Hark! The Herald

Friday, September 27, 2019

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Saint Michael School is excited to have a 4-8th grade soccer team this fall!

In addition to our high school soccer team, we had a large show of interest in starting a team for the younger students as well. One of our families, the Chechiles, stepped up and took on the task of starting a team. The team has been meeting and practicing right alongside our high school students for the last few weeks and their first game is coming up shortly.

We hope you will consider coming out to support our fledgling soccer team!

SMS Middle School Soccer Games:

Tuesday October 8: 4pm Away game at Hilltop

Thursday, October 10: 4pm Home game at SIT field vs Marlboro

Monday, October 21: 4pm Away game at St. Joseph's

Important Dates and Reminders

Sunday. September 29: Catechetical Sunday- Teacher commissioning during 10:30 Mass and Parish Picnic to follow. We hope you will attend!

Next Tuesday October 1: Change in uniform policy- From October 1st thru April 30th, students will observe the winter uniform guidelines. For details, follow this link.

**We also will have a film crew here from the Diocesan office to shoot some footage for an upcoming campaign to celebrate Catholic education in Vermont. Please make sure your students are wearing their SMS best on Tuesday.

Wednesday, October 2-4: Camp Hi Rock: All students in grades 7-12 will be attending the three day, two night adventure and team building retreat together at YMCA Camp Hi Rock in Mt Washington, MA. Information and permission forms were sent home so please complete the necessary paperwork and submit to the office no later than Monday.

Monday, October 7- NO SCHOOL: All teachers must attend a faith formation day at the Diocese office in Burlington.

Thursday, October 10: Fall Open House- invite your friends and family to come experience SMS. We will open our classrooms to current families and prospective students.

Monday, October 14: NO SCHOOL

Thursday, October 17: Dress Down/Snackbar day benefitting grade 4/5

A few friendly reminders to keep our students safe in the parking lot:

  • Please remember that all parents and guardians are asked to park in the parking lot for drop off and pick up. There is no "drop off" line at SMS. Stopping in front of the door causes a back-up of traffic on Walnut Street, and in some cases causes others to be late. Please be conscientious and pull into a parking space to let your children out. Thank you!
  • Everyone is also asked to please drive slowly through the parking lot.
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Camp Hi Rock Updates

  1. If you have not returned paperwork for your student, please return everything Monday.
  2. We are all set on parent chaperones and drivers. In addition to our teachers, we would like to thank the four parents who stepped up to help out this year and who have completed all of the necessary paperwork to attend.
If you were not able to participate and would like to be involved next year as a chaperone, please make sure to let us know in the summer before the school year starts. There is a lengthy fingerprint supported background check that we are all now required to complete by the Diocese.

A Note to Parents Regarding Tuition and Incidental Billing on FACTS

We will be sending out our first electronic invoice for lunch/aftercare etc in a few weeks so keep your eyes open for an email from FACTS.

Just a few reminders:

  1. If you need to make any changes to your payment plan for tuition or incidental billing, I need at least 72 business hours notice. Once your payment has been initiated between FACTS and the Federal Reserve, I no longer have the ability to make changes.
  2. If you have a payment scheduled and insufficient funds in your account, you will be charged a $30 returned payment fee by FACTS. The charge will be reattempted again in 15 days.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the office for help or email Lindsay at lindsayoneil@smsvt.info.

Boxtops are Due!

If you've been saving your clippings, now is the time to return them to the office. Don't forget to ask your friends and family to help out! Our Boxtops submission is due on October 15th and we need time to count and pack them up.

Remember, every one of those little clippings is worth 10 cents for our school. If you haven't been saving your Boxtops, we still have a few weeks!

The Saint Michael Saints High school soccer team had a busy week...

by Phil Leggiere

The Saint Michael Saints High school soccer team had a busy week with two contests, their third and fourth of the season

At home at SIT Field on Tuesday the Saints scored a big win against White Oak Charter School of Westfield, their first of the season, shutting out White Oak 10-0. Leading a powerhouse offensive effort, Ezra Christie booted in five goals, bringing his season total to eight, while Steven Borst contributed three goals and Thomas Duchaney chipping in yet two more rounding out a stellar team effort.

The Saints took to the road on Thursday heading down to Charlemont, Massachusetts to face The Charlemont School team where, on a wet and rainy day, they lost a fiercely contested squeaker 5 to 4. In the absence of offensive leader Ezra Christie, out on the disabled list along with two other Saints, the Borst brothers stepped up, with Jason scoring three goals, one a direct kick, and Stephen knocking in another. The Saints defense was led by another outstanding performance by Casey Christie as goalie and the Pierce brothers in mid and defensive positions.

Next week, hopefully with a full team back in force, the Saints will be back in action at home at SIT Field Tuesday Oct.1st at 4:00 PM hosting Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School.

Saint Michael School Soccer Schedule 2019

Please come out and cheer for our team!!!

The games are exciting, the fields are gorgeous, and the students notice your presence.

The address for home games is 1 Kipling Road, Brattleboro VT 05301, at the SIT field

10/1/2019 PVCICS home 4:00

10/9/2019 Greenwood away 3:30

10/10/2019 Putney away 3:30

10/22/2019 Eagle Hill home 4:00

10/24/2019 White Oak away 4:00

10/29/2019 Quarter Finals


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It's Super Raffle Ticket Time!!!

The Super Raffle Ticket Update and Challenge

We have been given a challenge... Can we report 450 sold tickets by next Wednesday, October 2nd?

Year # of Tickets Sold

2019 ~ 296 tickets (Ticket sales as of 9/24)

2018 ~ 251 tickets

2017 ~ 236 tickets

We are on fire this year!

We have several families who already sold their 12 tickets and have signed out additional tickets to sell. With this in mind, we only have 89 tickets left in the office... wowser!

We hope you all are enjoying your conversations with friends and family! Please continue to spread the word about our amazing school and all the families who will benefit from their generous donations.

We have three parishes that have generously offered for us to set up tables for ticket sales before and after mass. Check out the dates below... there are LOTS still available!

Not only is this a great way to sell your tickets but more importantly, a chance to inform people in our community about the educational experience offered here at Saint Michael's.

Please make sure your children are present with you and wearing their SMS uniforms... it means a lot to our donors! Bring scissors, 3-6 pens, and some cash to make change.

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Sell Tickets At St. Michael Parish, Brattleboro VT Here

Make sure to arrive 30 minutes early and wear your SMS uniform!

Our Lady of Fatima in Wilmington, VT ticket sale signup

Our Lady of Fatima Church has agreed to let our families sell Raffle tickets for the next three weekends: 9/21-9/22, 9/28 - 9/29, and 10/5-10/6... we still need folks to signup. Make sure to arrive 30 minutes early and wear your SMS uniform!

Blessed Sacrament Church in Greenfield, MA ticket sales

Blessed Sacrament Church has given us permission to sell for the next three weekends during Mass. 9/28 and 29, 10/5 and 10/6, and 10/12 and 10/13. Make sure to arrive 30 minutes early and wear your SMS uniform!

Welcome to Hannaford Helps Schools 2019!


Between 8/25 and 11/30, with the purchase of 4 participating Hannaford Helps Schools items, a customer will receive a printout for 3 School Dollars at the register. The customer can place that printout into your school's slot in the Hannaford Helps Schools collection tower which is located at the front of the store that your school is registered with.

This fall, we celebrate 20 years of the Hannaford Helps Schools program! Since the program's inception, we've raised more than $12 million to help schools and schoolkids reach their goals.

Click here to see the products that are eligible for participation

Saint Michael School Brattleboro tower location 896 Putney Road

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Breakfast is $2.50 and Lunch is $3.75

Check out all of these delicious breakfast and lunch options for the month!

If you would like your child to have breakfast, please make sure they order it the day beforehand. This will allow us time to bake or prepare meals that are ready to go the next day.

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Coming up in October

Here is a sneak peek at the Breakfast and Lunch menus for October

After School Meal Program

Attached, please find the After School Meal Program (AMP) menu for the month.

If you are unfamiliar with "AMP" this is a free meal program, sponsored by the state, and available to all students who stay after school for any reason. If your child is staying for aftercare, sports, drama, tutoring etc. they are welcome to order AMP in the morning and eat in the afternoon FOR FREE. Paper copies are available in the office if you would like a copy for home.

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Coming up in October

Here is a sneak peek at the AMP menu for October

Community Events and Information

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Piano and organ lessons now available

Hi! I'm Breton Abbondanzio, the music teacher at Saint Michael School and Music director for the parish. I'm pleased to offer private lessons in piano and organ to interested families. I teach all ages and levels, and some of my students have won prizes in the ATAM Music Competition in Newton, MA. Lessons are a half hour in duration and my fee is reasonable and competitive.

Please give me a call at (802)251-0644 or email me at babbondanzio@gmail.com.

I look forward to teaching your child!

Math tutoring center in downtown Brattleboro!

If you are looking for a wonderful tutoring center that specializes in mathematics, you should check out the Brattleboro Math Center! We had the pleasure of having Marissa Meyers volunteer her time with our students last year and the students flourished under her care.



Brattleboro Math Center, 139 Main St. Brattleboro

Math tutoring for elementary and middle school

Multi-sensory approach to understanding the math

Call Marissa at (510) 919-0843

½ off first session for Saint Michael students

Click to Make Back to School Purchases Through Amazon!

Shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/03-0181252 and Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the Saint Michael Parish Charitable Trust.

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