St. Mike's Matters - Thursday Notes

January 18, 2018 Issue #16

Dear St. Michael Families,

Our annual Catholic Schools Week celebration is almost here! During the week of January 28-Febuary 2 our school celebrates our community and our Catholic identity through various service projects, fun activities, and themed dress days. Our entire school will be filling my office with socks for our parish prison ministry and the St. Vincent DePaul Society. Individual classes will have their own service projects as well. The week also includes a family pizza picnic, a Catholic vocations fair, and a school skating party at Skateland (thank you Lewis/Charneski family!). We are also holding the championship round of our National Geographic Bee at 2 PM in the gym on Tuesday, January 30. Come join us for this special competition featuring the classroom geography champions from grades 4-8. Please see the link near the bottom of this newsletter for the complete calendar of events.

Please help us kick off Catholic Schools Week at our Open House and New Family Registration on Sunday, January 28th from 11 AM-1 PM. We invite you to join us to meet your child’s teachers for next year and to learn about your child’s curriculum for the upcoming year. As current parents, you are our valued ambassadors of Catholic education and your recommendations directly boost our enrollment. I know that many of you discovered our school through word of mouth recommendations, so please help us provide a transformative PK-8 grade education to more children by inviting just one new family to our open house. Imagine the impact we can make! We are offering you a gratitude gift of a waived registration fee when a new family registers and indicates that you referred their child to our school. This is our small way of thanking you for partnering with us to grow our family of families. We will be accepting registration forms for the 2018-2019 school year for new families starting at 11 AM that day.

It is that time of year when the school starts planning for the upcoming year. Two of our faculty members will be concluding their distinguished careers in education at the end of this school year and heading into retirement. Mrs. Joanis has been a faculty member at our school for the past 23 years, originally hired to teach 4th graders in the 1994-95 school year. As you know, she has curated our beautiful library and nurtured a love of reading within our students as our school librarian. Our Pre K teacher, Miss Deedee, will also be retiring at the end of this school year. Miss Deedee joined us from the Sacred Heart Pre K program in the 2016-2017 school year. She has helped us continue to develop and grow our outstanding Pre K program. Her classroom is simply a fun, inspirational, and engaging learning environment for our 4 year old students. Miss Deedee and Mrs. Joanis will be deeply missed. Please congratulate them on their retirements and thank them for their many years of service as Catholic educators!


Connor Geraghty


Calendar for the week

Friday - 01/19 - All School Mass @ 9:00 AM

Monday - 01/22 - MMO 1st Grade @ 8:30 AM

Tuesday - 01/23 - Girl's Basketball practice starts - 3:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Friday - 01/26 - All School Mass @ 9:00 AM

Sunday January 28th - Open House and New Family Registration 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Sacrificial Giving Pledge cards for Partner in the Mission tuition rate

You should have received a sacrificial giving card in your purple envelope last week if the parish does not have your card on file. Please note that the parish needs a hard copy of the sacrificial giving card even if you updated your online giving. Thank you!

S.M.A.R.T. Auction News! Get those procurement forms in!

Dollar Jump/Nickel Grab - January 22nd MMO - Get those procurement forms in! Our next dollar jump/nickel grab is this Monday January 22nd at MMO. Every item you procure/donate will earn your child an entry into the dollar jump/nickel grab! Procurement forms were sent home in November but can also be found in the wall rack in the entry way, in the office or on our website! See below for the link to the procurement form.

We still need wine donations valued at $15 or more! Wine donations are included as entries for the Dollar Jump/Nickel Grab. Please fill out a procurement form for wine.

Join our S.M.A.R.T. Facebook page!

Get the latest news and stewardship opportunities by joining our S.M.A.R.T. Facebook page!

Just search for "St. Michael Parish School S.M.A.R.T. Auction"

Amazon Wishlist

Shop off of our Amazon Wishlist for an easy and quick way to meet your $150 procurement requirement.

Please contact Vicky Byrd at if you have any questions.

Thanks so much for your support!

We need your help!

The S.M.A.R.T. Auction team has several opportunities for you to share your time and talent! And we are making it even easier for you to sign up! We are using SignUpGenius to fill the spots that we need to help plan the auction.

Click on the link below to view all of our opportunities!

Please contact Roberta McGill with any questions.

Click here to volunteer for the auction w/ SignUpGenius

To sign up for a slot - put a checkmark next to "Sign Up" and then scroll to the bottom and click on "Submit and Sign Up".

Spartan 100 running program needs your help!

I am in need of a parent helper to keep the program going three days a week. The kids run on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11:55 AM- 12:45PM.

Without other volunteers to help we may have to reduce the running days down to Wednesday and Friday.

If you are available even once a month please contact Patricia at

Stay healthy and stay moving.


Patricia Cash

Attention current families with prospective Pre-K and Kindergarten students!

Do you have have a child that will be entering Pre-K or Kindergarten next fall? If so, please call the office and let us know. We are creating our list of Pre-K and Kindergarten siblings for the 2018-2019 school year.

Do you know of any outside families who are planning on having their children attend St. Mike's? Please invite them to our Open House and New Family Registration!

2018-2019 Open House and New Student Registration - Sunday, January 28th - 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Girl's Basketball starts Tuesday, January 22nd

Just a reminder that Girl's Basketball practice starts on Tuesday, January 22nd. Practice starts at 3:00 PM and ends at 4:45 PM.

Go Spartans!

Olympia Junior Program

The 2018 Olympia Junior Programs season is here bringing live theater to our students at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts during school hours. Please sign and return the Field Trip Permission form. Submit no later than Friday, February 2nd! Your child cannot attend the program without your signature.

Please contact the school office if you did not receive a form.

Thank you!

Catholic Schools Week in coming! January 28th - February 3rd

The calendar of events are in your purple envelope or you can click the link below.

Parent Pizza Picnic Lunch - forms due January 26th!

You are invited to join your child for a special lunch in celebration of Catholic Schools Week! Please see the order form in Thursday notes or you can click on the link below. Please return the form and payment in your purple envelope.

Thank you to everyone who already turned in their forms.

Passport Check Day Reminder!

Reminder the upcoming Passport Check Day is Friday, January 26th! We are continuing to grow our fantastic volunteer pool to support and run this great program. If you would like to volunteer please contact Brian Murphy,, or Michelle Pardee, Thanks for your great support!

We need your purple envelopes back!

We are out of purple loaner envelopes! Please return your purple envelopes by Monday of each week. We are currently out of loaner envelopes so our purple envelopes. So please search your student's backpacks, bedrooms, and your car for purple envelopes. Thanks for your help!

Parish Volunteer Appreciation event - You are Invited!

We are APPRECIATING ALL OF OUR VOLUNTEERS at a Parish Wide Event February 3 after the 5PM Mass.

Please RSVP by January 31st to Kimmy Jones at or call Rex Yabut at 390-292-7115

Hope to see you and those that make our ministries an active part of our parish life, spreading the Gospel, at this Appreciation Event!

Notes from the Health Room

Hello St. Mike’s families! Belated thank you to Mrs. Getchman’s 5th grade class! In keeping with the theme of staying healthy at school, they created signs to remind students and staff to practice good hand washing to prevent the spread of germs. The students were able to create their amazing signs during their Computer Lab class – thank you for taking the time to make them!

If you haven’t made your New Year’s resolution yet, it’s not too late! Here are some tips to Make Health Your Resolution:

Healthy You: Make healthy food choices, be active, make an appointment for a check - up, vaccination, or screening. Know your numbers – weight, blood pressure, cholesterol. Wash your hands often. Be smoke free. Get enough sleep. Learn and practice a new health tip each week. Make a new friend.

Healthy Family: Plan to eat more meals together as a family. Encourage and support physical activity. Put together a family health history. Know where to go for health care in town if you do not have insurance. Keep pets vaccinated and healthy. Add a health related web site to your favorites list, and check weekly updates. Spend more time together. Be courteous and practice good manners.

Healthy Home: Go green. Reduce, reuse, and recycle. Install smoke alarms, and carbon monoxide alarms on every level. Keep cleaning products and medications away from children. Have a winter weather emergency plan, and stock your home and car with necessary supplies. Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning and hypothermia. Never use generators, grills, camp stoves, or similar devices indoors.

Healthy Community: Volunteer at your church, school, or one of the many community center s needing help or an extra hand. If you have received help from others, try to repeat the gesture. Extend a common courtesy wherever you are – they are always appreciated and hopefully duplicated.

Healthy Workplace: Stay home if you are sick. Wash your hands often, Participate in healthy workplace programs, Take steps to prevent job stress. Reduce work injuries and practice good body mechanics.

Don't throw away those stamps!

Sisters of the Holy Cross use the money raised from the stamps to benefit their Ministry With the Poor fund. Stamps should be trimmed with a 1/4"-1/2" border. Do not try to remove them from the envelopes - just cut off the address information. A tub for the stamps is located outside of the 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. Stamps will be collected through January 31st.