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

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

Math-a-Thon Celebration

Because we did such a wonderful job in our Math-A-Thon, there will be a relaxed dress day this Friday, March 9th.  There will also be an Eegee’s party in front of the office after school.  Make sure your students come by and get a free frozen treat!

Great job on this fundraiser!

Love of Reading Week

We are excited about Love of Reading Week which begins on Monday, March 5th.  Our theme this year is Paws for Books.  We have some very interesting authors scheduled to talk to our students.  The kick-off for Love of Reading will begin with our Monday Chapel.  We will be having some special visitors who will help us kick-off Paws for Books!

  • All classes will welcome parent readers who might wish to share a special book or poem with their child’s class. Please make arrangements with your student’s classroom teacher.
  • Book boxes will be found outside your child’s classroom where we will be collecting gently used boxes for the “Angel Heart Pajama Project,” a 501c3 non-profit organization that provides books to children in need. These children are homeless, abused, abandoned, in shelters and foster care. It’s a wonderful opportunity to look through your child’s book shelves and find books they no longer read or have grown too old for to donate to this organization.
  • The Lower School will have a pajama day on Friday, when they will be doing a lot of special reading and enjoying juice and cookies together. The Intermediate and Middle School will also have special reading activities going on throughout the week.

Here is information about the authors that will be visiting during the week.

  • Diana Ossana will speak to the 6th through 8th grades on Tuesday, March 6, from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. in the Student Center.
  • Paul Mosier will speak to the 4th and 5th grades on Friday, March 9, from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. in Tankersley Hall.
  • Learning A to Z will speak to the K through 3rd grades on Wednesday, March 7, from 8:00 to 8:35 a.m. in Tankersley Hall.

Dianna Ossana:
According to Wikipedia, Diana Ossana is an American writer and producer who has collaborated on writing screenplays, teleplays, and novels with author Larry McMurtry since they first worked together in 1992 on the semi-fictionalized biography Pretty Boy Floyd. She won a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar or Academy Award, a Writers’ Guild of America Award, a BAFTA Award and a Golden Globe Award for her and McMurtry’s screenplay of Ang Lee‘s Brokeback Mountain, adapted from the short story of the same name by Annie Proulx. She is a published author in her own right of several short stories and essays.  Diana Ossana will speak to Grades 6-8 on Tuesday, March 6.

Paul Mosier:
According to HarperCollins, Paul Mosier began writing novels in 2011, but has written in some fashion his entire life. He lives a short walk from the place of his birth in downtown Phoenix, Arizona, but it has been a very circuitous route that brought him there. He is married and is father to two lovely daughters who both read fanatically. He loves listening to baseball on the radio, eating vegetarian food, drinking coffee, and talking nonstop. His middle-grade debut novel, “Train I Ride,” has earned starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist and Kirkus, is a Junior Library Guild Selection and earned him a Publishers Weekly “Flying Start” designation. It’s about a girl who turns 13 while riding a train from Los Angeles to Chicago, and who has nobody in the world but the strangers she meets on the train. His second middle-grade novel from HarperCollins, “Echo’s Sister,” will be released August 7, 2018. A third novel from HarperCollins- “Summer and July”- is scheduled for release in summer 2019.  If you are interested in purchasing a copy of “Train I Ride” and having Paul Mosier autograph it, please let Mrs. Faltico know ahead of time and Mr. Mosier will bring copies available for purchase following his presentation to grades 4-5 on Friday, March 9 ($12 each, hardcover). For additional information about Paul Mosier and “Train I Ride,” visit

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-language and bilingual programs through a blend of printable, projectable, digital, and mobile platform resources.  John Morgan, Arnulfo Bermudez, and Lee Blahnik will speak to our K-3 students on Wednesday, March 7, about education technology and the process of making, editing and illustrating a book.  For additional information about Learning A-Z and its products go to


STEM Night Dinner

Come hungry to STEM Night! The eighth graders will be selling a selection of dinner options: fried rice bowl (with spring roll), pizza, tamale plate (with rice and beans), and dessert. The eighth grade fundraisers help pay for their class gift and graduation night.

STEM Night

Next Thursday, Feb. 15th, is STEM Night at St. Michael’s. It is the culmination of the Science Fair Week and will offer exciting, interactive activities for all ages. Here is the short list of offerings:

  • Science Project Presentations – the Fourth, Sixth, and Eighth graders will present their projects at 6:00 p.m.6:30 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. respectively.  Please make it a priority to ask them about their projects.  It is very disappointing to stand there for twenty minutes and not have any audience!
  • First Grade Inventors Convention – First graders have researched various inventors and will be sharing their findings at 5:30 p.m.
  • Kids’ Zone – activities especially geared to grades Kindergarten through Third, including a musical instrument maker space and microscopic investigations.
  • Math-Mania – math activities and games to challenge even the most ‘mathy’ minds
  • STEM in the Ancient World – catapults and sugar cube arches
  • Optics challenges – sponsored by NOAO
  • Student-led StemAzing projects
  • Brain Stem – discover electricity
  • U of A School of Architecture 
  • U of A Biochemistry Club
  • U of A CATalyst Science Outreach Club with Arizona Math Road Show
  • DNA extractions with U of A Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Robotics and hydraulics demonstrations
  • Salpointe Stembassadors
  • UHS Stem Club
  • Spirit Store – hats, hoodies, and wristbands for sale
  • Food – pizza and more – no need to stop for fast food or to cook at home
  • Door Prizes – available to those who engage in the activities provided.

As you can see, this is a BIG event. Come and be part of it.  You will be amazed!

Math-a-thon 2018

Remember to turn in pledge money by Feb 14th to be eligible for prizes.

So far we have raised $2,872.50.

The following classes are currently in 1st place in their courtyards-
K-3 – Schultz with Allen a close 2nd
4/5 – Garcia, Tomiak is not far behind
6-8 – Antista is in first with Schaub about to take the lead.Help us meet our goal of $15,000.  Pledges can be paid online at

SMA News

  • A huge THANK YOU to Tucson Smiles Pediatric Dentistry and Dr. Priya Abramian for sponsoring our February Coffee Corner.

As a general reminder, there is a Coffee Corner the first Friday of every month.

The next Coffee Corner will be on March 2nd and will be sponsored by DSA (Destination Southern Africa) and the von Guilleaume family.  See you there!

  • Next Tuesday, February 13, will be our annual Fat Tuesday pancake lunch. Music will be provided by Jovert, a steel drum band from Tucson High, and pancakes and sausage will be served to all students. Don’t forget your beads!
  • Be sure to open your Eagle Express this week and check out the Gala packet.  We need your help to make this a successful event and ask that you support any way you can. There are great sponsorship opportunities!  Get your tickets before the special pricing ends on the 16th of February. Be sure and take advantage of early-bird pricing: two tickets for $170, or a single ticket for $85.
  • There will be a SMA meeting next week, February 14, at 8:05 a.m. in the Smith Parish Center. Please stop by!
  • Another great way to support our fundraiser is to come by our friends at POSH & Embellish for our Shamrocks & Shenanigans shopping event February 13th, just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Twenty percent of your purchase will go back to St Michael’s to support our 2018 St. Patrick’s Day event.  Check out the flyer in your packet for details!