Thank you to all who made it out to Coffee Corner this past Friday. And a big thank-you to DSA Travel for sponsoring the event!
My heart has been heavy for the last two weeks. In the midst of a day that focused on hearts and love, tragic news greeted us in the late afternoon that yet one more school had been the center of violence at the hands of a troubled teen. I shed a few tears and said prayers on behalf of those whose grief will forever run deep. Surely, everyone felt the heartache of a school, a community, and our nation.
So how should we respond in our school to such tragic news? What is the right answer? Always, our goal is to do all that we can to ensure that our students do not worry and that they feel school is a safe and secure place. In fact, even though it may be hard to remember at the moment, our schools are incredibly safe. Our students are surrounded each day by a cadre of “momma and papa bears.” We are vigilant, alert, visible, and present at all times. We have safety procedures in place, and we practice them routinely. Our students know to always follow their teacher’s guidance and lead. As law enforcement officers have instructed us, we are, in fact, the local first responders. We take that responsibility seriously. In addition, and of great importance, we know our students. We work hard to build trusting relationships with them, and we provide compassionate, listening ears. Our teachers are attuned to the emotional needs of the students and they reach out, offering support with loving care. To be sure, the open communication and partnership we share with parents on behalf of our students is a key ingredient.
The message that we continue to emphasize with our students is the importance of kindness and compassion shown toward one another. It begins with how we, the adults, model this for them. We cannot state loudly and often enough the effect that kind words and the listening ear of a friend, a teacher, or a colleague contribute to making not only a safe and secure environment for our students, but also a place where they know that they belong. These simple actions have the ability to drive out the fear that could consume us, replacing it instead with love. My prayer is that each day we may all enter this sacred space we call St. Michael’s, trusting that the One who has gone before us, also walks with us each day along the road.
Head of School
We are excited about Love of Reading Week which begins on Monday, March 5th. Our theme this year is Paws for Books. We have some very interesting authors scheduled to talk to our students. The kick-off for Love of Reading will begin with our Monday Chapel. We will be having some special visitors who will help us kick-off Paws for Books!
- All classes will welcome parent readers who might wish to share a special book or poem with their child’s class. Please make arrangements with your student’s classroom teacher.
- Book boxes will be found outside your child’s classroom where we will be collecting gently used boxes for the “Angel Heart Pajama Project,” a 501c3 non-profit organization that provides books to children in need. These children are homeless, abused, abandoned, in shelters and foster care. It’s a wonderful opportunity to look through your child’s book shelves and find books they no longer read or have grown too old for to donate to this organization.
- The Lower School will have a pajama day on Friday, when they will be doing a lot of special reading and enjoying juice and cookies together. The Intermediate and Middle School will also have special reading activities going on throughout the week.
Here is information about the authors that will be visiting during the week.
- Diana Ossana will speak to the 6th through 8th grades on Tuesday, March 6, from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. in the Student Center.
- Paul Mosier will speak to the 4th and 5th grades on Friday, March 9, from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. in Tankersley Hall.
- Learning A to Z will speak to the K through 3rd grades on Wednesday, March 7, from 8:00 to 8:35 a.m. in Tankersley Hall.
According to Wikipedia, Diana Ossana is an American writer and producer who has collaborated on writing screenplays, teleplays, and novels with author Larry McMurtry since they first worked together in 1992 on the semi-fictionalized biography Pretty Boy Floyd. She won a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar or Academy Award, a Writers’ Guild of America Award, a BAFTA Award and a Golden Globe Award for her and McMurtry’s screenplay of Ang Lee‘s Brokeback Mountain, adapted from the short story of the same name by Annie Proulx. She is a published author in her own right of several short stories and essays. Diana Ossana will speak to Grades 6-8 on Tuesday, March 6.
According to HarperCollins, Paul Mosier began writing novels in 2011, but has written in some fashion his entire life. He lives a short walk from the place of his birth in downtown Phoenix, Arizona, but it has been a very circuitous route that brought him there. He is married and is father to two lovely daughters who both read fanatically. He loves listening to baseball on the radio, eating vegetarian food, drinking coffee, and talking nonstop. His middle-grade debut novel, “Train I Ride,” has earned starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist and Kirkus, is a Junior Library Guild Selection and earned him a Publishers Weekly “Flying Start” designation. It’s about a girl who turns 13 while riding a train from Los Angeles to Chicago, and who has nobody in the world but the strangers she meets on the train. His second middle-grade novel from HarperCollins, “Echo’s Sister,” will be released August 7, 2018. A third novel from HarperCollins- “Summer and July”- is scheduled for release in summer 2019. If you are interested in purchasing a copy of “Train I Ride” and having Paul Mosier autograph it, please let Mrs. Faltico know ahead of time and Mr. Mosier will bring copies available for purchase following his presentation to grades 4-5 on Friday, March 9 ($12 each, hardcover). For additional information about Paul Mosier and “Train I Ride,” visit https://novelistpaulmosier.wordpress.com.
Learning A-Z: Learning A-Z is a leading innovative education technology company that provides educators, administrators, students and parents with affordable resources to support and develop literacy and dual-language and bilingual programs through a blend of printable, projectable, digital, and mobile platform resources. John Morgan, Arnulfo Bermudez, and Lee Blahnik will speak to our K-3 students on Wednesday, March 7, about education technology and the process of making, editing and illustrating a book. For additional information about Learning A-Z and its products go to www.learninga-z.com.
Middle School Sports
Practices continue this week for our basketball teams. Our first game will be next Monday, March 5, vs Tucson Country Day School. Boys play at home and the girls travel to TCDS to play.
A Teams play at 4:00 p.m. and B Teams play at 5:00 p.m.
Midle School Spirit Squad
Our newly formed Spirit Squad will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Science Room from 3:30-4:30 p.m. for practice, beginning immediately. The Spirit Squad will attend home basketball games and cheer on our teams. More details to follow.
Intramural Track (3rd-8th grade)
Track practices began this Monday. Practices are held on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 3:20 – 4:30 p.m. Here are the practice dates for the spring season of intramurals:
Week 1 – 2/26, 2/27, 3/1
Week 2 – 3/5, 3/6, 3/8
Week 3 – 3/12, 3/13, 3/15
Week 4 – 3/19, 3/20, 3/22
Week 5 – 3/26, 3/27
Week 6 – 4/3, 4/5
Week 7 – 4/9, 4/10, 4/12
Week 8 – 4/23, 4/24, 4/28 (last day)
|Fourth Grade Science Fair Winners|
|1st Place||Monet Zuniga||“How Clean?”|
|2nd Place||Owen Brosanders||“Can your Car Kill Your Snail?”|
|3rd Place||Claire Zeiller||“What Makes a Tile Tidy?”|
|Hon. Mention||Chase Puntenney||“Fire and Floods”|
|Hon. Mention||Kamila Peña||“Cells in Strawberries”|
|Hon. Mention||Tennyson Ochoa||“Don’t Drink the Kool-Aid, Or Put it in Your Hair”|
|Hon. Mention||Adriana Blair||“Still Going”|
|Hon. Mention||Katherine Tirrito||“Will Strawberries Mold?”|
|Hon. Mention||Oliver Lewis||“Light and Plant Growth”|
|Hon. Mention||Lila Poore||“Which Cat Litter Clumps Best?”|
|Sixth Grade Science Fair Winners|
|1st Place||Bobby Smith||“Do Different Factors Affect Saguaro Growth?|
|2nd Place||Scarlett Street||“Turn Down for What?”|
|3rd Place||Riley Egan & Lily Hays||“Have You Heard?”|
|Hon. Mention||Olivia Gastrock||“A Propeller’s Angle-of-Attack Affects Thrust”|
|Hon. Mention||Simon In-Albon||“Trust in the Crust!”|
|Eighth Grade Science Fair Winners|
|1st Place||Talia Zuckerman-Brown||“Multilingual Minds”|
|2nd Place||Chloe Pesqueira||“Soiled Soles”|
|3rd Place||Carmen Roe||“Butterfly Feeders: See Things in a Different Light”|
|Hon. Mention||Fiona Fischer||“Caffeine Extraction of Coffees from Around the World”|
|Hon. Mention||Varga Michaud||“Hair Meets Heat”|
Now is the perfect time to check out the Lost and Found for anything your child is missing. It will be up in the front of the office until Friday, and then will be donated.
Here is your last opportunity to help support the eighth graders and enjoy that wonderful, sweet treat. There will be a bake sale on Friday, March 2, before and after school. Tables will be set up in front of the school.
We raised $15,118 for our technology program! Thank you to everyone who donated.
Students will have free dress on March 9th. Also, free Eegee’s will be served after school to all students on March 9th. Come find us in front of the School Office.
Ms. Hart, Ms. Hayward, and Mrs. Breault will all have a complimentary hair coloring done by the first-place winners on Monday, March 5, at All-School Chapel!
Individual winners were as follows:
Third Place ($10 Starbucks gift card) raising $126: Blake Eklund, 8th Grade
Second Place ($15 Starbucks gift card) raising $145: Isabel Rebert, 6th Grade
First Place ($20 Starbucks gift card), tie, each raising $200:
Audrey Juneman, 6th Grade
Olivia Cho, 7th Grade
Nathan Monroe, 8th Grade
Fourth and Fifth Grade
Third Place ($10 Book Fair gift certificate) raising $320: Piper Kukla, 4A
Second Place ($15 Book Fair gift certificate) raising $400: Sofia Thorn, 5A
First Place ($20 Book Fair gift certificate) raising $555.55: Lance Kaye, 5B
Kindergarten – Third Grade
Third Place ($10 Book Fair gift certificate) raising $600: Lily Myers, 3A
Second Place ($15 Book Fair gift certificate) raising $810: Christian Chastain, 2A
First Place ($20 Book Fair gift certificate) raising $1,050.00: Kenzie Byers, KB
Class prizes (a treat party):
Dr. Antista’s Homeroom, raising $501.50
Ms. Hayward’s Class, raising $1,247.55
Ms. Hart’s Class, raising $1,910.00