Semper Fortes in Fide
8500 North St. Michael’s Rd. • Spokane, WA 99217
Movie Night! After school at 3:30 p.m.
Pancake Breakfast & St. Nicholas
No school; transferred feast of the Immaculate Conception
Home school week, Dec. 10-13
Singing Nuns’ Christmas Concert
Christmas Caroling with Sodality & Parish
Auction Meeting at 8:30 a.m.
School Christmas Program 7 p.m.
Christmas Break Begins
MOVIE AFTER SCHOOL – the seniors are sponsoring another movie showing after school this Friday, Dec. 6 at 3:30 pm in the dining room. The cost is $2 for the movie and $3 for movie with snacks. They will be showing 2 animated movies- Nicholas the Boy Who Became Santa and Santa Claus is Coming to Town.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8TH – the senior class is sponsoring a pancake breakfast after both morning Masses. You can also bring your children to visit St. Nicholas. Prices for the breakfast: Adults $5 which includes 4 pancakes & 2 sausages; Children (12 & under) are $3 for 2 pancakes and 1 sausage. Family Rate: $20 for family of 5 plus $2 for each additional child.
DECEMBER 9th – is the transferred feast of the Immaculate Conception and there is no school.
HOME SCHOOL STUDY WEEK – December 10 -13 there are no classes at the Mount due to the Singing Nuns’ Christmas Concerts. Assignments will be sent home with the students.
SINGING NUNS’ CHRISTMAS CONCERTS – at the Bing Crosby Theatre, December 11&12th at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Contact Tickets West for tickets, Adults $20 and Seniors/Students $16, groups of 10 or more $10 per ticket available from the Singing Nuns at (509) 467-0986 x121. The special guests will be the Strolling Strings from East Valley H.S.
CHRISTMAS CAROLING – each year the sodality groups and parishioners come together and go caroling at 3 nursing homes. We will spread Catholic Christmas cheer on Saturday, Dec. 14th from 11- 2. Please pick up a flyer in the vestibule of the church for the locations we will be visiting.
AUCTION MEETING – there will be an auction meeting on Monday, December 16th at 8:30 a.m. in the front office. All are welcome to attend.
SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM – grades K-6th will be singing and the Junior High will present Amahl and the Night Visitors. It will be on Friday, Dec. 20th at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
ATTENTION ALBERTSON SHOPPERS!!! Please collect Rachael Ray Stamps & donate them to the Auction. We will cash them in for a dinnerware set to be auctioned off! Please Leave Stamps outside Room #136
KNIGHTS OF THE ALTAR - Father Bernard is asking if there are any high school Knights or adult Knights that could assist him with training on Thursdays. The current Knights in training are a large group, and Fr. could really benefit from consistent help from an experienced Knight. Consistent help will allow Fr. to split into smaller groups within this time-frame, and this will really benefit all the Knights. Practices are Thursdays from 3:15-4 pm. Please call Fr. Bernard @ 868-5867, or Paul Scherling @ 570-8994. ALSO: 1st Saturday Knights meetings are mandatory for all enrolled Knights, 12th grade and below. Any adult Knights are also welcomed.
COUPON BOOK FUND-RAISER: Deadline to turn in money and books is Friday, Dec. 6th. Money and unsold books should be turned in to Mr. Drahman's office (room 118) on Mondays and Thursdays please return any books that will not be sold; the sooner the better. We are tracking how many books each student has. Checks should be made out to "St. Michael's". The class with the highest average sales per student will be rewarded with a pizza party. We are hoping to be able to reduce your sports fees, depending on the success of this project. Please direct any questions to Vic South (638-2038) or Tim Drahman (462-4327). Thank you!
PARENT ADVISORY BOARD – Notes from Parent Advisory Committee Meeting November 4, 2013
Members Contact Information:
Cyr, Rosie email@example.com
Drahman, Theresa firstname.lastname@example.org or 509.467.2525
Fr. Casimir email@example.com
Heaton, Chad firstname.lastname@example.org
Lentes, Rachael Rachaellentes@comcast.net
Phelps, Ted email@example.com or 208.806.0760
Sr. Marie Vianney firstname.lastname@example.org or 509.462.4335
South, Suzie email@example.com or 509-570-4705
Rev. Mother firstname.lastname@example.org
Mission Statement: To assist the administration in achieving the Academy’s Mission Statement. To be a liaison between the parents of the students and the administration
Brainstorm on ideas for Careers Fair/ Job Shadow in January
Message Board (similar to Craigslist) Susan Murray volunteered to coordinate; possible location – above Lost and Found on 2nd floor
Regarding junior high and high school detentions – teacher will contact parents directly
Major issue of unavailability of reaching school secretary during the school day. (Emergencies, students needing to be dismissed early, etc.) Suggestion to have goal hour parents answer phone while school secretary is teaching, doing parish duties or needing personal time.
Some parents feel some grades are receiving too much homework; thus pushing the family rosary (not dinner) off the schedule.
Awards for Honor Roll for grade school will be recognized in the classroom; in conjunction with our sister schools.
A suggestion was brought Junior High have a 10-15 break after Lunch. Since PE is at the beginning of the day, it was felt some energy needed to be burned so the rest of the day could run smoothly.
POLICY & PROCEDURE FOR COLD WEATHER DAYS
St. Michael’s Academy
REMIDNERS FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS:
As we enter the winter months with snow on the ground or just very cold temperatures, it is the school’s policy that the students must have the following in order to go outside for recess:
JACKET, BOOTS, GLOVES
If they do not have a Jacket, Boots or Gloves they MAY NOT GO OUTSIDE IN THE SNOW! Students may have additional snow clothes such as snow pants; scarf, hat etc… please label all clothes with your child’s name.
Students who do not have the proper attire will have to sit in the glass doors during the morning or lunch recess. We cannot have them stay in different locations in the building while the rest of the students are out in the parking lot or courtyard. There is only ONE recess monitor and she cannot be in two places at once.
Please remind the students that they should listen and obey the recess monitor, it is for their own safety. If the recess monitor indicates that they may play in the courtyard then that is where all the students will play at that time.
Students MAY NOT THROW SNOWBALLS at each other. This applies before, during and after school hours.
Students will play outside when the temperature is above 20 degrees unless the wind chill factor makes it too cold to play outside. When the temperature is less than 20 degrees, students will not play outside.
If there is a school delay or closure due to weather, please call the following number:
509-467-0986 x 110 to obtain information from the school
Information may also be obtained from KXLY News 4
If you have any questions or concerns please contact the school office.
Thank you and God bless you.
ST. MICHAEL'S UNIFORM SHOP: If you need to purchase new and used uniforms from our shop, please call Joanna Gilchrist at (509) 828-2050 and leave her a message. She will call you back and make a special appointment for you if you need something. The shop also takes used uniforms in good sellable condition for store credit. Uniform Shop phone number is: (509) 465-0653. You may also place your order by leaving a message.
HANDICAP PARKING FINES – please notice that the handicap parking at the Mount now has signs attached to them that indicate there will be a $450 fine if you park there without a legitimate/legal handicap placard card. These fines are not collected by the Mount but by the County. Tickets may possibly be issued, please do not park there. Thank you.
REMINDER TO ALL – DRESS CODE – there is a dress code for the building. This dress code applies to everyone, visitors being the obvious exception. If you are a parent volunteer working or helping in the building or on the playground etc…be sure to observe the dress code: Women/girls should wear a skirt/dress and a modest top. Men and boys, no short “shorts” or tank tops. We enforce the dress code for the students, so it is appropriate that parents should follow this dress code as well.
HOT LUNCH MENU & PRICES - You can print a copy of the menu from the website or there are copies available outside of the school office. REMINDER: there is a charge if your child takes “seconds,” gets an extra milk or gets a bottle of water, even if you are approved for free or reduced hot lunch. Grades Pre-K to 3rd full pay lunch is $2.50. Grades 4th to 12th full pay lunch is $3.00. To help you budget, you may pre-pay at any time for your lunches. Please drop off a check with Mrs. Netzel or Mr. Drahman. Thank you. Lunch bills for this school year will now be mailed to your home so that you are aware of the balance at all times. Thank you for your prompt attention in paying your lunch bill.
BOX TOPS – we want to thank everyone who turned in box tops. We will be receiving $146.20 for our submission. Unfortunately, I had to throw out several box tops that were expired including quite a few "bonus box tops" that had expired and could not be submitted for cash. We would like to encourage people to turn in their box tops regularly so that they can be sent in before they expire.
We will be sending in the Campbell’s labels in the next few months. Please turn them in. These also often include bonus labels that have expiration dates! If they are expired, they cannot be redeemed. Please drop them off with Mrs. Netzel. We sincerely thank everyone who is helping to make this fundraiser a success! You may drop off your Box Tops or Labels for Education in the clear plastic box located in the main hallway near the main bulletin board.
A REMINDER: Box Tops do EXPIRE, please check the expiration date. Bonus Box Tops that you get at the checkout stand also expire, so turn them in often so we have time to submit. Also be sure to cut out the entire box top otherwise we cannot use it. If you have BONUS Points or BONUS BOX TOPS, please be sure to cut out the entire tab around the dotted line. It must show the entire value in order for it to be valid. Thank you for your attention to this detail.
CLICK, REGISTER and EARN: Go to: eLabelsForEducation.com and register your shopper card number for Fred Meyer or Safeway and select your school. Each participating product purchased at Fred Meyer or Safeway earns 1 point that will be credited to our school's account for Labels for Education. The school can earn free educational merchandise for arts, athletics and academics. We would like to mention that everyone should still cut out and submit the Campbell’s UPC from the products, even if they register their shopper’s card. They can still be submitted to earn points for the Labels for Ed. program. Thanks!
Are you a VIP? (Voluntarily Involved Parent)
Thank you to all the parents who volunteer at St. Michael's Academy. May God bless your efforts and contributions. Are you aware of the year-round programs and fundraisers in which St. Michael's Academy is involved? For your reference, here is an index:
$CRIP: This is a very important and easy year-round fundraiser that doubles the dollars without spending a penny more than you already do for gas, groceries, etc. $crip can be purchased from the Parish Secretary or Accounting office during regular business hours (8-4) or after Sunday morning Masses. Click on the word SCRIP and you can see an updated Scrip Catalog.
TAX BENEFIT: Did you hear the good news? The IRS has ruled that those who participate in the scrip program can now get a tax deduction. Here's how it works: you buy scrip and whatever rebate amount is generated from that scrip purchase can now be deducted from your taxes. Purchase a lot of scrip with high rebates and be able to have a sizeable charitable contribution at the end of the year. Please see Tim Drahman or Anne Marie Netzel for more information.
BOXTOPS FOR EDUCATION: Collect from General Mills products year-round to earn cash for the school.
INK RECYCLE PROGRAM – we collect used printer ink and toner cartridges of all makes and types. We recycle them through Staples and the school is able to earn Staples Rewards which allows us to purchase other school and office supplies.
5% BACK TO SCHOOLS PROGRAM: Use our Academy ID number 70121586 every time you shop at Office Depot. 5% of your purchase goes directly to St. Michael's Academy to get free supplies.