St. Michael’s Musical

Hello St. Michael’s community.  This year our musical is “Into The Woods” by Stephen Sondheim.  The performances are January 24th and 25th at 7 pm and the 26th at 2 pm, and they are $12 for adults and $10 for kids 14 yrs. and younger.  This is a wonderful musical that interweaves several fairy tales into one show.  You’ll see Jack and the Beanstalk, The Baker and His Wife, Rapunzel, Cinderella, the Wicked Witch, Little Red Riding Hood and many others make their way through the woods in search of the true meaning of “Happily Ever After.”  Tickets this year go on sale online on November 1st at stmichael.net/musical.  You can purchase and print your own tickets and present them at the door on the night of the show, or you can pick them up at our ticket table that will be located outside the music room door before and after school beginning December 1st though opening night (except holidays, of course).  This show is sure to sell out, so get your tickets early. Thanks everyone.
Dr. Antista

International Holiday Bazaar

St. Michael’s Social Action Committee would like to extend a special invitation to St. Michael’s School children, parents, and friends to attend the 25th International Holiday Bazaar this Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Parish Center and adjacent patio.

Escape from the Mall!  Over 30 nonprofit groups total, free performances, great educational opportunities, Syrian food and O’odham fry bread.   All the vendors are non-profit groups, except for a handful of Parish artists, and the selection ranges from local to international.

Of special interest to families:

Saturday

11 a.m. — Congolese choir from Shalom Mennonite sings informally while you shop.

1 p.m. — internationally-recognized Yoeme (Yaqui) deer singer and educator Felipe Molina and his brother bring Yoeme blessing songs.  Great opportunity for education.

2 p.m. — especially for children — sing-along with Bruce Phillips, well known to Mother Clare!

Recycled gifts and trinkets both days — Turn the children loose with a couple of dollars to find very low-cost treasures (and help fund the Bazaar with your purchase)

Sunday — Boy Scout Troop 122 — troop based at St. Michaels puts recycled materials to creative use, to benefit Casa Maria soup kitchen.

Bob Bennett art — Bob, long-term school friend, can’t come but is sending recent small work for sale at low prices.

Both days — international gifts and ornaments from Ten Thousand Villages, including nacimientos, Cambodian jewelry made from recycled brass bombshell casings, and vegetable-based “ivory” jewelry from Ecuador.

See the attached flyer with the schedule.  Bazaar Flyer

“Why Bazaar?  Where else could you . . .”

Feast on Syrian food lovingly and expertly prepared by refugees,
Hear Felipe Molina and brother explain Yoeme deer songs and sing blessings.
See what Native American “‘Flutes for Vets” is up to,
Meet almost all the border action groups,
Salute Ben’s Bells and buy inexpensive one-of-a-kind wind chimes,
Buy a Mata Ortiz pot from Chihuahua,
Find out why the Crazy Chile Farm, Mesa, doesn’t put out a donation jar (just heirloom chile powders, Ute Mountain Ute blue corn meal, and spices),
Join a children’s interactive sing-along with Bruce Phillips,
Sample O’odham fry bread and “Indian” tacos prepared by Baboquivari District,
Get organic, fair-traded coffee from Café Justo (grown in Chiapas, roasted in Agua Prieta),
Browse international selections benefitting artisans in many countries (great jewelry and ornament selections and more!) from Ten Thousand Villages and Latin American Committee,
Find honey and natural products from SHIMA of Navajoland,
Sign up with Tucson Peace Center,
Rejoice with an African choir singing in Swahili,
Walk off with a vintage Indonesian puppet or crystal wine stoppers discounted at the Boutique / Collectible tables,
Support Tucson-based long-term projects in Africa and Afghanistan,
Get an authentic handwoven Maya huipil or rebozo,
Sing us to a close Sunday with Tucson folk / social protest icon Ted Warmbrand, who has provided the finale to every Bazaar since time immemorial (well, the 1990’s) with a rousing version of “Good Night, Irene”?

 

Parenting in the Digital Age

Common Sense Media presents:

Parenting in the Digital Age

Tuesday, December 10, 2019
8:00am – 1:00 pm
Children’s Museum of Phoenix

Getting your kid their first cellphone? Need to decode a new YouTube challenge? Got a Fortnite fanatic at home?

Join us for an interactive and engaging event focused on solving your latest parenting dilemmas and raising healthy, happy kids in the digital age. You’ll hear from Common Sense Media’s experts, connect with other parents, and come away with tips and resources to get you through the holidays and beyond.

REGISTER

There is no charge to attend this free event, but advance registration is required.
Light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Spanish translation services are available

Panel Presentations
Morning Panel
How to Help Kids Thrive Online: A Look at the Key Challenges and Opportunities of Our Digital World

Afternoon Panel
Tackling Tricky Topics with Media
Roundtable Discussions

Join interactive conversations with Common Sense experts
on the topics of your choice:

  • How to set smart (and realistic!) screen time rules for kids of every age.
  • How to protect kids’ mental health in a digital world.
  • Raising Latinx kids in a media- and tech-centric world (Español/English).
  • TikTok, YouTube, Fortnite, and more.
  • Finding age-appropriate movies, from Frozen 2 to Star Wars.
  • How to keep kids safe online.

Ask the Experts
Stop by our media and tech tables to ask a
Common Sense Media expert about:

  • Movies and streaming
  • TV and YouTube
  • Apps and games
  • Books
  • Early Childhood (Español/English)
  • Resources for schools

For more information contact, Ilana Lowery at
ilowery@commonsense.org or (623) 341-0177

Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts will meet after school this Friday, December 6th. The girls are welcome to wear their vests or sashes to school for this last meeting of 2019! Please contact Melissa Brosanders with any questions about Girl Scouts – mbrosanders@live.com.

Notes From the Head

Dear St. Michael’s Parents and Families—

There is a palpable sense of excitement and joy on campus in anticipation of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday break next week. We will dismiss this coming Tuesday at the regular time—full day—and enjoy a three-day break (five days with the weekend!), returning to class on Monday, December 2. All good wishes to all of you for safe travels, if you are traveling, and for a restful, grateful, and joyful holiday!

Last week, as you may have seen already on our school’s Facebook page, we were happy to have been part, again, of this year’s Cash and Canned-Food Drive benefitting the Community Food Bank of Tucson. Our wonderful students, with the support of our faculty and with help from so many of you, presented a cash gift of $2,000, matched dollar-for-dollar by TEP (resulting in a $4,000 gift on behalf of the St. Michael’s community), to the Community Food Bank. Our students’ fundraising efforts—namely, through the Kindergarten Car Wash in early October, and then with proceeds from our Third Grade Bake Sale—resulted in this very generous and helpful gift to the Thanksgiving on the Mayflower event, hosted by Sam’s Club. We thank all of you who gave so generously, or participated as volunteers, for this special event.

We are also finishing this coming Monday our own annual canned-food drive, benefitting St. Michael and All Angel Parish Pantry. Each class, or homeroom, set a collective goal of bringing in cans to match in number the square miles of a country of their choosing. (The administrative team’s goal, of which I am a part, was to match in square miles with our can-gathering efforts the country of Turkmenistan [190,000 sq. miles=190 cans]. With a day to go, we are close!) On Monday, you will see lots of activity in front of the school as we transport all of our food gifts to the Parish Pantry right next door. Please join us, if you have the time, for our schoolwide Monday Chapel at 8:20 am as we present our gifts and give thanks for all the blessings in our lives.

Within the coming week, please keep an eye on your U.S. Mail for our 2019-2020 annual Halo Fund mailer. As a full tuition-paying parent myself (times three!), I am sensitive to the financial constraints that many St. Michael’s families experience, especially at this time of the year. We can only encourage you, therefore, to consider a gift of any size for the Halo Fund, commensurate with your capacity to make a gift—the percentage of giving among parents, above all, is what’s most important. As I’ve noted before, foundation and benefactors considering a gift to St. Michael’s are much more apt to do so if our percentages of community giving are high. Last year, as the case will be again this year, we had 100% Halo Fund giving from our Board of Trustees; and we had better than 80% giving among faculty and staff. It would be a blessing for us to this year exceed our benchmark of 60% giving from families. I would be happy to meet with you in consideration of a gift this year. Thank you!

If you have yet to complete the quick, five-minute parent survey for our SAES re-accreditation self-study, please take the time in the course of the coming week to complete it. The same principle for parent and family participation, as applies for annual-fund giving, applies for the parent survey as well: the higher the number of replies, the better! Here, again, is the link for the survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/stmichaelsparentsurvey2019WDCD3CBT    Thank you.

This coming Saturday, as noted in last week’s Eagle Express, we will honor and celebrate the life of Mr. Alan Schultz, a longtime member of the St. Michael’s School community, with a Funeral Mass here on campus at the St. Michael and All Angels Parish, beginning at 1:00 p.m. If you do plan to attend, please arrive early—parking will be at a premium as we anticipate a large turnout. I hope to see you on Saturday.

On a closing note, again in the spirit of the Thanksgiving celebration next week, I offer this wonderful poem from Alberto Ríos, the inaugural (2013) State Poet Laureate of Arizona, called “When Giving Is All We Have”:

One river gives
Its journey to the next.

We give because someone gave to us.
We give because nobody gave to us.

We give because giving has changed us.
We give because giving could have changed us.

We have been better for it,
We have been wounded by it—

Giving has many faces: It is loud and quiet,
Big, though small, diamond in wood-nails.

Its story is old, the plot worn and the pages too,
But we read this book, anyway, over and again:

Giving is, first and every time, hand to hand,
Mine to yours, yours to mine.

You gave me blue and I gave you yellow.
Together we are simple green. You gave me

What you did not have, and I gave you
What I had to give—together, we made

Something greater from the difference.

With great thanks for all the many gifts you and your children provide to the life of our wonderful School,

Brendan Sullivan
Head of School
bsullivan@stmichael.net

December Lunch Menu

Hello Families!

I hope everyone is doing well and getting excited for Thanksgiving! The December menu is out. I have added quite a few of the children’s favorite items to make the menu fun before the Christmas break. I am also making two homemade and delicious organic non-gmo soups from scratch served with rolls (optional). I encourage the children to give them a try!

Ordering deadline is 11/26  @ MyMealOrder.com

I wish you all a happy and safe holiday with your families & friends!

Thank you –

Kelly

Christmas Cards

Your child’s Christmas cards were sent home yesterday.  Included is the complimentary set you receive, plus any extra sets you ordered or were ordered on Grandparents/Grand Friends Day.

We have available variety pack with one card from each grade (plus a bonus card from 8th grade.  There are ten cards for $15.  If you like one of these variety sets, please let me know at tholsinger@stmichael.net.

Notes from the Head

Dear St. Michael’s Parents and Families—

Thanks to so many of you who replied last week after reading the Atlantic essay about balancing kindness and empathy with academic achievement. More and more educational research supports devoting equal time for academics and character development in preparing students for success. This same foundational premise underscores and affirms what Episcopal schools—St. Michael’s School, namely—have excelled at for decades. Developing students who are competent and compassionate, ‘who respect the dignity of every person,’ is at the heart of our mission. As we prepare for our re-accreditation with SAES (Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools), culminating in our four-day on-campus visit in March 2020, I look forward to hearing from you, our community of parents, about how we can together strengthen St. Michael’s School, especially our efforts to better balance the teaching of compassion and kindness (among other key traits) with academic excellence. To that end, please take a few minutes to complete the online survey that Dr. Matt Teller, who is coordinating our SAES self-study, sent via email to all of you last week; here again is the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/stmichaelsparentsurvey2019WDCD3CB. We want to hear from you!

Thank you as well to all who attended and participated in our annual golf event last weekend at Forty-Niners Golf Course! Special thanks again to Dr. Duane Dyson of Dyson Pediatrics for his generous title sponsorship, and to Dr. Phil Williams for co-chairing the event this year. We thank all of our volunteers as well who showed up and pitched in for the day. Congratulations to our winning foursome—Maddie Greene (’16), Michael Townsdin (P ’23), Bernard Lagat (P ’20, ’23) and Michael Greene (P ’16, ’20). We will host the event again next fall and look forward to your participation!

Next Saturday, we will honor and celebrate the life of Mr. Alan Schultz at a funeral Mass in the parish chapel, at 1:00 pm. We encourage all to attend. Mr. Schultz served the St. Michael and All Angels Parish and School community with distinction and honor for more than forty years. Mr. Schultz passed away last week, suddenly, at the age of 77. He was a foundational member of the St. Michael’s School community and of the St. Michael and All Angels Parish community, having served as organist/choirmaster for many years, as well as a choir singer and our composer-in-residence. At St. Michael’s School, Alan was an outstanding English teacher in our middle school for over forty years, as well as declamation coach and organist for school Masses right up to his death. The Mass will be offered on Saturday, November 23, at 1:00 p.m.

Thank you for reviewing all content in this week’s Eagle Express. As I have noted before, please be in touch as needed for any and all concerns and suggestions.

Looking forward to seeing you on campus!

Brendan Sullivan
Head of School
bsullivan@stmichael.net