Scott County. This is our most critical time of year and any help would be appreciated.  The toys most needed are for kids aged 5 and up. The last day for collecting toys will be December 12th. (Katie Vander Weit and Susie Williams, Co-Directors of The Toy Corner and former St. Michael's school parents)
Teaser #1
The days after the New Year
Could be full of great cheer
If you bid on the table
Full of Beer for a Year!

  galaThe Blues & White Ball presents:
A Winter Wonderland
The Wilds Golf Club 
Saturday, February 10th
5:30 pm - midnight
Live music
  superbowlSuper Kids Super Sharing is Here!

Click here to find out about this exciting program managed by our Student Council in partnership with SUPERBOWL LII!
 gratitudeGratitude for our Many Blessings

Seventh graders in English class were asked to complete a "gratitude experiment" over Thanksgiving break, jotting down blessings in their life for a week and discussing them in class when they returned. Then, they wrote paragraphs containing many examples of the grammar content they've been learning in class. Click on the link to see the video that inspired the assignment: link

Here are just two of the many fantastic examples of seventh-grade writing:

As a result of the Gratitude Experiment, I felt good after writing the things I am thankful for. This experiment made me feel lucky to have all of the things I have. It also made me feel good by giving a thank you card to my family member. Going forward, I will start giving things away that I have. Then, I will continue to say "thank you" to my parents and family for everything I have. I will also say "thank you" to God for all of the things he has given me. The Gratitude Experiment was great. It made me see all of the things I am thankful for. -Maddie McConnell

The Gratitude Experiment is a project that tests whether saying "thank you" will make you a happier person. At the start of the week, I rated myself a 5, neither happy nor sad. Each day, I wrote down what I was thankful for. In addition, I said thank you to at least one person per day.  As I did this, I started to feel better about myself and I felt more grateful. By the end of the week, I felt my happiness increased 3 points to an 8. I also felt more relaxed because I felt better about myself every time I said, "Thank you." Going forward, I plan to make saying "thank you" a habit.-Ryan Quach


Middle School youth are invited to Chillfest, an all-night fun-filled event on Fri., Jan. 26 - Sat., Jan. 27.  NEW this year, you can register online: https://emilyklinker.wufoo.com/forms/qcgbku211dxvz3/   Want more information?  Contact Lori Hinker at lhinker@stmichael-pl.org  or call 952.447.2491 ext. 109

Culvers Night

culversCome support the 7th grade Washington DC Trip!
  Where: Culver's- Shakopee 
     When:  Wed. January 17
     Time:  5-9pm 

  doubleDouble Your Scrip Dollars

St. Michael's school families, double your Scrip dollars!  Purchase Lowe's, JC Penney's or TGI Friday's gift cards and receive credit for double the face value of those cards towards your annual Scrip commitment.  Incentive available while supplies last. 
For questions, contact Tiffany Wenngatz at twenngatz@gmail.com.

  subWant to earn extra $$$?

Catholic Schools Center of Excellence is accepting applications for the  Substitute Training,  which will take place in January!  Love your faith? Like working with children? Want a fulfilling part-time job? Become a classroom substitute at your Catholic school! Apply today to attend the classroom substitute training:  http://bit.ly/2jGvjDG

  yearbookYearbook Committee

Yearbook meeting - this Sunday, December 17 from 1 to 2:30 in the media center. 6th, 7th and 8th graders welcome. It's not too late to join us!

  uniformsEnd of Year Sale at Educational Outfitters
  milkMilk Moola

We are 20 milk caps shy of 2000!  We'll be turning them in soon for our fundraiser.  Though we will be collecting them all year, feel free to send them in now.


Congrats to our 6th grade girls basketball team this past weekend! They took 1st place in the Inver Grove Heights basketball tournament! 


VIRTUS Training in response to the Charter for
the Protection of Children and Youth, the Archdiocese
of Minneapolis and St. Paul requires
training sessions for all adult volunteers having
contact with children, youth and vulnerable
adults. The program specifically addresses how
the entire parish and school communities can
protect all of God's children from sexual abuse.
Along with attending a Virtus session, a background
check and 3 step code of conduct training
is required by those 18 and older to volunteer
with minors and vulnerable adults. A FREE
VIRTUS training is being offered at St. Michael
Catholic Church on Sunday, January 7th
from 1:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. in Archangels Hall.
Please register ahead online at www.virtus.org
Call Tammie at 952-447-2491 if you need assistance,
or see our website for detailed instructions.

  SUGVolunteer Opportunities!
  didyouknowDid You Know?
  • Absentee Line: 952-447-2230
  • School fax: 952-447-2132
  • Federal tax ID: 41-086790
  • Order spirit wear year-round: spirit wear
  • Share your time & talent: Signup Genius 



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