High School Information Night

Our High School Information Night will occur October 23rd from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in the Student Center.   The following high schools will be represented: Salpointe Catholic High School, Tucson High Magnet School, Desert Christian High School, St. Augustine Catholic High School, Green Fields School, Sabino High School, University High School, The Gregory School, Catalina Foothills High School, and Tanque Verde High School.

We have changed the format for this year, and there will not be any formal presentations by the high schools.  Each school will have a table and a representative who can answer any questions you have.  This is a great opportunity to find out about all the different options our graduates have for high school.

Notes from the Head

This Sunday, October 22, St. Michael’s School and St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church will join together to celebrate our Episcopal school. Across the country and beyond, Episcopal schools and churches have been celebrating the educational ministry of Episcopal schools during the month of October. For 59 years, St. Michael’s has been committed to our mission to foster the intellectual, physical, artistic, ethical, and spiritual development of its students. It seeks to do this in a traditional Episcopal setting, nourishing a community of students and faculty from all social, economic, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. Since the Rev. John Fowler first envisioned a school that would teach the children of Tucson to read, to write, to cipher, to sing, and to pray, our school has been true to its mission. Our graduates have gone on to be game-changers, not only academically but also by the examples they set in thought, word, and deed.

I have been associated with Episcopal schools for more than four decades. As a student, a parent, a trustee, and a school Head, Episcopal schools and the people within have shaped my life and that of my children. The buildings have all been different, but consistently the teachers and staff as well as the students have made the difference. Episcopal schools are inclusive, celebrating the diversity that makes our schools special. We learn from each other, young and old, and we care deeply about one another as if we were all true family. Moreover, in essence, that is what we are. Our schools ARE family. We are villages of education in mind, body, and spirit where together we not only learn about academic subjects but how to be good people with sound moral compasses. Episcopal schools have a deep tradition of inclusion and open inquiry. Our schools:

  • Affirm the spiritual dimension of learning that values both faith and reason.
  • Create and nurture a community of leaders who foster partnerships, mutual support, and professional growth.
  • Promote personal formation through moral, spiritual, intellectual, creative, physical, and social development.
  • Create supportive communities through worship, learning, pastoral care, and community service.
  • Recognize, appreciate, and support diversity within school communities.

By gathering on a daily basis for worship, for service, for study, for reflection, and for character formation, St. Michael’s, like many Episcopal schools, changes lives. There is a deep commitment throughout our halls, and that commitment is to the people within our classrooms, our offices, our community, and beyond. There is a love that exists at St. Michael’s that often goes beyond words. The intangible qualities can be hard to express. This, however, is what makes us “Soar with Eagles.” This is what sets us apart. It is what makes us proud to say, “We are St. Michael’s.” We are learners, leaders, and friends.

Margaret Moore

Head of School

Coffee Cabaret Friday!

This Friday evening, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Student Center, students, parents, and friends of the school are invited to attend our first musical presentation of the year, Coffee Cabaret. Our Beginning Choir and Middle School Choir as well as both Beginning and Middle School Bands will present a selection of musical numbers that they have learned this fall. In addition, we will have some special presentations by members of the faculty and other special guests. Coffee, hot chocolate, and some dessert treats will be available. This is a wonderful event to round out Grandparents’ Day. Student performers should arrive at 6:30 p.m. For any additional information, please contact Dr. Antista: tantista@stmichael.net.

SMA News

Thank you to Dyson Dermatology and Dyson Pediatrics for sponsoring our October Coffee Corner. It was a great turn-out!

This is the final week for Box Tops. Results will be announced on Monday, October 23rd.

Don’t forget about Grandparents’ Day this Friday! Coffee and check-in will begin at 7:30 a.m.

The holiday greens are coming!  Please look for the holiday greens envelope in your child’s Eagle Express this week.  The fundraiser will run through November 1, and the greens will be delivered the first week of December.  We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to kick-start your holiday season and support our school.  Please contact Amanda Kukla with any questions.

Chipotle Fundraiser for 8th Grade

Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for an eighth grade fundraiser to support St. Michael’s School. Come in to the Chipotle at 6501 E. Grant Rd. on Tuesday, October 24, between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Bring in the attatched flyer, show it on your smartphone, or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50 percent of the proceeds will be donated to St. Michael’s School.

Click to download flyer:  flyer-1exx4nk

Episcopal School Sunday

This Sunday, October 22, we will celebrate Episcopal School Sunday at our parish church, St. Michael and All Angels. The worship service begins at 10:15 a.m. and will be followed by a Pancake Brunch in the Parish Center, sponsored by our Boy Scout troop. Our school choir will sing, and there will be student acolytes, servers, and readers. All families are invited to attend. Students are requested to wear their red shirts. For more information, please call the School Office.

Admissions Open House

There will be an Admissions Open House on Tuesday, October 24, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Tours of the campus with student ambassadors will be available as well as visits to classrooms. Please spread the word to friends and family. We are already receiving inquiries and applications for K-8 for the 2018-2019 academic year. Please remember that parents are our greatest admissions ambassadors. Share your stories and invite friends to our campus!

Coach’s Corner

Middle School Sports – The fall season is quickly winding down. The B teams for both volleyball and flag football have completed their seasons, and the A teams for both sports are gearing up for the league tournaments, which will be held next week (10/24, 10/26, 10/27). Locations and times will be announced next week.
Intramurals – Fall intramurals continue this week and next. Our last day for the fall season will be next Thursday, October 26th.

Notes from the Head

The response was overwhelming! Just as the summer came to an end and schools began to prepare to open, the hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico began to take form, producing three record-setting storms. Hurricane Harvey, the first of these, slammed into the southeastern coast of Texas, bringing devastating wind, rain, and floods. Houston and surrounding areas saw unprecedented flooding, which affected not only residences and businesses but churches and schools as well. The Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools stepped up to support affected schools in Texas. Many of those schools were paired with unaffected schools from Louisiana to Arizona. St. Michael’s partner school, Holy Spirit Episcopal School, has now become our sister school. Our community has risen to the call.

Since the beginning of September, St. Michael’s has been collecting gift cards and raising money to support Holy Spirit Episcopal School in Houston. This K-8 school is similar to St. Michael’s, and so it has been easy to imagine how we would feel if a similar natural disaster happened here. Seeing pictures of the devastation and hearing the stories of community support have touched us. We have offered prayers, words of encouragement, pictures of compassion, and now gifts that will help people to rebuild. This week we will send over $2,500 in gift cards to our sister school which will be distributed to families affected by Hurricane Harvey in their community. Our carwash alone raised more than $1,500 for the cause, drawing support from both the school and parish community. Our hearts have been filled with gratitude for the generosity and compassion shown by the St. Michael’s community. Truly, it will make a difference for many.

And that, my friends, is what compassion is about. Compassion is to suffer with, to share the burden, to feel what someone else feels, to reach out in kindness and with care for another person. Our students come to understand compassion on many levels. When a friend skins a knee, one knows how that feels and can reach out with care. If words sometimes hurt feelings, we know how that feels, and amends can be made. When disappointment and loss make us sad, others reach out because they have perhaps experienced that as well. Compassion results in people reaching out to people to make a difference. It comes from the heart. Compassion reaches across boundaries to make lives better. When we can respond from the heart, healing begins. The compassion shown by the St. Michael’s community to the Holy Spirit community has now established a bond that extends beyond the immediate need. Together we have come to understand the value of compassion. The gift cards are a tangible reminder of a more priceless gift that comes from our heart. Thank you, St. Michael’s! Yet again, our community is making our world a better place.

Margaret Moore

Head of School