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The Messenger

April 1, 2016
Vol. III, No.30

 
 
St. Michael's Academy
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Happy Easter to all. The day off on Monday was restful after the holiday, but that didn't stop us from hitting the ground running. Throughout the week, both the students and faculty alike could be seen throughout the halls tracking down their "prayer pals"to drop off a card to the one for whom each was assigned to pray throughout the Lenten season. It is always nice to see the smiles with which the students receive these cards and to know that each one of us is connected to others through Christ. 

We look forward to next week when we will hopefully use the momentum and good weather to carry us through to another successful week at SMA. We look forward to next Wednesday when our 8th grade students will be hosting the annual Poetry Cafe.


Enjoy the weekend.

Peace,


Aaron Piotrowski
Assistant Principal


Important Dates To Remember!





Please make note of these important upcoming dates!








Violin - Tuesday
Banking - Wednesday

PLEASE NOTE:

Monday, April 4, 2016
Grade 3 Field Trip
Symphony Hall

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
Poetry Cafe

Friday, April 8, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.
Grade 8 Grandparent Breakfast
Cafeteria
  
Get Your Uniforms Early!

Mark your calendars especially if you are unsure what size uniforms to order for next year. We will have a representative from Donnelly's Clothing here at SMA on Thursday, June 2, 2016 from 9 - 11 a.m.

If in doubt...check with the experts!




Social Media
  

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Did you know that every teacher has a page on the SMA website and you can also contact them via that page?  http://www.smaspringfield.org/parents/teacherpages/ 



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


From The Classroom of Ms. Brown - Grade 6 & 7 Science
    
Hmmmm....Very Interesting

Grade Six is studying Clues to Earth's past.  They became geologists, paleontologists, and or archaeologists for the day and investigated the formation of fossils.

Some fossils consist of original parts of the organism. Most fossils are formed as dead organisms are buried by layers of sediment that harden to form sedimentary rocks. Some may think that fossils are not forming today.  Students explored how molds are made from an original organism that may have fallen into soft sediment. The students pictured have made a clay-like substance and pressed their "organism" into the material and created a mold. They then modeled what happens when the the fossil has dissolved and sediment washes into the mold and is deposited or crystals forms.  The cast made resembles the original figure. Students can compare their casts with the object.
 

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!

               Michael- Gr. 2B                           Cameron - Gr. 5A
 

Grace - Gr. 6A
 


SchoolsNEXT Team Presents in Pittsburgh

Congratulations to this year's winning team from St. Michael's Academy. Along with their adviser, Ms. Kaimi, they were invited to exhibit their winning SchoolsNEXT project AND present during a break-out session as part of the annual Green Schools Conference and Expo (GSCE). The conference was held yesterday and today in Pittsburgh.

And thank you to their chaperons, Mr. Puppolo, Mr. Sears and Mr. Nieves who not only helped with the students but shared the driving!

GSCE 2016 brought hundreds of educators and decision-makers to Pittsburgh, P.A. for the two full days of inspiring programming, targeted networking and an energetic exhibit hall.



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: http://www.accu-specracing.com/accu-spec_005.htm. 


Don't Forget To Save!


They can be turned in at school or most parishes have a collection box located in the Church! Thank you!

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 popefrancishigh.org.


Calling All Alumni

CALLING ALL



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 p.lund@smaspringfield.org or contact us at 413-782-5246 ext. 1202.
 
Please spread the word!!


 Parish News
 
Holy Cross Church

Don't miss the Holy Cross Tag Sale NEXT SATURDAY, April 9th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the St. Michael's Academy Gym. There will be HUNDREDS of items for sale. Admission is FREE! Come early and 
SHOP, SHOP, SHOP!!!
Don't miss the fun - stop by!


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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.



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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. 

John Korona
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Cosenzi
John Toms
Mr. and Mrs. Gerard Brayson

And we pray in a special way for all our recently 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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