Hark! The Herald
Friday, January 24, 2020
A few photos have made their way back to the school from the March for Life today.
SMS Talent Show is next Thursday Evening, Jan 30th... we hope you all will join us!
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.
Important Dates and Reminders
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
ALL PARENTS AND GUARDIANS- PLEASE READ FOR NEXT FRIDAY!
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.
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.
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
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.
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?
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 email@example.com
Time to submit your Box Tops clippings
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?!
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!
- Our uniform closet could use some love.
- 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.
GREAT NEWS! Breakfast, Lunch and AMP menus are now available on our website under the Student Life tab.
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.
Community Events and Information
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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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