Hark! The Herald

New Years Edition: Friday, January 4th, 2019

Important Dates and Reminders

Monday 1/7/19: Winter Sports and Free Dress Down Day

*** Mandatory Meeting at 10:30 am for Mt Snow Chaperones***

Monday 1/14/19: Winter Sports

Thursday 1/17/19: 10th Grade Snack Bar and Dress Down Day

Monday 1/21/19: NO SCHOOL in observation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Monday 1/28/19: Winter Sports

Please be mindful of general safety and our procedures for drop off and dismissal each day.

  • As a reminder, we ask that everyone park in a parking spot before allowing students in or out of the vehicle. For safety and flow of traffic, you are not allowed to stop in front of the door for any reason.
  • If you need to speak with a teacher or another parent, please stand close to the building, ideally behind the fence. We have had several concerned drivers express frustration about people visiting in the middle of the parking lot, and children wandering around.

Thank you so much for your understanding.


Our Winter Sports program will begin next Monday, January 7th.

**During the winter sports season, Monday will be a free dress down day.**

Depending on your student's sport of choice, please make sure they are dressed comfortably and in layers if appropriate.

If your child needs a booster seat, please make sure they bring that each Monday.


Mandatory Meeting on Monday January 7th at 10:30 am before departure.

Please come to Rand Hall to get all the details for chaperoning this year and the procedure for checking in at the Mountain... it is different than last year!

Vehicles must be loaded and wheels rolling by 11 am so please, make sure to be on time.

If you are planning to chaperone during Winter Sports, please complete any remaining paperwork and notify us in the office if you need any help.

What Better Way to Start Off the New Year Than With New Baby Photos?!

It is my honor and pleasure to share with you all photos and an update from Mrs Martin, our beloved 1st grade teacher.

The Martin family welcomed Mason Edward Martin into the world on December 12th at 8:13am. Everyone has settled into the new routine at home and Mason is a love! He is a good sleeper, but like most babies born to busy parents with older siblings, he insists on being held in order to fall asleep. hahaha

If your child has had Mrs. Martin as a teacher, you won't be surprised to hear that she sneaked into school on Friday 12/21 for a surprise Christmas visit with her students... she just couldn't stand to send them off for Christmas vacation without seeing them herself. They all enjoyed some quiet time visiting with her and checking out the new baby. Mrs Martin will be out on maternity leave, enjoying her little peanut for the next few months, but plans to return to the classroom on March 4th.

We would like to thank Mrs. Kuusela, who has stepped in as our sub for the last few weeks. Mr Mason came earlier than expected so Mrs Kuusela has been a wonderful help until a permanent substitute could take over.

Which leads me to our final bit of news for our 1st grade classroom:

We would like to extend a big welcome to Mrs Ingrid Kainen, who will be taking over as our long term substitute for the next two months. Mrs Kainen comes from Wellesley, MA but has family here in the area and she has graciously agreed to accept the position until Mrs Martin is able to resume teaching.

Thank you to both ladies for all of your help during this exciting transitional time here at the school.


Congratulations to all of our students for completion of the 1st trimester.

We would like to recognize and celebrate the achievements of those students who earned placement on the 2018-2019 first trimester honor roll.

High Honors

Middle School:

Abigail Chechile

Alicia Chechile

James Cusick

Emma Gragen

Janet Tobey


High School:

Tara Castricone

Lucy Duchaney

Mary Duchaney

Katharine Graf

Matthew Jacques

Michael Kelliher

Gage Lathe

Jasmine Mounsey

Regina Patria

Ella Pierce

Therese Potvin

Isabel Prieto

Theron Wilkinson

Middle School:

Haidyn Anderberg

Caroline Crocker

Harper Cutting

John Paul Delabruere

Timothy Duchaney

Scott Key

Grace Korpiweski

Kaia Livingstone

2 Full Scholarships Available for Our Current Junior Class

We were blessed with a wonderful opportunity by someone who would like to see our high school program grow, and to enrich the experience of the students who are here currently.

If you know anyone that would like to finish their Junior year here at SMS and reenroll to graduate in the spring of 2020, please share this amazing opportunity.

Friend? Family member? Neighbor or coworker? Someone in your church or on a sports team?

Consider who you know and encourage them to call the office for an interview and shadow day.

Please Spread the Word: The Gift of Catholic Education is Now Available

INCENTIVE: If you refer a family, and they enroll for the remainder of the 2018/2019 school year, we will waive your enrollment fee of $175 towards next year's enrollment period!

Help grow our school and fill those desks with familiar, friendly faces!

Each year, we have welcomed wonderful new families here at Saint Michael School mid-year as part of our Gift of Catholic Education. We are again offering this program to allow families to experience Saint Michael School for the rest of the year and we would love for you to spread the word!

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Start Your New Year Off Right!

Do you like to read? Do you enjoy good company and good conversation? Are you a lifetime learner?

If so, please consider joining the SMS Great Books Group; the GBG is a newly formed adult reading group, offering adults in the SMS school and parish communities the opportunity to enjoy and be enriched by the great literature of western civilization. Make a resolution today and come join us!

The GBG will meet on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 to read and discuss Walter van Tilburg Clark’s thought-provoking short story The Portable Phonograph. The meeting will run from 7:00 - 8:30 PM. The reading is not difficult and will serve to help participants practice their reading skills and to ease into more challenging texts. Copies of Clark’s short masterpiece, The Portable Phonograph, are available online here: http://www.mscruz.yolasite.com/resources/The%20Portable%20Phonograph.pdf or hard copies are available - at no cost - at the back of the parish church or from the St. Michael School business office. Come join us!

Questions? Thoughts? Comments? Email Steven Duchaney here: stevenduchaney@smsvt.info

A request for Art Supplies from Mrs. Pickering

Mrs. Pickering, our art teacher, is planning a special art project for later this year and she is in need of bottle caps: Soda bottle caps, Snapple caps, any size, any color (actually looking for variety!), as long as they are round. Would you please set aside your caps and send them in when we return from the holidays?

Thanks for your help everyone!

Ways That You Can Help!

Here are some items we need for the school:

  • Sanitizing wipes, especially for the nurses office and computer lab, but all of our classrooms would always appreciate a donation... It's that time of year!
  • tissues... We always need tissues ;)
  • glue sticks
  • new or gently used winter gear such as hats, gloves, mittens etc.

** Please try to wash and return any clothing that students have borrowed from the closet

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Help with various mailings or office tasks over the next few months. Any day helps!
  • Help us reorganize our "Scary Closet" with all of the decor and supplies used for the fall and Advent decorating.

Breakfast Lunch and AMP Menus

Breakfast is $2.25 and Lunch is $3.50

Check out all of these delicious breakfast options for month of January!

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 of January.

This is a free meal program, sponsored by the state, and available to all students who stay after school for any reason.

Community Events

Mark your calendars.... GO SAINTS!

Please come out and support our team if you are free!

Here is the schedule for the rest of the season:

1/8 3:30 Putney School @ Winston Prouty

209 Austine Drive Brattleboro, VT

1/9 3:30 Compass School@ Winston Prouty

209 Austine Drive Brattleboro, VT

1/10 4:00 Eagle Hill School @ Eagle Hill

242 Old Petersham Rd, Hardwick, MA

1/16 4:00 Dublin School @ Winston Prouty

209 Austine Drive Brattleboro, VT

1/22 4:00 Berkshire Art & Tech @ Berkshire Art & Tech

375 Church Street North Adams, MA

1/24 4:00 Four Rivers Charter School @ Indoor Action Sports

1385 Bernardston Road (Rt 5)Greenfield, MA

1/29 4:00 White Oak Charter School @ Winston Prouty

209 Austine Drive Brattleboro, VT

1/31 4:00 Greenwood School @ Greenwood School

14 Greenwood Lane Putney, VT

2/5 3:30 Compass School @ Winston Prouty

209 Austine Drive Brattleboro, VT

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Mark Your Calendars: Mette Family Band in Concert at Saint Michael School on 3/15/19

Our Parish and School will be hosting a concert with Michael James Mette (and family) on Friday, March 15th, from 7:00 – 8:30PM. Open to the whole family! Michael James Mette is a Catholic singer/songwriter and speaker from St. Louis, Missouri, who travels the country, inspiring people to better know, love, and serve God. A good will offering will be taken at the end of the event.

Click Here to Make Amazon Smile Purchases This Month

This holiday season, every time you make an eligible purchase, AmazonSmile donates to Saint Michael Parish Charitable Trust. Please bookmark this link. Thank you so much for your support!


Hi! I'm Breton Abbondanzio, the new Music Director at St. Michael Parish and I'm pleased to offer private lessons in piano and organ. 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 (413) 824-9881 or email me at babbondanzio@gmail.com. I look forward to teaching your child!

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