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NEWS 'N NOTES

SCHOOL THEME:
Now is the Time we must Begin to become Saints

 


December 13, 2017

MONTHLY ACADEMY UPDATE

VIRTUE OF THE MONTH:

Gift of Fortitude

Saint to Imitate:

St. Catherine of Alexandria

 

SINGING NUNS CONCERTS – The Singing Nuns concerts are Saturday and Sunday, December 16 & 17. There will be no school on Friday, December 15th so that the Sisters can use that day as a dress rehearsal and prepare last minute details for their concerts.

AUCTION MEETING – next auction meeting is Monday, December 18th at 8:15 a.m. coffee at Ronette Lodgard’s, 5509 E. Orchard Rd. All are welcome to help. Please bring your best class project ideas. Info call Ronette at 993-6255.

CHRISTMAS CHORAL CONCERT – JR. HIGH & HIGH SCHOOL – the Jr. High and High School have prepared a Choral Christmas Concert under the direction of Fr. Anaya. All are invited to this concert on Wednesday, Dec. 20th at 7 p.m.

STRANGER IN THE STRAW – GRADE SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM – grades K-6 will perform Stranger in the Straw as the Christmas program this year. All students K-6 are involved. The program is Thursday, December 21st at 7 p.m. and all are invited to attend. The students will need to arrive by 6:30 p.m. to their classrooms.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22 – school is dismissed at 12:30 p.m. on Fri. Dec. 22nd to break for the Christmas vacation.

SCRIP UPDATE – you all know SCRIP cards are available during the week and on Sunday’s, but there is another way to purchase SCRIP. You can sign-up on line and order what is called Scrip Now and use PrestoPay to pay for it. Check out www.shopwithscrip.com. For more information and details or call Mrs. Netzel for more information.

ARCHERY NEWS - Dear Parents, we have been doing archery in school for 3rd - 8th grade on a weekly basis since the beginning of October (High school elective on First Fridays). The 3rd and 4th graders have almost all been worked in to shooting arrows, using the bow. We are making sure that they are safe and know how to perform in a safe manner before a bow is put into their hands. We will begin to have archery practice on Mondays after school from 3:30 to 4:30 as in the past. This will begin next week on November 20th. For the children who are interested in the after-school practice, there will be a $5 fee up front for the year, to cover critical replacement costs. Otherwise there will be a $1 fee per practice.

On occasion we will have tournaments with the opportunity to win cash prizes. There will be an additional $1 fee if they participate in these tournaments, but the cash awards will be based on personal excellence, regardless of the winnings of others. God bless you! Sister Maria Kazimiera.

PIZZA HUT BOOK IT PROGRAM - Grades K-6th were given a monthly calendar to check off their reading each night. At the end of the month they can turn it into Mrs. Morgan for a coupon for a FREE personal pan size pizza at Pizza Hut. Parents must sign the reading chart. Students can gain a coupon each month, November-March!

HIGHER GROUNDS COFFEE SHOP – the coffee shop here at the school is in need of more volunteers. It is about 1.5 hr once a week, training will be provided and counts towards parent hours. If we cannot get more volunteers the coffee shop won’t be open as many hours.

SENIOR FUNDRAISER - TEXTILE DRIVE  – the senior class would like to remind everyone that if you are doing some  cleaning, now is the time to bag up your old or outgrown clothes and drop it off in the bin outside of the gym. PLEASE DO NOT drop off books, toys or household items, ONLY CLOTHES!

ABSENCES & TARDIES – please do not forget that you are to call the school office by 9:00 a.m. to report if your child is absent or will be tardy. This is state policy. If we do not hear from you by 9:00 a.m. we will be calling you.  You may also email Mrs. Netzel at parish@stmichaels.org or text her at (509) 953-1382.Thank you.

AMAZON SMILE - A GREAT FUNDRAISER FOR THE SCHOOL - Anyone who shops on Amazon.com can very easily help us raise money for our school by going to smile.amazon.com, and logging in with your Amazon username and password.  Select "St. Michael's Church & Academy" as your charity. This will be saved to your Amazon (or Amazon Prime) account settings.  Once it is set up, we will automatically receive a portion of all future eligible purchases.  Remember to also save ‘smile.amazon.com’ in your bookmarks! This can be done in addition to purchasing Amazon scrip cards! Please share this with friends and relatives! For more information, go to: http://tinyurl.com/o6vlmza

GOODSHOP AND GOOD SEARCH -  another way to help raise funds for the school just by shopping on-line.  We have partnered with Goodshop so that now you can feel great about your online shopping! Goodshop gives you the best coupons for thousands of stores like Apple, Amazon, Petco and more AND a percentage of what you spend on virtually every purchase is donated to our cause! Plus, with the Goodshop app for iPhone and iPad, you can shop, save, and give on the go.  Save money and help a good cause every time you shop! Check it out: www.goodshop.com.

FRED MYERS Link your Fred Myers reward card to St. Michael’s Academy and St. Michael’s receives a percentage each time you shop. Go to www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards and link your card. Our Non-profit number for St. Michael's Academy is NPO #87019. Supporters should have their Fred Meyer Rewards Card linked to your organization! After the June 2016 customer re-enrollment period our customers who did not re-link their card with a nonprofit on Community Rewards were dropped from the system on July 1. Encourage your supporters to make sure their Rewards Cards are linked to your organization.

LIBRARY: St. Ignatius Library is open Wednesdays and by appointment. If you are interested in volunteering in the library please contact Missy Morgan 869-5853.The school children visit the library regularly on Wednesdays. Parents are welcome to check out books from the library during the week or you can call Mrs. Missy Morgan at 509-467-0986 x 115 to make an appointment for another time. 

DENNIS UNIFORM –Girls jumpers and skirts can now be ordered and purchased through Dennis Uniform. St. Michael’s Uniform shop still has blouses, shirts, pants and sweaters in stock for sale. We are also pleased to tell you that the SCRIP Program offers SCRIP for Dennis Uniform in $20 certificates with a 5% rebate. Please contact Joanna Gilchrist at 993-8015 for more information. Our school code for Dennis Uniform is: ZSM032.

MICHAEL'S UNIFORM SHOP: If you need to purchase new and used uniforms from our shop, please call Joanna Gilchrist at (509) 993-8015 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. There is a large inventory of uniforms here at St. Michael’s, but if you are looking for additional sizes or pieces to the uniform, you can now order from Dennis Uniform. Dennis Uniform is located here in Spokane and we now sell SCRIP for Dennis. Our school code for Dennis Uniform is: ZSM032.

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 K to 8th full pay lunch is $3.00 Grades 9th to 12th full pay lunch is $3.50. 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.

St. Michael’s is an equal opportunity provider.

WELLNESS POLICY FOR ST. MICHAELS: St. Michael’s Academy Wellness Policy is on file and if you want to have a copy you may pick one up in the school office.

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.

 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.

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.www.boxtops4education.com  

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.

Policy & Procedure for Cold Weather Days obligatory for winter recess

Reminders for Parents and Students:

As we enter the winter months with very cold temperatures or snow on the ground, it is the school’s policy that the students must have the following in order to go outside for recess:

JACKETS, GLOVES, and BOOTS (if snowing)

If they do not have a jacket, gloves, and boots (if snowing) they MAY NOT GO OUTSIDE! Students may have additional snow clothes such as hats, pants, scarf, etc…PLEASE label all articles of clothes with their name.

Students who do not have proper attire will have to sit inside 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 playground. 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 snow in the courtyard then that is where all the students will play at that time.

NO SNOWBALL THROWING before, during and after school hours Students MAY NOT THROW SNOWBALLS at each other. This applies before, during and after school hours. No sleds of any kind are allowed.

Student will play outside when the temperature is above 20 degrees unless the wind chill factor makes it too cold. When the temperature is less than 20 degrees, students will not play outside.

If there is a delay or closure due to weather, please call (509) 467-0986 x 110
OR
information may also be obtained from KXLY News 4

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the school office.

Please remember that the heat in this building is only on for short periods during the day. If your child is cold during the day inside the building, here is a list of items in keeping with the school uniform that they can wear to stay warm.

  • DARK NAVY/BLUE or BLACK jacket (NO LOGOS or HOODS) may be worn in the building anytime.
  • Long-sleeved, white turtle neck or t-shirt under their blouse or shirt
  • Under-Armour that is white, black or navy blue
  • Leggings or tights that are navy or black
  • Thermals or long underwear as long as they do not hang out of the uniform unless they are black or navy.
  • Scarf & small gloves as long as they are black or blue 

WHAT MAY NOT BE WORN IN THE BUILDING:
(But may be worn outside)

  • Gray, pink, green, orange, purple or any other color of jacket 
  • No Logos on jackets 
  • No Hoodies and jackets with hoods 
  • No Boots – you can wear the boots into the building, but once at the classroom they must change into their school shoes.  

Also, please remind your children that if they get too hot in the building when the radiators are on – DO NOT OPEN THE WINDOWS. Instead, they may ask the teacher to open the door. We know that it is cold in the building; but as Catholics we try and make sacrifices and offer it up to save sinners and the poor souls in purgatory. Please encourage your children to make a sacrifice and not to complain about the cold.

All of the above applies to the entire Academy, grades K-12. Thank you for your cooperation.

School Cancellation Info

For information from the school on delays or closures due to weather, please call:
(509) 467-0986 x 119
OR check KXLY News 4.

Dates to Remember

DEC

15  No School; Singing Nuns Concerts- Dec. 15-17

18  Auction Meeting 8:15 am at Ronette’s

20  Jr. High & High School Christmas Concert – 7 p.m.

21  Grade School Christmas Program 7 pm

22  Early dismissal – 12:30 pm break for Christmas

JAN

8   Classes resume

19  End of 1st Semester; ½ day of school dismiss at 12:30

25  Begin Parent/Teacher Conferences: Jan. 25, 26, 27

 

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.www.boxtops4education.com  

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.