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January 8, 2016
Vol. III, No.19

St. Michael's Academy
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St. Michael's Academy 

As we begin a new calendar year, our faculty and staff used the professional development day this week to partake in a Retreat Day at Holy Family Retreat Center in West Hartford, CT.  

During this Jubilee Year of Mercy, as proclaimed by Pope Francis, the theme for the day focused on mercy and compassion, with an emphasis on the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy. This experience, which enriched our faculty and staff, will be incorporated into the every day lessons they share with our students as we form faith-filled, compassionate students.
May you and your families be blessed this year of 2016. 


Ms. Ann E. Dougal

Important Dates To Remember!

Please make note of these important upcoming dates:

Violin - every Tuesday
Banking - every Wednesday


Friday January 15, 2016
New Spirit Retreat Day
Grade 8

Friday, January 15, 2016
Grade 1

From The Classroom of Mrs. Duplessis - Music

Happenings in Music!
I can't believe it's January already - it seems like we were just gearing up for Christmas! The students did an amazing job at the Christmas Program, and I am so proud of each and every one of them. Students in Pre-K and first grade also did a great job performing at their Grandparent Events in November and December. We certainly have been busy!

With the New Year upon us, we will be starting many exciting things in music. Students in Pre-K through Grade 3 will continue to learn new songs and dances, work on rhythmic skills, and become more proficient in recognizing and reading patterns. How much time we spend focusing on the above disciplines will vary by grade, as will the difficulty of the material. 

Students in fourth grade are excited that they will soon begin learning the recorder!  The order is in, and they should be here any day. We have been working on note reading skills in preparation for this new adventure, and we have also had discussions about how to properly care for the recorder. 

Students in fifth and sixth grade will also begin working on recorder (we will be using the second book in the series this year).  We have been reviewing music reading skills that may have been forgotten since we last played recorder, so that everyone will be on the same page.  I know they are looking forward to studying recorder again, too!

Students in seventh and eighth grade are doing a more in-depth study of written music, and will be starting to learn about bass clef, meters, and key signatures.  Eighth grade students will also start preparing for graduation soon (it's hard to believe, but it will come quickly).  These students will also be learning about different genres of music, and if we have time, we may try our hand at composing!

Choir (Grades 6-8) and Honors Recorder (Grades 5-6) will continue to meet to work on new music and prepare for Mass and other special events.  Honors recorder will be open to new students in Grades 5-6, as well as students in Grade 4, by invitation only, in the spring.  Students are invited based on their work ethic, behavior, and accomplishment; if you have a child interested in being a part of this group, encourage them to practice regularly, as they will be much more likely to be successful!

Again, I'm really looking forward to teaching your children many new and exciting things this year!  I hope 2016 proves to be a blessed and fruitful year for all of you!


 Open House

Mark your calendars and spread the word! St. Michael's Academy will be holding an Open House on Sunday, January 31, 2016. There will be a presentation and tours for new or prospective families at noon with our regular open house going on from noon to 2 p.m.

As in years past, the SchoolsNEXT projects will be on display and the winner's will be announced that day.

Know of a family who might be interested in St. Michael's? This is the perfect chance to invite them and introduce them to our fantastic school!


Our compliments to Grade 3 for a nice job hosting the first school Mass of 2016 this week.

And thank you Fr. Glover from St. Catherine of Siena Church for celebrating Mass with us. Your words of how important it is to share kindness and love were a wonderful message to start the new year.

Attention Parents.....Be on the lookout!

Check the backpacks and check the folders for information about how you can help our school by supporting one or all of the efforts listed below. 

The Calendar Raffle provides three ways for students and families to get involved and support St. Michael's Academy.

  First, families are given five (5) calendars to sell for $10 each to friends, relatives, and neighbors. Those who purchase the calendar will have 29 chances to win prizes up to $500! The families who sell all five calendars will receive a Uniform Free Day!


  • Second, families may purchase tickets for our Mangia and Mingle Pasta Dinner (tickets must be purchased in advance) on Saturday, February 6th. At the dinner, the names of 29 lucky winners will be drawn and all will be given a chance to enjoy food and fellowship with the St. Michael's Academy community!

  • Third, each grade will donate a themed prize basket to be raffled off at the Pasta Dinner on February 6th. This provides ten more chances to win while you dine!

The assigned themes are:

PK- Coffee and Tea                                    K- Chocolate Lovers
Grade 1- Mexican                                      Grade 2- Italian
Grade 3- Arts and Crafts                          Grade 4- Family Game Night
Grade 5- Dog Lovers                                        Grade 6- Movie Night
     Grade 7- Local/New England Sports                 Grade 8- Bath and Spa

Each student is asked to donate an item for their class' gift basket or make a small dollar donation.

This fundraiser, along with our Walk-a-thon, are the only two fundraisers St. Michael's holds each year and the school relies heavily on the proceeds from these events to fund school functions. 

So...let's sell some calendars, have fun while eating a great pasta dinner and maybe even win some $$ or a gift basket!  We can rock this thing!!

New for 2016 from Mrs. Freeman in Guidance
New this Year...Lunch Bunch!
Lunch Bunch is a small, informal group session designed to build self-esteem, social skills and increase peer relations. These groups are held during the students' lunch block. Students bring their lunches to my office where they listen to stories, have discussions and participate in activities. This is a great way to meet with all of the students at SMA and for them to get to know me and what my job is.

Some of the different topics we might touch on are kindness, friendship, careers, mindfulness, emotions, and self-confidence. A special invitation is sent to a small group of students in the class. Students are chosen at random and all students will have a chance to participate throughout the year. The students are picked up after their recess and then dropped off at the cafeteria for the end of their lunch block.

The students who participated this week really enjoyed their lunch bunch and many students can't wait for their turn! I have many ideas and plans for the rest of the year!

It's Cold Outside!

Please remember that we like to have the students go outside for recess whenever the weather permits. We ask that you make sure your child has the appropriate items for the cold, i.e. warm coat/jacket, hat, mittens, etc. We do have a supply of hats and mittens in the office - just stop by!

Uniform Exchange

Are those uniforms getting a little small? Are you ready to trade a few in that are still in good condition?

Here's your chance at the next SMA Uniform Exchange on Saturday, January 16th froi 9 a.m. to noon in the SMA gymnasium.

And don't forget...if you bring in items, you will receive 50 percent off your order! Don't you just love a bargain?!

Springfield Falcons Hockey
Saturday, January 30th is Catholic Schools Night with the Springfield Falcons! Celebrate the kick off to Catholic Schools Week and join your friends for a fun night of hockey action as the Springfield Falcons take on the Portland Pirates at 7 p.m. at the Mass Mutual Center.

Tickets are only $12 for students and faculty but must be purchased ahead of time and can be picked up at the Will Call window the night of the game. St. Michael's students have been asked to sing God Bless America so don't miss an opportunity to see and hear your child sing!

For additional information and to purchase tickets, contact Matt McRobbie at (413) 276-4340, or mail in the order form that was sent home with your child. Extra forms are available in the office. Order deadline is Thursday, Jan. 28th. 

See you there!

Brush Up On Your Free Throws!

Attention All Students, Ages 9-14!

St. Cecilia's Knights of Columbus will be hosting a Free Throw Championship tomorrow - Saturday, at 10 a.m. at St. Cecilia's Parish Center. Registration is morning of - don't miss the fun!


               Placement Test
 Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 at 8 a.m.
Holyoke Catholic High School
134 Springfield Street, Chicopee

For prospective ninth grade student who are interested in attending Pope Francis High School in September, 2016. Placement test registration forms may be downloaded from the website or by calling Ann Rivers, Director of Admissions at (413) 331-2480, ext. 1132.

Snow date for test: February 13, 2016

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

Catherine and Odell Daniel
Patricia Staples
Kathleen Gilhooly
Marie Chaban

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

Mark "Sonny" Kay
Robert Lucia
Pham Quan

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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