St. Mike's Matters - Thursday Notes

February 15, 2018 Issue #19

Dear St. Michael Families,

Blessings to you all at the start of your Lenten journeys. It was wonderful to see so many parents joining us at Mass on Ash Wednesday to begin Lent together as a parish. During this new liturgical season we fully commit to intentionally drawing closer to God and transforming our hearts as we prepare for His death and resurrection during the Easter Triduum. I encourage you to utilize the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Rice Bowl and Lenten calendar that went home in today’s purple envelope. These two tools will help your family journey through Lent together by practicing prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. The CRS Rice Bowl Calendar contains a prayer or reflection for your family for each day of Lent.

There really is a wealth of digital tools available to foster prayer, reflection, and a sense of focus during your Lenten journeys. Here are my favorites; pick one and use it with your family throughout Lent! First and foremost, I encourage you to download the CRS Rice Bowl app for daily Lenten reflections, recipes, and a way to track your Lenten sacrifices. I also encourage you to sign up for emails from Bishop Barron’s daily Gospel reflections during Lent and Mathew Kelly/Dynamic Catholic’s “Best Lent Ever”. These emails are a great way to center yourself and start each day of Lent rooted in faith. Additionally, the USCCB has a fantastic Lenten Calendar with readings, reflections, prayers, and actions for each day.

After serving as a faculty member in our school for 29 years, Ms. Berning will be retiring at the end of this school year. In a constantly evolving technological landscape, we have been so blessed to have Ms. Berning working with our students. I am so grateful for her ability to continually inspire students to grow their educational technology skills. Please thank Ms. Berning for her contributions to our school. She will be missed! We will be hiring a full-time technology specialist. Please spread the word and encourage anyone you may know with a background in tech support and tech education to apply for the position.

Lenten Blessings,

Connor Geraghty


Calendar for the week

Thursday - 02/15 - Grades 3-6 to OJP busses leave @ 9:30 AM

Girls Basketball GAME CANCELED

Friday - 02/16 - All School Mass @ 9:00 AM

Monday - 02/19 - NO SCHOOL - President's Day

Thursday - 02/22 - Girls Basketball vs OB Red @ 3:30 PM

Friday - 02/23 - All School Mass @ 9:00 AM

Yoyo Assembly - 10:15 AM

Passport Club check day

News from the Health Room

Hello St. Mike’s families! As we strive to keep ourselves and our families free from illness, we should continue to practice some fundamental things:

· Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.


· Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue away after use and wash your hands. If a tissue is not available, cover your mouth and nose with your sleeve, not your hand.

· Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

· Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.

· Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill.

Our students also practice healthy initiatives through routine cleaning of their desks at the end of each day, and throughout the day, as needed. Once students have left for the day, our teachers go through their classroom and use disinfecting wipes to wipe down the desks. Custodial staff ensure all high-touch hard surfaces are disinfected.

Reminding your children to practice personal hygiene, such as frequent hand-washing, is important in preventing illness and the spread of germs. Stay healthy!

A world ranked yoyo performer is stopping by St. Mikes next week!

Hunter Feuerstein will share his amazing and unique talent with our students at a short assembly on 2/23 before heading to Seattle to compete in the 2018 PNW Regional Yoyo Competition. He is a 2-time Arizona State Champion, ranked 2nd on the West Coast, 8th in the nation and 35th in the entire world for his choreographed routines—with a yoyo! And he is just 13 years old!

Yoyos will be available after the performance for $10 each. Please send the completed form (see link below) with $10 cash or check (made out to Hunter Feuerstein) to school by February 20th if you'd like to purchase a yoyo. Color choices are red, blue, green, and black.

School Fees Reminder!

This is just a reminder that all school fees, including tuition, need to be paid in a timely manner. Please remember that band is $31.50 a month and athletic fees are $25 per sport.

Please review your recent Fees & Service Hours Statement for your balance.

Also remember to turn in your stewardship hour forms - and don't forget to sign them!

We have a lot of stewardship forms that are missing a signature. Please call the office with any questions. Thank you!

Volunteer and Visitor sign in reminder

Just a reminder that everyone who needs to come into the school building before 3:00 PM needs to sign in at the office. That includes anyone that wants to have lunch in the lunch room. You need to come to the office to sign in and get a visitor sticker before you head over to the lunch room. Thank you!

Lost and Found! Last chance!

Please check out our lost and found cabinet by February 16th! Anything remaining in the closet will be donated to St. Vincent de Paul. Thank you!

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Pope John Paul II Track & Field Camp

Hosted by the coaches and athletes of JPII Track and Field

March 10th at St. Martin's Track & Field Complex

$60 - one camper registration

$100 - two camper registration

Email to register, or register online at Registration ends February 23rd.

Parish Fare for a Heart Healthy Lent - Feed your Soul with PRAYER

During the season of Lent we are invited to spend more time with God in prayer. To facilitate this effort we are offering a series of introductory prayer experiences. This PRAYER FARE is for you to sample a few of the many prayer forms that are available. You are encouraged to participate in as many as you'd like.

Click the link below for the Prayer Fare flyer

S.M.A.R.T. Auction News! Save the date!

Save the Date for Cinco in the Sand! May 5th at Indian Summer Golf and Country Club. Invitations will be sent home in March.

Our next Dollar Jump/Nickel Grab is tomorrow! During Lent, Mrs. Quebedeaux will draw names in her classroom and the winning students will come to her classroom to participate in the Dollar Jump/Nickel Grab.

Amazon Wishlist

Shop off of our Amazon Wishlist for an easy and quick way to meet your $150 procurement requirement.

Please contact Vicky Byrd at if you have any questions.

Thanks so much for your support!

We need your help!

The S.M.A.R.T. Auction team has several opportunities for you to share your time and talent! And we are making it even easier for you to sign up! We are using SignUpGenius to fill the spots that we need to help plan the auction.

Click on the link below to view all of our opportunities!

Please contact Roberta McGill with any questions.

Click here to volunteer for the auction w/ SignUpGenius

To sign up for a slot - put a checkmark next to "Sign Up" and then scroll to the bottom and click on "Submit and Sign Up".

Expanding Your Horizons - Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Conference for Girls in 6th, 7th & 8th Grade

The Expanding your Horizons EYH Thurston County (http:// will be holding its 29th annual STEM conference for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls on Saturday, March 10, 2018 on the South Puget Sound Community College campus. In case you are not familiar with Expanding Your Horizons (EYH), it is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to introduce girls to careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). The EYH conference runs a half-day annual conference with exciting hands-on workshops for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls led by women professionals in STEM fields. The conference is very affordable (just $15.00) and offers many full scholarships to the event.

The ultimate goal is to motivate girls to become innovative and creative thinkers, ready to meet 21st century challenges by providing them with professional women role models.

Please consider this opportunity.

~ Paul Kuss, St. Mike’s Science

Facebook page: ThurstonEYH


Please move all the way forward when dropping off your children in the morning and in the afternoon. DO NOT PARK IN THE PICKUP LINE AND WALK YOUR CHILDREN INTO THE SCHOOL! Please park in a parking spot if you need to walk your child into the school. Parking anywhere other than a parking spot can create a danger for our children. It also causes a traffic jam that can unnecessarily make other families late. Please share this information with anyone that picks up or drops off your children. Thank you for doing your part to ensure that we have a safe and efficient parking lot!

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