Hark! The Herald

Special edition: Welcome Home! Friday, August 30th, 2019

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What a wonderful first week we had here at Saint Michael School!

Important Dates and Reminders

Monday, September 2nd- Labor Day. NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, September 11th- Our first student mass. We invite all friends and family to join us at Saint Michael Parish at 8:45 am.

Wednesday, September 25th- School Picture Day: - Mark your calendars!

Sunday. September 29th- Catechetical Sunday- Teacher commissioning during 10:30 Mass and Parish Picnic to follow. All are welcome to attend.

Please send your students in with a reusable water bottle. The first few weeks of school are always hot. We have refilling stations for the students to access and in most classrooms, they are encouraged to keep them on their desk or nearby.

We had a visit from Superintendent Jeanne Gearon today!

We were thrilled to welcome Superintendent Jeanne Gearon into our school and our classrooms today. She stepped into her role as Superintendent for the Diocese of Burlington on July 1, 2019. With her extensive background both in teaching and administration, she will be a wonderful addition to our Diocese. The students loved her!
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Visitor Policy and Procedures

It's the start of a new year so we would like to remind everyone to please respect the school's policy regarding visits, volunteering, and simply entering the building: We ask that all visitors, including parents, report to the school office upon entering the school building and sign into our Visitor Log. This includes dropping off something to your child or speaking with a teacher during the school day.

Please know that we realize this is inconvenient but our first priority is making sure that your children are safe, that we are aware of everyone who is currently in our building, and that we are compliant with all policies within the State of Vermont and the Diocese of Burlington. Thank you so much for your understanding.

Please submit any outstanding paperwork

If you have any of the following, please return them by Tuesday:

  • Your parent volunteer signup form
  • Free/Reduced Lunch application*
  • Any paperwork that came home in backpacks today from your teachers

Thank you to everyone for your diligence in returning paperwork, submitting payments, and tidying up any loose ends in the front office. The new enrollment packet process is working as we had hoped, and we are so far ahead of where we were last year.

*We need free and reduced lunch applications at your earliest convenience. If you are unsure if you might qualify, you are encouraged to submit an application or schedule some time to speak with Mrs Gauthier in the front office. This is a wonderful program of benefit to families. It also helps to benefit our school through the provision of Title 1 funds.

Have you finalized your Payment Plan?

If you have not arranged for tuition and incidental billing payment, please go here to setup your account for the year: https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/3JB80.

If you have any questions, please contact me at lindsayoneil@smsvt.info or call the office next week at 802.254.6320.

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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.

Students assemble down in Rand Hall to say a meal blessing and eat together. Then they are off to whatever activity they have planned for the afternoon.

Menus were given out in your packet this week. To cut down on paper waste, going forward, the menu will be available electronically here in the Hark, or you can pickup a hard copy in the office.

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Saint Michael School Soccer Schedule 2019

9/12/2019 BART home game at 4:00

9/17/2019 Charlemont away game at 3:30

9/19/2019 Putney home game at 4:00

9/24/2019 White Oak home game at 4:00

9/26/2019 Hartsbrook away game at 4:00

10/1/2019 PVCICS home game at 4:00

10/3/2019 Putney away game at 4:00

10/9/2019 Greenwood away game at 3:30

10/22/2019 Eagle Hill home game at 4:00

10/24/2019 White Oak away game at 4:00

10/29/2019 Quarter Finals

Please come out and cheer for our team!!!


Parent Volunteers Needed

Here are some tasks that could be done around the school as credit towards your Parent Volunteer Hours:

  • Finish reorganizing the uniform closet

  • We would like one parent volunteer to help out on student picture day

  • Can you give an hour each week or two to help out in our kitchen? It could be after you drop off your students, during the lunch hour, or before dismissal. Anything helps! Contact Bobbi Jo Anderberg to discuss your availability: bobbijoanderberg@smsvt.info

  • Tell Us How You Would Like to Help Out?!

Community Events and Information

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 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

Click to Make Back to School Purchases Through Amazon!

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.

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