Hark! The Herald

Friday, January 31, 2020

Catholic Schools Week has come to a close... Whew! What a week!

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Important Dates and Reminders

Printed menus will go home next week. Please see below, or visit the SMS website for school breakfast, lunch and AMP menus for now.

A look ahead to February

February 3 - Winter Sports

February 10 – Winter Sports (final Winter Sports day for 2019/20 school year)

February 13 – Dress Down Day/Snack Bar benefitting Grade 11/ 12

February 14—Valentine’s Day Parties!!!!

February 14 – Valentine’s Day Dance for 7– 12th Grade

February 17 – 21 – February Break – No School!

February 26 – Ash Wednesday

We would like to honor the memory of John Bartis

It is with great sadness that we share with you the passing of a dear friend and co-worker here at the Saint Michael School Community, John Bartis. He was employed at the parish for the last several years and passed away unexpectedly last week. We ask that you would pray for John.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord,

and let perpetual light shine upon him.

May his soul,

and the souls of all the faithful departed,

through the mercy of God,

rest in peace.


The Week in Photos

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Thank yous!

Our heartfelt thank you to:

Pierce Brothers Coffee for sponsoring the Talent Show. They provided hot chocolate to all of the contestants and Fogbuster Coffee to all of the teachers and staff!

Thank you Mrs Pierce for taking on the task of organizing this whole event. You are a gift to our community!

Thank you to Natalie Knowles for being our MC for the evening!

Thank you to Nate Chechile for being our behind-the-scenes sound/audio guy!

Thank you to Bobbi Jo for helping with all of the food preparation and service this week... you are Wonder Woman!

And thank you to Father Justin Baker, our spiritual leader!

We are so blessed to have a priest so actively involved in the school. Our students attend Mass weekly as a school, have access to confessions every Friday, and enjoy weekly classroom visits from Father Justin.

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Congratulations to our Geo Bee Champion, Isabella Nagle!

We had 10 students qualify for the SMS GEO Bee Finals. We would also like to congratulate Sam Buchanan and Anna Chechile for coming in 2nd and 3rd place this year!
Click Here to Sign Up For February 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.

Going, Going, Gone!

Our uniform closet is overflowing with clothing. It's time for some early spring cleaning.

We plan to do a major donation of clothing to our Planet Aid box.

So we urge you to stop by the school in the next week or two if you want anything.

Did you know!?

Speaking of the Planet Aid box, did you know that every time you make a donation to our Planet Aid box, St Brigid's Kitchen receives a small donation?!

So next time you have clothing or shoes you need to part with, we hope you will consider tossing them in the yellow bin out in our parking lot. It's a win for everyone!

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?!

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".

Saints In Top Form for Home Finale

by Phil Leggiere

The Saint Michael School Saints basketball squad hosted their final two home games of the regular season this week at the Austine school.

On Tuesday, January 28 the Saints faced off against the formidable Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School (PVCICS) team, which had beaten them badly on the road back in December. The Saints brought their best defensive game, with Jack Leggiere blocking numerous PVCICS shots. Unfortunately, the Saint offense was unable to convert these opportunities into points, frequently missing shots and letting PVCICS dominate the first half, taking a 38 to 13 lead.

Though their shooting improved slightly in the second half the Saints were unable to close the gap suffering a 59 to 26 loss. High scorer was Michael Kelliher with 10 points and Jason Borst was next with 8 (including 2 3-pointers).

Back in action the following day for their home finale against the Hartsbrook Waldorf School the Saints took command from the opening whistle, jumping ahead to an 18 to 0 lead, with Michael Pierce controlling the boards with aggressive rebounding and Michael Kelleher and Ezra Christie pouring in early points with precision shooting, putting the Saints up by double digits at the half.

Hartsdale fought back, closing the Saint lead to three points with a few minutes left before the Saints led by Michael Kelliher, who hit for a season high of 25 points, surged to end the game with a decisive 48-37 win.

Next week the Saints close out the regular season on the road Thursday, February 6 against the Greenwood School in Putney, Vermont.

SMS Saints play Four Rivers at the Indoor Action Sports Dome in Greenfield!

Tuesday, Feb. 4th, 4pm

1385 Bernardston Road

Greenfield, MA

Please come out and cheer on our students at this beautiful sports facility!

While the game is technically an away game, it only takes about 20 minutes to get there, driving southbound on 91.

Schedule for the remainder of the season:

Next Tuesday 4-Feb vs Four Rivers at 4pm Away Game at IAS Dome in Greenfield, MA

Thursday 6-Feb vs Greenwood at 4:00 Away

Monday 10-Feb Quarter Finals

Tuesday 11-Feb Semi Finals

Thursday 13-Feb Finals

Parent Volunteers Needed

  • Our uniform closet could use some love.
As mentioned above, we need to organize what we have and get rid of the excess uniforms. We have one parent who has already stepped in to help out but we could use some extra hands.

  • We have a Valentines Day Dance coming up in a few weeks. Would you like to chaperone?

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

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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

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

Click to Make 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.

We are here for you

Questions? Thoughts? Suggestions?

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