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June 3, 2016
Vol. III, No.38

St. Michael's Academy
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Quiet week for a change.  The students and teachers continue to plug away at their work.  Fortunately the weather has cooperated with us.  Unfortunately, with the additional daylight time and the seasonal allergies kicking in, student traffic to my office has increased...a lot of crabby children!  I know it's hard, but please maintain a strict bedtime for your children until the last day of school.  Thank you!
We look forward to Monday.  Fr. Robert White will be here to celebrate our Donor Appreciation Mass and Grade 8 Pinning Ceremony.  This will be the final Mass of the school year where the entire student body is present.  Please join us on this special occasion when we celebrate the many benefactors of St. Michael's Academy and our eighth graders as they begin their rite of passage to becoming St. Michael's Academy graduates.

Enjoy the weekend.


Ann Dougal

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

                Violin - Tuesday
           Banking - Wednesday
                 (last one)


Monday, June 6, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.
8th Grade Mass and Pinning Ceremony
Holy Cross Church/SMA Gymnasium

Monday, June 6, 2016 at 1:30 p.m.
8th Grade Awards Ceremony
Holy Cross Church

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 
Grades 6, 7, 8 Field Day
Nathan Bill Park
Rain Date - June 8

Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Grade 8 Graduation Practice 
St. Michael's Cathedral
Last Day of School Grade 8

Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 6 p.m.
Grade 8 Graduation
St. Michael's Cathedral

Friday, June 10, 2016
PreK, Kindergarten, Grade 1 Field Day
SMA Campus
Rain Date Monday, June 13

 After School Program

Attention Parents!

Just a reminder that due to the 8th Grade Graduation Ceremony on Thursday, June 9th - 

Please make alternate plans for that day
Thank You!

St. Michael's Academy
June 9th at 6 p.m.
St. Michael's Cathedral

All are welcome - Church attire required

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!

             Grace - Gr. 2B                                Rocco - Gr. 4A  
 Iyana - Gr. 6A

From The Classroom of Ms. Laporte - Computer Lab

Computer Lab Is A Busy Place 

As the school year draws to a close, the children are busy finishing up their end of year projects. Here is a break-down of what is going on in each grade:

Pre-K and Kindergarten have had a fun and exciting year in the computer lab as they continue to learn basic computer skills. Grades 1 and 2 have been hard at work and have greatly improved their typing skills this year. Grade 2 has been busy with PowerPoint and learning how to add slides to their presentations. Grade 3 has been working on completing a scavenger hunt using our schools website and grade 4 has created PowerPoint presentations for their teacher, Mr. Malmborg. Grades 5, 6, and 7 are creating and presenting Jeopardy style presentations to their classmates. They are enjoying testing one another on a variety of topics such as sports, music, and entertainment. Grade 8 has completed their final assignment on the periodic table of elements for their teacher Ms. Kaimi. 

As you can see the children have been very busy and very productive this year!


PreK-4B News
Colors, Shapes and Numbers

Ms. Synan's PreK-4B class has been busy with their colors, shapes and number books. Their hard work has paid off and they will be bringing home their books today! Check those Friday envelopes!

Kindergarten Project

Born To Be Free

The Kindergarten classes had a big day today!  After many weeks of watching and waiting, their monarch butterflies were ready to join the great outdoors. The students waved goodbye to their little friends as they flew off to join their other butterfly friends.

Grade 8 Finals

Grade 8 Still Working Hard

The 8th graders will be glad to see this week come to a close as they have been working hard taking finals all week. Well done 8th grade - you may now concentrate on graduation!

Donnelly's for Uniforms

Don't Forget!

If you place an order with Donnelly's for new uniforms BEFORE June 15th, you will receive 20% off. If you order before July 31st, you will receive a 10% discount.

Avoid the beginning of the school year rush, order early! Click here to go to the Donnelly's Clothing website. Boys web code is XNAA-160230 and the Girls is NLNO-068111.


An Update from PACE 

Dear Catholic School Parents, 
I want to thank each of you for taking the time to complete the MCAS/Adams Scholarship survey and for also for contacting your State Senator regarding this public policy matter.                                          
I am happy to report that the State Senate last week adopted PACE's amendment to permit non-public high school students to voluntarily take the MCAS exam,so that these same students might qualify for the Adams Scholarship. 
I want to especially thank Senator Mike Rodrigues (Assistant Majority Leader) who was the lead sponsor of this FY '17 budget amendment along with co-sponsors Senators Flanagan, Brownsberger, Rush, Timilty, Lesser, Humason, and Ross. I ask that you join me in thanking your State Senator for their support as this was adopted by a consensus vote in the Senate. 
For this provision now to become law, the House needs to support the amendment, so that it will be included in the state's FY '17 Conference Committee budget. I ask that you contact your State Representative and ask her/him to request the House Budget Conference Committee to support the Senate MCAS/Adams Scholarship provision for non-public school high school students. 
You may find your State Representative by using the link below... 
Should you have any questions, please let me know. 
Many thanks for all of your help. 
All God's Blessings, 

Steve Perla
Interim Executive Director
Parents Alliance for Catholic Education
14 Beacon Street, Room 506
Boston, MA 02108
617.723.9890 (office)
574.309.0386 (cell)

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. Luis Rivera
Barbara Houle
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Caparco
Mr. and Mrs. Louis Genovese
Gloria Tardif

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

Fr. Vernon Decouteau

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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