SMA News

As we wrap up the school year, we have so many volunteers to thank! With the help of our St. Michael’s families, we have been able to bless our teachers and staff in so many ways and to provide fun events for the whole school.

We would like to thank some of our most recent volunteers…

Amy Petrow and Denise Blair organized another amazing Teacher Appreciation Week! They couldn’t have done it without all those who stepped up to help out. Thank you to: Allison Sullivan, Jennifer Wolert, Marion Henry, Elizabeth Juneman, Amy Huether, Vania Lewis, Angela Ruiz, Alison Cook, Stacy Butler, Julie Taber, Mindy Illes, Margaret Trouard, Suzi Dovi, Julie Bowen, Priya Abramian, Michelle Gastrock, Kelly McCormick, Maris Posadas, Laura Lee, Holly Von Guilleaume, Katie Bailey, Alisa Reed, Helen Bernard, Regina Morato, Stephanie Healy, Ana Marin, Breanne Tirrito, Katherine Layton, Ivelise Badillo, Michelle Slavin, Jean McKnight- Guymon, Julia Rebert, Marnie Ackerman, Gladys Tom, Katie Bailey and Nilva Breault.

Ms. Allen and Ms. Monsma organized a beautiful display of our children’s artwork at Art Expo this year. A huge thank you to the following volunteers who helped them to prep and mount the artwork: Jen Thorn, Kelly Rothrock, Kristina Chastain, Dina Corrado, Jennifer Wolert, Michelle and Jason Gastrock, Michelle’s mom Anita, Alison Cook, Arin Haldeman’s mom, Ms. Allen’s mom, Margaret Allen, Gladys Tom, Chris In-Albon, Amy Huether, Alisa and Rich Reed, Marnie Ackerman, Ashly Merheb and Alison Sullivan. Also for the following volunteers who helped with the bar and food service and art auction: Chris Wilds, Alex Leyton, Eli Rodriguez, Paul Loucks, Jason Gastrock, Chris Lewis, Brandon Blair, Dan Burke, Joe Corrado, Duane Dyson, Sagit Vinayak, Stephanie Liu, Marnie Ackerman, Gladys Tom, Anita Vancil, Michelle Gastrock, Susie Huerta-Rojas, Denise Blair, Erika Pina-Loucks, Laura Lee, Ann Wilds, Mo, Ashly, Vincent and Julian Merheb, Ruben Rojas and Sean Pollard.

And we can’t forget those who have helped ALL year long…

Thank you to the room parents for all they do throughout the year including the creation of amazing art expo auction projects with their classes! The funds raised go back into our school’s art program. Our much appreciated room parents include: Heather Bosse, Jennifer Wolert, Heather Walsh, Julie Bowen, Mindy Illes, Songsiri Chanvitayapongs, Katie O’Brien, Robin Riley, Nova Burns, Monica Gonzales, Angela Martinez, Melissa Brosanders, Ashley Merheb, Sherry Downer, Megan Brown, Michelle Slavin, Alisa Reed, Alexis Meyers, David Daniell, Tawanna Wilson, Vania Lewis, Haley Ochoa, Erika Pina-Loucks, Breanne Tirrito, Anabelle Pena, Gladys Tom, Julia Rebert and Kim Vinayak.

And last, but certainly not least, our SMA Committee Chairs: Michelle Slavin (Communication), Leah Walker (Back Up Bakers), Susie Huerta and Julia Rebert (Book Fair), Breanne Tirrito (Campus Decorations), Ana Marin (Free Money Programs), Megan Brown (Room Parent Coordinator), Kristina Chastain (Fine Arts Flowers), Amanda Kukla and Brigitte Townsdin (Holiday Greens), Gladys Tom (Hospitality), Sherry Downer (Love of Reading Week), Jason Gastrock and Treber Rebert (Mardi Gras Pancake Lunch), Alisa and Rich Reed (Playground Monitors), Dina and Joe Corrado (Mathathon), Amy Petrow and Denise Blair (Teacher Appreciation Week) and Michelle Gastrock and Christina Collins (Uniform Exchange).

One more special thank you to the St. Michael’s families’ businesses who have sponsored Coffee Corners this year!

All of our SMA volunteers are truly the heart and soul of what makes St. Michael’s the wonderful place that it is! Thank you for letting us serve you this year.

Haley and Heather


Backpacks Needed

Catholic Social Services is collecting new or used backpacks.  There are bins outside the office, so you can empty your child’s backpack, and donate it!  The bins will be available until the end of school on Friday.

Catch A Dream – Art Expo

Be sure to come to St. Michael’s on Friday, May 17th from 5:30 – 8:00 for our Catch A Dream – Art Expo”  The campus is turned into an art gallery with all of our students’ art displayed.  There will be hands-on activities, a wine and beer garden, street tacos from Guadalajara Grill and a classroom art project auction.



Earlier this year, we initiated an emergency notification system called SchoolWay.  The system was working well, and everyone was pleased with the updated program.  Unfortunately, SchoolWay is being retired as of July 1st.  We are looking at other programs to replace it, and will let everyone know when we have more information.

For those who subscribed, thank you.  Please feel free to delete the app, but please wait until after school is over on May 24th.


Uniform Exchange

Our final Uniform Exchange for the 2019 school year was a smashing success! We not only found new St. Michael’s homes for many items, but in our efforts to offer the highest quality uniforms at future exchanges, we donated hundreds of less desirable items to the TUSD clothing bank and to the Guatemala clothing drive. We cut the number of bins to store in half and are excited to share the best of the best in uniforms at exchanges to come. Our faithful volunteers helped sort, organize, and tag over 15 bins of clothing!
Thank you to: Michelle Slavin, Ana Marin, Ivelise Badillo, Melanie Badillo, Bridget Peyton, Marta Strambi-Kramer, Terese Souvignier, Heather Walsh, Jennifer Jennings, and Arin Hassell.
We could not have accomplished such a large task without you!
Be on the look out for information regarding an exchange this summer in preparation for the upcoming school year. In the past, this exchange has been held in late July over two days. We will be accepting high quality donations in the school office throughout the summer. If you enjoy sorting and organizing, please contact Michelle Gastrock or Christina Collins to be a part of our committee next year! Thank you to all who participated in the exchanges this school year. The success of the uniform exchange depends on your contributions!