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November 24, 2015
Vol. III, No.14

St. Michael's Academy
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Happy Thanksgiving from our 
family to yours!

St. Michael's Academy 


As Thanksgiving is upon us, so is our opportunity to be thankful for the many gifts God has given us. 

We always remember to be thankful for our families and our food, our warm homes and the clothes we wear. But let's also take a minute to thank God for the simple things we sometimes take for granted.  When you wake up in the morning, notice the sky and the trees. Try to listen for birds singing and notice the squirrels gathering their food for the winter. God has given us a beautiful world; take a minute to sit, relax and admire it before the rush of travel or the arrival of family. "Recharge your batteries" with a quiet moment and thank God for his generous gifts of earth, sky and life.

Then welcome your festivities! Happy Thanksgiving and may your day be blessed with joy and happiness!


Ms. Ann Dougal

Important Dates To Remember!

Please make note of these important upcoming dates:

Violin - every Tuesday
Banking - every Wednesday
Drumming - every Wednesday


Monday, November 30, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.
National Junior Honor Society
Information Night

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 from 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Middle Level Semi-Formal Dance

News from Ms. Wuller - Grade 4
Acrostic poem

We want to share our collective Thanksgiving thoughts with our friends, families, and all who care for Saint Michael's Academy.

We give thanks for:

Teachers, turkeys, trust and trees,
Hats, helping hands, happiness, and homes.
America, air to breathe, angels and art,
Nouns, notebooks, nuts, noodles and nature.
Kittens, kindness, Kit Kats, and koalas,
Saints, soccer, surprises, songs, and the Son of God.

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, 
His love endures forever.  
                                                               Psalm 118:1

Tis the Season for Giving
Food Drive

Thank you to all of the SMA students who donated food to the middle level student council food drive. With your help, St. Michael's Academy was able to contribute to the food pantry at Gray House. The students are shown collecting the food and getting ready for delivery!


Thank you Msgr. Liston, from St. Patrick's Parish, for celebrating Mass today with St. Michael's Academy. Your meaningful words provided inspiration and were the perfect way to start our Thanksgiving celebrations!

And thank you to the 4th grade for sponsoring our Mass.

Christmas Program
Get Ready for the Christmas Program!!
On Tuesday, December 8th and Wednesday, December 9th St. Michael's Academy students will present the 2015 Christmas Program at St. Catherine of Siena Church.  This promises to be a wonderfully uplifting and joy-filled experience for our honored guests - you!
Listed below are reminders regarding this year's Christmas program:

Date:             Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015

Who:             Students whose last names begin with


Date:            Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015

Who:             Students whose last names begin with

Snow date:   December 10, 2015

Place:           St. Catherine of Siena Church
                        1023 Parker Street,
                        Springfield, MA  01129

Show Time:  6 p.m.  
Seating:        Open seating

Admission:   Free
Attire:            Party-type (dress-up) clothes
                  in the Christmas colors for boys and girls.

Shoes:          For safety reasons, rubber-soled footwear                                                 would be best to wear on the marble floor of the
                 sanctuary (altar area).    


PreK Grandparent Celebration!

PreK Grandparents were honored with a special singing performance by the PreK students this week. The students created some Thanksgiving headresses with the help of grandparents and wore them proudly during their singing performance!

Perfect Attendance

Congratulations to our perfect attendance dress-down winners! In order to qualify for the weekly drawing, a student must have no absences, tardiness or early dismissals the previous week of school. We select one from PreK - 2nd grade, one from 3rd - 5th grade and one from 6th - 8th grade. Congrats to this week's winners!

                Anna - Gr. K                                  Brayden - Gr. 3

                                           Tiffany - Gr. 6


Parish News

Holy Cross Church, 221 Plumtreet Road in Springfield, will celebrate a healing Mass for Maureen Garner on Tuesday, December 1st at 6:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Church. Maureen is the mother of Jason and Stephanie Garner who attended Holy Cross School.  She is a Eucharistic minister, the coordinator of the altar servers, and coordinator of the Lenten soup and salad program for the parish. Please join us as we pray for her.

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 123 Williams Street in Springfield - Voices in chorus and solos, instruments, and handbells will all celebrate the joy of Christmas in a concert in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church Friday, Dec.18 at 7 p.m.  Relax, listen, watch, meditate to the sacred sounds of this blessed season. And in so lovely a setting. No tickets, freewill offering.

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:

Fr. David Darcy
Jennifer DeBarge

And we pray for all our dearly 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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