Hark! The Herald

Friday, January 24, 2020

A few photos have made their way back to the school from the March for Life today.

The 47th annual March for Life took place in Washington, DC today. Many of our students joined in with the tens of thousands who attended Mass and marched on the National Mall. The buses are headed back to New England now, loaded with exhausted, but joyful young men and women.

SMS Talent Show is next Thursday Evening, Jan 30th... we hope you all will join us!

We have a big week ahead in celebration of Catholic Schools Week but the highlight of the week will be our Talent Show.

For concessions, we will be serving pizza, 'walking tacos', baked treats, popcorn and assorted drinks. We are looking for donations of drinks, baked treats, and helpers to sell concessions.

We hope that even if your child is not in the show,

you would come out and support our courageous and talented students.

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Important Dates and Reminders

Next week is Catholic Schools Week! Please consult the schedule below so you can help your student to be prepared for the activities of the day.

Catholic Schools Week Events at Saint Michael School

January 26 - Catholic Schools Week begins

  • Monday, January 27 – Winter Sports and Free Dress Down Day

  • Tuesday, January 28 – Read-a-Thon - 9:00am – 10:00 am

  • Wednesday, January 29 – Student Mass at 8:45 a.m.

    • Community Service Day – PK - 8

    • Bishop’s Mass – Cathedral of St. Joseph – High School students

  • Thursday, January 30 – Talent Show – 6:00 p.m. with Concessions

  • Friday, January 31 – Student Appreciation Day/Student Breakfast (Dress UP Day!!)

    • Student Appreciation Breakfast

    • Special event/field trip for all students

    • Early Release at noon. Lunch served, and aftercare till 3:00 p.m. (in-service)

Our basketball team has two home games next week.

All are welcome to come cheer them on. 209 Austine Drive, Brattleboro, in the Winston Prouty gymnasium:

Tuesday 28-Jan vs PVCICS at 4:30 Home Game

Wednesday 29-Jan vs Hartsbrook at 4:00 Home Game

A look ahead to February

February 3 - Winter Sports

February 10 – Winter Sports (final Winter Sports day for 2019/20 school year)

February 13 – Dress Down Day/Snack Bar benefitting Grade 11/ 12

February 14—Valentine’s Day Parties!!!!

February 14 – Valentine’s Day Dance for 7– 12th Grade

February 17 – 21 – February Break – No School!

February 26 – Ash Wednesday


Permissions Slips: We sent permission slips home with all of your children today, in anticipation of the activity planned for next Friday. Please make sure you sign and return all permissions slips this coming Monday!

School Lunch on Friday: If you want your child to order a school lunch for Friday, please tell them on Thursday morning. Lunch will be a bagged lunch that they can eat here at school or take with them at 12 Noon for the early dismissal. We will be taking a lunch order on Thursday.

Click Here to Sign Up For February 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.

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Gustav Klimt is the focus of our Meet the Masters program currently

Here at Saint Michael School, our students use the Meet the Masters art curriculum, a comprehensive 3 step program which first introduces students to some of the greatest artists throughout history, as well as their best known masterpieces. Step 2 educates the student on art theory and techniques as they relate to the artist studied, then each lesson culminates in step 3- a project inspired by all they have learned.

Currently, our students are learning about Gustav Klimt

Perhaps one of his best known works is The Kiss, painted in 1907.

Gustav Klimt (July 14, 1862 – February 6, 1918) was an Austrian symbolist painter. Klimt is noted for his paintings, murals, sketches, and other objets d'art. Klimt has also had tremendous influence in the fashion industry, in part due to the ornate patterns and rich colors he incorporated in his art. This is the inspiration for our current student project- a Klimt-inspired art smock that the children will be able to use for the rest of the school year.

In previous weeks, students were taught about Klimt's masterpieces, his techniques, and the materials he often used. At this point, they have moved on to Step 3- creating a Klimt-inspired art smock. The students are learning the basics of cutting and sewing from a pattern, and the process of choosing complimentary colors and fabric prints for the pockets and trim. Younger students were introduced to sewing with a needle and thread on scrap fabric this week. Older students were provided sewing machines to practice on.

The excitement is palpable across all grade levels, male and female. Even our preschoolers are working on their own art smocks, embellished with hand stitching! The project seems to be engaging our students in some of their most natural desires- to work with one's hands, and produce something uniquely their own. Stay tuned for the finished products...

Going, Going, Gone!

Our uniform closet is overflowing with clothing. It's time for some early spring cleaning.

Over the next two weeks, we invite you all to stop by the closet at drop off or pick up to see what we have "in stock". When we return in February, we plan to do a major donation of clothing to our Planet Aid box.

So, if your student's pants seem to be looking a little short these days, if you need some polos for the change in uniforms this spring, or you'd just like an extra dress shirt or two for a back up, we urge you to stop by the school in the next week or two.

Did you know!?

Speaking of the Planet Aid box, did you know that every time you make a donation to our Planet Aid box, St Brigid's Kitchen receives a small donation?!

So next time you have clothing or shoes you need to part with, we hope you will consider tossing them in the yellow bin out in our parking lot. It's a win for everyone!

Recycling and donating your clothes will keep them out of the trash and into the hands of someone who can give them a second life.

To learn more about Planet Aid, click here.

We are looking for 1-2 more coaches for GOTR... Can you help?

Every spring, our young ladies in grades 3-5 are invited to participate in a wonderful program called Girls on the Run.

Right now, we need a team of coaches to help prepare for the season. There is a coaches training in Brattleboro tomorrow at the high school if you happen to be available!

Please contact Tammy Richards, our head coach, for more details at tamikoch1@yahoo.com

Time to submit your Box Tops clippings

If you have any Box Tops stored up at home, please send them in ASAP. The next submission date is March 1st.

And if you haven't done so already, please consider downloading the new Box Tops app so you can do away with the clipping and simply scan your receipts. How easy is that?!

Submit your photos for the yearbook here

If it does not automatically log you into the site, enter username: 415143682. Please share details about the photo and provide contact information in case the staff needs additional information from you. Don't forget to Click "Save Details".

Tough week for the Saint Michael Saints basketball team

by Phil Leggiere

The Saint Michael Saints High School basketball team had another busy week playing two tough opponents, the Dublin School of Dublin, NH on the road Tuesday, January 21 and High Mowing School at home Wednesday, January 22.

With Stephen Borst sidelined by an injury suffered at practice Monday, the Saints struggled offensively in both efforts.

Though they held the score tied in the first half against The Dublin School, the Saints were plagued by erratic shooting. Their many missed shots allowed Dublin to open up an insurmountable lead and run up a decisive 41-19 victory. Thomas Duchaney was high scorer for the Saints with seven points.

Undaunted, the Saints brought a spirited effort to their home game against an imposingly aggressive and physically formidable High Mowing team. Though outmatched in size and speed the Saints kept the game tight in the early going, but once again had trouble finding their offensive groove . Facing High Mowing’s overpowering offense and defense the Saints played their hearts out to the final buzzer despite the lopsided 63-23 final score against them.

Next week the Saints play both games at home at Austine School facing Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School (PVCICS) Tuesday, January 28 and Hartsbrook Waldorf School on Wednesday, January 29.

Come out and cheer our players on!

Go Saints!!! Below is our basketball schedule for the season.

Please come out and cheer on our students at Winston Prouty gym for any home games. The address is 209 Austine Drive.

Tuesday 28-Jan vs PVCICS at 4:30 Home Game

Wednesday 29-Jan vs Hartsbrook at 4:00 Home Game

UPDATE: Tuesday 4-Feb vs Four Rivers at 4pm Away Game at IAS Dome, Bernardston MA

Thursday 6-Feb vs Greenwood at 4:00 Away

Monday 10-Feb Quarter Finals

Tuesday 11-Feb Semi Finals

Thursday 13-Feb Finals

Parent Volunteers Needed

  • Interested in helping out with the Talent Show on January 30th? Please let us know!
We would love help with running the concession stand, donations of drinks, snack food items or pizza, and help with behind the scenes coordination like costumes, music, and the unexpected.

  • Our uniform closet could use some love.
As mentioned above, we need to organize what we have and get rid of the excess uniforms. We have one parent who has already stepped in to help out but we could use some extra hands.

  • We have a Valentines Day Dance coming up in a few weeks. Would you like to chaperone?

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.

Click here at access our school menus online

GREAT NEWS! Breakfast, Lunch and AMP menus are now available on our website under the Student Life tab.

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A sneak peek into February

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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A look ahead to AMP for February

Community Events and Information

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Click here to register for the Catholic Life 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!

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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

As you do your shopping, remember to shop through Amazon Smile to benefit Saint Michael School

Click to Make Back to School Purchases Through Amazon!

As you do your shopping, please shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/03-0181252 Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the Saint Michael Parish Charitable Trust.

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