Hark! The Herald

Friday, February 15th, 2019

Love is the only thing that grows when shared. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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Important Dates and Reminders

Sat/Sun 2/16 and 2/17- Student Collections at St Michael Parish (grades 9 and 10)

Monday 2/18 through 2/22/19 : No School- Winter Break!

Coming up in March:

  • Wednesday 3/6/19: Ash Wednesday
  • Open House for Prospective High School and Middle School Students on March 15th
  • Open House for Prospective Elementary and Middle School Students on March 21st

A word about water...

Drinking water helps students to stay alert, avoid headaches, and perform at their highest level. Hydration is also one of the simplest ways to avoid getting sick, and help a body cleanse itself after sickness.

The best way to encourage drinking water is to simply make it available.

When we return from February break, we would ask that you all send your child in every day with a reusable water bottle.

They are welcome, AND ENCOURAGED, to refill their bottles throughout the day and keep them close by in the classroom or on their desk.

A letter to all families from the Superintendent of Schools for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington

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Thank you to all our fabulous parents who chaperoned during Winter Sports this season.

The 2018/2019 Winter Sports season is behind us now. What an exciting year we had! We hope you enjoy one final gallery of memories from our various locations.

In a special way, we would like to thank all of the wonderful parents who volunteered their time to help make this opportunity possible: We had volunteers working behind the scenes to drive students to each venue, to assist them in lacing up their boots, skates, or shoes each week, and to encourage them in whatever sport they chose.

Our Winter Sports program simply could not happen without the help and support of our volunteer parents so:


Twelve and counting!

The newly formed SMS Great Books Group has quickly grown to twelve members. The GBG (GEE-BEE-GEE) is an adult reading group that offers adults in the Saint Michael school and parish communities an opportunity to enjoy and be enriched by the great literature of western civilization. There is no cost or obligation to join the group.

Fend off the mid-winter blues and come enjoy some good company and good conversation by joining the SMS Great Books Group.The GBG will meet next on Tuesday, February, 26, 2019 from 7:00 - 8:30 PM at St. Michael School to continue a discussion of Walter van Tilburg Clark’s classic short story The Portable Phonograph. Missed the first reading? No worries! Clark’s work is a short story and can easily be read in less than a hour. Copies are available at no cost at the back of the parish church or in the business office of Saint Michael Catholic School. Come join us!

At the next meeting GBG readers will consider these questions:

  1. Why is Dr. Jenkins the only character in the story with a proper name?

  2. What would be an appropriate name for the fourth man in the cell?

  3. The setting of the story is ambiguous, both as regards to place and time. Why is this?

  4. What were the names of the books saved by Dr. Jenkins ?

  5. From which book had the unnamed man recently finished reading?

To find the answers, pick up a copy of The Portable Phonograph and join us!


Did you know: GOTR has Junior Coaching opportunities so if you are in 7th thru 12th grade and would like to get involved, please let us know!

Girls on the Run 2019 season starts the week of March 4th. Brochures were sent home to our young ladies in grades 3-5 today.

The program is designed to inspire girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind!

  • We are still seeking coaches to help with the program. We understand that committing to both days each week may be difficult – so even if you can join us a few times throughout the season that would be a great help!
  • Any girl in grades 7-12 are also invited to join us as a Junior Coach!

If interested please contact Tammy Richards at tamikoch1@yahoo.com.

We need your help to make this program a success!

Boxtops for Education March 1st deadline approaching

Please help our school earn funds for our students.

It's easy and it's free!

We can use the funds earned from Boxtops for all sorts of needs: classroom supplies, paying for field trips, new PE or playground equipment, and even microphones for our drama program.

Here are three ways you can help:

  1. Simply inspect your packages before sending them off to the recycle bin. Look for the Boxtop logo and rip, clip, or snip off that little coupon... it's worth 10 cents! It's amazing how much money we can earn when everyone sends in those little coupons so please send them in before March 1st.
  2. Enter Saint Michael School into the contest mentioned above. You can help increase our chances of winning by visiting this link and entering your name and contact information. The sweepstakes rules allow for (1) entry per person per email address per day!
  3. Tell your friends and family to do the same by sharing the link or asking for clippings. Give them a little sandwich bag and encourage them to save it on their refrigerator or near their recycling bin. Every coupon counts!

Thank you for your support of this program!

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.

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 February!

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 February.

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: A Beautiful Music Event is Coming to Our Parish... We Want You All to Attend!

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NEYT Winter Festival

New England Youth Theatre’s Town Schools Theatre ‘Winter Festival’ brings together three local schools performing three original 20-minute plays in one show at 7pm on February 15 and 16 at NEYT, 100 Flat Street in Brattleboro. See attached flyer for more details.

Students from Academy, Oak Grove, and Putney Central Schools proudly present an evening of intrigue and adventure, when audiences of all ages will be transported from a desert isle to an English drawing room to a medieval court – without having to leave the comfort of their NEYT theatre chairs!

Nature Explorers Winter Camp - February 18th to 22nd at BEEC

Nature Explorers Winter Camp

February 18th to 22nd

at Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center, Brattleboro VT

For children in grades 1 to 4.

Come for one day or all five!

We will make art for animals, track the wild ones, find sanctuary in the snow, and explore the wonders of winter.

Members $45/day or $210/week, Non-members $55/day or $250/week

More information, registration, and scholarships www.BEEC.org, 802-257-5785




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


Hi! I'm Breton Abbondanzio, the new Music teacher at St. Michael School and Music director for the parish. I'm pleased to offer private lessons in 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 (413) 824-9881 or email me at babbondanzio@gmail.com.

I look forward to teaching your child!

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