Hark! The Herald

Friday, March 8th, 2019

Important Dates and Reminders

Tuesday, March 12th: SMS Great Books Group will meet from 7:00 - 8:30 PM at St. Michael School to continue a discussion of Walter van Tilburg Clark’s classic short story The Portable Phonograph. (Details further below)

Friday, March 15th: Open House for Prospective High School and Middle School Students. We invite any friends, family, or community members who have ever considered an education at Saint Michael School to come spend the day in our classrooms. Guest will spend the morning participating in academics, followed by lunch and a special private performance at 1pm by the Mette Family Band.

Friday Evening, March 15th: Mette Family Band Concert, open to the public 7-8:30pm

Thursday, March 21st: Open House for Prospective Elementary and Middle School Students. Families who are interested in learning more about our school are invited to bring their children to spend a day in our classrooms. While the students are in class, parents are invited to a coffee and social hour to meet other families, speak to the staff, and explore enrollment for the remainder of this year, or beginning in the fall.

Friday and Saturday March 22nd and 23rd at 6pm: The much anticipated performance by our high school students in Arsenic and Old Lace. Make sure to save the date, this is a show you won't want to miss!

Friday, March 29th: NO SCHOOL for teacher In-service day.

It's Yearbook Time!

Flyers will be going home next week. However, anyone anxious to get a jump start on ordering yearbooks is welcome use the information below and submit an order online.

Our middle school students have been diligently working to gather and organize photos, design the yearbook, and get this year's book off to the presses. For new families that are curious to see what they look like, please feel free to stop by the office and we can show your yearbooks from years past.


School Code: 082855




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If you know that your child is going to arrive late to school and you plan to order a school lunch, please call the front office and place your lunch order first thing in the morning.

We must submit our lunch counts by 9:00am in order to everything prepared on time.

**If you arrive and order after 9:00 am, we cannot guarantee that we can order lunch for your child.

Great Books Group to Meet this Coming Tuesday, March 12th

The GBG will meet next on Tuesday, March, 12, 2019 from 7:00 - 8:30 PM at St. Michael School to continue a discussion of Walter van Tilburg Clark’s classic short story The Portable Phonograph. Missed the first reading? no worries! Clark’s work is a short story and can easily be read in less than a hour. Copies are available at no cost at the back of the parish church or in the business office of Saint Michael Catholic School. Come join us!

At the next meeting GBG readers will consider these questions:

  1. Are Dr. Jenkins, the Musician, the Writer and the Reader symbolic characters?

  2. Do the arts, which the names of the characters suggest, have a common origin?

  3. How was the Musician’s experience of the music different from the experience of the Reader and the Writer?

  4. Why is the Musician last to rise after listening to the music?

  5. The Reader and the Writer both stop to thank Dr. Jenkins before leaving, but the Musician does not. Why?

  6. Does the portable phonograph have a symbolic meaning?

To find the answers, pick up a copy of The Portable Phonograph and join us!

Enrollment 2019/2020 is Underway!

As mentioned last week, we are in the final stages of configuring Renweb/FACTS for online enrollment. We will notify everyone as soon as the portal is available for enrollment.

GET STARTED NOW: In the meantime, the application process for financial aid is ready to begin. Financial aid is available to qualifying families with students in grades K - 12! Our application letter and requirements went home on Monday. Please check backpacks and call the office if you did not receive an envelope for your family.

If you have not already begun the application process for Grant and Aid, please head on over to the site and get started ASAP. To apply for financial aid, visit https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/3JB80.

Financial aid is awarded on a first come, first served basis so it is imperative that you submit your application in a timely manner.

If you have any questions about the enrollment process, I encourage you to stop by the office any time or call 802-254-6320 and ask to speak with Lindsay O'Neil.

Congratulations Anna for your Glasstastic Sculpture Debut!

We are so excited to share that one of our students was chosen this year to have her original artwork made into a glass art sculpture as part of BMAC’s biannual Glasstastic exhibit. The exhibit will run from March 9- June 16 at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center.

Our art teacher, Mrs. Pickering, worked with students in Kindergarten through 5th grade this fall to bring a concept to life by submitting drawings and descriptions of imaginary creatures. Anna’s original drawing was one of the 20 chosen (out of 1200 submissions!).

Click here to learn more about how this exhibit was organized, and see the list of kids and glass artists who will be honored during the opening of BMAC's spring exhibits.

And check out this article in the Brattleboro Reformer.

Anna and the 20 other young artists will receive a photograph of the sculpture that was inspired by their drawing and a certificate recognizing their work. We encourage you all to stop by the Art center at some point to enjoy the exhibit. (see flyer below for details)

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Our Girls are Off and Running!

Our Girls on the Run Team held their first practices this week.

Monday proved colder than expected so they did their discussions and running indoors... there were girls on the run everywhere! It was such fun to see them engaged in discussion with one another and the coaches, then off they ran down one hallway or another.

Today we had some warmer weather and the girls enjoyed some fresh air and laps around the school grounds.

2 Full Scholarships Available for Our Current Junior Class

We were blessed with a wonderful opportunity by someone who would like to see our high school program grow, and to enrich the experience of the students who are here currently.

If you know anyone that would like to finish their Junior year here at SMS and reenroll to graduate in the spring of 2020, please share this amazing opportunity.

Friend? Family member? Neighbor or coworker? Someone in your church or on a sports team?

Consider who you know and encourage them to call the office for an interview and shadow day.

A request for Art Supplies from Mrs. Pickering

Mrs. Pickering, our art teacher, is planning a special art project for later this year and she is still in need of bottle caps...

Soda bottle caps, Snapple caps, medicine bottle caps etc any size, any color (actually looking for variety!), as long as they are round. Would you please set aside your caps and send them in each week until we tell you otherwise.

Thanks to everyone who has already sent in caps. It's going to be a fascinating project... Stay Tuned!

Breakfast Lunch and AMP Menus

Breakfast is $2.25 and Lunch is $3.50

Check out all of these delicious breakfast options for the month!

If you would like your child to have breakfast, please make sure they order it the day beforehand.

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After School Meal Program

Attached, please find the after school meal program menu for the month.

This is a free meal program, sponsored by the state, and available to all students who stay after school for any reason.

Saint Michael Parish Upcoming Lenten Events

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This incredible concert is open to the public.

Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for a beautiful evening of music and worship along with the Mette Family Band. The event will be somewhere between a rock concert and a parish mission, providing 90 minutes of entertainment, catechesis, and opportunities for prayer. Check out their promo video below and plan to join us in two weeks.

Stations & Soup

Our Friday Night Lenten Stations and Soup will begin on March 8th. Stations will begin at 5:30PM followed by soup at St. Brigid’s Kitchen & Pantry at 6PM. Soup will be provided by the following groups:

March 8 – Rectory

March 15 – Religious Education

March 22 – Knights of Columbus

and Daughters of Isabella

March 29 – Parish & Finance Committees

April 5 – St. Michael School

April 12 – St. Brigid’s Kitchen & Pantry

Rice Bowl 2019 - Encounter Lent

Join our faith community—and nearly 14,000 Catholic communities across the United States—in a life-changing Lenten journey of encounter with CRS Rice Bowl. Pick up your family’s CRS Rice Bowl from the church, and don’t forget to download the CRS Rice Bowl app! May these 40 days better prepare us to encounter ourselves, our neighbors and our God.

Other Community Events

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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


Hi! I'm Breton Abbondanzio, the new Music teacher at St. Michael School and Music director for the parish. I'm pleased to offer private lessons in 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 (413) 824-9881 or email me at babbondanzio@gmail.com.

I look forward to teaching your child!

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