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Coffee Corner Friday

Stop by for a cup of coffee this Friday in front of the office.  Thank you to Dr. Jason Levine of Urgent Specialists for sponsoring this month’s event.  There is only one more Coffee Corner before summer break!

Teacher Appreciation

As the school year winds toward the end, we honor and treat our special St. Michael’s teachers and staff during Teacher Appreciation Week (May 1-5). This year, Amy Petrow ( and Haley Ochoa ( are co-chairing this event.  If you’d like to help out, please contact either of them to ensure you are on the Sign-up Genius list.  There are many quick and easy ways you can participate. Thank you for your support and for appreciating the faculty and staff at St. Michael’s!

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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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Our next SMA Coffee Corner will be held this Friday from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. outside the School Office.  Swing on by for a hot cup of coffee!  Thank you to Kristina and Dr. John Chastain of Tucson Ear, Nose, and Throat P.C for sponsoring this month’s event and for supporting our community.
The next uniform sale and exchange is this Saturday, January 7, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. in the new multi-purpose room.  All seasons of clothes will be available.  It’s a great excuse to clean out your closets of good-quality uniforms your child has outgrown.  Items will be available for even exchange or for $2 or $4.
Our next SMA meeting will be held Wednesday, January 18, at 8:05 a.m.  Location is TBD – either the Parish Center or the new multi-purpose room.  Hope to see you there!

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Holiday Greens are here! If you ordered something for local delivery, it will be delivered to your child’s classroom on Wednesday. We will try to put it somewhere shady, so please be on the lookout for it.

If you forgot to order something for yourself or need a hostess gift for an upcoming holiday party, we do have a select few extras available. If you are interested, please contact Brigitte Townsdin or Amanda Kukla.

Coffee Corner Time!  Stop by on Friday morning to catch up with other parents.  Thank you to Anna Martinez-Ross and Dave Ross of Martinez-Ross Marketing for sponsoring this month’s Coffee Corner.

Thank you also to the decorating crew for changing seasons on campus and getting the festive spirit going as we head into our school’s various Christmas programs!  Volunteers included Gabi Johnson, Tom and Amy Petrow, Robin Riley, and Julia Rebert.  Thank you for you time!!

Finally, thank you to all the families that supported the SMA / Sauce Fun-Raiser!  It was one of the most successful fundraisers they’ve had, and we earned $300 for our school.  Be on the lookout for another dinner-out fundraiser in the new year!

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Hooray! Friday morning might have a slight chill in the air and a feeling of fall.  Stop by SMA’s monthly Coffee Corner and touch base with some fellow parents.  It’s a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and hopefully meet someone new to our St. Michael’s community.  Thank you to Terry and Holly von Guilleaume and DSA Vacations for hosting this month’s Coffee Corner.  We hope to see you in front of the School Office Friday morning!
With everyone’s help, we earned $586 through Box Tops for St. Michael’s.  Hats off to Ana Marin for her time and dedication leading this effort again this year.  Keep on clipping as we’ll be collecting Box Tops in the spring, too.  Thank you!

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Coffee Corner:  It’s a new month, and that means there is an SMA Coffee Corner this Friday, October 7, sponsored by Yoga Vida.  Join us in front of the School Office for a cup of joe. Thank you, Brigitte Townsdin!

Holiday Greens: The holiday greens are coming! Please look for the holiday greens envelope in your child’s Eagle Express this week. The fundraiser will run through November 1, and the greens will be delivered the first week of December. We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to kick-start your holiday season and support our school. Please contact Brigitte Townsdin or Amanda Kukla with any questions. 

Help Needed:  Do you have time to give?  If you do, please join us for playground duty.  It is a wonderful opportunity to spend time with our kids.  Volunteers are still needed for Mondays and Tuesdays.  If you can help, please contact Alisa Reed at

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Please check out the Fall SMA Eaglet Newsletter (Eaglet Newletter).  Thank you to Jennifer Smith for her expertise!
Thank you to Steve Zeiller and Laura Lee Zeiller / Tucson Orthopedic Institute for sponsoring our first Coffee Corner this Friday, September 2.  Please stop by for a cup of coffee!
Our first meeting will be Wednesday, September 14, at 8:05 a.m. in the Smith Parish Center.  All are welcome.  We’d love to see you there!

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St. Michael’s Teachers and Staff Carry the Torch: Teacher Appreciation Week 2015-16

Thank you to all our amazing teachers and staff, who lead and support our students to be the best they can be.  In appreciation of our staff, the St. Michael’s Student Council treated the teachers to breakfast on Monday.  A homemade lunch Soup Bar, provided by parents, was offered on Tuesday.  The teachers and staff will have a delicious Take-Home-Dinner Wednesday, followed by a continental-style breakfast and Jimmie John’s sandwich lunch on Thursday.  Finally, on Friday, a popcorn bar will be provided. To complete the week, a yoga class will be offered in the Parish Center Friday afternoon.  Thank you to the many parent volunteers who have donated their time, money, and requested items. We greatly appreciate our teachers, staff, and administration at St. Michael’s — they “carry the torch” for our students!

A reminder to pre-order your flowers for your “Once on This Island” Upper School performer!  Order forms for the Upper School (Grades 4-8) Fine Arts Night Flowers are due in the School Office by Wednesday, May 11th.  Pre-ordered flowers will be available for pick up at the flower table from 6 p.m. – 7 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!  Order forms were sent home in last week’s Eagle Express folders and are available online via the St. Michael’s School Blog and PlusPortals site.  Need another order form emailed to you, or have a question?  Contact Laura Lee Zeiller at  See you at the show!

We hope you can join us for the last Coffee Corner of the 2015-16 school year. As always, the SMA Coffee Corner will be set up outside the School Office beginning at 7:30 a.m. A big shout-out to Kyle Meades of Therapy Group of Tucson for sponsoring this month’s event. In celebration of this St. Michael’s school year, our final Coffee Corner will also feature a couple dozen Krispy Kreme donuts! See you there!

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Please join us for the SMA monthly Coffee Corner this Friday, April 8. Enjoy this social time outside the School Office between 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. We are grateful to Haley Ochoa/Posh for sponsoring this month’s event. We hope to see you there!

Surprise your budding performer with beautiful flowers to celebrate his or her on-stage achievement! Order forms for flowers for the upcoming K-3 Fine Arts Night performance are going home in today’s Eagle Express folders. These are also available to download online from the school’s Eagle Express blog.  Orders are due back to the School Office by Wednesday, April 20.  Your flowers will be available for pickup at the door the night of the performance on Friday, April 22.  A very limited number of bouquets will be available for purchase the night of the performance, so pre-order yours today!

Teacher Appreciation Week is fast approaching (May 2 – 6). The SMA invites anyone interested in helping out in any way to contact Holly Merrin at 520-425-7134/ Holly will add your name to the Sign Up Genius, where you will find many opportunities to support our amazing teachers.  We are grateful to Jennifer Peterson and Holly Merrin for co-chairing this much deserved and much appreciated week for our St. Michael’s staff. We hope you will join us in sharing our love for them!

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Coffee Corner

The SMA Coffee Corner returns this Friday, February 5, beginning at 7:30 a.m. outside the School Office. These brisk mornings will soon be a thing of the past, so use this as an excuse to warm your hands with a cup of coffee while visiting with friends. We are grateful to Tucson Smiles Dentistry for sponsoring this month’s social.

Hello, Box Toppers!  Our Spring Training Contest is underway!  A reminder to submit those box tops, with your student’s and teacher’s name on the back to be eligible for the weekly drawing and cumulative homeroom prize. Let’s make this year the most competitive yet!

A reminder to those with gluten sensitivities or allergies, there will be a limited number of gluten-free pancakes at next Tuesday’s pancake lunch in celebration of Mardi Gras. Please remind your children to request a substitute, if needed.

Once again we are grateful to our Campus Decorating Committee chair, Kerry Byrd, as well as Carol Arnold and Heather Walsh, for sharing the love in anticipation of Valentine’s Day. As always, you have outdone yourselves in their efforts, and we appreciate you all!