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The Messenger

February 12, 2016
Vol. III, No.24

 
 
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We didn't let a few snow storms keep us from finally celebrating our Student Appreciation Day. The students enjoyed a dress down day with their favorite sports team jersey but had even more fun during "Get Up and Move." Both the students and faculty enjoyed the opportunity to combine physical exercise with fun!


This week we observed the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday by celebrating Mass with Fr. Bernier from Mary Mother of Hope Church. Fr. Bernier reminded the children how the Lenten journey of prayer, fasting and almsgiving prepares us for Easter.



During our school vacation next week, I hope you can spend a little time with your children and discuss how Lent can be a good time for reflection, self evaluation and action. Share with them the importance of making time for God in their daily routine and how to live as Jesus taught us.  Maybe during your talk, you might come up with a good idea for an activity you can do as a family to be of service to someone less fortunate.

Enjoy your vacation week.

Peace.

Ms. Ann E. Dougal
Principal


Important Dates To Remember!

Please make note of these important upcoming dates:

Violin - Tuesday
Banking - Wednesday

PLEASE NOTE:

Monday, Feb. 15 through Friday, Feb. 19, 2016
MIDWINTER VACATION!!!
Enjoy!



A Message from Bishop Rozanski

Springfield Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski offers an invitation and a challenge in his new pastoral letter, "The Wideness of God's Mercy," released Feb. 10, Ash Wednesday.

In the letter, he offers words of welcome and notes that the letter was inspired by the Jubilee Year of Mercy declared by Pope Francis. However, he said it also was a direct response to the people of the Diocese of Springfield.

"When we began this process of looking at our evangelization, one of the suggestions was to reach out to people - both those who are in the pews and those who are Catholics but not practicing their faith," he said. "We wanted to ask them different questions about their perceptions of the faith or perhaps why they don't practice."

More than 3,000 people took the diocese's online survey and many wrote comments. Bishop Rozanski said he wanted to assure those people that they had been heard.

To read Bishop Rozanski's full letter in either English or Spanish, please click here.

 
Before and After School Billing

Due to snow days on February 5th and 8th, last week's before and after school statements were not sent home.  This week's statements include activity from January 28th thru February 10th.  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. DeMars or Mrs. O'Brien.
 


From The Classroom of Mrs. Moskal - Kindergarten
   
Let's Investigate !
 

Mrs. Moskal's kindergarten has been studying weather and the seasons in science class.  We have been discussing the types of weather in each season and the corresponding activities we enjoy at these times.  We are also identifying types of clouds and learning that it is the temperature of the air that determines which form of precipitation falls from these clouds. The children have been graphing the weather we have had the last couple of weeks.

We also have read several selections in our language arts program that have the same themes. Every Season, Jump into January, Snow, Storm is Coming, and What a Beautiful Sky! are some of the related titles.  The informational text that accompanied one of these stories was entitled How Water Changes.   After reading this text, our class conducted an investigation.  We got a snowball from outside and placed it in a dish in our classroom.  It began to melt immediately.  After three hours the entire snowball had melted, and we had water in our dish.  We left the dish alone, and after 5 days we observed that it was empty.  The water had evaporated.

Our February science topic features matter and its three stages as a solid, a liquid, or a gas. We applied this knowledge to identify that the snowball was a solid and the water was a liquid which then evaporated into a gas. We observed that water can be present in all three stages of matter. We concluded that it was the heat in our classroom that caused the snow to change to the different stages.

In addition, our Scholastic Let's Find Out featured a video entitled "When Water Freezes."  It demonstrated the repeated process of melting and freezing to form icicles.  It was fun to watch!



Rocking It At "Math Counts" Competition

Math Counts!

The St. Michael's Academy MathCounts team recently competed in the Connecticut Valley Competition against teams from all over the region.

Team members Cameron Dougal, Julia Puppolo, Derek Wesley, and Brendan Connors did a great job representing SMA in the tournament. While they did not win the competition, Cameron placed 16th which placed him in the top 10%.  Overall fun was had by all!




Finally Finishing Catholic Schools Week!

Well Mother Nature was not cooperating with us but we were finally able to have our Student Appreciation Day! Students enjoyed a dress down day while wearing their favorite sports team jersey. And don't forget the "Get Up and Move" portion of the day. Every time music played over the intercom, everyone dropped everything they were doing and danced!






 


Catholicity

Ash Wednesday Mass

Thank you Fr. Bernier for celebrating Mass with us on a snowy, cold day. And thank you for helping us remember how to prepare ourselves for Easter by saying our prayers, giving something up that we like, and doing good deeds for others.


Stations of the Cross

Today is the first Friday in Lent which also begins our weekly Stations of the Cross. Please feel free to join us on Fridays at 2:15 p.m. at Holy Cross Church.



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!

         Cameron - Gr. PreK-4                           Zoe - Gr. 3
  
Elizabeth - Gr. 8
 

Celebrating Valentine's Day

Students had fun celebrating an early Valentine's Day!

 
PreK Artwork!
  
Wow - nice job PreK-3 students on your "Valentine's Monsters of Love"



Springfield College National Girls & Women in Sports Day

Springfield College will host National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Saturday, Feb.20. On that day, girls in grades K through 6 are invited to attend clinics at Springfield College where they will participate in several sports and activities, including soccer, gymnastics, tennis, and field hockey. The clinics, which are free of charge, will be held in campus facilities.

Openings are still available. To register, click here or contact Meredith Reid at mreid3@springfieldcollege.edu.

Girls are encouraged to bring a bagged lunch to eat as participants and their families are invited to stay to watch, free of charge, the Springfield College women's basketball team play against Wellesley College on James Naismith Court in Blake Arena at 12 p.m.



 
Spelling Bee Practice

Spelling Bee practice every Thursday morning from 7:15 - 8:15 a.m. Mark your calendar for the Spelling Bee at St. Mary's Academy in Longmeadow on March 9th and 10th. 

Parish Corner

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 holycrosskofc15864.groupspaces.com. 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.

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        It's Time for the Annual
      Irish Night Fundraiser for 
     The Sisters of St. Joseph!

        Sunday, February 28th
                   2-6 p.m.
Chicopee Knights of Columbus

                                                   Irish Dancers
                                                        Raffles
                                         Corned Beef Sandwiches
                                                  Tickets - $25 
                                 Contact the SSJ Office at 536-0853

 
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.



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. 

Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Dasso
Mrs. Mary Alice Avato
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Morin
Mr. and Mrs. Dominick Denault
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph F. Ashe

And we pray in a special way 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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