The Defender

September 15, 2023

A Message from Mrs. Tate

Dear St. Michael Families,

Thank you for your support of our Education in Virtue lessons. We have received great feedback about family discussions related to the virtues being taught at school and supported at home. Many families are reporting that the virtue discussion assignments are wonderful dinner conversation.

This week, we have been learning about, discussing, and practicing the virtue of self-control. Self-control is defined as joyful mastery over one’s passions and desires.

Self-control looks like raising my hand before I speak in class, keeping my hands and feet to myself, and limiting the amount of time I spend on electronics.

Self-control sounds like silence or kindness, not talking back, not saying unkind things about others, or not blurting out in class.

We will continue to build upon the virtues we’ve discussed previously: justice, respect, and temperance. As we build our arsenal of virtue, please be assured of our prayers for our families as you build the same at home in the Domestic Church.

Speaking of that, please mark your calendar for Tuesday, September 26 at 6:30 in the school cafeteria! Sr. Lucia will present an introduction to her series of parent formation meetings. The fourth Tuesday of each month, Sr. Lucia will work with parents to tackle topics of interest to help parents navigate parenting in 2023. Her first meeting will lay the foundation for defining the Domestic Church and the importance of parents as first and most important teachers of their children.

Each session is its own topic, and all parents are welcome. We ask that this be a parent-only night so that our parents can enjoy the fellowship and formation for themselves!

Thank you for engaging in our school community! It is through our partnership that we will lead our children to say YES to Jesus Christ.

Dear Jesus, help me to grow in virtue. Help me to remember that practicing respect and self- control is pleasing to you. It is in respecting others and controlling my desires that I can really learn to desire You more. May my actions and desires be pleasing to you, Jesus! Amen

Have a wonderful weekend!


Diana Tate, Principal

Calendar Update - School is in session September 18

Please note that the calendar from last May was a draft and was updated over the summer.

SMA is in school on September 18! Please plan to send your children to school that day for an awesome day of learning!

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Sept. 29 - All School Lunch-Feast of St. Michael the Archangel

On Friday, September 29 we will begin our celebration of our patron saint St. Michael the Archangel with a special school lunch. All students will be provided a hot dog, chips, cookie and bottle of water. If your student does not want this lunch, they should bring a sack lunch that day, no hot lunch will be served.
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Parent Formation - Building the Domestic Church

We are excited to invite you to our St. Michael the Archangel “Building the Domestic Church” parent formation sessions taking place every fourth Tuesday of the month beginning on Tuesday, September 26 at 6:30 pm. If you are interested in attending the sessions, please click here to fill out the form and provide input for topics of interest.

Birthday/Class Party Treats/Cafeteria Guidelines

Snacks or treats sent for sharing, such as birthday and classroom party snacks must be in prepackaged wrappers with the ingredients listed. These snacks must be peanut free/dairy free for classrooms that are peanut/dairy free. Home baked food items are not allowed. (page 27 of the Handbook)

**If you are bringing your child a special event lunch (ie: fast food) please DO NOT include a soda. We do not allow students to bring soda with any lunch. Thank you for your cooperation in maintaining this policy. (page 28 of the Handbook)

Make Sure You're Signed Up for Text Alerts

We use a system called School Messenger to send out important text messages to our school families. If you would like to receive these messages, please Opt In by texting "Yes" to 67587

Families are not automatically opted in. In order to receive the texts, you must opt in by texting "Yes" to 67587.

Drop-Off and Pick-Up Procedures

Mathletics Information Grades 3-8

Please click here to find out about Mathletics and register your students.

Veterans Day Celebration

Veterans Mass & Reception

Friday, November 10, 2023

8:15 AM Mass, reception following

Students are welcome to invite a family member, friend or neighbor to Mass and the reception; to honor those who served/serve our country.

Questions: Beth Hintz

VSL Update

Fun First Friday – October 6

The sign-up list is available for the October 6th Fun First Friday! Fun Fridays are now celebrated only on the FIRST Friday of the month, but there are 4 slots available to honor our teachers and staff! The October Fun First Friday sign up is listed here. Remember each homeroom teacher has an assigned support staff and it’s great to acknowledge their hard work as well. Staff favorite things are listed here.

Presidential Service Award:

For the past several years, St. Michael the Archangel School has participated in the President’s Volunteer Service Award Program. The award recognizes US citizens who have achieved minimum hours of service over a 12-month period. For St. Michael the Archangel School, this period is from April 1, 2023-March 31, 2024. It is an amazingly simple process - just keep track of service hours. Forms can be found on the SMA website. Hours must be submitted to the front office by MONDAY, April 3, 2024. If you have any questions, email Megan Morris.

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:1

Staff Appreciation

Please click here if you would like to help with a Teacher Appreciation on September 29,

2023-2024 Sign Up Link

Click here to sign up for one of the many VSL opportunities for the 2023-2024 school year.

Dennis Uniform

Shopping Guide

August Discount Code-23FACAGISM

Parish News


Altar Servers assist the priest at Mass and carry cross, candles, and incense in procession. Training is open to both boys and girls in 5th grade and above.

Each server is assigned to a team that serves on a rotating schedule, the same Sunday of the month at the same Mass,(e.g., the 9 a.m. Mass on the second Sunday of each month). It is possible to make trades in order to accommodate scheduling conflicts, but it is important that servers be available to commit to a team.

New Server Training is Sunday, September 24, from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Church. Please register to participate. A parent is asked to accompany each child to the training.

The Parish Picnic is Saturday, September 30. Mass is at 4 p.m. and the picnic is from 5-7 p.m. For this event to be a success, we need your help. We need adult volunteers, youth volunteers, and soda donations for one of our games. Please sign up and help make this our best picnic yet!

Defenders' Ball 2024

Check out some of the exciting new events for families and adults as part of Defenders' Ball including Family Game Night & Kick Off Parties. This year we are celebrating the school while raising money for technology. There's something for everyone!