Notes from the Head

Last Friday, it was hard not to feel a deep sense of pride for St. Michael’s. As the Student Center filled with grandparents, we all were eager to show off our campus, share the number of activities that take place here, and spotlight our new facility improvements. The real focus, however, was on our students. They were front and center, as it should be. After all, our grandparents were on campus for one main reason…to see their grandchildren. From the start of the morning until the conclusion at mid-day, our students stole the show! They sang, they performed, they shared, and they displayed the many cool things that are happening at school. From our youngest primary students to our eighth grade “seniors,” we watched them tell about experiments, projects, and research conducted, as well as successes and failures that are all part of learning. Our students were engaged and excited to share what they were learning in their classrooms. They demonstrated how collaboration, creativity, communication, and creative thinking have engaged them in new ways.

There are times when our teachers are front and center in the classroom as they share new knowledge and direct the classes. More and more, however, students are working together on projects, problem-solving, and making presentations to classmates. This type of learning creates engagement in the classroom, making it meaningful to their lives. Their excitement becomes contagious, and they are thrilled to demonstrate what has transpired in the process. It was wonderful to see our students in the spotlight, taking ownership for what they are learning, while observing the proud faces of grandparents as they watched their shining stars. After all, on Grandparents’ Day, it’s all about the children and their growing confidence as 21st-Century learners and leaders.

Margaret Moore
Head of School

Parent Survey

Last week, we were pleased to have Mr. Jack Foley of Ovus Ater in Boston on campus as he begins assisting us in developing a new Admissions and Enrollment Plan for St. Michael’s. As part of Mr. Foley’s work with St. Michael’s, we are inviting your participation in a short survey that will provide important feedback as our plan is designed. The survey will take approximately ten minutes to complete. As no names are attached to the survey, we welcome your candid response. The results will be compiled by Ovus Ater and given as a report to the school. To participate, click on the survey link below. The survey will remain open until Friday, November 4. Your participation is appreciated.

Coaches’ Corner

Flag Football – Our Flag Football team won their first-round playoff game, and they will  head to the semi-finals tomorrow(10/27) to take on Tucson Country Day School @ TCDS at 4:00 p.m. If they win that game, they will head to the finals. The site and team for the finals is to be determined.
Volleyball – Our Girls’ Volleyball team got the #1 seed in the tournament! We will be hosting the league tournament here at St. Michael’s. Their first game will be Tuesday, November 1, at 4:30 p.m. They will then play Wednesday, November 2, at 4 p.m. in the semi-finals, and then (we trust) at 6 p.m. again in the finals. Please note that for the playoffs, there is a $2.00 entrance fee for adults. Students are free. This fee helps to cover the league costs for referees, trophies, etc. 
Intramurals – Our Fall Intramural season will be finishing up tomorrow (10/27). Our Winter Intramurals will begin in mid-November. More specific dates will be announced next week. Permission slips for our Winter Intramurals will be available beginning November 1st. The sports offered in the winter are volleyball and basketball.
Winter Sports – Our winter sports season for the middle school is about to kick off! Our Coed Soccer will begin practicing on November 7th. Please note, the practice days will be Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. (Last week I mistakenly wrote M, T, Th).
Softball News – Unfortunately, we did not have enough girls sign up to field a softball team this year.

SMA News

Holiday Greens:  It’s the final jolly reminder that Holiday Greens orders are due in the office by Tuesday, November 1st. Keep in mind that these make a great gift for a loved one, neighbor, or colleague while supporting our school at the same time. Please contact Brigitte Townsdin or Amanda Kukla with any questions. 
Box Tops:  Thank you to the many box tops turned in.  The two top grades that brought in the most box tops were Second Grade for Lower School and Seventh Grade for Upper School; they will celebrate with a frozen treat.  In second place were Third Grade and Sixth Grade, and third place went to Kindergarten and Fourth Grade.  The top three individual high earners were Emma Claire Hoover (2B), Camryn Huerta Rojas (7th), and Josh Burke (6th), each earning a Bookman’s gift certificate.  Way to go!
Amazon Smile:  Before you start your holiday shopping, please take a minute to sign up with Amazon Smile and designate St. Michael’s Parish Day School as your charitable organization. Free money is earned any time you purchase via  It takes only a moment.
Fry’s Rewards:  Please connect your Fry’s VIP number to St. Michael’s to earn more free money.  It can easily be done via the Fry’s app or online under their Community Rewards program.  If you’ve previously enrolled, you may be prompted to re-enroll the next time you shop, so please keep an eye out.
You can’t beat FREE MONEY!

Thank You, Back-up Bakers!

We are so grateful for the many bakers who supplied cookies and other baked treats for Grandparents’ Day. Not a crumb was left over! There are containers now in the School Office ready for pick-up. If you sent in baked goods in a container, please stop by the School Office to claim yours. Many thanks for helping us make the day a special treat for all.

Art Exhibit at Wilmot Library

St. Michael’s Students Feature in Library Art Display!

Seasonal art works created by fourth, sixth and seventh grade students will be featured on the display boards of the Murphy-Wilmot Library during the month of November. Please stop in to enjoy the display and support the hard work of our students!

Featured artists include:

Fourth Grade – Neon Cactus: Jackie P., Nestor R-B, Iliana W., Mikkel G., Chris L., Katie J., Griffin B., Delaney R., Allison E., Madeline S., Virigina K-A, and Mackenzie C.

Sixth Grade – Christmas Cactus: Jack D., Naomi C., Olivia C., Sam C., Lily C., Jordan C., Logan C., Boone L., Michael vG., Maya R., Alex L., and Nate C.

Seventh Grade – “A Diane Madaras Christmas”: Chloe P., Hayden C., Xochitl M., Sydney E., Blake E., Camryn H-R., Abby N., Carmen R., Marina L., Nico R., Helen B., Aidan R., Audrey N., Lucy H., Talia Z-B., Fiona F., Gillian F., and Maci B.