Blessed Thanksgiving to all of our St. Michael Families
Noon dismissal on Nov. 21st. No School November 22nd , 23rd , or 24th.
11/13- 20 StuCo Food Drive
11/21 6th Special Mass NOON Dismissal ~ We will be offering Extended Daycare for those who need it.
11/22-24 Thanksgiving break
11/27 School resumes
11/30 Midterm reports issued 3rd – 8th
4B Special Mass
12.1 Mission collection / First Friday
12/5 3-8 School Confessions
12/8 No School – Immaculate Conception
12/11 Noon Dismissal Faculty meeting
12/12 Christmas program K-5 7:00 PM in Gym.
12/ 18 Christmas Program for PreK
12/19 PreK last day of 1st Semester
12/20 and 21 —Finals for Junior High 6th-8th
12/21 : 12:00 Dismissal—Extended day available
12//21 12:00pm Dismissal—NO Extended day today
Sing-a-long, 9:00 AM / Christmas Parties
2nd Quarter Ends Report cards are mailed
22-29: NO SCHOOL / Christmas Break
1/5 School Resumes
TOAST TO EXCELLENCE;
The School Family Association would like to thank everyone for their generous support of the TOAST TO EXCELLENCE. This event raised funds that go directly to the St. Michael teachers and staff. If you were unable to attend and would still like to contribute please send the donation to the office marked SFA by Nov 21st. Thank you so much for your support!
EXTRA IN-SERVICE DAY FOR TEACHERS:
Monsignor Perkinton has granted all elementary schools in the Lincoln Diocese the ability to take an extra in-service day for teachers and administrators. St Michael will be taking January 4, 2018 as our extra in-service day. This will extend our Christmas vacation for students by one day. We WILL have school on Friday, Jan. 5th. Thank you for your flexibility regarding this change in our calendar.
LOCK DOWN PRACTICE
St. Michael School practiced an all school lock down on October 24, 2017 and the results were well documented and debriefed in a meeting that followed on November 13, 2017. The School was locked down tight in less than 30 seconds, and was the school was swept by the Crisis Response team. Our Lock Down practice went well and the students and staff followed the expected protocol. St Michael School is devoted to practicing these Lock Down drills at least once a quarter, some announced, and others not, so that the students, faculty, and staff become attune to the proper protocol of how to handle a Lock Down situation should it present itself. Our St. Michael School Parent handbook has information regarding what the proper protocol for parents would be should our school ever be in this type of situation. Please see below for that information from the Parent Handbook.
Parent Directives in Emergency Situations (How You can Help)
· BE PREPARED FOR A SCHOOL EMERGENCY
• Be sure that your child’s emergency contact information is always accurate and current.
• Speak with your child about basic personal safety and safety procedures at school.
· IN CASE OF A SCHOOL EMERGENCY
• DO NOT call or rush to your child’s school. Phone lines and staff are needed for emergency response efforts.
• DO NOT phone your child. Staff and students are not to use cell phone communication during an emergency, for safety reasons.
• Tune in to local TV/radio stations for official school news alerts. Rely only on information from St. Michael School’s email system or public safety officials. Listen to the radio or check email for official information regarding unification with your child.
• Cooperate fully with staff, emergency or law personnel on the scene.
· FOLLOWING AN EMERGENCY
• Listen to and acknowledge your child’s concerns.
• Provide reassurance that your child is safe.
• Assure your child that additional prevention efforts are being put into place.
• Seek help from school personnel or a mental health professional if concerns persist.
STUDENT COUNCIL FOOD DRIVE - Can you spare a Can?
The Student Council started up the Food Drive on November 13 and it will run through November 20th. Please have students bring in any non-perishables, i.e. canned food, pasta, jarred sauces, peanut butter, etc.., that will go to a great cause, especially this time of year. Catholic Social Services picks up the food on November 21st and will then give us an update of how many pounds of food our school brings in. We are very fortunate to have the supportive community of St. Michael that rises continually to help others in need. Thank you for taking part in this very worthy cause. Please see attached flyer for more information.
Our webstore for spirit gear items for St. Michael is up and ready for ordering. It is best to use a desktop computer when ordering.
The website will be open 11/16/17 at 4pm and close on 11/28/17 at midnight.
Please make sure to get your order in during that time frame as if you miss the deadline and still want items there may be additional charges and your items may be delayed.
All items will be dispersed by St. Michael School when finished-- usually 10-12 working days after the site closes. Here is the link:
Please note that you will need to create an account -if you do not already have one- in order to place an order. Please use an active email as that is where you will receive your confirmation of your order once it is successfully placed.
Please also note there is a chance items are on back order as ARTFX is not notified of these until they order what was ordered on the store. You will be notified if the backordered item is more than 2 weeks out.
If you have any sizing questions please access the size charts offered. If there are any other questions or something is not answered on the webstore please email the customer service representative at ARTFX—her name is Emily Hawk. firstname.lastname@example.org
If any items that you order would be for Christmas gifts, please let the school office know so that we hold those items out instead of sending them home with students.
SAFE ENVIRONMENT LESSON –
The safe environment lesson that is provided by the Lincoln Diocesan Office, was taught today, November 16, 2017 to all students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. All classroom teachers either sent a parent packet home hard copy, or sent an email attaching the parent packet to that email. Being proactive with regards to safe environment and giving students the tools they need in order to understand situations that may feel uncomfortable is a top priority at St. Michael School. We are appreciative of the partnership with our parents when it comes to the safety of our children and the environment in which they move in and out of daily. We thank you for the ability to work closely with you for the welfare of our children. If you have any questions regarding the lesson that was taught please don’t hesitate to contact us.
MRS. TERESA SCHMIDT
Mrs. Schmidt is looking for energetic singers who will help to make Christmas Masses a joy filled experience. Contact Mrs. Schmidt at email@example.com if you are interested in being a part of a Christmas Choir.
SPANISH – FROM PROFESSORA FELICIA
Attached is a newsletter from our Spanish teacher. Professora Felicia teaches all classrooms, K-5 for one period during the week, and an elective group of Junior High students twice a week.
BOYS TOWN SKILL OF THE WEEK NOVEMBER 20 - No Skill this week
Kit & Dick Schmoker Reading Center
The Schmoker Reading Center provides one-on-one and small group tutoring for students in grades 1– 6. The reading instruction is designed for students who are reading one or more years below grade level, and whose primary school difficulties result from reading problems. Completion of the application does not guarantee acceptance into the upcoming session.
A $10 non-refundable processing fee must be included for all NEW applicants to the program. This is a one-time only fee. If you have previously applied to any session, you do not have to send this fee with your application. Please see attached flyers if you are interested in more information.
BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION
Please continue to cut and send in the Box Tops for Education squares. Our next submission month will be March. Each classroom has a container that they can put the Box Tops into and at the end of each month, they will be counted. We are holding a friendly, school wide competition that will continue through February. Please see the attached flyer for more information.
STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND
IS OFFERING IT’S WINTER CAMP OPTIONS STARTING DECEMBER 26TH. PLEASE COPY AND PASTE THIS LINK FOR MORE INFORMATION. http://sacmuseum.org/what-to-do/education/camps/
FAST FOOD IN THE LUNCHROOM The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and the Nebraska Dept. of Education Competitive Foods Policy states that "no food may be sold or served that competes with the National School Lunch Program beginning one half hour before meal service until one half hour after meal service." For St. Michael Families those hours would be from 10:20 AM until 1:30 PM. Families who choose not to participate in the National School Lunch Program are encouraged to send a sack lunch with their child/children in the morning rather than bringing in fast food. Parents are only able to bring in food for their own children.
is coming to Pius on the Feast Day of St. Nicholas, Wed. Dec. 6 from 5:30-7:30 pm! Please join us for a Baby Jesus/Nativity Blessing at 5:30pm in the Pius X Chapel. Then from 6-7:30pm in the Commons, get your picture taken with “St. Nick”, decorate a sugar cookie, color a St. Nick page, and listen to the Pius choirs sing beautiful Christmas Carols. Parents, come and show your kids your alma mater, their future high school, or where their siblings go to school each day! RSVP the number of kids attending to Kristin.firstname.lastname@example.org to help us plan the number of cookies and cocoa needed. No charge – free-will donations accepted. Go to www.piusx.net for details.
St. Michael now accepts credit card payments! Please note that St. Michael Church and School are now able to accept credit card payments. (Visa and MC only). Credit cards are accepted on the website and in the school office for donations, tuition payments and/or school fees.
If you will have a Kindergartener enrolling for Fall 2018, please stop by the office and fill out a Pre-Application, or visit our website where you can print one off. There is a $50.00, non-refundable application fee for pre-applications.
The Kindergarten through 5th grade Christmas Concert is scheduled for Dec. 12, at 7:00 PM in the gym.
The Junior High program is scheduled for Jan. 30, 2018 at 7:00 PM in the Commons area.
TEXTBOOK LOAN FORMS 2017
Textbook loan forms will be coming home after Thanksgiving break. All forms need to be completely filled out so that we remain in compliance with the textbooks that we currently have on loan with LPS in the school. More information to come.
SCHOOL OFFICE DONATIONS
Children’s liquid Tylenol –for ages 2-11 and ¾ inch band-aides would be greatly appreciated!! You can drop those off at the office. Thank you!
Games began the week of Nov. 6. Check out the BB schedule by going to www.cysi.org - Good luck Marauders!!
Sign up Genius is located at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0944a8a823a46-booster Parents, please help out where you can. We appreciate your time!
Mrs. Denise Ray
How can I stay connected?
Check the Thursday Folder in student’s backpack each week.
Watch for our newsletter that is sent home via email each Thursday
Access our website at www.stmichaelmarauders.com