SMA News – Teacher Appreciation Week!

We love our faculty and staff at St. Michael’s School!  Last week we celebrated our annual Teacher Appreciation Week and shared the love and appreciation our community has for the wonderful teachers here that love, teach, and care for our children each day.

As a favorite long-standing tradition, a Roma Imports Take-Home dinner was sent home mid-week.  Our Back-up Bakers provided an array of treats for a delicious “Cookie Bar.”  Jimmy John’s lunch was served Thursday.  Finally, Friday wrapped up with Tucson’s favorite Frost gelato and a surprise gift.  Thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers who brought in donations of wine, water, bread, gift cards, and more!  We couldn’t do it without all of your amazing support.  And finally a big Thank You to Amy Petrow and Haley Ochoa for planning, organizing, and implementing this sweet St. Michael’s tradition.  What a wonderful place to be!

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

Notes from the Head

To teach is to touch lives forever. This anonymous quote sums up the greatest gift that we receive in the education community. Think back for a moment in your own life to those men and women who taught you at various levels of your education. Perhaps it was your Kindergarten teacher who ignited in you the spirit of inquiry and unlocked the keys to early reading. Maybe it was a math teacher who challenged you to dig for the answer or try a new equation for the first time, showing you that numbers are fun. Was it your high school science teacher that introduced you to chemistry, which led to a career in the medical field? Or maybe, just maybe, it was the teacher who inspired you to believe in yourself and in turn become a teacher. Each of us, I suspect, has had significant teachers who touched our lives forever, and life was never the same again.

For me, that person was Miss Sanborn. She was my high school history teacher, and I was scared to death of her. She was stern. She was strict. She had unreasonable expectations, pushing me to accomplish more than I thought I was capable of. I walked into her class as a disorganized, distracted student, and I left her classroom two years later as a different person. She changed my life. She made me want to achieve. She encouraged me both inside and outside of class. Most especially, however, she cared. She believed in me and gave me her time, and I was inspired. Because of her, I went on to major in history, and I entered into the field of education so that I might also, like Miss Sanborn, be a part in this chapter of a child’s life.

That’s what excellent teachers do. Here at St. Michael’s we have an amazing number of teachers who transform students in so many ways. They open their arms to their students in August and send them out in May with deeper knowledge, greater confidence, and a growing love for learning, as well as a sense that they are loved just the way that they are. For the teachers at St. Michael’s, teaching is not a job, it is a calling. They bring their joy, their passion, their enthusiasm and energy, and transfer that to students. They have the patience of Job, a passion for children, and a dedication to the success of their students that is never ending. They encourage students to be their best. It is my privilege to work with the men and women that comprise the faculty of St. Michael’s. They are models of excellence for our students and for me. As we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, my hat goes off to our teachers. They ARE St. Michael’s, and I am grateful for the many, many ways that they touch and change students’ lives forever. They are our champions!

Margaret Moore

Head of School

Parking Lot Etiquette and Safety

Recently, students were observed running across the parking lot to classrooms in the midst of cars coming and going for arrival. We have also witnessed cars driving much too fast coming into the parking lots as the 8:00 morning bell was ringing. We certainly want to encourage punctuality; however, it is much more important to arrive safely and with caution in our parking areas. Please be mindful of your speed and watch for students and parents that may be walking to and from school.

In addition, we have had a growing number of concerns expressed from the Harold Bell Wright neighborhood, located behind the school, regarding the number of parents who are using the parking area adjacent to the park. In recent months, neighbors have had near-misses either in cars or while on morning walks from drivers who are not observing speed limits or mindful of neighbors who are walking in the area. Just today, a neighbor came within inches of being hit by a car backing up and then speeding out of the area. Parents are strongly encouraged to use the St. Michael’s parking areas for drop-off or pick-up rather than the spaces adjacent to the park. Should you still want to use the playground parking area, we would ask that you obey all posted street signs, including speed limits, and be mindful of neighbors walking on the streets. We strive to be good neighbors and keep everyone safe!

Yearbook Orders

Attention, K-7th Grade Families Only! We are now taking orders for this year’s Yearbook. Please see the form that went home with your student in his or her Eagle Express, or complete the attached form and submit a check to School Office by Monday, May 8.

P.S. Eighth Grade Families: your copy is complimentary, so you don’t need to submit an order!

Meals for Mom

Each year, St. Michael and All Angels Church celebrates Mother’s Day with a special food collection for those in need, in honor of or in memory of one’s mother. The Social Action Committee invites you to bring a bag of food to the church on or before Mother’s Day, May 14, to stock the food pantry shelves through the summer. Following Mother’s Day, a letter will be sent to each mother in whose honor groceries were given. Specially marked grocery bags are available outside of the School Office or Church Office with a list attached of the foods most needed in the pantry. What a special way to honor our mothers or special sisters, daughters, aunts, grandmothers, or special mother figures in our lives!

Coach’s Corner

Middle School Sports – Both the Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball teams have advanced to the semi-finals for our league tournament. They both play on Thursday, May 4, at The Gregory School. The Girls’ team will play at 4:00 p.m. and the Boys’ team will play at 5:00 p.m. If they win on Thursday, they will play in the championship game on Friday, May 5, at The Gregory School. The girls’ championship game is at 4:00 p.m. and the boys’ championship game is at 5:00 p.m. Come out and support our teams! They are sure to be exciting games. ***Please note, there is a $2.00 entrance fee for adults to any of the league tournament games. Students and children are free. 
Spring Sports Celebration – We will be celebrating all of our spring athletes next Tuesday, May 9. Any athlete that participated in Track or Basketball is invited to attend. The party will run from immediately after school until 4:30 p.m. The school will provide pizza, plates, and napkins, and the kids are encouraged to bring the side dishes (drinks, chips, or desserts). We hope to see all of our athletes at the party to celebrate their hard work!

Fine Arts Night Flowers

Order forms for the 4-8 Fine Arts Night Flowers went home last week in the Eagle Express.  Additional forms are also available online via the school blog and middle school PlusPortals, or in the School Office.   They are due back by Wednesday, May 17.  Pre-ordered flowers will be available for pick-up at the Flower Stand from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. on the night of the performance.  A limited number of bouquets will be available for purchase the night of the show, so order early to guarantee yours!

Questions?  Contact Holly Hancock von Guilleaume at or Heather Walsh at

4-8 2017 Fine Arts Order Form

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