St. Mike's Matters - Thursday Notes

February 1, 2018 Issue #17

Dear St. Michael Families,

Happy Catholic Schools Week! This week we unite with the other 6,428 Catholic schools in our nation to highlight the purpose and value of our educational community. To do this, we structured a fun week of special activities, events and theme dress days highlighting our community and our values. This week’s focus helps us to grow as a community by honoring our Catholic traditions of faith, knowledge, and service. Be sure to check out our Facebook page to see all that we have been doing this week!

As faith is absolutely central to our identity as a Catholic school, we started the week celebrating Catholic education at each of the Masses this weekend. I am grateful to all of the families serving as greeters and gift bearers. It was great to see so many students wearing their uniforms to Mass! A special note of thanks goes to our witness speakers, the Areopagita and Boyd families, for sharing their moving testimonies to the centrality of Catholic education in their lives. After the 9:30 Mass, the school was alive with current and prospective families for our Open House. Thank you all parents, School Commission members, and Parent Ambassadors for your hospitality in welcoming our parishioners and prospective families. Our community is strengthened and our mission is fully alive when we reach more and more families and welcome them into our school!

Student knowledge was celebrated through an exciting National Geographic Bee on Tuesday. Congratulations to all of the classroom champions and to our school winner, Anthony, from 8th grade. A commitment to service is also at the heart of our Catholic identity and incorporated throughout this week. Each class has been conducting different service projects during the week and the school has been filling my office with socks for the St. Vincent DePaul Society and the parish prison ministry. We have quite an assortment of warm socks for those in need thanks to your wonderful generosity.

Knowledge, faith and service intersected at our first ever Catholic Vocations Fair this afternoon! Representatives from different local Catholic organizations and ministries shared their vocations with our students in a fun, engaging, and inspiring new event for our students.

We are concluding our Catholic Schools Week with a party at Skateland tonight from 6:30 to 8:00. I hope that you can attend!

Thank you for all that you do to support Catholic education!


Connor Geraghty


Calendar for the week

Thursday - 02/01 - When I Grow Up Day - Skating Party at Skateland @ 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Friday - 02/01 - Full Uniform Day - All School Mass @ 9:00 AM

Middle School Dance 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Monday - 02/05 - MMO @ 8:30 - Dollar Jump/Nickel Grab!

Tuesday - 02/06 - Girls Basketball Jamboree @ CCA @ 3:30 PM

Thursday - 02/08 - Accreditation team visit - Girls Basketball vs Pioneer @ 3:30 PM

Friday - 02/09 - All School Mass @ 9:00 AM


Please move all the way forward when dropping off your children in the morning and in the afternoon. DO NOT PARK IN THE PICKUP LINE AND WALK YOUR CHILDREN INTO THE SCHOOL! Please park in a parking spot if you need to walk your child into the school. Parking anywhere other than a parking spot can create a danger for our children. It also causes a traffic jam that can unnecessarily make other families late. Please share this information with anyone that picks up or drops off your children. Thank you for doing your part to ensure that we have a safe and efficient parking lot!

It's Mardi Gras time! Ticket order forms are due Friday, February 9th!

Mardi Gras is one of our favorite traditions at St. Mike's! We have face painting, ring toss, and so much more! Every ticket purchased is put into the raffle at the end of the day.

S.M.A.R.T. Auction News! The theme has been announced!

We have announced the theme for our 29th S.M.A.R.T. Gala and Auction! Check out the auction newsletter for more information.

Dollar Jump/Nickel Grab - February 5th MMO - Congratulations to our recent Dollar Jump winners, Henry and Ryley. Our next dollar jump/nickel grab is Monday February 5th at MMO. Every item you procure/donate will earn your child an entry into the dollar jump/nickel grab! Procurement forms can be found in the wall rack in the entry way, in the office or on our website! See below for the link to the procurement form.

Amazon Wishlist

Shop off of our Amazon Wishlist for an easy and quick way to meet your $150 procurement requirement.

Please contact Vicky Byrd at if you have any questions.

Thanks so much for your support!

We need your help!

The S.M.A.R.T. Auction team has several opportunities for you to share your time and talent! And we are making it even easier for you to sign up! We are using SignUpGenius to fill the spots that we need to help plan the auction.

Click on the link below to view all of our opportunities!

Please contact Roberta McGill with any questions.

Click here to volunteer for the auction w/ SignUpGenius

To sign up for a slot - put a checkmark next to "Sign Up" and then scroll to the bottom and click on "Submit and Sign Up".

Olympia Junior Program - Permission slips DUE TOMORROW and we still need a few more volunteers!

The 2018 Olympia Junior Programs season is here bringing live theater to our students at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts during school hours.

Please sign and return the Field Trip Permission form. Submit no later than Friday, February 2nd! Please contact the school office if you did not receive a form.

Your child cannot attend the program without a signed permission slip!

We need at least two more volunteers for the February 15th program and at least one more volunteer for the March 19th program.

Thank you!

Notes from the Health Room

February is Heart Month, sponsored by the American Heart Association (AHA) for heart health and stroke awareness … not just for Valentine’s Day! For ideas on “Joining the Movement” to stay heart healthy, follow the link sponsored by the AHA:

February is also Children’s Dental Health Month – did your student have his/her back to school dental appointment? The American Dental Association (ADA) hosts a site that has very helpful information on fluoride, sealants, cutting down on sugary snacks, whether or not drinking sparkling water puts us at risk for tooth decay, etc:

Flu season reminders. It is not too late to get the flu vaccination!

· Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

· Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue away after use and wash your hands. If a tissue is not available, cover your mouth and nose with your sleeve, not your hand.

· Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

· Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.

Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill.

Seek treatment if flu symptoms persist:

Expanding Your Horizons - Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Conference for Girls in 6th, 7th & 8th Grade

The Expanding your Horizons EYH Thurston County (http:// will be holding its 29th annual STEM conference for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls on Saturday, March 10, 2018 on the South Puget Sound Community College campus. In case you are not familiar with Expanding Your Horizons (EYH), it is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to introduce girls to careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). The EYH conference runs a half-day annual conference with exciting hands-on workshops for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls led by women professionals in STEM fields. The conference is very affordable (just $15.00) and offers many full scholarships to the event.

The ultimate goal is to motivate girls to become innovative and creative thinkers, ready to meet 21st century challenges by providing them with professional women role models.

Please consider this opportunity.

~ Paul Kuss, St. Mike’s Science

Facebook page: ThurstonEYH

Accreditation update

The school faculty is meeting our accreditation visiting team next Thursday, February 8th. The five member team is comprised of Catholic principals and teachers, and they are our valued partners in helping us guide ongoing school improvement. As the school and the visiting team prepare for the March 21-23 visit, the team members are introducing themselves to our teachers and providing an overview of the accreditation process when we meet next week. We are excited to welcome our visitors!

* News from the Parish *

Join a Small Group for Lent

There is a Small Group just for St. Michael Parish School parents! We meet at the parish center on Wednesday mornings from 8:15am - 9:45am. Childcare is provided. This group is open to parents of school aged kids, and parents of all faith traditions. To register go to and click on the red couch. The group is called "Jane O'Sullivan - SMP School Parents". If you have any questions please contact Michaela Moreau at

Parish Volunteer Appreciation event - You are Invited! Childcare provided!

We are APPRECIATING ALL OF OUR VOLUNTEERS at a Parish Wide Event February 3 after the 5PM Mass.

Please RSVP by January 31st to Kimmy Jones at or call Rex Yabut at 390-292-7115

Hope to see you and those that make our ministries an active part of our parish life, spreading the Gospel, at this Appreciation Event!

Hors D'oeuvres & Wine will be provided!