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The Messenger

March 4, 2016
Vol. III, No.26

St. Michael's Academy
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Believe it or not, we're half way through the third quarter today.  Progress reports are included in your child's envelope. Third quarter is always difficult; lots of new material, lots of uninterrupted, sustained learning time (no vacations, no major holidays). Our students need a good pep talk! 

Please take time to review the progress report with them.  Always start with the positive before looking at the areas of need. Then work on establishing some reasonable goals and a specific plan to achieve them. The important thing to remember is continual improvement, not perfection.

Also in the envelopes today is registration material for the 2016-2017 school year. We offer priority registration to our current families before we begin accepting new students on April 1st. Please be sure to return your materials before that date. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call.
Have a great weekend!  


Ms. Ann E. Dougal

Important Dates To Remember!

Please make note of these important upcoming dates:

Violin - Tuesday
Banking - Wednesday


Monday, March 7, 2016 
Gr. 4 Field Trip
Springfield Symphony Hall

Wednesday, March 9 and 10, 2016 at 6 p.m.
SPELLING BEE Competition
St. Mary's Academy, Longmeadow

Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.
School Mass - Gr. 6 Readers
Holy Cross Church

Friday, March 11, 2016 at 2:15 p.m.
Stations of the Cross
Grade 5 Leaders

Calling All Alumni

     Alumni !!

We are trying to organize a St. Michael's Academy Reunion this spring or early summer. Please send your email or contact information to Mrs. Phyllis Lund at or contact us at 413-782-5246 ext. 1202.
Please spread the word!!

From The Classroom of Ms. Synan - PreK-4
Dr. Seuss Celebration In Pre-K 4 B!

Ms. Synan's Pre-K 4 B class celebrated Theodor Seuss Geisel's birthday this week, Of course, he is better known to everyone as Dr. Seuss! The students learned that Dr. Seuss was born in Springfield and has a very important historical place in the city. They enjoyed being read some of the famous author and illustrator's storybooks and found several of the classics such as "The Cat in the Hat", "ABC's- An Amazing Alphabet Book", and "The Foot Book" very entertaining! 

As part of the lesson, they engaged in visual learning, new rhyming and vocabulary words, pre-reading, pre-writing, and counting skills, practiced their colors and shapes, and strengthened their identification of both letters and numbers. They also learned moral lessons, observed and discovered a new world around them, and the creation of a variety of new characters all of which developed a new and unique artistic vision for the students.

To celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday, the students created their own version of their very own hat. This hat can be seen in one of Dr. Seuss' earliest storybooks of "The Cat in the Hat". They took great pride in their artistic creations and this theme made for an exciting learning experience to begin in the month of March!

Calling All Mushers!

Get Ready...Get Set....

You can't compare it to any other competitive event in the world... A race covering 1000 miles of the roughest, most beautiful terrain Mother Nature has to offer... From Anchorage, in south central Alaska, to Nome on the western Bering Sea coast...

You guessed it...the 2016 Iditarod begins tomorrow!  And that also means that our 4th graders have been hard at work choosing mushers, creating dogsled models (including gear needed) and putting their dog markers at the beginning of the course. The entire 1,000 mile course (scaled of course!) has been laid out on the walls of the second floor and the students are ready to beginning tracking their musher. 

Every musher has a different tactic. Each one has a special menu for feeding and snacking their dogs. Each one has a different strategy - some run in the daylight, some run at night. Each one has a different training schedule and his own ideas on dog care, dog stamina and his own personal ability.

Who will win? Stayed tuned to future issues of The Messenger for race updates or check out the race course on the second floor for the current leaders. Good luck to all!

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!

              Joel - Gr. K                                                   Jadeline - Gr. 5
Petra - Gr. 7

Mark Your Calendars!

Diocesan Pilgrimage Day

In honor of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, there will be a Diocesan-wide Pilgrimage Day on Saturday, September 10 at the National Shrine of Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, MA.  It will start mid-morning and end with a
liturgy at 4 pm.

Bishop would like parishioners OF ALL AGES from across the diocese to join him for that day.  

More details will follow!

This will be the key diocesan event for the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

Please mark your calendars and keep this day available!



We send out a great big THANK YOU to the following priests who heard confessions on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week:

Fr. Mark Mengel
Fr. Robert White
Fr. Mark Glover
Fr. Bill Pomerleau
Fr. Jacques Coley

We appreciate you!
Until We Meet Again

The 5th grade students bid a fond farewell to their friend, Fr. Bernier, who spent time with them every month sharing lessons and talking to the them about their faith. Fr. Bernier has been transferred to the Pittsfield area and will be missed by many.

Birthday Celebrations

Happy Birthday Dr. Suess! 

Ms. Synan's class wasn't the only one recognizing Dr. Suess' birthday.There was a little of Dr. Suess everywhere this week!

Leap Year Fun

Leaping for Leap Year!
How often do you get the chance to leap for Leap Year? Hmmm...probably about every 4 years and this is one of them!

The students had fun measuring and graphing how far they could jump.

 Parish News

3rd Annual Lenten Fish Fry
Friday, March 18th
2-7 p.m.

St. Catherine of Siena, 1023 Parker Street in Springfield will hold its
3rd Annual Lenten Fish Fry. Tickets are on sale now so get them while they're hot! There are a limited amount of tickets available at the door so remember to get yours early...last year's Fish Fry SOLD OUT!
Tickets are $12/adults & $8/children 12 and under and are on sale in the parish office (Mon-Fri, 9:00-4:00) and after all masses. Dinner includes 1/2 lb of fresh haddock, french fries, homemade coleslaw and a beverage.
Join in the fun on March 18th from  2-7 p.m. in the Parish Center and take out will be available!

Spelling Bee 

The students have been practicing early in the morning...they have been spelling words you've never heard of...and they are ready!

The annual Spelling Bee will be held on Wednesday and Thursday of next week at 6 p.m. at St. Mary's Academy in Longmeadow. Come and support your fellow students!

Mark Your Calendars!
Mark your calendars for June 2 from 9 -11 a.m.  Why you ask? Because that is when the representative from Donnelly's Clothing will be here to measure students for uniforms. 

Avoid the rush in the Summer and Fall - order early!


Job Opening
Office of the Chancellor
Diocese of Springfield
76 Elliot Street
Springfield, MA 01102

We are looking for an individual to serve as an administrative assistant for the Office of the Chancellor.  This position will be 37.5 hours per week (Monday-Friday).  This is an hourly position and the rate of pay is based on background and experience.  The ideal candidate will be required to multi task assignments, have strong attention to detail and solid computer skills (Microsoft word, excel). 
Duties include:
-  Screening telephone calls and providing positive customer service
-  Prepares reports and correspondence required by the Chancellor
-  Coordinates various national annual collections and serves as diocesan      contact person
-  Performs other duties on behalf of the Chancellor and Bishop's Office
For immediate consideration, interested candidates should send their resume via email or fax to:  Peter D. Schmidt, Director, Human Resources, P.O. Box 1730, Springfield, MA 01102. Email:  Fax 413-452-0681.

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. 

Guimar Varzeas
Philip J. Ryan
Daniel Donovan
Margaret and Kyle Tabb
Natalie Welsh

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

Officer Ashley Guindon
Ruth Collins
Joseph Piemonte
Katherine Shea

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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