Hark! The Herald

Friday, May 31st, 2019

Mark your Calendars: Tuesday, June 11th: Final day of school, Half day. NO aftercare... Enjoy your summer!

As is tradition at Saint Michael's, our middle school students joined staff and parents to place flags at the local cemeteries to honor our military veterans.

While Memorial Day weekend is now behind us, we would like to say thank you to all of our Saint Michael School families and friends who are currently or have ever been in military service to our country.

Important Dates and Reminders

Friday, June 7th: Field Day at Camp Spofford ! **We are looking for parent volunteers**

Please follow this link to our Field Day signup page:


Saturday, June 8th: Strolling of the Heifers. Father Justin will be in the parade again this year with Gracie the Heifer and students from Saint Michael's.

Monday, June 10th: full day of school

Tuesday, June 11th: Final day of school, Half day. NO aftercare... Enjoy your summer!

Thursday, June 13th: Convocation Mass at Saint Michael Parish at 5:15 pm

Friday, June 14th: Class of 2019 Graduation Ceremony... All are welcome to come be a part of SMS History. This will be the first high school class to graduate since 1968!

The ceremony will begin at 6pm in Monsignor Rand Hall.

Saturday, June 15th: Alumni Dinner at the American Legion

A Word about Field Day next Friday


Please check your student's backpack. Most of them went home with flyers in their backpacks with a permission slip and the color of their team for Field Day. Permission slips must be returned next week and students are expected to wear a tshirt in their team color. If they didnt get their paperwork, it will be waiting for them in the classroom on Monday.

The 2019 Spring Concert was a huge success!

We are so grateful to everyone who came out on Thursday, May 23rd to enjoy our 2019 Spring Concert. The theme for the evening was Faith, Friends and Family. Guest enjoyed classic, beloved songs like Puff the Magic Dragon by Peter, Paul and Mary, You've Got a Friend by James Taylor, Let it Be by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and the timeless hymn Amazing Grace. Two students performed piano solos and we also enjoyed some more contemporary hits such as Baby Shark.

Thank you to Mr Abbondanzio for sharing your musical talents and for preparing our students to give such a moving performance. You could feel the love! And a special thank you to Mr. A's sweet family who has generously shared him with us this year!

Thank you to Becky Steele and all the nursing students at VCC for the Health Fair!

Last week, nursing students from VCC came to Saint Michael School and set up stations all around our auditorium. Students traveled in small groups to speak with the nurses and learn about such topics as stranger danger, bullying, oral hygiene, healthy eating, ticks and insect bites, CPR, and Stop the Bleed.

Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign and call-to-action started by the Department of Homeland Security. The campaign is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. The students really enjoyed this hands-on opportunity.

Spring Formal Photos available to view online

Thank you to all our incredible parents who helped to make this year's Spring Formal so meaningful for the students. It was a beautiful night they will all remember.

Students who are interested in purchasing copies of the photos taken in the photo booth can check them out here:



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Saint Michael Parish Upcoming Events

Mr. Abbondanzio now has a children's choir at St. Michael's Parish!!

The choir will be singing one or two songs at the 10:30 Sunday Mass once a month, and rehearsals are being held twice a month at 9AM on Sunday mornings. We are currently preparing to sing at the 10:30 Mass on Pentecost (June 9th). If your child would like to participate, please send Mr. Abbondanzio an email at Breton@stmichaelvt.com.

The next rehearsal is at 9AM on Sunday, June 9th.

Are you Interested in Growing in Your Faith?

Father Justin will be leading a weekly summer program beginning Wednesday, June 5th at 6:30PM in the Youth Center. CHOSEN is an award winning program, filmed at over 50 locations that features multiple dynamic presenters in visually stunning, fast-paced videos. Anyone who wants to deepen their Catholic faith is welcome to participate.

Catholic Night 2019 with the Boston Red Sox!

You are invited to join us for our 6th annual trip to Catholic Night at Fenway Park! The game is at 7:10PM on Monday, June 24th against the White Sox. The cost is $65, which includes one bleacher seat ticket and the roundtrip coach ride to Boston. The bus will depart from the St. Michael Parking lot at 2PM. It is first-come, first served, so if you are interested, please sign-up on the sheet in the back of the church or call the rectory at 257-5101.

Young Adults Coffee Mixer

St. Michaels want to get a Young Adults group started! If you’re between the ages of 18 and 39, please join us on Sunday, June 30th from 11:30AM to 1PM at St. Brigid’s Kitchen. We’ll enjoy coffee and snacks, and chat about activities and events that an ongoing Young Adults group could do. Married and unmarried, parents and non-parents are welcome. Contact Dan Berger with questions or to RSVP: dan.berger @protonmail.com or 802-451-0247.

Looking for some parent volunteers

Have you fulfilled your volunteer hours yet for the year? We have 1 week left and we could really use your help!

  • FIELD DAY: We will be at Camp Spofford again next week for the SMS Annual All School Field Day. If you haven't had a chance to get involved in the school this year, this is hands down the best way to finish up your parent volunteer hours. It's a blast and we would love to have you come join us!

We need parents to help with running all the field day events and lunch service for the kids. Please follow this link to our Field Day signup page: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0548a8a923a6fa7-smsfield1

  • END OF YEAR FIELD TRIPS AND PARTIES: please check in with your teachers... they are all planning end of year class trips and parties for next week. Many of them are seeking volunteers right now so please ask how you can help!

  • CLEAN UP: As the school year comes to a close, there are lots of small projects around the school that could use some volunteers.

Breakfast Lunch and AMP Menus

Breakfast is $2.25 and Lunch is $3.50

Check out all of these delicious breakfast options for the month!

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.

This is a free meal program, sponsored by the state, and available to all students who stay after school for any reason.

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Click Here to Make Amazon Smile Purchases This Month

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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Commonwealth Dairy is looking to hire: Part Time Job Opportunity in Brattleboro

We have an opportunity at Commonwealth Dairy right in downtown Brattleboro for 4-6 hours of paperwork and filing work per week. The hours are totally flexible with the only requirement being that the person be available for an hour on Fridays for mailing checks.

This might be a great chance for a high schooler to get some office experience, or for a parent. Again, hours are totally flexible!

Please contact to begin the application process:
Kristina Dickinson
Accounting Manager

Office: +1 802 251 2343
Fax: +1 802 254 6077

“Vermonters Helping Vermonters” event on June 5th at St. Michael’s College.

Come Help Us Fill the Gaps

Vermont Catholic Charities is holding a “Vermonters Helping Vermonters” event on June 5th at St. Michael’s College.

The event will feature tastings from Vermont breweries and wineries, food catered by the Old Lantern Inn, and live music will be provided by the Guitar Chant Trio.

Proceeds from the event will help Vermont Catholic Charities continue to fill the gaps for the most vulnerable Vermonters. By attending you will help emergency aid clients like “Kira”. Kira was a single mom working full-time and trying to make ends meet, when her hours were cut. She got behind on her rent and faced an eviction. Vermont Catholic Charities helped with rent so she could stay in her home. To learn more about the event and purchase tickets, visit vermontcatholic.org/vermontershelpingvermonters

Mary Beth Pinard

Executive Director, Vermont Catholic Charities, Inc.

(802) 658-6111, Ext. 1110

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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 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!

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