We have reached the time of the year when it feels that everything has shifted into high gear. As we return from our Easter break, suddenly the end of the year is in plain view. There is so much left to do and so little time remaining. The temptation for some is simply to sit back and coast to the end. My encouragement to all of us, however, is a bit different. Let’s revisit the dependable baseball / softball analogy as a way to plan for a sweeping conclusion.
For most baseball or softball players, getting a good solid hit is always one of the main objectives when at bat. The other important objective is to round the bases for a score. There are several ways to score a run, but probably one of the least inspiring is to score on a walk from third base. It’s certainly much more thrilling to race or slide into home base to score a run. There is a greater sense of accomplishment in that way, and there are many more “high fives” coming into the dugout.
So here’s my encouragement for our young charges here at school as the final weeks of the school year loom ahead. Let’s finish strong. Let’s give it our very best until the end. As cheerleaders and coaches on the sidelines, we can be ready to give high fives as they slide into home base. And what better way to end the year than coming to the last day feeling, “Wow, that was a terrific year!” Certainly for all of us, there are some days that are better than others. In the dark days of January, it may feel that the end of the year won’t come soon enough. As I look at our students now, however, I can see how much they have grown, not only from the victories but also from the challenges they have faced. I am so proud of each and every one. They are rising to the occasion and are ready and prepared to move ahead. Their accomplishments have come through hard work and the amazing support and instruction that come from our teachers and parents.
So I invite our students to step up to the plate. Take a glance at the coaches and cheerleaders that surround the field. Focus on the end goals and make solid choices with every swing. There will be much to celebrate at the end of the day, and I will be the first in line to give each a “high five” and a hug as they cross home base. Batters up!!! Let’s hit it out of the park.
Head of School
Three 8th graders–Alexander Brown, Andrew Gioannetti, and Martin Gioannetti–have been recognized by Young Authors of Arizona for their submissions to the 2017 Scholastic Writing Awards.
Alexander Brown received a Silver Key award for his short story “Life of War.” Andrew Gioannetti received a Silver Key award for his short story “The Way It Was” as well as a Gold Key award for his poem “The Statue.” Martin Gioannetti received a Silver Key award for his poem “The Summit.”
The awards ceremony will be held this Saturday, April 29, at Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale.
The staff of Eagle’s Quill has announced its front cover contest for this year’s edition, with the theme of “Critter Kingdom.” They are looking for colorful, vertical images–whether a painting, sketch, or photograph–on the topic of creatures from nature or the imagination. The deadline is Tuesday, May 9, and the winner receives a gift card to the art supply store Michael’s.
Teacher Appreciation Week is already next week! This year Amy Petrow and Haley Ochoa (Co-Chairs) have been planning the wonderful treats to be enjoyed by the entire St. Michael’s faculty and staff. It’s always a special week, and the teachers feel the love and appreciation from our community. There are still some ways to help out if you are interested and able. If so, please contact Amy Petrow (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Haley Ochoa (email@example.com) to find out more. Thank you for your support and for appreciating the faculty and staff at St. Michael’s!
Order forms for the 4-8 Fine Arts Night Flowers are coming home in today’s Eagle Express. Additional forms are also available online via the school blog, the middle school Portal, and in the School Office. They are due in the School Office by Wednesday, May 17. Pre-ordered flowers will be available for pick-up at the Flower Stand from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. on the night of the performance. A limited number of bouquets will be available for purchase the night of the show, so order early to guarantee yours! Questions? Contact Holly Hancock von Guilleaume at firstname.lastname@example.org or Heather Walsh at email@example.com
4-8 2017 Fine Arts Order Form
Intramurals – Our spring intramural track program is coming to an end this week. The last day will be this Thursday, April 27. I know the kids have had a great time, and it has been exciting to see their improvement.
Middle School Sports – Our basketball season is winding down. This is our last week of the regular season:
Girls – Friday, 4/28 SM @ Desert Christian
Boys – Friday, 4/28 Desert Christian @ SM
Next week will be the league tournament for both the Boys’ and Girls’ A Teams. This is a single-elimination tournament. The games will be on 5/2, 5/4, and 5/5. Game times and locations will be announced as soon as we have them. Good luck to both of our teams!
Having competed in Mathleague.org’s regional elementary school-level math competition in December, six of our 6th grade mathletes have qualified to compete in the fourth annual state-level competition! The following students will compete with other top-scoring students from around the state at University High School on Saturday, May 6: Naomi Capaldi, Olivia Cho, Sam Clark, Jack Douglass, Aiko Levine, and Boone Lewis.
The test materials expose students to broad concepts from number theory, statistics, probability, algebra, geometry, and more. The competition is structured to promote and reward the application of problem-solving strategies and working together to share ideas and techniques. Participation in this competition promotes excitement for achievement in mathematics, and we are so very proud of our terrific math students. Good luck, mathletes!
Thank you to everyone who purchased flowers, and a big shout-out to Ella and Michael von Guilleaume and to Sean Pollard for all their help the night of the performance. We could not have done it without you.
The annual car wash fundraiser for Boy Scout Troop 122 will be held on Saturday, April 22, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the west parking lot of St. Michael’s School. We use this money to help fund troop activities and events. We will also be selling hot dogs, hamburgers, and soda. You can have a bite to eat while the Scouts get your car squeaky clean!
St. Michael’s Primavera Meal Team serves the evening meal to one hundred men at the men’s shelter on the second Sunday of every month. We very much need additional cooks to prepare chili.
If you can help, please contact Joe Williams at 886-1804.
Also, the church pantry is running very low on food. If you can donate, please bring cans to the Church Office.