St. Mike's Matters - Notes

December 8, 2022

PACE-ing Ourselves

Dear Families,


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.


Advent Blessings,

Kathi Rafferty & Roseann Feldmann

Co-Principals

Advent Prayer

Dear Jesus, you entered our world on Christmas as the Prince of Peace. This Advent, as we strive to become the-best-version-of-ourselves, fill us with a deep and abiding peace. Help us share that peace with everyone we encounter, especially those who need it most. Amen.

Christmas Program

Our annual Christmas program is scheduled for December 15th. There will be two programs, a 1:00 pm showing and a 6:30 pm showing. The students and teachers have been working extra hard to make sure this program brings you lots of Christmas joy.

We look forward to seeing you!

First Trimester Report Cards

In an effort to save postage costs and paper waste, report cards will not be mailed out this 2022-2023 school year. Report cards for this first trimester will be sent out today at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, December 8. They will be sent to the parents/guardians email address on file with the office.


If you do not receive your child's report card by email, please email Lisa Bishop (lbishop@stmikesolympia.org). 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.

Thank you

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.


Thank you!

Spiritwear is Here!

Our new order of elementary sweatshirts, middle school quarter-zips and Spartan Spirit t-shirts have arrived and are available for purchase.


  • 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

The House of Saint Faustina is holding a baby item drive called, Happy Birthday Baby Jesus! . All grades are asked to participate by gathering specific items that have been assigned to each grade. The project will run until December 16th, so we ask that all items are collected and brought in by that date. See below for the list of assigned items.


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.


As always, please email Mrs. Feldmann at mrsfeldmann@stmikesolympia.org or Kristina Boyer at kristinamboyer83@gmail.com if you have any questions.


Please click the link below to place your order.


https://form.jotform.com/223401665109147


Thank you!

School Calendar

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

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Boys Basketball Season

Boys basketball season is in full swing! Please click on the button below to see the schedule.
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Fulcrum Tuition Assistance Application Site Now Open

The tuition assistance application window for the upcoming 2023/2024 school year is now open to applicants.

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

Spartan Spirit Days!

On Spartan Spirit days, students can wear their Spartan Spirit T shirt with uniform bottoms.


Please add the following dates to your calendar:


  • December 14
  • January 25
  • February 21
  • March 29
  • April 26
  • May 31
  • June 7

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.


Prices:

$40 book through 1/27/23


Please contact Mrs. Swenson if you have any questions.

nswenson@stmikesolympia.org

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) squebedeaux@stmikesolympia.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.


https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ou45nmyaeUNTmaA7E-zUFXklH0fLsLrI/view?usp=sharing


Questions: scrip@stmikesolympia.org


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.


https://drive.google.com/file/d/18ipQRuceI3fIksQuoljF3tlirvGUrl9T/view?usp=sharing

Amazon Smile Donations

You can now link your Amazon App through Amazon Smile. This is an easy way to generate donations for the school/PTSA at no cost to you. Click here for more information.

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

to school.


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 (rfeldmann@stmikesolympia.org). 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

Sore throat

Congestion or runny nose

Nausea or vomiting

Diarrhea

Fever or chills

Cough

Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Fatigue

Muscle or body aches

Headache


Ron Feldmann MD

St. Michael Parish School Health Office

St. Michael Parish School - A Family of Families

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