Semper Fortes in Fide
8500 North St. Michael’s Rd. • Spokane, WA 99217
First Friday, Mass at 8:30 a.m./Stations at 2:40 pm
Report Card Night
FIRST FRIDAY – this Friday, March 7th is First Friday and Mass will be at 8:30 a.m. Please send a breakfast for your children who will be receiving Holy Communion. It is also First Friday Electives for the High School.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS – Every Friday during Lent there will be Stations of the Cross for the school at 2:40 p.m. on
Friday afternoon. Please, we encourage all to attend, and know that if the students are not out right at 3:15 it is because they
are attending Stations of the Cross.
STANFORD TESTING WEEK – Stanford Testing for grades K-8 will begin on Monday, March 10th. Please we ask that you try and schedule appointments for another time. It is important for students to be at school on testing days on time and ready to go. Please be sure your children get enough sleep and eat a good breakfast so they are ready for testing. Thank you for your attention in this regard. Grades 7th – 12th will be testing during the week of March 24th – 28th.
BLARNEY STONES – the senior class is taking orders for Blarney Stones for St. Patrick ’s Day. They will be available on Sunday, March 16th after both morning Masses. If you wish to order, please see one of the seniors.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY – Monday, March 17th is St. Patrick’s Feast Day. The students in grades 1-8 will sing a High Mass at 11:00 a.m. The senior class will also sponsor a showing of “Patrick” an animated movie about this beloved Saint after school in the dining room.
SNOW WHITE DVD’S ARE READY – the finished and edited DVD from our November musical, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is now available. The cost is $10 per copy. The DVD is a great keepsake and memory for years to come. Also, if you missed the live show and would like to have a copy for yourself, now is the chance to get one. We also have The Sound of Music and The Wizard of OZ available as well. So if you missed either of those awesome shows you can also add those DVD’s to your video library. If you purchase more than one DVD there is a discount; $10 for one, $18 for two and $25 for three copies. Please see Mrs. Netzel to get your copy while supplies last. Proceeds benefit the Drama program. Thank you for your support.
AUCTION PROCUREMENTS ARE NEEDED NOW!!! Donations Due by March 31st (only 29 days away!) Please be considerate of this deadline. Processing donated items and entering them into our auction program is a very time consuming process. This needs to be done well in advance so the Sisters can print the auction catalog before Easter Holy week. Procurement letters and forms are outside the Auction Room #136 Auction items can be dropped off outside the Auction Room.
READING IS THE TICKET – don’t forget the deadline to turn in your Reading is the Ticket tracking sheet is Friday, March 21st. The form must be completed and signed by a parent, there will be no exceptions to the deadline date.
DENNIS UNIFORM – please note that Dennis Uniform that has been located downtown is MOVING to a new location. The location has not yet been announced. Please contact Joanna Gilchrist at 828-2050 for more information.
SEND YOUR TRASH OUR WAY! Extra baking and extra goodies usually have extra waste... and if it is dairy packaging, we want it! Tubs of all kinds--yogurt, ice-cream, cream cheese, cool whip, etc., and their lids. With two large shipments, we have raised $7.36 in the First Quarter. We can do better, but not without your help. Send your clean empty containers with your children when they come back in January, or leave them in the appropriate boxes in the dining hall or kitchen area. Thank you!
SODALITY MEETINGS – the two younger Sodality groups meet every Monday after school unless otherwise notified.
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.
PARENT ADVISORY BOARD – Notes from Parent Advisory Committee Meeting March 3, 2014
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
The career Fair was very successful. Over 30 volunteers participated and there was a very positive response from everyone. The students from the City of Mary high school attended. Plans for a bigger and better one next year.
Possibilities for a “job shadow” for the seniors in the future.
Possibility of engaging a Press Agent or Public Relations firm to put out positive news from St. Michael’s both the Parish and the Academy. Perhaps this could tie in with the upcoming Centennial of Mount Saint Michael this coming year.
Relevancy of topics discussed at Parent Advisory Committee meetings: school wide issues of importance. Individual classroom and/or teacher difficulties should be handled through the chain of command.
The Singing Nun Concerts/Home Study days were discussed. Possibility of changing date to closer to Christmas vacation 2015.
Possibility discussed of Honor Society members to give a presentation to the grade school students on Christlike behavior, especially addressing kindness to each other.
Homework survey will be drawn up to track the amount of time students spend on their homework.
Reminder to check the Wednesday folder for snow day announcements.
COLD OR SNOW – Please send the proper clothing for your child when it is cold or snowing outside. At the least, a jacket, boots and gloves should be worn. 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 or ext. 118 to obtain information from the school. Information may also be obtained from KXLY News 4
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 would like to encourage people to turn in their box tops regularly so that they can be sent in before they expire. 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.
We were able to order several PE items with points earned from Campbell’s labels/UPC's. We ordered soccer balls, several other PE balls, a portable ball cart, a sturdy ball pump.
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.