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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 sherry@sherrydownerlaw.com 

SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR Has Started

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 susiehuerta@aol.com.

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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Thank you to all the students and teachers who participated in the annual St. Michael’s Spell-a-Thon this past Monday, February 15th. Look for your students’ tests to be returned in their Eagle Express this Wednesday. Note: if your child received a 90 percent correct or higher AND/OR $20 in pledges they will be awarded a Free Dress coupon to be used on a day of his or her choosing (see last week’s Eagle Blog for a complete list of prizes).

In addition the SMA would like to thank the following Spell-a-Thon volunteers: Ann Wilds, Sarah Nordstrom, Gabi Johnson, Gladys Tom, Hyewon Shin, Sonja Romanoski, Chris Lewis, Laura Lee, Kristin Greenwood, Alisa Reed, and Chris Strong.  Please know your help in administering and grading the tests was truly appreciated! You can use your Rodeo Break as a time to continue pledge collection. Pledge sheets and collected donations must be submitted by March 4th to be eligible for prizes based on pledges received.

Our St. Michael’s students and faculty celebrated Mardi Gras last Tuesday at the annual Pancake Lunch sponsored by the SMA. A highlight of this event is always the music provided by a steel drum band. Thank you to “Jovert” of Tucson High School for getting our students on their feet, dancing in true New Orleans style!

The SMA would also like to extend our sincerest gratitude to our Dual Dad Event Chairs: Treber Rebert and Jason Gastrock, as well as volunteers Sarah Hoover, Sarah Nordstrom, Michael Peyton, Hyewon Shin, Megan Brown, Kerry Byrd, Erik Kramer, Thomas Gimber, and Anita Vancil. This event is a St. Michael’s favorite, and it would not be possible without our gracious helping hands. It would also be impossible to provide a pancake lunch without pancakes. Thank you to Heather Macpherson for purchasing necessary supplies, and to Andy Bruno for once again volunteering his expeditious pancake-flipping skills! It is not a small endeavor to prepare and cook more than 1,100 pancakes. We are so grateful for our volunteers!

We are in our last week of our Boxtop Spring Training. Here’s hoping we knock it out of the park in collections in this final inning! The student winners for last week were Sam M. from 1B and Jason from Coach Beckelman’s class.  The class winners were 1B for the Lower School and Coach Beckelman’s homeroom for the Upper School.  The final boxtop winners will be announced on February 29, and the class with the greatest contributions will be receiving their frozen treats on Friday, March 4. Batter up…

 

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The Annual St. Michael’s Spell-a-Thon test will be administered this Thursday, February 19. As a final reminder, pledge sheets and collected donations can be submitted as early as March 2, but must be submitted by March 6 to be eligible for prizes based on pledges received. Thank you again for your participation, and best of luck to our students tomorrow!

Our St. Michael’s students and faculty celebrated Mardi Gras yesterday at the Annual Pancake Lunch, sponsored by the SMA. A highlight of this event is always the music provided by a steel-drum band. Thank you to “The Falcon Steel” of Catalina High School for getting our students on their feet, dancing in true New Orleans style!

The SMA would also like to extend our sincerest gratitude to our first Dual Dad Event Chairs: Treber Rebert and Jason Gastrock, as well as volunteers Doyace Wilson, Sarah Nordstrom, Jeff Ronstadt, Alana Stubbs, Graciela Wilcox, Teresa Jones, and Bob and Judy Gastrock. This event is a St. Michael’s favorite, and it would not be possible without our gracious helping hands. It would also be impossible to provide a pancake lunch without pancakes. Thank you to Heather Macpherson for purchasing necessary supplies, and to Andy Bruno for once again volunteering his expeditious, pancake-flipping skills! It is not a small endeavor to prepare for and cook more than a thousand pancakes! We are so grateful for our volunteers.

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Another Coffee Corner has come and gone, and we surely did enjoy it.  Our thanks to Playformance USA for their sponsorship and, of course, to our wonderful eighth graders for continuing to appease our sugar cravings!  If you want to find out more about Playformance, there are pamphlets in the main office. There are still two coffee corners left this year so don’t forget to stop by.  Also, if you know anyone who is interested in sponsoring either one, please contact Erika or Maria.

Congratulations to all of our students who learned new words and helped raise money for security gates and other improvements at our school by participating in the Spell-a-thon. Winners of the Book Fair gift certificates were the following: 1st Place (tie) – Ryan Hays (2A) and Lily Hays (2B) who each collected $1,025; 2nd place – Johnny Abramian (KB) for bringing in $650; in 3rd place, Lance Kaye (1) with $545; in 4th place, Clarissa Norton (5B) with $530; in 5th place, Tennyson Ochoa (KA) with $320; and in 6th place, Delaney Reuter (1B) with $290.  Honorable mention goes to Lily Bachler (6) and Eddie Bachler (3A) with $265 each; Kamila Pena (KA) and Sophia Pena (5B) with $240 each; and Finnegan Hawes (KA) and Katherine Hawes (5A) with $220 each.  Thanks to all your efforts, we’ve raised over $12,000, and this money will go toward the security gates around the Middle School and outside doors throughout the campus.

 

Everyone who turned in a pledge sheet with at least one pledge will receive an eegees during lunch on a date to be determined.

A great big thank you goes out to all the parents who helped with Spell-A-Thon. With out your assistance this fund raiser would not have been so successful. Special thanks to the parents who volunteered to administer and grade the tests: Vicki Lazaro, Sandy Clark, Hillary Van Alsburg, Jennifer Peterson, Erika and Paul Loucks, Sonja Ronanoski and Laura Zeiller. You are the B-E-S-T !

SMA also like to thank Chris Strong for her great leadership with this project.

We are celebrating Love of Reading Week this whole week and our celebration culminates with our very own Book Fair, which will take place from Wednesday through Friday.  Don’t forget to stop by the Parish Center.  There are some great treasures to be found!

We’d also like to add a belated, but heartfelt thanks to Andy Bruno for his outstanding efforts during our Pancake Lunch.  Our compliments to the chef!

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We would like to thank our wonderful volunteers for helping make this year’s Mardi Gras Pancake Lunch a rousing success:  Denise Moore, Julia Rebert, Linda Solgonick, GeeGee Gray, Michelle Gastrock & her mom, Arlette Monge, Terese Souvignier, and Elizabeth Juneman.  And a great big thank you to their intrepid leader, Adrienne Foust!
Coffee Corner  is again this Friday.  Please join us for a cup of coffee on March 7 beginning at 7:30 A.M. in front of the office.  This month’s sponsor is Playformance so come find out more about it.  Our eighth graders are once again providing delicious bake sale items.