Hark! The Herald

Friday, February 8th, 2019

Important Dates and Reminders

Monday 2/11/19: Winter Sports (last day for the season)

Thursday 2/14/19: Snack Bar and Dress Down Day to benefit the 11th and 12th grades

And various classrooms are having Valentine's Day Friendship Celebrations

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!

Big picture

Boxtops for Education March 1st deadline approaching

Please help our school earn funds for our students. It's easy and it's free!

A collection sheet is being sent home to each family this week. Fill it up, send it back, and ask us for another one if you'd like! Back in the fall, we earned $219.40 as a school... can we beat that for March???

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!

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.

Thank you for your support of this program!

Congratulations to our 2018/2019 Basketball Team for a Fantastic Season!

The Saints played their last game of the season on Tuesday,

then finished out the year with a banquet

and parents/teachers vs. players basketball game in Rand Hall.

We are pleased to share that Saint Michael High School has been invited to join the River Valley Athletic League.

After completion of this trial basketball season, the RVAL vote was unanimous to bring us in!!! There are 13 schools in this league, mostly from Western Massachusetts, but also including The Putney School and The Dublin School (NH).

We started our season with some big deficits, but by the end of the season we had a 3 and 11 record, and the score of our final game was 33 to 38. As the season progressed, we saw a vast improvement in our players’ skills. As the first Varsity High School basketball team at Saint Michael School since 1967, we have a young team with a lot of potential. There was only one senior on the team this year, Jacob Christi, who was our top scorer most games. The majority of our team consists of Freshmen and Sophomores, so we are looking forward to many more years of growth and improvement. We will also field a Varsity soccer team in the fall.

Our thanks to the SMS parents who stepped up again this season to coach: Mike Tatro and Nate Chechile.

A special thank you to our behind-the-scenes Athletic Director, Karlie Borst, for all of her hard work to make this year a success, and to ensure our participation in the River Valley Athletic League for years to come.

Congratulations to all of our players for a fantastic season.

You represented our school well... GO SAINTS!


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 and registration began this past Monday! The program will be held on Mondays and Fridays from 3:15 until 4:30 beginning in March.

The program is designed to inspire girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind! Over the course of the 10 week program, coaches will guide the girls through a curricula of dynamic discussions, activities and running games aimed at developing confidence and promoting an appreciation of health and fitness. The program culminates with a celebratory 5K event in May. You can register online at the following link: https://www.gotrvt.org/Register-Now

  • 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!

Next Monday, Last Winter Sports Day for the Season

This coming Monday is our final Winter Sports adventure, so please make sure to send your students off with:

  • a packed lunch if headed to Mt Snow
  • appropriate attire on Monday for their activity
  • and a booster seat for your child if needed

Thank you so much for your understanding and cooperation.

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.

A Request for Art Supplies from Mrs. Pickering

Mrs. Pickering, our art teacher, is planning a special art project for later this year and she is still in need of bottle caps...

Soda bottle caps,

Snapple caps,

medicine bottle caps etc

any size, any color (actually looking for variety!), as long as they are round. Would you please set aside your caps and send them in each week until we tell you otherwise.

Thanks to everyone who has already sent in caps. It's going to be a fascinating project... Stay Tuned!

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.

Big picture

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

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!

Big picture
Click Here to Make Amazon Smile Purchases This Month

Will you be our Valentine? 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.

We'd Love to Hear from You!

If you are not already a friend of SMS on Facebook, come join us!

We will post school cancellations, fun photos and events that happen during the week that don't make it into the Hark! Please click this link, like and follow our page so you can continue to stay involved.