Free Money and Box Tops

Just a reminder to keep collecting Box Tops year round. Our next big collection will be in February.

Also, as you start your holiday shopping, join Amazon Smiles and select our school. Amazon gives money back to our school as you shop. Do you shop at Frys ? Do you have their shopping card? They also give money back to our school if you join. It’s very easy, and as you use your Frys card, it gives money back to our school. These are very easy steps that help our school. Check out our Free Money Flyer:

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Thanks for helping!

Uniform Exchange

Mark your calendars for next week’s uniform sale and exchange on Saturday, December 9, from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. in Tankersley Hall. Gently used uniforms (all seasons) can be had for $2, $4, or even-exchange! Now is your chance to size up pants and jackets or stock up on shorts and polos for the spring. This is likely the last uniform sale and exchange of the year. Hope to see you then!

Last Push for the Turkey Trot

The generosity of the St. Michael’s School community is overwhelming. As we look to wrap up our annual Food Drive, we want to thank everyone for supporting this community outreach. Bake sales, car washes, pickle sales, and more–including personal cash donations that have come from emptied piggy banks–have made a significant difference. Cash donations will go to the Community Food Bank. Canned food products help to stock the church food pantry for distribution to those who come to the church for assistance. Thank you for sending in your cash donations and canned food items to support our outreach in the Tucson community.

Cash donations received by this Thursday morning at 9:00 a.m. will be matched by TEP. Please bring all canned food donations to the School Office or your child’s classroom by Monday morning at 8:00 a.m. Thank you for making a difference in our community.

Eagle’s Quill

A reminder that the current Eagle’s Quill contest, “OUT OF THIS WORLD: Creativity from the Cosmos and Stories from the Stars” is ongoing. The contest covers space and science-fiction topics, and the deadline is Wednesday, November 29.

Parking Lot Reminder

During our morning and afternoon arrival and dismissal, our parking lots are very busy places on campus. Cars are coming and going. Students and parents are crossing the travel lanes on the way to and from classrooms. Please be aware of students and parents walking in the parking lots, particularly if they are crossing in front of cars. If you are simply dropping off or picking up students in the carpool line, please do not leave your car. Also, if you are stopping your vehicle, please do not block the brick walkways in front of the gates. This will allow a safe walkway for students and parents entering from the parking area. We appreciate the vigilance of all drivers as we keep our campus safe. Drive slowly as you enter the parking lot and follow the safe flow of traffic around the school. Many thanks!

Eagle’s Quill

Too much time on your hands over this long weekend, or over Thanksgiving break?  How about draw an alien, write an ode to Pluto, or create a story set in the year 3017?  The current Eagle’s Quill contest, “OUT OF THIS WORLD: Creativity from the Cosmos and Stories from the Stars” covers submissions about space and science-fiction topics.  The deadline is Wednesday, November 29.

Letter from the Head

One of the favorite books my own children loved followed the adventures of a young boy who wanted to be someone different every day. One day he was an explorer, and another day he might have been an astronaut. His imagination took him many places near and far. By exploring many interests and talents, possibilities opened up for the little boy for his life, clarifying what he wanted to be. The question that we always asked at the conclusion of the story, however, was: “Who do you want to be?” For me, that was the more significant goal. It led to conversations about character and conduct and how each child wanted to be perceived by others. To be kind, to be nice, and to be a friend to all was the ultimate goal.

At St. Michael’s, we have opportunities to explore both questions with our students. Our academic program opens many doors of possibilities for continued study and exploration. In addition, there are occasions throughout the year when career possibilities become part of students’ dreams for the future. This begins to open the door to answering the “what” part of their aspirations.

Of perhaps more importance, however, is a deeper question of “who.” Throughout a student’s time at St. Michael’s, we have the privilege of being partners with parents in shaping the moral compass of a child. Interwoven throughout the day, whether in chapel, or on the playground, or in the classroom, our students learn about character and the virtues that shape the person. Teachers and staff become the role-models in character formation. At St. Michael’s, our students come to understand, through relationships and friendships, the fundamental importance of being kind. Kindness gets you everywhere. As the popular song by Tim McGraw goes, “Always be humble and kind.” Children will not always do it perfectly, and each learns along the way, but in following the Golden Rule the road map is clear. Treat others the way you want to be treated, and always remember to be kind.

Margaret Moore
Head of School

Bake Sale for the Community Food Bank

Donuts, muffins, and cookies galore!  During Coffee Corner on Friday, join us for the third grade bake sale benefiting the Community Food Bank.  Baked goods will be available for purchase during Coffee Corner and lunch.  If any treats remain, they will be available after school.  Hope to see you there!