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The Messenger

March 24, 2016
Vol. III, No.29

St. Michael's Academy
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Throughout Lent we unite in celebration with Christians worldwide to celebrate the greatest of mysteries, and the 8th grade wowed us this week in the glory of the Resurrection with their performances of the living stations of the cross. Thank you to all who attended and for making this such a memorable and meaningful production. 

As March winds down next week, let us all remember to hit the ground running into April. Enjoy the long weekend, and remember that we will not be in session on Monday. Be sure to spend time with your family, enjoy the holiday, and, of course, Happy Easter. 

God Bless, and may the Peace of Christ be with you.

Aaron Piotrowski
Assistant Principal

From Our Family To Yours.....

Important Dates To Remember!

Please make note of these important upcoming dates:

Violin - Tuesday
Banking - Wednesday


Sunday, March 27, 2016

Monday, March 28, 2016
Easter Monday

Registration for 2016-17 School Year


This is a reminder that registration materials for next year are due back to school by Friday, April 1st.  On Monday, April 4th, we will begin assigning available slots to new students who have been waiting.

PLEASE return your completed forms and tuition deposit as soon as possible. If you are unable to locate your paperwork, please contact the Main Office or the Admissions Office or click here.

Thank you!!

From The Classroom of Mr. Malmborg - Grade 4
The 4th Grade Is Busy!

We have had a very busy month so far. In the beginning of March, all of the 4th grade went on their first field trip of the year. They went to Springfield Symphony Hall to watch a play version of Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. Not only did this play bring a popular character to life, but also introduced the kids to Greek mythology, which many of them seemed interested in. This also opened their minds to a world of drama and theater.

It was mentioned in last week's Messenger that 4th grade had started the Iditarod Race. All 4th graders were tasked with picking a musher to research, learning what they packed inside their sled, following their progress each and every day until the last musher crossed that finish line, and then finally presenting their musher to the class. I can tell that you that excitement definitely filled the classes each day as the leaderboard was put up on their Smartboard. Lead mushers changed so often that it might have been one person in the lead in the morning but a different leader by the time they went to recess or lunch. In the end though, a winner was announced this week, Dallas Seavey. The student who picked him was Vyan Patel in Mr. Malmborg's class. Congratulations to you and your musher Vyan!  

In Social Studies this year, the 4th grade has been hard at work learning all 50 states and capitals. To help them learn the states even further, all three fourth grade classes were taught "The Fifty Nifty" song which actually puts all 50 states in alphabetical order. It's pretty impressive that all three classes have this song memorized and when all 73 kids sing together it sounds amazing. They are currently working on another song which showcases all 50 states and their capitals. This is a harder song to learn, but the 4th grade rose to the challenge and have been practicing this song for weeks. They are hoping to perfect it so they can sing it during the 4th grade grandparent event and possibly even for the whole school. We have provided the "Fifty Nifty" lyrics below.

The 4th grade also recently started a project writing pen pal letters to all 50 states. We are hoping to get a response back from all 50! We aren't just randomly selecting a schools, we have specifically selected other Catholic Schools for our kids to write to. They are really interested in finding out about things like, "what color is their uniform?" or "what time does your school day start and end?" We began this activity by having all of the 4th graders select a state and then we answered questions as a class about SMA, Massachusetts and even a little bit about themselves. Once that was done, they were asked to write their rough draft. Once rough drafts are given back and the students have rewritten them, they will be mailed out. Our goal is to get back as many letters as we can by the end of the year. Every response we receive, we will locate where they are on a map with a place marker so we know which ones are left. If you visit Mr. Malmborg's teacher homepage, we will definitely keep you posted of our progress.
                                 FIFTY NIFTY LYRICS

Fifty nifty United States from thirteen original colonies,
Fifty nifty stars in the flag that billows so beautifully in the breeze.
Each individual state contributes a quality that is great.
Each individual state deserves a bow; Let's salute them now!

Fifty nifty United States from thirteen original colonies,
Shout'em, scout'em, Tell all about'em
One by one, 'til we've given a day to every state that's in the USA.,
In the USA...

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut,
Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana.

Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada.

New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico,
New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio!

Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island,
South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas.

Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.
North, South, East, West...
In our calm objective opinion, (Name your state) is the best...of the

Fifty nifty United States from thirteen original colonies,
One by one, 'til we've given a day to every state that's in the USA.,
In the USA...

WOW!!! Way to go 4th Graders!!

Fun In Science!

Ms. Wuller's 4th Grade Science class was learning about the power of static electricity!

Kindergarten Fun in Music Class!

Some of the kindergartners were having fun in Music Class singing the      B-U-N-N-Y song!


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!

               Sebastian- Gr. 1A                           Jonas - Gr. 4C
Amanda - Gr. 8A


Living Stations of the Cross

The 8th Grade students presented an amazing reenactment of the Stations of the Cross on Wednesday. You could hear a pin drop as students, faculty and friends of St. Michael's Academy watched this moving production. Here are photos from each of the Stations: 

Spelling Bee Pays Off In Pizza!

There's always room for pizza! All the students who participated in this year's Spelling Bee were treated to a pizza party today and were presented with their medals. You make us proud!

5K for SMA!!

Get Ready for the 5K for SMA!

It's that time of year again! Are you ready to dust off your sneakers and support a great school? 

Now is the time to start thinking about registering for the annual "5K for SMA" run on Saturday, May 7th. Grab the family and head over to St. Michael's for a 5K run. Not a runner? We will have a walking route. Not fond of walking? The SMA Carnival will be happening the same day! Cheer on the runners at the finish line and have a little fun at the carnival. There will be something for everyone on May 7th at St. Michael's.
Run registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and there will be a FREE Kid's Run at 9:00 a.m. The race will kick-off at 10 a.m. with the runners. The walkers will follow. Entrance Fees are $25 per person before 4/1; $30 per person before 4/15 and $35 per person after 4/16. $15 per student.
Online registrations is available!  Click here to register online: 

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These are some of the avenues that St. Michael's Acadamy makes available to families to keep everyone up to date!

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Pope Francis Placement Test

3rd Placement Test for Pope Francis High School

A Placement Test for students will be administered on Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Holyoke Catholic High School, 134 Springfield Street in Chicopee. Prospective ninth grade students who are interested in attending Pope Francis High School for September 2016 are required to take the test and should register as soon as possible.  There is a $50 application fee which includes the $25 test fee.  For more information or to obtain an application form for enrollment, call Ann Rivers, Director of Admissions at 331-2480, ext. 1132 or go to

Calling All 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!!

 Parish News
St. Catherine of Siena Church

St. C- July 11-15, 2016 

Registration for St C is now open. Children ages 5-12 are invited to register for a fun filled week of games, outside sports, Bible stories, and other activities . Registration forms are available at the Parish Office, 
Mon-Fri from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Registration is limited to 120 children and will be on a first come, first served basis. The fee for St. C is $80 per child. For more information please contact Diana Gallant at 413-525-3366, Mary Reardon at 413-783-4515 or Brian Kelly  at 413-782-5993.



Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church

 3rd Annual Allison P. Dwarska Scholarship Pasta Dinner
Thursday, April 7th
St. Catherine Of Sienna Church 
1023 Parker Street Springfield

Tickets for the Allison Dwarska fund raiser are $13.00 and can be purchased at the OLSH parish office. Raffle tickets for a 60" TV are $5.00 each.  

All are invited to donate finger desserts at the April 7th event. Please place in a throw away container. If you have a dessert and are unable to deliver, please bring to the OLSH office on Wednesday.


Snow Days

Even though the weather has been FABULOUS, Mother Nature is always unpredictable.  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. Richard Stasiowski
Celia Ucella
Mr. and Mrs. John Connolly
Mr. and Mrs. Warren Albrecht

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

Walter Dougal

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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