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The Messenger

May 20, 2016
Vol. III, No.36

St. Michael's Academy
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St. Michael's Academy 

I love the end of the year (and not just for the obvious reason of summer vacation).  Everything comes together at the end of the year and you can see all the hard work paying off.  

Monday (and I'd rather not dwell on this) the eighth grade students were victorious over the faculty and staff in the annual Spirit Day volleyball game.  

And last night our students impressed everyone with their musical performances and artistic abilities at our first annual Arts Night. 

Why are our students successful?  Number one reason: because home and school work together for the good of the child.  Thank you parents for your continuous support and your commitment to our mission.  Keep up the great work!

Enjoy the weekend! 

Ann Dougal

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

                Violin - Tuesday
           Banking - Wednesday


Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Kindergarten Field Trip
Lupa Zoo

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Grade 5 Field Trip
Sturbridge Village

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Grades 6 and 7 Frield Trip
Boston Tea Party

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.
School Board Meeting

Thursday, May 26, 2016
Grade 8 Class Trip
High Meadows

Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.
Grade 4 Grandparent Event
Grade 4 Choral Performance

Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 6 p.m.
Grade 4 Choral Performance
Holy Cross Church

Friday, May 27, 2016
Grade 4 Field Trip
Storrowton Village

Friday, May 20, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.
Grade 6 Grandparent Event
Drama Presentation - Gym

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!

               Dezmon- Gr. 2B                          Samaris- Gr. 4B
 Michelle - Gr. 7A

From The Classroom of Mrs. Herron - Grade 4 
May is Devoted to Mary

During the month of May, 4B has been learning about our heavenly mother, Mary. We began May by attending the crowning of Mary. Her statue has now been placed in our school lobby so students see her on a daily basis and are reminded that Mary is our Mother in heaven, as well as the Mother of the Catholic Church. Our 4th graders have created a beautiful bulletin board dedicated to Mary. Flowers were made using the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The students chose titles for Mary that depict her motherly spirit and her holiness of life. 

They are also learning how to use rosary beads to pray the rosary, and about the Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious, and Luminous Mysteries. Each morning our SMA community prays a decade of the Rosary. May our praying of the Rosary deepen our convictions of faith, prompt the conversion of our heart, and strengthen our will to follow Christ. 

Arts Night
Music and Art Evening Fantastic Success!

Such unbelievable talent we have here at St. Michael's Academy!  Family and friends received a small glimpse of that talent on Thursday evening at the first annual Arts Night.

The evening began at Holy Cross Church with the music portion of the evening and featured the many musical talents of our middle level students. In addition to song, students were featured on both the piano and guitar. Some of the songs included Somewhere Over The Rainbow, Hey Jude, Bridge Over Troubled Waters, a beautiful rendition of Hallelujah and a Lion King Medley. The music portion of the evening wrapped up with Fix You from Coldplay, as students used sign language in addition to voice.

From there it was off to the school cafeteria where artwork from students in PreK through 8th grade was featured. The exhibit featured paper garden sculptures from PreK, still life hot cocoa from Kindergarten, spoon painting still life from 1st grade, Vejigante masks from 2nd, Birch Trees from 3rd grade, sugar skull masks from the 4th Grade, 3D Vejigante paper mache masks from the 5th Grade, CD rose windows from the 7th grade and micrography self portraits from 8th grade. And those are just to name a few!

Thanks go out to the music teacher, Mrs. Duplessis and to the art teacher, Mrs. Lamour. 

What a GREAT evening!!!

To view all of the photos from the evening, click here.

Spirit Day Volleyball

 8th Grade Victorius

Well you probably would have had to be living under a rock somewhere to NOT have heard that the 8th grade students won the Spirit Day volleyball game against the faculty and staff!

Oh it was a VERY close match with both teams each winning a game (of note is that the faculty/staff won the FIRST game!). It came down to the third game...the score was 20-19 in favor of the 8th grade...and sniff, sniff...the 8th grade inflicted the final point, winning the match!

It took most of the following day for the students to notice that the faculty and staff all wore black to reflect their day of mourning. 

We have to admit - it was an extremely fun afternoon! 

And to the 7th graders this year - JUST WAIT UNTIL NEXT YEAR!!

Gr. 1 Field Trip

1st Grade Visits the Big Y

What an exciting time the 1st grade had at the Big Y!  They decorated cupcakes, watched them make pizza, learned about fruit, pet a lobster and rang up groceries!


Grade 3 Field Trip

After having to postpone previously for the snow, the 3rd grade finally had their field trip to Symphony Hall to see Seussical!

7th Grade Retreat

New Spirit Retreat for 7th Grade

The 7th grade participated in a New Spirit retreat today with Mr. Pat Sears and Mr. Barry Kingston. Chances are that New Spirit has made a difference in your life or in the life of someone you love!

To view all of the photos from the retreat, click here.
PreK-3 Has Some Visitors
Magic Wings Found in PreK-3 Classroom

There were things that flapped their wings, there were things that crawled and looked like trees and there were things that had long tails and felt like sandpaper! The one thing they had in common was that they could all be seen in the PreK-3 classroom this afternoon.

A representative from Magic Wings brought amazing and beautiful butterflies, large insects, and lizards to the PreK-3 classroom today. The students were fascinated and learned all about different butterflies from around the world.

Tuition Grants


Attention Parents - Please look for this flyer coming home with your child today. NOW is the time to apply for tuition grants!

There are three avenues available for tuition grants and this flyer describes all three. St. Michael's Academy has been able to increase the amount of grant money available so if you think you may qualify - apply today!

For further information, contact the Admissions or Tuition Department at 782-5246.

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. 

Evan Gardner
Glenn Spear
Berdie Thompson
Nina Jachym
Marilyn Barnett

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

Shirley Ryan

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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St. Michael's Academy 
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