Hark! the Herald

Special Edition: Graduation 2019! Friday, June 21st, 2019

Congratulations to the Class of 2019!

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Did you think we'd forgotten about you....???

Of course not! We've just been too busy celebrating with the Class of 2019!

Thank you to everyone who came to one, two or several of our 2019 Graduation events! Last week was non-stop action as we closed out the school year on Monday and Tuesday, then jumped right into Graduation celebrations.

We decided to skip the Hark this past week to allow you all time to settle into summer, and to allow all of the faculty and staff to simply enjoy the graduation events. In this week's Special Edition Hark, you will find some great photos of our graduates and their biggest fans, plus some great images taken at the alumni dinner this past Saturday evening. There will be one final newsletter going home next Friday with some information to help you jump start your summer vacation!

Important Dates and Reminders

Summer office hours:

The front office team will work throughout the summer.

If you need to speak or meet with any of us, please try to contact us between 8am and 1pm Monday thru Thursday.

The office number is (802)254-6320 or you can email us at

Principal - Elaine Beam


Administrative Assistant- Sandi Gauthier


Admissions and Development Director- Lindsay O'Neil


We are excited to have a really productive summer and work with all of you to get things in order for August 29th... it will be here before we know it!

As is tradition in Brattleboro, the Graduation ceremony began with a procession of the graduates, lead by classmates from the junior class.


Matthew Jacques leads guests and graduates in singing the National Anthem.

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Thank you to Father James Dodson, our Keynote speaker.

Father James Dodson was instrumental in the reopening of the High School back in 2015. At the time, Father James was the priest at Saint Michael Parish. There was growing interest from local families to enroll their teens into a Catholic high school but there were no convenient locations available. Under his spiritual leadership, the school took a leap of faith and set forth to revive the dormant halls and classrooms that once housed the Saint Michael Catholic High School.

Four years later, it was only appropriate to invite Father James back to SMS to share his insights on the growth and mission of our High School program. Father Dodson delivered a beautiful speech, full of wisdom, humor, and ultimately, the reminder that we have all been created to know, love and serve God. He challenged the graduates to open their hearts to what God is calling them to do with their life, make use of the education they received at Saint Michael School, and to devote their lives to service of others.

And thank you to Father Justin Baker, our beloved priest and spiritual director, for carrying on the mission today.

If you have ever been in the school when he arrives, then you have witnessed how perfectly suited Father Justin Baker is to life as a school priest. For starters, the children love him! He comes into the school to stir up mischief in the classrooms and he always seems to have something interesting in his pockets to share. He is always working behind the scenes on some secret project or plan with a student or staff member...

And he has this beautiful way of drawing out honesty and vulnerability in us all. It is a gift to be able to stand in the halls and observe from behind the glass windows as he sits down in each classroom and talks to the kids about their day, what they are learning, what is on their hearts, what is going on at home or in the world around them. He brings warmth and laughter, honesty and truth to each and every interaction he has at school. We are blessed to call him our priest and spiritual leader for the Saint Michael School community. Thank you, Father Justin!

Afterwards, we held a huge block party on Walnut Street for all of the graduates and their guests!

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Walnut Street was alive with excitement on Friday night!

After the ceremony ended, the 2019 graduates went outside for the traditional tossing of the caps. We then proceeded to enjoy an evening of conversation among friends, delicious dishes contributed by everyone, and tons of photo ops! We cleaned up in the dark and everyone went home exhausted... it was a perfect evening!

Thank you to everyone for your support and encouragement of these 6 wonderful students.

Thank you for making this historical graduation night so special with your presence.

On Saturday evening, the Saint Michael School alumni hosted their annual dinner and welcomed their newest members.

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Thank you to the alumni community for your hospitality!

The alumni dinner was a wonderful evening for all who attended. The class of 2019 graduates were welcomed into the fold and made their way around the room to visit with fellow "SMS Saints" during dessert. Alumni were invited to check out and sign copies of the newest yearbook, and graduates were entertained with stories of what it was like to attend Saint Mike's back when nuns ran the school. A few couples came, remembered by their classmates as high school sweethearts, and we had Mike Leclair there to represent the Class of 1968... the last class to graduate from SMS in 50 years!

The highlight of the evening came when Principal Elaine Beam shared a letter with the alumni community, written by woman who graduated in 1938. She was called to a religious life and currently lives among the Sisters of Saint Joseph in Rochester, NY. We believe her to be the oldest living graduate of Saint Michael High School. She sent us the most beautiful letter in response to our Spring Development Newsletter, mailed out earlier this year. Sister Ruth included photographs of herself, shared memories of her time at Saint Michael's, offered her prayers and best wishes for the school's success, and asked that we keep her in our prayers as well.

The graduation celebrations concluded with the Alumni Mass on Sunday morning. As is tradition, the alumni always return to Saint Michael Parish on Father's Day weekend to participate in a special Alumni Mass. With the high school now reopened, and students graduating each year, this Mass will grow in attendance over the years... and isn't that what it's all about? Saint Michael Catholic High School is bringing Catholic education back to the community and bringing students closer to God...

One Legacy. One Future. One Saint Michael School!

And now onto other business...

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Have you ever tried the summer Totus Tuus Camp for your kids?

This is a wonderful faith-filled Catholic summer camp that happens all around the country and we are fortunate enough to host a week at Saint Michael School. It's a great way for students to connect with friends over the summer. The weekly rate is very affordable for a summer camp and they have financial support to make this experience accessible to all.

If you've never been, try it this summer!

You children will grow closer to Christ and gain wonderful friends in the community! Contact Tina Crocker at 413.896.8576.

Bored this summer??

Make sure your kids continue with all the enrichment activities we encourage during the school year. There are lots of wonderful resources online for age appropriate activities, creative art projects, summer camps for every interest you can think of, and local organizations that would really benefit from the help and energy of a young person.

Most importantly, check out details below for our Summer Reading Challenge.

SMS Summer Reading Challenge 2019

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen.

The man who never reads lives only one.”

George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

Dear SMS Parents,

Greetings! The SMS Summer Reading Challenge is here! St Michael Catholic School students in grades 1-12 are encouraged to take up the challenge and read a good book. A truly good book is not only an opportunity to stretch the imagination and foster a sense of adventure, but a chance to learn about geography, history, mythology and science. The books on our lists will stir minds, fill hearts and capture imaginations!

The Summer Reading Challenge is voluntary but we heartily recommend that each child build his reading strength by striving to read five of the titles listed. For your convenience the list is divided by grade level to aid in reading selection. Within the graded lists are books for every reading level: beginning, intermediate and advanced readers. To view the list, please visit here.

Good Luck! Let the reading begin!


If you did not purchase a yearbook and would like to do so, we will have extras available for sale.

Please stop by the office with a check made out to Saint Michael School, or cash in the amount of $25.00.

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. If your child would like to participate, please send Mr. Abbondanzio an email at Breton@stmichaelvt.com.

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.

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Community Information

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

We have several opportunities at Commonwealth Dairy right in downtown Brattleboro, very convenient if you have a student enrolled at Saint Michael's this fall!

Administrative Office Work

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 who needs kid-friendly hours. Again, hours are totally flexible!

Production Openings (3 Omega Dr):
2nd Shift Filler Lead
2nd Shift Filler Operator Backup x 2

Professional Openings (28 Vernon St):
Sales/Marketing/Administrative Specialist
Technical Writer
Product Development Technician

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

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


If you are worried about your student falling behind over the summer, perhaps a summer tutor is in order?! We had Marissa Meyers volunteering her time with our students this 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


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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