St. Mike's Matters- Notes

October 6, 2022

Security and More

We are continuing to investigate ways to keep our campus more secure, and a number of ideas are being looked at. As we have information, you'll hear it here. We're fortunate to have the support of Fr. Jim and the Facilities Department in these efforts. Know that protecting the kids is priority #1 and responding quickly is important. If you have concerns yourself, or wonder how/why/when we've taken action, please call. First hand knowledge beats social media!

You'll see the Fulcrum information in this Thursday Notes. Though efforts to arrive at lower tuition every year continue, we know tuition is a barrier for some families. Our huge goal is to have every interested family attending St. Mikes. Do submit an application if you think you might at all need help. Our "in-house" tuition assistance is also based on this application, so even if you don't qualify for Fulcrum aid, you might be eligible for St. Michael aid.

Finally, Happy October and Feast of St. Francis of Assisi last Tuesday.

Kathi Rafferty and Roseann Feldmann


Fall Conferences

Our teachers are preparing to meet with you for our Fall conferences. Our conferences are being held in-person and are scheduled for October 26 (after school) and 27. You will register for your conferences directly through SignUpGenius and will receive the registration email from the school at the date and time listed below. Here are the details of the registration timeline for conferences.

· Families with 3 or more children: Registration opens Monday, October 10 at 5:00 p.m.

· Families with 1-2 children: Registration opens Tuesday, October 11 at 5:00 p.m.

Registration for all families will close on Monday, October 17 at 8:00 a.m.

PLEASE NOTE: Wednesday is a full day of school. Conferences begin on Wednesday after school dismisses. There is no school on Thursday or Friday.

Fulcrum Tuition Assistance Application Site Now Open

The tuition assistance application window for the upcoming 2023/2024 school year is now open to applicants.

Tuition assistance will only be granted for the next year by completing the online application process. If you plan to apply for the 2023/2024 school year, your application must be submitted by January 6th, 2023.

Award letters from the Fulcrum Foundation will be mailed to applicants in March 2023.

The Fulcrum tuition assistance application can be accessed at:

Fall Coat Drive

Greeting Spartans!

As you know, St. Teresa of Calcutta Saint House holds a coat drive annually for those who are in need of coats. This year the coat drive will begin Tuesday, October 4, 2022, and will end on Friday, October 21, 2022.

We will collect and count the coats every Friday to deliver them to the Saint Vincent de Paul Ministry. The coats you donate should be gently worn rain coats, thick jackets, and heavy duty winter jackets.Whichever class donates the most coats by the time the end of the coat drive will receive a prize. This will be decided by your homeroom teacher.

Thank you!

Updated Sports Eligibility

In an effort to better support student athletes, changes have been made to the Sports Eligibility section of the Family Handbook. A specific timeline has been included that indicates when the student and parents will be notified of eligibility. The policy also clarifies how long a teacher has to grade the late/missing work after it is submitted. The cut off for the class grade needed by student athletes has been updated. The updated text to the Family Handbook is below:

Academic Eligibility for Participation in Sports/Extracurricular Activities

St. Michael Parish School encourages students to participate in extracurricular activities offered by our school. We realize that making the choice to participate in our sports programs or other extracurricular activities is a large commitment. At the same time, we expect students to be accountable for their schoolwork.

The following plan is in place to help students meet their academic responsibilities while still being able to participate in their chosen extracurricular activities.

Students who have a 73% or below in any subject will be ineligible to participate in their chosen extracurricular activity.

Students, parents, and coaches will be notified of a student’s ineligible status on Fridays. After all assignments have been handed in and all grades are 74% or above, students may resume participation in St. Michael extracurricular activities (practices, games/contests, rehearsals, etc.). Upon receipt of completed assignments, teachers will score and update the student’s grade within 24 hours.

The principal has final discretion in these matters.

Individual School Pictures

Mark your calendar! School picture day will be on Wednesday October 19th. We will provide a link for picture purchases and more information in next weeks Thursday Notes.

Attendance Procedures

If you have a child that is sick and staying home, or a child that is going to be late, we ask that you please send an email to or use our website's tardy/absence portal to inform us of your child's absence. Please include in your message why they will not be at school or why they will be late so that our attendance list is accurate.

Please contact your student's teacher(s) to arrange for pickup of missed classwork.

Thank you!

School Calendar

October 14th - Faculty Professional Development Day - No School

October 19 - Individual School Pictures

October 21st - Middle School Dance

October 26th - After School Conferences

October 27th - All Day Conferences - No School

October 28th - Faculty Planning Day - No School

Spartan Spirit Days!

On Spartan Spirit days, students can wear their Spartan Spirit T shirt with uniform bottoms.

Please add the following dates to your calendar:

  • October 26
  • November 30
  • December 14
  • January 25
  • February 21
  • March 29
  • April 26
  • May 31
  • June 7

Spartan Girls Volleyball Schedule

St. Mike's girls volleyball is in full swing!

The volleyball schedule can be accessed by clicking the link below.

Spartan Football Schedule

It's time for Spartan Football!

The football schedule can be accessed by clicking the link button below.
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Place Your Yearbook Order

The 2022-2023 Yearbooks are available for pre-order starting 9/16/22!

As in previous years, yearbook orders can only be placed on the Jostens website.

Please remember to order by 1/27/23 to guarantee your yearbook this year. We will not be ordering any extras for selling at the end of the year.

Click the button below, or call 1-877-767-5217 to place your order.


$30 book with free icon promo through 10/07/22

$30 book (no free icons) through 11/19/22
$40 book through 01/28/23

Please contact Mrs. Swenson if you have any questions.

SCRIP - Support Our School While You Shop

What is SCRIP?

SCRIP is a program where you buy a gift card at face value and we earn a percentage back for our school. Use SCRIP gift cards for things you already buy like food, clothes, entertainment, and gasoline. SCRIP sales go to PTSA which provides funds to support teachers and programs.

How Do I Participate?

  • Purchase SCRIP gift cards in the school office. We can also place special orders if we do not have the physical cards you want on hand.
  • Set up an online account at Order eGift cards, received instantly, or reload an already purchased physical gift card from the office.

Click here for more information on how to set up your account: SCRIP Gift Card Program

Email questions, requests for enrollment code, or to volunteer:

School Volunteer Agreement

Below is the 2022-2023 guidance for Catholic School Volunteers, which our school received from the Archdiocese on August 22, 2022. This agreement form needs to be completed and signed for each St. Michael School volunteer this school year. Included are the medical Covid-19 guidelines for symptomatic and exposed individuals. Access to both of these forms are through the buttons below.

Library Volunteers Needed

Our school library is currently looking for volunteers. If you are interested in helping out or have questions regarding volunteering, please email Sandra Quebedeaux at:

What Is A Birthday Book?

Birthday books are added to the collection at St. Michael School library in honor of someone's birthday. Any student can select a book from the collection of new books waiting to be added to our library. The book will be presented at Monday Morning Opening and the birthday boy or girl will be the first person to check out the book!

If you would like to celebrate your student's birthday by donating a birthday book, please complete the form. A $5.00 donation is requested to help defray the cost of the book. Please check if you want your FACTS account charged or you can send in cash or check (payable to St. Michael School and marked "birthday book" on the memo line). If the cost is prohibitive, please contact Mrs. Quebedeaux (school librarian), as we do not want any child to be excluded who wishes to participate.

A special Birthday Club bookplate will be printed and placed inside the book cover with your child's name and year the book was donated.

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Please help support the Lions Club Apple Sale. Call Jim Pitchford (a St. Mikes parishioner) at 360.951.0777, if you're interested in ordering a box of high quality apples.

Pick up will be after Masses on Oct 23.

St. Michael Parish School Covid-19 Policy

If a student or staff member is ill or COVID-19 positive:

Students and staff who have symptoms of COVID-19 are required to stay home and should get tested. Any student or staff member who tests positive for COVID-19 is required to isolate at home. Individuals may return to school on Day 6 if they test negative on that day (Day 0 is the first day of symptoms or, if without symptoms, the day of the positive viral test). Those individuals need to wear a well-fitting mask for an additional 5 days (day 6 through day 10) if they return to school after the end of their 5-day isolation period. If an individual is unable to wear a well-fitting mask, they need to continue to isolate for a full 10 days. To further protect other school children and staff, individuals who test positive using antigen or at-home tests towards the end of the full 5 days of isolation, and/or on days 6-10, are required to complete the full 10 days of isolation. Testing after day 10 is not recommended.

If a student or staff member is exposed to COVID-19:

DOH no longer requires exposed students and staff to quarantine. To protect the school, students and staff, regardless of vaccination status, who are potentially exposed to COVID-19 should:

• Monitor for symptoms, AND

• Test as soon as possible after exposure and then repeat testing every 24-48 hours through at least the first 5 days after exposure AND

• Wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days after exposure.

Covid-19 positive cases and exposure cases need to be reported to the St. Michael Parish School Health Office ( Covid-19 testing is available through the Health Office if home testing is not available.

Ron Feldmann MD

St. Michael Parish School Health Office


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Amazon Smile Donations

You can now link your Amazon App through Amazon Smile. This is an easy way to generate donations for the school/PTSA at no cost to you. Click here for more information.

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