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June 17, 2016
Vol. III, No.40

St. Michael's Academy
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Today, we held our closing ceremony for our Kindergarten students.  With much pride they entertained their parents and grandparents with prayer, poetry and song.  Most touching was the sincere "thank you" uttered by each and every one of them as they received their Kindergarten certificate.  As you know, gratitude is the first sure sign of wisdom.
We finished up our last field day with our grade 2-5 students.  God certainly has blessed us with perfect weather again!  Monday our students will wear their gym uniforms to school and work together to clean up their classrooms before the summer break.  Tuesday, we'll have our final Mass of the school year and our annual awards ceremony immediately afterwards.  We ask all of our students to wear their dress uniform for the morning.  We hope that many of you will be able to join us in thanking God for another beautiful school year.
We wish all of our fathers, grandfathers and all those who offer their love, leadership and support a Happy Father's Day.  Enjoy your day! 


Ann E. Dougal

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


Monday, June 20, 2016
Preschool Last Day

Monday, June 20, 2016

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.
School Mass followed by Awards Ceremony

Thursday, June 23, 2016 from 9:30-11 a.m. and 5-6:30 p.m.
Uniform Swap Drop Off Only

Money Matters

 Before and After School Program

Please make sure that all outstanding balances for the Before and/or After School program are paid before June 21st.

From The Nurse's Office

Medication Reminder

Just a reminder from the nurse's office that all student medications need to be picked up by next Tuesday. 

Thank you!

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!

            Landon - Gr. PreK-4                               Alberto - 5A
 Eriannah - Gr. 6A




Summer activities are taking on a new face here at St. Michael's Academy.  We are introducing all students to MobyMax, an adaptive curriculum that creates a unique, individualized learning plan for each student.  During the summer, student skills often become stagnant making the start of the school year more challenging than it needs to be.  MobyMax allows students to work at personalized learning levels in reading and math.  This is a digital program which can be used on any computer, tablet, or cell phone (with internet capabilities).  All students were registered before the end of the school year and personal log in information will be sent home with their final report cards.  New students will be registered through the school office and can begin participating immediately in these review activities.

Ms. Dougal is also issuing a Moby Max Summer Challenge.  Every student that completes the required grade level minutes will be rewarded with a free dress down day on Friday, September 2.

From The Classroom of Mrs. Warbington

Grade 2 Talks About Heroes

Time certainly flies when you're having fun!  Ask any of our second graders and they will definitely agree. They have been very busy learning all new skills in reading and math. Certainly not forgetting what makes us different from all other schools, our Catholic Faith. All of these skills have played an important role in your child's year, ask them! We wish them the best as they continue to grow in all of these areas and especially in their faith.

The students have enjoyed many lessons and activities this year. However, one lesson that they certainly enjoyed is the story we recently finished in our reading textbooks called, Dex The Heart of a Hero (one of their favorite stories).  It's about a dog named Dex who wanted to be a superhero. He wanted to help the people in his neighborhood. He prepared himself to be a superhero by reading the comics, watching movies, going to the library, and exercising.  Dex had a superhero suit that let people know in his town that he was there to help. 

The class had a great discussion about what a hero is and what heroes mean to them.  We discussed some famous heroes as well as heroes that are not famous, but are important people who work and live in our community. The students learned that you don't need to be famous to be a hero. A hero is a person who does something brave, works hard, and who takes that extra step to reach out and help others. Heroes come from different cultures and different places. Some are old and some are young. With confidence and determination we learned that we can all be heroes!
The students had a chance to reflect and to use their imagination to make and create their own comic books on a Superhero.  They were excited and worked very hard and diligently on their books.  They did a great job!   
Kindergarten Graduation


A big congratulations goes out to the St. Michael's Academy Kindergarten students. They had their closing ceremony today. What a polished, bright and grown-up class you have become!

Grade 2 Violin Recital

Rosin Up Your Bows

Which is exactly what the 2nd graders were doing in preparation for their violin recital this week. What tremendous progress the students made in such a very short time. Great job!

Edible Math!
Sweet Math
Today, the students in seventh grade learned about probability in a sweet way.  The students collected data using Skittles candy and calculated theoretical probability. In addition when the numbers and data were compiled... they could eat the results!

Fr. Alcombright Visits

Fr. Alcombright Brings A Friend

Fr. Matthew Alcombright brought along a friend this week, seminarian, Michael Goodreau during his visit to the 5th grade. Holy Orders was the topic of conversation and Mike specifically talked about being in the seminary and studying to be a priest.  Michael is in his first year of school.  

Field Days Wrap-Up

 Grades 2, 3, 4 and 5 Field Day

The Field Day fun finished up today with grades 2, 3, 4 and 5 participating in a variety of games and challenges! Again, God blessed us with another beautiful day as students played a hard game of sharks and fishes, dug in for the tug-of-war, squealed during the water balloon toss and ran around the bases during kick ball. And that's not even half of the games!

PreK Fun

Our PreK friends were having fun over at Nathan Bill Park today!

Girls On The Run

Girls on the Run is coming to 
St. Michael's Academy 
this fall!

Great news!  St. Michael's Academy has been approved as a Girls on the Run site and girls will be able to register starting next week! 

Girls on the Run is a unique 10 week (twice weekly) after school program led by trained coaches that guide girls through a fun, uplifting, proven curriculum. Through dynamic, conversation-based lessons, and active games, coaches teach and model essential healthy living skills. Some of the themes include making good friends, working in a group, resisting peer pressure, making healthy decisions and contributing to the community.

Along the way, the girls train to walk or run in a 5K (3.1 miles) celebratory event with girls from other GOTR program in western Mass.

All girls in grades 3-5 are welcome - you don't have to be a runner. Each team will have at least one head coach and one assistant coach. Teams are between 8-15 girls. For more specifics about the curriculum, visit or on Facebook at www.facebook/ 

Registration began on June 15th through the Girls on the Run website and teams will be selected by lottery. The cost for the program is $150 and includes snack, t-shirt and race registration. Partial and full financial aid is available when you register. If you do not have access to a computer please let us know and we will assist you.

The program will begin the first week in September on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15 - 5:15 p.m. and will continue for 10 weeks. The program will end with our own GOTR 5K at Smith College.

For further information, contact Jasmine Hutchinson, site liaison, at or Alison Berman, site director at or (413) 687-2726.

Parish News

St. Catherine of Siena 2016-17 CCD Classes

Registration for children starting with age 4 in Little Church and up through 11th grade confirmation class is now open.

Registration forms will be sent to families with children in last years program. If your child is new to the program or you do not receive a form, registration forms are available in the Parish Office, Monday-Friday from  9 a.m.-4:p.m. Classes will start in September.

Fees are:
Little Church - $20
Grades 1 - 10 - $40
11th Grade/Confirmation Class - $50

Please note if your child attends Catholic School and is in 2nd or 11th grade they will need to register for CCD to receive the sacraments of 1st Communion and Confirmation.

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. 

Trevor Ellis
Brian Rossini
Robert Babcock
Kenneth Clare
Kenny Nguyen and Tiffany Quan

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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