Hark! The Herald

Friday, May 3rd, 2019

Important Dates and Reminders

Monday, May 6th: Bishop's Mass, no PE attire, regular uniforms today

Sunday, May 12th: Absolute final date to purchase a yearbook or submit a dedication page

Friday, May 17th: Early Release for Teacher In-Service Day, after care until 3pm

Also on Friday, May 17th: High School Spring Formal 6-10pm (see flyer below for details)

Wednesday, May 22nd: SMS Health Fair sponsored by VTC nursing staff

Thursday, May 23rd: Spring Concert

Friday, May 24th: Race for Education (see below for details)

Monday, May 27th: Memorial Day, No school

We are pleased to welcome Bishop Christopher Coyne to Saint Michael Parish for Confirmation!

Please join us as Bishop Coyne celebrates the Sacrament of Confirmation at our Parish on Sunday.

Please also pray for our Confirmandi: Nick, Jason, Michael, Hunter, Tara, Dominic, Skyler, Elijah, Barbara & Brie as they prepare to receive the seal of the Holy Spirit.

Bishop Coyne will preside over Mass on Monday morning and all are welcome to attend.

*** Students are asked to wear their regular uniforms on Monday***

NOT THE USUAL PE UNIFORM, as they will be in attendance for Mass.

A New Standard, A New Tradition - The Senior Thesis

This year St. Michael Catholic School seniors have been preparing their senior theses in fulfillment of a new academic standard at SMS. As part of its program of Catholic classical education SMS seniors began their work on the thesis projects last September when they selected a topic and formulated a research question to guide a scholarly investigation into the topic. In the intervening months students have researched, outlined, drafted and revised their papers. Beginning next week, the seniors will participate in the final phase of the project - an oral defense of their theses before a panel of SMS faculty. The thesis project, a capstone to an SMS education, marks a rite of passage as seniors prepare the next steps in their lives.

The following seniors will present their theses this week:

Monday, May 6, 2019

Lucy Duchaney - Hawthorne’s Secret Quest

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Matthew Jacques - Opposites Do Not Attract

Friday, May 10, 2019

Jacob Christi- Screen Time Has Negative Effects on Child Development

Important Notice from the Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro

Sorry for the short notice (we just found out) but please be aware that the Children’s Room will be closed next week May 6- May 11 to have their ceiling replaced and lighting updated. The rest of the library, including the teen room and the back lobby, will be open but the Children’s Room will not.

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Enrollment is underway, and most families have completed their packets... thank you!!

If you haven't done so yet, Please take the weekend to enroll your fmaily for the fall. Here is the link you need to get started:


On the left side, select Apply/Enroll, the rest is self explanatory.

Our district code is sm-vt.

The enrollment packet should be completed by the person who is responsible for student enrollment, i.e the "primary parent or guardian".

UPDATE: You cannot access the online enrollment portal through a cell phone. You must use a traditional computer to view "Apply/Enroll" in the menu and move forward in the system.

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Race for Education will be held on May 24th, 2019... Please support our students!

Saint Michael School holds two major fundraisers each year to provide quality educational opportunities to our students, and to give tuition assistance to students who would otherwise be unable to attend SMS.

Our school's goal is $20,000. The success of Race for Education relies on the number of sponsors and amounts they pledge to give. Think of relatives, friends, neighbors, business associates, coaches, and anyone else you know who could sponsor your child. We have received some really generous pledges from friends, family and local businesses already. It's so exciting to see this event come together!

You can encourage sponsors to visit the website: race4ed.com/sms on your Facebook page, on Instagram, Twitter, via emails and any other social media. Please please, spread the word. You may be surprised at who sponsors your child and supports our school!

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Buy a ticket and invite a friend, this is a night students won't want to miss!

We have a really wonderful group of parents working behind the scenes to plan a beautiful Spring Formal for all of our high school students on Friday, May 17th from 6-10pm.

Flyers were sent home a few weeks ago with details and a guest permission form.

Tickets cost $20 per person.

We strongly encourage every student to not only attend, but take a moment to consider someone they would like to invite. Events are always more fun with a large crowd and we all have a friend, neighbor, co-worker, cousin, maybe someone from a church group or sports team that would add to our fun dance atmosphere.

Stop by the office to purchase your tickets and submit your guest permission form.

YEARBOOK and Parent Dedication/Commercial Ad ordering has been extended.

Contact Jason Coplan on his cell phone: 802-579-8832 and/or email jasoncoplan@smsvt.info to finalize any ad submissions.

The yearbook ordering link will continue to be active for another two weeks.

The absolute final deadline is Sunday, May 12th.

Order your yearbook and design your student dedication page here:


SMS Preschool Summer Program.

We have a few spots still open for three weeks of our

SMS Preschool Summer Program.

Registration forms are available in the office if you are interested. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Don: daydonharvey@smsvt.info.

Please note: There are 10 spots available per week.

Registration is on a first come, first served basis.

Thank you!

Looking for some parent volunteers

Have you fulfilled your volunteer hours yet for the year? We have about 6 weeks left and lots of ways we can use help.

We have some exciting events on the horizon but they will require some parent helpers:

  • PLEASE check in with your teachers... they are all planning end of year class trips. They will need drivers and chaperones to accompany them. Many of them are seeking volunteers right now so please ask how you can help!
  • Race for Education on May 24th


Could you spare an hour here and there to help Bobbi Jo with dishes after lunch service. Anytime after 12:30 pm would be extremely helpful.

She is a magician in the kitchen but she is preparing 3 meals a day for 115 kids... with NO HELP! If you would like to come in and provide some sunshine in someone's day, this would be the way to do it. It doesn't have to be daily but anything you can give would be a gift.

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.

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Click Here to Make Amazon Smile Purchases This Month

Shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/03-0181252 and Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the Saint Michael Parish Charitable Trust.

Other Community Events And Opportunities

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“Vermonters Helping Vermonters” event on June 5th at St. Michael’s College.

Come Help Us Fill the Gaps

Vermont Catholic Charities is holding a “Vermonters Helping Vermonters” event on June 5th at St. Michael’s College.

The event will feature tastings from Vermont breweries and wineries, food catered by the Old Lantern Inn, and live music will be provided by the Guitar Chant Trio.

Proceeds from the event will help Vermont Catholic Charities continue to fill the gaps for the most vulnerable Vermonters. By attending you will help emergency aid clients like “Kira”. Kira was a single mom working full-time and trying to make ends meet, when her hours were cut. She got behind on her rent and faced an eviction. Vermont Catholic Charities helped with rent so she could stay in her home. To learn more about the event and purchase tickets, visit vermontcatholic.org/vermontershelpingvermonters

Mary Beth Pinard

Executive Director, Vermont Catholic Charities, Inc.

(802) 658-6111, Ext. 1110

This week NEYT opens its Spring Musical, "Dear Edwina, JR"

Thirteen-year-old problem solver, Edwina, dishes out advice with the help of her friends and a little song and dance.

Dear Edwina JR. follows the adventures of plucky advice-giver-extraordinaire, Edwina Spoonapple, as she directs the neighborhood kids in a series of buoyant production numbers for the latest edition of her weekly "Advice-a-Palooza.” Edwina and her friends share wisdom on everything from trying new foods to making new friends, through clever, catchy and poignant songs.

Fun, funny, and utterly delightful, this musical about the pleasures of growing up is sure to uplift audiences of all ages!


Friday, May 3 at 7pm

Saturday, May 4 at 2pm and 7pm

Friday, May 10 at 7pm

Saturday, May 11 at 2pm and 7pm

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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 music teacher at Saint 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 (802)251-0644 or email me at babbondanzio@gmail.com.

I look forward to teaching your child!

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