Hark! The Herald

Friday, January 3, 2020

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It was wonderful to have everyone in the building this week... Welcome Back!

Important Dates and Reminders

Monday, January 6th: First Day of Winter Sports and Free Dress Down Day

*** Mandatory Meeting at 10:30 am for Mt Snow Chaperones***

See below for more information about next Monday

Wednesday, January 8th: Chess Club after school until 4:30

Thursday, January 9th: Yearbook Club after school until 4:30

Monday, January 13th: Winter Sports and Free Dress Down Day

Thursday, January 16th: Dress Down Day/Snack Bar benefitting Grade 9/10

Monday, January 20th: Martin Luther King Jr Day- NO SCHOOL

Catholic Schools Week Events at Saint Michael School

January 26 - Catholic Schools Week begins

  • Monday, January 27 – Winter Sports and Free Dress Down Day

  • Tuesday, January 28 – Read-a-Thon - 9:00am – 10:00 am

  • Wednesday, January 29 – Student Mass at 8:45 a.m.

    • Community Service Day – PK - 8

    • Bishop’s Mass – Cathedral of St. Joseph – High School students

  • Thursday, January 30 – Talent Show – 6:00 p.m. with Concessions

  • Friday, January 31 – Student Appreciation Day/Student Breakfast (Dress UP Day!!)

    • Student Appreciation Breakfast

    • Special (SURPRISE!!) Performance for students

    • Early Release at noon. Lunch served, and aftercare till 3:00 p.m. (in-service)

An exciting chemistry lab for our 11th and 12th grade students

We need student volunteers to help with collections coming up. Can you please help?

Click Here to Sign Up For January Mass Collections

We need 12 student volunteers every month to help with collections at each of the three masses. Please look at the time slots and see if you can help out in the months ahead.

Winter Sports Season is Upon Us! Please read to prepare for next week.

All students in grades K-12 will be participating in a winter sports activity every Monday for the next five weeks as part of our physical education curriculum.

For those who are new to Saint Michael School, please feel free to call the office or email with any questions!

**During the winter sports season, Monday will be a free dress down day.**

Depending on your student's sport of choice, please make sure they are dressed comfortably and in layers if appropriate.

**If your child needs a booster seat, please make sure they bring that each Monday.

As a school, we must ensure 1) the safety of your children and 2) compliance with Vermont State Law. Where all Winter Sports activities are located in VT, we are compelled to follow VT law. Thank you so much for your understanding and cooperation.

If your child does not normally use a booster seat in your own vehicle, but they fall within the 1-7 age range, we would ask that you make arrangements for the next few weeks to borrow from someone. If that cannot happen, please come speak with someone in the front office.

**If you are planning to chaperone/drive during Winter Sports, we ask that everyone stop by the office to provide a copy of their drivers license and proof of liability insurance.

Skiers will be departing at 11am and eat lunch as they travel to Mt Snow.

All other groups will depart around 12:15, following lunch here at the school.

Please plan to arrive here at the school accordingly to help with driving.


Mandatory Meeting on Monday January 7th at 10:30 am before departure.

Please come to Rand Hall to get all the details for chaperoning this year and the procedure for checking in at the Mountain... it is different than last year!

Vehicles must be loaded and wheels rolling by 11 am so please, make sure to be on time.

Do you need any sports gear?

A generous parent dropped off some winter apparel for anyone who needs to borrow something on Monday. There are a few pairs of snow pants, some hats, gloves, ski helmets etc. Please feel free to take a look.

If anything has a price tag, we ask that you leave payment. These items are part of a sports equipment consignment locally. If there is no tag, you are welcome to take/keep the items.

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Please spread the word: The Gift of Catholic Education is now available

The Gift of Catholic Education is now available to students in grades K-12

INCENTIVE: If you refer a family, and they enroll for the remainder of the 2019/2020 school year, we will waive your enrollment fee of $175 towards next year's enrollment period!

Help grow our school and fill those desks with familiar, friendly faces!

Each year, we have welcomed wonderful new families here at Saint Michael School mid-year as part of our Gift of Catholic Education. We are again offering this program to allow families to experience Saint Michael School for the rest of the year and we would love for you to spread the word!

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Our basketball schedule for the season is now set

Basketball Season is here. Please come out and cheer on our students at Winston Prouty gym for any home games. Go Saints!!!

Tuesday 7-Jan vs BART at 4:00 Away

Wednesday 8-Jan vs Putney at 4:00 Away

Thursday 9-Jan vs White Oak at 4:00 Away

Tuesday 14-Jan vs Eagle Hill at 4:00 Away

Wednesday 15-Jan vs Greenwood at 4:00 Home Game

Tuesday 21-Jan vs Dublin at 4:30 Away

Wednesday 22-Jan vs High Mowings at 4:00 Home Game

Tuesday 28-Jan vs PVCICS at 4:30 Home Game

Wednesday 29-Jan vs Hartsbrook at 4:00 Home Game

Thursday 6-Feb vs Greenwood at 4:00 Away

Monday 10-Feb Quarter Finals

Tuesday 11-Feb Semi Finals

Thursday 13-Feb Finals

As you do your shopping, remember to shop through Amazon Smile to benefit Saint Michael School

Click to Make Back to School Purchases Through Amazon!

As you do your shopping, please shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/03-0181252 Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the Saint Michael Parish Charitable Trust.

Parent Volunteers Needed

  • Interested in helping out with the Talent Show on January 30th? Please let us know!

  • Our uniform closet could use some love. We received several donations of uniforms recently in bags that need to get hung up in the right spot. Can you spare a half hour or more to simple hang some clothing?

  • We could use some tissues for the classrooms...We always need tissues ;)

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. Paper copies are available in the office if you would like a menu for home.

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Community Events and Information

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Click here to register for the Catholic Life Conference

Only 2,000 tickets will be sold. The conference has been advertised across the Springfield Diocese already. Special permission was gained to advertise this event to our parish so please if you are at all interested, register sooner rather than later!

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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 vocals, 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

We are here for you

Questions? Thoughts? Suggestions?

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