Hark! The Herald

Friday, January 10, 2020

Winter sports is off to a wonderful start!

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For the next five weeks, students will travel on Mondays to one of 6 winter sports offerings: downhill skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, bowling, cross country skiing, or yongmudo.

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GREAT NEWS! Breakfast, Lunch and AMP menus are now available on our website under the Student Life tab.

Important Dates and Reminders

Monday, January 13th: Winter Sports and Free Dress Down Day

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

**Saturday and Sunday, January 18th and 19th: Student Collections at Mass. Can you help?

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

Catholic Schools Week Events at Saint Michael School

January 26 - Catholic Schools Week begins

  • Monday, January 27 – Winter Sports and Free Dress Down Day

  • Tuesday, January 28 – Read-a-Thon - 9:00am – 10:00 am

  • Wednesday, January 29 – Student Mass at 8:45 a.m.

    • Community Service Day – PK - 8

    • Bishop’s Mass – Cathedral of St. Joseph – High School students

  • Thursday, January 30 – Talent Show – 6:00 p.m. with Concessions

  • Friday, January 31 – Student Appreciation Day/Student Breakfast (Dress UP Day!!)

    • Student Appreciation Breakfast

    • Special (SURPRISE!!) Performance for students

    • Early Release at noon. Lunch served, and aftercare till 3:00 p.m. (in-service)

We need 9 student volunteers to help with collections coming up on 1/18 and 1/19. Can you please help?

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.

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The SMS Talent Show looks to be the highlight of Catholic Schools Week!

Talent Show auditions were held this afternoon and wow! Do we have a lot of enthusiastic performers in our midst. In total, 25 acts were brought before our talent scouts today.

Mark your calendars for Thursday evening, January 30th at 6pm. We will have a wonderful evening of singing, dancing, martial arts demonstrations, skits and other wild and entertaining talents.

We will also be offering a concession stand during intermission with pizza slices, drinks, and other snack foods.

A special thank you to our parents,

Mrs. Pierce, Mrs. Livingstone, and Mr. Chechile,

for organizing this event. It's going to be a blast!

Yongmudo is a new winter sports offering this year!

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Developed in 1998, Yongmudo is a Korean martial art and self-defense program that uses kicks, strikes, throws, grappling, and joint locks. An integrated approach to self-defense and great for getting into shape, beginners start with basic skills and advance to practicing with four types of sparring (standing kicking and punching, standing throws, groundwork, and free-sparring).

Thank you to Brattleboro YongMudo for bringing this exciting new opportunity to our students!

To learn more about upcoming class offerings here in Brattleboro, email: brattleboroyongmudo@gmail.com.

Winter Sports Season is Upon Us! Please read to prepare for next week.

All students in grades K-12 will be participating in a winter sports activity every Monday for the next five weeks as part of our physical education curriculum.

**During the winter sports season, Monday will be a free dress down day.**

Depending on your student's sport of choice, please make sure they are dressed comfortably and in layers if appropriate.

**If your child needs a booster seat, please make sure they bring that each Monday.

As a school, we must ensure 1) the safety of your children and 2) compliance with Vermont State Law. Where all Winter Sports activities are located in VT, we are compelled to follow VT law. Thank you so much for your understanding and cooperation.

Please spread the word: The Gift of Catholic Education is now available

The Gift of Catholic Education is now available to students in grades K-12

INCENTIVE: If you refer a family, and they enroll for the remainder of the 2019/2020 school year, we will waive your enrollment fee of $175 towards next year's enrollment period!

Help grow our school and fill those desks with familiar, friendly faces!

Each year, we have welcomed wonderful new families here at Saint Michael School mid-year as part of our Gift of Catholic Education. We are again offering this program to allow families to experience Saint Michael School for the rest of the year and we would love for you to spread the word!

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Saint Michael Saints high school basketball team had a grueling week- three games in three days!

by Phil Leggiere

The Saint Michael Saints High school basketball team had a grueling week, traveling three successive days for away games with tough opponents.

The Saints started their week on Tuesday January 7 facing the Berkshire Arts and Technology (BART) Charter Public School (BART) of North Adams, Mass., an offensive powerhouse the team simply couldn't keep up, losing by a lopsided 83-26. Top scorer for the Saints was Stephen Borst with eight points, followed by Thomas Duchaney and Jason Borst with six points each.

The following day, Wednesday January 8 the Saints made their way to The Putney School in Putney, Vermont, where the team brought a stronger game, particularly on defense.

In a more evenly matched contest, the Saints kept the score tight, within single digit margins through much of the game. Unfortunately, the Saints’ strong defensive play was not matched on offense as the team missed many shots, going down to a 39-24 loss, with Thomas Duchaney contributing 10 points.

On Thursday January 9 the Saints closed out a long week with a trek to the White Oak School in Westfield, Massachusetts. In their best effort of the week the Saints led through most of the game, powered by stellar offensive performances from Michael Kelliher, who hit for 19 points and Thomas Duchaney, who chipped in 14 more points.

The Saints ultimately came up short, however. In a frantic finish White Oak tied up the game in the final two minutes, sending it into overtime where the Saints were overtaken in a heartbreaking 53- 50 loss.

Next week the Saints will be back in action, traveling to Eagle Hill School in Hardwick, Massachusetts on Tuesday January 14 and then facing The Greenwood School at home on Wednesday January 15.

Go Saints!!! Below is our basketball schedule for the season.

Please come out and cheer on our students at Winston Prouty gym for any home games.

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

UPDATE: Tuesday 4-Feb vs Four Rivers at 4pm Away Game at IAS Dome, Bernardston MA

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 shopping, remember to shop through Amazon Smile to benefit Saint Michael School

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As you do your 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

  • Interested in helping out with the Talent Show on January 30th? Please let us know!
We would love help with running the concession stand, donations of drinks, snack food items or pizza, and help with behind the scenes coordination like costumes, music, and the unexpected.

  • 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 simply hang some clothing?

  • We could use some tissues for the classrooms...We always need tissues ;)

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.

Click here at access our school menus online

GREAT NEWS! Breakfast, Lunch and AMP menus are now available on our website under the Student Life tab.

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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

Nature Days with Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center

Monday January 20 (NO SCHOOL)

Tuesday March 4 (Early Release day)
9am - 3pm for children in grades K - 5

There's no school, so send your kids for a day of play in nature. These dates will take place at the Winston Prouty campus. We'll explore the woods and fields and follow where winter leads us.

Members $45/ day, Non-members $55/day

For Information and registration www.BEEC.org 802-257-5785

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Click here to register for the Catholic Life Conference

Only 2,000 tickets will be sold. The conference has been advertised across the Springfield Diocese already. Special permission was gained to advertise this event to our parish so please if you are at all interested, register sooner rather than later!

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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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