Notes from the Head

As I write this blog, we have entered a historic week during which we celebrate the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on one end and witness the inauguration of the new President of the United States on the other. We have been in a time of great divide in our country, and we pray that the new government will work to bring us all together again as a unified nation. My trust is in God, and my great hope rests with the next generation. When I look at the fresh, idealistic faces of our students, it is with them that I want to put my energy and that of our school. They are the hope. They are the future.

This month, as we focus on the value of Justice, we spoke in Chapel of our responsibility to work for justice for all people. Our students are well aware of fairness and equality. Just try to do something special or show favoritism to a group of a few! Trust me…they know about Justice. But we went further in our discussions and looked at what we should do as people of God. What are the guidelines that we should follow? It’s a simple but challenging list. The prophet Micah made it clear. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8) Kindness, compassion, humility, fairness, justice. It’s what we talk about daily, and it’s what I see in action more times than not.

Last Friday, for the first time, our middle school students went out into the Tucson community as a collective group to perform service in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. They were divided into small groups and, with the help of parent and faculty chaperones, traveled to eight different service agencies to help. They learned about the work of the selected organization and then assisted in various jobs that needed to be done. As I spoke with several of the agency representatives, they gave glowing reports about our students, their spirit, their conduct, and their desire to make a difference. Students were eager to help, and their cooperative spirit was contagious. Everyone returned with a deeper understanding of the needs in our community and a desire to do this again, and perhaps more often. It really was a day to remember and a day to give back.

Our students saw firsthand that kindness, compassion, a helping hand, and sharing out of our abundance can change a life. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God. Important work was done, and a deeper understanding of justice, equality, and the importance of kindness was an end result. Life lessons are often not learned in a classroom. They are learned when we go out into the world with eyes open to see God’s hand at work in the world about us. Justice, mercy, and humility: they can change the world.

Margaret Moore

Eagle’s Quill Wins Again!

For the eleventh year in a row, Eagle’s Quill has been honored by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)’s Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines.  The 2016 version of our annual publication received a ranking of Excellent.  St. Michael’s is the only K-8 school in Arizona to be awarded; the only other school in the state recognized by the contest was Brophy College Preparatory School, a high school in Phoenix.

Forging ahead, the magazine currently is seeking submissions to its “2016 Rewind” contest, which ends January 31.

Math-A-Thon

The Math-A-Thon is here!  Gather any last-minute pledges you can to help us raise money for new classroom projectors.  Graded tests will come home on Friday, January 20.  Please collect pledge money and return that in the provided envelope to one’s teacher or to the School Office starting January 23.  Remember, to be eligible for prizes students must turn in their pledge money by January 27.

We still need three or four people to help on Friday morning with the testing.  Please contact Cathryn Rose (403-4641) or Dina Corrado (955-3255) if you can help.

Coach’s Corner

Upcoming Soccer Games

1/19 @ Leman (4:00 p.m.)

1/24 DC @ St. Michael’s (Udall Field A – 4:00 p.m.)

1/26 TCDS @ St. Michael’s (Udall Field A – 4:00 p.m.)
 
Winter Intramurals
There will be NO intramurals next week (1/23 – 1/26) because we will not have access to the gym due to the school musical.  The last week of intramurals will be the week of 1/30 – 2/3. However, there will be NO intramurals on Wednesday 2/1 due to the early release.
Our spring season will be coming up soon! We will be offering Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball for the 6th-8th graders and Track for 3rd-8th grade. Sign-up sheets are outside of the Athletic Office. Track will start after Rodeo Break, and Basketball will start practicing early in February.

Girl Scouts

The Girl Scouts will meet this Friday, January 20, in the Smith Parish Center at 3:15 p.m.  Our next meeting will be Friday, February 3.

Cookies will be available for purchase at our after-school meetings on Fridays.  Check out this flyer for more details:

Cookie Flyer

Sabino High School

There will be a “Welcome to Success Night/Open House” in the Sabino High School auditorium at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 25.  The program is for all prospective Sabino students and their parents.  There will be information on academics, GATE, Advanced Placement programs, and extracurricular activities.

Geography Bee Winners

The following students, having won the preliminary round of the National Geographic Bee in their classroom, participated in our annual, school-wide Howard Morrow Geography Bee this past Friday: Tanvi Narendran, Hayden Corrado, Lance Kaye, Kenny Strong, Miika Lagat, Christopher Lundin, Luc Leyton, Cameron Strong, Jack Douglass, and Andrew Gioannetti.  The winners were Andrew Gioannetti (third place), Jack Douglass (second place), and Kenny Strong (first place).  Kenny will now take a qualifying test to compete in the State Bee in March.  Congratulations to all the participants!