Our Award-Winning Authors

Three 8th graders–Alexander Brown, Andrew Gioannetti, and Martin Gioannetti–have been recognized by Young Authors of Arizona for their submissions to the 2017 Scholastic Writing Awards.

Alexander Brown received a Silver Key award for his short story “Life of War.”  Andrew Gioannetti received a Silver Key award for his short story “The Way It Was” as well as a Gold Key award for his poem “The Statue.”  Martin Gioannetti received a Silver Key award for his poem “The Summit.”

The awards ceremony will be held this Saturday, April 29, at Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale.

Eagle’s Quill Cover Contest

The staff of Eagle’s Quill has announced its front cover contest for this year’s edition, with the theme of “Critter Kingdom.”  They are looking for colorful, vertical images–whether a painting, sketch, or photograph–on the topic of creatures from nature or the imagination. The deadline is Tuesday, May 9, and the winner receives a gift card to the art supply store Michael’s.

Fine Arts Night: Grades K-3

Dear Kindergarten through Third Grade Parents:

It’s baseball season, and Fine Arts Night will soon be here!  On Friday, April 7, at 7:00 p.m. the K-3 students will present their spring musical, “It’s a Hit,” in the Student Center.

Please deliver your child to his or her classroom by 6:30 p.m.  Then you may make your way to the Student Center to find a seat for a very exciting baseball game, or rather a musical about America’s beloved sport, baseball.

I would like each grade to wear the following:

KA/KB –  Your child will bring a bag with a colored shirt home on Thursday.  Kindergarteners should wear their shirt with khaki shorts, skirt, or skort to school on Friday evening, the night of the performance.  Tennis shoes are perfect to wear.

1A/1B – Your child will bring a bag with a colored shirt home on Thursday.  First graders should wear their shirt with khaki shorts, skirt, or skort to school on Friday evening, the night of the performance.  Tennis shoes are perfect to wear.

2A/2B – Your child should wear a short sleeve white button-down shirt (a white St. Michael’s logo shirt will be fine) and khaki shorts, skirt, or skort to school on Friday evening, the night of the performance.  Tennis shoes are perfect to wear.

3A/3B – Your child will bring a bag with a colored shirt home on Thursday.  Third graders should wear their shirt with khaki shorts, skirt, or skort to school on Friday evening, the night of the performance.  Tennis shoes are perfect to wear.

I would like the shirts returned to school by Monday or Tuesday morning.  They may keep the baseballs on their shirts as a keepsake of their performance.

We look forward to seeing you all on April 7.  Come ready to cheer for your favorite STARS!

Thank you,

Barb Faltico

Notes from the Head

As we begin our last trimester and work to complete the enrollment process for the coming school year, I often take this opportunity to have my own self-reflection on the question, “Why St. Michael’s?” It is a valid question, regardless of being an administrator, a teacher, a parent, or a student.
Five years ago, I stepped onto the campus of St. Michael’s School for the first time. I did so initially with a bit of skepticism. Why in the world would I want to leave Virginia to head so far away to the desert Southwest? What could possibly convince us to stay? It didn’t take long to have my initial answer, and to see the list of convincing reasons grow. St. Michael’s, first and foremost, is a fantastic educational institution. We educate children well. When I speak with our graduates, I am sometimes speechless at their poise, articulation, passion, vision, and devotion to St. Michael’s. They credit our school for preparing them well, and it is this school that laid the foundation for their high school success. On another level, beyond this academic foundation, is the profound effect St. Michael’s has on the nourishment of a sound moral compass in our students. In partnership with parents, our students leave us with a deep sense of integrity; a knowledge of right and wrong; a desire to display kindness and compassion, perseverance and tenacity; and a growing resilience to keep trying, even when goals are not initially achieved. Our students learn that they are surrounded by adults and friends who are there to support them and cheer them on, even when the going seems a bit tough.
What I saw five years ago still holds true. This is a community of people, young and old, who sense the magic of this campus and know that being a member of this community is a transformational experience. And what makes this possible? Why, it’s the community and the people within it. It’s the parents, the teachers, the administrators, and, most importantly, the students who make the biggest difference. That, in and of itself, made St. Michael’s the place for me and a place that I wanted to be a part of. Although our campus is beautiful and our buildings represent the aesthetics of the desert Southwest, it is the people and the intrinsic values nurtured here that set this school apart. So, why St. Michael’s? I think the better question is, “Why not St. Michael’s?” Here we educate children in mind, body, and spirit. Here, it is about scholarship, leadership, and friendship. We don’t always take the easy road, but we do prepare our students for life, even when the road itself is not easy. This is why I came. This is why our alumni return. This is why I believe in the work we do. At the end of the day, it is always about the children.
Margaret Moore

Notice to Families Working with IBE

Each spring IBE provides scholarships to St. Michael’s families and also releases funds that have been held from donations to pay for tuition for the coming school year (2017-2018).
If you believe you have funds at IBE, you must register with them each year in order to have them released.  Their online registration is available at IBEScholarships.org.  If you would like to apply for a scholarship from IBE for the 2017-18 school year, the deadline is March 31st.
For further information you can contact IBE at 512-5438.

Condolences to the Connelly Family

Our sympathy and condolences go out to Brian, Gina, Kate, and Jack Connelly in the loss of their beloved mother and grandmother this past weekend.  Services for Kathleen Connelly will be held on Monday, February 20, at 12:00 noon at St. Pius Church, located at 1800 North Camino Pio Decimo.

Lost-and-Found on Display

Are you missing P.E. clothing, a jacket or sweater, shorts, shoes, water bottles, or lunch boxes? If so, you may want to take a spin through the items displayed in front of the school.  There are many uniform items as well. Items will be displayed through Friday and then donated either to the SMA Uniform Exchange or to a local charity.

Just a reminder: items that have owners’ names visible are returned to students. LABEL, LABEL, LABEL!