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Vol. 19 - Dec. 10, 2013

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Dec. 10, 2013 School News Volume 19

by Hallie Gammon, Middle and Upper School Head

Head of School Jenny Morris has taken a leave of absence due to a family illness. She will return to school on January 6, ready for the new semester. Meanwhile, please keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

Dear School Family,

What a pleasure to step briefly back into my old Head shoes, to sing and pray in Chapel again, and to get the chance to read Coleridge with Upper Schoolers, and Mrs. Frisby with Grades 3&4!

Everything is running smoothly and thoughtfully here under Jenny’s leadership, and Saint Michael’s is the same wonderful place it was when my own children read Coleridge here. As a Board Member I urge you to spread the good news of this education to all your friends over the holidays, so that your children will have more playmates in 2014.

Stay warm,

Dr. Kate Lucchese, Substituting for Mrs. Jenny Morris

IMPORTANT POLICY UPDATES:
Due to the number of students who are unable to finish their lunches because of long lines at the microwave, there will be no student microwave use at lunch. If you wish to send a hot lunch with your student, please invest in a Thermos instead!
Due to a buildup of missing homework assignments, students will no longer receive an automatic homework detention after three homework demerits. Instead, subject teachers may assign a homework detention at their discretion for any missed assignment. The teacher assigning the detention will contact the student’s parent/guardian directly to confirm an available day (not necessarily the day the detention was given). All homework detentions will be served in the Physics Lab under the supervision of Mrs. Somkid Clarke from 3:45-4:45 p.m.

Last week’s Advent Tea was a great success! Thanks to all the parents and guardians who prepared food and attended the event. Student performance of “Welcome Christmas” coming soon to our YouTube channel…

The Scholastic Book Fair is no longer in the Foyer, but it will be continue to be available online until December 12 at http://bit.ly/StMESBookFair. Check out teacher and classroom Wish Lists for great gift ideas! Need another teacher gift idea? Check out Adopt-A-Classroom, where you can help teachers purchase needed classroom supplies: http://bit.ly/StMESAdoptClassroom.

Congratulations to the cast of Thespis, or, The Gods Grown Old! The first read-through took place today at lunch. Be sure to study your lines over Christmas break!

Final Exams for Grades 7-12 take place Wednesday through Friday, December 18-20. Please return your student’s permission slip if they plan to travel off campus for lunch between exams. The schedule is as follows:

Wed. Dec. 18

Thurs. Dec. 19

Fri. Dec. 20

9-11 a.m.

Math Exam

Science Exam

Latin/ESL Exam

11 a.m. –

1 p.m.

Lunch and Secret Santa gift exchange

Lunch

Lunch

1-3 p.m.

English Exam

History Exam

Spanish Exam

PSIA News:
This year, the PSIA competition is on February 8, 2014, in Seguin, TX. The grandparents of Joy, Lili, and Frank Patranella have graciously offered their home to any who would like a place to stay while in Seguin. I am told that they have lots of floor space for sleeping bags and one or two beds that are available. The house also has two full size baths, a fold-out couch and a full-size RV with a full bed and fold-out beds for any family that would like to use it. The house is 30 minutes from the school but an easy drive. There are a couple of hotels in the area and I direct you to contact Stephanie or check online at Trip Advisor. Transportation has yet to be decided.

The PSIA practice times that have already been established are listed below. Any parent who could assist with practices, please contact Dawn Marshall. Donations of healthy snacks for after-school practices are also gratefully accepted! For any other PSIA questions, please contact Dawn Marshall.

Event Day & Time Location
Mathematics & Number Sense Tuesday 3:45-4:30 p.m. PSIA room
(starts 12/10)
Ready Writing & Spelling Thursday 3:45-4:30 p.m.
(starts 12/12) PSIA room
Music Memory Thursday 12:25-1:05 p.m. Music Room
(starts 12/19)

Preschool News: We have a new friend in the Infants named Mila. The Toddlers are enjoying Christmas crafts, and the 2s, 3s and 4s are preparing for their Christmas program, which will take place this Friday at 4:30 p.m. in the Chapel – please join us!

Student Council News: The Student Council is organizing a community service event on Friday, December 13, 3:45-4:45 p.m., to clean up the park near Saint Michael’s, Williamson Park. This event is open to Grades 5-12 and is not mandatory. Permission slips will be distributed on Wednesday, December 11. In case of rain, students participating will remain at school to make holiday cards for local nursing homes.

Student Council is selling Candy Grams to students in Jr. K through Grade 12. To purchase a candy cane to send to a friend, attach $1 per candy cane to the form provided by Student Council and return to your teacher by December 16. Candy Grams will be delivered on Tuesday, December 17, during the period after lunch, by festively attired Student Council members!

Secret Santa is going on now! Each day, students secretly give their person a small gift. On Wednesday, December 18, we will gather at the lunch break between final exams to exchange the final, larger gifts. The total cost of the gifts should not exceed $25. For the party and exchange on December 18, each student will be asked to bring some type of food to share.

Snack Bar continues during recess on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and during lunch on Fridays. Items and prices are listed below.

Gatorade

$1

Doritos

$1

Apple juice

$1

Granola bars

$1

Capri Sun

$1

Peanuts

2 for $1

Chex Mix

$1

Fruit Roll-Ups

2 for $1

Dress Down Day is the last Wednesday of each month. Students may pay $2 to the Student Council to wear “street clothes” (no spaghetti straps or revealing clothing). Our first Dress Down Day will take place on Wednesday, December 18.

Dates for your calendar:

Now – Jan. 4 Scholastic Book Fair online at http://bit.ly/StMESBookFair
Fri. Dec. 13 3:45-4:45 p.m. Student Council cleanup of Williamson Park (rain plan: make cards at school)
Fri. Dec. 13 4:30 p.m. Preschool Christmas Pageant in the Chapel
Mon. Dec. 16 Deadline to turn in Candy Gram orders!
Tues. Dec. 17 PJ Day in the Preschool
Wed. Dec 18 Dress Down Day for all grades. $2 each.
Wed. Dec. 18 Secret Santa final gift exchange & party at lunch for Grades 5-12
Wed. Dec. 18 – Fri. Dec. 20 Midyear exams for Grades 7-12
Thurs. Dec. 19 7 p.m. Christmas Pageant in the Chapel
Fri. Dec. 20 8 a.m. Christmas Pageant in the Chapel. Last day of school – no after school care. PJ Day for all grades!
Mon. Dec. 23 – Fri. Jan. 3 Christmas holiday
Mon. Jan. 6 First day of Quarter 3
Mon. Jan. 13 11 a.m. Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra performance for Grades 5&6
Mon. Jan. 20 MLK Jr. Day – no school.
Wed. Jan. 22 “The Jackie Robinson Story” for Grades 5-8 at MSC OPAS
Sat. Feb. 8 PSIA district meet in Seguin
Vol. 18 - Dec. 10, 2013

Nuntius Familiae

Dec. 3, 2013 School News Volume 18

by Hallie Gammon, Middle and Upper School Head

Jenny Morris, Head of School, will not be in school for the last three weeks of the semester due to a family illness. Dr. Kate Lucchese will take over as Head of School for the last two weeks of term. Jenny will return to Texas on January 1, 2014, ready for the next semester. In the meantime, please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers.

Last month’s “Over the Rainbow!” Dinner Auction brought in a total of $24,174! A huge thank you to everyone who made this such a successful event, especially our wonderful entertainers Tubie & the Touchtones and all the student ensembles.

Tubie & the Touchtones

Tubie & the Touchtones

Advent Tea is this Thursday, December 5, 5:30-7 p.m. in the Foyer! Each class is preparing a table with food and decorations from a specific culture, and Mrs. Miller has also helped classes prepare musical performances to go with them! Students should wear Full Dress uniform. We hope to see your family there! **Parents & guardians: If possible, please label any food items you bring with their ingredients to assist those with food allergies.**

Come check out the Book Fair in the Foyer! It will be available Tuesday through Thursday after school and during Advent Tea, but don’t worry if you can’t make it – it’s available online until January 4 at http://bit.ly/StMESBookFair. Check out teacher and classroom wish lists for great gift ideas!

In the Infants, Samantha is sitting up in the bouncer. In the Toddlers, Briella is walking! The 2s, 3s, and 4s are getting ready for their Christmas program on Friday, December 14, at 4:30 p.m. in the Chapel – please join us!

Student Council News: Student Council will be selling Candy Grams December 4-16 to students in Jr. K through Grade 12. To purchase a candy cane to send to a friend, attach $1 per candy cane to the form provided by Student Council and return to your teacher. Candy Grams will be delivered on Tuesday, December 17.

Students in Grades 5-12 will participate in a gift exchange known as Secret Santa starting on Monday, December 9. Students will gather this Friday at lunch to draw names, and each day students will secretly give their person a small gift. On Wednesday, December 18, we will gather at the lunch break between final exams to exchange the final, larger gifts. The total cost of the gifts should not exceed $25. If you do not wish for your student to participate, please send a note to the school. For the party and exchange on December 18, each student will be asked to bring some type of food to share.

Snack Bar continues during recess on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and during lunch on Fridays. Items and prices are listed below.

Gatorade: $1
Doritos: $1
Apple juice: $1
Granola bars: $1
Capri Sun: $1
Peanuts: 2 for $1
Chex Mix: $1
Fruit Roll-Ups: 2 for $1

Dress Down Day is the last Wednesday of each month. Students may pay $2 to the Student Council to wear “street clothes” (no spaghetti straps or revealing clothing).

Math Club meets every Tuesday, 3:45-4:30 p.m., in the PSIA room (Lower School building above Jr. K classrooms). The club is open to students in Grades 5-8 and snacks are provided!

Operetta audition results for Thespis, or, The Gods Grown Old will be announced later this week – be watching your email!

Vol. 17 - Nov. 26, 2013

Nuntius Familiae

Nov. 26, 2013 School News Volume 17

by Jenny Morris, Head of School

A huge thank you to everyone who supported our Annual Auction Dinner, especially the children and their parents, Sara Miller, Cathy Rylander, Rami Cerone, Paul Patranella, Antonio Castro, The Brazos Valley Museum, the cadets and Lisa Kalmus and the Auction Committee. Also, thanks to businesses within the community and friends of the school who donated an item for the live or silent auction. Who would have thought that a flan would sell for $625?

Preschool news includes the following: thank you to everyone for bringing in food for the Church Pantry and for supporting the book fair, the Toddlers are very aware of the change in weather outside, the Twos enjoyed their Thanksgiving around the world with a food tasting including yummy foods from dumplings and tamales to banana pudding, the Threes are working hard on centers. The theme for Junior Kindergarten is still Thanksgiving and they are learning about the letter Z. Also, they are going to create Indian headdresses out of construction paper, feathers, sequins and glue.

The Scholastic Book Fair was set up in the Preschool lobby with special selections for the Preschool on Monday, Nov. 25 and Tuesday, Nov. 26 (all day). For the older students, it will be set up from Tuesday, Dec. 3 – Friday, Dec. 6 from 12:20-1:00 pm and from 3:30-4:30 pm after school and during the Advent Tea. This is the perfect opportunity to do some relatively inexpensive Christmas shopping for younger members of the family. Please contact us at 979-822-2715 if you are able to help.

We held auditions for “Thespis or the Gods Grown Old” yesterday for everyone in Grades 7-12 at 1:00 pm in the chapel. Also, students in Grades 5 & 6 who wished to attend. It was impressive to hear the number of very good voices from our middle and upper school students. This bodes well for the performances in February.

We are preparing for the annual Advent Tea and you can expect to sample interesting foods from the following “countries” on Thursday, Dec. 5: Suessville (Junior K.), France (K), Louisiana (Grades 1&2), Japan (Grades 3&4), Italy (Grades 5&6), Germany (Grades 7&8) and Hogwarts (Grades 9-12).
If you have not yet made a donation to the Annual Fund, please give what you can afford. We have received donations from 51 people so far who have collectively donated $24,586 which is close to our target of $25,000 by the end of November to offset the cost of financial aid.

On a personal note, I will not be in school for three weeks after Thanksgiving due to a family illness. Dr. Kate Lucchese will take over as Head of School for the last two weeks of term. I will return to Texas on January 1, 2014 ready for the next semester.

Vol. 16 - Nov. 19, 2013

Nuntius Familiae

Nov. 19, 2013 School News Volume 16

by Jenny Morris, Head of School

Please support our Annual Auction Dinner, with live and silent auctions, by purchasing a ticket(s) and listen to the children sing, see the wonderful items they have made during their art lessons, dance to Tubie and the Touchtones and eat some of the delicious food created by Paul Patranella, Rami Cerone and Antonio Castro. The purchase of a ticket entitles your child to visit the Brazos Valley Museum or to have childcare in the Preschool cafeteria if he/she is three years old or younger. A number of exciting items will be auctioned off including a hog hunt, a week in Paris, a heifer, a signed Aggie football and a cross from David Gardner. As of today, we have 150 people who have reserved tickets but 200 would be so much better.

Preschool news includes the following: in the Infants, Rudy is taking steps, Cole is scooting and everyone is getting so big, the Toddlers are enjoying the change in the weather outside and talking about healthy eating, the Twos are enjoying Thanksgiving around the world with a food tasting including yummy foods from dumplings and tamales to banana pudding, the Threes want to remind everyone to bring food for the Brazos Church Pantry – we need lots. The theme for Junior Kindergarten is Thanksgiving and they are learning about the letter Z. Also, they are going to create Indian headdresses out of construction paper, feathers, sequins and glue.

Mary Brown needs support for the Scholastic Book Fair which will be set up in the Preschool lobby with special selections for the Preschool on Monday, Nov. 25 (all day) and Tuesday, Nov. 26 until noon. For the older students, it will be set up from Tuesday, Dec. 3 – Friday, Dec. 6 from 12:20-1:00 pm and from 3:30-4:30 pm after school and during the Advent Tea. This is the perfect opportunity to do some relatively inexpensive Christmas shopping for younger members of the family. Please contact us at 979-822-2715 if you are able to help.

We will hold auditions for “Thespis or the Gods Grown Old” on Monday, November 25 for everyone in Grades 7-12 at 1:00 pm in the chapel.

The Student Council is holding a Food Drive for the Church Pantry all of this week. Please bring non-perishable items. We have boxes for each house as well as one for the teachers in the Foyer.

We are preparing for the annual Advent Tea and you can expect to sample interesting foods from the following “countries” on Thursday, Dec. 5: Swissville (Junior K.), France (K), Louisiana (Grades 1&2), Japan (Grades 3&4), Italy (Grades 5&6), Germany (Grades 7&8) and Hogwarts (Grades 9-12).

If you have not yet made a donation to the Annual Fund, please give what you can afford. We have received donations from 49 people so far who have collectively donated $22,686. It would be good to have donations exceeding $25,000 by the end of November to offset the cost of financial aid.

On a personal note, I will not be in school for three weeks after Thanksgiving due to a family illness. Dr. Kate Lucchese will take over as Head of School for the last two weeks of term. I will return to Texas on January 1, 2014 ready for the next semester.

Dates for your calendar:
Mon. Nov.18-22 Food Drive to support the Brazos Church Pantry.
Tues. Nov. 19 “Over the Rainbow” silent auction and dinner at the Brazos Center from 5:00- 9:00 pm. The Brazos Valley Museum will be open for Saint Michael’s students on this night if parents have purchased tickets for the Auction Dinner. Babysitters will be available.
Mon. Nov. 25 Auditions for “Thespis or the Gods Grown Old” for Grades 7-12 at 1:00 pm in the chapel.
Tues. Nov. 26 Thanksgiving Pageant at 10:00 am. School will be closed after the pageant at 10:30 am. No lunch or after school on this day.
Tues. Nov. 26-29 Thanksgiving holiday.
Wed. Dec. 4 Eucharist Service in Chapel led by Father Matt Wise at 8:00 am.
Thurs. Dec. 5 Advent Tea in the foyer from 5:30-7:00 pm. There will be foods from around the world as well as displays of artifacts from the countries chosen by the teachers and their students.
Fri. Dec. 6 First Friday in downtown Bryan.
Tues. Dec. 17 PJ Day in the Preschool.
Wed. Dec. 18-20 Mid year exams for Grades 7-12. No after school on Fri. Dec. 20.
Thurs. Dec. 19 Christmas Pageant at 7:00 pm.
Fri. Dec. 20 Christmas Pageant at 8:00 am.
Mon. Dec. 23-Jan. 3 Christmas holiday.
Mon. Jan. 6 Quarter 3 begins at school.
Vol. 15 - Nov. 12, 2013

Nuntius Familiae

Nov. 12, 2013 School News Volume 15

by Jenny Morris, Head of School

Please support our Annual Auction Dinner, with live and silent auctions, by purchasing a ticket(s) and listen to the children sing, see the wonderful items they have made during their art lessons, dance to Tubie and the Touchtones and eat some of the delicious food created by Paul Patranella and Rami Cerone. The purchase of a ticket entitles your child to visit the Brazos Valley Museum or to have childcare at school if he/she is three years old or younger. A number of exciting items will be auctioned off including a hog hunt, a week in Paris, a heifer, a signed Aggie football and a crucifix from David Gardner. As of today, we have 108 people who have reserved tickets but 150 would be so much better.

Preschool news includes the following: in the Infants, Camile who is new to Saint Michael’s is doing well, the Toddlers are enjoying the change in the weather outside, the Twos are enjoying Thanksgiving around the world with a food tasting later this week, the Threes are practicing songs for Christmas in chapel and they love to dance in their music class. The theme for Junior Kindergarten is Harvest and they are learning about the letters X and Y. Also, they are going to make ears of corn out of construction paper, corn and glue.

The students in Grades 1-6 will need to wear Full Dress uniform for the trip to TAMU on Friday to see “Red Riding Hood” by the Black Box theater company.

We plan to participate in the PSIA district competition again this year so letters have gone to the families of twelve children. It will be held on Feb. 8, 2014 in Seguin, Texas. Please return the parental permission slip to school as soon as possible so that your child may join in with practices for individual events. Also, if you would like to receive information about PSIA and your child is in Grades 1-8, please let Dr. Dawn Marshall or me know.

The Scholastic Book Fair will be set up in the Preschool lobby with special selections for the Preschool on Monday, Nov. 25 (all day) and Tuesday, Nov. 26 until noon. For the older students, it will be set up from Tuesday, Dec. 3 – Friday, Dec. 6 before and after school and during the Advent Tea. This is the perfect opportunity to do some relatively inexpensive Christmas shopping for younger members of the family.

We will hold auditions for “Thespis or the Gods Grown Old” on Monday, November 25 for everyone in Grades 7-12 at 1:00 pm in the chapel.

If you have not yet made a donation to the Annual Fund, please give what you can afford. We have received donations from 44 people so far who have collectively donated $18,975. It would be good to have donations exceeding $25,000 by the end of November to offset the cost of financial aid.

Dates for your calendar:
Tues. Nov. 12 Crazy Hair Day in the Preschool.
Fri. Nov. 15 “Red Riding Hood” performance at 2 pm.for Grades 1-6 at TAMU.
Tues. Nov. 19 “Over the Rainbow” silent auction and dinner at the Brazos Center from 5:00- 9:00 pm. The Brazos Valley Museum will be open for Saint Michael’s students on this night if parents have purchased tickets for the Auction Dinner. Babysitters will be available.
Mon. Nov. 25 Auditions for “Thespis or the Gods Grown Old” for Grades 7-12 at 1:00 pm in the chapel.
Tues. Nov. 26 Thanksgiving Pageant at 10:00 am. School will be closed after the pageant at 10:30 am. No lunch or after school on this day.
Tues. Nov. 26-29 Thanksgiving holiday.
Wed. Dec. 4 Eucharist Service in Chapel led by Father Matt Wise at 8:00 am.
Thurs. Dec. 5 Advent Tea in the foyer from 5:30-7:00 pm. There will be foods from around the world as well as displays of artifacts from the countries chosen by the teachers and their students.
Fri. Dec. 6 First Friday in downtown Bryan.
Tues. Dec. 17 PJ Day in the Preschool.
Wed. Dec. 18-20 Mid year exams for Grades 7-12. No after school on Fri. Dec. 20.
Thurs. Dec. 19 Christmas Pageant at 7:00 pm.
Fri. Dec. 20 Christmas Pageant at 8:00 am.
Mon. Dec. 23-Jan. 3 Christmas holiday.
Mon. Jan. 6 Quarter 3 begins at school.
Vol. 14 - Nov. 6, 2013

Nuntius Familiae

Nov. 6, 2013 School News Volume 14

by Jenny Morris, Head of School

Congratulations to the students, parents, teachers and friends of the school who participated in the Scholars Cup 5K and 10K run through downtown Bryan on Sunday morning. It was a beautiful, crisp day with just enough of a breeze to cool us off when we needed it. A special thank you to Stefanie Baker and Dr. Lisa Perez who coordinated the entire event and to Elizabeth Scott who supplied us with fresh fruit at the end of the race.
Preschool news includes the following: Everyone had great costumes for their Halloween parties. Thanks to the parents for making the parties such a success. From Nov. 11 – 20, the Preschool will be collecting non-perishable items for the Brazos Church Pantry. The weather for the Trike for Saint Mike was fantastic on Friday. Thanks to the parents for bringing the trikes to school. The children are continuing with Fall crafts this week. We celebrated a birthday in the Infants yesterday, when Briella was one year old. The Junior Kindergarten’s letters of the week are G and V and their theme is Healthy Bodies. They will sort foods into healthy and unhealthy groups, create a picture using toasted bread and colored milk and learn about different parts of the body. The Math Vitamin is to read “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”
A good time was had by all during the Hike for Saint Mike last Thursday, despite the pouring rain. The duct tape method worked really well to record the runners’ laps. We awarded the following children with Hastings giftcards for their amazing running skills: Caleb (Junior Kindergarten), Kenjiro (Grade 3), Bobby (Grade 6) and Yanyi (Grade 10). Andrew (Grade 5) and Mrs. Spencer also received giftcards for their phenomenal support in terms of donations.
During the afternoon, the students changed out of their P.E. kits and into their costumes ready for the Math Carnival in the gym. Teachers and/or their students organized a variety of booths including a fishing activity, hoop toss, math estimation, math psychic and a giant piñata which was very popular.
Invitations to the Annual Auction Dinner, on Tuesday, Nov. 19, are available online or at the front office. The Brazos Valley Museum will be open to the children of anyone who attends the auction and we will have babysitters available. Rami Cerone, Paul Patranella and Antonio Castro will prepare delicious food and our students will provide some musical accompaniment while we eat. Also, a number of exciting items will be auctioned off such as a week in Paris, two weeks on an island near Vancouver, Canada, a steer, a hog hunt, a signed football, childrens’ art projects, paintings, gift baskets, wine from local vineyards and much more.
We plan to participate in the PSIA district competition again this year so letters have gone to the families of twelve children. It will be held on Feb. 8, 2014 in Seguin, Texas. Please return the parental permission slip to school as soon as possible so that your child may join in with practices for individual events. Also, if you would like to receive information about PSIA and your child is in Grades 1-8, please let me know.
Our next LoFaT meeting is this Thursday and we will discuss the Auction Dinner as well as our Advent Tea celebration. Please join us and your child will receive a housepoint in chapel.
If you have not yet made a donation to the Annual Fund, please give what you can afford. We have received donations from 43 people so far who have collectively donated $16,975. It would be good to have donations exceeding $25,000 by the end of November to offset the cost of financial aid.

Vol. 13 - Oct. 29, 2013

Nuntius Familiae

Oct. 29, 2013 School News Volume 13

by Jenny Morris, Head of School

Congratulations to the students who participated in the Robotics’ competition in Huntsville on Saturday and in the many meetings after school that led up to it. The competition was the culmination of five weeks of hard work designing and creating a robot that could climb up a pole, grab something from the top of it and descend. Thanks to Mrs. Somkid Clarke for coordinating Robotics and to Mr. Beasley and Mr. Goen for supporting the students. Also, thanks to the parents who provided food for the students to keep them well-nourished during robotics.

Also, congratulations to Mae Hansen (Grade 11) who has won first place for her work based on the Art of Friendship for the entire Brazos Valley. She will be honored at a special celebration in the MSC ballroom at TAMU on Monday, Nov. 4.

Preschool news includes the following: in the Infants, William, Rady, Hallie, Cole and Victoria are eating in high chairs, the boys are pulling up on everything in an attempt to stand and Hallie is scooting around. In the Toddlers, everyone has returned from vacation visits. The children will wear costumes to their Halloween party. There is a new student in the 2’s called Idaraobong and the children are making decorations for Halloween. The 3’s are getting ready for the Trike-A-Thon. We have some new trikes to show off and the children are so excited about their Halloween costumes. The 2’s through 4s need to bring their bikes on Thursday. In the Junior Kindergarten, the students are working on the letters W and the theme is Halloween. They will match lowercase and uppercase letters to the correct pumpkin. Also, they will count bats on a card and mark the corresponding number on a worksheet. In Art, they will create a monster with the provided materials.

There was some confusion in chapel this morning about what is happening for the annual Hike for Saint Hike so another reminder seems in order. Students need to come to school dressed in their house shirts, shorts/long pants and trainers on Thursday because the Hike will take place at Williamson Park straight after chapel. Do come and participate or cheer us on from the sidelines. Members of LoFaT (the League of Families and Teachers) will be there with water for the runners (but in the interest of “going greener,” we would prefer students to bring their own flasks). Also, they will be armed with sharpies to mark the students’ duct tape bracelets as they complete each circuit of the course.

During the afternoon, students will change out of their P.E. kits and into their costumes ready for the Math Carnival. We will have a variety of booths ranging from a fishing activity to math psychic. Parents are very welcome to join us for the Hike and/or the Carnival which will take place from 2:00-3:00 pm on the school playground. Afterwards, students may go home early with their parents but please inform your child’s homeroom teacher before leaving the school grounds.

Our Scholars Cup takes place on Sunday, Nov. 3. You can register online or in person for this fun run through downtown Bryan. Participate in the 5K or 10K and sign up for a t-shirt which may be worn to school any day except Wednesday. We have approximately 100 registrants so far…

Invitations to the Annual Auction Dinner, on Tuesday, Nov. 19, are available online or at the front office. The Brazos Valley Museum will be open to the children of anyone who attends the auction and we will have babysitters available. Rami Cerone, Paul Patranella and a mystery chef will prepare delicious food and our students will provide some musical accompaniment while we eat. Also, a number of exciting items will be auctioned off such as a week in Paris, two weeks on an island near Vancouver, Canada, childrens’ art projects, paintings, gift baskets, wine from local vineyards and much more.

We plan to participate in the PSIA district competition again this year so letters have gone to the families of twelve children. It will be held on Feb. 8, 2014 in Seguin, Texas. Please return the parental permission slip to school as soon as possible so that your child may join in with practices for individual events. Also, if you would like to receive information about PSIA and your child is in Grades 1-8, please let me know.

If you have not yet made a donation to the Annual Fund, please give what you can afford. We have received donations from 29 people so far who have collectively donated $9,569. It would be good to have donations exceeding $10,000 by the end of this month to offset the cost of financial aid.

Dates for your calendar:
Tues. Oct. 22 Quarter 2 begins. Chemistry Road Show at the George Bush Library for Grades 3-6 at 10:30 am.
Wed. Oct 23 Careers Fair for Grades 7-8 at the Expo Center in Bryan.
Reports for Quarter 1 sent to parents.
Sat. Oct. 26 Robotics competition in Huntsville.
Mon. Oct. 28-Nov. 1 Parent Conferences.
Wed. Oct. 31 Hike for Saint Mike and Math Carnival. The Hike starts at 8:30 am and the Carnival at 2:00 pm. Come and join us.
Fri. Nov. 1 First Friday in downtown Bryan.
Sun. Nov. 3 Scholars Cup 5K and 10K race through downtown Bryan.
Tues. Nov. 5 “School Days” field trip for Grades 9-12.
Wed. Nov. 6 Eucharist Service in Chapel led by Father Matt Wise at 8:00 am.
Thurs. Nov. 7 LoFaT meeting in the Preschool cafeteria at 5:30 pm.
Tues. Nov. 11 Crazy Hair Day in the Preschool.
Fri. Nov. 15 “Red Riding Hood” performance at 2 pm.for Grades 1-6 at TAMU.
Tues. Nov. 19 “Over the Rainbow” silent auction and dinner at the Brazos Center from 5:00- 9:00 pm. The Brazos Museum of Natural Sciences will be open for Saint Michael’s students on this night. Babysitters will be available.
Tues. Nov. 26 Thanksgiving Pageant at 9:00 am. School will be closed after the pageant at 10:00 am. No lunch or after school on this day.
Tues. Nov. 26-29 Thanksgiving holiday.
Wed. Dec. 4 Eucharist Service in Chapel led by Father Matt Wise at 8:00 am.
Thurs. Dec. 5 Advent Tea in the foyer from 5:30-7:00 pm. There will be foods from around the world as well as displays of artifacts from the countries chosen by the teachers and the students.
Fri. Dec. 6 First Friday in downtown Bryan.
Tues. Dec. 17 PJ Day in the Preschool.
Wed. Dec. 18-20 Mid year exams for Grades 7-12. No after school on Fri. Dec. 20.
Mon. Dec. 23-Jan. 3 Christmas holiday.
Mon. Jan. 6 Quarter 3 begins at school.
Vol. 12 - Oct. 24, 2013

Nuntius Familiae

Oct. 24, 2013 School News Volume 12

by Jenny Morris, Head of School

The Chemistry Road Show at the George Bush Conference Center yesterday morning was free, fun and filled with color, noise and smoke. Therefore, the students in Grades 3-6 thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks to Eric Madsen and Cathy Rylander who drove the children for this trip.

Preschool news includes the following: in the Infants, William and Victoria are crawling, Samuel is close to sitting up by himself and Samantha no longer looks like a newborn since she is growing so fast. Also, Cole is trying to scoot and Hallie is the fashionista of the group. The Toddlers are learning everything about the Fall and we have had several travelers this month – Cooper to Wyoming, Buella to St. Louis and Amelia to South Carolina. The 2’s are enjoying a “crafty” month with pumpkins, spiders, ghosts and mummies. Also, they are getting ready for the Trike-A-Thon. The 3’s want Halloween to hurry up and get here and they are also preparing for the Trike-A-Thon. In the Junior Kindergarten, the students are working on the letters K and U and the theme is Space. They will place the eight planets and Pluto in the correct location to make our solar system. Also, they will name and describe their own planet based on the planet made in art the week before. Letters have been sent to parents about the Trikethon on Oct. 31. Please bring your child’s “vehicle” to school on this day.

Another reminder that the annual Hike for Saint Mike will take place on Thursday, October 31 at 8:30 am right after chapel at Williamson Park. Students may come to school wearing their house shirts, shorts and trainers on this day. Do come and participate or cheer us on from the sidelines. Members of LoFaT (the League of Families and Teachers) will be there with water for the runners (but in the interest of “going greener,” we would prefer students to bring their own flasks). Also, they will be armed with sharpies to mark the students’ duct tape bracelets as they complete each circuit of the course.

During the afternoon, students will change out of their P.E. kits ready for the Math Carnival. There is already much discussion about Carnival costumes in the foyer at lunchtime. We will have a variety of booths ranging from a fishing activity to math psychic. Parents are very welcome to join us for the Hike and/or the Carnival which will take place from 2:00-3:00 pm on the school playground. Afterwards, students may go home early with their parents but please inform your child’s homeroom teacher before leaving the school grounds.

Our Scholars Cup is fast approaching. You can register online or in person for this fun run through downtown Bryan on Sunday, Nov. 3. Participate in the 5K or 10K and sign up for a t-shirt which may be worn to school any day except Wednesday. We have approximately 100 registrants so far…

Invitations to the Annual Auction Dinner, on Tuesday, Nov. 19, are available online or at the front office. The Brazos Valley Museum will be open to the children of anyone who attends the auction and we will have babysitters available. Local chefs will prepare delicious food and our students will provide some musical accompaniment while we eat. Also, a number of exciting items will be auctioned off such as a week in Paris, two weeks on an island near Vancouver, Canada, childrens’ art projects and much more.

If you have not yet made a donation to the Annual Fund, please give what you can afford. We have received donations from 29 people so far who have collectively donated $9,569. It would be good to have donations exceeding $10,000 by the end of this month to offset the cost of financial aid.

 

Dates for your calendar:
Tues. Oct. 22 Quarter 2 begins. Chemistry Road Show at the George Bush Library for Grades 3-6 at 10:30 am.
Wed. Oct 23 Careers Fair for Grades 7-8 at the Expo Center in Bryan.
Reports for Quarter 1 sent to parents.
Sat. Oct. 26 Robotics competition in Huntsville.
Mon. Oct. 28-Nov. 1 Parent Conferences.
Wed. Oct. 31 Hike for Saint Mike and Math Carnival. The Hike starts at 8:30 am and the Carnival at 2:00 pm. Come and join us.
Fri. Nov. 1 First Friday in downtown Bryan.
Sun. Nov. 3 Scholars Cup 5K and 10K race through downtown Bryan.
Tues. Nov. 5 “School Days” field trip for Grades 9-12.
Wed. Nov. 6 Eucharist Service in Chapel led by Father Matt Wise at 8:00 am.
Thurs. Nov. 7 LoFaT meeting in the Preschool cafeteria at 5:30 pm.
Tues. Nov. 11 Crazy Hair Day in the Preschool.
Fri. Nov. 15 “Red Riding Hood” performance at 2 pm.for Grades 1-6 at TAMU.
Tues. Nov. 19 “Over the Rainbow” silent auction and dinner at the Brazos Center from 5:00- 9:00 pm. The Brazos Museum of Natural History will be open for Saint Michael’s students on this night. Babysitters will be available.
Tues. Nov. 26 Thanksgiving Pageant at 9:00 am. School will be closed after the pageant at 10:00 am. No lunch or after school on this day.
Tues. Nov. 26-29 Thanksgiving holiday.
Wed. Dec. 4 Eucharist Service in Chapel led by Father Matt Wise at 8:00 am.
Thurs. Dec. 5 Advent Tea in the foyer from 5:30-7:00 pm. There will be foods from around the world as well as displays of artifacts from the countries chosen by the teachers and the students.
Fri. Dec. 6 First Friday in downtown Bryan.
Tues. Dec. 17 PJ Day in the Preschool.
Wed. Dec. 18-20 Mid year exams for Grades 7-12. No after school on Fri. Dec. 20.
Mon. Dec. 23-Jan. 3 Christmas holiday.
Mon. Jan. 6 Quarter 3 begins at school.
Vol. 11 - Oct. 15, 2013

Nuntius Familiae

Oct. 15, 2013 School News Volume 11

by Jenny Morris, Head of School

Thanks to the following children who brought friends to Saint Michael’s for Visitors Day: Mia (Grade 6), Danasha (Grade 6), Isabel (Grade 5), Koji and Jada (Grades 2 and 4), A.J. (Junior K.) and Grayson (Junior K.). We had a record number of nine visitors at school yesterday!

Preschool news includes the following: the Infants are enjoying being outside, the Toddlers are talking about the fall, everyone is singing in Chapel and it’s loud and wonderful, the 2s are continuing with their potty training, the 3s are working on fall activities, planting pretend gardens and racing cars. In the Junior Kindergarten, the students are working on the letters B and L and the theme is Space. They will create a planet with a coffee filter, water colors and construction paper and make a paper and straw rocket. Also, they will play with alien slime in the afternoon.  Letters have been sent to parents about the Trikethon on Oct. 31. Please bring your child’s “vehicle” to school on this day.

Today is the final day to submit labels for the Hike for Saint Mike so that we may contact the students’ sponsors. We have extra labels in the Reception area should you need them. The class with the most returned labels will have an ice-cream social with all the fixings! A number of students received housepoints in Chapel yesterday, for running five miles in P.E., in preparation for the Hike. The annual Hike will take place on Thursday, October 31 at 8:30 am right after chapel at Williamson Park. Do come and participate or cheer us on from the sidelines. Members of LoFaT (the League of Families and Teachers) will be there with water for the runners (but in the interest of “going greener,” we would prefer students to bring their own flasks). Also, they will be armed with sharpies to mark the students’ duct tape bracelets as they complete each circuit of the course.

During the afternoon, students will change out of their uniforms ready for the Math Carnival. There is already much discussion about Carnival costumes in the foyer at lunchtime.  We will have a variety of booths ranging from a fishing activity to math psychic. Parents are very welcome to join us for the Hike and/or the Carnival which will take place from 2:00-3:00 pm on the school playground. Afterwards, students may go home early with their parents but please inform your child’s homeroom teacher before leaving the school grounds.

Please come to the next LoFaT meeting this Thursday at 5:30 pm in the Preschool cafeteria. Any child whose parent attends will receive a housepoint in Chapel on Tuesday, Oct. 22.

Our Scholars Cup is fast approaching. You can register online or in person for this fun run through downtown Bryan on Sunday, Nov. 3. Participate in the 5K or 10K and sign up for a t-shirt which may be worn to school any day except Wednesday. Registration increases by $10 after today! We have 75 registrants so far…

Invitations to the Annual Auction Dinner, on Tuesday, Nov. 19, are available online or at the front office. The Brazos Museum of Natural History will be open to the children of anyone who attends the auction and we will have babysitters available. Local chefs will prepare delicious food and our students will provide some musical accompaniment while we eat. Also, a number of exciting items will be auctioned off such as a week in Paris, two weeks on an island near Vancouver, Canada, childrens’ art projects and more.

If you have not yet made a donation to the Annual Fund, please give what you can afford. We have received donations from 15 people so far who have collectively donated $7,100. It would be good to have donations exceeding $10,000 by the end of this month to offset the cost of financial aid.

A reminder that there is no school on Monday, Oct. 21 for K – Grade 12 students since teachers will be posting grades and comments on engrade for Quarter 1. Reports will be sent out next week and Parent Conferences will be held from Mon. Oct. 28 – Fri. Nov. 1.

Please note the change of date for the Advent Tea. This is to allow us to participate in First Friday in downtown Bryan.

Dates for your calendar:
Wed. Oct. 16 Memoir Pictures to take photos of the students.
Thurs. Oct. 17 LoFaT meeting in the Preschool cafeteria at 5:30 pm.
Sat. Oct. 19 PSAT exams to be held in the gym from 9:00 – noon.
Mon. Oct. 21 Day off school!
Tues. Oct. 22 Quarter 2 begins. Chemistry Road Show at the George Bush Library for Grades 3-6 at 10:30 am.
Wed. Oct 23 Careers Fair for Grades 7-8 at the Expo Center in Bryan.
Reports for Quarter 1 sent to parents.
Sat. Oct. 26 Robotics competition in Huntsville.
Mon. Oct. 28-Nov. 1 Parent Conferences.
Fri. Nov. 1 First Friday in downtown Bryan.
Wed. Oct. 31 Hike for Saint Mike and Math Carnival. The Hike starts at 8:30 am and the Carnival at 2:00 pm. Come and join us.
Sun. Nov. 3 Scholars Cup 5K and 10K race through downtown Bryan.
Tues. Nov. 5 “School Days” field trip for Grades 9-12.
Wed. Nov. 6 Eucharist Service in Chapel led by Father Matt Wise at 8:00 am.
Thurs. Nov. 7 LoFaT meeting in the Preschool cafeteria at 5:30 pm.
Tues. Nov. 11 Crazy Hair Day in the Preschool.
Fri. Nov. 15 “Red Riding Hood” performance at 2 pm.for Grades 1-6 at TAMU.
Tues. Nov. 19 “Over the Rainbow” silent auction and dinner at the Brazos Center from 5:00- 9:00 pm. The Brazos Museum of Natural History will be open for Saint Michael’s students on this night. Babysitters will be available.
Tues. Nov. 26 Thanksgiving Pageant at 9:00 am. School will be closed after the pageant at 10:00 am. No lunch or after school on this day.
Tues. Nov. 26-Nov. 29 Thanksgiving holiday.
Wed. Dec. 4 Eucharist Service in Chapel led by Father Matt Wise at 8:00 am.
Thurs. Dec. 5 Advent Tea in the foyer from 5:30-7:00 pm. There will be foods from around the world as well as displays of artifacts from the countries chosen by the teachers and the students.
Fri. Dec. 6 First Friday in downtown Bryan.
Tues. Dec. 17 PJ Day in the Preschool.
Wed. Dec. 18-20 Mid year exams for Grades 7-12. No after school on Fri. Dec. 20.
Mon. Dec. 23-Fri. Jan. 3 Christmas holiday.
Mon. Jan. 6 Quarter 3 begins at school.
Vol. 10 - Oct. 8, 2013

Nuntius Familiae

Oct. 8, 2013 School News Volume 10

by Jenny Morris, Head of School

A huge thank you to the Living Hope Baptist Church for “restoring” our boardwalk area between buildings 10 and 20, last week-end, and to Jim Fajt, Chair to the Board of Trustees, who prepared the boardwalk and coordinated this work on our buildings and grounds. Another thank you to O.C. and Lisa Perez who designed and created a beautiful, safe walkway for our students on the playground.

Preschool news includes the following: the Infants are going to wear costumes for Halloween, the Toddlers enjoy being outside in the fall weather, the 2s are starting their potty training and the parents are delighted (no more diapers or pull-ups), and the 3s have a new friend called Elizabeth. In the Junior Kindergarten, students are working on the letters R and E and the theme is senses. They will categorize images based on our senses, create a picture of the five senses with construction paper, sandpaper, licorice, cotton balls, googly eyes and glue.

We are gearing up for the Hike for Saint Mike, with running practice in P.E. led by the teachers and housepoints awarded in chapel for those students who make a particularly great effort. Also, four students have received housepoints for getting their labels back to school last week but since then we have received no support for the Hike. A reminder that labels need to be returned to school by October 15 and that we have extra labels in the reception area. The class with the most returned labels will have an ice-cream social with all the fixings! The annual Hike will take place on Thursday, October 31 at 8:30 am right after chapel at Williamson Park. Do come and participate or cheer us on from the sidelines. Members of LoFaT (the League of Families and Teachers) will be there with water for the runners (but in the interest of  “going greener,” we would prefer students to bring their own flasks). Also, they will be armed with sharpies to mark the students’ duct tape bracelets as they complete each circuit of the course. During the afternoon, students will change out of their uniform ready for the Math Carnival. There is already much discussion about Carnival costumes in the foyer at lunchtime.  We will have a variety of booths ranging from a fishing activity to math psychic. Parents are very welcome to join us for the Hike and/or the Carnival which will take place from 2:00-3:00 pm on the school playground. Afterwards, students may go home early with their parents but please inform your child’s homeroom teacher before leaving the school grounds.

Tickets for the Live and Silent auction, “Over the Rainbow,” on Tuesday, November 19 at the Brazos Center, are ready to be distributed to students, teachers, the Board of Trustees and friends of the school. Come in to school/use the website to reserve individual tickets, or tables of 8, no later than Nov. 12 so our chefs can prepare. Tickets cost $20 each for families who currently attend Saint Michael’s.

  1. To get donations for the school, come by the front office and look at the binder on the bookshelf full of past donors and:
  2. Note down which people/businesses you intend to canvas for donations
  3. Initial these people/businesses on the donor list
  4. Take enough donation sheets for these donations, fill them out and return them to the office, attached to the donation (if it is a physical object)
  5. Drop the object and sheet in the Records Office at the end of the hall or give the sheet (if not a physical object, or if something small, like an envelope of tickets) to Mary Brown who will file it/them carefully away.

NOTE: Donations are due to the office no later than Nov. 12, a week before the auction. We need lots of donations to make our goal of $50,000.

The Robotics team members are meeting after school several days this week to perfect their robot which will be entered in the contest in Huntsville on Saturday, October 26. This will be the culmination of five weeks of challenging work with Somkid Clarke (Head of the Math and Science department) and several parent volunteers, especially Dr. Ryan Beasley. We wish them the best of luck.

We have some interest from the students in entering the PSIA (Private Schools’ Interscholastic Association) competition again this year. As you may remember, we placed first in the Brazos County last year, despite taking a relatively small group of students to the district meet. The meet will be held in Seguin, Texas this year in March 2014. We need parents who would like to coach our students in areas of math, geography, spelling, etc. Do let us know if you’re interested in helping the students after school. Dr. Dawn Marshall is our PSIA Coordinator this year. We would like to begin coaching the students from the end of October.

Dates for your calendar:
Thurs. Oct. 10 Meeting of the Board of Trustees in the Preschool cafeteria at 6:00 pm.
Sun. Oct. 13 Crop Hunger Walk at Veterans Park in C/S. Meet at 2:30 pm.
Mon. Oct. 14 Visitors Day at Saint Michael’s – bring your friends!
Wed. Oct. 16 Memoir Pictures to take photos of the students.
Thurs. Oct. 17 LoFaT meeting in the Preschool cafeteria at 5:30 pm.
Mon. Oct. 21 Day off school!
Tues. Oct. 22 Chemistry Road Show at the George Bush Library for Grades 3-6 at 10:30 am.
Wed. Oct 23 Careers Fair for Grades 7-8 at the Expo Center in Bryan.
Reports for Quarter 1 sent to parents.
Sat. Oct. 26 Robotics competition in Huntsville.
Mon. Oct. 28-Nov. 1 Parent Conferences.
Wed. Oct. 31 Hike for Saint Mike and Math Carnival. The Hike starts at 8:30 am and the Carnival at 2:00 pm. Come and join us.
Sun. Nov. 3 Scholars Cup 5K and 10K race through downtown Bryan.
Tues. Nov. 5 “School Days” field trip for Grades 9-12.
Wed. Nov. 6 Eucharist Service in Chapel led by Father Matt Wise at 8:00 am.
Thurs. Nov. 7 LoFaT meeting in the Preschool cafeteria at 5:30 pm.
Tues. Nov. 11 Crazy Hair Day in the Preschool.
Fri. Nov. 15 “Red Riding Hood” performance at 2 pm.for Grades 1-6 at TAMU.
Tues. Nov. 19 “Over the Rainbow” silent auction and dinner at the Brazos Center from 5:00- 9:00 pm. The Brazos Museum of Natural History will be open for Saint Michael’s students on this night. Babysitters will be available.
Tues. Nov. 26 Thanksgiving Pageant at 9:00 am. School will be closed after the pageant at 10:00 am. No lunch or after school on this day.
Tues. Nov. 26-Nov. 29 Thanksgiving holiday.
Wed. Dec. 4 Eucharist Service in Chapel led by Father Matt Wise at 8:00 am.
Thurs. Dec. 5 Advent Tea in the foyer from 5:30-7:00 pm. There will be foods from around the world as well as displays of artifacts from the countries chosen by the teachers and the students.
Tues. Dec. 17 PJ day in the Preschool.
Wed. Dec. 18-20 Mid year exams for Grades 7-12. No after school on Fri. Dec. 20.
Mon. Dec. 23-Jan. 3 Christmas holiday.
Mon. Jan. 6 Quarter 3 begins at school.
Vol. 9 - Oct. 1, 2013

Nuntius Familiae

Oct. 1, 2013 School News Volume 9

by Jenny Morris, Head of School

The Michaelmas Pageant was a great success and it was supported by The Eagle newspaper with a lovely photo of Jada Mckyer, on the front page, confidently holding the goose with its taped beak. For more photos of the students go to www.theeagle.com. We made $208 on the bake sale so thanks to everyone who donated brownies, cookies and cakes.

Preschool news includes: in the Infants, Samantha is getting used to her new friends, Rady is about to walk very soon and everyone is enjoying the cooler, fall weather. The Toddlers are learning about fall colors and the playground is so much fun for them. In the Twos, everyone is enjoying Chapel and the children are singing with enthusiasm. The Threes are changing from one teacher to another and they are playing outside with each other. Soon, we will plan for the Trikethon which is wonderful for this age group. The children in the Junior Kindergarten are learning about the letters H and D. Also, they are sorting seeds into those which are edible and non-edible and they will create leaf sun-catchers with construction paper and tissue paper.

You are about to receive the first Annual Fund letter, distributed to 757 parents, teachers, alumni and friends of Saint Michael’s. Please make a donation to the school if you are able to do so. We have given almost $30,000 in financial aid to some of our Saint Michael’s families this year. Fundraising is essential to meet the cost of this aid.

Monday, October 14 is Visitors’ Day at Saint Michael’s. It coincides with CISD’s and BISD’s holiday to observe Columbus Day so some potential new students might like to join us at school. If you know anyone whose child/children might like a day here at Saint Michael’s, please contact the office. Wednesday, October 16 is photo day so please make sure that your child’s Full Dress uniform is ready for action! We will begin with photos of families and the younger children before recess.

A reminder that students are tardy if they arrive at school after 7:50 am and, after the third offense, parents will be fined $5 per child per tardy. We really need everyone to be punctual so that students begin the day on a good note.

October 18 is the end of Quarter 1 at Saint Michael’s so teachers will be working on their grades and comments for every student close to this time. Teachers will also have a day to finish their reports on October 21. School will be closed on this day for students in K-12. Parents will have the opportunity for formal conferences with the teachers from Monday. October 28 through Friday, November 1. Come and sign up for a conference at the office as of Tuesday, October 22 or phone us at school on 979-822-2715 and we will book your conferences for you.

Jess Fields from the College Station City Council will present dictionaries to the students in Grades 3 – 6, in Chapel on Thursday morning, as part of the Dictionary Project.

If you haven’t yet sponsored a child, parent, teacher, Headteacher or Mrs Spencer for the Hike for Saint Mike, there is still time to do so. The annual Hike will take place on Wednesday, October 31 at 8:30 am right after chapel at Williamson Park. During the afternoon, students will change out of their uniform ready for the Math Carnival. We will have booths and perhaps even a haunted house. Parents are very welcome to join us for the Hike and the Carnival.

Dates for your calendar:
Wed. Oct. 2 Eucharist Service in Chapel led by Father Matt Wise at 8:00 am.
Wed. Oct. 2 Hermes Quartet, from Paris, will perform in the Chapel at 2:00 pm. Everyone welcome to attend.
Thurs. Oct. 3 CPR and First Aid training for teachers only in the Earth Science room from 3:45 – 6:45 pm.
Thurs. Oct.10 Meeting of the Board of Trustees in the Preschool Cafeteria at 6:00 pm.
Sun. Oct. 13 Crop Hunger Walk at Veterans Park in C/S. Meet at 2:30 pm.
Mon. Oct. 14 Visitors Day at Saint Michael’s – bring your friends!
Wed. Oct. 16 Memoir Pictures to take photos of students.
Thurs. Oct. 17 LoFaT meeting in the Preschool Cafeteria at 5:30 pm
Mon. Oct. 21 Day off school
Tues. Oct. 22 Chemistry Road Show at the George Bush Library for Grades 3-6 at 10:30 am.
Wed. Oct. 23 Careers Fair for Grades 7-8 at the Expo Center in Bryan.
Reports for Quarter 1 sent to parents.
Mon. Oct. 28 – Nov. 1 Parent Conferences.
Wed. Oct. 31 Hike for Saint Mike, Trike for Saint Mike, and Math Carnival. Come and join us. The Hike starts at 8:30 am and the carnival at 2:00 pm.
Sun. Nov. 3 Scholars Cup 5K and 10K race through downtown Bryan.
Tues. Nov. 5 “School Days” field trip for Grades 9-12 to the Renaissance festival site near Magnolia.
Wed. Nov. 6 Eucharist Service in Chapel led by Father Matt Wise at 8:00 am.
Thurs. Nov. 7 LoFaT meeting in the Preschool Cafeteria at 5:30 pm.
Tues. Nov. 11 Crazy hair day in the Preschool.
Fri. Nov. 15 “Red Riding Hood” performance for Grades 1-6 at TAMU – 2 pm.
Tues. Nov. 19 “Over the Rainbow” silent auction and dinner at the Brazos Center from 5:00 – 9:00 pm. The Brazos Museum of Natural History will be open for Saint Michael’s students on this night. Babysitters will be available.
Tues. Nov. 26 Thanksgiving Pageant. School will be closed after the Pageant at 10:00 am. No lunch or after school on this day.
Tues. Nov. 26 – Fri. Nov. 29 Thanksgiving holiday.
Wed. Dec. 4 Eucharist Service in Chapel led by Father Matt Wise at 8:00 am.
Thurs. Dec. 5 Advent Tea in the foyer from 5:30 – 7:00 pm. There will be foods from around the world as well as displays of artifacts from the countries chosen by teachers and their students.
Tues. Dec. 17 PJ day in the Preschool.
Wed. Dec. 18 – 20 Mid year exams for Grades 7 – 12. No after school on Friday, Dec. 20.
Mon. Dec. 25 – Fri. Jan. 3 Christmas holiday.
Mon. Jan. 6 School begins for Quarter 3.
Vol. 8 - Sept. 24, 2013

Nuntius Familiae

Sept. 24, 2013 School News Volume 8

by Jenny Morris, Head of School

There is an even more upbeat atmosphere at school this week with our Michaelmas Pageant scheduled for Thursday at 2:30 pm in the chapel. Students, and their teachers, have rehearsed their skits, practiced the hymns that intersperse them, and managed numerous costume changes with good grace. Many thanks in advance to the teachers who have directed the students, the teachers who have sacrificed two lessons to rehearsals, Sara Miller who has played the piano, and Cathy Rylander who has single-handedly managed all costumes and props, and sometimes literally dressed the students. We have sold almost 70 barbeque lunches so please make sure that you arrive at school between noon and 2 pm and we will be ready to serve your food in the Preschool cafeteria. There should be plenty of tables and chairs in the foyer and picnic tables outside. Also, we will have a bake sale in the foyer which is always popular with everyone. Afterwards, please join us for the Pageant at 2:30 pm in the Chapel!

Preschool news includes: we have lots of new friends (Samuel, Samantha, Susanne, Amelia, Anaka, Teodoro, Elizabeth and Kylee) who have started school with us very recently. Everyone enjoyed the visit from a police officer today and the Twos through Junior Kindergarten children were allowed to sit in his police car. Tomorrow, the focus on community helpers will continue with a visit from a fireman and his truck. The Junior Kindergarten are learning about the letters F and O. They will create patterns with fire trucks and police cars and design and make a tool belt using construction paper with cut-outs of tools.

Please support the Hike for Saint Mike, our annual fundraiser, by sponsoring your child to run laps around Williamson Park, and ask grandparents, friends and relatives to do the same. We have plenty of labels available for you to fill in the addresses of those who will sponsor your child. Josh Cabrera (Vice President of LoFaT and parent of Kaiji and Kenjiro) will be available at the Michaelmas Pageant with more labels. After you have returned the filled in labels to school, we pay the postage to send information about the Hike to potential sponsors. Please return the labels soon since many friends and relatives live out of state. Parents and friends of the school are welcome to run with us. Several teachers run every year as does Mrs. Helen Spencer, the founder of Saint Michael’s, who will turn 81 this year. As usual, there will be awards for the child who returns the most labels, the child who makes the most in sponsorship $s, and the child who runs the most laps in each division of the school. The Hike is on Thursday, October 31 at 8:30 am straight after Chapel.

We are fortunate to have a young, enthusiastic group of musicians from Paris, the Hermes Quartet, who will perform for the Kindergarten through Grade 12 students, and their teachers, in our Chapel on Wednesday, October 2. If you are available at this time, do come and join us to listen to some fine, classical music.

Picture day with Memoir Pictures is scheduled for Wednesday, October 16. The students will be in Full Dress anyway but if you would like some sibling pictures, please let Mary Brown know at the front office.

The Annual Fund letter is almost ready for distribution to our 747 parents, teachers, alumni and friends of Saint Michael’s. I will personally sign every one of them. Please make a donation to the school if you are able to do so. We have given approximately $30,000 in financial aid to some of our Saint Michael’s families this year. A gap exists between tuition fees and the operating costs of the school of about $180,000. You can help to narrow the gap with a donation at any level.

Vol. 7 - Sept. 17, 2013

Nuntius Familiae

Sept. 17, 2013 School News Volume 7

by Jenny Morris, Head of School

Josh Cabrera, our new Vice President of LoFaT (League of Families and Teachers), will chair the next meeting on Thursday, September 19 at 5:30 pm in the Preschool cafeteria. Stephanie Patranella will talk about the Junior Master Gardener program as well as play groups led by parents on a monthly basis. We will discuss topics of interest with a view to inviting a variety of speakers to future meetings.

Preschool news includes: in the Infants, everyone is sitting up to eat their food at lunch. Victoria, Hallie, William and Cole are all rolling over and Rudy is the biggest mover so far. The Toddlers love coloring and exploring the playground. Edward and Andrew are walking more. For the 2s, the schedule is getting easier and the children are working on All About Me. The 3s are learning about community helpers and are so excited about it. We have never had such a vocal, busy group. The Junior Kindergarten classes are also learning about community helpers and are practicing the letters N and C. Also, they are learning the songs for our Michaelmas Pageant in music lessons. A policeman is visiting school on Tuesday, September 21 and a fire truck will be on campus on Wednesday, September 25.

We have started to rehearse our skits for the Michaelmas Pageant to be held on Thursday, September 26 at 2:30 pm in the Chapel and are practicing the “angel” hymns that intersperse each part of the pageant. Rehearsals for the Junior Kindergarten – Grade 12 have been scheduled for Friday, September 20 and Tuesday, September 24 to make sure that we’re ready for our performance. We have only sold eleven plates for the barbeque lunch, catered by Buppy’s, from noon to 2 pm and will need to finalize the order on Friday, September 20. Also, we need volunteers to bake cookies and cakes for the sale which will be held in the foyer. Please contact us at school at 979-822-2715, if you would like to bake something or order a lunch. If you would like to attend an engrade training to access information about how your child is getting on in class, Hallie Gammon will lead this at 1:10 pm next Thursday, between the barbeque and the performance, in the Computer Lab.

Barbara Dubose, a local nurse has kindly agreed to come to Saint Michael’s for our vision and hearing screenings on Monday, September 23 starting at 8:30 am. We have thirty six children throughout the school whose parents have signed up for the screenings. A reminder that it is mandatory for the following students to be screened: Preschoolers who will be 4 years old as of Sept. 1 and students in grades K, 1, 3, 5, 7 and those who have entered the school from out of state. The screenings will cost $10 per child. Please make your checks payable to Saint Michael’s and we will give Ms. Dubose a single check from the business office.

Please support the Hike for Saint Mike, our annual fundraiser, by sponsoring your child to run laps around Williamson Park behind the school campus and ask grandparents, friends and neighbors to do the same. Every year we offer substantial amounts of financial aid to needy families who value a private education with us. Your donations, sponsorships and other financial contributions help to offset this cost. The Hike will take place on Thursday, October 31 at 8:30 am right after Chapel. Similarly, the younger children participate in a Trike for Saint Mike on the same day. The Junior Kindergarten classes participate in both!

LoFaT News:
Everyone at Saint Michael’s is a member of the League of Families and Teachers (LoFaT), and there is a LoFaT listserv to facilitate communication among members. If you are not on the listserv, you can send a message to saint-michaels-lofat+subscribe@googlegroups.com with “subscribe” in the subject line or message body. Questions about the listserv can be addressed to Virginia Fajt using the on-line StMES contact form.

Thursday, Sept. 19, 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 17, 5:30 p.m. (get ready for Scholar’s Cup)
Thursday, Nov. 7, 5:30 p.m. (get ready for Auction)
No meeting in December

Vol. 6 - Sept. 10, 2013

Nuntius Familiae

Sept. 10, 2013 School News Volume 6

by Jenny Morris, Head of School

A huge thank you to the adults who supervised the Brotherhood of Christian Aggies on our school campus last Wednesday, especially Jim Fajt, Kim Brown, Mary Brown, Rami Cerone, Stephanie Patranella, Isidro Bermudez, Helen Spencer and Kirk Brown. All of our picnic tables have been painted, some of the decking “restored,” our borders mulched and all of the windows have been washed.

Preschool news includes: in the Infants, the children are enjoying the outdoors and everyone is sitting up. The toddlers, Twos, Threes and Junior Kindergarten are learning about transportation and community helpers and a fire truck is scheduled for next Wednesday. Also, the students in Junior Kindergarten are focusing on the letters T and I and they will create a shape plane and a scene of an airplane in Art. Bo, Brooklyn, Winry and Sophia will celebrate their birthdays soon.           

A reminder that our Michaelmas pageant is scheduled for Thursday, September 26 at 2:30 pm in the chapel. Also, there are still tickets available for the barbeque lunch catered by Buppys, from noon to 2 pm in the foyer, but we need to finalize the order by Friday,, September 20.  There will also be a bake sale which is always popular with parents, students and their teachers.

Another reminder that vision and hearing screenings are available with a local nurse here at Saint Michael’s. These screenings are mandatory for preschoolers who will be four years old as of September 1, as well as Kindergarten, Grades 1, 3, 5, 7 and any student who has entered the school from out of state. Contact us at 979-822-2715 if you would like to schedule these screenings for your children at school.

Don’t forget to visit givewith.target.com/school/40119 to vote for Saint Michael’s – once Target receives 25 votes, they donate $25 to our school, plus $1 for each additional vote after that. You can vote once per week until September 21 or until $5 million has been donated to schools, whichever comes first. So far, we have 104 votes!

If you would like to order a barbecue lunch for Thursday, September 26, courtesy of Buppys, please let us know by September 20. The plates cost $12 each and we will split plates for children at half price.

Robotics Scheduling 2013

ALL TOPICS ARE SUBJECT TO BEING RESCHEDULED
ALL TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO BEING SHORTENED/LENGTHENED 

1 Thursday September 5 Introduction to Robotics. Will go over previous years. Will look at last year’s notebook.
2 Monday September 9 General Rules. Will explain components of general competition. If we have at least 10 members, will consider BEST Competition? Will introduce logbook (Vishnu will log first meeting).
3 Thursday September 12 Give date-by-date references. Pre-plan accordingly. Will vote on team name and get “psyched” for Kick Off. Also will see who is good at what.
4 Saturday September 14 KICKOFF. Will sort through consumables and returnables kits.Bryan Civic Auditorium: 12:30 to 3:30 PM Sat 9/14. See permission slip, Van leave school 12 noon.
5 Monday September 16 Will set up frame of competition and goals. Will make sure everyone understands the course and this year’s objectives.
6 Thursday September 19 Design and Strategy
7 Saturday September 21 (opt.) Design and Strategy
8 Monday September 23 Design and Strategy/Build
9 Thursday September 26 Design and Strategy/Build
10 Saturday September 28 (opt.) Build
11 Monday September 30 Refine and Build
12 Thursday October 3 Refine and Build
13 Saturday October 5 Robot must be complete (note: not necessarily well done, just done, as we have time to tweak)
October 7-12 TEST RUN WEEK
14 October 7-12 after test run Test Run tweaking
15 October 7-12 after test run Test Run tweaking
16 Monday October 14 Test Run tweaking
17 Thursday October 17 Finalize Test Run tweaks
18 Saturday October 19 MALL DAY
19 Monday October 21 Fix issues after mall day (extra meetings/hours may be required this week)
20 Thursday October 24 Finalize EVERYTHING (robot, notebook, team name, robot name, any BEST things if we do BEST)
21 Saturday October 26 ROBOTICS COMPETITION

Date-by-Date References
September 5 – September 14 to get ready for kick off (finalize team and pre-plan)
September 14 – Kick Off Day
September 14 – October (7-12) to build the first draft robot
October (7-12) – Test Run Week
October (7-12) – October 19 to revise the robot
October 19 – Mall Day
October 19 – October 26 to tweak last minute details (finalize notebook, design, etc.)
October 26 – Competition
Tasks: Design, Construction, Programming, Mock Ups, AutoCAD, Strategy.

More Rewards Program information

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Give school number 70095163 to your cashier every time you shop at
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Kroger Community Rewards
Register your Kroger Card using organization number 90325 at this
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Saint Michael’s earns a percentage of what you spend based on the total spending of all Community Rewards participants.

Vol. 5 - Sept. 4, 2013

Nuntius Familiae

Sept. 4, 2013 School News Volume 5

by Jenny Morris, Head of School

After the Labor Day week-end, I was expecting a sea of tired faces in chapel at 8:00 am on Tuesday morning. It was a pleasant surprise when a lively third grade student said to me, “I’m so glad to be back at Saint Michael’s.” She had enjoyed a three day break with her family and was ready to learn as much as she could at school. A very positive atmosphere prevails here at school.

We’re looking forward to the arrival of the Brotherhood of Christian Aggies who will weed, paint our picnic tables and the huts on the playground, restore the boardwalk areas and wash the windows throughout the school. There are many other jobs for them on our “to do” list and the voluntary hours of service will be logged for every student. We are expecting 150 Aggies from 5:00-7:00 pm. If you would like to supervise a group of students, please let us know at the office.

Preschool news includes: in the Infants, William and Hallie are sitting up and Radi is beginning to crawl at the age of six months. Cooper is a new student in the Toddlers and everyone is learning new routines. Andrew and Joseph are new students in the Twos and Revel, Winri, Channing and Bo are all about to celebrate their birthdays. The Threes are having a wonderful time in Music class and Alex and Max are new to the group. In the Junior Kindergarten, the theme is family which includes making apple trees with faces of each family member on apples, a graph of siblings, pictures of their houses, sorting activities from small to large and the letters of the week are S and P. Ryan, Jaylinn, Sophia, Boston, Caleb and AJ are all new to the Junior Kindergarten.

A reminder that our Michaelmas pageant is scheduled for Thursday, September 26 at 2:30 pm in the chapel. Also, there will be a barbeque lunch of brisket, sausage, beans, potatoes and onions with all the trimmings catered by Buppys, from noon to 2 pm in the foyer, but we need to finalize the order by Friday, September 20. The cost is $12 per plate but we can split plates for younger children at half price. There will be no other catered lunch on this day. There will also be a bake sale which is always popular with parents, students and their teachers.

The Bryan School district is closed for the day on October 14 which is the reason for our Visitors Day on this date. If you know of anyone who is considering the possibility of private school for their children, please let them know about Visitors Day. We would like to have some new students to join us for this day at Saint Michael’s.

Please make sure that your medical forms and emergency contact information are given/sent to Mary Brown in the front office by the end of this week. We do have some interest for the vision and hearing screenings offered by a local nurse but she will need the medical information about the children who are to be screened.

Thank you to those families who are continuing to supply us with box tops. We receive 10 cents for each one which provides a necessary fund for school equipment. We need to collect as many box tops as possible by November 1st. Also, we’ve sent home information about how to link your Kroger’s Plus card to the school for donations. It’s very easy to arrange but has to be done every year.

Vol. 4 - Aug. 27, 2013

Nuntius Familiae

Aug. 27, 2013 School News Volume 4

by Jenny Morris, Head of School

A huge thank you to the many students, parents, teachers, friends and alumni who enjoyed two hours together at the Bryan Aquatic Center on Saturday night. There was plenty of pizza, drink and fruit to keep everyone happy (including the lifeguards) between dips in the pool and the company was equally wonderful. Our annual pool party is one of the Saint Michael’s traditions appreciated by families and teachers who have just returned to school and an opportunity for new students and their parents to meet other people associated with Saint Michael’s and establish friendships.

In our Preschool, the children are getting used to their new spaces and new toys. Also, we have two new girls, Victoria and Hallie, in the Infants. The two year old class is doing more outside play which is helping their independence. The theme for this week in the Junior Kindergarten is All About Me which involves the students creating pictures of themselves using paper plates with artistic additions and talks about their family members. There are rotations for ABC, writing, 123 and the teacher center. Soon to come will be the computer center. Thanks to Lisa Perez who supplied us with 10 imacs from TAMU recently, not to mention some useful projectors.

Barbara Dubose BSN, RN from Christian Mobile Health Services has offered us a discount for vision and hearing screenings of $10 per student and scoliosis screenings for an additional $5. All three screenings cost $14. Let Mary Brown know if you would like us to arrange these screenings at school for your child/children.

Dr. Kate Lucchese would like to know how many parents and students are interested in her highly organized trip to Italy next summer. It will be a wonderful tour of Rome and the north including Siena, Florence, Venice, Ravenna and so much more. Dr. Lucchese is an experienced tour guide having led trips to Italy and the United Kingdom in the recent past. Please book your place/s with a deposit of $250 per person by September 3. She needs a minimum of ten people to sign up.
Our first League of Families and Teachers (LoFaT) meeting is scheduled for this afternoon, from 5:30 – 6:30 pm, in the Old Cafeteria. Topics for discussion include the Junior Master Gardener Program and upcoming events. We will hold LoFaT officer elections too. Light refreshments will be provided as will a babysitter for small children. Your child will receive a housepoint in chapel if you attend this meeting.

We will order houseshirts for the students again this year, so if you need new ones, please contact us at 979-822-2715. They cost $15 each but the 2XX sizes are $17.50 each. If your child would like an athletic shirt, we do have some for sale at $10 each. Mostly, the shirts are medium or extra large and we have a small shirt and a large one.

We have the Brotherhood of Christian Aggies rescheduled for Wednesday, September 4 to help us with some of the heavier manual tasks in our buildings and grounds. There will be approximately 100 Aggies on campus and they will be assigned specific jobs such as painting our picnic tables and huts on the playground and “restoring” our boards between the buildings as well as the ramp that leads to the Art room. Already, we have three adults who have volunteered to help supervise the Aggies so that the projects on our “to do” list are completed. If you would like to help and are available from 5:00-7:30 pm on this day, please let us know.

Finally, don’t forget that Monday, September 2 is a holiday. This will give us all the chance for a slightly extended break after our first full week of school. We will look forward to seeing everyone again on Tuesday, September 3.

Vol. 3 - Aug. 20, 2013

Nuntius Familiae

Aug. 20, 2013 School News Volume 3

 

First week of school News!

by Jenny Morris, Head of School

A reminder that, Thursday, August 22 is a half day so there is no lunch available or after school care on this day. It is an opportunity for the students to meet their homeroom teachers and to drop off school supplies and sign out for textbooks. Students need to be collected at 12:20 pm. If your child would like to become an acolyte for chapel services, application forms will be available from me on Thursday. Our first full day at school is Friday, August 23 and students need to wear Full Dress uniform on this day. Please bring money to school for pizza since our student council needs time to sort out the pizza bucks. Pizza costs $1 per slice. There will be after school on Friday until 5:30 pm.

We plan to mark the end of the first week with a pool party on Saturday, August 24 from 7:30-9:30 pm at Bryan Aquatic Center, just off Briarcrest in Bryan. This is a chance to meet the Saint Michael’s family and to literally cool down before the public pools close after Labor Day. Admission to the pool will be free and there will be food and drink available. Responsibilities for bringing items are as follows: Phanuel House – drinks, Gabriel House – pizza or sandwiches, Raphael House – fruit or dessert and Saint Michael House – plates, cups and silverware. Children from Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12 are invited along with their families, teachers and members of the Board of Trustees.

We have received the vision and hearing requirements for all children enrolled in any public, private, parochial, denominational school or child care center in Texas. Four year olds need to be screened by September 1 as do any first-time entrants to school. Also, students in Grades 1, 3, 5 and 7 need to be screened anytime within the school year (preferably in the first semester). If you would like us to arrange for your child’s vision and hearing to take place at school, we are able to do so. Just give us a call at 979-822-2715. Also, please make sure that your child’s immunization record is up to date. I look forward to seeing everyone back at school.

Vol. 2 - Aug. 14, 2013

Nuntius Familiae

Aug. 14, 2013 School News Volume 2

 

More Summer News!

by Jenny Morris, Head of School

If you haven’t had the chance to check out our school website at stmes.net, with its rotating panel, now is your opportunity. Thanks to Lisa Perez (member of the Board of Trustees and mother of Nathan, Wolfgang and Sinjin) and Hallie Gammon (Head of Middle and Upper School), it has brief descriptions of the curriculum from PreK through Grade 12 and information about upcoming school events. Also, it has photos and biographies of teachers, administrators and board members. We continue to receive inquiries about Saint Michael’s due to the school site and now you can check the content of different volumes of Nuntius too.

A huge thank you to those of you who supported the Saint Michael’s Open House on Sunday, August 11 in the foyer. Board members, parents, grandparents, teachers, administrators and students were there. Also, Itsy and Bitsy put in a guest appearance. Student schedules, house shirts and uniforms were ready to be picked up. Lisa Perez and I rallied support for our Open House at First Friday in downtown Bryan. If you would like to become a homeroom parent or sign up to help at the Hike for Saint Mike and math carnival (Wednesday, October 31) or our silent and live auction on Saturday, November 16, do let us know. Sign up sheets are still available. For those of you who missed Open House, we still have plenty of uniform available. Just give us a call at 979-822-2715.

Also, thanks to the following parents and friends of Saint Michael’s who supported our school grounds clean up on Saturday, August 10: Rami Cerone, Jim Fajt, Virginia Fajt, Piers Chapman, Stephanie Patranella, Tina Vanater, Isidro Bermudez and Lisa Perez. Our grounds are the first thing that people see when they visit the school so regular maintenance is essential.

I would also like to thank some former students, Amber Moon and Ethan Olive, who worked diligently in the library sorting out the many piles of books that had been left on the floor at the end of May. We are almost ready for the students next week. I look forward to seeing some familiar faces as well as some new ones. This morning I met Yanrui and Yanyi Jiao who are still jetlagged after a long flight from China.

First week of school agenda:

Dates

Events in morning

Events in afternoon and evening

Monday, August 19 9:00 am Brief welcome and planning for the school year & technology survey by Jenny Morris, for teachers only in the foyer. Mandatory attendance for all teachers 1:00pm  Aflac presentation for teachers only 
Tuesday, August 20 8:00 am Breakfast in foyer supplied by Brazos Valley School’s Credit Union for teachers only.9:00 am Engrade training by Mary Brown (Office Manager) and Hallie Gammon (Middle and Upper School Head) in the Computer Lab.10:00 am General clear up in Teachers’ Workroom. Meet in the Teachers’ Workroom. Mandatory attendance for all teachers 1:00pm Scott and White presentation for teachers only 
Wednesday, August 21 Teachers to make sure that text books and consumables are ready for students As for am if necessary
Thursday, August 22 First day of school. Students go home at 12:20pm. No lunch available or after school.  
Friday, August 23 First full day of school. Full Dress uniform for students.Pizza available!  

N.B. Saturday, August 24, from 7:30-9:30 pm, Pool Party for Saint Michael’s parents, guardians, students and teachers at Bryan Aquatic Center. Gabriel House – pizza or sandwiches,  Raphael House – fruit/dessert, Phanuel House – drinks and Michael House – plates, cups & silverware.

Vol. 1 - Aug. 1, 2013

Nuntius Familiae

Aug. 1, 2013 School News Volume 1

 

Summer News!

by Jenny Morris, Head of School

It’s hot and humid in the Brazos Valley but, despite the weather, we’ve worked hard to create a welcoming environment here at school. A huge thank you to anyone who donated furniture, kitchenware, books etc. for our garage sale on Saturday, July 6 and to those of you who manned the stations organized so ably by Mary Brown or who purchased something you didn’t need to support the school. We raised over $1,939.65 at this event alone.

I can hardly believe that it is August already and that school will begin in three weeks time. We are still receiving inquiries from new families about St. Michael’s and this will no doubt continue into September and beyond. An agenda follows this message, regarding the first week of school. Of special interest to students and parents is our Open House in the foyer on Sunday, August 11 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. This is a chance to meet all of the Saint Michael’s teachers, members of our board of trustees, new students and to visit our classrooms. We will meet in the foyer where the teachers will have teaching materials on display and their syllabi for the year. Also, schedules will be ready for the students to pick up. Please come to this event and bring your friends. We are still pursuing reaccreditation with the Southwest Association of Episcopal Schools (otherwise known as SAES) and increasing our enrollment is a vital part of this process. Mary Brown will make balloon animals and flowers for any child who wants one and there will be cookies and lemonade.

Also, we have a pool party at the Bryan Aquatic Center on Saturday, August 24th from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. What could be better? Please check the attachment to see what to bring to this first social event. See you there.

First week of school agenda:

Dates Events in morning Events in afternoon and evening
Monday, August 19 9:00 am Brief welcome and planning for school year and technology survey for teachers only in the foyer. Mandatory attendance for all teachers. 1:00 pm Aflac presentation for teachers only.
Tuesday, August 20 8:00 am Breakfast in foyer supplied by Brazos Valley School’s Credit Union. for teachers only.9:00 am Engrade training by Mary Brown (Office Manager) and Hallie Gammon (Middle and Upper School Head) in the Computer Lab.10:00 am General clear up in Teachers’ Workroom/nonfiction library clear up. Meet in the Teachers’ Workroom.Mandatory attendance for all teachers. 1:00 pm Scott and White presentation for teachers only.
Wednesday, August 21 Teachers to make sure that text books and consumables are ready for students As for am if necessary
Thursday, August 22 First day of school. Students go home at 12:20pm. No lunch available or after school.
Friday, August 23 First full day of school. Full Dress uniform for students. Pizza available!
Saturday, August 24 7:30 – 9:30 pm pool party at Bryan Aquatic Center for Saint Michael’sparents, students and teachers. Gabriel House – pizza or sandwiches, Raphael House – fruit/dessert, Phanuel House – drinks & Michael House – plates, cups and silverware.
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