St. Mike's Matters - Thursday Notes

January 25, 2018 Issue #16

Dear St. Michael Families,

Are you ready for Catholic Schools Week? To help you and your children prepare, please follow our Catholic Schools Week calendar linked below. The calendar highlights our events, activities, and themed dress days. Please note that we would like all St. Michael students to wear their school uniforms at Mass this weekend. As we move towards Vision 2026 of fully funding Catholic education for all parish families, now is a great time to show our school pride and make a visible school presence in our church! Several families will be serving as greeters and gift bearers at each of the Masses. Additionally, two of our school families, the Boyds and the Areopagitas, will be delivering witness talks about the purpose and value of Catholic education in their lives.

Please help us kick off Catholic Schools Week at our Open House and New Family Registration on Sunday, January 28th from 11 AM-1 PM. We invite you to join us to meet your child’s teachers for next year and to learn about your child’s curriculum for the upcoming year. As current parents, you are our valued ambassadors of Catholic education and your recommendations directly boost our enrollment. I know that many of you discovered our school through word of mouth recommendations, so please help us provide a transformative PK-8 grade education to more children by inviting just one new family to our open house. Imagine the impact we can make! We are offering you a gratitude gift of a waived registration fee when a new family registers and indicates that you referred their child to our school. This is our small way of thanking you for partnering with us to grow our family of families. We will be accepting registration forms for the 2018-2019 school year for new families starting at 11 AM that day.

Our S.M.A.R.T. Gala committee is off and running under the leadership of Chairs Greg and Vicky Byrd and Co-Chairs Brent and Sandra Quebedeaux. I am so grateful for the vision and leadership of these parents, and for all of the parents serving on the committee. Thank you, all, for contributing your time and talents to this remarkable tradition of stewardship, community building, and fun!


Connor Geraghty


Calendar for the week

Friday - 01/26 - All School Mass @ 9:00 AM

Catholic Schools Week Begins! Wear your uniform to Mass!

Sunday January 28th - Open House and New Family Registration 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Monday - 01/29 - Spirit Day - Sock Drive starts! MMO 2nd Grade @ 8:30 AM

Tuesday - 01/30 - Wild Accessories Day - Geography Bee @ 2:00 PM in the gym

Wednesday - 01/31 - Celebration of our Nation Day - Family Pizza Picnic Lunch

Thursday - 02/01 - When I Grow Up Day - Skating Party at Skateland @ 6:30 - 9:30 PM

Friday - 01/31 - Full Uniform Day - All School Mass @ 9:00 AM

Middle School Dance 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Sacrificial Giving Pledge cards for Partner in the Mission tuition rate

You should have received a sacrificial giving card in your purple envelope last week if the parish does not have your card on file. Please note that the parish needs a hard copy of the sacrificial giving card even if you updated your online giving. Thank you!

S.M.A.R.T. Auction News! Get those procurement forms in!

Dollar Jump/Nickel Grab - February 5th MMO - Congratulations to our recent Dollar Jump winners, Henry and Ryley. Our next dollar jump/nickel grab is Monday February 5th at MMO. Every item you procure/donate will earn your child an entry into the dollar jump/nickel grab! Procurement forms can be found in the wall rack in the entry way, in the office or on our website! See below for the link to the procurement form.

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".

Olympia Junior Program - Please turn in your permission slips by February 2nd!

The 2018 Olympia Junior Programs season is here bringing live theater to our students at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts during school hours. Please sign and return the Field Trip Permission form. Submit no later than Friday, February 2nd! Please contact the school office if you did not receive a form.

Your child cannot attend the program without a signed permission slip!

Thank you!

Catholic Schools Week - Parent Pizza Picnic Lunch - forms due tomorrow January 26th!

You are invited to join your child for a special lunch in celebration of Catholic Schools Week! Please see the order form in Thursday notes or you can click on the link below. Please return the form and payment in your purple envelope.

Passport Check Day Reminder!

Reminder the upcoming Passport Check Day is Friday, January 26th! We are continuing to grow our fantastic volunteer pool to support and run this great program. If you would like to volunteer please contact Brian Murphy,, or Michelle Pardee, Thanks for your great support!

"13 Reasons Why" Presentation - Would you like to learn more about the issues that impact teen's mental health and how you can best respond to them?

Netflix's the "13 Reasons Why" presentation will be led by Michael Brennan, LMHC, Carolyn Duffy, R.N., and Deb Duplessis, LMHC.

This workshop will consider the reason for the show's impact, adolescent issues, and a practical response for parents and teens.

Some of the topics covered are:



True Friends


Heart Break

Sexual Assault

Emotional Abuse



The presentation will be held at Holy Family School

2606 Carpenter Rd. SE

Lacey, WA

February 1, 2018 6:00 - 7:30 PM

All are welcome! Open to the public!

Due to the theme, adults only.

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

Notes from the Health Room

Hello St. Mike’s families!

A reminder that if your child requires medication at school, please be sure to have a licensed provider complete the Authorization for Administration of Oral Medication (see link below) and bring to the Health Office. The form is required for prescription and over the counter medications. Medication should be in its original container, with student’s name clearly marked.

As always, please call or email me if you have questions or concerns!

What is your random act of kindness today? Compliment the first three people you talk to today!

Jenevie Llanes, RN

(360) 754-5131

News from the Parish

Parish Volunteer Appreciation event - You are Invited! Childcare provided!

We are APPRECIATING ALL OF OUR VOLUNTEERS at a Parish Wide Event February 3 after the 5PM Mass.

Please RSVP by January 31st to Kimmy Jones at or call Rex Yabut at 390-292-7115

Hope to see you and those that make our ministries an active part of our parish life, spreading the Gospel, at this Appreciation Event!

Hors D'oeuvres & Wine will be provided!