SMA News

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 (apetrow7@yahoo.com) and Haley Ochoa (haleposh@gmail.com) 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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The K-3 Fine Arts Night Flower deadline has been extended until Thursday at the end of the school day.  Extra order forms are available in the School Office.  For all pre-orders, please pick up your flowers at the Flower Stand set up at the door before the performance.  See you at the show! Questions – contact Laura Lee at zeiller@me.com or 520-820-8319

Teacher Appreciation Week is fast approaching (May 2 – 6). There are still opportunities to help the chairs, Holly Merrin and Jennifer Peterson, pull off this special week for our teachers and staff.  From a simple donation to an hour helping decorate, we welcome your help. Please contact:

Holly Merrin – hollygmerrin@gmail.com / 520-425-7134
Jennifer Peterson – candj98@icloud.com / 520-365-7668

 

SMA News

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/hollygmerrin@gmail.com. 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!

Notes from the Head

As our faculty and staff have enjoyed a wonderful Teacher Appreciation Week, a student asked, “When do we have student appreciation week?” Actually, it was a really good question, to which I replied, “Every week is student appreciation week!”

Now, I’m old enough to have been on the borderline with regard to parental philosophies, between not worrying about my child’s self-esteem one day and the next day trying to ensure that each child’s ego remains intact. In reflecting on the question posed by the student, it is true that every week there is appreciation for our students and our children, not because we are fluffing their egos, but because without them we would have no basis for Teacher Appreciation Day, Mother’s Day, or Father’s Day either. And what do these three days have in common? Children and teaching. Most people who choose teaching, and parenting for that matter, do so because they love children and want to make a difference in their lives. Mothers, fathers, and teachers have that in common. Each one of us who works at St. Michael’s School does so because of this sense of calling. Regardless of what we teach, be it math, science, religion, language, or various periods of history, we are not only teaching a curriculum to students but teaching about life as well. In doing so, we hope to be a part of shaping each student’s moral compass, his or her values, and a belief of self-worth, dignity, and value among one’s peers and community.

As I observe our faculty and staff reaching out to our students, coaching, encouraging, guiding, and directing them, day in and day out, they do so because they believe in not just what they teach, but, more importantly, they believe in the students they teach. In reality, every day really is student appreciation day because of the privilege and opportunity each of us has to be a part of this chapter in shaping young lives. With that in mind, a big THANK YOU goes back to our parents for trusting us and allowing us to partner together on behalf of our students. They are our purpose, and they are our calling.

Margaret Moore

Head of School

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With only two SMA Coffee Corners remaining in this school year, we hope you can join us at our next one, sponsored by Frost, to be held this Friday, April 10, at 7:30 a.m. outside the School Office.

In conjunction with Friday’s Coffee Corner, the SMA will also be hosting a spring uniform exchange in the Foundations Courtyard from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. If you have gently used items your children have outgrown, you can still donate them this week. Simply drop off your items at the School Office with your name, or at the exchange on Friday, and we will have tickets for you in return. These tickets can be used to purchase new items and have no expiration…a win-win situation for your growing children!

Order forms for flower bouquets for the upcoming K-3 Fine Arts Night Performance of RATS are going home in today’s Eagle Express folders. These order forms are also available to download online from the St. Michael’s blog.  Orders are due back to the School Office by Wednesday, April 15.  Your bouquet will be available for pickup before the performance on Friday, April 17, at our flower stand in the magically transformed Creswell Courtyard, otherwise known as “Hamlin”.  Only a limited number of bouquets will be available for purchase the night of the performance so place your order early!

Reminder: Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4-8) is fast approaching!  The Teacher Appreciation Committee members would still love to invite anyone interested in assisting them to contact Laura Lee Zeiller (zeiller@mac.com / 820-8319) or Terese Souvignier (teresesouv@yahoo.com / 979-2248).  We are excited for you to be a part of this amazing week, celebrating those who bless our lives every day!

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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 (zeiller@mac.com/820-8319) or Terese Souvignier (teresesouv@yahoo.com/979-2248).  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 bnaaby@yahoo.com 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!

Applause, Applause!!

Many thanks to SMA Chairs, Maria Uribe and Erika Pena-Loucks, and the Chairs of Teacher Appreciation Week, Cheryl Terpning and Anabelle Leal-Pena. You provided a week of delicious treats, special recognition, and a dinner-to-go for the faculty and staff that was extraordinary. It was such an awesome week and just another example of the fabulous support the school receives from our parents. Our partnership is the essential ingredient to the success of St. Michael’s. On behalf of the faculty and staff, we are deeply grateful and truly blessed by the St .Michael’s community. It’s no wonder that we have fantastic students. They come from fantastic parents! 

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Wow! Another year has come and gone, and what an amazing year it’s been.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you who’ve supported us in various ways.  Mrs. Moore always says we have the best parent volunteers, and we know we do!
Last week’s Teacher Appreciation Week was a smashing success.  One teacher came up to us and told us she “felt spoiled,” to which we responded, “That’s the way we want it.  You deserve it, and we want to keep you all taking such great care of our children.”  We want to thank Sandy Clark for transporting the meals, Sarah Nordstrom for transporting the bread, the wonderful parents who donated wine and seltzer water, as well as money to cover incidental costs, and to our back up bakers for once again coming through with awesome desserts! But most of all to Cheryl Terpning for coordinating the whole week.  Once more we find ourselves in your debt.
This morning we had a breakfast meeting for our dedicated volunteers and chairpersons to offer them a token of appreciation for all their hard work this year.  If you are a chairperson and were unable to attend, please stop by the office to pick up your goodie.
The Art Expo is this Friday.  Of course we are once again asking for any volunteers to help with set up.  If you are available Thursday and Friday, please contact Lonnie Reese at  lreese@stmichael.net, or Maria Uribe at scmouse1@gmail.com.  But more than just another call for help, we’d like to personally encourage all to attend.  It is not merely a showcase for the arts, but also a celebration of our shared experiences this year.  We hope to see you there.
Lastly, it’s been a pleasure to act as your SMA co-chairs for this year.  We really could not have done it without the help and support of so many wonderful people.  It would just take too long to thank you individually here, so we ask that all the parents look around as you drop off or pick up your children from school, or at the various celebrations this week.  Chances are, you’re surrounded by those who’ve volunteered in what way or another.  So here’s to you.
Cheers!  And see you next year!
Erika and Maria