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!
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
PARKING LOT SAFETY - PLEASE READ!
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.
Shop off of our Amazon Wishlist for an easy and quick way to meet your $150 procurement requirement.
Please contact Vicky Byrd at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Thanks so much for your support!
We need your help!
Click on the link below to view all of our opportunities!
Please contact Roberta McGill with any questions.
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.
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: https://healthyforgood.heart.org.
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: https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en.
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: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/consumer/symptoms.htm.
Expanding Your Horizons - Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Conference for Girls in 6th, 7th & 8th Grade
The Expanding your Horizons EYH Thurston County (http://
www.thurstoneyh.org) 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: https://www.facebook.com/ ThurstonEYH
* News from the Parish *
Join a Small Group for Lent
Come join the whole Parish on February 11th for a praise and worship adoration night!
Volunteer opportunities for admin support in the parish office
These projects are varied in both scope and times. Please reply via email to:
Alpha Marriage Course
Starting February 28th we will be offering a 7 week Alpha Marriage Course.
This is open to any couples of any age that want to strengthen their marriage.
Come join us Each Wednesday night from 6:30-8:30pm in the Multi-purpose room.
Childcare & dinner are provided.
Volunteer opportunities for admin support in the parish office
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!