Notes from the Head of School

Dear St. Michael’s Parents and Families—

Hello to all of you. Please find below some reminders and notes of interest. Thank you.

Safety and Security

This past Tuesday, we practiced our second monthly emergency protocol, and it went very well (as it should in practice!). Each month, we have a scheduled campus-wide drill to enable all students and staff and faculty to know precisely what to do in the event of an actual emergency.

In partnership with Sergeant Alan Smith of the Tucson Police Department, we continue to work on refining our emergency lockdown procedures; and with the help of the Tucson Fire Department, which conducts an annual inspection of our campus and of our fire-emergency procedures, we continue to do the same.

Each week, and as needed, I and our designated Safety and Security administrative team meet to review and refine our safety and security procedures. As parents, your role is simply to make sure you are reporting any safety and security concerns to me, and to assure that when you enter our doors on campus, that those same doors are secured after you pass through (except in those instances—sporting events in particular—when doors are intentionally kept open to allow the flow of foot traffic to and from the school grounds). Thank you.

Parent Listening Sessions

To date, I have met with two groups of parents, with the next session scheduled for Thursday, September 27. Please consider joining us for one of these conversations this month, or in October or November. Here is the direct link to do so:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0D48A4AD29A1F49-smsparentshead

High School Considerations

For those of you who attended our conversation with Mr. Jackson Marvel from the Hotchkiss School this past week, thank you. For those of you who may have an interest in exploring options outside of Tucson for your sons and daughters for high school, please let me know. With our alumni connections at Hotchkiss, we have a direct line for this wonderful boarding-school option in particular.

Faculty Work Day: Academic Review

We have scheduled today’s half-day dismissal to allow our teaching faculty, under the direction of Ms. Pam Stalkfleet and Mr. Alex Hawes (our Academic Review Committee coordinators), to meet and review—and to make revisions, as needed—our school wide curriculum, in all content areas and grades, and our standardized testing program. This important work will continue throughout the year to assure our academic content standards are comprehensive, challenging, and age-appropriate. I will report more throughout the year on the progress of this important work.

All good wishes,

Brendan Sullivan
Head of School

Part Time Openings at St. Michael’s

The School currently has two part-time openings available for approximately two hours each school day. The first position involves preparation and serving of the school lunch program, and the second is in monitoring and assisting the younger children in the dining area.  If you are aware of someone who likes working with children and would like to join our staff each day, please have them contact Dick Newcomer in the Business Office.

Notes from the Head

Dear St. Michael’s Parents and Families—

The first Parent Listening Sessions are scheduled for tomorrow in the morning (7:00-8:00 am) and in the afternoon (3:30-4:30). Thank you to those who have signed up.  If you have not already signed up for a session, please consider joining us for a one-hour conversation on either September 27, October 16, or November 8. Here is the direct link to do so: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0D48A4AD29A1F49-smsparentshead

Also, as a reminder, for those parents with sons and daughters in grades six, seven, and eight, please consider joining us for a conversation with Mr. Jackson Marvel, Director of Financial Aid and Senior Associate Director of Admission at The Hotchkiss School, this coming week, on Monday, September 17th at 12:00 noon.  If you are planning on coming, please click on this link to RSVP:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0D48A4AD29A1F49-hotchkiss

All good wishes,

Brendan Sullivan
Head of School

Vision Screening

Reminder that we will be conducting our vision screening with the South Tucson Lions Club on Friday, September 14th.  If your student has glasses or contacts, please make sure they are wearing them or at least have it with them for the screening to help avoid unnecessary referrals for an eye exam.
If you DO NOT want your child to participate in the screening, please email our school nurse at ehuff@stmichael.net by 8am Friday morning.  Please note this is only a screening.  Your student will receive a letter ONLY if they are outside the “normal” passing parameters.  Should you receive one of these letters, it is recommended that you take your child to your doctor or eye care provider for further evaluation.
Thank you,
Nurse Huff

SMA News

Thank you to all the parents who were able to stop by our September Coffee Corner!  Special thanks to Julia Rebert and Holly von Guilleaume, representing Melaluca, for sponsoring our September coffee corner.

We were also so excited to see so many parents at our September SMA meeting.  Thank you all for coming!  These meetings are always open and all parents are welcome.

SMA Dates to Note:
September 24: Box Top kick-off, it’s never too early to start collecting these tiny squares.
October 4:  Monthly SMA meeting
October 5:  Coffee Corner

Notes from the Head

Dear St. Michael’s Parents and Families—

I appreciate very much all those parents whom I’ve had a chance to meet, if briefly, these past three weeks; and I look forward to meeting more of you—all of you, eventually.

To that end, please consider signing up for a one-hour conversation with me during the scheduled Parent Listening Sessions that I have scheduled this month, and in October and November as well. Here is the direct link to do so: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0D48A4AD29A1F49-smsparentshead

Lastly, for those parents with sons and daughters in grades six, seven, and eight, please consider joining us for a conversation with Mr. Jackson Marvel, Director of Financial Aid and Senior Associate Director of Admission at The Hotchkiss School, this coming week, on Monday, September 17th at 12:00 noon. Please refer to the email that we sent yesterday for more details.

All good wishes,

Brendan Sullivan
Head of School