Hark! The Herald

Friday, November 22, 2019

Project Feed the Thousands is Off to a Great Start!

Our food drive to benefit Project Feed the Thousands is off to a great start! Students in our 8th grade gathered the first donation bins and weighed them all this past Monday and Tuesday.

As a school, we contributed 245 lbs of food donations that will go to St Brigid's Kitchen this winter.

And currently, the 6/7th grade homeroom is in the lead with 49 lbs donated as a class! Keep up the great work everyone!

We welcomed Kelli Corbeil of Project Feed and Liana Capra of Summit last week to record an ad to promote our food drive. The commercial is now on air and you can hear some of our students! Tune into 99.5 The Beast and 96.7 WTSA to hear our ad.

Thank you for your ongoing support of this wonderful program. If each family continues to send in a few things weekly, we will make a tremendous impact on the food pantry inventory at St Brigids for families in need this winter.

Important Dates and Reminders

This Saturday and Sunday, November 23-24: Saint Michael Parish Christmas Bazaar will be held in Rand Hall. All proceeds to benefit the parish.

On Saturday 11/23, come from 9am to 5pm

On Sunday 11/24, come from 9am to 12 noon.

November 27-29: Thanksgiving Break- NO SCHOOL!

Thursday, December 5: Dress Down Day/Snack Bar benefitting Grade K/1

Please send your student in with $1.00 if they want to dress down and

some additional spending money if they want to purchase any food from the snack bar.

Wednesday, December 11: Early Release for Teacher In-Service NEASC Day

Thursday December 12: Christmas Concert and Cookie Swap - 6pm in Rand Hall

Monday and Tuesday, December 16-17: Nativity visits by some classes to Ms. Squires home

Wednesday, December 18: Confessions at Church from 1-3pm

Thursday, December 19: Christmas Parties (details from classrooms to follow)

December 23-January 1st: Christmas Break

Thursday, January 2nd: Back to School

Winter Sports Signup Sheets Went Home Today!

Can you believe it's time to choose your winter sports activity?!

Sign up sheets went home in backpacks this afternoon.

There should be one sign up sheet for each child in your family.

We ask that you discuss the options with your children and

return the form by next Tuesday 11/26.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs Gauthier in the front office at 802.254.6320

Click Here to Sign Up For December Mass Collections

We need 12 student volunteers every month to help with collections at each of the three masses. Please look at the time slots and see if you can help out in the months ahead.

The grade 6/7/8 snackbar and dress down day this week was well staffed and profitable- Look at those smiles! Thanks to all who supported our middle schoolers towards their class field trip.

This weekend, get some of your holiday shopping done early.

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Some of our chess club participants engrossed in game play on Wednesday.

Annual SMS Christmas Concert: Mark your calendars for Thursday, December 12 at 6pm!

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Thanksgiving Story Bracelets

As our classes prepared for Thanksgiving next week, students in our middle school teamed up with their buddies in kindergarten and first grade for an interactive storytelling experience, during which they made special Thanksgiving bracelets. As the story was read aloud, the students worked together to thread the appropriate colored beads onto a pipe cleaner. When finished, the older buddy helped to twist the bracelet onto their little buddy's wrist. So Sweet!

The older students loved the experience so much that many of them asked for a copy of the story to read and share with their siblings at home. We have attached a copy of the story for your family enjoyment this weekend, or perhaps during a quiet moment on Thanksgiving Day.

Check out this great Catholic Life Conference Coming Up in March 2020:



The Catholic Life Conference invites men, women, children, teens, young adults, and seniors, to come together as a church community. This is one big day for everyone. Together we will receive inspiration and food for the journey ahead so that we—each one of us—can say, “This is Why I am Catholic!”

Dr. Scott Hahn will be the keynote speaker.

And then there will be a "breakout" section of the day, so each person attending may choose ONE 'breakout' speaker:

Dr. Hahn and his wife Kimberly will speak TOGETHER (this is a VERY RARE occurrence!).

Or choose Trish Short

Or Hudson Byblow

Or join the kids to enjoy Popple

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who is this conference for?

    The Catholic Life Conference is based in the Springfield Diocese of Massachusetts to give Catholics in Western Massachusetts a reminder of the many gifts we have received right here in our own Catholic Churches.

    All Catholics of Western Massachusetts are invited—please come! If you are from another diocese or state, you are certainly welcome.

    If you are over 50, this conference is for you. If you are under 30, this conference is for you. If you are single, this conference is for you. Men, this conference is for you! Women, you too! Teens—we have had you in mind—we think you’ll love it. Families and children—this is a fabulous day for you to experience together. Whoever you are, we want you to come. This is for all of us, all in one day.

  • Will my teen have fun or will he or she be bored?

    We have chosen our speakers with young adults in mind and that includes your teen. We invite teens to participate in the main program, with opportunities that may especially appeal to them:

  • Can people from outside the Diocese attend?

    Absolutely. We want everyone to come! Just register online and invite your friends. We have space for everyone.

Click here to register your family for the Conference!

Only 2,000 tickets will be sold. The conference has been advertised across the Springfield Diocese already. Special permission was gained to advertise this event to our parish so please if you are at all interested, register sooner rather than later!

Parent Volunteers Needed

  • Our uniform closet could use some love. We received several donations of uniforms recently in bags that need to get hung up in the right spot. Can you spare a half hour or more to simple hang some clothing?

  • Do you have a great cookie recipe you can share as part of our Cookie Swap next month? Let us know in the office if you are willing to bake and participate in the Christmas Concert and Cookie Swap coming up in December.

  • If you plan to drive or chaperone for Winter Sports, please check in with the office to make sure you are all set. This process can take a few weeks. It would be fantastic if we could have everyone ready to roll by early December.

Breakfast is $2.50 and Lunch is $3.75

Check out all of these delicious breakfast and lunch options for the month!

If you would like your child to have breakfast, please make sure they order it the day beforehand. This will allow us time to bake or prepare meals that are ready to go the next day.

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A sneak peek at the breakfast and lunch menu coming up in December

After School Meal Program

Attached, please find the After School Meal Program (AMP) menu for the month.

If you are unfamiliar with "AMP" this is a free meal program, sponsored by the state, and available to all students who stay after school for any reason. If your child is staying for aftercare, sports, drama, tutoring etc. they are welcome to order AMP in the morning and eat in the afternoon FOR FREE. Paper copies are available in the office if you would like a menu for home.

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AMP coming up in December

Community Events and Information

New England Center for Circus Arts Upcoming Calendar

Thank you very much for being a supporter of live, innovative theater in the form of circus. We invite you to enjoy more of what NECCA has to offer and this Fall season there is a lot to choose from!

Tickets and information at https://necenterforcircusarts.org/performances/

  • December 20-22: Flying Nut; 'Tis the Sea-son
  • March 7 & 8, 2020: Save the date for the 10th annual Circus Spectacular fundraising event at the Latchis Theater
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Piano and organ lessons now available

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 vocals, 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!

Math tutoring center in downtown Brattleboro!

If you are looking for a wonderful tutoring center that specializes in mathematics, you should check out the Brattleboro Math Center! We had the pleasure of having Marissa Meyers volunteer her time with our students last year and the students flourished under her care.



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

Click to Make Back to School Purchases Through Amazon!

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.

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