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The Messenger

May 6, 2016
Vol. III, No.34

St. Michael's Academy
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Here we are at the end of another week. We started the week with the May crowning of our Blessed Mother. The 2nd grade students led the school in the crowning and did a wonderful job with song and prayer. On Sunday, we will celebrate and remember all of our mothers. Many of the students have been working in class on cards and gifts that I am sure will add a special touch to the day.

Tomorrow is our annual 5K for SMA and Carnival. I hope you will join us on this fun day that holds a little something for everyone. If the weather is questionable, please know that the run/walk will still be held rain or shine and the carnival can be moved to the gym if Mother Nature calls for rain.

Happy Mother's Day!
Enjoy the weekend! 


Ann Dougal

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

 Violin - Tuesday
Banking - Wednesday

        PLEASE NOTE:

Monday, May 9, 2016 - 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Title One Parent Information Session

Friday, May 13, 2016 
Magic Al the Magician
PreK - 3rd at 9:30 a.m.
4th - 8th at 10:30 a.m.

Friday, May 13, 2016
Spirit Day Volleyball Game
1:30 p.m. 
Faculty vs 8th Grade

Saturday, May 14, 2016
World's Largest Pancake Breakfast
4th Grade Chorus performing

From The Classroom of Mrs. Senecal - Grade 5

Welcome Father Matt!

On Monday grade 5 had a visit with Fr. Matthew Alcombright.  Fr. Matt is the newly appointed Administrator at Mary, Mother of Hope Parish in East Springfield, taking the place of Fr. Michael Bernier. The students were excited to meet their new visiting priest. 

In addition to administrator, Fr. Matt is also responsible for the Ministry of the Deaf in the Diocese of Springfield. He taught the students some simple sign language: they learned the sign for student, teacher, good morning, good evening, and Fr. Matt.

Fr. Matt was also being followed that day by a cameraman for Real to Reel who was filming a segment for a future show. Who knows...we may be seeing some of the class on television, if they don't end up on the cutting room floor!

Grade 5 is very excited to start this new journey with Fr. Matt and look forward to his June visit! 

Thank You Fr. Sliwa

Ascension Thursday Mass

Our thanks go out this week to Fr. Sliwa for celebrating Ascension Thursday school Mass with us. What a wonderful homily message Fr. Sliwa had for the students about loving God. And thanks also go to the 4th grade who did a great job as readers and choir for the Mass.

Breakfast Is Coming To St. Michael's!

Breakfast Program Begins at SMA!

Sodexo is happy to announce that on May 16th St. Michael's Academy will be starting a breakfast in the classroom program.  This program ensures that all students have the opportunity to start the day with the nutrients and energy they need to learn better, behave better and perform better in school. 

Breakfast will be served in their classrooms from 8:15 until 8:30am. Our Sodexo staff will prepare the breakfast on site and delivery to each classroom. The students will have menu choices such as Cereal, Pancakes, Egg and Cheese Breakfast sandwiches, fruit, juice and milk.

Sodexo is very excited to implement this new program and bring a nutritious breakfast to the students at St. Michael's. 

May Is The Month Of Mary

May Crowning of The Blessed Mother
May is the month of Mary and we started our week with the crowning of Mary. Our 2nd grade did a wonderful job honoring Mary with prayers, song and flowers.

Letters To Mary

The Kindergarten students joined their 8th grade buddies to write letters of prayer intentions to Mary. The letters were sealed and placed at the foot of Mary in the main lobby.

Grade 1 Parent Occupations
Grade 1 Continues Their Exploration of Careers

Our 1st graders have continued to learn over the last two weeks about the careers available to them when they grow up. 

Mrs. Piemonte is a dental hygienist and talked about the importance of good dental health.

And Mr. Manzi works at Future Works Career Center and spoke about all the opportunities open to people who visit the center.

Ms. Hall talked about what it means to be a member of the service and brought lots of equipment for the students to try on.

And she even brought the students outside on the playground and taught them how to march!

Students Receive Double Benefits From Reading

Is There Anything Better Than A Good Book? 

If you ask the students in grades K through 6th who participated in the Read To Succeed program, they will tell you YES! 

We all know the power of reading a good book but seventy students in kindergarten through grade 6 have earned a ticket to Six Flags after completing 6 hours of recreational reading. Wow! Reading has double benefits! 

These tickets have been issued as e-tickets, a single sheet that has a certificate on the top and the actual ticket on the bottom.  Please note the tickets are valid at Six Flags New England between July 5 - 31 OR  September 1-18, 2016 with blackout dates of Fridays, July 8, 15, 22, 29.
Congratulations on a job well done!   Have fun!!!

School BBQ

The Grills Were Sizzling 

Step right up and get yourself a hamburger or a hot dog, some corn on the cob, potato chips, milk and fruit punch! That was the menu today at the annual school BBQ today!!

And thank you to the "big students" for helping the "little students" with their lunches!!

And thank you to our cafeteria staff and all the Sodexo staff that kept the burgers sizzling and the dogs hot!

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!

               Issac - Gr. PreK-4C                          Anthony - Gr. 4A

 Sydney - Gr. 8B

PACE Requests Your Help

Dear Catholic School Parents,

The Parents Alliance for Catholic Education (PACE) recently conducted a survey among Catholic High School parents asking them if they would support non-public high school students being able to voluntarily take the MCAS exam so that these same students might qualify for an Adams Scholarship. 1,254 parents completed the survey - 93% support this provision.

Given this strong grassroots support, PACE is working closely with the Massachusetts State Senate to include in its FY '17 state budget language that would permit such an opportunity for Catholic high school students. Since you - the Commonwealth's Catholic future high school parents - pay your fair share of taxes, and since the Adam's Scholarship is a scholarship that is entirely taxpayer funded, your children should have a fair and equal opportunity to access such a scholarship when the time comes. It's as simple as that!

To successfully advance this effort, PACE requests your help. Demonstrating to the Senate that strong grassroots support exists for this provision across the Commonwealth is essential. Therefore, not only does PACE request your help, but PACE needs it! You can provide that help quite easily: simply contact your State Senator and ask her/him to support the following in the upcoming budget:   

To access your State Senator's contact information, please  click here. Near the top of the page under "Find a Legislator," type your City/town or zip-code. If you have any questions, then please touch base with me at 574.309.0386.

Thank you for taking the time to contact your State Senator and, more importantly, assist PACE in its ongoing efforts to advance in the Commonwealth the best interests of Catholic school parents and children!

All God's Blessings,

Steve Perla
Interim Executive Director
 News From Bay Path College

Summer Camp at Bay Path College

This summer, a dozen graduate occupational therapy students at Bay Path College will run a week long day camp on the school's Longmeadow campus.

Chillin' Out in the Summertime is a program for students entering grades 6 - 11 this fall. Camp activities are very eclectic, and all designed to allow pre-teens and teens to experience a wide range of productive group and individual activities. These activities can serve to manage stress and anxiety, fostering a more positive mental health. Camp includes nature walks, yoga, crafts, games, dancing, personal reflections, team-building exercises, and the like, all with an element towards mindfulness.

For a brief video describing the camp experience last summer click here.

For additional registration information click here.

Parish News

Holy Name Bus Trip to Lake George

Holy Name Parish Men's Club is sponsoring a BUS TRIP to Lake George, New York for a Brunch Cruise & Saratoga Winery.on Saturday, June 11, 2016

This trip will include a buffet luncheon and entertainment aboard the ship as you cruise Lake George.  Following the cruise, you will board the bus for a trip to Saratoga, where you will be visiting the Saratoga Winery for a presentation and tasting of wine or beer.  Following the tasting you will board the coach and depart for home.  

Pick up will be at the Quality Inn in West Springfield and at the Holy Name Parking lot.  There will be rest stops going to and returning from our trip.  The cost of the trip is $103.00.  For more information, please contact Ed & Ann Marie Gosselin at 413-733-7524.

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. 

Matthew Kenney
Cassandra Sarno
Chiarina Sarno
George Krol
Richard Averill

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

James McNally
Robert Tremble
Faustina Rodriguez

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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