Hark! The Herald

Friday, January 25th, 2019

“Judge a man not by the color of his skin, but by the content of his character.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.

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A Reflection From Our Art Teacher, Mrs Pickering

As we study color and color schemes in art, each student was given a small rectangle this week containing only abstract black lines to color. The individual rectangles were then taped together to reveal a surprise (and colorful!) image of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for each class.

These art displays remind us of our beauty and uniqueness, and that no matter what we look like on the outside - no matter the color of our skin - we all deserve love and respect.

Important Dates and Reminders

Monday 1/28/19: Winter Sports

Friday 2/1/19: Early Release at 12 noon for Teacher In-service, aftercare available until 3pm

Lunch will be spaghetti with meat sauce, tossed salad, and fruit

Monday 2/4/19: Winter Sports

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

Monday 2/18 through 2/22/19 : No School- Winter Break!

Booster seats for your child on Mondays for Winter Sports.

Dear Parents:

We need to remind everyone to please make sure to drop off a booster seat for your child on Mondays for Winter Sports.

As a school, we must ensure 1) the safety of your children and 2) compliance with Vermont State Law. Where all Winter Sports activities are located in VT, we are compelled to follow VT law. Current Vermont Law states:

Child Car Seat Laws

  • All kids who weigh over 20 lbs and are 1 through 7 years old must ride in either a child safety seat or a booster seat.

  • Kids between 8 to 15 years old must ride in a child passenger restraint system, or use a seat belt.

**If your child does not normally use a booster seat in your own vehicle, but they fall within the 1-7 age range, we would ask that you make arrangements for the next few weeks to borrow from someone. If that cannot happen, please come speak with someone in the front office.

**If you simply forgot, please please come up with a way to remind yourself before driving away. Set an alarm or use a post it note on your child’s backpack etc.

Thank you so much for your understanding and cooperation.

Mark your calendars.... GO SAINTS!

We only have a few games left so please come out and support our basketball team if you are free!

Here is the schedule for the rest of the season:

1/29 4:00 White Oak Charter School @ Winston Prouty

209 Austine Drive Brattleboro, VT

1/31 4:00 Greenwood School @ Greenwood School

14 Greenwood Lane Putney, VT

2/5 3:30 Compass School @ Winston Prouty

209 Austine Drive Brattleboro, VT


Girls on the Run 2019 season starts the week of March 4th and we are looking for a few volunteer coaches!

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. We need your help to make this program a success!

If you are ready to make a difference in the lives of our girls, please consider volunteering as a coach! For more information, contact Tammy Richards at tamikoch1@yahoo.com.

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.

Fight the Winter Doldrums!

Fend off the winter doldrums and enjoy some good company and good conversation by joining the SMS Great Books Group. The GBG (GEE-BEE-GEE) is a newly formed adult reading group offering adults in the Saint Michael school and parish communities the opportunity to enjoy and be enriched by the great literature of western civilization. There is no cost or obligation to join the group.

The Great Books Reading group will meet next on Tuesday, January, 29, 2019 from 7:00 - 8:30 PM at St. Michael School to continue a discussion of Walter van Tilburg Clark’s classic short story The Portable Phonograph. Missed the first reading? No worries! Clark’s work is a short story and can easily be read in less than a hour. Copies are available at no cost at the back of the parish church or in the business office of saint Michael Catholic School. Come join us!

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... LOTS OF 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 January!

If you would like your child to have breakfast, please make sure they order it the day beforehand.

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Friday 2/1/19 Lunch

Lunch on Friday 2/1/19 will be spaghetti with meat sauce, tossed salad, and fruit

After School Meal Program

Attached, please find the after school meal program menu for the month of January.

This is a free meal program, sponsored by the state, and available to all students who stay after school for any reason.

Community Events




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!

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