News and Announcements

Please check this page regularly for updates on news and events at St. Michael's.  Click on the plus sign to read the full text of an article.

Around Campus

Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

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Honor Roll and Report Cards

Report cards for students in kindergarten through eighth grade are available on the Parent Portal starting Friday, June 16. Congratulations to the following 6th through 8th grade students for their excellent work during the second semester, earning them academic honors.

Sixth Grade

 

  • High Honors: Jane, Mate, Hayley, and Emil R
  • Honors: Kylee, Jack G, Nathaniel, Luke, Francesco, Silvio, and Emile Z
  • Merit: Jacob B, John, Jack F, Cooper, Nicholas, Daryn, Tyler, Patrick, Jake, and Ava

 

Seventh Grade

 

  • High Honors: Madisyn, Paige, Lauren, and Brandon
  • Honors: Emma May, Cate, Christian, Alexys, Tarka, Abigail, Sam, Zach S, Nick, and Olivia W
  • Merit: Isabella, Charlie, Andrew, Hudson, Simone, and Cody

 

Eighth Grade

 

  • High Honors: Violet, Emma, Peter, and Sophia
  • Honors: Chet, Ja'Lece, Haanya, Annika, Bill, and Daniella
  • Merit: Summer, Jordan, Tara, Alden, Carlo P, and Matteo

Summer Office Hours

The St. Michael's school office will be open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9am to 3pm during the summer.  The office will be closed the week of July 3.

Support St. Michael's by Shopping on Amazon

St. Michael's is now registered with Amazon Smiles.  Click on this link to register your Amazon account with Amazon Smiles and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to St. Michael's School. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.  This is an easy way to help support St. Michael's while you shop.

Summer Homework

Information on the summer homework for students entering first through eighth grade in September 2017 was emailed to parents from Katie Abbott.  You can also locate the information on the Summer Homework page of the website.  Don't forget that all students in those grades need to sign and return the Summer Homework Contract to the office before the end of school.

Important Dates for 2017-18 School Year

For planning purposes, here is a list of important dates for the 2017-18 school year.

  • Faculty Work Days: August 28-31
  • ECE New Parent Orientation: August 31
  • Middle School Orientation: August 31
  • First Day of School: September 6
  • Thanksgiving Break: November 20-24
  • Christmas Break: December 21-January 7
  • Winter Break: February 16-23
  • Easter Break: March 30 - April 9
  • Last Day of School: June 7

Also, during the 2017-18 school year, there will be early dismissal at 2:30pm on Wednesdays.

Uniform Sale and Update

True Grits School Uniforms is now Parker School Uniforms, and they will be hosting a special sale in June for St. Michael's families. The sale will be online and in store from June 15 to June 30. This year they have changed the discount tier to allow a maximum discount of 20%!  Below you will find flyers about the sale and name change. TO LOCATE OUR UNIFORMS on their website, search for St. Michaels Episcopal Day, Carmichael.

Also, there will be a few uniform changes and additions for next year.  There will be an optional blue cardigan for girls that can be purchased from Parker School Uniforms.  Also, girls in third, fourth and fifth grade will be moving from the white blouse to white or blue polo shirts.  They will be able to wear either the regular cut or girl cut polo. For the 2017-18 school year, the girls in third, fourth and fifth grade will have the option of wearing either the white blouse or a blue or white school polo shirt, but during the 2018-19 school year, girls in those grades will wear the polos only.

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News Archive

Baccalaureate

Thank you to St. Michael's Church for the beautiful Baccalaureate service on Sunday, celebrating the class of 2017.

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Middle School Finals Information

Middle school finals are coming up.  The eighth grade will start their finals on Thursday, June 1, while the fifth, sixth and seventh grades will begin on Friday, June 2. The finals schedule is posted on the fifth through eighth grade class pages.  There will be high school tutors on campus to work with students on Monday, June 5 from 1-2:30pm and Tuesday, June 6 from 1:50-2:35pm.  If your student would like to review with a tutor, please have them contact their homeroom teacher.

Backpacks

Students in all grades, please consider donating your backpacks to students in need at the end of this week.  So many of the St. Michael's students have backpacks that are still in good condition, and there are students at Starr King who could use them next year.  If you plan on getting your child a new backpack for next school year, the student council would love to take the current one off your hands.  Even if there is a name embroidered on the bag, we will accept it.  If you plan to donate a backpack, please clean it, empty it, and bring it to school on the last day of classes, this Thursday, and leave it in the lobby of the iMAST building.  You may also bring it to the classroom when you arrive for graduation on Thursday evening.  Please see Mrs. Abbott if you have any questions.

K-8 Graduation Ceremony

On Thursday, June 8, students in Kindergarten through 8th grade return in the evening for the all-school (K-8th) Graduation/Awards Ceremony.  The ceremony begins PROMPTLY at 6:30pm.  The children should assemble in their classrooms promptly at 6:10pm.   Please remember that this is a required school event for students in Kindergarten through eighth grade.

Graduation is a dress-up occasion:

  • Girls wear appropriate dress or skirt and blouse. No dresses with spaghetti straps or strapless dresses. Dresses and skirts must be appropriate for church, which includes modest length.
  • Boys wear dress shirt with tie (jacket optional) and hair nearly trimmed.

 

June 8: Early Dismissal, Free Dress and NO AFTER_SCHOOL EXTENDED CARE

Thursday, June 8 is the Last Day of School

  • Thursday, June 8 is a free dress day
  • Class Dismissal Times: K-2nd at 11:30am, 3rd and 4th at 11:35am, and 5th and 6th at 11:40am, and 7th and 8th at 11:45am. 
  • Please note that there is no extended care after school on the last day of school, so all children will need to be picked up at the dismissal time. There will be morning extended.

 

June Lunch Menu

The June lunch menu is now online, so be sure to go online to order lunches.

Box Top Results

Thank you to everyone who brought in box tops throughout this school year.  As a school, we collected 6,029 box tops this year.  That means that we raised $602.90 for our school library!  Great job!  Congratulations to the third grade for bringing in 294 box tops for this final collection.  They received the spirit stick and popsicles for their efforts. Please continue to collect box tops this summer.  Our first collection next school year will be in October.

Musical Instruments

While students are encouraged to keep their instruments over the summer in order to keep practicing, we know many families may wish to return rented instruments.  Instruments may be returned starting after school on Thursday, June 1. If you rented your instrument from Tim's Music, please be aware that they are in the process of moving.  The Marconi store closed on Friday, May 26, and they are planning to open at their new location (6818 Fair Oaks Blvd.) on June 3.

High School Volunteers Needed

If you know a St. Michael’s alumni who would be interested in helping tutor students for finals, please have them contact Annie Kaplon at annie@pilatessacramento.com.  The times for tutoring are Monday, June 5 from 1-2:30pm and Tuesday, June 6 from 1:50-2:35pm.

Open House

Congratulations to all the students and teachers on a fantastic Open House!

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School Closed for Memorial Day Weekend

St. Michael’s will be closed Friday, May 26 through Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day weekend.  School will resume on Tuesday, May 30.

Open House and Early Dismissal

Thursday, May 25 is St. Michael's Open House.  In order to prepare for this evening, students in kindergarten through eighth grade will have an early dismissal day (K-2nd grade will be dismissed at 11:30am; 3rd and 4th grade will be dismissed at 11:35am; 5th and 6th will be dismissed at 11:40am; and 7th and 8th will be dismissed at 11:45am).  There will be extended care for kindergarten through eighth grade, but there will be no lunch served in the cafeteria. There will be no school or extended care for ECE on that day. 

Open House will be from 6 to 7:30pm.  This is an event for the entire family, and we encourage you to visit the ECE Art Show, as well as all the classrooms around campus.  The students have been working hard all year and are excited to show off their projects and work to everyone.

There will also be dinner served in the courtyard by the cafeteria starting at 6:45pm.

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Spring Concert

On Wednesday, May 17 the kindergarten through fourth grades performed their Spring Concert in iMAST.  The fourth grade band performed a song on their instruments. This was followed by songs from the entire group and individual songs by each grade.  Thank you to Ms. Davis and Mr. Bolt for their hard work getting the students ready for the performance!

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5th-8th Grade Spring Concert

The Spring Concert for fifth through eighth grade will be on Wednesday, May 24 at 8:15am in the iMAST.

Photo Wall

You can pick up your photo wall orders from the auction in the front office starting Wednesday, May 3.

Volunteer Hours

As we near the end of the school year, it is time to be sure to enter all the volunteer hours you have done for the school.  Remember class parties, lunchroom, field trips, grandparents club, Parents Club events and meetings, library, garden, snack bar and door for games, and donating to events all count for hours.  You can enter your hours using this form.

If you have any questions, please email Kendra Malek at kendramalek@smeds.com.

Student Council Officers

Congratulations to the Student Council Officers for the 2017-18 school year:

  • President: Cole
  • Vice President: Luke
  • Secretary: Mak
  • Treasurer: Demi
  • Special Events: Jack and Emil

 

Student Council Officer Election

It is Election Week at St. Michael’s!  On Friday, there will be an election assembly at 10:30am in the iMAST building where candidates will give their speeches.  Parents are welcome to attend. All first graders through seventh graders will then return to their classrooms to cast their votes for next year’s student council officers.  The winning candidates’ names will be posted on the front gates at the end of the day on Friday.  Best of luck to all of the students who are running for office!

Spring Sports Awards Night

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May Lunch Menu Now Online

The May lunch menu is now online.  Remember that to get the lowest price you should order by May 10.

K-4th Grade Spring Concert

The Spring Concert for kindergarten through fourth grade will be on Wednesday, May 17 at 8:15am in the iMAST.

 

Middle School Field Trips

This week the sixth, seventh, and eighth graders are on their spring trips.  The sixth grade is visiting Catalina Island, while the seventh grade is in Huntsville, Alabama at Space Camp.  The eighth grade is visiting the East Coast, including Washington DC, Philadelphia, and New York.

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Parents Club Officers

The Parents Club is pleased to announce the candidates for Parents Club officers for the 2017-18 school year.  Please join us on Friday, May 12 at 8:15am in the cafeteria for the final Parents Club meeting of the year where we will vote on the slate of candidates.

Nominees for 2017-18 Parents Club

President:  Angie Meyer
VP: 
Kristen Shill
Treasurer: 
Chris Dariotis
Secretary: 
Tiffany Patel

High School Summer Camps

St. Francis, Jesuit, and Christian Brothers all have summer camps.  Below you will find flyers for their camps, and you can click on the high school name below to go to their website. 

 

 

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ECE Mothers' Day Tea

On Wednesday, the ECE students celebrated their moms during the annual Mothers' Day Tea.  The students dressed in chef hats and aprons and welcomed their moms to a delicious meal in the cafeteria.  They also sang songs and gave their moms gifts.  It was a wonderful morning!

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Recycling

It is time to bring in your CA CRV recyclable aluminum cans, plastic, and glass bottles for the 3rd and 4th grade service learning project. The drive is taking place this week (April 25-28). The recycling items you bring in should be bagged and left in front of the classrooms for the 3rd and 4th graders to collect. Thank you for your help and participation!
 

Dragon Athletics

Here are some upcoming athletic events:

  • Wednesday, May 3: The Girls Flag Football Team will play at St. Patricks at 5pm and 6:15pm.
  • Wednesday, May 3: The Boys Volleyball White team (7th and 6th grade) will play at St. Michael's at 5pm.

Come out and support our Dragon athletes!

 

Mite Box Thank You

Thank you to all St. Michael's students who worked hard during Lent to earn money for Operation Haiti Lunchbox.  As a school, we earned $2,555.00 for our Lenten mite boxes which will be donated to children in Terre Cassee, Haiti.  Our donation of $2,555 will provide over 1,700 hot lunches for students in Haiti!

Garden Work Day - Sunday, April 30

Looking for a fun way to spend your Sunday?  Come and help with St. Michael's garden work day on Sunday, April 30 at noon.

Dragon Athletics

Here are some upcoming athletic events:

  • Sunday, April 23: The Track and Field Team will have a meet at Jesuit High School at 1pm.
  • Tuesday, April 25: The Golf Team will have a scrimmage at Haggin Oaks.
  • Wednesday, April 26: The Girls Flag Football Team will play at St. Patricks at 5pm.
  • Wednesday, April 26: The Boys Volleyball Blue team (8th and 6th grade) will play at St. Michael's at 6pm.
  • Friday, April 28: The Girls Flag Football Team will play at St. Patricks at 6:15pm.
  • Saturday, April 29: The Golf Team will play in the CB Invitational
  • Sunday, April 30: The Track and Field Team will compete in the JV PAL Championships at Jesuit High School at 10am.

Come out and support our Dragon athletes!

 

Spring After School Enrichment for K-8

There will be one last session of after school enrichment classes this school year beginning the week of April 26.  Students can sign up for a dessert only ceramics class or art with Ms. Hackard.  For more information or to sign up, please see the forms below.

 

 

 

Olympics and More!

Thursday, April 13 was a busy day on campus.  The fourth through eighth grade heard from five St. Michael's alum during the Sportsmanship Assembly. The alum spoke about participating in high school sports and gave advice to the students based on their experience.  Then there was the Spring Rally which introduced the spring sports teams and included some fun races.  The day cluminated with our annual Olympics and a victory by Team Scrabble.

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Screenagers

How Does Screen Time Impact Your Child? What Can You Do as a Parent?

St. Michael’s and Del Dayo Elementary are sponsoring a showing of the documentary SCREENAGERS on Wednesday, April 26 at 7pm.  It will be shown at Del Dayo Elementary School (1301 McClaren Drive, Carmichael).  The showing is free, but we would like you to RSVP using this form so we have an idea of how many people will be attending.

SCREENERS uses poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, to reveal how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.  To view the official trailer, click here.

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Easter Recess

School will be closed for Easter Break beginning on Friday, April 14 and will go through Monday, April 24.  School will begin on Tuesday, April 25.

Dragon Athletics

This week you can watch both boys volleyball, the girls football, golf and the track team in action.

 

  • Saturday, April 8: The Golf Team will be playing the in CB Masters Tournament at Haggin Oaks.
  • Sunday, April 9: The Track and Field Team will have a meet at Jesuit High School at 1pm.
  • Wednesday, April 12: The Boys Volleyball White team (7th and 6th grade) will play at St. Michael's at 5pm.
  • Wednesday, April 12: The Boys Volleyball Blue team (8th and 6th grade) will play at St. Michael's at 6pm. 
  • Sunday, April 23: The Track and Field Team will have a meet at Jesuit High School at 1pm.

Come out and support our Dragon athletes!

 

Benefit Auction News

We are thrilled to announce that the 2017 Benefit Auction was a huge success!  We have spent the past few weeks since the event tying up the details and are pleased to announce that we were able to raise more than $265,000 for our school and programs.  While it is impossible to name all the incredibly talented and dedicated people who made this event possible we owe a huge thank you to our outstanding chair, Brenda Deary, for her countless hours planning, organizing, and creating this memorable event.  Brenda was assisted by her live auction, silent auction, fixed price, and teacher features chairs who worked so hard to secure the wonderful items, and by the underwriting team who was so successful obtaining sponsorships. Thank you to our spectacular art department teachers for helping to create the student art, and to all of our teachers and staff for offering the enormously popular teacher features.  Thank you as well to the team of volunteers who contacted sponsors, sold raffle tickets, created the photo wall and the video, and worked that night handing out items and to the talented vibe team who created the beautiful atmosphere that transformed the venue.  And finally, thank you to the incredible donors, sponsors, attendees, and purchasers for helping to make this event a success.

Middle School Honor Roll

Congratulations to the following 6th through 8th grade students for their excellent work during the third quarter, earning them academic honors.

Sixth Grade

 

  • High Honors: Jane, Mate, Hayley, and Emil R
  • Honors: Kylee, Nathaniel, Luke, Daryn, Francesco, Silvio, and Emile Z
  • Merit: Jacob B, Devan, Parker, John, Jack F, Jack G, Cooper, Nicholas, Grace, Patrick, Jake, and Ava

 

Seventh Grade

 

  • High Honors: Madisyn, Paige, Lauren, Abby, Brandon, and Nick
  • Honors: Emma May, Cate, Isabella, Christian, Tarka, Zach S, and Olivia W
  • Merit: Cole, Alexys, Charlie, Evan, Hudson, Ross, Sam, Simone, Cody, Olivia, and Ava

 

Eighth Grade

 

  • High Honors: Violet, Emma, Peter, and Sophia
  • Honors: Summer, Chet, Ja’Lece, Haanya, AJ, Annika, and Daniella
  • Merit: Jordan, Tara, Grace, Jay, Hannah, Tyler, Ali, Carlo P, Matteo, and Bill

 

 

Olympics

The annual Olympics will be held on Thursday, April 13.  Each child in kindergarten through eighth grade has been assigned to a team (which are posted around in the gym window).  The Olympics is a free dress day, and students should come in a t-shirt that matches the color or theme of their team (Team Scrabble should wear red, Team Monopoly is black, Team Candyland is pink, and Team Life should wear their choice of pastel blue, purple, green or yellow).  All students should wear appropriate athletic shoes. 

Also, all the students will be served pizza for lunch as part of the Olympics Day.  You only need to send a lunch with your child if he or she does not want pizza.  The Olympics will begin after lunch at 12:15, and parents are welcome to come watch. The Olympics will end at about 2:30, but please note that it is NOT an early dismissal day. If you would like to take your child home after Olympics, you need to go back to the classroom and check out with your classroom or homeroom teacher.

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Thursday is also the Sportsmanship Assembly for grades 4-8 at 10:30am in the gym and the Spring Rally for all students at 11:00am.

SMArt Museum

The 5th grade class just finished up their unit on the book Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett. The book is about a missing Vermeer, and the students were inspired to create their own art museum featuring tableaux of famous Vermeer paintings, art created by the students in the style of famous artists, art by our art teacher Ms. Hackard, and hands on stations where visitors could make art themselves.

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Middle School Report Cards

Report cards for students in fifth through eighth grade will be available on the parent portal at 3pm on Wednesday, April 5.

Spring Sports Photos Wednesday, April 5

Photos for the spring sports teams (golf, track and field, volleyball, and flag football) will be Wednesday after school.  Players should bring their full uniforms.

April Menu

The lunch menu for April is now online, so you can go and order lunch now.

Spring Concert Information

In order to allow students time to showcase both their singing and musical instruments, the Spring Concert will be done in two parts this year.  Students in kindergarten through fourth grade will perform on Wednesday, May 17 from 8:15 to 9am in the iMAST Building.  The fifth through eighth grade will perform on Wednesday, May 24 from 8:15 to 9am in the iMAST Building.  Students will perform in their school uniforms, and family and friends are welcome to attend the concerts.

Mite Box Info from Chaplain Walker

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Shakespeare Festival

Tuesday 6th, 7th and 8th grade had their dress rehearsals.  The 6th grade play is Omelette: Chef of Denmark, which is a comedy about Shakespeare that includes elements of Macbeth and Hamlet, while the 7th grade performed As You Like It. The 8th grade is performing Henry V. 

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Fixed Price - Free Dress and More

You can still go on the auction website to order Free Dress (kindergarten through eighth grade) or purchase tickets to the Poker Party or San Francisco Ladies Trip. You can also order these items by emailing Sue Abbott at sueabbott@smeds.com.  The date for the Benefit Auction Free Dress is Friday, April 7.

2017-2018 Parent Participation Form

Here is the link to the 2017-18 Parent Participation Form that should be filled out by all returning families (one per household).  You can access it here, in the Parent Portal, or from the email sent to you by Dyan Carey.

Dragon Athletics

This week you can watch both boys volleyball, the girls football, and the track team in action.

  • Wednesday, March 29: The Boys Volleyball White team (7th and 6th grade) will play at St. Michael's at 5pm.
  • Wednesday, March 29: The Boys Volleyball Blue team (8th and 6th grade) will play at St. Michael's at 6pm. Game Cancelled - New Date TBA
  • Friday, March 31: The Girls Flag Football team will play at St. Patrick at 3:45pm. 
  • Sunday, April 2: The Track and Field Team will have a meet at Jesuit High School at 1pm.

Come out and support our Dragon athletes!

Shakespeare Festival

The Shakespeare Festival is coming up next week. The 6th and 7th grade will perform on Wednesday, March 29 at 7pm, while the 8th grade will perform on Thursday, March 30 at 7pm. The 6th grade play is Omelette: Chef of Denmark, which is a comedy about Shakespeare that includes elements of Macbeth and Hamlet, while the 7th grade will perform As You Like It. The 8th grade will be doing Henry V.  The three classes have been hard at work and are excited to perform for an audience, and everyone is invited to attend.  The classes will also perform for students during the school day on Wednesday, March 29 (6th grade at 8:45am and 7th grade at 1:15pm) and Thursday, March 30 (8th grade at 8:45am).  If you cannot attend the evening performances and would like to see the plays, you are welcome to come to one of the school day shows.

Mother Son Thank You!

Thank you to Sandy Malaney and Chyrissee Lee for organizing an action-packed Mother/Son event. Moms and sons had a great time playing laser tag. Save your photo frames--you will get a copy of the photo you took at the entrance.

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Dragon Athletics

The spring sports are starting up, and this week you can watch both boys volleyball and girls football.

 

  • Wednesday, March 22: The Boys Volleyball White team (7th and 6th grade) will play at St. Michael's at 5pm.
  • Wednesday, March 22: The Boys Volleyball Blue team (8th and 6th grade) will play at St. Michael's at 6pm.
  • Friday, March 24: The Girls Flag Football team will play at St. Patrick at 5pm. Cancelled due to weather.  

Come out and support our Dragon athletes!

 

Graduation Time Change

The kindergarten through eighth grade graduation ceremony will still be held on Thursday, June 8, but it will now begin at 6:30pm instead of 7pm.

Head of School Day

In honor of outstanding achievement by the 8th grade class, I hereby declare Tuesday, March 21, as “Head of School Day” in recognition of our eighth graders who have been accepted into the following high schools:

 

  • Choate Rosemary Hall
  • Christian Brothers High School
  • Deerfield Academy
  • Hotchkiss
  • Jesuit High School
  • Liceo Don Bosco
  • Phillips Academy Andover
  • Phillips Exeter Academy
  • Rio Americano High School
  • Santa Catalina School
  • St. Francis High School
  • St. Paul’s School

 

We congratulate our eighth grade students, and acknowledge their hard work and commitment to excellence. March 21 will be a school wide Free Dress Day in celebration of our outstanding Graduating Class of 2017. Eighth graders will be encouraged to wear a logo shirt for their high school.

CONGRATULATIONS, CLASS OF 2017!

True Grits Sale Friday

The change to Spring uniforms is coming up on Monday, Apri 3.  The True Grits sale this Friday is a great chance to get ready for the change.

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Travel Back in Time

On Friday, March 10 the 4th grade went on a field trip to the Rhoads School House in Elk Grove where they got to experience what it was like to go to school in the 1870s.

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School Nurse/Doctor Update

St. Michael's is delighted to introduce the newest member of our school office team beginning April 3, and welcome Dr. Ulrike Savage as our new “School Doctor”. Please see the letter below from Dr. Savage.

Dear St. Michael’s Families,

As you are well aware, Anne Harty is leaving her position as the St. Michael’s school nurse.  I am so very happy to be following in her footsteps and taking on the role of the St. Michael’s school healthcare provider.  I would like to introduce myself.  My name is Ulrike Savage, and my daughter Hannah is a St. Michael’s kindergartner this year.  I am a physician by training and worked as an obstetrician-gynecologist before deciding to put my career on hold and focus on raising my children.  I am incredibly grateful and excited for the opportunity to provide healthcare and health education for our St. Michael’s students.  I look forward to learning the ins and outs of the position from Anne as she transitions to her new career, and to getting to know all of you in order to provide the best care that I can for your children while they are in school.  Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions that you may have.

Sincerely,

Ulrike Savage, MD

Thank You To Our Benefit Auction Underwriters and Sponsors

A big thank you to the companies and individuals who sponsored this year's Benefit Auction!

Platinum $5,000

 

 

Gold $3,500-$4,900

 

 

Silver $2,500-$3,499

 

 

Bronze $1,500-$2,499

 

 

Diamond $1,000-$1,499

 

  • Carol Wieckowski Dreyer and Roger Dreyer*
  • The Giza Family
  • Kristine and Richard Hyde*

 

Pearl $500-$999

 

  • The Halimi Family
  • Jennifer and Josh  Pulliam*
  • Mary Lou Stone

 

Ruby $250-$499

 

  • Michelle and Philip Bernstein MD
  • Kelley and Jack Downey*
  • Fritz and Mary Heise
  • Jim and Jane McArdle
  • Robert and Gail McMichael*
  • Melissa and John Richards
  • Bonnie and Fred Stroock
  • Jessica and Michael Tate*

 

Garnet $1-$249

 

  • Dr. Michael and Joyce Eandi
  • Carmen and Earl Garcia
  • Kendra and Jonathan  Malek
  • Cheryl and Ron Scatena

 

* St. Michael’s Board of Trustees Members

St. Patrick's Day Free Dress

Friday, March 17 is a St. Patrick's Free Dress Day!  Students may come to school in green attire.  If they do not have green clothing, they must be in the school uniform.

Mother Son Event

Get ready for action!  This year’s Mother/Son event will be held at Lasertag of Carmichael (6031 Fair Oaks Blvd.) on Thursday, March 16 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  $20 adults/$15 kids, includes 2 games, pizza and drinks.  Please turn in your form and payment by Friday, March 10.  Any questions, please contact Chyrissee Lee at chyrissee@gmail.com (916) 813-0546 or Sandy Malaney sandymalaney@hotmail.com.

March Menu Online

You can now order lunches for March online.  Please remember to order by the 10th to get the best price.

Anne Harty's Presentation

If you missed Anne Harty's presentation about helping students handle stress in a healthy way, you can view a narrated version of her slide presentation on YouTube until March 15. You can also view her list of do's and don'ts and her list of sources.

Kindergarten through Fourth Grade Report Cards

Report cards for kindergarten through fourth grade will be available on Wednesday, March 8 at 3pm via the parent portal.

Boys' Uniform Reminder

Starting on March 6, the boys can wear either their uniform pants or shorts to school.

Photo Wall

The Photo Wall is available to view in the cafeteria from 8 to 8:30am every morning next week and from 3 to 3:45pm on Monday and Tuesday.  If you have any questions, please contact Kendra Malek (kendramalek@smeds.com).

Spring Sports Registration

With basketball ending soon, it is time to start thinking about spring sports!  In the spring, there will be boys volleyball for sixth-eighth grade, girls flag football for sixth through eighth grade, co-ed golf for fifth through eighth grade, and co-ed track for fifth through eighth grade.  For a quick overview of all the spring sports, please read the spring sports breakdown.  To register your child for a spring sport, return the three forms below, along with payment, to the front office.

 

 

 

Benefit Auction Thank You!

Thank you to Brenda Deary for chairing the amazing auction on Saturday night.  It was a spectacular event!  Special thanks also go to Kristine Hyde for putting together a great list of live auction items, Toria Kaufman for organizing the silent auction, Kendra Malek and Allison Shaw for the photo wall, and all the others who worked behind the scenes to create this special night. And thank you to all of donors, families, faculty, staff, and volunteers who helped to support our school at this amazing event.

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Unity in the Community

Students in St. Michael's third and fourth grade have been working with Starr King first graders on a "Unity in the Community" project. In the fall, a cartographer came and spoke to the group about maps. Last week the students took a walk around the neighborhood together to record places, landmarks, and streets that are close to both Starr King and St. Michael's, and this week the students got together to work on the final drafts of their neighborhood maps.

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Benefit Auction Preview Information

The Benefit Auction is coming up on Saturday, March 4.  There is still time to get tickets and join in on the fun!  Below you will find information on a few of the amazing items up for bid on Saturday night.  This Wednesday, the school will send out an email to let you know when you can preview all the Silent and Live Auction items on the school auction website.  Bidding on Silent will open on Friday morning.

Popular items like the Photo Wall and Teacher Features will be back this year, and don't miss out on a chance to win a $3,500 tuition credit for the 2017-18 school year (or $3,500 cash) in this year's raffle.  Raffle tickets are $100 each and can be purchased the night of the event or in advance on the special auction website.

Oops! She Did It Again - Weekend in Vegas for Four

Britney is your host for a VIP weekend March 31 - April 2, 2017. VIP tickets, hotel for 2 nights and SWA gift card for Britney Spears at Planet Hollywood. Start your night at Drybar Las Vegas...cocktails, live DJ and blowouts!
 

Date Night for a Year is Back!

Eternal gratitude is inevitable if you're the winning bidder of this popular Live Auction item. Get the sitter lined up and plan to have a busy year at Sacramento's premiere restaurants, theater, wine and Bay Area sports events.

Looking for Vacation Ideas?

We've got a lineup filled with trips to Mexico, Canada, Newport Beach, Dillon Beach and Nashville. 

Sports Fans Get Ready

The Live Auction has a River Cats Suite, Sacramento Kings experience, and great seats to the NCAA Tournament at the Golden 1 Center.

Fantastic Art

In addition to the amazing class art projects, this year the Live auction will feature paintings by Tim Collom and Leslie Hackard.

These are just a few of the items up for bid - be sure to check out the auction website later this week for a full list of items!

Auction Ticket Information

The Benefit Auction chair, Brenda Deary, and her committee have been hard at work, and the invitations inspired by the wonderful artwork of Tim Collom, are going in the mail this week.  Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 4th at Del Paso Country Club!

St. Michael’s is once again using an online auction program for ticketing and silent auction bidding.  Please read the points below before going on the site to purchase tickets.   The most important point is DO NOT choose the sign-in or register tab - Go right to “Buy Tickets”

Online Ticket Purchasing on our special auction website.  You will see the home page and you will choose the “Buy Tickets” tab. 

  • You are the Purchaser and you will enter your spouse/guest below as Attendee #2
  • When you indicate who you would like to sit with you can do that in any manner, i.e., list of last names, or you can request to sit at table with parents in a certain grade or indicate a group name.
  • When you fill out the information for Attendee #2 you do not need to give their cell number or e-mail address (if you do not have that information).  You also do not need to list names of guests they would like to sit with.  We just need their meal choice. 
  • All cell phone numbers, e-mail addresses and choice of credit card can be changed when you check in the night of the event or by contacting sueabbott@smeds.com at any time for assistance. 

 

Please feel free to contact b.deary@surewest.net, kendramalek@smeds.com, sueabbott@smeds.com or lauralyon@smeds.com if you have any questions.  You will be receiving more information regarding on-line bidding, tuition raffle tickets and general auction news in the following weeks.

Benefit Auction Information

You can now go on the auction website and bid on Silent Auction items. The Benefit Auction is on Saturday, March 4 at Del Paso Country Club.  It starts at 5:30pm. If you have any questions, please contact Kendra Malek (kendramalek@smeds.com) or Sue Abbott (sueabbott@smeds.com) in the front office.

Winter Basketball Awards Night and Alumni Basketball Game

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Auction Preview Online

Starting at noon on Wednesday, March 1, you can go on the auction website and preview the items that are in the Live and Silent Auction.  Right now you can purchase tickets to the event and raffle tickets on the website, but the items are not open for bidding.  The Silent Auction will go live for bidding on Friday, March 3 at 8am, so you can start bidding in items then.  If you have any questions, please contact Kendra Malek (kendramalek@smeds.com) or Sue Abbott (sueabbott@smeds.com) in the front office.

Anne Harty Presentation: Students and Stress

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Winter Break: February 20-24

The school will be closed for Winter Break from Monday, February 20 – Friday, February 24. Classes will resume on Monday, February 27.

Benefit Auction Needs Your Help

St. Michael’s Benefit Auction is coming on Saturday, March 4, 2017, and the Benefit Auction Committee needs your help!  Right now they are asking for underwriting and live and silent auction items.

Some items they are requesting include:

 

  • Sports and theater tickets
  • Restaurant gift certificates
  • Wine
  • Kids’ baskets
  • Nights at vacation homes
  • Any experiences or items that you think might be fun for the auction

 

If you have any items to donate, please fill out this form and drop it off with the item in the front office any time.  If you have questions or suggestions for items, please contact Brenda Deary at b.deary@comcast.net or Toria Kaufman at toriakaufman@gmail.com.

You can also support the auction by being an underwriter.  For more information on underwriting, please read the underwriting and sponsor information. To become an underwriter, submit this form to the front office.

Dragon Athletics - JV Boys Playoff Game

Basketball season has started!  Below, see the games for the week of February 20

 

  • Wednesday, February 22: The JV Comp Boys Basketball team will play their first playoff game at 8pm at Sacramento Country Day
  • Saturday, February 25: Varsity Boys Rec team plays at 11:00am at Sacramento Country Day
  • Saturday, February 25: Little Dribblers play at a variety of schools - click here for information

 

Come out and cheer on our Dragon athletes!

True Grits Sale

True Grits is having an online sale on uniforms on Monday. February 20.

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Dragon Athletics

Basketball season has started!  Below, see the games for the week of February 13

  • February 13: Varsity Comp team plays at 4:15pm at St. Michael's
  • February 15: JV Girls team plays at 5pm at St. Mary's
  • February 15: JV Boys Rec team plays at 6:30pm at St. Philomene's
  • February 16: Varsity Comp plays at 6pm at St. Ignatius
  • February 16: JV Comp Boys team plays at 5:30pm at St. Michael's
  • February 18: Varsity Boys Rec team plays at 11:00am at Sacramento Country Day
  • February 18: Little Dribblers play at a variety of schools - click here for information

 

Come out and cheer on our Dragon athletes!

Middle School Honor Roll

Congratulations to the following 6th through 8th grade students for their excellent work during the first semester, earning them academic honors.

Sixth Grade

 

  • High Honors: Jane, Mate, Hayley, and Emil R
  • Honors: Jacob B, Kylee, Nate, Luke, Nicholas, Daryn, Francesco, Patrick, Silvio, Jake W, and Emile Z
  • Merit: John, Jack F, Jack G, Cooper, and Tyler

Seventh Grade

 

  • High Honors: Madisyn, Paige, Lauren, and Brandon
  • Honors: Emma May, Isabella, Christian, Tarka, Abigail, Sam, and Nick
  • Merit: Cate, Alexys, Charlie, Andrew, Evan, Hudson, Zach S, and Olivia W

Eighth Grade

 

  • High Honors: Violet, Emma, Peter, and Sophia
  • Honors: Chet, Haanya, Annika, Daniella, and Roman
  • Merit: Summer, Jordan, Tara, Ja’Lece, Hannah, AJ, and Bill

 

Report cards for students in fifth through eighth grade will be available on the Parent Portal at 3pm on Wednesday, February 8.

Used Book Drive

Please start collecting gently used books at your house to donate to a Book Drive benefitting Starr King School.  Do not purchase new books; simply bring books from home that you have already read and would like to share with a new reader.  Our donations will be given to Starr King students at a special literacy night. The goal of this event is for students to experience the importance of reading and writing.  We donated to this event last year, and the Starr King community was very appreciative.  You may drop off your book donations in the IMSAT lobby.  The deadline to bring in books is Thursday, February 16.

February Lunch Menu Online

The February lunch menu is now online, so you can pre-order lunches for February.  Remember to order by the 10th of the month to get the best price.

Friday, February 17: Crazy Day, Basketball, and Winter Rally

Friday, February 17 is Crazy Day!  Each class will vote on their own theme, so be sure to check with your child to find out their class theme. Please keep in mind that hair dye, makeup, and face paint are NOT allowed.  Hats, wigs, and nail polish are permissible.  Students will stay in their outfits all day.

In addition, the Winter Rally highlighting the basketball teams will be at 10:05am, and the Faculty/Staff Basketball game will be at 10:40am.  Parents are welcome to attend both of these events, which will take place in the gym.

Kindergarten Applications

If you are interested in having your child attend Kindergarten at St. Michael’s for the 2017-18 school year, please be sure to turn in your application by Monday, February 13.  Click here to go to the application page.

Message About Nurse Harty

Anne Harty, our school nurse, is taking an exciting new job with her alma mater, Creighton University.  Anne’s last day in the office will be Tuesday, February 14. She has agreed to come back and teach the middle school health classes this spring and will also finish up her basic first aid class with the fourth grade. We will miss Anne and wish her all the best in her new position.

St. Michael’s has posted the school nurse job and will begin interviewing immediately.  If you know any qualified applicants, please refer them to the Employment Opportunities page of the school website for information regarding the position. Mrs. Heise welcomes the opportunity to meet with all interested persons.

Middle School Report Cards

Report cards for students in fifth through eighth grade will be available on the Parent Portal at 3pm on Wednesday, February 8.

Basketball Photo Day: February 8

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After School Enrichment Classes

You can now sign up for the winter/spring after school enrichment classes for kindergarten through eighth grade by returning a registration form with payment to the front office.

 

 

Class Overviews

CHESS (1st-8th Grade): Chess will be taught by Mike Taylor of US Chess Mates. All students will receive a weekly chess lesson, homework and a point sheet. Please visit www.uschessmates.com for a full class outline.

Hands in Clay (K-8th Grade): Hands in Clay is taught by Ms. Brenda Allen. During these ten weeks your student will be encouraged to explore their creativity while learning the basics of clay through hand building and painting bisque ware.

Bricks 4 Kidz (K-8th Grade): Bricks 4 Kidz after-school classes use LEGO® bricks to deliver high-quality educational play. Students construct a new model each week based on exciting themes from space to sports, amusements parks to interesting inventions. Students will learn about everything from gears, torque, and friction to geography, fractions, space exploration, weather and MORE. Students experience the hands-on fun of model building from concept to completion and finish each class with the opportunity to “modify” their build and present it to the class with a story. This core lesson is encouraging them to challenge their imaginations and helps build physical, cognitive, academic, and social skills.

Art with Ms. Weeden (K-8th Grade): Students will spend ten fun filled classes exploring various art mediums including painting, drawing, and sculpture.

MANDARIN (K-8th Grade): Mandarin will be taught by Heng Sun. Heng has been teaching Mandarin in classroom settings for over nine years.  Beginner’s Mandarin Class is an opportunity for any K- 6th grade student looking to dramatically improve their Pinyin pronunciation, listening, and speaking skills. This class-based progressive teaching method is specifically designed for 5-12 years olds learning Mandarin as a second language. We will use interactive flashcards and various games to help with the learning process, which will make it easier for children to accept and develop a secondary language.

Topic Include: Pinyin, numbers, body parts, colors, animals, food, family, cloths, and hobbies. This class is designed to achieve the following goals:

  1. Students will communicate in Chinese.
  2. Students will gain knowledge and understanding of Chinese culture.
  3. Students will use what we have learned in class to interact with each other and improve speech/listening.
  4. Students will develop insights into the nature of language and culture through comparison of the Chinese language and culture with other cultures.

This class will lay the foundations of continuous logistic education, allowing the formation of a type of education that is not exclusively etched on one’s own mother tongue and that leads to an easier study of foreign languages at higher school levels.

Lollipop Sale

The Student Council Lollipop Sale begins Monday, January 30 and will continue until Wednesday, February 8.  This is student council’s biggest fundraiser; the profits raised from the lollipops will be donated to a special cause in our community.  Students may send lollipops to their friends here at St. Michael’s from preschool all the way up through 8th grade.  If you would like to participate in this fundraiser, you will need to fill out the form with the names and grades of the persons to whom you are sending lollipops.

Each lollipop costs 25 cents.  Please cut up the forms and put them in an envelope or plastic baggy, and please include the exact amount of money.  There are extras in the school office, or feel free to make copies.

The students will receive their lollipops at their classroom parties.

Father Daughter Thank You

Thank you to the dynamic duo Nima Hosseini and Johnny Greenfield for chairing this year’s Father/Daughter Dance.  And thanks to all the volunteers who pitched in to help decorate, serve food and clean-up afterwards. From the food to the music, everything was groovy!

Spelling Bee Congratulations

Congratulations to 8th grader Peter W. for advancing to the oral phase of the 2017 California Central Valley Spelling Bee!  Peter will be competing against the best spellers in the region on March 1 at the Scottish Rite Center.  Good luck, Peter!

Box Top Results

Thank you to all of the students who brought in box tops for the January collection.  As a school, we collected 1,494 box tops.  This means that we earned $149.40 for our library!  The 3rd graders were in third place.  They collected 279 box tops.  The Kindergarteners brought in 302 box tops to place second.  Our new champions collected 637 box tops…congratulations, 7th graders! The final box top collection will be in May.  Thank you so much to all of you who participated!

Dragon Athletics

Basketball season has started!  Below, see the games for the week of January 31:

  • February 1: JV Girls team plays at 6pm at St. Mary's
  • February 1: JV Boys Rec team plays at 6:30pm at St. Philomene's
  • February 2: JV Boys Comp plays at 5:30pm at St. Michael's
  • February 2: Varsity Comp plays at 6pm at St. Ignatius
  • February 3: The Varsity Rec team plays at 6pm at Sacramento Country Day - GAME RESCHEDULED for Feb 8
  • February 4: Little Dribblers play at a variety of schools - click here for information

Come out and cheer on our Dragon athletes!

Father Daught Dance

Dads and daughters get ready to head back to the Groovy 60's to dance the night away at this year's Father Daughter Dance!  The Father/Daughter Dance is Thursday, February 2nd, from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm, and everyone is encouraged to bring out your neon. You can purchase tickets to the event by filling out this form and returning it with payment to the front office.

The event Co-chairs, Johnny Greenfield and Nima Hosseini need your help!  Please email them to help with set-up, event and clean-up:  johnny.greenfield@gmail.com and doc.nima@gmail.com.  This is a great opportunity to get those volunteer hours while working on a fun event!

You can also help by donating the following: snacks, small waters, lemonade, 150 small cups for lemonade, glow sticks, ice, two photographers, black light arts and crafts (including tape and hanging material), and 50 cups for wine. To help provide any of the listed items please email johnny.greenfield@gmail.com and doc.nima@gmail.com.

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No School Friday, Feb 3

Friday, February 3 is a faculty work day, so there is no school for students.

Mother Son Date

There is a new date for the annual Mother Son event.  It will now be on Thursday, March 16, so mark your calendars.  More information will be coming soon!

Parenting in a Digital World

Golden Hills School is hosting Clay Cranford, cyber-safety cop, for the second year and has invited the St. Michael's community to attend.  The event is for adults only. The event is free of charge and there is no need to RSVP!  Wednesday, February 1st at 6:30 p.m. in the Golden Hills School Gymnasium (1060 Suncast Lane, El Dorado Hills, CA). For more information on Clay Cranford, please visit: http://www.cybersafetycop.com/About/Clayton-Cranford.

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Cristo Rey Clothing Drive

St. Michael's is currently holding a uniform clothing drive for Cristo Rey High School.  97% of Cristo Rey's students are on scholarship and would greatly benefit from the generosity of our school community.  The students at Cristo Rey wear their school uniforms to their jobs in the Sacramento work place. They are in need of gently used or new:

 

  • Black ballet flats for women
  • Black dress shoes for men
  • Grey or black ties

 

 
Please drop off your donations before or after school in the IMAST lobby now through February 3rd.
 

Middle School Outdoor Education

The week of January 23 the middle school students all went on their outdoor education field trips.  Fifth and sixth grade went to Happy Valley in the Santa Cruz Mountains, seventh grade visit Marin Headlands, while eighth grade spent the week in Yosemite. 

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Missoula Performance

A great big thank you goes to Allison Shaw for taking on the job of chairing the Missoula Children's Theatre rendition of "The Princess and the Pea" this week.  It was a great production and a lot of fun for the students!  Thank you to all of the parents who volunteered to help by bringing snacks and dinner throughout the week.

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Dragon Athletics

Basketball season has started!  Below, see the games for the week of January 16:

 

  • January 18: JV Rec Boys play at 6:30 pm at St. Philomene (2320 El Camino Ave, Sacramento, CA 95821)
  • January 18: JV Girls play at 5pm at St. Mary's (1351 58th St, Sacramento, CA 95819)
  • January 19: Varsity Comp plays at 5pm at St. Ignatius (3245 Arden Way, Sacramento, CA 95825)
  • January 19: JV Comp Boys play at 5:30pm at St. Michalel's
  • January 21: The Varsity Rec team plays at noon at Sacramento Country Day
  • January 21: Little Dribblers play at a variety of schools - click here for information

 

Come out and cheer on our Dragon athletes!

Admissions Night: January 19

If you know anyone who might be interested in sending their children to St. Michael's for the 2017-18 school year, please invite them to our Admissions Information Night, which will be on Thursday, January 19 at 6:30pm in the library.

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January Lunch Menu Now Online

You can now go online and order lunches for January.  Remember to order by the 10th of the month to get the best price.

Bishop's Free Dress on Jan. 20

On Friday, January 20 there will be a Bishop's Free Dress day.

Missoula Theatre Performance on Friday

St. Michael’s students are busy getting ready for their production of “The Princess and the Pea” on Friday, January 13, 2017.  There will be a school performance on Friday at 1pm and another performance at 7pm. Friends and families are invited to come watch this fun play!

Dragon Athletics

Basketball season has started!  Below, see the games for the week of January 8:

  • January 8: The Varsity Comp plays at Jesuit High School at 2:30pm
  • January 11: JV Rec Boys play at 4:30 pm at St. Philomene (2320 El Camino Ave, Sacramento, CA 95821)
  • January 11: JV Grils play at 6pm at St. Mary's (1351 58th St, Sacramento, CA 95819)
  • January 12: Varsity Comp plays at 6pm at St. Ignatius (3245 Arden Way, Sacramento, CA 95825)
  • January 12: JV Comp Boys play at 5:30pm at St. Michalel's
  • January 14: Little Dribblers play at a variety of schools - click here for information

Come out and cheer on our Dragon athletes!

Math Fact Club

Did you know St. Michael's has a Math Fact Club? This is a chance for students in different grades to get together and have fun with math and puzzles. This voluntary club takes place in Mrs. Martin's room, and it is especially popular during rainy day recesses like today!

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Missoula Children's Theatre: Coming January 9-13

The Princess and the Pea - Missoula Children’s Theater – January 9 – 13, 2017

St. Michael’s will host MCT’s production of “The Princess and the Pea” during the week of January 9-13, 2017. This terrific theater experience is open to students in 1st - 6th grade. There are 50-60 available roles. No experience necessary to audition but a smile helps!

 

  • Auditions: January 9 @ 3:45 – 5:45 p.m. (some roles rehearse after dinner)
  • Rehearsals: January 10 - 12 @ 3:45 – 8 p.m. (schedule varies by role)
  • Dress Rehearsal: January 13 @ 1 p.m.
  • Performance: January 13 @ 7 p.m.

 

Parents with children in the performance are encouraged to volunteer for snack duty, dinner delivery, and homework help. Watch your Wednesday folders for details. For more information, contact Allison Shaw (allie_shaw@hotmail.com).

Princess and the Pea Synopsis

Envision a kingdom of snow where the residents are Winter Wind Workers, Blizzard Bringers, Icicle Sharpeners and Snow Smoothers, ruled by the Storm King and the Snow Queen. Add to that a Prince looking for a proper Princess to share the throne. Now imagine the Princess and her friend the Pea living in a kingdom of green rolling hills and running rivers with her subjects, The Flower Gardeners, River Runners, Green Shoot Growers and Tree Barkers. Her parents, King Size and Queen Size, do all they can to keep things running smoothly. Who knows, maybe the dancing Dust Bunnies can help? Although the two kingdoms think they have nothing in common (except maybe a pesky Jack Frost that freezes anything and everything), the peace-loving Leprechauns prove otherwise. Throw in some Phony Princesses and you have a real fiasco! This ain’t your grandma’s PRINCESS AND THE PEA.

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Benefit Auction

Happy New Year from the Benefit Auction Team!  We are happily gearing up for the 2017 Benefit Auction on March 4 and would love your help.  If you are interested in joining the fun, please contact the Benefit Auction Chair, Brenda Deary at b.deary@comcast.net for more information.

Parents Club Meeting

Please join the Parents Club officers in the cafeteria on Friday, January 6 at 8:15am for the first Parents Club meeting of 2017.  With the Benefit Auction, Missoula, Father Daugher Dance and Mother Son event all coming up, there is a lot to discuss.  Everyone is welcome!  We hope to see you there.

Dragon Athletics

Basketball season has started!  Below, see the games for the week of January 3:

  • January 4: JV Rec Boys play at 4:30 pm at St. Philomene (2320 El Camino Ave, Sacramento, CA 95821)
  • January 4: JV Grils play at 5pm at St. Mary's (1351 58th St, Sacramento, CA 95819)
  • January 5: Varsity Comp plays at 8pm at St. Ignatius (3245 Arden Way, Sacramento, CA 95825)
  • January 6: Varsity Rec Boys play at 7:30pm at St. John Vianney (10499 Coloma Rd, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670)
  • January 7: Varsity Rec Boys play at 9am at Sacramento Country Day (2636 Latham Dr, Sacramento, CA 95864)
  • January 8: The Varsity Comp plays at Jesuit High School at 2:30pm

 

Come out and cheer on our Dragon athletes!

Save the Date: Father Daughter Dance

The Father/Daughter Dance is Thursday, February 2nd, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.and the event Co-chairs, Johnny Greenfield and Nima Hosseini need your help!  Please email them to help with set-up, event and clean-up:  johnny.greenfield@gmail.com and doc.nima@gmail.com.  This is a great opportunity to get those volunteer hours while working on a fun event!

Christmas Break

St. Michael's school will be closed for Christmas Break from Friday, December 16 through Monday, January 2.  School will reopen on Tuesday, January 3.

Christmas Program

The Kindergarten - 8th Grade Christmas Program will be Thursday, December 15 beginning promptly at 7pm.  Students should arrive at their classrooms by 6:30pm. This is our first dress-up event of the year. Boys MUST wear a dress shirt and tie with a jacket or sweater. Girls MUST wear an appropriate holiday dress or skirt and blouse. This is also a good time for boys to get that haircut for the holidays.

Christmas Giving

St. Michael’s annual Christmas Giving Drive begins December 7 and ends Thursday, December 15.  The student council is asking all students to bring in new items for children and mothers at St. John’s Program for Real Change.  This organization provides housing, support, training, and so much more to mothers and children who have found themselves without a home. 

We would like Preschool through fourth graders to bring in items from the St. John’s wish list for children ages 5 to 9.  Fifth through eighth graders may bring items for children ages ten years and up, as well as mothers.  These wish lists are posted below and will also be emailed home.  The items the St. Michael’s students donate may likely be the only Christmas presents that these women and children receive.  We look forward to brightening the holidays for these families.

List for Preschool - 4th Grade to Bring

Children ages 5-9

 

  • Dolls and accessories
  • Remote control cars
  • Action figures: Transformers
  • Art sets & washable paint
  • Toys (no guns or weapons)
  • Themed items: Dora, Disney, Avengers, etc.
  • Playdough sets
  • Backpacks & School supplies
  • Dress up clothes & shoes
  • Markers, colored pencils, crayons
  • Building sets
  • Lego sets and K’Nex
  • Big books & Storybooks

 

 

General Holiday Needs

 

  • Warm clothes: coats, sweaters, scarves, pants
  • Socks & slippers • Robes & pajamas for adults & children
  • New towel sets • Comforters (twin, neutral colors)
  • Fitted and flat sheet sets (twin)
  • Wrapping paper & ribbon • Tape, Scissors, Markers
  • Gift cards for Wal-Mart, grocery stores, etc.

 

List for 5th-8th Grade to Bring

Girls 10+

 

  • Curling irons & blow dryers
  • Manicure and pedicure kits
  • Craft kits
  • Gel pens, notebooks, diaries
  • Books
  • Backpacks
  • Jewelry, purses
  • Fragrance & lotion sets

 

Boys 10+
 

 

  • Puzzle kits & board games
  • Sports magazines
  • Books
  • Sports gear, hats, jerseys, T-shirts
  • Duffle bags & backpacks
  • Race car sets & tracks
  • Basketballs, footballs, frisbees, baseball gloves

 

Mothers

 

  • Robes & slippers
  • Stationary sets & journals
  • Postage stamps
  • Photo albums with frames
  • Purses & wallets
  • Jewelry, watches, sunglasses
  • Duffle bags & small luggage

 

General Holiday

 

  • NeedsWarm clothes: coats, sweaters, scarves, pants
  • Socks & slippers • Robes & pajamas for adults & children
  • New towel sets • Comforters (twin, neutral colors)
  • Fitted and flat sheet sets (twin)
  • Wrapping paper & ribbon • Tape, Scissors, Markers
  • Gift cards for Wal-Mart, grocery stores, etc.

 

 

Child Care for Christmas Program

St. Michael's will once again be offering care for younger siblings of students that will be participating in the Christmas program on the evening of December 15.  Care will start at 6:30pm in the preschool room and will end 20 minutes after the program ends. All children staying must be potty trained and siblings do not need to be enrolled at St. Michael's. You must email Jessica Drissi at JessicaD@smeds.com by Wednesday, December 14 at 3pm in order to reserve your place.

 

Spelling Bee

On Tuesday, December 6 the top two spellers from fourth through eighth grade competed in the school-wide Spelling Bee.  Congratulations to eighth grader Peter who won the Spelling Bee and will go on to represent the school in the regional bee.  Our other contestants included fourth graders Harper and Max , fifth graders Haiden and Makenna, sixth graders Emil and Hayley, seventh graders Brandon and Madisyn, and eighth grader Grace.

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Grandparents Club Gift Wrapping

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Please fill out this form in advance and bring it with any gifts you would liked wrapped.

Dragon Athletics

Thursday, December 8 at 6pm, the Varsity Comp Basketball Team will play at St. Mary's in the first round of the Varsity Basketball Tournament. 

Also, Thursday, December 8 at 4pm the JV Boys Comp team will play at St. Ignatius in the first round of the St. Ignatius Tournament.

Come out and support the Dragon athletes!

Friday, December 9 - Christmas Spirit Free Dress Day

Friday, December 9, is a Christmas Spirit Free Dress Day for all students at St. Michael’s!  Please show your Christmas spirit and come to school in your merriest outfits – Christmas sweaters and t-shirts, Santa hats, and red and green clothes are a few suggestions.  Don’t be surprised if your teachers get in on the fun, too!

December Lunch

You can now go online to order lunch for December.  Remember that you get a lower price if you order before the 10th of the month.

Spelling Bee - December 6

The annual school Spelling Bee is Tuesday, December 6, at 10:30am in the iMAST building.  The winners of the class spelling bees will be competing in the schoolwide bee.  Parents are welcome to attend.

Holiday Enrichment Classes

Students in kindergarten through eighth grade can sign up for two different holiday enrichment classes - Hands in Clay Ceramics and Christmas Workshop with Ms. Hackard.  Classes will be the weeks of December 5 and 12.  To register for the classes, fill out this form and return it with payment to the front office.

School Photo Orders

The proofs from Hot Shots school photos (taken in September) should have gone home with your students.  Below, please see the information on how to order photos.  If you have any questions or problems ordering, please contact Hot Shots Customer Service at 415-457-7000 or via email at custsvc@hotshotportraits.com.

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Newton’s Laws in Action

In science the eighth grade is learning about Newton’s Laws of Motion.  In order to understand the laws in action, the students created hypothesis about motion and then designed a way to test their hypothesis using hot wheel cars, play dough, and tracks.

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Buddies in the Community

St. Michael's fourth grade is working with first graders from Starr King on a buddy project called "Unity in the Community". Thursday, November 17 was their first visit to Starr King, and both classes had a great time!

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Thanksgiving Break

St. Michael's School will be closed for Thanksgiving Break between Monday, November 21 and Friday, November 25.  We hope everyone has a very Happy Thanksgiving!

True Grits Cyber Sale

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Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher conferences for students in kindergarten through eighth grade will take place Monday, November 14 through Friday, November 18.  Please be sure to check the schedule that was emailed to parents to confirm your conference time.  Kindergarten conferences will be held in the kindergarten classroom.  Conferences for first through fourth grade will be held in Johnstone Hall, and parents waiting for their conference to start for these grades should go to the Friendship Room to wait.  Conferences for fifth through eighth grade will take place in the iMAST Center, and parents can wait for their conference in the iMAST lobby.  If you are arriving on campus for a conference, you do not need to check into the front office - go straight to your conference location.

Basketball Training Schedule - Week of November 14

If you have a child signed up for either St. Michael's JV or Varsity basketball, be sure to check the chart below to see the practice times for the week of November 14-17.

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Canned Food Drive

The canned food drive began November 8 and will run for two weeks.  Please bring in food items to donate to River City Food Bank.  All of the donated food items will be given to needy families in our community so that they will be well-fed during the holiday season.  Food items such as peanut butter, soup, oatmeal, canned fruit and vegetables, and boxed macaroni and cheese are just a few of the items needed.  The canned food drive is also a competition; the winning lower school and middle school classes will receive the spirit sticks.  The winning classes will simply be the classes that bring in the most items per student.  The student council is asking that you do not bring checks or cash, only food items.  This year we also have a schoolwide goal.  If we are able to collect 4,000 items as a school, everyone will have a free dress day on Friday, November 18.

Dragon Gear

For the next two weeks (until November 17) , you can now order affordable Dragon gear for the entire family.  If you order now, the items will be here in time for the holidays.  The items include hoodies, crewneck sweatshirts, and long sleeve shirts featuring the SM and Dragon logos.  Pricing is between $15-$25 (no shipping fee; items will be delivered to St. Michael's and then distributed to you upon arrival). To order, fill out this order form and put the form and a check made payable to St. Michael's in the ATHLETICS box located in the office.

This will be our final run on Dragon Gear for the school year. Represent your school by rockin' your ST. MICHAEL'S NAVY BLUE!  Any questions -- please contact Athletic Director Steve Buzzard at stevebuzzard@smeds.com.

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Middle School Honor Roll

Congratulations to the following sixth through eighth grade students for their excellent work during the first marking period, earning them academic honors.

 

Sixth Grade

  • High Honors: Jane, Hayley, and Emil R
  • Honors: Jacob, Kylee, Jack F, Jack G, Nate, Mate, Luke, Nicholas, Daryn, Francesco, Patrick, Silvio, Jake and Emile Z
  • Merit: Keny, Devan, Parker, John, Cooper, Tyler, Mak, and Ava
 

Seventh Grade

  • High Honors: Madisyn, Paige, Lauren, and Brandon
  • Honors: Emma May, Isabella, Christian, Tarka, Abigail, Hudson, Zachary S, Nick, and Olivia W
  • Merit: Cate, Alexys, Charlie, Andrew, Evan, Ross, Sam, Simone, Olivia S, and Ava
 

Eighth Grade

  • High Honors: Violet, Emma, Peter, and Sophia
  • Honors: Summer, Chet, Ja’Lece, Haanya, Annika, Bill, and Daniella
  • Merit: Jordan, Tara, Abigail, Hannah, AJ, Matteo, Roman, and Jake

 

Grandparents Day Thank You

On Friday, November 11, St. Michael's hosted grandparents and special friends for a wonderful Grandparents Day.  All grades participated in a special chapel, and students led their grandparents and special friends on tours of the school, including visiting the new butterfly garden.  A big thank you to Sarah Scatton and her team for all their hard work to make this a memorable day for everyone involved!

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Basketball Registration

As the fall sports season winds up, it is now time to start thinking about basketball.  St. Michael's has a basketball program for girls and boys in first through eighth grade.  The first through fourth grade will participate in the Little Dribblers league through PAL, while the fifth through eighth grade will participate in the PAL league.  More information on coaches and practice times will be coming soon, and practices will begin the week of November 14.

To sign your child up for Little Dribblers, please return the 3 forms below, along with payment to the Athletics box in the front office by November 11.

 

 


To sign your child up for the fifth through eighth , please return the 4 forms below, along with payment to the Athletics box in the front office by November 11.

 

 

 

Kindness in Action

The second grade class is doing a unit in their literature book that focuses on kindness.  As part of the unit, students each did a random act of kindness for someone, and on Thursday, November 3 the second graders shared the stories of what they did and how it made them feel.  The acts ranged from baking cookies and muffins for neighbors and friends to folding laundry or raking leaves.  The students all agreed that doing nice things for others made everyone feel good!

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Grandparents Day Schedule - November 11

Make sure your child's grandparents or special friends received their invitation and is planning on attending Grandparents Day on Nov. 11, which is 8:30 to 11:30am. 
 
The day will start for grandparents and special friends with coffee in Johnstone at 8:30am. 
 
8:30 am - Coffee in Johnstone Hall
9 am - Doors to chapel open
9:10 am - Chapel
10 to 10:15 am - Recess
10:15 to 11:15 am - Grandparents can visit classrooms
 
Students should arrive in the morning at their regular time and report to their classrooms.  Grandparents Day is an early dismissal day. ECE wll be dismissed at 11:20am.  Kindergarten through second grade will be dismissed at 11:30am.  Fifth and sixth grade will be released at 11:40, while seventh and eighth will get out at 11:45. If your child will be leaving with their grandparent or special friend before the official dismissal time, please have the grandparent/special friend sign the student out with the classroom teacher before they leave campus.
 
Please remember that there is no extended care after school on Grandparents Day.
 

November Lunch Menu

You can now go online and order lunches for November.  Remember to order by November 10 to get the lowest price.

No Afternoon Extended Care November 11

Please note that there is no after-school Extended Care on Friday, November 11 (Grandparents Day).  There will be morning extended care beginning at 7:30am.

 

Kindergarten through 8th Grade Report Cards

The Lower and Middle School report cards will be viewable online via the Parent Portal after 3pm on Wednesday, November 9.  ERB reports will be mailed home to third - eighth grade families on Tuesday, November 8.  Honor Roll certificates, which only applies to sixth - eighth grade students, will be mailed home along with these reports.

For information on how to access report cards, please click here.

For help understanding the ERB reports, third grade parents can read this report, while parents of fourth through eighth grade parents can read this report.

Fall Sports Awards Night

If your child was on one of the fall sports teams (volleyball, flag football or cross country), please join us on Wednesday, November 9 from 6:30 to 8pm in the gym for the Fall Sports Awards Night.
 

Grandparents Day Volunteers Needed

Grandparents Day a very special day and we only have room for parents that are working as volunteers.  If you'd like to help with registration, photography, being a tour guide, or helping with breakfast, please contact Sarah Scatton at sarah@esbnb.com.
 

Faculty Work Day - November 7

Please remember that Monday, November 7 is a Faculty Work Day.  This means that there will be no school for students.

Dragon Athletics: Cross Country

The Cross Country team will run in the PAL championship meet on Sunday, November 6 at 10am at Jesuit High School. Come out and cheer on our Dragon athletes!

Lost and Found

Are you missing any St. Michael's sweatshirts or fleeces?  There is a lost and found in the cafeteria that is filling up with lost items.  Please be sure to stop in and look.  Also, it is important to clearly label any sweatshirts or fleeces to help make sure they get back to their owners.

Dragon Athletics: Cross Country and Volleyball

Two of the volleyball teams will play in the playoffs this week, while the cross country team will run in the PAL Championship:

Congratulations to the JV and Varsity Navy teams for making it to round two of the playoffs.

 

  • The JV Girls Volleyball team will play on Thursday, November 3 at 6pm at St. Charles in the second round of the playoffs.
  • The Varsity Girls Navy will play on Wednesday, November 2 at 7pm at St. Ignatius in the second round of the playoffs.
  • The Cross Country team will run in the PAL championship meet on Sunday, November 6 at 10am at Jesuit High School.

 

Come out and cheer on our Dragon athletes!

Parents Club Meeting - November 4

All parents are invited to the second Parents Club meeting of the year, which will be held on Friday, November 4 in the cafeteria at 8:15am.  This is a great way to learn about upcoming events like Grandparents Day, Missoula Theatre, and the Benefit Auction.

Spooky Science

On Halloween, Dr. Jensen hosted Spooky Science in the middle school science lab, which included different stations for students to visit that connected to Halloween in some way.  Stations included skeletons, creepy crawlers, optical illusions and decomposition.  This was a fun way to celebrate the holiday and learn some interesting scientific facts!

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Dragon Socks

In the last few weeks, you have seen the new Dragon Socks on campus. Mr. Buzzard spoke to his contact at Eastbay, and we are ready to do another round of orders for socks. This is the final time this year you can get the Dragon socks.In order to receive the socks by Christmas, we must place the order by October 31. The key is that we have to order at least 24 pair per size (Small, Medium, Large) in order to place the order.  Please fill out this form before SUNDAY OCTOBER 30 to order. The available styles are NAVY BLUE with WHITE lettering and design and WHITE (NEW!) with NAVY BLUE lettering and design.  The cost is $12 per pair.

Once your pre-order is received, an e-mail will come your way when ALL orders are in.  A check made payable to St. Michael's can be dropped in the ATHLETICS box located in the office once the Dragon Socks arrive. Also, please let Mr. Buzzard know if this is a Christmas gift or not. If it is a Christmas gift, he will make arrangements to get the socks to you. If not, he will give them to your child upon arrival.

Dragon Athletics: Cross Country and Volleyball

Two of the volleyball teams will play in the playoffs this week, while the cross country team will run in the PAL Championship:

 

  • The JV Girls Volleyball team will play on Tuesday, November 1 at 5pm at St. Charles in the first round of the playoffs.
  • The Varsity Girls Navy will play on Tuesday, November 1 at 5pm at St. Ignatius.
  • The Cross Country team will run in the PAL championship meet on Sunday, November 6 at 10am at Jesuit High School.

 

Come out and cheer on our Dragon athletes!

Fall Carnival Fun

Friday, October 28 was St. Michael's Annual Fall Carnival.  A big thank you to all the volunteers who made this event possible.  A special thank you to Parents Club President Angie Meyer and Parents Club Vice President Kristen Shill for chairing the event this year.

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Change to Winter Uniform - October 31

Please note that students in kindergarten through eighth grade will be changing to winter uniforms on Monday, October 31.

Roman Board Games

The seventh grade finished up their unit on Rome with a group project where they created board games based on their understanding of Rome.  Some projects included Veni, Vidi, Vici (Roman Risk), Headbands, and Who Killed Julius Caesar (Clue).  On Tuesday, October 25 they got to play the games in class.

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Friday, Oct 28 - Spirit Free Dress Day

Friday, October 28 is a St. Michael's Spirit Free Dress Day!!  Students may wear free dress as long as it is St. Michael's gear.  If they do not have St. Michael's clothing, they may wear navy blue and white (or their uniforms).

The Fall Rally will take place on Friday at 2:30pm.

Starr King Buddies

On Friday, October 21 the eighth grade went to Starr King Elementary School to work with fourth grade students.  The eighth graders are working with the Starr King fourth graders on a literature based economics unit based on the book Amelia Bedilia Means Business by Herman Parish.

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Dragon Athletics: Cross Country and Volleyball

The all three volleyball teams will be playing the week of October 15, along with the cross country team:

 

  • The JV Girls Volleyball team will play on Wednesday, October 19 at 5pm  in the St. Michael's gym.  Tickets are $1 for students and $2 for adults.
  • The Varsity Girls Navy team will play on Thursday, October 20 at 7pm at St. Ignatius. Tickets are $1 for students and $2 for adults.
  • The Cross Country team will hae a meet on Sunday, October 23 at 10am at Jesuit High School.
  • Both varsity volleyball teams will both be playing in the St. Patrick's Tournament this week.  For more information, visit the volleyball page.

 

Come out and cheer on our Dragon athletes!

 

Annual Fund Thank You- 95% Participation

A very BIG thank you to this school community for an amazing Annual Fund Drive! 95% overall - fantastic!

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The numbers speak for themselves, but even more impressive is this community’s understanding of the need to participate and engage in the success of the school. A shout out to the room parents and the Advancement Committee for their encouragement, to the faculty and Board of Trustees for leading by example, and to the third grade for being the very first class to reach 100% participation!

There is still time for everyone to join in. If you made a pledge, remember that you have until June 30, 2017 to make your payment.  Thank you again to St. Michael’s parents, faculty, friends, and grandparents for your support, and congratulations to this week’s final drawing winner, the Micheli Family.

Messy Math in the Garden

On Wednesday, October 19 the second grade headed out to the garden to scoop the seeds out of pumpkins and use the seeds to practice counting by 2s, 5s and 10s.

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Annual Fund Thank You!

A very BIG thank you to this school community for an amazing Annual Fund Drive! 92% overall - fantastic!

The numbers speak for themselves, but even more impressive is this community’s understanding of the need to participate and engage in the success of the school. A shout out to the room parents and the Advancement Committee for their encouragement, to the faculty and Board of Trustees for leading by example, and to the third grade for being the very first class to reach 100% participation!

There is still time for everyone to join in, but as promised, 92% of you will not be hearing about this again. If you made a pledge, remember that you have until June 30, 2017 to make your payment.

Thank you again to St. Michael’s parents, faculty, friends, and grandparents for your support, and congratulations to this week’s final drawing winner, the Micheli Family.

Mrs. Heise and Your Advancement Team

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Box Tops for Education

Thank you to those of you who have already brought Box Tops to school.  Each Box Top that you put in your classroom’s collection box is worth ten cents.  If you see a Box Top on a package at your house, please cut or carefully tear it off and bring it into your classroom’s collection box.  Ask your neighbors, friends, and grandparents to start saving them for you, too!  This is such an easy way to earn money for new books and library supplies.  Wednesday, October 19th, will be our first collection day.  This means that the Box Tops in all of the class boxes will be collected and counted.  The winning class that brings in the most box tops will win the Spirit Stick and a special treat!  So, please remember to bring them and support St. Michael’s!

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Fall Carnival is Coming!

The Fall Carnival is coming up on Friday, October 28, and we hope to see you all there.  This is a wonderful event for the entire family! Come in costumes and enjoy the games, cake walk and dinner.  Be sure to pre-order by turning in this form and payment to the front office by Tuesday, October 25. 

We also need volunteers to help staff this event.  You can sign up to volunteer using this form OR by signing up to work games for your class.  If you have questions, please contact Angie Meyer at angiemmeyer@gmail.com.

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Fall Sports Photo Day

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Fire Truck Visit

On Friday, October 14 the ECE students had an exciting morning when fire fighters visited and showed them the fire engine and let the students hold the fire hose.  A big thank you to Mr. Schmitt and his co-workers for such a wonderful, educational visit!

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Sibling Photos Monday, Oct. 17

We will be taking sibling photos for the 2016-17 photo walls on Monday, October 17 after chapel.  The photos will be available to view and purchase at Grandparents Day and at the Benefit Auction.  If you have any questions, please contact Kendra Malek at kendramalek@smeds.com.

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Annual Fund: Call to Action

  • In just 2 1/2 weeks, 100 % of the Faculty and Board of Trustees gave to the Annual Fund;
  • In just 2 1/2 weeks, 4 grades hit 100% giving to the Annual Fund, and
  • In just 2 1/2 weeks, over 80% of families have given to the Annual Fund.
We have 3 days remaining in the AF Campaign, so LETS DO THIS!  If you have not yet made a pledge or gift to the Annual Fund please get your envelope in by Friday. Congratulations to the Scatton Family for winning last week's raffle! One drawing left.

Please join us for a celebration at the Coffee & Tea on the Quad, Friday Morning at 7:45am.

Dragon Athletics: Football and Volleyball

The all three volleyball teams will be playing the week of October 10, along with the cross country team:

  • The JV Girls Volleyball team will play on Wednesday, October 12 at 5pm  in the St. Michael's gym.  Tickets are $1 for students and $2 for adults.
  • The Varsity Girls White team will play on Thursday, October 13 at 5pm at St. Ignatius. Tickets are $1 for students and $2 for adults.
  • The Varsity Girls Navy team will play on Thursday, October 13 at 6pm at St. Ignatius. Tickets are $1 for students and $2 for adults.
  • The Cross Country team will hae a meet on Saturday, October 15 at 9am at Granite Regional Park.

Come out and cheer on our Dragon athletes!

October Lunch Menu Online

You can now go online to order lunches for October!  Please remember, if you order by the 10th of the month, you will save money!  If you have any questions, please contact Jill at schoolhousecatering@outlook.com.

Morning Extended Care Reminder

Please remember that extended care begins at 7:30 am this year.  Students cannot be dropped off on campus before 7:30 am.

Coffee on the Quad

Calling all St. Michael’s parents!  Come join us on Friday, October 14 at drop off in the quad in front of the iMAST Building for coffee and pastries.  There is no agenda – this is just a chance to talk to other parents.  We hope to see you there!

Voting in Action

Last week our first grade went to the polls to vote for their favorite animal.  They then recorded the data in a graph to see which animal received the most votes. The students had a great time during this civics and math lesson.

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Annual Fund Update!

Wow!  Thank you to the St. Michael's community for your fantastic response to the Annual Giving Drive!  After two weeks, we have 70% overall participation, and our first class hit 100% participation.  Congratulations to the third grade for being the first class to have 100% participation and winning the pizza party.  Also, congratulations to kindergarten and second grade for also hitting 100%! With one week left in the Annual Giving Drive, please pledge or give.  Remember, you can PLEDGE NOW and pay anytime up until June 30, 2017! Don't forget, there is still a raffle left this Friday for everyone who has given or pledged. So let's show our Dragon spirit and get those envelopes into the office! 

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Exploring History in Fifth Grade

This week the fifth grade is learning about explorers in US History.  On Wednesday, they played explorers (and kings and queens) and searched for the Northwest Passage.

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Family Bingo Night: October 6

Dragon Family Jumbo Bingo Night:  Calling all St. Michael's families from preschool through 8th grade!  Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 6, at 6:30 for a fun night of making new friends and playing life-size Bingo in the St. Michael's gym.  Pizza will be served, and prizes will be awarded to the winners of each round.  All are welcome!  Please RSVP to the front office via email:  taylorjordan@smeds.com.  This free event is sponsored by the Board of Trustees Diversity Committtee.

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Dragon Athletics: Football and Volleyball

The all three volleyball teams will be playing the week of September 26:

  • The JV Girls Volleyball team will play on Wednesday, October 5 at 5pm  in the St. Michael's gym.  Tickets are $1 for students and $2 for adults.
  • The Varsity Girls White team will play on Thursday, October 6 at 5pm at St. Ignatius. Tickets are $1 for students and $2 for adults.
  • The Varsity Girls Navy team will play on Thursday, October 6 at 6pm at St. Ignatius. Tickets are $1 for students and $2 for adults.

Come out and cheer on our Dragon athletes!

Inauguration and Red, White, and Blue Free Dress: October 7

Friday, October 6 at 9:30 is the annual student council inauguration.  This is always a fun and special event.  In honor of the inauguration, we are having a red, white, and blue free dress day.  This means that you can wear free dress to school on Friday ONLY if your outfit is red, white, and blue.  So please show your patriotic spirit and get ready for a fun, festive morning!

Annual Fund - Time is Now

One week in and over HALF of our families have donated or pledged in the Annual Giving Drive.  The Kindergarten Class is in the lead with 80% participation already!  Thank you to everyone who has already given.

Remember, your tax-deductible Annual Fund donation makes it possible for St. Michael's to provide a high quality education to all of St. Michael's students.  Our goal is 100% participation for the entire school.

If your class is the first class to hit 100% participation, the class will get a pizza party! Also, everyone who donates or pledges will be entered into a weekly raffle for either one-month of free lunches in the St. Michael's lunchroom for one student or a $100.00 VISA gift card! Congratulations to Nancy Lawman, the winner of our first raffle drawing!

Check the news page over the next two weeks for updates, and remember, you can PLEDGE NOW and pay anytime up until June 30th 2017! So let's show our Dragon spirit and get those envelopes into the office! If you need an envelope they are in the office or look for the Advancement team out front at drop off or pick up!

Parent Tech Training - October 4

If you are interested in learning about the technology that your children use in their classroom and for homework or would like to learn more about navigating the school website, please join us for the Parent Tech Training on Tuesday, October 4.  There will be two sessions in the iMAST - one at 8:05am and another at 6:15pm.  This is a great way to learn about Google Aps for Education, Haiku, the textbook publisher websites and other educational resources.  As an added bonus, you will receive a personalized handout with your child's user names and passwords.

Parents, please RSVP for a training using this form.  We do need to know who is coming so we can prepare the handouts.

If you have any questions, please contact Dyan Carey at dyancarey@smeds.com or Kendra Malek at kendramalek@smeds.com.

Running for Class Representative

This week students in first through eighth grade ran to be their class representatives in Student Council.  The candidates made posters and wrote and delivered speeches to their classes, and then the classes voted on who would represent them for the school year.  Representatives and officers will be sworn in at Inauguration on Friday, October 7 at 9:30am.

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Annual Fund Drive Kicks Off!

Now is the time to make your Annual Fund contribution! Remember, your tax-deductible Annual Fund donation makes it possible for St. Michael's to provide a high quality education to all of St. Michael's students.  Our goal is 100% participation for the entire school.

If your class is the first class to hit 100% participation, the class will get a pizza party! Also, everyone who donates or pledges will be entered into a weekly raffle for either one-month of free lunches in the St. Michael's lunchroom for one student or a $100.00 VISA gift card!

Check the news page over the next three weeks for updates, and remember, you can PLEDGE NOW and pay anytime up until June 30th 2017! So let's show our Dragon spirit and get those envelopes into the office! If you need an envelope they are in the office or look for the Advancement team out front at drop off or pick up!

New Fall Carnival Date - October 28

The Fall Carnival has a new date!  Please be sure to mark your calendars for Friday, October 28.  The Fall Sports Rally has also moved to Friday, October 28.

ERB Testing

The week of September 26, students in third through eighth grade will be taking the ERBs, which is a standardized test.  The test results are used by teachers to be sure that they are meeting the needs of the students, and test results will be available to parents with the November report cards.   These tests should not be stressful for students, but because the tests are something outside of the usual routine, this is a good week to make sure they students are getting plenty of rest and eating a healthy breakfast.

Varsity Volleyball Kickoff

St. Michael's Varsity Navy volleyball team and Varsity White volleyball team both had their first games of the season on Thursday, September 22.  The Navy team defeated Sacred Heart, while the White team lost to Holy Spirit.  Both teams will play in St. Michael's first volleyball tournament on Saturday, September 24.  Come out to the St. Michael's gym between 9am and 5pm on Saturday to support our girls' volleyball teams.

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Order September Lunches Now

You can now go online to order lunches for September!  Please note that once you click on St. Michael’s on the Schoolhouse Catering homepage, it will ask for a school password, and this year’s password is smedsapple.  You will then be prompted to login with your personal login and password.  If you set up an account last year, your information will be the same.  If you are new, just follow the prompts to create your account.  Please remember, if you order by the 10th of the month, you will save money!  If you have any questions, please contact Jill at schoolhousecatering@outlook.com.

Middle School Training Opportunity

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Running for Class Representatives

Eligible students in first through eighth grade interested in running for class representative must return their candidate form, speech, and poster to their homeroom teacher by Tuesday, September 27.  Class representative packets were sent home earlier this week in Wednesday folders.  Additional packets are available on the SMEDS website and in the front office.  Homeroom teachers will hold elections in their classrooms at the end of the week.

 

 

 

Dragon Athletics: Football and Volleyball

The flag football team and all three volleyball teams will be playing the week of September 18:

 

  • The JV Girls Volleyball team will play on Wednesday, September 21 at 5pm  in the St. Michael's gym.  Tickets are $1 for students and $2 for adults.
  • The Varsity Girls White team will play on Thursday, September 22 at 5pm at St. Ignatius. Tickets are $1 for students and $2 for adults.
  • The Varsity Girls Navy team will play on Thursday, September 22 at 6pm at St. Ignatius. Tickets are $1 for students and $2 for adults.
  • Both varsity volleyball teams will play in St. Michael's first volleyball tournament on Saturday, September 24.  Games will play all day in the St. Michael's gym.
  • The middle school flag football team will play Sunday, September 25 at 3pm at Jesuit High School. 

 

Come out and cheer on our Dragon athletes!

After-School Enrichment Classes: K-8th

You can now register for the after-school enrichment classes for the Fall for students in K-8th. Information about ECE classes will be coming soon. Some classes will begin as early as the week of September 26, so be sure to register soon.

 

  • Kindergarteners can sign up for Ceramics, Bricks for Kidz, and Art with Ms. Hackard.  For more information, please read the Kindergarten Registration Form.  To sign up for classes, please return the form and payment to the front office.
  • 1st through 8th graders can register for Ceramics and Art with Ms. Hackard. For more information, please read the 1st-8th Grade Registration Form.  To sign up for the classes, return the form and payment to the front office.

 

 

Early Dismissal: Thursday, Sept. 22

Don't forget that Thursday, September 22 is an early dismissal day.  Students in kindergarten through 4th grade will get out at 1:30, while students in 5th through 8th grade will get out at 1:45pm.

School Photo Information

The school photos will be taken Tuesday, September 20; Wednesday, September 21; and Thursday, September 22.  Please read the information below closely so you know what days your child will be taking their photos and what they should wear each day.  If you have any questions, please contact Taylor Jordan in the front office at taylorjordan@smeds.com.

Tuesday, September 20

 

  • 8th grade will take individual photos.  8th graders should come in free dress and BRING their uniform to change into after their individual photos are done.  8th grade will take their group class photo later in the year.
  • 7th grade will take their individual photos and their group class photo. 7th graders should come in free dress and BRING their uniform to change into after their individual photos are done.
  • Kindergarten through 6th grade will take their group class photo in uniforms.

 

Wednesday, September 21

 

  • Preschool and Pre-K students will take their individual photos and their class group photos.
  • 1st and 2nd graders will take their individual photos in free dress.  Students may remain in free dress all day.

 

Thursday, September 22

 

  • Kindergarteners and 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th graders will take their individual photos in free dress.  Students may remain in free dress all day.

 

Back-to-School Night: Sept. 22

Back-to-School Night for parents of students in Kindergarten through 8th grade is Thursday, September 22 at 7pm.   The evening will begin will all the parents gathering together in the iMAST Building, and then parents will go to the homeroom classrooms to hear from their children’s teachers.  After the classroom presentations, there will be refreshments in the courtyard near the chapel.  Please remember that this is an event for adults.  Also, classrooms will not be open until after the iMAST presentation.

Ashland Fun

Last week the seventh and eighth grade took a field trip to Ashland, Oregon to visit the Shakespeare Festival.  The students stayed in the Southern Oregon State dorms while they saw plays and participated in workshops.  Both classes saw Twelfth Night and Hamlet, while eighth grade also saw Great Expectations while the seventh grade did theater workshops.

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Dragon Athletics: Football and Volleyball

The JV Girls Volleyball team will play their first game on Wednesday, September 14 at 5pm against St. John Vianney in the St. Michael's gym.  Tickets are $1 for students and $2 for adults.

The middle school flag football team will play Friday, September 16 at 4:15pm at Jesuit High School.   Jesuit is asking people to park on American River Drive or the Gym parking lot.  Tickets are $1 for students and $2 for adults.  Their second game will be

Come out and cheer on our Dragon athletes!

First Friday

Friday, September 9 was a busy first Friday of school.  Our middle schoolers all went on retreats, the kindergartners met their fifth grade buddies, the first graders met their eighth grade buddies, the Dragon Families got together for the first time, and we ended with the Back-to-School Rally.

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Speaker Series: Parents - Developing Winners in Life Through Sports

Monday, September 12 from 6 to 7:30pm in the iMAST will be the first in our Speakers Series.  Positive Coaching Alliance will be on campus to talk to parents about Developing Winners in Life Through Sports.  Come hear about how to help your child learn important life lessons through their experiences with youth sports.  Children are welcome, and you can earn three volunteer hours for attending. 

Come early and join us for dinner!  Dave’s Dawgs will be serving hotdog meals-hotdog, chips, and drink starting at 5:30pm in the courtyard in front of the iMAST Building.

For more information, see the flyer below. 

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Dragon Athletics: Football and Volleyball

The middle school flag football team will play its first game on Sunday, September 11 at 3pm at Jesuit High School against Sacred Heart.   Jesuit is asking people to park on American River Drive or the Gym parking lot.  Tickets are $1 for students and $2 for adults.  Their second game will be Friday, September 16 at 4:15pm at Jesuit High School.

The JV Girls Volleyball team will play their first game on Wednesday, September 14 at 5pm against St. John Vianney in the St. Michael's gym.  Tickets are $1 for students and $2 for adults.

Come out and cheer on our Dragon athletes!

First Day of School

Wednesday, September 7 was the first day of school.  We were so excited to welcome all our students and families to the 2016-17 school year!

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Sweatshirt Order Form Update

The official school sweatshirts that can be worn with the uniforms are only available for pre-order up until September 9. To pre-order the school sweatshirts, please use this google form. Sweatshirts are $22 each, and this year we are only offering blue sweatshirts.  You can still purchase the fleece jacket or vest from True Grits, though.

Once your pre-order is received, you will receive an e-mail with the total amount that is due. A check (made payable to St. Michael's) with a note on the check's memo line indicating "sweatshirts" can be turned into the school office during the first week of school. No cash or credit cards will be accepted. Your child will receive the sweatshirt(s) as soon as the order is processed and the vendor is able to fill the order.

If you have already turned in a paper sweatshirt order form to the office, you do not need to fill out this google form.

Online Dragon Gear Store and Fall Sports Gear Store Open

St. Michael's is really excited to offer a new round of Dragon gear. Here is your chance to gear up the whole family. Items available for adults and children. And this year, we are featuring a NEW! Dragon Nation shirt. Be sure to place your order before the store closes on September 9th.
 
Instructions
2. Enter School Code | OFTSTMDR
3. Shop! Add items to Shopping Cart
4. Once shopping is done, go to "Checkout" to complete your order
5. The items will ship out on the Sale End Date which is September 2nd.
 
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Looking for gear for the Fall football and volleyball season?  Here is a quick and easy way to order.

2. Enter St. Michael's Team Store Code | OFTSTMF4
3. Add items to Shopping Cart
4. Once shopping is complete, click "CHECKOUT"
5. Items will ship out within 48 hours and will arrive on your doorstep in 5-7 business days.
 
Order early in order to have your items in time for the first week of practices which start the week of August 15th.

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New Dismissal Times

Below you will find the new dismissal times for the 2016-17 school year for first through eighth graders.  We are making the following changes in order to allow students to have more time to eat during lunch:

 

  • 1st and 2nd grade will now be dismissed at 3:15pm;
  • 3rd and 4th grade will be dismissed at 3:20pm; and
  • Fifth through eighth grade will all be dismissed at 3:30pm.

 

 

2016-17 Class Supply Lists

Below you will find the supply lists for the 2016-17 school year.  Please be sure to purchase and label the supplies by the first day of school.

 

 

 

Faculty Staff Updates for 2016-17 School Year

St. Michael’s is excited to announce that three new teachers are joining our faculty – Mr. Jeremy Bolt (Music and Instruments), Ms. Kami Davis (Music and Chorus), and Dr. Nicole Jensen (middle school science).  Please join us in welcoming these new teachers to our school community!

Jeremy Bolt

Mr. Bolt holds a BA Degree from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, in music, jazz and composition. Jeremy taught the Wind Band Program, High School Jazz Ensemble, and Percussion Ensemble at Waldorf School for seven years. Prior to that he was the Director of Bands and Musical Director, Conductor, and Arranger at Luther Burbank High School. He has extensive experience as a musical director, conductor and composer.

Kami Davis

Ms. Davis is an accomplished musician and accompanist including orchestra, chamber musicians, vocalists, choirs, musical theater, opera, and studio recordings.  Kami is an experienced teacher, producer, and director. She presently is the accompanist for the Sacramento Children’s Chorus, the Sacramento Women’s Chorus, teaches part time at Shalom School, and is Choir Director at Trinity Cathedral. She holds a BA Degree in Music from The Master’s College in Santa Clarita.

Nicole Jensen

Dr. Jensen earned her BS from Cornell University, and her Ph.D from UC Berkeley. Most recently she taught physics and biology at Marin Academy, and prior to that at The Harker School in San Jose where she taught biology and physiology.  Nicole was a National Science Foundation Public School Teaching Fellow, a graduate student instructor at UC Berkeley, and has experience in STEAM education, Makerspace,Thoreau Chair for Sustainability, and has lectured on biological experimental design and invertebrate learning for Advanced Biology Honors Classes.

 

Other Faculty and Staff Updates

Please join us in welcoming two new staff members in the front office.  Ms. Taylor Jordan is our new office administrative associate, and Mrs. Erin Bimson is our new Registrar.  

We have some other faculty and staff changes on campus this year.  Mrs. Katie Abbott has been appointed to the position of Assistant Head of School; in addition to her new duties, she will continue to oversee all student activities as well as teach sixth grade grammar.  Ms. Olivia Graffis, who has been working on her teaching credential and Master's degree at USF, will be our new lower school science teacher and will be helping in third grade.  Mr. Steve Grialou will be the new seventh grade homeroom teacher, and Mr. Joe Monroe will now be the Director of Theater.  Ms. Chelsea Deavers will be moving to teach Pre-K, while Ms. Christine Balalis will be an ECE Assistant Teacher. Ms. Anne Hamilton moves from Associate Teacher in Kindergarten to Associate Teacher in first grade.  In addition to grammar and language arts, Ms. Sharon Fabriz will also teach sixth grade history.

Parent Portal and Parent Forms

As the first day of school gets closer, don't forget to log in to the Parent Portal and verify your child's emergency form information.  If you have more than one child, please be aware that you will need to go through the verification process for each child.  You will also need to return any applicable forms.  Please note, if you are a returning student, you only need to turn in the Grandparents Form if there has been a change in the information.  Also, this year there is a new form (Medical Authorization with signature).  Please be sure to print it out for each student, sign and return it to the front office.

 

 

 

Parents Club Meeting and Used Uniform Sale

Please plan on attending the first Parents Club meeting on the first day of school after drop off in the iMAST Center to meet the Parents Club officers and various school event chairpersons.  This is also your opportunity to obtain information and sign up for volunteer hours. There will also be a used uniform sale at iMAST on the first day of school.

Middle School Orientation

On Thursday, September 1, students entering fifth through eighth grade came to school for Middle School Orientation.  Students met their teachers, got their lockers and went over some rules and procedures.

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Congratulations to the Class of 2016

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PE Gear and Dragon Socks Pre-Order

This year, 5th-8th Grade will have a REQUIRED P.E. uniform. In addition, we are introducing a NEW design for our Dragon Socks that made its debut two years ago. To pre-order, please fill out this form before MONDAY AUGUST 15TH. This will allow us to get the order in on time.

COST | $12 for P.E. GEAR (includes shirt and shorts) | $12 for Dragon Socks

PAYMENT | Once your pre-order is received, you will get an e-mail that will give you your total balance owed. A check (made payable to St. Michael's) can be given to Athletic Director Steve Buzzard during the first week of school. At that time your child will receive their P.E. Gear. Because they are custom made, the Dragon Socks will arrive a week or two after the first week of school.  If you have any questions, please contact Steve Buzzard.

 

Fall Sports Registration and Practices

 

This year, St. Michael's will offer girls' volleyball for 5th-8th grade, boys flag football for 6th-8th grade, and cross country for 5th - 8th grade.  To register for the 2016 teams, please return the Fall Sports Registration Form, the Player Contract and the PAL Consent Form, along with payment to the front office.

 

Please note that practices for Volleyball and Flag Football will begin the week of August 15.  For more information on the individual team practice times, visit the team pages (flag football, volleyball or cross country) or the Athletics page. If you have any questions about Fall Sports, please contact Athletic Director Steve Buzzard.

 

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