Hark! The Herald

Friday, January 17, 2020

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Important Dates and Reminders

**Saturday and Sunday, January 18th and 19th: Student Collections at Mass. Can you help?

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

Wednesday, January 22nd: All School Mass at 8:45 am. Teachers will be helping with the Mass and our students will be singing. Please stay after drop off and join us?!

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)


Breakfast, Lunch and AMP menus are now available on our website

under the Student Life tab.

URGENT: We need still 6 student volunteers to help with collections this weekend. 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.

Students made bread on an open flame today at Retreat Farm

Like the US Postal Service, our middle school students travel to Retreat Farm in wind or rain, sun or snow for their Friday afternoon on the farm. But the staff at Retreat Farm are fantastic at tailoring the day to the seasons and unpredictability of weather.

Given the bitter cold temperatures this afternoon, the students had the opportunity to build an outdoor fire to use for cooking. They were provided with homemade bread dough, which they wrapped around sticks and then turned over the open flame to bake. As some students prepared bread, others churned fresh butter by hand in mason jars. They all enjoyed warm bread with butter and roasted marshmallows before retreating to the warmth of the barns to spend some time with the animals...

Doesn't that sound like a wonderful way to spend a cold New England afternoon?!

Parents: Girls on the Run is about to kick off and we need your help!

Every spring, our young ladies in grades 3-5 are invited to participate in a wonderful program called Girls on the Run. The program is designed to, "inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running."

Right now, we need a team of coaches to help prepare for the season. If you are curious about the program, and would like to get involved by coaching our students, please visit here.

A little more about GOTR:

At Girls on the Run we inspire girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Trained coaches lead small teams through our research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, activities and running games. Over the course of the ten-week program, girls in 3rd-8th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event.

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Time to submit your Box Tops clippings

If you have any Box Tops stored up at home, please send them in ASAP. The next submission date is March 1st.

And if you haven't done so already, please consider downloading the new Box Tops app so you can do away with the clipping and simply scan your receipts. How easy is that?!

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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.

**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.

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The Yearbook Staff invites students and parents to submit photos for the yearbook.

If you've got great photos of school and community events, or you and your friends just having fun, we'd like to see them.

Our photographers can't be everywhere.

Help us get as many photos as possible to create a terrific book everyone will want to have.

Here is how you can submit photos online:
• Go to: https://images.memoryebooks.com/login
If it does not automatically log you into the site, enter username: 415143682
• Browse to select the photo(s) you wish to upload.
• Enter information about the photo and provide contact information in case the staff needs additional information.
• Click "Save Details".

It's that easy! Submit your photos today! The last day to submit photos is 03/31/2020.

Thank you, and enjoy the rest of the school year!

Yearbook Adviser and the 2020 Yearbook Staff.

The Yearbook Staff will review all photos and determine final yearbook content. We cannot guarantee that all submissions can be used in the book.

Submit your photos for the yearbook here

If it does not automatically log you into the site, enter username: 415143682. Please share details about the photo and provide contact information in case the staff needs additional information from you. Don't forget to Click "Save Details".

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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Saint Michael Saints high school basketball team

by Phil Leggiere

The Saint Michael Saints High School basketball team had a busy week, finishing up their recent string of road games before returning for an exciting homecoming.

On Tuesday, January 14 the Saints traveled to Hardwick, Massachusetts to take on the Eagle Hill School squad. In a hard fought first half the Saints kept the score tight against a very aggressive Eagle Hill team. Unfortunately, the Saints momentum flagged in the second half, stymied by a very erratic offense which missed many shots, allowing Eagle Hill to surge ahead to a lopsided 45-25 win. Michael Kelliher and Casey Christie led the Saints in scoring with nine and seven points respectively, while Jack Leggiere, back on the team after a brief hiatus, hit for four points.

On Wednesday, January 15 the Saints, after four successive games on the road, were back in Brattleboro at the Austine School to host the Greenwood School, where they treated the home court crowd to their strongest effort of the season so far. After a slow start, which left the Saints trailing by 21-16 at the half, the team caught fire in the second half, completely dominating Greenwood. The Saint defense, led by Stephen Borst and Ezra Christie, stopped the Greenwood offense cold, controlling the boards and forcing numerous turnovers. On offense Michael Kelliher's laser sharp shooting contributed 14 points, while Ezra Christie, back after missing the past few games, chipped in five points and numerous assists, leading the Saints to a solid 42-29 win.

Next week the Saints head to New Hampshire to play The Dublin School on Tuesday, January 21 and then are back home on Wednesday, January 22 against High Mowing school.

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Go Saints!!! Below is our basketball schedule for the season.

Please come out and cheer on our students at Winston Prouty gym for any home games.

Tuesday 21-Jan vs Dublin at 4:30 Away

Wednesday 22-Jan vs High Mowing 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

UPDATE: Tuesday 4-Feb vs Four Rivers at 4pm Away Game at IAS Dome, Bernardston MA

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!
We would love help with running the concession stand, donations of drinks, snack food items or pizza, and help with behind the scenes coordination like costumes, music, and the unexpected.

  • 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 simply 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.

Click here at access our school menus online

GREAT NEWS! Breakfast, Lunch and AMP menus are now available on our website under the Student Life tab.

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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

Nature Days with Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center

Monday January 20 (NO SCHOOL)

Tuesday March 4 (Early Release day)
9am - 3pm for children in grades K - 5

There's no school, so send your kids for a day of play in nature. These dates will take place at the Winston Prouty campus. We'll explore the woods and fields and follow where winter leads us.

Members $45/ day, Non-members $55/day

For Information and registration www.BEEC.org 802-257-5785

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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

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Questions? Thoughts? Suggestions?

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