Hark! The Herald

Friday, May 24th, 2019

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Today was a glorious day for a race!

The SMS Race for Education was held today on the Brattleboro Common... and boy was it a perfect day! The weather was beautiful, we have a great playlist of music to keep the energy up, and everyone had an amazing morning.

A huge thank you to Mrs Martin for her role in making this fundraiser come to life. She has worked tirelessly behind the scenes for months, along with her amazing committee of parent volunteers, to make sure today was perfect.

Thank you to everyone who donated, and to all the students and families who sought out sponsors for today's Race. To date, we have raised about $12,000 and donations keep coming in. Saint Michael School holds two major fundraisers each year to provide quality educational opportunities to our students, and to give tuition assistance to students who would otherwise be unable to attend SMS.

The website will continue to be open for donations until the end of the school year. You can encourage sponsors to visit the website: race4ed.com/sms on your Facebook page, on Instagram, Twitter, via emails and any other social media. Please please, spread the word. You may be surprised at who sponsors your child and supports our school!

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Important Dates and Reminders

This coming Monday, May 27th: Memorial Day, No school

Coming up in June

Friday, June 7th: Field Day at Spofford Lake!

**We will be looking for parent volunteers!

Please call the office to join us at Spofford Lake for a day of fun in the sun!**

Saturday, June 8th: Strolling of the Heifers

Monday, June 10th: full day of school

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

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Thank you to Rescue Inc. for making sure we had someone to tend to any injuries during the day.

We were so fortunate to have Adam Martin on site for the duration of the Race. Fortunately we only had a few minor scrapes, but no serious injuries.

Headquartered in Brattleboro, Vermont, Rescue Inc. is truly a community based, full service agency providing emergency medical care and transportation, specialized rescue services, injury prevention, and transfer of patients between hospitals for specialized care. Rescue Inc also provides training to our community and to other professional providers of emergency services. The agency provides service to thirteen Vermont and two New Hampshire communities over a territory of nearly 500 square miles.

Saint Michael Parish Upcoming Events

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.

Thank you to Brattleboro Country Club for bringing the golf course to us today!

And to all of our corporate sponsors for your generous support of the Race today!

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SMS Preschool Summer Program.

We have a few spots still open for three weeks of our

SMS Preschool Summer Program.

Registration forms are available in the office if you are interested. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Don: daydonharvey@smsvt.info.

Please note: There are 10 spots available per week.

Registration is on a first come, first served basis.

Thank you!

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Looking for some parent volunteers

Have you fulfilled your volunteer hours yet for the year? We have about 6 weeks left and lots of ways we can use help.

We have some exciting events on the horizon but they will require some parent helpers:

  • PLEASE check in with your teachers... they are all planning end of year class trips. They will need drivers and chaperones to accompany them. Many of them are seeking volunteers right now so please ask how you can help!
  • Race for Education on May 24th
  • Field Day is coming up... can you help out!? Friday June 7th.
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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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Other Community Events And Opportunities

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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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