Hark! The Herald

Friday, October 25, 2019

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TONIGHT: Super Raffle Drawing and Spaghetti Dinner from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm


You don't want to miss the drawing of the winning tickets for our Super Raffle Fundraiser!

We will serve Father Justin's famous Dell'Amore Pasta Sauce on regular or gluten free pasta, with salad, drinks, and homemade cookies.

Please feel free to invite your friends, family, parishioners of the Saint Michael Church, and anyone who purchased a ticket! This is such a fun community event... we really hope you all can make it. An event like this is always more enjoyable when everyone turns out.

Super Raffle Drawing and Spaghetti Dinner

Friday, Oct. 25th, 5:30-7pm

48 Walnut Street

Brattleboro, VT

** THIS IS A FREE EVENT intended to simply bring the families of Saint Michael School and Saint Michael Parish together for an evening to celebrate our Catholic school, the support of our parish, and the hard work you all contributed to our Super Raffle fundraiser.

The Knights of Columbus will help us to prepare a Spaghetti Dinner, featuring Father Justin Baker's Famous Secret Recipe Spaghetti Sauce. We will also serve salad, bread, and locally baked cookies for dessert.


Important Dates and Reminders

Next Wednesday, October 30: PHOTO RESHOOT DAY: If your child missed having their photo taken, or you are unhappy with it and would like it retaken, please notify the office. Our photographer will be back on Wednesday morning to retake photos.

Thursday, October 31st: Halloween at SMS! The parade starts at 1:00 pm with classroom parties to follow at 2pm. Students are welcome to wear an appropriate costume for the parade.


Friday, November 1st: All Saints Day. School Mass at 8:45 am

Saturday, November 2nd: Harvest Dance for students in grades 7-12. (See flyer below)

Thursday, November 7th: Parent/Teacher Conferences after school

Friday, November 8th: Parent/Teacher Conferences EARLY RELEASE*

*Release at noon, lunch served and extended care available until 3pm

Saturday, November 9th: Fall School and Parish Cleanup from 9am-12pm

This is a great way to work off some of your parent volunteer hours!

Private Voice Lessons will now be offered at Saint Michael School

In addition to piano and organ lessons, we are pleased to offer private vocal lessons this year to interested families. Lessons are a half hour in duration and fees are reasonable and competitive.

If you are interested in more details and signing up your child, please call Breton Abbondanzio at (802)251-0644 or email babbondanzio@gmail.com.

We still need several families to volunteer for November collections

Click Here to Sign Up For November 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.

SMS High School Soccer Team Highlights of the Week

By Phil Leggiere

The Saint Michael Saints High School Soccer team was back in action this week with two games, one home and one on the road.

On Tuesday, October 22nd the Saints hosted Eagle Hill School at SIT field. Despite some fine defensive efforts, offensive goals proved elusive for the Saints in a disappointing 5- 0 loss.

The Saints fared far better on Thursday, October 24th against the White Oak School, scoring a decisive 5- 2 victory in perhaps their finest effort of the season.

After giving up two early goals to White Oak, the Saints took command twenty minutes into the game when Stephen Borst took the ball down field for a goal. Shortly thereafter, Jason Borst took a corner kick which Ezra Christie tipped in for a goal, tying up the game. Goals by Jason Borst and Ezra Christie then put the Saints out in the lead, and a final tap-in goal by Christie with 20 seconds left in the game closed out a stellar effort. With the win, the Saints closed the regular season, their first as a member of the River Valley Athletic League, with a record of two wins, six losses, and one tie.

On Monday of next week, the Saints will meet White Oak again at SIT field for the semifinals of the Harvest Cup. A win Monday would advance the Saints to the finals, either at Charlemont, Massachusetts or Dublin, NH. All are encouraged to attend!

Saint Michael School Soccer Schedule 2019

Please come out and cheer for our team!!!

The games are exciting, the fields are gorgeous, and the students notice your presence.

The address for home games is 1 Kipling Road, Brattleboro VT 05301, at the SIT field

SMS High School Soccer Games:

10/29/2019 Quarter Finals


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Tuesday, October 29 from 6-8 pm: The Catholic Church and the Foundations of Western Civilization

Next Tuesday evening, Bill Gavin, the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of Burlington, will be here to share a presentation on the Catholic Church and the Foundations of Western Civilization. Students in 6-12th grade will listen to a special presentation held during the school day.

Parents, friends and family of the Saint Michael School and Parish community are invited to attend the evening event. It will be held in the Parish Youth Center located at 48 Walnut Street. (For all of you SMS Parents, that is the big red building alongside the wooded bank in our parking lot)

Mass for Bereaved Parents and their Children to be held next Saturday, November 2nd at 9am.

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SMS 7-12 graders are encouraged to invite their friends to our first school dance of the year!

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Parent Volunteers Needed

  • It's that time of year... we are now in need of tissues and cough drops.

  • 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.

Welcome to Hannaford Helps Schools 2019!


Between 8/25 and 11/30, with the purchase of 4 participating Hannaford Helps Schools items, a customer will receive a printout for 3 School Dollars at the register. The customer can place that printout into your school's slot in the Hannaford Helps Schools collection tower which is located at the front of the store that your school is registered with.

This fall, we celebrate 20 years of the Hannaford Helps Schools program! Since the program's inception, Hannaford has raised more than $12 million to help schools and schoolkids reach their goals.

Click here to see the products that are eligible for participation

Saint Michael School Brattleboro tower location 896 Putney Road

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 November's breakfast and lunch menu

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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November's Afterschool Meal Program

Community Events and Information

November is National Adoption Awareness Month

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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/

  • October 26 & 27: Circus Spooktacular
  • November 8: XOXO Moongirl (award-winning Almanac Circus Dance Theater)
  • November 9: Circus Cabaret
  • 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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