January 19, 2024
A Message from Mrs. Tate
Dear St. Michael Families,
Some of you may have heard that I have been suffering from laryngitis for the past couple of weeks. I actually think that everyone around me is suffering much more than I…it’s rough to hear this raspy voice on the intercom twice a day. I am so grateful for the sweet wishes of health coming from the kids. I heard that I was quite the prayer intention among morning prayer circles. What a gift to have so many children praying for me. Thank you!
We are in the middle of our winter MAP testing window, and the snow days threw a wrench in some of our scheduling, but our kids and teachers are persevering! Our MAP test is the Measure of Academic Progress test that is a nationally normed formative assessment that allows our teachers to use current data to determine how well students are mastering skills.
Traditionally, we have given the test three times a year – fall, winter, and spring; however, this year, we will only give the test in the fall and winter. This will allow us to begin to analyze real-time data during the year and use fall-to-fall scores to analyze curricular objective mastery. This kind of analysis is critical to our teachers as we set our goals for our new strategic plan. Nationally normed data that is aligned with our curricular standards gives us data to measure both teaching and learning. Our professional learning for the rest of this year focuses on ensuring that our curricular and faith formation standards are being met in each classroom.
We are currently planning for February and March, and state assessments begin immediately after spring break. This year’s assessment window is shorter than last year, and we have several days off during the window. This will place a greater emphasis on attendance during these months, so I’m asking sincerely that our families make every effort to avoid extended vacations or traveling during this time. It is essential that we provide the best testing environment and experience so that students can show their learning on this summative achievement test.
Attendance is not all about testing. Consistent attendance in school highlights the virtues of respect, obedience, and affability. There is nothing that can replace the experience of classroom instruction by a certified teacher. Please give your students the opportunity to learn at the highest level by expecting them to attend school each day and modeling the respect your family has for their education and obedience to our school policies by scheduling vacations during breaks and non-school days.
Thank you for your support of St. Michael the Archangel School!
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.
Diana Tate, Principal
Winter Parish Blood Drive
The Community Blood Center is in dire need of donations. This blood emergency is being declared following a year of record-low blood donations in our region and a nearly 40% drop in donations in the past three weeks alone. There is currently only a 1-day supply of types O-, O+, and B-, as well as a critical shortage of platelets. We will host our winter blood drive in the Parish Hall this Monday, January 22 from 12-6 p.m. All donors are given a Chiefs shirt as a small token of appreciation for their generous donation of life-saving blood. Sign up or simply walk in on Monday.
Catholic Schools Week
Student Volunteers Needed
We have many opportunities for students to show pride in their school at Mass leading up to CSW.Please click here to sign your students up to help at Masses on January 27 and January 28.
SAVE THE DATE - Near and Dear Day
Friday, Feb. 2 is our celebration of Near and Dear Day. Fliers were sent home in backpacks today. If backpack mail didn't arrive at your home, please click here for the information. We'd like to have an idea of how many guests will join us to plan for Mass seating and reception food/drinks.
Cyber Safety Resources
During our last Parent Formation Night: Building the Domestic Church, we hosted two speakers on the topic of keeping kids safe on the internet and when using technology. Our speakers were from the Sunflower House and the FBI. They shared many great resources and examples during their presentation and were kind enough to share some of the documents/resources with us. Please click on this link to be directed to those resources.
Watch the newsletter for more opportunities next semester to engage in this and similar discussions.
Drop Off Reminder
It is safer for students to exit from the driver's side back seat whenever possible so that children exit curbside. Please help us keep all kids safe by having your students exit the car curbside.
♥️ VSL Updates ♥️
"The February Fun First Friday sign up is live on the VSL page. Show our teachers some love this February!"
All parents are asked to prayerfully consider participation, which varies to fit your schedule or interests. Please go to the VSL website and be sure to scroll through the TABS AT THE TOP.
VSL daytime volunteer and coordination options include:
Evening, weekend and at-home options include:
Save the Date
Please save the date - ♥️ Tuesday, February 13 ♥️ - for our St. Valentine's Day parties. ALL CLASSES need multiple parents to assist in snacks and activities. The students really look forward to these parties and parent support is crucial. Room parents will be reaching out with individual class sign ups!
Knights of Columbus Annual Free Throw Contest
Come show off your basketball skills at the 2024 Knights of Columbus annual Free Throw Championship on Jan 25. The event is open to all boys and girls age 9-14, as of Jan 1. The gym opens at 3:30 p.m. and the event runs from 4 p.m. until approximately 5:30 p.m. Winners of each age/gender division receive a prize and advance to the District contest. We strongly recommend each participant complete the entry form in advance. For more information, contact Steve Hopfinger at 913-530-7164. Entry form can be found here.
DB CLASS AUCTION ITEMS
Every year each class contributes an auction item to DB. We're asking parents to consider something different and change to hosting a class activity. Tickets to the event will be sold at DB. Are you interested in helping out? Have a good idea for a class activity? Fill out this form to get started. Or reach out to Jocelyn Gaddy (Jocelyn.email@example.com) or Erin Jurado (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
⭐ Defenders' Ball 2024 is just over a month away! Get those tickets now! Don't have a group of 8? No worries! Use the "special requests" tab on your ticket to list grades of your kids, CHRP group, etc and the DB team will find a great group for you! Buy your tickets here!
⭐ Trivia Night is next weekend! You don't need a table of 8 to participate. Come join the fun! Trivia Night tickets here!
⭐ Donations for the Wine and Whiskey Pull! The next time you're at the store grab a few extra bottles and help the cause! You can donate bottles of wine, whiskey, or both! Drop your bottles off in the parish office. Please reach out to Kristi Starr or Jackie Walker if you want to help out!
⭐ Introducing new Fixed Price Parties! These events are for kids, adults, and sometimes both! Many of these are listed on the ticketing site already so start marking your calendars. Tickets for these will go on sale January 10th!
⭐ Are you willing to help?? Volunteers are needed with set-up for the event and the night of! Please reach out to Kristal Ronnebaum (620-786-5039) if you are willing to help!
⭐ Follow us on social media! We'll be posting videos of our LIVE auction items and much more!