Fine Arts Night Flowers: Grades K-3

Order forms for K-3 Fine Arts Night flowers are due in the School Office by Wednesday, April 18th.  Pre-ordered flowers will be available for pick-up at the Flower Stand from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. on the night of the performance.  A limited number of bouquets will be available for purchase the night of the show. These will be available at a higher price, so order early to guarantee yours at the lower price!  Additional forms are also available online via the school blog and in the School Office.  Questions?  Contact Holly Hancock von Guilleaume at tucsonholly@hotmail.com

Order form:  K-3 2018 Fine Arts Order Form-xllpir

Fine Arts Night Flowers: Grades K-3

Order forms for K-3 Fine Arts Night Flowers are due in the School Office on Wednesday, April 18th.  Pre-ordered flowers will be available for pick-up at the Flower Stand from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. on the night of the performance.  A limited number of bouquets will be available for purchase the night of the show. These will be available at a higher price, so order early to guarantee yours at the lower price!  Additional forms are also available online via the school blog and in the School Office.  Questions?  Contact Holly Hancock von Guilleaume at tucsonholly@hotmail.com

Order form:  K-3 2018 Fine Arts Order Form-xllpir

Girl Scouts

Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors will meet in the Labyrinth Courtyard and Smith Parish Center this Friday, April 6,  from 3:10-4:30 p.m.

Notes from the Head

Have you ever watched people waiting? Waiting for the train. Waiting for the plane to land. Waiting for the kids to arrive home. Waiting for Christmas to come. Waiting to grow up. Some people are calm, while others are pacing and fretting and worrying about delays. We all have had our ongoing experiences with patience as well as the opposite, impatience.

When I polled our students in our Monday morning chapel about patience, it should not be surprising that when asked who had experienced impatience, practically the entire school raised hands. Children are not good at waiting. Patience is usually in short supply. They want to be good at whatever they try to do…immediately! They want to go from a beginner to an expert in record time. And, if they don’t at first succeed? Well, it is easier to give up than to try and try again. They do know, however, that indeed to try and try again is what they must do. Perfection is not the goal, but excellence is. A growth mindset supports that philosophy, instilling the idea that the power of YET keeps the mind open to the growth that will come with persistence, practice, and patience.

We have incredible students at St. Michael’s, and they work hard, most often, to be their best. Many hold themselves to a very high standard that does not allow room for imperfection. They want to be taller, faster, smarter, better. However, all of that takes time, and it takes patience. Patience with the process, and patience with themselves. I reminded the kiddos there are two groups that have an extraordinary amount of patience in their life: teachers and parents. They identified both right away. Parents and teachers are patient as children grow. They know that with growth comes the occasional failure, and with failure important life lessons are learned. One of the most important lessons we can teach our children and students is to be patient with themselves. Why? Because God is not finished with them YET. So deep breaths…all will be well. Good things come to those who wait!

Margaret Moore

Head of School

Coffee with the New Head of School

Please drop by the Foundations Courtyard next Wednesday morning, April 4, from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m., to have a cup of coffee and meet the incoming Head of School, Brendan Sullivan, and his wife, Allie. Mr. Sullivan will be on campus for two days visiting classrooms and meeting with members of the administration as well as the faculty. Thank you to SMA for hosting this special Coffee Corner for the Sullivans.

Notes from the Head

Last Saturday evening, we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in fine style at the Savoy Opera House, the location for our annual Gala auction. A good time was had by all. In the process of having fun, we raised friends and funds for our school. Although the Gala is months in preparation, the final days find teachers, staff, and parent-volunteers coming together to transform the Savoy into a magical place. To see the number of moms, dads, friends, and families working together was indeed gratifying. Truly, we could not have done the necessary work without the many hands that worked together. For everyone that participated in any way, my thanks go out to you. The power of the community working together was magnificent.

When I first arrived for an official visit to St. Michael’s, it was the weekend of Art Expo. As I toured and observed the school, visited classrooms, and talked with faculty and parents, I was overwhelmed by the passion for this school. Volunteers were everywhere that day, hanging artwork, putting up decorations, running errands, and organizing for the evening. There were smiles, lots of laughter, constant conversations, and a sense of joy in the work they were doing. After all, it was for the school and for the children, the key reason we do most everything at St. Michael’s School. At the end of the day, it is always about the kids.

What I have learned over the years I have worked in schools is that volunteers give their time and energy not so much out of obligation, but rather out of passion, commitment, and a desire to contribute to the cause. At St. Michael’s, we depend on our volunteers to help us carry out our program. We are partners in the process. With a calendar full of special events, as well as our routine needs such as monitoring the playground during recesses, volunteers are an essential piece. Whether it’s for an hour or two, or regularly volunteering to help with events, we are grateful for the support of volunteers. They truly make a difference.

As we get into the spring season at St. Michael’s, please consider volunteering to help with an upcoming special event such as Art Expo, an SMA event, or perhaps serving routinely as a playground monitor, helping to ensure the safety of our students. It takes a village to run a school, and every person at St. Michael’s plays a part in the successful operation. Thank you, dear volunteers, for all you do. You are amazing.

Margaret Moore

Head of School

Notes from the Head

It was an emotionally moving morning. At 10:00 a.m., our Middle School students and faculty gathered on the athletic field for seventeen minutes in a circle. Fourteen students and three faculty members formed an inner circle, and each read a short biography of a student or faculty member who lost his or her life one month ago in Parkland, Florida, due to gun violence. Many of the students targeted at that Florida high school were fourteen at the time. Lighted votive candles for each of the seventeen students and teachers were arranged in a circle with a white carnation beside it. We prayed together and then quietly returned to the daily routine. There were hugs and some tears, as would be expected. Sadly, it was a reminder of the world we live in and innocence that is lost much too soon. Yet, as I stood in the circle with our precious students and faculty, I was struck by the compassion, love, and care that flowed among us. The circles got smaller as we moved closer together.

When I speak with prospective parents, I share with them how special this school is, and I often say that our kids are normal kids. In reality, however, our students are anything but normal. Why is that? Because they know how to be kind and because they love their classmates. All of them. In spite of differences they may occasionally have, our students would do just about anything to help a friend or member of our student community. Compassion runs deep, so when one member suffers, we all suffer. I have seen students come to talk with a teacher, an administrator, our nurse, or our chaplain because they are worried about a friend. In that same vein, adults in the community will approach a student that may seem sad, too quiet, or alone. The kindness and compassion I see every day make a difference. Every child is noticed, and rarely does someone slip below the radar. All of this contributes to making this a place where students feel comfortable, cared for, and safe. Perhaps it is why there are so many tears when we say our goodbyes at the end of each year.

Today, we remembered the fourteen young lives that ended too soon. Today, we remembered the adults who stood beside them and in front of them because they cared. Today, we were reminded that having the courage to be kind, to care, and to reach out to one another gives us all strength and makes the burdens we might carry a little bit lighter. This is just one of many reasons why St. Michael’s is special. Here in our community, we care.

Margaret Moore

Head of School