Hark! The Herald

Friday, September 20, 2019

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Congratulations to Mr. P for being recognized as Vermont's Middle School Science Teacher of the Year by the Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering!

Keep scrolling to see a wonderful article written for Vermont Catholic Magazine to celebrate Joshua Patriquin's award, and some photos of our much loved "Mr. P" with his students.

Important Dates and Reminders

Next Wednesday, September 25: School Picture Day: - Mark your calendars!

Flyers were sent home in backpacks last week. Please return your envelopes to your teachers and make sure that your child is dressed appropriately for their portrait.

Sunday. September 29: Catechetical Sunday- Teacher commissioning during 10:30 Mass and Parish Picnic to follow. All are welcome to attend.

Coming up in October

Wednesday October 2: Change in uniform policy- From October 2nd thru April 30th, students will observe the winter uniform guidelines. For details, follow this link.

Wednesday, October 2-4: Camp Hi Rock: All students in grades 7-12 will be attending the three day, two night adventure and team building retreat together at YMCA Camp Hi Rock in Mt Washington, MA. Information and permission forms were sent home so please complete the necessary paperwork and submit to the office no later than Monday.

Monday, October 7- NO SCHOOL: All teachers must attend a faith formation day at the Diocese office in Burlington.

Thursday, October 10: Fall Open House- invite your friends and family to come experience SMS. We will open our classrooms to current families and prospective students.

Monday, October 14: NO SCHOOL

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Camp Hi Rock Updates

  1. If you have not returned paperwork for your student, please return everything Monday.
  2. We are all set on parent chaperones and drivers. In addition to our teachers, we would like to thank the four parents who stepped up to help out this year and who have completed all of the necessary paperwork to attend.
If you were not able to participate and would like to be involved next year as a chaperone, please make sure to let us know in the summer before the school year starts. There is a lengthy fingerprint supported background check that we are all now required to complete by the Diocese.

Congratulations to The Buchanan Family!

Congratulations to the Buchanan Family, the winner of the first $500 tuition voucher towards next year's enrollment. We drew the name during the all-school meeting on Thursday morning.

Just to give everyone an update, we currently have

  • 26 families who have sold 6 or more of their raffle tickets!!!
  • Total tickets sold to date: 264
  • Based on ticket sales and trends, we are well on our way to selling all 1,000 this year! Look at the results from the same week in years past:

Year # of Tickets Sold

2018: 210

2017: 132

2016: 132

2015: 84

2014: 153

A note to Parents regarding Tuition and Incidental Billing on FACTS

We will be sending out our first electronic invoice for lunch/aftercare etc in a few weeks so keep your eyes open for an email from FACTS.

Just a few reminders:

  1. If you need to make any changes to your payment plan for tuition or incidental billing, I need at least 72 business hours notice. Once your payment has been initiated between FACTS and the Federal Reserve, I no longer have the ability to make changes.
  2. If you have a payment scheduled and insufficient funds in your account, you will be charged a $30 returned payment fee by FACTS. The charge will be reattempted again in 15 days.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the office for help or email Lindsay at lindsayoneil@smsvt.info.

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Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering Middle School Teacher of the Year: Joshua Patriquin!

We are thrilled to share with everyone that Mr. Patriquin was nominated and chosen as Vermont's Middle School Science Teacher of the year. He will be traveling to Middlebury College to accept his award from the Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering this coming Monday, September 23rd.

The Diocese of Burlington wrote up a beautiful article last week to celebrate Mr. Patriquin's award. You can check it out here!

Boxtops are Due!

If you've been saving your clippings, now is the time to return them to the office. Don't forget to ask your friends and family to help out! Our Boxtops submission is due on October 15th and we need time to count and pack them up.

Remember, every one of those little clippings is worth 10 cents for our school. If you haven't been saving your Boxtops, we still have a few weeks!

Boxtops for Education is going electronic!

Moving forward, Boxtops has created an app to scan and earn funds for our school electronically. Eventually the Boxtop clips will be phased out completely so download the app and start scanning your receipts. Check out the flyer below or in your students backpack today for details. To learn more about the Boxtops program, check out this link.
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SMS Saints take on the Putney School in second game of the season

by Phil Leggiere

The Saint Michael High School Saints soccer team hosted the Putney School of Putney, VT. Thursday, September 19 at SIT field in their second match of the season. Despite a strong first half showing highlighted by three spectacular saves by goalie Casey Christie, the Saints came up short in a disappointing 8-2 loss, with Putney’s explosive offense scoring five unanswered second half goals.

The Saints offense was once again led by Ezra Christie, who scored two goals, his second and third of the season.

The Saints will be back in action this coming week with two contests, one at home Tuesday September 24 vs White Oak Charter School and one away Thursday September 26 against The Academy at Charlemont at Charlemont, Massachusetts.

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

9/24/2019 White Oak home 4:00

9/26/2019 Charlemont away 3:30

10/1/2019 PVCICS home 4:00

10/9/2019 Greenwood away 3:30

10/10/2019 Putney away 3:30

10/22/2019 Eagle Hill home 4:00

10/24/2019 White Oak away 4:00

10/29/2019 Quarter Finals


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It's Super Raffle Ticket Time!!!

We have three parishes that have generously offered for us to set up tables for ticket sales before and after mass. Check out the dates... there are LOTS still available!

Not only is this a great way to sell your tickets but more importantly, a chance to inform people in our community about the educational experience offered here at Saint Michael's.

Please make sure your children are present with you and wearing their SMS uniforms... it means a lot to our donors! Bring scissors, 3-6 pens, and some cash to make change.

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Sell Tickets At St. Michael Parish, Brattleboro VT Here

Make sure to arrive 30 minutes early and wear your SMS uniform!

Our Lady of Fatima in Wilmington, VT ticket sale signup

Our Lady of Fatima Church has agreed to let our families sell Raffle tickets for the next three weekends: 9/21-9/22, 9/28 - 9/29, and 10/5-10/6... we still need folks to signup. Make sure to arrive 30 minutes early and wear your SMS uniform!

Blessed Sacrament Church in Greenfield, MA ticket sales

Blessed Sacrament Church has given us permission to sell for the next three weekends during Mass. 9/28 and 29, 10/5 and 10/6, and 10/12 and 10/13. Make sure to arrive 30 minutes early and wear your SMS uniform!

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, we've 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

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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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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 copy for home.

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Community Events and Information

This weekend: Turkish Music Concert By Music Therapist Dr Ayla Varol Clark

Keene International Festival 2019

312, Washington St. Keene, NH Saturday,

Sept. 21 at 1:00pm

Our goal by using music to bring joy, healing, comfort and purpose to people’s life, hold the community together and connect them to each other. The concert/workshop, is contemporary expression of the beauty of modality from Turkey and from the various Mediterranean traditions. Mediterranean music which is modal music that based around tones or modes.

Dr. Ayla Clark, is music psychotherapist, consultant, music educator, composer, and “Qanun” instrument player which has 75 strings. She is also the founder of SVMT Foundation.

Ron Smith, is a jazz musician, and educator, “saxophone”, “piano”, “cello” and percussion player. Smith is also director of jazz programs & bands at Northfield Mount Hermon School, MA

Tom Robertson, percussionist, folk dancer, singer. For many years, he plays and sings with Mary Brass’s River singers.

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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 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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