Special Tax Credit Meeting

Tim Kuhn, the head of the Arizona Tuition Connection STO, will be here on Friday, November 3, to inform parents on how to use tax credits to fund children’s education and help keep everyone’s tuition low. He will be giving two presentations in Tankersley Hall, one at 8:15 in the morning and the other at 5:00 in the evening.  This is a great time for you to become familiar with tax credits and how you can work with relatives, friends, and colleagues to reduce your portion of your tuition bill.

Eagle’s Quill

The winners of the first Eagle’s Quill contest of the year (“Midsummer Memories”) were announced in Monday Chapel this week.  Ava Terpning (fourth grade) and Lila Smith (sixth grade) were recognized for their writing, and Zoe Brosanders (second grade), Adriana Blair (fourth grade), Riley Egan (sixth grade), and Nathan Monroe (eighth grade) for art.
The second contest, “Phenomena! Natural Wonders and Natural Disasters,” runs until Wednesday, October 18th.  Winners receive frozen treats!
The editorial staff of this year’s Eagle’s Quill is comprised of the following students:
Linden Solgonick: Editor-in-Chief
Alexa Blair and Jordan Goedel: Manuscript Editors
Jack Greene and Teagan Smith: Art Directors

Hurricane Relief Efforts at St. Michael’s

In recent weeks, major hurricanes struck Texas and Florida. The emotional, physical, and financial toll these devastating storms has on families can leave lasting effects, and the recovery efforts extend long after the storm has passed. The Southwest Association of Episcopal Schools quickly responded by offering resource information to schools in our association, pairing unaffected schools with affected schools to offer support and encouragement. St. Michael’s has volunteered to be a part of that outreach ministry. We now have a “sister” school in Houston. Holy Spirit Episcopal School is a preschool–eighth grade program with approximately 250 students enrolled. We have been in contact with the Head of School at HSES and are reaching out to help in multiple ways. So how can we help?

Although the school itself had only minor physical damage, members of their school community lost much. The Head of School has suggested that the greatest help would be gift cards that could be given to families as they begin to restore their homes and furnishings. This type of donation gives assistance to families to purchase what they need to replace and rebuild. Gift cards from Target, Walmart, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Visa, or Master Card, in any amount one chooses to donate, will be collected in the School Office and sent to Holy Spirit Episcopal School in Houston, Texas, for distribution. You may learn more about Holy Spirit at www.hses.org.

In addition, our students will be sending cards, student art, and photographs, offering our prayers and support as the recovery efforts continue this fall. Our Student Council has designated the September Mass collection for Episcopal Relief and Development, the outreach ministry of the Episcopal Church. Additional donations for both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma can be made through Episcopal Relief and Development, earmarked for Hurricane Relief, www.support.episcopalrelief.org.

Eagle’s Quill Contest

 The first Eagle’s Quill contest of the year, “Midsummer Memories,” ends next week on Wednesday, September 20.  Interested students from all grade levels can submit writing and artwork on the topic of summer memories and reflections.  Submissions may be turned in to homeroom teachers or to Ms. Burnson or Mr. Hawes.  Contest winners receive frozen treats!

Eagle’s Quill Takes to the Air

The school’s literary magazine, Eagle’s Quill, is ready to launch its 22nd year of celebrating St. Michael’s superb writing and art programs.  The magazine, which is published each May, features contributions from all grade levels and from a wide variety of genres.
Routine contests generate excitement—and submissions—but students can submit pieces of writing and art on any topic at any time, up until the final deadline in early April.  These submissions may represent work done for class or work done on one’s own time.  We want it all: poems, stories, essays, personal reflections, paintings, sketches, digital or print photos, even sculpture!  Middle schoolers comprise the staff of the magazine and review each submission (with individual student names hidden) in order to determine which pieces make the final cut.
The first contest of the year, “Midsummer Memories,” encompasses images and written reflections on summer, whether realistic or fantastical.  The deadline is Wednesday, September 20.  Student winners for art and writing in Primary, Intermediate, and Middle School will receive frozen treat prizes.
If you have any questions about Eagle’s Quill, please contact one of its two faculty advisors, Alex Hawes (ahawes@stmichael.net) or Anne Burnson (aburnson@stmichael.net).  Students may submit their work to their homeroom teacher, to their Art or English teacher, or to Mr. Hawes or Ms. Burnson.

Fine Arts Night, Grades 4-8

We are getting very close to our Fine Arts Night show on May 19th at the Temple of Music and Art. There are many things that happen between now and then, so I’d like to have you put a couple of things on your radar for that day. The dress rehearsal is during the school day on the 19th. We will take the kids from St. Michael’s on buses in the morning to rehearse on the stage. The rehearsal is from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Students will need to pack a lunch and snacks for the day to bring to the theater. We take them to the theater, but you must pick them up at 3:30. The address of the theater is 330 S. Scott Ave., Tucson, AZ 85701.

Theater phone: (520) 624-7370

Dr. Antista’s cell phone: (520) 954-6759

To download the permission form, click here:  Fine Arts Permissions Slip-2g387mv

Chipotle Fundraiser

Please join us for dinner or takeout at the Chipotle on Grant & Tanque Verde this Wednesday, May 3, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. There is so much to start celebrating with the end of the school year quickly approaching! Please mention St. Michael’s School when you check out. (If placing an order online, you must choose the pay-in-store option and inform the cashier of your participation before paying to ensure that your order is counted towards the fundraiser.) The proceeds support the Eighth Grade graduation fund. Hope to see you all there!

Chipotle Flyer

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!