Hark! the Herald

Friday, November 16th, 2018

Important Dates and Reminders

  • Next week is Thanksgiving. We will be closed on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday for the holiday. We wish you all a wonderful, relaxing time away with family, friends, and most importantly your children!

  • Please, as you enter or leave the building, take a minute to look behind you and pull/jiggle the door shut. We just added new weather stripping and it will take some time to break in. Thank you so much for your help!

  • It's getting cold outside, but that won't stop us from making sure the kids get outside for some fresh air and exercise. Please make sure they are coming to school with appropriate, warm attire for recess and outdoor activities every day.

  • If your child has borrowed or worn home anything from the closet that you do not intend to keep, would you please consider washing and returning it. Please please feel free to keep or take anything you need from the closet. It is a wonderful option for year round use and I definitely don't want to discourage anyone from taking clothes that are needed. However, almost daily we are in the closet to find a change of clothes for one reason or another and it is always such a relief when we have items in the right size to offer. So, if you wont use something, please send the item(s) back in. We would also be grateful for any donations of clothing your child has outgrown.

Calling all basketball players!!!

SMS will begin basketball practice on Tuesday, November 27.

Our team will consist of 8th-12th grade and is co-ed.

It will be $40/student or $50/family to play. This cost helps us to pay for referees and the gym. Permission slips were passed out this week so please get them filled out and returned as soon as possible.

Practice will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday at Winston Prouty Center Gym, the same place we were last year, and Thursday at SMS in Rand Hall.

Practice time will be 3:30-5pm. Coaching will be provided by the generosity of Mr. Tatro and Mr. Chechile. We have joined the River Valley League. and the schedule will be sent home with your child as soon as it is finalized. We will need parents to help with transport to Winston Prouty for both practice and games.

Should you have any questions, feel free to contact me. We are looking forward to coaching your children this year.


Jenn Kelliher



SAVE THE DATE! Christmas Dance

Friday, Dec. 14th, 7-9pm

48 Walnut Street

Brattleboro, VT

Saint Michael School will be hosting a Christmas Dance in a few weeks.

The dance will be open to all students in grades 7 through 12 and their guests.

Students from outside our school community will have to fill out some paperwork in order to attend. We will send out forms soon.

Be thinking of who you would like to invite and other ways that you can help or get involved.

Volunteer Hours Opportunities:

We need someone with Music/ DJ expertise...

Please contact Katie Pierce if you would like to get involved at piercekatie@hotmail.com

Ways You Can Help!

Here are some items we need for the school:

  • cough drops :)
  • new or gently used winter gear such as hats, gloves, mittens etc
  • cookie sheets or muffin tins for our breakfast and AMP program
  • new or gently used blankets for the nurses office

TWO WEEKS LEFT for Hannaford Helps Schools

As you do your grocery shopping for the upcoming holiday season you can help raise money for our school with Hannaford Helps Schools!

Now through 12/1, every time you buy 4 participating products you’ll earn $3 for our school! Look for shelf tags in-store or click to see the full list of products: http://bit.ly/2MrRBpr

Breakfast Lunch and AMP Menus

Breakfast is $2.25 and Lunch is $3.50

Monday 11-19-18

Bagel w/cream cheese, hard boiled egg,

juice, fruit choice, milk

Tuesday 11-20-18

Egg/sausage/cheese egg sandwich, juice, fruit choice, milk

Wednesday 11-21-18

Thanksgiving Break

Thursday 11-22-18

Thanksgiving Break

Friday 11-23-18

Thanksgiving Break

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Please find attached the menu for afterschool meals this month.

November 15 is America Recycles Day

In Honor of America Recycles Day, here is an excerpt from Planet Aid.org blog:

November 15 is America Recycles Day, which is a program by Keep America Beautiful, and is a day to celebrate and promote recycling in the United States.

A great way to celebrate America Recycles Day is by cleaning out your closet and donating your clothes.Once you’ve inspected your closet and taken out the necessary articles, take your items to a yellow donation bin near you. Please launder all items before dropping them in a box.

DID YOU KNOW? We have a Planet Aid donation bin located at Saint Brigid's Kitchen!

To read the rest of the article, click here.

Planet Aid collects and recycles 100 million pounds of clothes and shoes every year, but that is just a fraction of the textiles that could be recycled if everyone stopped throwing their clothes in the trash. Planet Aid accepts clothing, shoes, and other textiles (for example, bedding, towels, and curtains). This means that there is no need to separate items based on their condition. Even items that are stained, torn, or frayed can be recycled, so drop off your worn-out items, too!

Community Events

Advent Giving Tree and Advent Appeal

If you are in need of help with fuel, rent, security deposit, utilities, clothing, or buying Christmas gifts for your children this year, please contact Kerry at the rectory at 257-5101.


Hi! I'm Breton Abbondanzio, the new Music Director at St. Michael Parish and I'm pleased to offer private lessons in piano and organ. 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 (413) 824-9881 or email me at babbondanzio@gmail.com. I look forward to teaching your child!

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend November 30-December 2, 2018

A Weekend of Discovery... A Lifetime of Love.

It will take place at St. Anne's Shrine and is a very special time for married couples and priests.

• Nov. 30 - December 2, 2018- St. Anne’s Shrine, Isle La Motte, VT

Contact: Gary & Lynn Root @ e-mail: vtroot@together.net Or call: (802) 456-8114 Get more information online @ www.wwme.org or at www.wwmevt.org


… Couples Make Them! All marriages need attention, effort and nurturing. Worldwide Marriage Encounter provides an opportunity for you to explore your relationship together and find ways to make it more fulfilling and stronger for a lifetime.


It's not too late to join a group of young people who are doing dramatic readings from C.S. Lewis's novel “The Screwtape Letters” every week. This group is open to youth age high school and up. They meet from 9:10 to 10:10 on Sunday mornings in the parish center.

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