St. Mike's Matters - Notes
December 8, 2022
As you've probably noticed when helping in the classroom or sitting in the pick up line, we are at capacity in eight of our ten grades (capped at fourteen in Pre-K, thirty in K and 1, and at thirty-two in second through eighth grades). We have a waiting list in one grade; we get calls weekly seeking admission; and we were fortunate enough to welcome three new middle schoolers just this week. Though this is a wonderful situation to find ourselves in, it also is hard to tell interested families that there's "no room at the inn," or that because of tuition, this door is closed for their children. Seeking to study this growth and provide needed "access," the PACE (Providing Access to Catholic Education) committee continues to meet and has moved on to the long-awaited next step of asking the facilities team to look at options.
As parents you have two vital roles to play. If prospective families ask about admission, encourage them to come to Open House on January 29th, and come with them. Let them know that they can apply for Fulcrum tuition assistance (applications due January 6th) even if they are not currently enrolled. You are our very best ambassadors. Also, as parishioners of St. Michael's, please talk to our prospective families about our parish stewardship efforts. Explain that all parish ministries, including St. Michael School, are funded by stewardship, and our school is extremely grateful for this support. Be certain that our new prospective families know that stewardship makes our school affordable.
Kathi Rafferty & Roseann Feldmann
First Trimester Report Cards
If you do not receive your child's report card by email, please email Lisa Bishop (email@example.com). If you do not have access to email, please call the school office (360-754-5131), and we will have your child's report card mailed.
St Michael Parish Giving Tree
The parish Christmas Giving Tree supports children in need in the Tumwater School District, Drexel House Residents and families seeking support through Catholic Community Services.
To purchase gift cards through the school SCRIP program, come to the St. Michael School office or send a check or cash to school with your child along with a note stating what cards you would like. Purchasing gift cards through our SCRIP program supports our school as well as those receiving the gift cards!
Please make your purchases by Friday, December 16th. We will collect all of the cards and deliver them to the parish office to be put on the Giving Tree.
Spiritwear is Here!
- Elementary crewneck sweatshirts are $20
- Middle school quarter-zip sweatshirts are $27
- Spartan Spirit t-shirts are $13
Send us an email or drop in and let us know what you need. We able to take payments of cash or checks.
St. Faustina Advent Drive
Pre-K - bottles and pacifiers
Kindergarten - baby onesies and sleepers
1st - size 1 diapers
2nd - size 2 diapers
3rd - size 3 diapers
4th - size 4 diapers
5th - formula
6th - newborn diapers
7th - formula
8th - wipes
Thank you for your generosity,
House of St. Faustina
Pizza Wednesday - 12/14/22
Below you will find the link to order pizza for 12/14/22. Please remember whether you have one student or 10, you need to list their name, teacher, type of pizza, quantity, milk and quantity that matches the overall order.
Please click the link below to place your order.
December 15th - Christmas Program (showings at 1:00 pm and 6:30 pm)
December 16th - Last day before Christmas Break - Noon Dismissal
December 19th through January 3rd - Christmas Break - No School
January 4th - First day back after Christmas Break
January 16th - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School
January 29th through February 4th - Catholic Schools Week
Fulcrum Tuition Assistance Application Site Now Open
Tuition assistance will only be granted for the next year by completing the online application process. If you plan to apply for the 2023/2024 school year, your application must be submitted by January 6th, 2023.
Award letters from the Fulcrum Foundation will be mailed to applicants in March 2023.
The Fulcrum tuition assistance application can be accessed at: https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/4CDW0
Place Your Yearbook Order
The 2022-2023 Yearbooks are available for pre-order.
As in previous years, yearbook orders can only be placed on the Jostens website.
Please remember to order by 1/27/23 to guarantee your yearbook this year. We will not be ordering any extras for selling at the end of the year.
Click the button below, or call 1-877-767-5217 to place your order.
$40 book through 1/27/23
Please contact Mrs. Swenson if you have any questions.
What Is A Birthday Book?
Birthday books are added to the collection at St. Michael School library in honor of someone's birthday. Any student can select a book from the collection of new books waiting to be added to our library. The book will be presented at Monday Morning Opening and the birthday boy or girl will be the first person to check out the book!
If you would like to celebrate your student's birthday by donating a birthday book, please complete the form. A $5.00 donation is requested to help defray the cost of the book. Please check if you want your FACTS account charged or you can send in cash or check (payable to St. Michael School and marked "birthday book" on the memo line). If the cost is prohibitive, please contact Mrs. Quebedeaux (school librarian) firstname.lastname@example.org, as we do not want any child to be excluded who wishes to participate.
A special Birthday Club bookplate will be printed and placed inside the book cover with your child's name and year the book was donated.
Ordering Scrip Just Got Easier!
The scrip team is excited to announce the return of an easy way to purchase scrip gift cards. Now you can get physical scrip gift cards without having to make a trip to the office. Just complete the form linked below, send the form and payment with your child for delivery to the office, and you can select to have your cards delivered to your child. Orders can be placed as often as once a week. Every scrip gift card purchase earns money for PTSA which funds classroom activities. You can still stop by the office to order scrip gift cards or place an order online for electronic gift cards.
In addition to purchasing scrip, you can earn money for PTSA through everyday shopping. Fred Meyer and Amazon are two organizations that partner with schools and other non-profits to donate based on purchases made. See flier below for how to link your Fred Meyer Rewards card and how to shop at Amazon so that our school benefits from your purchases.
St. Michael Parish School Covid-19 Policy (Updated 11/1/22)
If a student or staff member is ill or COVID-19 positive:
Students and staff who have symptoms of COVID-19 are required to stay home and should get
tested. Any student or staff member who tests positive for COVID-19 is required to isolate at
home. Individuals may return to school on Day 6, if they have no symptoms and test negative
on that day (If there are symptoms, Day 0 is the first day of symptoms. Day 1 is the first full day
after symptoms developed. If there are no symptoms, Day 0 is the date being tested. Day 1 is
the first full day after the specimen was collected for a positive test.). If the individual tests
positive on Day 6, the individual is likely still contagious, and should continue to isolate and wait
24-48 hours to test again. If the individual tests negative on two sequential tests each
performed 24-48 hours apart and has no symptoms, the individual can end isolation and return
If a student or staff member is exposed to COVID-19:
The Department of Health no longer requires exposed students and staff to quarantine. To
protect the school, students and staff, regardless of vaccination status, who are potentially
exposed to COVID-19 should:
- Monitor for symptoms, AND
- Test as soon as possible after exposure and then repeat testing every 24-48 hours through at least the first 5 days after exposure AND
- Wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days after exposure.
COVID-19 positive cases and exposure cases need to be reported to the St. Michael Health
Office (email@example.com). COVID-19 testing is available through the Health Office, if home testing is not available.
POSSIBLE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19
New loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
Ron Feldmann MD
St. Michael Parish School Health Office