Eagle’s Quill

The year is flying by, and less than two months remain until the final deadline for submissions to the 2017 edition of Eagle’s Quill.  We encourage all students to contribute writing and/or art so that we can publish a magazine that reflects a diverse array of subjects representing all ages at St. Michael’s.
The current contest, “The World on a Platter,” ends Tuesday, March 7.  We are looking for fantastic, creative entries covering any aspect of global topics: stories about climbing Mount Everest, haiku about sushi, sketches of the Egyptian pyramids, reflections on being a kangaroo, odes written in Spanish, limericks written in Gaelic, etc.
The deadline for all entries (with the exception of cover art, which will be promoted later) is Friday, April 7.  The final contest will have a miscellaneous theme…anything goes!  So dust off that hidden gem from earlier in the year and please send it our way.

Coach’s Corner

Intramurals – Our spring intramural season of track for all interested third, fourth and fifth graders will begin on Monday, February 27th.  The track season will run for eight weeks, and practices will be on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from immediately after school until 4:45 p.m. A participation fee of $75 will be billed to your account, and each student will need a completed permission slip on file. You may pick up a permission form in the School Office or find it on our school website (under the parent link/forms tab).

The purpose of this program is to give kids an enriching experience in a non-competitive manner. While there will be inter-squad games and competitions, the focus of this program is on fundamentals and skill building. If your child can only attend a couple of days per week or has to miss a day here and there, it’s not a big deal. This is supposed to be a no-pressure, fun-filled situation. We are excited to announce that former St. Michael’s stand-out athlete Hailey Sanders will be coaching our track program!
Middle School Basketball – Basketball is off to a great start. Our only practice this week is Friday, February 17th. There will not be practice over Rodeo Break. Practices will resume on Monday, February 27th.
Middle School Track – Our Middle School Track season will begin on Monday, February 27th. Practices will be on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from immediately after school until 4:45 p.m.

Notice to Families Working with IBE

Each spring IBE provides scholarships to St. Michael’s families and also releases funds that have been held from donations to pay for tuition for the coming school year (2017-2018).
If you believe you have funds at IBE, you must register with them each year in order to have them released.  Their online registration is available at IBEScholarships.org.  If you would like to apply for a scholarship from IBE for the 2017-18 school year, the deadline is March 31st.
For further information you can contact IBE at 512-5438.

Condolences to the Connelly Family

Our sympathy and condolences go out to Brian, Gina, Kate, and Jack Connelly in the loss of their beloved mother and grandmother this past weekend.  Services for Kathleen Connelly will be held on Monday, February 20, at 12:00 noon at St. Pius Church, located at 1800 North Camino Pio Decimo.

Lost-and-Found on Display

Are you missing P.E. clothing, a jacket or sweater, shorts, shoes, water bottles, or lunch boxes? If so, you may want to take a spin through the items displayed in front of the school.  There are many uniform items as well. Items will be displayed through Friday and then donated either to the SMA Uniform Exchange or to a local charity.

Just a reminder: items that have owners’ names visible are returned to students. LABEL, LABEL, LABEL!

Notes from the Head

On Thursday evening, our campus will be a happening place! Not only will we be welcoming visiting families as they tour our school, but we will be having a “STEMazing” opportunity to see Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math at work. Our STEM Festival will feature our students and the research they have done in proving, or disproving, scientific hypotheses. We will have student reports on famous inventors and young researchers from our Lower School demonstrating our amazing sense of smell and the integration with taste buds. Science and language arts will be intertwined as middle school students share original science-fiction stories.  In addition, we have invited the Tucson community to join us. We’ll have experts in optics, laser games, physics challenges, and brain games for all ages. Scientists will be roaming around, eager to share what they do and how their careers evolved. This is all part of our expanding STEM initiative from K-8, which is broadening our understanding of the connections throughout various areas of study, including how Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, as well as Art, Music, and Religion are linked together and complement one another.

Our growing STEM program at St. Michael’s is a result of our capital campaign and our commitment to bringing a greater presence of STEM education into our curriculum and school program. Funds raised through our capital campaign, Charting Our Course for the Future, are helping to support these efforts. Our STEM Festival is just one example of this initiative. Other examples include our growing robotics elective and presence at area competitions; our increasing presence at local and regional math competitions; and our expanding relationships with the University of Arizona STEM programs as well as with the scientific community at Raytheon. Across the board, our faculty is taking part in local and state professional development opportunities that provide tools for integrating STEM elements into classroom activities and into a variety of subjects from Kindergarten through middle school.

It’s an exciting time on the St. Michael’s campus and, as we look to next year, our students can expect to see even more opportunities to explore their world and expand their understanding of the relevance and connections between what is being studied and learned. I am grateful to the members of our faculty as they embrace this initiative and engage our young learners. It’s a team effort as we prepare our students to think critically and dream big! At St. Michael’s, there’s a balance between answering questions and questioning answers; a balance between discovering yourself and discovering your world.

Margaret Moore

Head of School

St. Michael’s Math-A-Thon a Success!  

The first St. Michael’s Math-A-Thon raised more than $14,000 to purchase new Smartboard projectors for the classrooms.  This was truly a team effort.   It started off with Jennifer Gould’s math rap, performed by all the math teachers, followed by Angela Greynolds’ cool video “illuminating” the need for new projectors.  All the teachers and staff helped so much in promoting the Math-A-Thon to the student body, resulting in a greater than 60 percent participation rate for the school.   The families and students really made an effort by getting lots of pledges. Volunteers were essential in giving and grading the tests and preparing pledge packets.  Thanks to all of you for supporting the Math-A-Thon!

Students who turned in a pledge regardless of amount will be awarded free dress and an Eegee’s after school this Friday, February 10th. The Eegee’s will be served in front of the school from 3:10 to 3:45 p.m.  A list of eligible students will be sent home in the Eagle Express this Wednesday.

The following winners were announced and prizes awarded Monday morning, February 6, at our All-School Chapel:

Lower School Prize Winners: Students with most pledges
1st – Elizabeth Turner, with eleven pledges, received a $20 Book Fair certificate
2nd – Asa Dahdal, with ten pledges, received a $15 Book Fair certificate
3rd – Christian Chastain, Hudson Healy, Ella Healy, and Luke Peterson, with seven pledges each, received $10 Book Fair certificates

Lower School Prize Winners: Students with most money raised
1st – Lily Myers, with $650 raised, received a $20 Book Fair certificate
2nd – Christian Chastain, with $600 raised, received a $15 Book Fair certificate
3rd – Johnny Abramian, with $400 raised, received a $10 Book Fair certificate

Lower School Classroom Prize Winner

Having both the highest participation (88 percent) and most pledge money raised ($1,540), Ms. Allen’s Class will receive a class party and a $25 Book Fair certificate. Congratulations, Ms. Allen’s Homeroom!

Middle School Prize Winner:  Students with most pledges
1st –  Maya Rose, with seven total pledges, received a $20 Starbucks gift card
2nd – Olivia Cho and Laura Merrin, with five pledges each, received $15 Starbucks gift cards
3rd – Mimi Breault-Evans, Alexander Lewandroski, and Nathan Monroe, with four pledges each, received $10 Starbucks gift cards

Middle School Prize Winner:  Students with most money raised
Aidan Huber ($400): $20 Starbucks gift card
Nathan Munroe ($200): $15 Starbucks gift card
Laura Merrin ($160): $10 Starbucks gift card

Middle School Classroom Prize Winners
Most participation: Mr. Hawes’s Homeroom, with 100 percent participation, will receive a class party. Congratulations, Mr. Hawes’s Homeroom!

Most pledge money raised: Mr. Smith’s Homeroom, having raised $709, will receive a class party.  Congratulations, Mr. Smith’s Homeroom!

 

Coach’s Corner

Intramurals

Our spring intramural season of track for students in grades 3-5 will begin when we return from Rodeo Break. Practices will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from immediately after school until 4:45 p.m. After-school permission slips are available in the School Office or on the bulletin board outside the Athletic Office.

Middle School Sports

Basketball – Practice will start this week on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. We will be off most of next week due to the Science Fair in the gym. Our next practice will be Friday, February 17. After Rodeo Break, the kids should plan on practices or games five days per week.
Track – Our track season will begin after Rodeo Break. Our middle school track team will combine with the intramural program. Practices will be on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from immediately after school until 4:45 p.m. More information on possible track meets will be available soon.
 
Soccer – Our Coed Soccer team lost to a tough Tucson Country Day School team in the championship game of our league tournament. They were an exciting team to watch and always played with intensity and heart from the first whistle to the last. Congratulations on a great season, and thank you to our amazing coaches, Mike and Bridget Peyton!

SMA News

SMA News
Thank you to those who dined at Chipotle last Wednesday during our SMA/St. Michael’s fundraising event. It was a full restaurant with a long line!  Chipotle will be sending $386 to the school.  Thank you for participating and meeting up with friends for burritos!  
 
BOX TOPS! It is time again to collect Box Tops. We will only be doing it for two weeks: Monday, February 6, through Friday, February 17.  (NO LABELS FOR EDUCATION CAN BE ACCEPTED!)  Final results will be announced on Monday, February 27. The grade that brings in the most Box Tops from Lower School (K-3) and from Upper School (4-8) will get a frozen treat. The top three students will get a gift card to Target.  Thank you for your support and for helping earn free money!
Calling All Book Lovers!  We are gearing up for our annual Scholastic Book Fair, which will be held March 8 – 10, and are looking for anyone interested in joining our fun-loving, book-loving team!  If you have interest and availability, please contact our Book Fair Co-Chairs Susie Huerta-Rojas (susiehuerta@aol.com) and Julia Rebert (julia@digitalrebert.com) to be added to the committee list.  More details and a Sign-Up Genius will follow.