Hark! The Herald

Friday, November 15, 2019

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Students in 2nd and 3rd grade enjoy a special visit

from Lizi Rosenberg from the Brattleboro Coop

Important Dates and Reminders

Thursday, November 21: Dress Down/Snack Bar to Benefit Grades 6/7/8

Friday and Saturday, November 23-24: Saint Michael Parish Christmas Bazaar, all proceeds to benefit the parish. Get some of your holiday shopping done early.

November 27-29: Thanksgiving Break- NO SCHOOL!

Wednesday, December 11: Early Release for Teacher In-Service NEASC Day

Thursday December 12: Christmas Concert and Cookie Swap - 6pm in Rand Hall

We still need 4 students to volunteer for November collections this Sunday morning

Click Here to Sign Up For November Mass Collections

We need 12 student volunteers every month to help with collections at each of the three masses. Please look at the time slots and see if you can help out in the months ahead.

All students were sent home with an RSVP like the one below. Please return them all at the beginning of next week.

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We are trying to anticipate how many meals to prepare for the Thanksgiving Feast. Ingredients need to be ordered early next week so please let us know by Tuesday, November 19th at the latest if you plan to order hot lunch for your student(s) that day.

Thank you so much for your support!

Thank you to Lizi Rosenberg for another wonderful presentation this past week with our 2nd and 3rd grade students!

From the Desk of Mrs. Lynn King:

As we begin to study the Native Americans, the New World, and the Pilgrims, it is with great joy to welcome Lizi from the Brattleboro COOP. To make the cooking lesson relevant to our lessons, she combined a brief history and math lesson as she helped the students make Johnnycakes. Johnnycakes were also called Journey Cakes by the early settlers. In our 2/3 class, students learned how to make butter from heavy cream in a mason jar. The Johnnycakes were topped with the delicious homemade butter, locally sourced maple syrup, and mixed berry jam.

We thank Lizi and the Brattleboro Food COOP for supporting our students and providing them with new foods to prepare and sample!

If you are interested in trying out this recipe with your own family, we have included it below.

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Project Feed the Thousands Food Drive is Underway

Mike and Liana Capra of Summit Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM stopped by this week to deliver the Jeep and Boy, is is beautiful!!!

Classrooms all have donation bins and we will have out first weigh in next week.

We have attached a copy of the suggested shopping list for items to donate. We encourage families to pick up 1, 2 or even 10 items each week- whatever your budget and your shopping cart can manage. Small contributions made weekly by the whole school will really add up.

If you are unable to send in non-perishable food, you are welcome to send in a monetary donation instead.

Thank you for supporting this very important food drive for our community neighbors.

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Yearbook Club Began This Week

Students in grades 6-12 were invited to join the all new Yearbook Club, led by Mrs. Gauthier.

For the first meeting, she shared with students her own experiences in yearbook publication, and challenged all of the students to think about their own interests and strengths. The students discussed what was important to them in a yearbook, and how to make sure everyone in the school was included in the end product.

Mrs Gauthier is looking to recruit students for event coverage and photographs of daily activities here at SMS. There will be lots of decisions to be made, and layouts to be planned and executed. So far, we have 18 students who have stepped up to help out in some way.... Stay tuned for what looks to be our best yearbook yet!

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Do you have an old chess set lying around you could donate?

New Chess Club Beginning Next Week on Wednesday

We are launching a chess club for students, based upon a lot of interest after the soccer season ended. Anyone in grades 2-12 are invited to participate. Students interested in participating do not need to have any experience playing chess, just a willingness to learn and make new friends. We ask that older and/or more experienced players be willing to take on leadership roles to teach the newer players as we get the club under way.

Students will have an opportunity to enjoy AMP together and then head upstairs to the Religious Education and Extended Care room for an hour of chess.

Do you have an old chess set lying around you could donate?

TONIGHT: enjoy an evening of Turkish Music, presented by the Nagme Quartet, featuring our very own Ms Ayla Clark!


Healing Turkish Music Concert

Friday, November 15, 2019

At 7:00-8:30 pm

Centre Congregational Church 193 Main Street Brattleboro, Vermont

Music doesn’t have national borders. It can’t be so easily constrained. Music grows, it travels, and it resonates.

This concert is a benefit concert for elderly. It is open to the public by donations. The music will be performed is contemporary expression of the beauty of modality from Turkey and from the various East Mediterranean traditions. Turkish music which is modal music that based around tones or modes.

Dr. Ayla Clark is master of Turkish Music, and “Kanun” instrument. She is music psychotherapist, musician, educator, composer, singer, founder of Southern Vermont Music Therapy organization.

“Kanun” Instrument is the piano of Turkish music which has 75 strings and it is in the same family as a harp instrument. “Kanun” is played in Middle East, North Africa, Southeastern regions of Europe and Central Asia.

Volkan Efe, “Ud”, “Tanbur”, “Ney”, “kanun” instrument player. He performs with Orkestra Marhaba and with other Turkish Music ensembles in Boston area. He is also a member of Cambridge Musiki Cemiyeti.

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

Tom Robertson, percussionist, folk dancer, singer. He performs with several bands.

Open to the public by donations

Sponsor: New England Turkish Music & Music Therapy Org.

Benefit Dinner tomorrow night for Carry Me Home

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Parent Volunteers Needed

  • Thank you to everyone who has brought in tissues and cough drops.

  • Do you have a great cookie recipe you can share as part of our Cookie Swap next month? Let us know in the office if you can participate

  • If you plan to drive or chaperone for Winter Sports, please check in with the office to make sure you are all set. This process can take a few weeks. It would be fantastic if we could have everyone ready to roll by early December.

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, Hannaford has 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

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 menu for home.

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Community Events and Information

New England Center for Circus Arts Upcoming Calendar

Thank you very much for being a supporter of live, innovative theater in the form of circus. We invite you to enjoy more of what NECCA has to offer and this Fall season there is a lot to choose from!

Tickets and information at https://necenterforcircusarts.org/performances/

  • December 20-22: Flying Nut; 'Tis the Sea-son
  • March 7 & 8, 2020: Save the date for the 10th annual Circus Spectacular fundraising event at the Latchis Theater
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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 vocals, 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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