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April 29, 2016
Vol. III, No.33

 
 
St. Michael's Academy
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After a beautiful spring vacation, we have settled back in for our final two months. We look forward to a busy and productive end of the school year. 
 

Next week begins the month of May, also known as the month of Mary. We will start the month with the crowning of Our Blessed Mother on Monday, May 2nd at 2 p.m. Please join us at church as our 2nd graders will crown Mary and we will pray the rosary together. Each morning, during May, our students will also be reciting a decade of the rosary during our whole school morning prayer.

And let's not forget our 5K for SMA and Carnival will be held next Saturday, May 7th beginning at 10 a.m. in the school parking lot. This is a great opportunity to get together with other families for a little fun - whether you are walking, running or attending the carnival. Hope to see you there!
 
Enjoy the weekend! 

Peace,

Ann Dougal
Principal

Important Dates To Remember!
Please make note of these important 
upcoming dates!

 Violin - Tuesday
Banking - Wednesday

        PLEASE NOTE:

Monday, May 2, 2016 at 2 p.m.
Rosary and Crowning of Mary
Holy Cross Church

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 8:45 a.m.
Grade 8 Graduation Picture Day
(Rain Date - Wednesday, May 11, 2016)

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 from 6-7 p.m.
Grade 8 Science Fair
St. Michael's Academy Gymnasium

Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.
School Mass - Ascension Thursday
Grade 4 Readers

Friday, May 6, 2016
SCHOOL SPIRIT DAY
Gr. 8 vs Faculty/Staff Volleyball Game
BBQ Lunch

Saturday, May 7, 2016
5K for SMA
Registration at 8:30 a.m.
FREE Kid's Run at 9 a.m.
5K begins at 10 a.m.
SMA Carnival
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
SMA Parking Lot

  
From The Classroom of Ms. Collins - Grade 1

Creating a Bright Future in 1A
 
In Ms. Collins's 1st grade class, we have been talking about the importance of having a career when we grow up.  A variety of parents have shared their firsthand knowledge of many different career paths open to the students when they get older. This has also provided a great opportunity for teachers to stress the importance of education which can open the door to future careers.

We would like to thank the parents who have already visited our classroom and we are anxiously looking forward to a few more special guests. Parents, you have had an incredible impact!

Service to the community we live in is the other topic we have been discussing in class. Just before spring vacation, our first grade class brought trash bags over to Nathan Bill Park and picked up trash. This class service project helped the students realize how important it is to keep the environment we live in clean





PreK-4 Rocks the Alphabet

Ms. Synan's PreK-4 Class Admires Their Work

PreK-4B students have been hard at work for many months creating their ABC books. This week they had a chance to see the books put together and ready for reading.

The students enjoyed looking at their books and remembering what items start with individual letters. Parents look for your child's books to come home with them today!  Great job PreK-4B!!! 



Ski Jumps...Roller Coasters...
 
Gr. 5 Science Evaluates Motion and Energy
  
On Tuesday, the 5th grade students in Mrs. McQuade's science classes were focused on motion and energy. First, the students made some notes about what they already know about energy, motion, and rolling balls. As a class we discussed force, friction, gravity, and momentum. 

Then the students were challenged to work in small groups and use simple materials to make a model of a "safe" ski jump or a roller coaster. Finally, they used a marble to test and refine their designs. In the upcoming weeks, the students will learn about different forms of energy and how energy can change from one form to another.


The Digestion Process

Gr. 7 Science Takes A Closer Look Inside

So what exactly does happen to food after we eat it? That was the question Ms. Brown's 7th Grade Science class was investigating. After being amazed at how long the "small" intestine was, the students mapped out the entire intestinal tract and calculated how long different foods would take to pass through it.


EcoTarium Comes to Town

PreK-4 Classes Have a Special Visitor

Thank you to Kate from the Worcester EcoTarium for visiting our PreK-4 classes today! The students learned about the types of turtles, animals and their habitats and had a visit with "Lemon Head,"  a live box turtle!



 
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!

               Sagine - Gr. KB                           Saryah - Gr. 3B
 
Emily - Gr. 6A
 

Save The Last Dance For Me!

Middle Level Last Dance

The middle level students had their last dance of the school year on Wednesday. 

  

Ms. Kiami Honored At Dinner

"Ms. K" is Teacher of Excellence

Grade 8 teacher, Ms. Sylvia Kaimi, was honored this week at the "Teacher of Excellence" awards dinner held at The Log Cabin and Meeting House.  The Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation supports and rewards exceptional public and parochial school teachers in our region as part of the Pioneer Valley Awards for Excellence in Education.

CONGRATS Ms. K !

Ms. Kaimi celebrates and shares the evening with 
members of the faculty, staff and board.


Phone-a-thon Huge Success!

WOW - 2016 SMA Phone-a-thon !!
Thank You Donors!
 
Our 2015-16 Fund for SMA Phone-a-thon was a huge success! Thanks to you, we raised $6,635 in pledges from 63 donors in a 6 hour period over three evenings. Thank you to all of our donors and to all of the volunteers who worked the phones Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday night.  

 
It's SMA Carnival Time!
  
Volunteers Needed - Look for a volunteer sign-up sheet coming home with your child today. 




5K for SMA!!

5K for SMA Next Weekend!

NOW is the time to register 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 $35 per person/$15 per student.
 
Online registrations is available!  Click here to register online: http://www.accu-specracing.com/accu-spec_005.htm. 
 


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. Michael Cartier
Beth Kenney
Mary Flaherty
Anne Daly
William Brunton

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

Jack Conway

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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