Hark! The Herald

Friday, December 13, 2019

Thank you to all of our guests who attended the Christmas concert last night!

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Please note: There will be no aftercare next Wednesday, December 18th.

Please make arrangements to pick up your children at the regular dismissal time at 3:15 pm.

Important Dates and Reminders

Monday and Tuesday, December 16-17: Nativity visits to Mrs. Squires home (Grades 6-12 this year)

Wednesday, December 18: Confessions at Church from 1-3pm

** There will be no aftercare available on Wednesday. Please pick up at 3:15 pm.

Thursday, December 19: Christmas Parties (details from classrooms to follow)

**NEW UPDATE- Next Thursday, December 19: Dressdown day to benefit Project Feed**

December 23-January 1st: Christmas Break

Thursday, January 2nd: Back to School

URGENT: Mass Collections are this weekend and we still need some volunteers. Click the button to signup below.

  • TOMORROW Saturday, December 14th at the 4:00- 5:00pm Mass, we still need 2 students to assist with collections.

  • Sunday morning, December 15th at the 8-9am mass, we also need 1student to help with collections.

We have received lots of wonderful feedback from the parish about having our students present so thank you!

Click Here to Sign Up For December Mass Collections

We need 12 student volunteers every month to help with collections at each of the three masses. Please look at the time slots and see if you can help out in the months ahead.

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Everyone Please Read- Project Feed the Thousands Update

In celebration of Advent and our classroom Christmas parties, we have decided to add an optional dress down day for next Thursday, December 19th.

For $1.00, students can dress down or dress up for the day.

All proceeds will go to Project Feed the Thousands.

Project Feed Food Drive Update:

As of our last weigh-in on Tuesday, the school has collected 821 lbs!!!!

Our final day to collect food donations will be Thursday, December 19th.

On Friday morning, all of the food will be piled into the Jeep and any money will

Thank you for all of your contributions over the last few weeks.

It is so important for our children to be witness to and participate in these types of community service events. Together, we have helped to fill the shelves and pantry at Brigids Kitchen for our neighbors in need.

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SMS Saints Commence Basketball Season with Victory!

by Phil Leggiere

The Saint Michael Saints High School Saints basketball squad played their 2019- 2020 River Valley Athletic League opener Tuesday, December 10 at the Austine School gym, hosting the White Oak School. In a commanding performance the Saints’ offense came out of the gate strong, taking a decisive early lead, which it never relinquished, dominating White Oak throughout the game in a 52-42 victory.

Leading the team’s offensive charge center Michael Kelliher scored 14 points, while Stephen Borst and Ezra Christie chipped in 10 points each. The Saint defense was also in top form, commanding the boards with strong rebounding by Kelliher and forcing numerous White Oak turnovers with aggressive half-court pressure

The win was particularly sweet after the Saints 42 to 18 loss against White Oak in their matchup last season.

Next week the Saints travel on Wednesday, December 18 to take on the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School (PVCICS) in Hadley Massachusetts.

Our basketball schedule for the season is now set

Basketball Season is here. Please come out and cheer on our students at Winston Prouty gym for any home games. Go Saints!!!

Wednesday 18-Dec vs PVCICS at 4:30 Away

Tuesday 7-Jan vs BART at 4:00 Away

Wednesday 8-Jan vs Putney at 4:00 Away

Thursday 9-Jan vs White Oak at 4:00 Away

Tuesday 14-Jan vs Eagle Hill at 4:00 Away

Wednesday 15-Jan vs Greenwood at 4:00 Home Game

Tuesday 21-Jan vs Dublin at 4:30 Away

Wednesday 22-Jan vs High Mowings at 4:00 Home Game

Tuesday 28-Jan vs PVCICS at 4:30 Home Game

Wednesday 29-Jan vs Hartsbrook at 4:00 Home Game

Thursday 6-Feb vs Greenwood at 4:00 Away

Monday 10-Feb Quarter Finals

Tuesday 11-Feb Semi Finals

Thursday 13-Feb Finals

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As you do your holiday shopping, remember to shop through Amazon Smile to benefit Saint Michael School

Click to Make Back to School Purchases Through Amazon!

As you do your holiday shopping, please shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/03-0181252 Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the Saint Michael Parish Charitable Trust.

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Our sincere thanks to all of the wonderful families who contributed to the Cookie Fundraiser, either through your baking of cookies, or your willingness to help last night.

The fundraiser was a huge success and everyone left for home, their boxes brimming with beautiful cookies. It was a wonderful way to close out the evening.

Parent Volunteers Needed

  • Classroom parties next Thursday. Please check in with your teachers to see what they need for donations or help in the classroom.

  • Our uniform closet could use some love. We received several donations of uniforms recently in bags that need to get hung up in the right spot. Can you spare a half hour or more to simple hang some clothing?

  • If you plan to drive or chaperone for Winter Sports, please check in with the office to make sure you are all set. This process can take a few weeks.

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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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 menu for home.

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Community Events and Information

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 vocals, 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

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