Hark! The Herald

Friday, December 20, 2019

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Whew! What a week it's been here at Saint Michael School.

As I sit here in the office putting the finishing touches on this newsletter, the hallways are quiet and the heat has shut off for the day, but there is an unmistakable energy and warmth still flowing through the building. The memories and joy that filled our classrooms and sacred spaces this week are unlike any I've experienced before... Saint Michael School is special.

Each of you reading this is a contributor to our school community in some way. Whether you are a student or a parent, a parishioner or alumni, a donor or business partner, we could not be who we are, nor could we offer our students the first class education they receive without you! Thank you for your kindness, support, and involvement in our school community this year.

During this Advent season, and less than a week from Christmas, I am very mindful of how blessed we are. May you and your loved ones experience God’s blessings during this season of joy, hope, and love.

On behalf of Mrs. Beam, Father Justin and the entire Saint Michael School Faculty and Staff, I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

Hark! the herald angels sing,

"Glory to the new-born King!

Peace on earth, and mercy mild,

God and sinners reconciled."

Joyful, all ye nations, rise,

Join the triumph of the skies;

With th' angelic host proclaim,

"Christ is born in Bethlehem."

Hark! the herald angels sing,

"Glory to the new-born King!

Caroling with Saint Michael Parish tomorrow evening.

Please join us as we go caroling in the neighborhoods of Brattleboro on December 21st following the 4PM Mass. (We welcome all voices!). It will be a wonderful opportunity to share Christmas joy with our parishioners and neighbors!

Please bring a flashlight!

Important Dates and Reminders

December 23-January 1st: Christmas Break... We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Thursday, January 2nd: Back to School

Monday, January 6th: First Day of Winter Sports

Monday, January 13th: Winter Sports

Thursday, January 16th: Dress Down Day/Snack Bar benefitting Grade 9/10

Monday, January 20th: Martin Luther King Jr Day- NO SCHOOL


January 26th- 31st we have lots of fun activities planned to celebrate

See the flyer below with details about our Talent Show Auditions

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SMS Students singing for a special luncheon at the American Legion this week.

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Students enjoyed another visit from Brother Felix this week!

Brother Feliz arrived on Monday afternoon and spent a few days among our students. He shared with them the history of the creche and talked to the children about Advent. He also joined the students for the caroling events around town, a trip to Mrs Squires home to view her nativity collection, and he attended Mass with the students on Wednesday morning. Aren't we lucky!?

Today we filled the Jeep and made our delivery to St Brigid's Kitchen!

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Project Feed the Thousands Food Drive Comes to a Close

We are thrilled to share with everyone that we ran a really successful food drive for our neighbors in need this winter.

As a school, we donated 1,165.8 lbs of food and made a financial donation of $150.00!

The group that contributed the most per student was our 6/7 homeroom.

Collectively, they contributed 309.5 lbs... way to go 6/7!

When they return from break, they will enjoy a pizza party compliments of Principal Beam.

This morning, students from the 6th and 7th grade class went to Hannaford's Supermarket to participate in Project Feed festivities. Liana Capra of Summit Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM was there with several employees. They agreed to match our food contributions with a second Jeep filled with food. Summit employees did the shopping and our students bagged all the groceries to bring out to the Jeep. It was a sight to behold.

WTSA 96.7 and 92.7 Bratt FM were broadcasting live from Hannafords today. They interviewed our students and invited them to sing some Christmas carols.

As the culmination to our food drive, the contents from both Jeeps were delivered to St. Brigids Kitchen and unpacked into their pantry for distribution.

There are videos and photos circulating of our students in action.... Share links on our Facebook page if you find anything. Here are a few sources to check out:

Project Feed Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ProjectFeedtheThousands/

96.7 WTSA facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/wtsafm/?tn-str=k*F

92.7 Bratt FM Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BrattFM/

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Click Here to Sign Up For January 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.

A glimpse into the visits at Shirley Squires home earlier this week by our 6-12th grade students.

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Here is a sweet 3 minute video about Shirley and how her nativity collection began.

Shirley Squires' Touch of heaven
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Click here to enjoy photos of yesterday's festivities

Sometimes, there are simply too many photos for one Hark! to handle. If you'd like to see more photos of our classroom parties, our visit from Saint Nicholas, and festive sweater contest, you can find the album on our Facebook page.

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Saints Suffer Tough Loss vs. PVCICS

by Phil Leggiere

On the heels of their big opening game win versus White Oak last week the Saint Michael High School Saints basketball squad took to the road Wednesday, December 18 to take on the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School (PVCICS) in Hadley Massachusetts. Unfortunately, the Saints were unable to repeat their stellar opening game performance against a formidable PVCICS team, losing by a lopsided 53 to 16.

Highlights of the Saints’ disappointing effort were continued strong offensive play by Michael Kelleher, who scored eight points and some fine shots from Ezra Christie, who contributed four points. The Saint defense, however, proved no match for PVCICS’s high-speed fast-break offense, which consistently surprised and outpaced it, leaving PVCICS players unopposed on the far court with easy lay-up shots..

After a Christmas and New Year holiday break, the Saints will be returning to the court versus Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter School (BART) in Adams, Massachusetts on Tuesday January 7, 2020.

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!!!

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

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.

Parent Volunteers Needed

  • 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

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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 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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Questions? Thoughts? Suggestions?

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