St. Mike's Matters - Thursday Notes

February 9, 2018 Issue #18

Dear St. Michael Families,

Thank you for your incredible support of Catholic Schools Week! Highlights from last week include Open House, the National Geographic Bee, the school party at Skateland, the family pizza picnic, our vocations fair, and the dance lessons from Mrs. Cash on Friday. Wow, what a week! Our sock drive generated over 1,500 pairs of socks total, which have been donated to the St. Vincent DePaul Society and the parish prison ministry. After such a spirit-filled week, we have successfully transitioned back into our school routines.

Thank you for your participation in Catholic Schools week and for all that you do to support Catholic education!

Through our community’s generosity, last year’s Fund-A-Need for the S.M.A.R.T. Gala enabled each classroom to receive a state-of-the-art Promethean ActivPanel. What a blessing! These boards have had a direct impact on teaching, learning, and student engagement during their daily use. The Fund-A-Need for this year’s gala will also focus on a key aspect of the classroom environment used every day by our students.

I am so excited to share our Fund-A-Need for our May 5th S.M.A.R.T. Gala, “Cinco on the Sand”. The Fund-A-Need for the gala will be creative seating solutions for students throughout the school. We will be replacing our current student desks with newer desks and chairs that take into account the different learning styles and needs of our students. Current examples of creative seating in our school are the tall desks with swing bars in 5th grade to help kinesthetic learners, and the long tables with plastic chairs in 8th grade/ELA to aid collaborative learning. I am working with our S.M.A.R.T. chairs and the teachers to research all of our options and create a plan for each classroom, with a priority to ensure that there is uniformity and consistency in seating among some adjacent classrooms. The specific plan will be shared prior to the gala. Thank you for your support of this exciting project!


Connor Geraghty


Calendar for the week

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

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

Monday - 02/12 - MMO @ 8:30 AM

Tuesday - 02/13 - Mardi Gras @ 1:15 PM

Girl's Basketball @ Grapeview @ 3:30 PM

Wednesday - 02/14 - Ash Wednesday All School Mass @ 9:00 AM

Thursday - 02/15 - Grades 3-6 to OJP busses leave @ 9:30 AM

Girls Basketball vs OB Black @ 3:30 PM

Friday - 02/16 - All School Mass @ 9:00 AM

OJP is coming and we need a couple more volunteers!

We are in need of a couple more volunteers for the February 15th and March 19th plays. Please contact the school office if you can help out. Thank you!

Volunteer and Visitor sign in - lunch reminder!

Just a reminder that everyone who needs to come into the school building before 3:00 PM needs to sign in at the office. That includes anyone that wants to have lunch in the lunch room. You need to come to the office to sign in and get a visitor sticker before you head over to the lunch room. Thank you!

We need your purple envelopes back!

We are out of purple loaner envelopes again! Please return your purple envelopes by Monday of each week. So please search your student's backpacks, bedrooms, and your car for purple envelopes. Thanks for your help!

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.

Lost and Found!

Please check out our lost and found cabinet by February 16th! Anything remaining in the closet will be donated to St. Vincent de Paul. Thank you!

*** SPARTAN PTSA News ***

Pope John Paul II Track & Field Camp

Hosted by the coaches and athletes of JPII Track and Field

March 10th at St. Martin's Track & Field Complex

$60 - one camper registration

$100 - two camper registration

Email to register, or register online at Registration ends February 23rd.

S.M.A.R.T. Auction News! Save the date!

Save the Date for Cinco in the Sand! May 5th at Indian Summer Golf and Country Club. Invitations will be sent home in March.

Our next Dollar Jump/Nickel Grab is on Friday, February 16th. During Lent, Mrs. Quebedeaux will draw names in her classroom and the winning students will come to her classroom to participate in the Dollar Jump/Nickel Grab.

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".

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


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!

* 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