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December 4, 2015
Vol. III, No.15

 
 
St. Michael's Academy
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It's hard to believe that the holidays are upon us! It seems as though were were just beginning the school year and now the celebration of Christmas is only three weeks away!

Our annual Christmas Program is next Tuesday and Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Church. The students have been practicing for many weeks and you won't want to miss a minute of this touching and beautiful program. 

It is so easy to get caught up in the glitz and glamour of shopping and gift-giving during the holiday season. Let's remember to celebrate Christmas in our hearts where Christ remains a steady and guiding presence. Help your children realize what a powerful and awesome gift they hold!

Have a great weekend. 

Peace,
Ms. Ann Dougal


Important Dates To Remember!

Please make note of these important upcoming dates:

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

PLEASE NOTE:
Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 9:30 a.m.
School Mass

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Mass, 9:30AM
SMA Christmas Program
St. Catherine of Siena Church
Students with last name A-M

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
SMA Christmas Program
St. Catherine of Siena Church
Students with last name N-Z

Thursday, December 10, 2015
Snow Date for Christmas Program

Friday, December 11, 2015
Progress Reports sent home


Advancement



What a fantastic Day of Giving!  On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, #GivingTuesday, SMA Supporters donated $2,300 to The Fund for St. Michael's Academy in one 24 hour period.  Thank you to everyone who made a gift, spread the word, or followed our Facebook updates all day long.  We are deeply grateful for your belief in our mission and your commitment to SMA.

On behalf of the faculty, staff, and students, we would like to thank everyone who participated in this incredible Day of Giving.




News from Mrs. Ruell - Kindergarten

This Advent season the class will be learning about
Christmas customs around the world.


     
Did you know that in France, Pere Noel brings gifts to good girls and boys? The Christmas tree comes from Germany, and was originally trimmed with apples, thin cookies and candles. Christmas in Mexico is celebrated with Posada, a nine day celebration where children go from house to house asking for shelter just like Mary and Joseph did so long ago. Christmas in Sweden begins with the Festival of Lights on St. Lucia Day, December 13th. And in Australia because it is the summer season, children eat their Christmas dinner at the beach! 



The world is a wide and wonderful place filled with children eager to celebrate this Advent season.

Academics/Classroom Happenings - 

Taking A Closer Look in Gr. 7 Science

Students in Grade 7 were busy this week in Science class with Miss Brown.

In the first phase of the lesson, students used a mircoslide projector to examine plant and animal cells and recreated on paper their findings.


Then the students "kicked it up a notch" and looked at the plant and animal cells using the digital microscopes.


But students were most impressed when they swabbed the inside of their mouth and created a slide! Yikes!


Catholicity

Our students in grades 3-8 had the opportunity to attend confession on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Thank you:

Fr. Peter Ha Dinh Dang from St. Paul the Apostle Parish
Msgr. David Joyce from Holy Name Parish
Fr. Mark Mengel from Holy Name Parish
Fr. Ryan Sliwa from Holy Cross Parish
Fr. Jacques Coley from Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish
Fr. William Pomerleau from Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish

for making yourselves available to the students of St. Michael's Academy.  We appreciate you!



It's Time! It's Time!

It's time for the annual St. Michael's Academy Christmas Program!

Just a reminder, it will be held on Tuesday, December 8th and Wednesday, December 9th at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 1023 Parker Street in Springfield at 6:30 p.m. on both nights. 

The Tuesday evening performance will feature students whose last name begin with the letters A-M. Wednesday evening's performance will feature students whose last names begin with the letters N-Z.

Admission is free and seating is open. Students are asked to wear their "Sunday best" and safe, rubber soled shoes.

See you there!




Rocking and Rolling!

The middle level students had a blast at the holiday dance on Wednesday evening. They should be complimented on their "semi-formal" attire.





Calling All Drama Kings and Queens!


St. Michael's Youth Players from St. Michael's Church, 53 Somers Road in East Longmeadow will be holding open auditions for its production of 
Cinderella on January 20 and 21, 2016. All boys and girls, aged 7-17, are invited to audition.

For further information, contact Mr. Malmborg.

Parish News


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.


Holy Cross Church, 221 Plumtree Road in Springfield will host "Breakfast with Santa" on Sunday, December 13, from 9-11 AM in the St Michael's Academy gym, sponsored by the Holy Cross Knights of Columbus.  

Pancakes, bacon, coffee, cocoa and juice will be served. There is something for the whole family to enjoy, including a prize raffle. Children are invited to take part in crafts, as well as a "Keep Christ in Christmas" poster coloring contest. Professional pictures with Santa are available for a small fee. 

Prices are $5 for Adults$3 for Children, or $10 for the FamilyTickets will be sold after Mass at Holy Cross, or may be purchased using credit/debit or paypal by visiting holycrosskofc15864.groupspaces.com.
Please call Tom Voudrin 788-5115 or Frank Ryan 782-5730 with any questions. 

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. 

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mariani
Mr. and Mrs. Jason Garand
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Gaudrault
Ms. Rose Stella
Mr. and Mrs. Brian Fowler

And we pray in a special way for our recently departed:

Leonard Kaimi
Henry Wegiel

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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