St. Mike's Matters - Thursday Notes

October 5th, 2017 Issue #5

Dear St. Michael Families,

I hope that you can join us for our upcoming S.M.A.R.T. Family Night on Saturday, October 14th at 5PM, here at our school. Now in its 29th year, this annual tradition unites our community in fun, fellowship, and stewardship! I am so grateful for the community-wide effort to share your time and talent during this community-building event. I am especially thankful for the amazing leadership of our tireless co-chairs - Michelle Newlean and Alysha Myers. They have quite a night planned out for you and your children! Thank you for signing up for Family Night service opportunities on the poster right inside our school entrance - it has been exciting for me to watch these sheets start to fill up with names.

Our Family Night Fund-a-Need will be a class set of 30 iPads on a rolling iPad cart. This will be the second iPad cart for our school, and it will be used by classes throughout our building. This iPad cart will allow more students to use these tools for MAP testing, along with allowing us to better implement 21st century teaching and learning throughout our school. Please prayerfully consider helping us achieve this important goal for our school at our S.M.A.R.T. Family Night.

The tuition assistance application window is now open for the 2018-2019 school year! If you plan to apply for tuition assistance for the 2018-2019 school year, then you need to apply by the deadline of January 5, 2018. The application can be accessed here:

Once an online application has been completed, please send the required supporting documentation to FACTS. Please note that your application is not complete and you will not be eligible for tuition assistance through the Fulcrum Foundation or our school’s endowment if you have not submitted the requested documentation. Documentation can also be faxed to 866-315-9264 or mailed to FACTS. If you have questions or concerns about the application process, you may speak with a FACTS Customer Care Representative at 866-441-4637.


Connor Geraghty

Calendar for the week

Today - Volleyball & Football vs Pioneer @ home 3:30 PM

Friday - NO SCHOOL - Faculty Retreat

Monday - MMO - 4th Grade (5th Grade rescheduled for November 6th) - 8:30 AM

Thursday - Volleyball & Football @ Mason County - 3:30 PM

Friday - All School Mass - 9:00 AM

Saturday, October 14th - S.M.A.R.T. Family Night @ 5:00 PM!

Notes from the Health Room

Pre-K, K and 6th grade families – please be sure that your child has received all required immunizations for the school year. This should be completed by Monday, Oct 9th. Your doctor’s office can print a Certificate of Immunization (CIS), or you can print a copy after establishing your MyIR account. Please go to the website and follow instructions:

A reminder to all that an Authorization for Administration of Oral Medication at School form must be completed and submitted for students with prescribed medications (i.e., EpiPens), as well as over the counter (OTC) medications, to include cough drops/lozenges. The form can be found on the St. Michael Parish School website under FAMILIES -> Forms and Documents. Or you can follow the link here:

** Students with prescription for EpiPens: it is important that we have your child’s medication (in original container) and authorization for administration ASAP. **

Please don’t hesitate to contact me, if you have questions or concerns regarding above information, or if you are having difficulty obtaining your child’s CIS.

Thank you!

Jenevie Llanes, RN

Health Room Administrator

Picture Day - Wednesday October 18th

Individual student pictures will be Wednesday, October 18th beginning at 9:00 AM.

The money envelopes are enclosed in today’s

Thursday Notes purple envelope.

Please read the instructions carefully.

The money envelopes are to be RETURNED TO THE TEACHER (not the office) on or before picture day with your money included.

Thanks to the families and friends who supported PTSA by purchasing SCRIP cards in September!

60+ families purchased SCRIP - keep it up! 90 families left to go to

reach our goal of 100% participation!

Alameda, Albert, Allin, Andrew, Ashe, Auldredge, Berning, Bock, Bosco, Boyd, Brewer, Butterfield, Byrd, Camp, Cash, Ceesay, Celeridad, Comeau, Corcoran, Davis, de la Cruz, Defreyn, Dizon, Evans, Feldhausen, Frey, Groefsema, Hackl, Hahn, Helms, Hokanson, Hu-Cahill, Hurd, King, Kirchmeier, Kuss, Lajoie, Larson, Li, Lundquist, Marapao, McKenzie, Meno, Monohan, Murdock (Kecht), Newlean, Nguyen, Nichols, Nikula, Panesko, Pardee, Perez, Rucker, Shearman, Sherman, Skydancer-Flores, SMART committee, Sudo, Wan, Weiler, Yeam, Zylka!

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We are looking for new team members!

Meeting time: Wednesdays from 2 – 3pm.

Please contact me if you are interested in learning more.

(360) 791-5847 cell

S.M.A.R.T. News

S.M.A.R.T. Family Night

October 14th at 5 pm

S.M.A.R.T. Family Night needs your help, and it looks like a job for SUPER SPARTANS!

Additional wine donations are needed to fill the Wall of Wine ($15 and up), and Gift Cards are needed for the SUPER awesome Hulk Smash activity.

There are still another 14 opportunities to volunteer at Family Night, and complete some of your school volunteer hours. Please visit the sign-up sheet in the entry to the school and fill one of these spots!

In order to add some fun to donating and volunteering, Alysha and Michelle are making it a contest. The classroom that brings in the most wine, gift cards, and has the most volunteers sign up will win a popcorn and soda party. Each donation and volunteer sign-up will count as a point. There is no need to split your donations amongst your children! Each child will receive the points earned by their family. A bonus point can be earned by purchasing your gift card through Scrip.

Spartan PTSA News

Box Tops-

It is amazing how many box tops are coming in through the school and the parish. The leader board (bulletin board in the entryway) will be updated after S.M.A.R.T. Family Night.

Keep feeding Bob because he is one hungry Monster!

September 30th Movie Night-

Thank you to everyone that attended the movie night! It was a fun evening full of popcorn, pizza, soda, and licorice. The next movie night is November 9th at 6 PM. A voting form will be provided later this month to select which movie we watch.


Have you turned in your form to automatically receive scrip each month? If not, it isn’t too late! Purchasing Scrip helps the PTSA raise money for field trips, teacher appreciation events, and much much more!

Thank you,

Michelle Newlean

17-18 Spartan PTSA President

Subs needed!

We are currently looking for PK-8th grade substitute teachers to sub throughout our school. Please contact the school office at (360) 754-5131 if you are interested in subbing.

School Commission Corner

The St. Michael School Commission is consultative and advisory in nature. Members meet once a month to advise and support Mr. Geraghty and Fr. Jim as they (Mr. Geraghty and Fr. Jim) form school policies to support the ongoing growth of our parish school. The St. Michael School Commission collaborates with the Pastoral Council and the Parish Finance Council and has liaisons from these councils attending the meetings.

Last evening, the St. Michael School Commission held their first meeting of the year.

The meeting focused on the following topics:

· An overview of the roles of responsibilities of School Commission members

· A S.M.A.R.T. Family Night update from co-chairs Alysha Myers and Michelle Newlean

· A principal’s report featuring highlights and updates from the month of September (including school finance, enrollment, accreditation, and professional development)

Several new members were welcomed to the commission last night. Please thank our members when you see them. We are so grateful for their generous service to our school!

The 2017-2018 St. Michael School Commission members are:

· Michelle Andrew

· Margie Antles

· Vicky Byrd

· Maureen Camp

· Bob Colella (Pastoral Council Liaison)

· Matt DeBord

· Debbie Defreyn

· Connor Geraghty

· Jed Herman

· Trang Le (Parish Finance Council co-liaison)

· Fr. Jim Lee

· Lisa Lee (co-chair)

· Joe Panesko (co-chair)