Hark! the Herald

Friday, January 22, 2021

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SMS 2nd and 3rd Grade Proudly Presents: Peter and the Wolf. See details below


Next Friday, January 29th: Early Release, Teacher In-service day. Lunch will be served and all students should be picked up at 12 Noon. There will be no aftercare available.

Progress Reports will go home next week. Check in with your student and see if they need any last minute help or encouragement before next Friday.

Looking ahead to February:

February 1-5th: Catholic Schools Week. Details below

February 15-19: Winter Break, NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, February 17th: Ash Wednesday

February 22-26: No School Meals Provided. Please pack your student breakfast and lunch.

Wednesday, February 24th, Early Release, Teacher In-service day. Lunch will be served and students should be picked up at 12 Noon. Aftercare will be available on this day until 3pm.

Thank you to everyone for your help with the drop off and pick up safety this past week on Walnut Street and in the parking lot.

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Enroll for 2021-2022 by February 5th and lock in 2020-2021 base tuition rates!!!

Thank you to all the families who have already enrolled their students, or submitted their Intent to Enroll form for next year!

If you returned the Intent to Enroll Form, please check your email for instructions on how to officially enroll your student by February 5th, OR CLICK THE BUTTON BELOW TO GET STARTED.

We have never offered an anything like this before! Don't miss out on this great incentive.

Enroll Your Student for 2021/2022

Our district code is sm-vt.

If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me at lindsayoneil@smsvt.info

We are grateful to each of you for placing your trust in us this year.

We love spending our days with your children.... they are all so unique and awesome!

Together, we have created a fun, safe, loving educational bubble for those students blessed enough to be here this year.

This is our small way of saying thank you for your trust and loyalty.

To Apply for Financial Aid, click here

For more information about our financial aid process, please contact Lindsay ONeil at 802.254.6320 or visit: https://saintmichaelschoolvt.org/financial-aid

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In what will surely become a highlight for their school year, our 2/3 class put on a performance of Peter and the Wolf this week in Rand Hall.

COVID restrictions have made teaching a challenge, but also an opportunity for creativity in the curriculum. Mr. Abbondanzio, our music teacher, has stepped up to the challenge and done some very fun lessons with our students. Last week, as students listened to Peter and the Wolf, they were encouraged to act out the story as a class. All of the grades enjoyed the lesson so much that they begged Mr. A to do it again this week.

However, one group in particular really took the class to the next level: Our 2/3 classroom cast roles, created costumes, and invited a limited number of guests to come watch their performance. Father Justin, Principal Beam, and students from the 1st grade were all invited down on Thursday afternoon to enjoy their performance. It was such fun to watch them come together as a group and experience the excitement and pride that comes from performing for a crowd.

The 1st graders were so respectful as an audience. They sat quietly and listened. They giggled and laughed at the silly parts, and looked on with anticipation during the more dramatic parts. It felt like the Saint Michael School we have all known and loved in years past... it was wonderful! We wish you all could have been there but we hope these photos will suffice.

Mark your calendars for March 2028 when these guys are all in high school together. We are going to have an incredible drama production that year!

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Catholic Schools Week will be celebrated here at SMS from February 1st thru the 5th

What is National Catholic Schools Week?

Since 1974, National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which in 2021 is January 31 – February 6. The theme for National Catholic Schools Week 2021 is “Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service.” Schools typically observe the annual celebration week with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation.


So, as is tradition here at Saint Michael School, we will have a series of activities to enjoy as a community:

Monday, Feb 1st: Read a thon. This day will look different by grade, and instructions will come home from your teachers, as needed. Students will not be permitted to bring in blankets and pillows as in years past. Hopefully we can resume the fort building next year. Thank you for your support in helping the students to understand.

Tuesday, Feb 2nd: Community Service Students will create Valentines Day cards and write letters to send to homebound parishioners, nursing home residents, our seminarians, and military personnel.

Wednesday, Feb 3rd: BINGO day At 2pm we are going to take advantage of the new phone system and play an all school game of Bingo over the new intercoms. Students are encouraged to wear crazy hats and socks to make their PE attire more festive for the day.

Thursday, Feb 4th: All-School Private Mass in the Morning

Friday, Feb 5th: Field Day activities will be planned and students are invited to dress down today!

Our high school drama production is underway and we'd love your help with the set!

The year is flying by... our high school drama production is well under way and its time to start building the set. We need volunteers to help out with construction, painting, and costumes.

If you have an interest in getting involved this year, please contact Mr. Dionne directly at joshuadionne@smsvt.info to discuss.

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Please try to arrive promptly at 8:15 am to allow your student enough time eat breakfast.

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A look ahead to February breakfast


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A look ahead to February lunch

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Community Information

SHOP LOCAL this winter and support SMS families*

*SMS does not sponsor or benefit from the sales or purchases of any of these vendors. Listed are wonderful fundraisers, businesses and gift giving ideas from families in our community. Consider shopping local and supporting one another this year.

For the remainder of the year, this helpful information will remain here for quick reference.

What to do if my child is sick?

Dear Families,

Please follow these guidelines when your child presents with any of the following symptoms. With the onset of cold and flu season, we must remain vigilant in keeping our students safe. Thank you for your cooperation and positive responses as we navigate these uncertain times.

Source: Schools of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington United in Faith, Returning with C.A.R.E. Guidelines

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Who ya gonna call?

Depending on your needs, there is probably a best person to contact for help:

Attendance, billing, events/calendar, school food program: sandigauthier@smsvt.info

Admissions, FACTS tuition management, fundraising and donations: lindsayoneil@smsvt.info

Makeup work or curriculum questions: please contact your teacher directly

All of our teachers and staff have their school email address listed on the faculty page of our website. If you are unsure of how to reach a teacher or staff member, here is the link: https://saintmichaelschoolvt.org/faculty

Make a donation to support Saint Michael School

In addition to tuition and school fundraisers, SMS relies upon the generosity of private donors to help support the mission of Saint Michael School each year. Thank you in advance for your generous support!

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