SMA News – Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week is already next week!  This year Amy Petrow and Haley Ochoa (Co-Chairs) have been planning the wonderful treats to be enjoyed by the entire St. Michael’s faculty and staff.  It’s always a special week, and the teachers feel the love and appreciation from our community.  There are still some ways to help out if you are interested and able.  If so, please contact Amy Petrow (apetrow7@yahoo.com) or Haley Ochoa (haleposh@gmail.com) to find out more.  Thank you for your support and for appreciating the faculty and staff at St. Michael’s!

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Coffee Corner Friday

Stop by for a cup of coffee this Friday in front of the office.  Thank you to Dr. Jason Levine of Urgent Specialists for sponsoring this month’s event.  There is only one more Coffee Corner before summer break!

Teacher Appreciation

As the school year winds toward the end, we honor and treat our special St. Michael’s teachers and staff during Teacher Appreciation Week (May 1-5). This year, Amy Petrow (apetrow7@yahoo.com) and Haley Ochoa (haleposh@gmail.com) are co-chairing this event.  If you’d like to help out, please contact either of them to ensure you are on the Sign-up Genius list.  There are many quick and easy ways you can participate. Thank you for your support and for appreciating the faculty and staff at St. Michael’s!

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LOVE of READING WEEK – Wrap-Up 

A great big THANK YOU to all of our authors, illustrators, cartoonists, and multi-media specialists who volunteered their time to come and speak to the students last week.

Wee Work for Good:  Wee Work for Good is a Tucson-based social good company founded by two Tucson moms, Kristen Littell and Amy Geile, who were searching for a way to instill a lifelong spirit of compassion in their children. CEO Kristen Littell spoke at All-School Chapel last Monday regarding Wee Work’s story, mission, and the activity kits Wee Work makes.  The kits are an engaging way for parents, grandparents, schools, or other volunteer groups to interactively teach kids about compassion and social issues, make a difference, and give back to the community.  There are kits on cultural awareness, education & literacy, dental health, animal welfare, children’s rights, health & wellness, and patriotism.  Kits are ordered online and delivered to your doorstep. For each kit purchased, Wee Work makes a donation to a charity to address the social issue related to the activity — i.e., Wee Work donates a book if you choose the education & literacy kit.  Wee Work kindly donated a portion of their sale proceeds back to St. Michael’s.  Wee Work has also developed a compassion curriculum for after-school programs.  Kristen Littell also read her book, Wee Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes, to students in grades K-3.  The kids had a great time trying on each other’s shoes while learning about compassion.  Books can also be purchased on Wee Work’s website.  For more information about Wee Work for Good, including their activity kits, compassion curriculum, and book, go to www.weeworkforgood.com.  Thank you, Wee Work for Good!

Learning A-Z:  Learning A-Z is a leading innovative education technology company that provides educators, administrators, students, and parents with affordable resources to support and develop literacy and dual-langauge and bilingual programs through a blend of printable, projectable, digital, and mobile platform resources.  A big thanks to John Morgan, Arnulfo Bermudez, and Lee Blahnik, who spoke to grades 4-5 about education technology and the process of making, editing, and illustrating a book.  A big thanks to Laura Zwickl, who spoke to our K-3 students about her writing role at Learning A-Z and the book she wrote.  For additional information about Learning A-Z and its products, go to www.learninga-z.com.  Thank you, Learning A-Z!

Chris Britt:  Chris Britt is a nationally known author, illustrator, and editorial cartoonist with Arizona roots.  Chris’s political cartoons continue to be distributed to more than 200 newspaper clients each week.  His work has appeared in Newsweek, Time, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and USA Today, as well as aired on CNN’s Inside Politics, MSNBC, Fox News, and ABC’s Good Morning America.  Chris also writes and illustrates children’s books.  His new book, The Most Perfect Snowman, (October 2016) is available through Harper Collins at www.harpercollins.com.  Thank you, Chris!

A great big THANK YOU to the teachers and students who did a phenomenal job of decorating their classroom doors according to the “It’s A Small World” theme.  The entries were so good the judges couldn’t decide!  Thank you to our judges, too. The winners will receive Eegee’s.

A great big THANK YOU to those who contributed to the 10+ boxes full of gently used books we collected to donate to the Angel Heart Pajama Project.  The Angel Heart Pajama Project is a non-profit organization that provides pajamas and books to Tucson children in need, those who have been removed from homes, those placed in foster care, etc.  They are thrilled!

A great big THANK YOU to Leah Walker and the back-up bakers who provided delicious cookies for K-3’s Cookie and Pajama Day, a day of cozy and yummy reading.

A great big THANK YOU to all of the administrators, faculty, and volunteers who made the Love of Reading Week possible!  In particular, thank you to Barbara Faltico, Margaret Moore, Terese Souvignier, Michelle Slavin, Susie Huerta-Rojas, and Angela Greynolds!

BOOK FAIR – Thank you!

A huge THANK YOU to the following individuals who made our annual Book Fair a success.

Set-up:  Brian Connelly, Jack Connelly, Dave Ross, Angela Edwards, Terese Souvignier, Megan Brown, Trevor James, and Camryn, Casey, Kylie, Kaylin, & Kyle Huerta-Rojas

Volunteers: Michelle Slavin, Terese Souvignier, Michelle Gastrock, Megan Brown, Angela Ruiz, Chris In-Albon, Erika Pina-Loucks, Gina Reyes, Shanti Martinez, Alisa Reed, Stephanie Liu, Marta Strambi-Kramer, Sarah Hoover, Alexis Myers, Hyewon Shin, Tawanna Wilson and Alana Stubbs

Break-down: Kristin Greenwood, Ethan Greenwood, Ellie Greenwood, Alana Stubbs, Michele Gastrock, Stephanie Liu, Christopher Wilds, Chris Wilds, Dave Ross, Isabel Rebert, and Camryn, Casey, Kylie, Kaylin, & Kyle Huerta-Rojas

Additionally, thank you to the teachers who brought their classes to the Book Fair, as well as all the parents and grandparents. We are grateful for your support!

 

 

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LOVE of READING WEEK is well on its way! 

Love of Reading Week kicked off on Monday and continues through Friday. This year’s theme is “It’s a Small World.”  Reading opens up doors to other worlds, whether it be other countries, cultures, or fantasy worlds.   Like the Disneyland ride, we want to celebrate and show respect for and kindness toward all cultures and backgrounds.

Several events have already happened, with more throughout the week. A few reminders:

Used Book Drive:  Please donate your gently used books to benefit the Angel Heart Pajama Project, a 501©(3) non-profit organization that provides new pajamas and books to children in need–those who are homeless or are in foster care or shelters.  Look for donation boxes around campus.

The Classroom Door Decorating Contest is under way.  Each class may decorate its classroom door in furtherance of the theme “It’s A Small World.”  Doors will be judged on Friday, and the top three winners will receive Eegee’s for the whole class.

Friday is Pajama and Cookie Day for grades K-3. Books, pajamas, and cookies – what a great way to end the week for the K-3 kiddos!

Ask your kids about the guest speakers on campus this week. More information on the speakers/authors with links to their books will be in next week’s Eagle blog. Stay tuned.

If you have any questions, please contact the Love of Reading Week Chair, Sherry Downer, at (520) 275-1877 or sherry@sherrydownerlaw.com 

SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR Has Started

Come join the fun at the Happy Camper Book Fair!  The fair started today, Wednesday, March 8, and runs through Friday, March 10. We will be open each day at 7:30 a.m., closing Wednesday and Thursday at 5 p.m. and Friday at 4 p.m.  We will have a few different raffles and giveaways. Stop on by for S’more fun with books!  If you are interested and able to volunteer, there are still a few open spots. Please contact Susie at susiehuerta@aol.com.

Thank You to Pancake Lunch Volunteers!

Last week’s Mardi Gras Pancake Lunch offered yet another fun-filled and festive event. Thank you to the volunteers who helped make it a success, including Susie Huerta, Julia Rebert, Sarah Hoover, Doyace Wilson, Ruben Rojas, Denise Blair, Holly Merrin, Megan Brown, Trevor James, Alisa Reed, Breanne Tirrito, Amy Petrow, and Kari Sandford. And many thanks to chef Andy Bruno and his co-chef for cooking up hundreds of pancakes!

Next SMA Meeting:

The March SMA Meeting will be held next Wednesday, March 15, at 8:05 a.m. in the new Multi-Purpose Room. All are welcome, and we’d love for you to join in.

 

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COFFEE CORNER – The calendar pages keep turning, and it’s time for the March Coffee Corner this Friday morning outside of the School Office from 7:45-8:30 a.m.  Thank you to Kyle Meades, owner of Therapy Group of Tucson, for sponsoring this month’s event.  Stop by for a cup of coffee!

LOVE of READING WEEK 

March 6 through March 10 is Love of Reading Week!   This year’s theme is “It’s a Small World.”  Reading opens up doors to other worlds, whether it be other countries, cultures, or fantasy worlds.   As with the Disneyland ride, we want to celebrate and show respect for and kindness toward all cultures and backgrounds.

We have a lot of fun-filled activities planned for the week, including:
 
Classroom Door Decorating Contest:  Each class may decorate its classroom door in furtherance of the theme “It’s A Small World.”  Decorations must be completed by Friday, March 10.  Entries will be judged on Friday, and the top three winners will receive Eegees for the whole class.
 
Used Book Drive:  Donate your gently used books to benefit the Angel Heart Pajama Project, a 501©(3) non-profit organization that provides new pajamas and books to children in need, those who are homeless, or are in foster care or shelters.  Look for donation boxes around campus.
 
Author Presentations:  Authors and illustrators from our community will be on campus throughout the week to talk about the process of writing and illustrating books.  Additional information regarding the presenting authors and how to purchase their books will be available in next week’s Eagle Express.
 
Read a Story:  Parents, grandparents, caregivers, and friends who are interested in reading a story to their child’s classroom may contact the teacher directly to arrange a time to read during the week.
 
Pajama and Cookie Friday (grades K-3):  What could be a better end to a fun-filled week than getting to wear your pajamas to school on Friday and eating cookies while listening to a story!
 
If you have any questions, please contact the Love of Reading Week Chair, Sherry Downer, at (520) 275-1877 or sherry@sherrydownerlaw.com. 
SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR
Come join the fun at the Happy Camper Book Fair!  The fair runs from Wednesday, March 8, to Friday, March 10. We will be open each day at 7:30 a.m., closing Wednesday and Thursday at 5 p.m. and Friday at 4 p.m.  We will have a few different raffles and giveaways. Hope you can join us. S’more fun with books!  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Susie at susiehuerta@aol.com
BOX TOPS
Thank you all for collecting Box Tops, especially since it is free money for the school. The winning class for the Lower School was the second grade, and the winner for the Upper School was the fifth grade. They both received a frozen treat.  The top three collectors were Colton Rebert (first), Isabel Rebert (second), and Scarlett Street (third). They received Target gift cards. A special thank-you to all who helped me with collecting the Box Tops and counting some of them: Julia Rebert and Susie Huerta, as well as Breanne Tirrito for kicking it off.  
Thank you!
-Ana Marin, Free Money Chair

 

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Thank you to those who dined at Chipotle last Wednesday during our SMA/St. Michael’s fundraising event. It was a full restaurant with a long line!  Chipotle will be sending $386 to the school.  Thank you for participating and meeting up with friends for burritos!  
 
BOX TOPS! It is time again to collect Box Tops. We will only be doing it for two weeks: Monday, February 6, through Friday, February 17.  (NO LABELS FOR EDUCATION CAN BE ACCEPTED!)  Final results will be announced on Monday, February 27. The grade that brings in the most Box Tops from Lower School (K-3) and from Upper School (4-8) will get a frozen treat. The top three students will get a gift card to Target.  Thank you for your support and for helping earn free money!
Calling All Book Lovers!  We are gearing up for our annual Scholastic Book Fair, which will be held March 8 – 10, and are looking for anyone interested in joining our fun-loving, book-loving team!  If you have interest and availability, please contact our Book Fair Co-Chairs Susie Huerta-Rojas (susiehuerta@aol.com) and Julia Rebert (julia@digitalrebert.com) to be added to the committee list.  More details and a Sign-Up Genius will follow.

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COFFEE CORNER – This Friday is our February Coffee Corner, sponsored by Tucson Smiles and Dr. Priya Abramian.  Stop by for a cup of coffee and a chance to catch up with fellow parents.  February is National Children’s Dental Health month – thank you, Dr. Abramian!

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Playground:  Changing schedules have us again requesting your help with playground.  If, between 11:15-12:40 on any day, you have the ability to enjoy time with the kids outside and the company of our other parent-volunteers, please let us know – we’d love to have your help!  Any commitment, once a week, once a month, or more, is welcomed and appreciated.  Please email your availability to alisareedesq@yahoo.com.

Thank You: We wanted to give a big thank-you to all of the Uniform Exchange Volunteers for helping out Saturday morning: Jaime Bernier, Christy Collins, Dina Corrado, Jennifer Jennings, Kanchana Naren, Shanti Martinez, Terese Souvignier, and Klara Valent.

Sincerely, Kristin Greenwood and Bridget Peyton – Co-Chairs

SMA Meeting:  Our next SMA meeting is scheduled for 8:05 a.m. next Wednesday, January 18, in the new Multi-Purpose Room.   We’d love to see you there.  All are welcome!

 

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Our next SMA Coffee Corner will be held this Friday from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. outside the School Office.  Swing on by for a hot cup of coffee!  Thank you to Kristina and Dr. John Chastain of Tucson Ear, Nose, and Throat P.C for sponsoring this month’s event and for supporting our community.
The next uniform sale and exchange is this Saturday, January 7, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. in the new multi-purpose room.  All seasons of clothes will be available.  It’s a great excuse to clean out your closets of good-quality uniforms your child has outgrown.  Items will be available for even exchange or for $2 or $4.
 
Our next SMA meeting will be held Wednesday, January 18, at 8:05 a.m.  Location is TBD – either the Parish Center or the new multi-purpose room.  Hope to see you there!

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Holiday Greens are here! If you ordered something for local delivery, it will be delivered to your child’s classroom on Wednesday. We will try to put it somewhere shady, so please be on the lookout for it.

If you forgot to order something for yourself or need a hostess gift for an upcoming holiday party, we do have a select few extras available. If you are interested, please contact Brigitte Townsdin or Amanda Kukla.

Coffee Corner Time!  Stop by on Friday morning to catch up with other parents.  Thank you to Anna Martinez-Ross and Dave Ross of Martinez-Ross Marketing for sponsoring this month’s Coffee Corner.

Thank you also to the decorating crew for changing seasons on campus and getting the festive spirit going as we head into our school’s various Christmas programs!  Volunteers included Gabi Johnson, Tom and Amy Petrow, Robin Riley, and Julia Rebert.  Thank you for you time!!

Finally, thank you to all the families that supported the SMA / Sauce Fun-Raiser!  It was one of the most successful fundraisers they’ve had, and we earned $300 for our school.  Be on the lookout for another dinner-out fundraiser in the new year!