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A great big THANK YOU to all of our authors, illustrators, cartoonists, and multi-media specialists who volunteered their time to come and speak to the students last week.

Wee Work for Good:  Wee Work for Good is a Tucson-based social good company founded by two Tucson moms, Kristen Littell and Amy Geile, who were searching for a way to instill a lifelong spirit of compassion in their children. CEO Kristen Littell spoke at All-School Chapel last Monday regarding Wee Work’s story, mission, and the activity kits Wee Work makes.  The kits are an engaging way for parents, grandparents, schools, or other volunteer groups to interactively teach kids about compassion and social issues, make a difference, and give back to the community.  There are kits on cultural awareness, education & literacy, dental health, animal welfare, children’s rights, health & wellness, and patriotism.  Kits are ordered online and delivered to your doorstep. For each kit purchased, Wee Work makes a donation to a charity to address the social issue related to the activity — i.e., Wee Work donates a book if you choose the education & literacy kit.  Wee Work kindly donated a portion of their sale proceeds back to St. Michael’s.  Wee Work has also developed a compassion curriculum for after-school programs.  Kristen Littell also read her book, Wee Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes, to students in grades K-3.  The kids had a great time trying on each other’s shoes while learning about compassion.  Books can also be purchased on Wee Work’s website.  For more information about Wee Work for Good, including their activity kits, compassion curriculum, and book, go to  Thank you, Wee Work for Good!

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-langauge and bilingual programs through a blend of printable, projectable, digital, and mobile platform resources.  A big thanks to John Morgan, Arnulfo Bermudez, and Lee Blahnik, who spoke to grades 4-5 about education technology and the process of making, editing, and illustrating a book.  A big thanks to Laura Zwickl, who spoke to our K-3 students about her writing role at Learning A-Z and the book she wrote.  For additional information about Learning A-Z and its products, go to  Thank you, Learning A-Z!

Chris Britt:  Chris Britt is a nationally known author, illustrator, and editorial cartoonist with Arizona roots.  Chris’s political cartoons continue to be distributed to more than 200 newspaper clients each week.  His work has appeared in Newsweek, Time, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and USA Today, as well as aired on CNN’s Inside Politics, MSNBC, Fox News, and ABC’s Good Morning America.  Chris also writes and illustrates children’s books.  His new book, The Most Perfect Snowman, (October 2016) is available through Harper Collins at  Thank you, Chris!

A great big THANK YOU to the teachers and students who did a phenomenal job of decorating their classroom doors according to the “It’s A Small World” theme.  The entries were so good the judges couldn’t decide!  Thank you to our judges, too. The winners will receive Eegee’s.

A great big THANK YOU to those who contributed to the 10+ boxes full of gently used books we collected to donate to the Angel Heart Pajama Project.  The Angel Heart Pajama Project is a non-profit organization that provides pajamas and books to Tucson children in need, those who have been removed from homes, those placed in foster care, etc.  They are thrilled!

A great big THANK YOU to Leah Walker and the back-up bakers who provided delicious cookies for K-3’s Cookie and Pajama Day, a day of cozy and yummy reading.

A great big THANK YOU to all of the administrators, faculty, and volunteers who made the Love of Reading Week possible!  In particular, thank you to Barbara Faltico, Margaret Moore, Terese Souvignier, Michelle Slavin, Susie Huerta-Rojas, and Angela Greynolds!

BOOK FAIR – Thank you!

A huge THANK YOU to the following individuals who made our annual Book Fair a success.

Set-up:  Brian Connelly, Jack Connelly, Dave Ross, Angela Edwards, Terese Souvignier, Megan Brown, Trevor James, and Camryn, Casey, Kylie, Kaylin, & Kyle Huerta-Rojas

Volunteers: Michelle Slavin, Terese Souvignier, Michelle Gastrock, Megan Brown, Angela Ruiz, Chris In-Albon, Erika Pina-Loucks, Gina Reyes, Shanti Martinez, Alisa Reed, Stephanie Liu, Marta Strambi-Kramer, Sarah Hoover, Alexis Myers, Hyewon Shin, Tawanna Wilson and Alana Stubbs

Break-down: Kristin Greenwood, Ethan Greenwood, Ellie Greenwood, Alana Stubbs, Michele Gastrock, Stephanie Liu, Christopher Wilds, Chris Wilds, Dave Ross, Isabel Rebert, and Camryn, Casey, Kylie, Kaylin, & Kyle Huerta-Rojas

Additionally, thank you to the teachers who brought their classes to the Book Fair, as well as all the parents and grandparents. We are grateful for your support!



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LOVE of READING WEEK is well on its way! 

Love of Reading Week kicked off on Monday and continues through Friday. This year’s theme is “It’s a Small World.”  Reading opens up doors to other worlds, whether it be other countries, cultures, or fantasy worlds.   Like the Disneyland ride, we want to celebrate and show respect for and kindness toward all cultures and backgrounds.

Several events have already happened, with more throughout the week. A few reminders:

Used Book Drive:  Please donate your gently used books to benefit the Angel Heart Pajama Project, a 501©(3) non-profit organization that provides new pajamas and books to children in need–those who are homeless or are in foster care or shelters.  Look for donation boxes around campus.

The Classroom Door Decorating Contest is under way.  Each class may decorate its classroom door in furtherance of the theme “It’s A Small World.”  Doors will be judged on Friday, and the top three winners will receive Eegee’s for the whole class.

Friday is Pajama and Cookie Day for grades K-3. Books, pajamas, and cookies – what a great way to end the week for the K-3 kiddos!

Ask your kids about the guest speakers on campus this week. More information on the speakers/authors with links to their books will be in next week’s Eagle blog. Stay tuned.

If you have any questions, please contact the Love of Reading Week Chair, Sherry Downer, at (520) 275-1877 or 


Come join the fun at the Happy Camper Book Fair!  The fair started today, Wednesday, March 8, and runs through Friday, March 10. We will be open each day at 7:30 a.m., closing Wednesday and Thursday at 5 p.m. and Friday at 4 p.m.  We will have a few different raffles and giveaways. Stop on by for S’more fun with books!  If you are interested and able to volunteer, there are still a few open spots. Please contact Susie at

Thank You to Pancake Lunch Volunteers!

Last week’s Mardi Gras Pancake Lunch offered yet another fun-filled and festive event. Thank you to the volunteers who helped make it a success, including Susie Huerta, Julia Rebert, Sarah Hoover, Doyace Wilson, Ruben Rojas, Denise Blair, Holly Merrin, Megan Brown, Trevor James, Alisa Reed, Breanne Tirrito, Amy Petrow, and Kari Sandford. And many thanks to chef Andy Bruno and his co-chef for cooking up hundreds of pancakes!

Next SMA Meeting:

The March SMA Meeting will be held next Wednesday, March 15, at 8:05 a.m. in the new Multi-Purpose Room. All are welcome, and we’d love for you to join in.


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COFFEE CORNER – The calendar pages keep turning, and it’s time for the March Coffee Corner this Friday morning outside of the School Office from 7:45-8:30 a.m.  Thank you to Kyle Meades, owner of Therapy Group of Tucson, for sponsoring this month’s event.  Stop by for a cup of coffee!


March 6 through March 10 is Love of Reading Week!   This year’s theme is “It’s a Small World.”  Reading opens up doors to other worlds, whether it be other countries, cultures, or fantasy worlds.   As with the Disneyland ride, we want to celebrate and show respect for and kindness toward all cultures and backgrounds.

We have a lot of fun-filled activities planned for the week, including:
Classroom Door Decorating Contest:  Each class may decorate its classroom door in furtherance of the theme “It’s A Small World.”  Decorations must be completed by Friday, March 10.  Entries will be judged on Friday, and the top three winners will receive Eegees for the whole class.
Used Book Drive:  Donate your gently used books to benefit the Angel Heart Pajama Project, a 501©(3) non-profit organization that provides new pajamas and books to children in need, those who are homeless, or are in foster care or shelters.  Look for donation boxes around campus.
Author Presentations:  Authors and illustrators from our community will be on campus throughout the week to talk about the process of writing and illustrating books.  Additional information regarding the presenting authors and how to purchase their books will be available in next week’s Eagle Express.
Read a Story:  Parents, grandparents, caregivers, and friends who are interested in reading a story to their child’s classroom may contact the teacher directly to arrange a time to read during the week.
Pajama and Cookie Friday (grades K-3):  What could be a better end to a fun-filled week than getting to wear your pajamas to school on Friday and eating cookies while listening to a story!
If you have any questions, please contact the Love of Reading Week Chair, Sherry Downer, at (520) 275-1877 or 
Come join the fun at the Happy Camper Book Fair!  The fair runs from Wednesday, March 8, to Friday, March 10. We will be open each day at 7:30 a.m., closing Wednesday and Thursday at 5 p.m. and Friday at 4 p.m.  We will have a few different raffles and giveaways. Hope you can join us. S’more fun with books!  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Susie at
Thank you all for collecting Box Tops, especially since it is free money for the school. The winning class for the Lower School was the second grade, and the winner for the Upper School was the fifth grade. They both received a frozen treat.  The top three collectors were Colton Rebert (first), Isabel Rebert (second), and Scarlett Street (third). They received Target gift cards. A special thank-you to all who helped me with collecting the Box Tops and counting some of them: Julia Rebert and Susie Huerta, as well as Breanne Tirrito for kicking it off.  
Thank you!
-Ana Marin, Free Money Chair


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Thank you to those who dined at Chipotle last Wednesday during our SMA/St. Michael’s fundraising event. It was a full restaurant with a long line!  Chipotle will be sending $386 to the school.  Thank you for participating and meeting up with friends for burritos!  
BOX TOPS! It is time again to collect Box Tops. We will only be doing it for two weeks: Monday, February 6, through Friday, February 17.  (NO LABELS FOR EDUCATION CAN BE ACCEPTED!)  Final results will be announced on Monday, February 27. The grade that brings in the most Box Tops from Lower School (K-3) and from Upper School (4-8) will get a frozen treat. The top three students will get a gift card to Target.  Thank you for your support and for helping earn free money!
Calling All Book Lovers!  We are gearing up for our annual Scholastic Book Fair, which will be held March 8 – 10, and are looking for anyone interested in joining our fun-loving, book-loving team!  If you have interest and availability, please contact our Book Fair Co-Chairs Susie Huerta-Rojas ( and Julia Rebert ( to be added to the committee list.  More details and a Sign-Up Genius will follow.

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It was an exciting week full of books and reading fun!  Thank you for coming out to support the annual St. Michael’s Book Fair.  A big thank you to the volunteers who made it all happen: Alisa and Richard Reed, Carolyn Breed, Gina Reyes, Michelle Slavin, Megan Brown, Trevor James, Chris In-Albon, Annabelle Leal-Pena, Stephanie Liu, Kristin Gamborg, Tawanna Wilson, Olena Lewis, Jason and Michelle Gastrock, Erika Pina-Loucks, Sarah Losano, Brian Connelly, Dave Ross, Chris Wilds, and our dedicated Chair – Susie Huerta!

St. Michael’s welcomed local author Midji Stephenson, who enthused the K-3 grades with her two Arizona animal-themed books.  Grades 4-8 enjoyed hearing Kristen Cook describe what it’s like to be a writer for the Arizona Daily Star.  Also thank you to Paul Pierce, who read a Choose Your Path book to the fourth and fifth grades; to Coach B. for reading to many Lower School classrooms; to the backup bakers for providing cookies for K-3; and to Mrs. Faltico for her ever-willing general assistance.  This was a fun week of special memories.  Keep on reading!

A reminder to come enjoy a meal at Sauce on Broadway on Tuesday, March 22, when 15 percent of sales will be donated back to St. Michael’s. (Print this download flyer – Fundraiser at Sauce)

The final results of the Spell-a-thon are in!   Winners were announced on Monday, March 14. Thank you to everyone who participated, including the students, teachers, parents, and our volunteers: Chris Strong, Alisa Reed, Laura Lee, Kristin Greenwood, Gladys Tom, Ann Wild, Sara Nordstrom, Gabi Johnson, Sonja Romanoski, Hilary Van Alsburg, Hyewon Shin, David Daniell, Chris Lewis, and Dave Ross.

$10,921.25 was raised to purchase new I-Pad covers, classroom projectors, and improvements in campus security! See below for a recap of our deserved winners:

Family winner – Carroll Family $720

Lower School Winners:

1st – Lance Kaye $798

2nd – (tie) Lily Myers/Olivia Cho $500 each

3rd – Jonny Abramian $450

4th – (tie) Brayden Carroll/Mackenzie Carroll $340 each

5th – Tennyson Ochoa $315

6th – Piper Kukla $300

Middle School Winners:

1st – Ella Von Guilleaume $132

2nd – Blake Eklund $114

3rd – (tie) Serena Hsu/Anthony Hsu/Jack Connelly/Helen Bernal $100 each

4th – Natalie Ajmeri $50

5th – Jace Ashby Springer $40

6th – Lola Wilcox $26

Again, thank you to all who participated in the 2016 Spell-a-thon, making this fundraiser a huge success!

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We hope you all had a restful and memorable Rodeo Break! March is off to a busy start for the SMA. Below are a few highlights of upcoming events, as well as a few reminders and a recap of previous SMA sponsored events.

The annual Scholastic Book Fair returns to St. Michael’s beginning next Wednesday the 9th and will continue through Friday the 11th. Please join us in the Smith Parish Center to stock up on some wonderful books!

Speaking of books, this year we are collecting gently used books for the Angel Heart Pajama Project. This organization provides both pajamas and books to children who are homeless, in shelters, and in foster care. This is a great way to clear your bookshelves, making room for the new books purchased at the Book Fair, as well as give to a fabulous cause benefiting children less fortunate!

Reminder, Spell-a-Thon pledge sheets and collected donations must be submitted to your child’s homeroom teacher by this Friday, March 4th to be eligible for prizes based on pledges received. The following is a list of prizes to be earned.  (Note: all students who obtain an 80% score or $20 in pledges earn a coupon for free dress! All students with $20 in pledges AND 80% or better on their Spell-a-Thon test will earn a free dress day and free Eegee’s on a date to be announced later in March.)

Lower School

1st, 2nd, and 3rd in pledge donations = $20 gift certificate to the St. Michael’s Book Fair

4th, 5th, and 6th place = $10 gift certificate to Book Fair

Middle school students:

Top three winners in Middle School = $20 gift cards to Starbucks
4th, 5th, and 6th place = $10 gift cards to Target

St. Michael’s Family with largest donation = $20 gift certificate to the Book Fair

Do you have a Target Red Card with cash back for purchases? If so, please consider linking your card to St. Michael’s, allowing Free Money for our school. School funding is made possible simply by shopping at Target–now that’s an excuse to shop! Here is the link to sign up, or to link a current Red Card to St. Michael’s School:

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It takes an army to…run a book fair! Our annual “Under the Sea”-themed Scholastic Book Fair could not have been possible without our very own St. Michael’s army of volunteers. The SMA would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to Susie Huerta, Terese Souvignier, Vicki Lazaro, Chris In-Albon, Denise Moore, Kanchana Narendran, Cristie Street, Marisa Menchola, Hyewon Shin, Traci Smith, Alisa Reed, Jacquelyn Coen, Elizabeth Egan, Brian Connelly, Emeka Onuoha, and Dave Ross for their time spent not only during the Book Fair but for their assistance in the set-up and break-down of the event. We thank you for supporting our students’ love of reading!

Save the date! The SMA will be hosting a spring uniform exchange on Friday, April 10. If you have gently used items your children have outgrown, please consider donating them for the upcoming exchange. Simply drop off your items at the School Office with your name, and we will have tickets ready for you at the exchange. These exchange tickets can be used to purchase new items and have no expiration–a win-win situation for your growing children! Look for more details about the location and times of the event as the date approaches.

We LOVE our Teachers! Calling all Volunteers….

Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4-8) will be here before we know it!  The Teacher Appreciation Committee would love to invite anyone interested in assisting us to contact Laura Lee Zeiller ( or Terese Souvignier (  We are excited for you to be a part of this amazing week, celebrating those who bless our lives every day!

The “Sabino Strollers” are at it again! Our monthly strolls have been so enjoyable that we’ve decided to walk Sabino Canyon twice in March! Please join us this Friday, March 27, for a leisurely stroll through the desert. We will meet by the School Office immediately after drop-off at 8:15 a.m. Please notify Bridget Peyton at if you are interested in joining us so we will know to look for you before we head up to the canyon.

Lastly, the SMA is blessed by such wonderful sponsors for our monthly Coffee Corners. Thank you to Posh Boutique for sponsoring our March 6th event. With only two Coffee Corners remaining for this school year, we hope you can join us at our next one, sponsored by Frost, to be held on April 10 at 7:30 a.m. outside the School Office!

Book Fair

The Book Fair runs this Wednesday through Friday, March 12-14, from 7:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. on Wednesday, 7:30 to 5:30 on Thursday, and 7:30 to 4;00 on Friday.  Please stop by the Parish Center before or after school to take a look at the great selection of books.  We are open throughout the day so feel free to stop by when it’s most convenient for you.  ALSO, there will  be several of the Summer Reading List books available for purchase.
Students may donate pocket change to Scholastic’s “All for Books” program which receives matching funds from Scholastic to purchase books for our St. Michael’s classrooms.  When students make a donation, they will receive a raffle ticket to be entered into a drawing for the  “Green Dog Piñata” filled with candy!  (One entry per student per day)
We look forward to seeing you at the Book Fair!

Love of Reading Week

Love of Reading  week begins Monday, March 10.  The theme this year is  Reading,  your Golden Ticket to….

The week will be full of activities celebrating the love of reading.

We will have local authors and personalities such as Byrd Baylor, Austin Aslan, and Mayor Rothschild read to the children and talk about the importance of reading.

There will be a  “Come Dressed as your Favorite Character” Day on Wednesday for the Middle School.  Primary grades will have a Pajama Day on Friday. Intermediate grades will have reading in their courtyard with pillows and blankets.  Milk and cookies will also be provided to the Lower School on Friday afternoon.

The Scholastic Book Fair will be running Wednesday-Friday in the Parish Center.

In addition to these activities, we will also be collecting books for Reach Out and Read Southern Arizona.(see description below).  Boxes will be set up in each classroom to collect the gently used books that you would like to donate.

Reach Out and Read Southern Arizona  is a evidence based program that promotes early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms by giving new, developmentally and culturally appropriate books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud. More than 60 Pediatric and Family Practice clinics in Southern Arizona serve 43,000 kids and their families.  Last year, Reach Out and Read  distributed 35,000 books!  Please help us support this program by donating your old books.  THANKS!

Love of Reading will be a great week!  Where will your Golden Ticket  take you?!