Hark! The Herald

Friday, May 17th, 2019

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Thanks to everyone for supporting our Girls on the Run team!

The weather was gorgeous yesterday, providing a perfect afternoon for a car wash. The team estimates that they washed 20 cars! And thanks to your generosity, the SMS Girls on the Run team will make a donation of $308 to the Windham County Humane Society.

Thank you to everyone who made a donation and supported our young ladies in their fundraiser.

Important Dates and Reminders

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

Saturday and Sunday May 18 and 19th: K/1st/2nd Grade Collections at Mass

*If your child is helping with collections, please make sure they are in uniform. The parishioners really appreciate seeing the students in their SMS blue and white!

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

Thursday, May 23rd: Spring Concert 6-7pm

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

Monday, May 27th: Memorial Day, No school

Coming up in June

Friday, June 7th: Field Day! (We will be looking for parent volunteers!)

Saturday, June 8th: Strolling of the Heifers

Monday, June 10th: full day of school

Tuesday, June 11th: Final day of school, Half day. NO aftercare... Enjoy your summer!

First Holy Communion

And congratulations are in order for our 2nd grade students who spent the year preparing to celebrate the Sacrament of First Holy Communion. Last weekend, seven of our students received Jesus for the first time in the Eucharist. It has been a very exciting week at SMS!

Saint Michael Parish Upcoming Events

Catholic Night 2019 with the Boston Red Sox!

You are invited to join us for our 6th annual trip to Catholic Night at Fenway Park! The game is at 7:10PM on Monday, June 24th against the White Sox. The cost is $65, which includes one bleacher seat ticket and the roundtrip coach ride to Boston. The bus will depart from the St. Michael Parking lot at 2PM. It is first-come, first served, so if you are interested, please sign-up on the sheet in the back of the church or call the rectory at 257-5101.

Are you Interested in Growing in Your Faith?

Father Justin will be leading a weekly summer program beginning Wednesday, June 5th at 6:30PM in the Youth Center. CHOSEN is an award winning program, filmed at over 50 locations that features multiple dynamic presenters in visually stunning, fast-paced videos. Anyone who wants to deepen their Catholic faith is welcome to participate.

Thank you to Dr. Boyd for bringing in "Anatasia" to meet our kindergarteners this week

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A New Standard, A New Tradition - The Senior Thesis

Congratulations to all of our graduating seniors for successful completion of their 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.

For the past two weeks, seniors participated 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.

We commend our six seniors for their accomplishments this year!

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 family 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 Day will include a provided lunch, music, activities, a gift basket raffle and lots of great photo opps... please join us!

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!

This is our last weekend to reach out to friends, family, neighbors, coworkers etc. Please encourage your child to ask just one more person to sponsor them next week.

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
  • Field Day is coming up... can you help out!? Friday June 7th.


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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Other Community Events And Opportunities

Commonwealth Dairy is looking to hire: Part Time Job Opportunity in Brattleboro

Hi Lindsay,

We have an opportunity at Commonwealth Dairy right in downtown Brattleboro for 4-6 hours of paperwork and filing work per week. The hours are totally flexible with the only requirement being that the person be available for an hour on Fridays for mailing checks.

This might be a great chance for a high schooler to get some office experience, or for a parent. Again, hours are totally flexible!

Please contact to begin the application process:
Kristina Dickinson
Accounting Manager

Office: +1 802 251 2343
Fax: +1 802 254 6077

“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

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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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