Dear St. Michael’s Parents—
Please note that in our efforts to enhance the safety, and efficient communication about safety, to and with our St. Michael’s community, we have partnered with SchoolWay, an online app that allows us to communicate quickly in the case of emergencies: lockdowns (in the very rare instances they may occur); traffic alerts near campus that might impede access to campus, especially at morning arrival or afternoon dismissal; campus or facilities events (flooding, fire, et cetera, again very rare); and inclement weather (ice or snow—again, perhaps even more rare given our local climate).
We encourage you to simply download to your personal phones the SchoolWay app to keep you apprised, as noted and only as needed, of any and all urgent communications about safety and emergencies on or near campus.
Please see the enclosed addendum with instructions to download the SchoolWay app, which is also being sent home today in the Eagle Express. If you have questions about or difficulty with the download or set-up process, please contact Tracy Holsinger, Administrative Coordinator at St. Michael’s, for further guidance; you may do so via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 722-8478.
In addition to our scheduled weekly and monthly discussions, practices, and drills for maintaining safety at school as our chief priority, we believe the SchoolWay app is a wonderful addition to these efforts, and a much more effective and expedient way of communicating with all of you in the event we need to do so.
To download the information regarding SchoolWay, click on this link:
Kindergarten applications for 2017-2018 have already started coming in so if your child has a little brother or sister that will be joining St. Michael’s next year, it is time to drop off an application. The application can be found online at http://stmichael.net/admissions/apply/
, or we can provide a copy for you in the Admissions Office. We are anticipating a full Kindergarten class next year so please don’t hesitate to reserve your spot. Thanks!
Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday,
Director of Admissions
On Wednesday, November 16, at 8:00 a.m. and again at 5:00 p.m., Mr. Tim Kuhn of the Arizona Tuition Connection will be in the Smith Parish Center to explain to parents how to obtain tax credits for their children attending St. Michael’s. Previous parent participants have been very excited about the information received and how much it has helped them afford St. Michael’s tuition.
Please come and attend either meeting!
Last week, we were pleased to have Mr. Jack Foley of Ovus Ater in Boston on campus as he begins assisting us in developing a new Admissions and Enrollment Plan for St. Michael’s. As part of Mr. Foley’s work with St. Michael’s, we are inviting your participation in a short survey that will provide important feedback as our plan is designed. The survey will take approximately ten minutes to complete. As no names are attached to the survey, we welcome your candid response. The results will be compiled by Ovus Ater and given as a report to the school. To participate, click on the survey link below. The survey will remain open until Friday, November 4. Your participation is appreciated.
Has your student recently lost something? Could it be a water bottle, a lunch box, a sweater, or a P.E. uniform? Maybe it’s a pencil case, a pair of shoes, or a special hat. Come have a cup of coffee this Friday, October 7, to complement your delicious Bake Sale item, and then take a peek through the Lost-and-Found display for those missing items. Some really great clothing and personal items are eager to find their way back home. And please remember: all labeled items are returned to students before they are displayed on the Lost-and-Found table, so label, label, label everything. It’s a guaranteed return on your investment!
One of the features of our Middle School schedule is the two periods a week during which the children get to pick an elective activity. They choose from a variety of classes or clubs that are offered by one of our teachers. The activities/electives last for the entire trimester and are varied in nature. This year we seem to have unusually exciting and wide-ranging offerings. The accompanying poster shows what we were doing last Friday, September 16.
All families are invited to Salpointe’s Open House on October 9th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. All students and their parents are invited to attend sessions presented by the school’s faculty, meet current students, enjoy their musical and choral groups, and learn about their college-counseling program, honors and advanced placement courses, cross-disciplinary programs in Humanities and STEM, athletics and other extra-curricular activities, and more.
With the monsoon season came a pesky visitor to Tucson. Mosquito season is in full swing, and we are taking aim on campus. Last spring and again in late summer, our evaporative coolers were treated for mosquitoes. In addition, our fountains have been thoroughly cleaned and will also contain repellants. We are taking care to avoid having any standing water around campus that could harbor mosquito eggs. Although our teachers and school nurse can not apply bug repellant on our students, we would suggest that if your child is sensitive to bug bites, or you are concerned about mosquito bites, you use bug spray or repellant before he or she comes to school. For those who do not want to use these products, a non-chemical application such as Avon Skin-So-Soft has proven to be a good alternative. As the cooler weather arrives, particularly with lower night-time temperatures, the mosquitoes will leave our area. In the meantime, we are doing what we can to make our campus less attractive to these annoying visitors.
We have been contacted by the Tucson Police Department that several of our parents are parking in the Handicap spaces on the east side of Harold Bell Wright Park in the morning before school and in the evening during pick-up. Please note that they will be patrolling this area, and if you are parked without an appropriate Disability Parking Plate (or Placard), they will issue a ticket. Please contact Dick Newcomer if you have any questions about legal parking.