Notes from the Head

Dear St. Michael’s Parents and Families—

On behalf of our Board and teachers and staff, I wish all of you a wonderful, safe, and restful Rodeo Week!

Please note that I will send a standalone, separate email tomorrow to all parents and families with a summary of our faculty-recruiting efforts for the coming 2020-2021 academic year.

For now, as I look ahead to this upcoming week of rest, with the hope that we will all find some time for reading, I offer two suggestions—one to help your superstars strengthen their independent-reading skills and enjoy reading while they’re away, the other a recommended book for those of us who are raising adolescent girls.

First, for your sons’ and daughters’ own explorations in reading outside of school, which I highly encourage, I have discovered the wonder and appeal of online books for my three children at home.  There are a number of suitable (it seems) apps online that support reading.  I do not necessarily promote any particular app, but one such app that I have used and enjoyed, “Audible,” offers (for a modest cost) digital books that are read aloud for the listener and can be enjoyed by readers of all ages, with or without the use of headphones; all that is required is a standard speaker on a mobile phone, a desktop, laptop, or any similar mobile device.  Paired with the hard copy of the same book, it is an effective way—though certainly not the only way—for young readers to follow along as they read, pausing and re-reading when they need to.  I enjoy, above all, reading aloud to my kids, my youngest in second grade especially, as he is often the only willing participant!  When too much to do and obligations elsewhere prevent me from sitting and reading aloud with them, however, the online option for audible books has proven to be a winning and effective alternative.

My second recommendation—again, especially for those of us in the throes of raising adolescent daughters—I have been reading with great interest Dr. Lisa D’Amour’s bestselling book, Untangled, a research- and anecdotal-based testament to the complex journey of adolescent girls and their parents through the distinct stages of separation, independence, and adulthood.  Here is a short excerpt about the book from the author’s website ( “Untangled helps mothers and fathers (parents) understand, connect, and grow with their daughters.  When parents know what makes their daughter tick, they can embrace and enjoy the challenge of raising a healthy, happy young woman.”

Happy reading, wherever you end up!

Brendan Sullivan
Head of School


Math-A-Thon Update

Drum roll, please….FREE DRESS FOR EVERYONE!!!
Math-A-Thon mathletes, you have done an amazing job! As of today, our total donations are $15,451! This entitles the ENTIRE school to FREE DRESS DAY! That is just shy of Free Dress PLUS Eegee’s Party – only $549 to go!
And since we are so close to meeting the big goal of $18,000, we are EXTENDING THE DEADLINE for Math-a-Thon donations to tomorrow – Friday, February 14! One final push to score a school-wide Eegee’s party with Free Dress – plus live entertainment by Mr. Sullivan, Ms. Hart, Mr. Hawes and Ms. Gould as they compete in a Fortnite Dance-Off at Monday Chapel!
So, if you haven’t yet donated to Math-a-Thon or if you just thought of someone else who may want to sponsor you…act NOW! Online donations can be made at
Thank you all for your incredible generosity!

Science Fair Winners

Here are the results of our 2020 Science Fair. Congratulations to these scientists!

Eighth Grade:
1st- Scarlett Street Not a Drop to Drink

2nd- Riley Egan, Lily Hays Bizarre Bread Mold

3rd- Audrey Juneman Gettin’ Speedy

Honorable Mentions- Ethan Ackerman Hurting My Voice So You Don’t; Olivia Gastrock Fantastic Flame; Lily Huether Got Bacteria?; Chris Wilds Which material makes the best soundboard?

Sixth Grade:
1st- Adalyn Chue, Bella Pendolino Can Eggshells Save Lives?

2nd- Owen Brosanders Hummingbird Food Fight

3rd- Oliver Lewis Do “Trees For You” Make You Cool? 

Honorable Mentions- Claire Zeiller Hot or Cold?; Kallista Favre, Samia Posada It’s Everywhere!; Chase Puntenney, Tommy Walsh How Much Sugar?; Deven, Dilan Ramakumar The Gaming Grievance

Fourth Grade:
1st- Zoe Brosanders Which Cat Will You Adopt?

2nd- Cecilia Kramer Do Cats Have Unique Paw Prints? 

3rd- Max Puntenney Tooth Decay

Honorable Mention- Miles Griffiths Who Will Pick Up the Can?; Aleks Wolert Swimming Out of the Fog; Austin Walsh Don’t Cry About It


Pancake Lunch

We will be celebrating Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday with a free pancake lunch on February 25th.  The Tucson High Steel Drum band will be playing during lunch to add to the carnival atmosphere!

Lunch will be sausage and pancakes, and there will be a gluten-free pancake option available.

Notes from the Head

Dear St. Michael’s Parents and Families–

I hope all of you are doing well, especially those of you who have been experiencing seasonal illnesses at home.

Please join us for the school-wide STEM and Science Fair tomorrow, Friday, from 5:30-7:30 pm. We’ll have interactive activities for students (and siblings) of all ages, plus the impressive research presentations (science projects) on display from the fourth, sixth, and eight graders. Food and non-alcoholic beverages will also be available for sale. The price of admission is free.

The Math-a-Thon is in full swing. Please support this event with a generous pledge.

Please also consider stopping by our Coffee Corner tomorrow morning from 7:30-8:30 am to meet familiar friends and new families as well.  This event is hosted quarterly by our St. Michael’s Angels group, and we thank the entire SMA community, especially Mrs. Amy Huether, SMA President this year, for their hard work and care coordinating this fun social time.

Enrollment agreements, along with a cover letter from me outlining our initiatives for the coming year and information regarding financial aid, are printed and will be mailed tomorrow, Friday, February 7.

Though you are all aware, here is another reminder for the upcoming Rodeo Week break, which begins next Friday, February 14, after our regular afternoon dismissal.

Thank you to those parents and families who have been inquiring about Dr. Sandi Thompson’s health and recovery after her bicycling accident three weeks ago. She is expected to be back on campus the week after Rodeo break.

I look forward to seeing you on campus!

All good wishes,

Brendan Sullivan
Head of School



Here’s the latest update on Math-a-Thon!

Mrs. Sanders is killing it! Just sayin…

PLEASE help the students get excited about the competition – talk it up when you can. We all want to see Brendan, Jennifer, Mandy & Alex dance in front of the entire school, right?! Not to mention a bonus party in the top earning classrooms.

Thanks so much!


Math-A-Thon is in FULL SWING! 

This is the last weekend to reach out to friends and family to secure donations for Math-A-Thon! Packets are not due until Wednesday, February 12, but online donations have been trickling in. So far, $1,258 has been collected through the web site.

Here are the current standings:

Top Lower School Classroom – KA, Ms. Sanders, with $700!

Top Lower School Students:

#1 Ralph Silberschlag with $600!

#2 is a 3-way tie between Ella Lientz, Liam Street & Eva Tristani-Christiano at $100 each

Top Upper School Classroom – 7th, Coach Santucci with $100

Top Upper School Students:

#1 Virginia Kimme-Hea & Ethan Ackerman tied with $100 each

#2 Colton Rebert & Isa Rebert tied with $50 each

We have a LONG WAY to go to earn school-wide prizes!

$14,000 – FREE DRESS for the whole school!

$16,000 – FREE DRESS for the whole school – PLUS – Eegee’s Party for everyone!

$18,000 – FREE DRESS for the whole school – PLUS – Eegee’s Party for everyone – PLUS – a Fornite Dance-Off

Math-A-Thon information was mailed to all grandparents, so be sure to follow up with them before Wednesday, February 12th! Go, Mathletes!


Coach’s Corner

Winter sports update

Congratulations to our coed soccer team on a great season! Our “A” team made it all the way to the league championship! They lost a close match (2-1) to a very skilled Pusch Ridge team. Great job Eagles!

The winter sports assembly is Tuesday, 2/11 at 2:30PM in the gym. All of the kids who participated in a winter sport (coed soccer and winter intramurals) will be recognized for their participation.

Spring sports

Our spring sports season is about to start! We will have boys and girls basketball for any interested 6th-8th grade students. Practices begin the week of February 10th, and all of the kids playing should plan on being in the gym every day until 5:00PM. An after school permission slip and current physical must be on file in order to participate. Permission slips are on the school website, in the front office, and also on the bulletin board outside of the athletic office. This form only has to be filled out once per school year, so if your child already has one on file from a fall or winter sport, there is no need to fill out a new one.

Spring Intramural dates 2020

We will also offer intramural track for any interested 4th-8th grade student. Practices will be on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-4:30PM beginning March 2nd. Our track program does not compete against other schools, but the kids set goals, work on improving their running skills and, most importantly, have fun!

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions at

Go Eagles!


In Our Community

Eighth grader Riley Egan received notification that she is a winner of the Tucson Festival of Books Young Illustrator/Artist Competition sponsored by the Friends of Western Art organization.  Riley will receive a $100 gift certificate to Sarnoff Art Materials store as well as a book and poster featuring the art of the winners.  Great job, Riley!

Coffee Corner

Be sure to stop by Coffee Corner this Friday, February 7th at 7:30 am.  It is sponsored by Tucson Smiles Pediatric Dentistry.   February is National Children’s Dental Health Month.