Hark! The Herald

Friday, April 26th, 2019

Important Dates and Reminders

Tuesday, April 30th: 2/3 Snack Bar Dress Down Day: This Tuesday, the 2/3 classroom will be hosting a Snack Bar/Dress Down Day. All funds raised help to cover the costs for the end of year class trips. Thanks for supporting one another.

We haven't had one in a while so, as a reminder:

  • If your child is in 2nd or 3rd grade, please plan a snack or drink contribution accordingly.
  • For everyone else: please make sure to send your child in with $1.00 if they would like to dress down for the day, and some extra spending money to buy a snack or two from the students.

Also on Tuesday, April 30th: Final date to receive a free SMS embroidered sweatshirt for enrolling your children for the 2019-2020 school year.

Upcoming in May:

Sunday, May 12th: Absolute final date to purchase a yearbook or submit a dedication page

Friday, May 17th: Early Release for Teacher In-Service Day, after care until 3pm

Also on Friday, May 17th: High School Spring Formal 6-10pm (see flyer below for details)

Thursday, May 23rd: Spring Concert

Friday, May 24th: Race for Education (see below for details)

Monday, May 27th: Memorial Day, No school

FINAL REMINDER: If you want a free SMS Embroidered sweatshirt, please enroll your students by this Tuesday, April 30th.

There will be no exceptions, as we need to place a custom order for sizes.

If you submit a completed enrollment packet (online documents and $175 enrollment fee) for your family by April 30th, each of your enrolled children will receive a beautiful Saint Michael School quarter-zip sweatshirt, embroidered with the SMS logo.

Again, the deadline to complete enrollment and receive the incentive sweatshirt is April 30th, 2019. Follow instructions below to complete enrollment.

The Online Enrollment Portal is OPEN!

Here is the link you need to get started:


On the left side, select Apply/Enroll, the rest is self explanatory.

Our district code is sm-vt.

In order to enroll your family for 2019/2020, you will need to login to Parentsweb.

If you are new to Parentsweb, you will have to create a new account.

The enrollment packet should be completed by the person who is responsible for student enrollment, i.e the "primary parent or guardian".

UPDATE: You cannot access the online enrollment portal through a cell phone. You must use a traditional computer to view "Apply/Enroll" in the menu and move forward in the system.

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Race for Education will be held on May 24th, 2019... Please support our students!

Saint Michael School holds two major fundraisers each year to provide quality educational opportunities to our students, and to give tuition assistance to students who would otherwise be unable to attend SMS.

Our school's goal is $20,000. The success of Race for Education relies on the number of sponsors and amounts they pledge to give. Think of relatives, friends, neighbors, business associates, coaches, and anyone else you know who could sponsor your child. We have received some really generous pledges from friends, family and local businesses already. It's so exciting to see this event come together!

You can encourage sponsors to visit the website: race4ed.com/sms on your Facebook page, on Instagram, Twitter, via emails and any other social media. Please please, spread the word. You may be surprised at who sponsors your child and supports our school!

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Buy a ticket and invite a friend, this is a night students won't want to miss!

We have a really wonderful group of parents working behind the scenes to plan a beautiful Spring Formal for all of our high school students on Friday, May 17th from 6-10pm.

Flyers were sent home a few weeks ago with details and a guest permission form.

Tickets cost $15 per person but the cost will increase to $20 after this week.

We strongly encourage every student to not only attend, but take a moment to consider someone they would like to invite. Events are always more fun with a large crowd and we all have a friend, neighbor, co-worker, cousin, maybe someone from a church group or sports team that would add to our fun dance atmosphere.

Stop by the office to purchase your tickets and submit your guest permission form.

YEARBOOK and Parent Dedication/Commercial Ad ordering has been extended.

Contact Jason Coplan on his cell phone: 802-579-8832 and/or email jasoncoplan@smsvt.info to finalize any ad submissions.

The yearbook ordering link will continue to be active for another two weeks.

The absolute final deadline is Sunday, May 12th.

Order your yearbook and design your student dedication page here:


As the weather warms up, just a reminder about our Extended Care Program

We offer a licensed extended care program at Saint Michael School to help families cover the gaps between work and school hours.

  • Anyone 12 and under who is found in the building during non-school hours will be asked to head down to the extended care room, and the family will be billed accordingly.
  • Any students 13 and older must wait outside until the building is open in the morning, and needs to find someplace safe to go at dismissal.

We do not have staffing available to supervise children that are not in our extended care program. We cannot have children on the school grounds or in the building unless they are part of our program, or meeting for a school sponsored event like sports or tutoring. Some families make arrangements to meet at the library, or a local restaurant like Subway.

Please make sure that you talk with your 13+ student about a plan for dismissal if you have to pick them up later in the day. Thank you so much for your help in keeping all of our students safe.

SMS Preschool Summer Program.

We have a few spots still open for three weeks of our

SMS Preschool Summer Program.

Registration forms are available in the office if you are interested. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Don: daydonharvey@smsvt.info.

Please note: There are 10 spots available per week.

Registration is on a first come, first served basis.

Thank you!

Looking for some parent volunteers

We have some exciting events on the horizon but they will require some parent helpers:

  • check in with your teachers... they are all planning end of year class trips. They will need drivers and chaperones to accompany them.
  • Race for Education in May


Could you spare an hour here and there to help Bobbi Jo with dishes after lunch service. Anytime after 12:30 pm would be extremely helpful.

She is a magician in the kitchen but she is preparing 3 meals a day for 115 kids... with NO HELP! If you would like to come in and provide some sunshine in someone's day, this would be the way to do it. It doesn't have to be daily but anything you can give would be a gift.

Breakfast Lunch and AMP Menus

Breakfast is $2.25 and Lunch is $3.50

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

If you would like your child to have breakfast, please make sure they order it the day beforehand.

Here is the breakfast menu for May.
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After School Meal Program

Attached, please find the after school meal program menu for the month.

This is a free meal program, sponsored by the state, and available to all students who stay after school for any reason.

Here is the AMP menu for May.
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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.

Other Community Events And Opportunities

This week NEYT opens its Spring Musical, "Dear Edwina, JR"

Thirteen-year-old problem solver, Edwina, dishes out advice with the help of her friends and a little song and dance.

Dear Edwina JR. follows the adventures of plucky advice-giver-extraordinaire, Edwina Spoonapple, as she directs the neighborhood kids in a series of buoyant production numbers for the latest edition of her weekly "Advice-a-Palooza.” Edwina and her friends share wisdom on everything from trying new foods to making new friends, through clever, catchy and poignant songs.

Fun, funny, and utterly delightful, this musical about the pleasures of growing up is sure to uplift audiences of all ages!


Friday, May 3 at 7pm

Saturday, May 4 at 2pm and 7pm

Friday, May 10 at 7pm

Saturday, May 11 at 2pm and 7pm

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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


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!

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