Last Push for the Turkey Trot

The generosity of the St. Michael’s School community is overwhelming. As we look to wrap up our annual Food Drive, we want to thank everyone for supporting this community outreach. Bake sales, car washes, pickle sales, and more–including personal cash donations that have come from emptied piggy banks–have made a significant difference. Cash donations will go to the Community Food Bank. Canned food products help to stock the church food pantry for distribution to those who come to the church for assistance. Thank you for sending in your cash donations and canned food items to support our outreach in the Tucson community.

Cash donations received by this Thursday morning at 9:00 a.m. will be matched by TEP. Please bring all canned food donations to the School Office or your child’s classroom by Monday morning at 8:00 a.m. Thank you for making a difference in our community.

Eagle’s Quill

A reminder that the current Eagle’s Quill contest, “OUT OF THIS WORLD: Creativity from the Cosmos and Stories from the Stars” is ongoing. The contest covers space and science-fiction topics, and the deadline is Wednesday, November 29.

Parking Lot Reminder

During our morning and afternoon arrival and dismissal, our parking lots are very busy places on campus. Cars are coming and going. Students and parents are crossing the travel lanes on the way to and from classrooms. Please be aware of students and parents walking in the parking lots, particularly if they are crossing in front of cars. If you are simply dropping off or picking up students in the carpool line, please do not leave your car. Also, if you are stopping your vehicle, please do not block the brick walkways in front of the gates. This will allow a safe walkway for students and parents entering from the parking area. We appreciate the vigilance of all drivers as we keep our campus safe. Drive slowly as you enter the parking lot and follow the safe flow of traffic around the school. Many thanks!

Eagle’s Quill

Too much time on your hands over this long weekend, or over Thanksgiving break?  How about draw an alien, write an ode to Pluto, or create a story set in the year 3017?  The current Eagle’s Quill contest, “OUT OF THIS WORLD: Creativity from the Cosmos and Stories from the Stars” covers submissions about space and science-fiction topics.  The deadline is Wednesday, November 29.

Letter from the Head

One of the favorite books my own children loved followed the adventures of a young boy who wanted to be someone different every day. One day he was an explorer, and another day he might have been an astronaut. His imagination took him many places near and far. By exploring many interests and talents, possibilities opened up for the little boy for his life, clarifying what he wanted to be. The question that we always asked at the conclusion of the story, however, was: “Who do you want to be?” For me, that was the more significant goal. It led to conversations about character and conduct and how each child wanted to be perceived by others. To be kind, to be nice, and to be a friend to all was the ultimate goal.

At St. Michael’s, we have opportunities to explore both questions with our students. Our academic program opens many doors of possibilities for continued study and exploration. In addition, there are occasions throughout the year when career possibilities become part of students’ dreams for the future. This begins to open the door to answering the “what” part of their aspirations.

Of perhaps more importance, however, is a deeper question of “who.” Throughout a student’s time at St. Michael’s, we have the privilege of being partners with parents in shaping the moral compass of a child. Interwoven throughout the day, whether in chapel, or on the playground, or in the classroom, our students learn about character and the virtues that shape the person. Teachers and staff become the role-models in character formation. At St. Michael’s, our students come to understand, through relationships and friendships, the fundamental importance of being kind. Kindness gets you everywhere. As the popular song by Tim McGraw goes, “Always be humble and kind.” Children will not always do it perfectly, and each learns along the way, but in following the Golden Rule the road map is clear. Treat others the way you want to be treated, and always remember to be kind.

Margaret Moore
Head of School

Eagle’s Quill

The staff of Eagle’s Quill announced the winners of the second contest of the year (“Phenomena: Natural Wonders and Natural Disasters”) during Monday Chapel this week.  The winners for writing were Chloe Harris (fifth grade), Ava Neher (eighth grade), and Sophia Terpning (eighth grade); the winners for art were Owen Brosanders (fourth grade), Christopher Wilds (sixth grade), and Charlie Peterson (seventh grade).

The next contest–“Out of This World: Creativity from the Cosmos & Stories from the Stars”–covers science fiction and space.  The deadline for writing and art submissions is Wednesday, November 29.  Submissions can be turned in to Mr. Hawes, Ms. Burnson, or homeroom teachers.  Winners receive out-of-this-world frozen treats!

Eagle’s Quill Contest

The deadline for Eagle’s Quill‘s second contest of the year, “Phenomena! Natural Wonders and Natural Disasters,” has been extended until Wednesday, October 25th. As always, winners receive frozen treats!

Contact Mr. Hawes or Ms. Burnson, or any student member of the staff, with questions or to turn in submissions.

 

Eagle’s Quill Contest

Eagle’s Quill‘s second contest of the year, “Phenomena! Natural Wonders and Natural Disasters,” runs until Wednesday, October 18th.  This gives students the upcoming week of fall break to work on their masterpieces.  As always, winners receive frozen treats!

Contact Mr. Hawes or Ms. Burnson, or any student member of the staff, with questions or to turn in submissions.

Bounteous Book Drive

St. Michael’s recently received a letter of appreciation from Marty Croissant, founder of ANGEL HEART PAJAMA PROJECT, which provides books as well as pajamas to children in need in our community, many of whom are awaiting adoption.  During our annual Love of Reading Book Drive, our families donated an impressive 599 books to this worthy organization.  Thanks to all contributors!

Notes from the Head

To teach is to touch lives forever. This anonymous quote sums up the greatest gift that we receive in the education community. Think back for a moment in your own life to those men and women who taught you at various levels of your education. Perhaps it was your Kindergarten teacher who ignited in you the spirit of inquiry and unlocked the keys to early reading. Maybe it was a math teacher who challenged you to dig for the answer or try a new equation for the first time, showing you that numbers are fun. Was it your high school science teacher that introduced you to chemistry, which led to a career in the medical field? Or maybe, just maybe, it was the teacher who inspired you to believe in yourself and in turn become a teacher. Each of us, I suspect, has had significant teachers who touched our lives forever, and life was never the same again.

For me, that person was Miss Sanborn. She was my high school history teacher, and I was scared to death of her. She was stern. She was strict. She had unreasonable expectations, pushing me to accomplish more than I thought I was capable of. I walked into her class as a disorganized, distracted student, and I left her classroom two years later as a different person. She changed my life. She made me want to achieve. She encouraged me both inside and outside of class. Most especially, however, she cared. She believed in me and gave me her time, and I was inspired. Because of her, I went on to major in history, and I entered into the field of education so that I might also, like Miss Sanborn, be a part in this chapter of a child’s life.

That’s what excellent teachers do. Here at St. Michael’s we have an amazing number of teachers who transform students in so many ways. They open their arms to their students in August and send them out in May with deeper knowledge, greater confidence, and a growing love for learning, as well as a sense that they are loved just the way that they are. For the teachers at St. Michael’s, teaching is not a job, it is a calling. They bring their joy, their passion, their enthusiasm and energy, and transfer that to students. They have the patience of Job, a passion for children, and a dedication to the success of their students that is never ending. They encourage students to be their best. It is my privilege to work with the men and women that comprise the faculty of St. Michael’s. They are models of excellence for our students and for me. As we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, my hat goes off to our teachers. They ARE St. Michael’s, and I am grateful for the many, many ways that they touch and change students’ lives forever. They are our champions!

Margaret Moore

Head of School