Notes from the Head

Several times a year, we place a half-day in our schedule, setting aside intentional time for our faculty to meet together, learn together, and grow together as a professional group. Although most of our teachers routinely attend workshops and conferences during the year that address their area of expertise, having time together as a faculty and staff is important.

This year we are including, as a part of our professional development, a focus on health and wellness. With that in mind, this Wednesday our topic is Mindfulness, and our facilitator is well versed in guiding teachers in better self-care through mindful practices. As we begin our school year together, this is a terrific place to launch our focus on better self-care.

So why is this important? Self-care is important because when teachers take care of themselves, the students benefit. Teaching is one of the most challenging and stressful occupations, but also one that is often the most rewarding. Our teachers change lives. They play an amazing role in guiding each student to set goals and work toward the achievement of those goals. They serve as cheerleaders, sages, guides, people of wisdom, and models of a positive mindset. Our teachers give 110% every day, all day, to the students they shepherd through the school year. Teachers play key roles in shaping young lives and leave fingerprints on the hearts of them forever. In doing so, however, a teacher’s job is never done. Work continues long into the night after the final bell has rung. And when the alarm goes off in the morning, they begin again with the same dedication.

Therefore, it is important that we encourage our teachers and administrators to take care of themselves. When we feel good, our students benefit. When we are healthy in mind, body, and spirit, we model that for our students. Health and wellness pay benefits well beyond the individual. It behooves us to encourage positive self-care because, as we say at St. Michael’s, “at the end of the day, it’s all about the kids,” and those kids are worth every bit of our effort.

Margaret Moore

Head of School

Coach’s Corner

Middle School Sports
Upcoming Games:
Thur, 9/21 – Flag Football SM @ Desert Christian
Mon, 9/25 – Flag Football TCDS @ SM
              Volleyball AoT @ SM (A Team @ 4 p.m., B Team @ 5 p.m.)
             Volleyball Calvary @ SM (B Team @ 6 p.m.)
Tue, 9/26 – Volleyball SM @TCDS
Wed, 9/27 – Flag Football Casas Christian @SM
                    Volleyball Pusch Ridge @SM
Intramurals
Our intramural program is well underway, and the turnout has been great! We do have an update to the fall season. Due to the week-long fall break in October, we will begin flag football  on Wednesday, September 27, so that both sports get equal time. The fall season will still end on Thursday, October 26.

SMA News

Thanks to all the families that made St. Mike’s Meet Yourself a successful event! We also want to give a great big thank-you to all the volunteers that made it happen:

Stephanie Liu, Annie O’Meara, Mandy Hart, Judi Breault, Jenn Gould, Matt Teller, Erika Pina-Loucks, Lonnie Reese, Penni Hayward, and Barbara Faltico

Vaqueros: Brian Connelly, Chris Wilds, Dave Ross

Honor students:
Audrey Newton, Catherine Bennett, Natalie Son, Logan Corrado, Kenny Strong, Hayden Corrado, Nico Rivera, Boone Lewis, Lilly Martinez-Ross, Nick Martinez-Ross, Nate Crutchfield

Our next event is Grandparents’ Day on October 20. Please contact Breanne and Haley if you would like to volunteer.

Notes from the Head

I had the realization, as I prepared for our All-School Chapel on Monday, that none of our students had experienced 9/11. This year marked the sixteenth anniversary of the event that significantly changed our country. We did not so much dwell on the events of that day in our chapel conversation but rather on the goodness of humanity that was evident as hands across our country reached out to help and to hold one another.

The same goodness and compassion that many of us saw around the 9/11 experience was once again seen in the affected areas in Texas from Hurricane Harvey and, now, in Florida and the Caribbean from Hurricane Irma. People reaching out to those in need. Neighbor helping neighbor without regard for race, religion, national origin, neighborhood, lifestyle, or political orientation. All of that is put aside and we pull together to do what we can. It is what we do well in this country. It is when we truly demonstrate that we are united states. It is when we show that we are all Americans and stand as one. Heroes rise up. Generosity flows. Differences are put aside, and compassion is demonstrated in many ways.

As we focus on the value of Goodness this month, we need not look far to see examples of the natural goodness in people. There are so many acts of goodness, large and small, that we can point out to our young students, calling their attention to the many ways they can make a difference for someone else. When our children can see that even the smallest acts of kindness, goodness, and compassion make a large difference, they will reach out in turn to make good things happen for other people. Some people can write the large checks, which certainly makes a big difference. When I see our children look for ways to be generous, kind, and good to someone else, however, I am comforted in knowing that the examples we set as adults model a way for them to change the world, one person at a time. In that way, our children then lead us.

Margaret Moore

Head of School

Hurricane Relief Efforts at St. Michael’s

In recent weeks, major hurricanes struck Texas and Florida. The emotional, physical, and financial toll these devastating storms has on families can leave lasting effects, and the recovery efforts extend long after the storm has passed. The Southwest Association of Episcopal Schools quickly responded by offering resource information to schools in our association, pairing unaffected schools with affected schools to offer support and encouragement. St. Michael’s has volunteered to be a part of that outreach ministry. We now have a “sister” school in Houston. Holy Spirit Episcopal School is a preschool–eighth grade program with approximately 250 students enrolled. We have been in contact with the Head of School at HSES and are reaching out to help in multiple ways. So how can we help?

Although the school itself had only minor physical damage, members of their school community lost much. The Head of School has suggested that the greatest help would be gift cards that could be given to families as they begin to restore their homes and furnishings. This type of donation gives assistance to families to purchase what they need to replace and rebuild. Gift cards from Target, Walmart, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Visa, or Master Card, in any amount one chooses to donate, will be collected in the School Office and sent to Holy Spirit Episcopal School in Houston, Texas, for distribution. You may learn more about Holy Spirit at www.hses.org.

In addition, our students will be sending cards, student art, and photographs, offering our prayers and support as the recovery efforts continue this fall. Our Student Council has designated the September Mass collection for Episcopal Relief and Development, the outreach ministry of the Episcopal Church. Additional donations for both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma can be made through Episcopal Relief and Development, earmarked for Hurricane Relief, www.support.episcopalrelief.org.

Eagle’s Quill Contest

 The first Eagle’s Quill contest of the year, “Midsummer Memories,” ends next week on Wednesday, September 20.  Interested students from all grade levels can submit writing and artwork on the topic of summer memories and reflections.  Submissions may be turned in to homeroom teachers or to Ms. Burnson or Mr. Hawes.  Contest winners receive frozen treats!

Coach’s Corner

Middle School Sports
Here is what’s coming up:
9/14 – Flag Football SM @ Academy of Tucson
9/15 – Volleyball SM @ Desert Christian
9/18 – Volleyball Greenfields @ SM
9/19 – Flag Football Calvary @ SM ( A Team @ 4 p.m.), Leman Oro Valley @ SM (B Team @ 5 p.m.)
**There will be NO practices on Wednesday, September 20, due to the noon dismissal.
Fall Intramurals
Intramural practice will continue as normal with one exception next week. There will NOT be practice next Wednesday, September 20, due to the noon dismissal. Please remember that practice ends promptly at 4:45 p.m.