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February 5, 2016
Vol. III, No.23

St. Michael's Academy
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Many people think that Catholic Schools Week is just about kids having fun. But there's really much more to it. The real purpose of Catholic Schools Week is to get the word out about Catholic education and to show appreciation to the many people who support our mission. 

And that's just what we did. Our students wrote thank you letters to pastors, entertained grandparents, volunteers and friends of St. Michael's Academy at our Warm Winter Wishes program, sent notes to soldiers and raised money for the Annual Catholic Appeal -to name just a few things we did. And I think they had fun while they did it. But just to make sure they know we appreciate them, we'll have some (delayed) fun on Monday when we celebrate Student Appreciation Day!

And a special thank you to all of you for choosing to educate your child at St. Michael's Academy. Your investment in your child's education today is sure to bring you great returns in the future. We've got the data to prove it! Click here for information from our friends at Notre Dame.

I hope to see many of you on Saturday night as we finish up our week with our annual Mangia Mingle Pasta Supper!


Ms. Ann E. Dougal

Important Dates To Remember!

Please make note of these important upcoming dates:

Violin - Tuesday
Banking - Wednesday


Monday, Feb. 8, 2016
Student Appreciation Day!
Wear your favorite sports team jersey

Monday, Feb. 8, 2016
Get Up and Move!
Drop everything and dance when you hear the music!

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016
Ash Wednesday - Lent Begins

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016 at 10 a.m.
School Mass

Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 at 2:15 p.m.
Stations of the Cross
Gr. 7 Leaders

After School Billing

Please be aware that an error was made in processing the January 28th after school statements. The only charges included on the bills were from January 21st. Therefore, the February 4th statements will include charges from January 22nd through February 3rd.

We apologize for any confusion as a result of this error.

Pasta Dinner Tomorrow!

We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the Pasta Dinner tomorrow evening!

If your child has calendar sales that they were unable to bring in to school because of the snow day, please bring it with you to the Pasta Supper. If you are unable to attend the dinner, please drop it off between 2-5 p.m. in the gymnasium. We want to make sure everyone is included in the raffle.

Good luck!

Our New Spanish Teacher!

The faculty and staff of St. Michael's Academy are very excited to welcome back Ms. Beverly Guerrero-Porter as our Spanish teacher!

Ms. Guerrero-Porter will start on Monday!

Catholic Schools Week!

Wow...what a week we had and it's not over yet!  Due to the snow day today, Friday, our Student Appreciation Day has been moved to Monday. It's a dress down day so make sure you wear your favorite sports team jersey! And don't forget about the Pasta Supper tomorrow night!

Here are just a few pictures from our week!

From The Classroom of Mrs. McQuade - Grade 5
What's The Matter?!

The 5th grade students have been learning about physical properties of matter in science class. After reviewing what matter is and how elements combine to make many kinds of matter, the students have discovered how certain physical properties can be used to describe matter.

On Tuesday, the students worked together to observe the shape and color of a small box. They measured the dimensions of the box and used this information to calculate the volume of the box. They measured the mass of the box and used their measurements to determine the density.

In the next few weeks, the 5th graders will be discovering how matter can undergo physical and chemical changes and how these changes affect the matter.


SchoolsNEXT Projects Winners!

We have some winners!!! At our Open House last Sunday, all the projects for the SchoolsNEXT competition were on display. What a fantastic job all the students did and there were very few points separating the top winners!

The People's Choice Award

3rd Place - A Tie!

2nd Place

And The Winners!


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!

               Sean- Gr. 1                                      Emily - Gr. 3
Jarrod - Gr. 8

Warm Winter Wishes

Our 2nd graders put on quite a show for their grandparents and our SMA volunteers. Their singing and dancing, along with some goodies, made for the perfect celebration! Thank you students - your hard work was appreciated by many.

To view the full gallery of photos, please click here.


Snowflake Song!


The Alley Cat


And some priceless time with our grandparents!




What A Special Surprise!

What a special surprise Mrs. Bedore's 6th graders had for her on Teacher Appreciation Day.  Such thoughtful students!

Like A Good Scavenger Hunt?

Ask any 8th grader and they will tell you all about the scavenger hunts they have been on all week! Every day during Catholic Schools Week a different themed hunt was handed out!

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

Pope Francis will hold placement testing for prospective ninth grade students who are interested in attending Pope Francis High School in September, 2016.  Registration forms may be downloaded from the website or by calling Ann Rivers, Director of Admissions at (413) 331-2480, ext. 1132.

Walk-ins are welcome!

Snow Days

In the event of inclement weather, St. Michael's Academy follows the Springfield Public Schools cancellation notices (due to bus transportation). If Springfield Public Schools cancel school - we cancel school, if they delay school - we delay school. Please check your local television stations for announcements.

We will do our best to send out a Blackboard Connect announcement to our families as well.

Parish Corner

Mt. Carmel Family Valentine Supper
Saturday, Feb. 6, downstairs Marian Hall
123 William Street, Springfield

Hearty Pasta & Dessert Served 5-6 PM
DJ    Face Painting    Craft Project
$10 in advance 734-5433
or from Frank Grimaldi 219-9279
$12 at the door     $5 ages 5-12


Holy Cross Knights of Columbus

The Holy Cross Knights of Columbus are hosting a Sweetheart Dance on Saturday, Feb. 13th in the St. Michael's Academy gym. Tickets are $25 a person. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a social hour including coffee, tea, soft beverages and a cheese bar. BYOB if you'd like wine with your dinner. Catered buffet-style dinner is at 7 p.m. with a DJ and dancing until 10:30 p.m.. 

Tickets can be purchased after Mass (at Holy Cross) or online using debit/credit/PayPal by visiting Please call Darin Cook at 386-8413 or Bob Bys at 796-5522 for more info. Tickets are limited, and will only be on sale until February 7th.

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. 

Jennifer Markey
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Kelliher
Richard Maroney
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph McCalla

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

Muu Van Lang 
Mary F. Buffum

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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