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The Messenger

October 23, 2015
Vol. III, No.9

St. Michael's Academy
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We had an all school character-forming experience on Thursday. Due to a scheduling snaffu, there was a mid morning change in the lunch menu for the day. The lunch choice went from the ever popular pizza to chicken chow mein or tuna sandwich. There was an audible, collective gasp throughout the building when the announcement was made over the intercom. And then the personal, internal struggles began as each individual student (and maybe some adults) struggled to come to grip with the new lunch choices. 
It's never easy not getting what you want. But as adults, I think we all know it's a fact of life. So, today was a good opportunity for our students to practice good coping skills. And coping skills build good character!

Have a great weekend.

Ms. Ann Dougal

Important Dates To Remember!

Please make note of these important upcoming dates:

Grade 2 Violin - every Tuesday
Banking - every Wednesday

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 from 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Middle Level Dance
Get your tickets ahead of time and save $$

News from Mr. Bernard - Physical Education and Health

Physical Education and Health began the year by working on various team building activities to help get to know and work together with our new classes. This is a way for students to become more familiar and comfortable working with one another.  We have also been working on fundamentals in the Physical Education classroom and soccer skills.  For health, we have introduced and reviewed all of our school safety procedures.  This allows students to not only know what to do in case of an emergency, but why these rules are in place, and what makes them important.

In Health class we are now learning about the environment.  We are talking about what we can do to help the world be a cleaner, healthier place.  This will include the 3 R's (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle) and energy conservation (turning lights and electronics off while not in use).  This helps the environment by not burning as much fossil fuels that pollute the air, but also helps out with family spending on unused energy.  In the cafeteria we are working as a school to recycle more, and are collecting recyclables at lunch time that would have normally been thrown in the trash.  Overall, it is important that the students are aware and thinking about ways to improve environmental health.,

In Physical Education we are moving on from soccer and learning about football.  We will be practicing the skills of the sport with throwing, catching, and holding the football.  We will work on different routes that are common to the sport and fundamentals of football.  In older grades, we will play some small sided games as well as skills based games, that will allow students to practice what they have learned with some friendly competition. 

It has been a great couple of months, and I hope all of the students are as excited as I am about the rest of this school year!

Diocesan Professional Development

The SMA faculty participated in a diocesan professional development day today at St. Thomas School in West Springfield.

Bishop Mitch started the day by celebrating Mass and then he and Sr. Andrea joined our faculty for a great photo!

Brother Mickey O'Neill McGrath was the keynote speaker. Brother Mickey, an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales, spoke about deep and often whimsical connections between art and religious faith. He is the author and illustrator of eleven books, many of which have received awards from Catholic publishing associations. 

"Living and working in the most dangerous city in the United States, and one of the poorest, I have discovered new meaning for my talents and gifts; the revelation of unexpected beauty which crosses paths with the pain and challenges I see before me every day." 
                        Brother Mickey

Academics/Classroom Happenings - 

And They're Off!

The St. Michael's four student contingent is off to San Diego to complete in the national finals of the SchoolsNEXT (formerly known as "School of the Future") competition. St. Michael's is one of only four teams from across the country who has made it to the final competition. The students,  Richard Bordonaro, Joe McCoy, Elijah Ayers and Gerry Martin, along with their adviser Ms. Kaimi, will compete today.

We will keep you posted! Our VERY best luck from the WHOLE school!


Direct from San Diego, Ms. Kaimi has sent these photos of the students prepping and about to be judged!

Grade 4 Philanthropy

The fourth grade students recently completed reading a story, The Power of W.O.W.  ( Words on Wheels ).  In the selection, some children ran a carwash to collect money to help fund their bookmobile. 

Four classmates in 4C then worked together to create questions for Mrs. Lund, Director of Advancement at SMA, regarding fund raising activities here.  Today they interviewed her in the school conference room, complete with name badges and note cards. Their knowledge of fundraising, donors, sponsorship and community efforts grew tremendously. 

Great way to connect what we read to our own real-life experiences!

Art Room Creativity

The 8th grade students have been busy creating their own personal sketch books! They even learned a binding technique to join the entire book together. Next up? Stay tuned to the Messenger to see examples of their sketching and the different sketching techniques they use.

And they will be learning from the best! Here is an example of a sketching from the SMA Art Teacher Mrs. Lamour. Such a wonderful talent God has blessed her with!

1st Grade Gets Up Close with Springfield Firefighters

The 1st grade classes were able to get up close to the Springfield Fire Department's Heavy Rescue truck. Lt. Drew Piemonte and Firefighters Michael Rivera and Frankie Rivera demonstrated variousl pieces of equipment on the truck and students were even able to operate the jaws of life! 

Thanks Springfield Firefighters for helping us learn what to do in the case of fire or emergency! 

And a special thank you to Lt. Piemonte whose son Garrett is in Mrs. Logan's 1st grade class.


Thank you Msgr. Joyce for celebrating Mass with our school. You taught us about keeping the fire of Jesus alive in our hearts.

And great job Grade 6 sponsoring the Mass!

Trunk or Treat

There were some mighty frightening ghosts and goblins at St. Michael's Academy Thursday night. Students had a "howling" good time at the annual Trunk or Treat celebration. The costumes were fabulous but the decorated cars and stations were ghoulishly scary! Luckily it was only our students, families and friends who got into the early Halloween spirit!

And thanks to our parents who got into the spirit of things!

Prayer Corner
St. Michael the Archangel, pray for us! 
We pray for all St. Michael's Academy students, families, faculty, and staff, and their special intentions. 

This week we pray in a special way for:  rosary-beads.jpg
Peter Rakouskas
Arcadio Rodriguez
Stephanie Parent
Linda Tammi
Mr. and Mrs. Norman Couture
Mr. and Mrs. George Randall

And we pray for all our recently departed.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen. 
Our prayers continue to be with Mr. Rancitelli, who is undergoing treatment for a cancer recurrence. Each week, a different homeroom sends him cards. If your family would like to send a card, please send it to school with your child, clearly marked for Mr. Rancitelli. His family has set up a blog to write about this experience.Click here to read the blog. 

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