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.
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
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!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Haley Ochoa (email@example.com) to find out more. Thank you for your support and for appreciating the faculty and staff at St. Michael’s!