Into the Woods

Hello Lower School!

Thank you for taking the time to meet with your child’s classroom teacher this week and next. The parent-teacher partnership is monumental to the overall academic and social-emotional growth of each student. We know this is a very hectic time of year, and your presence is greatly appreciated.

Our school musical, Into the Woods, is next weekend (24th-26th). You can purchase tickets online here. Hope to see you there!

Math-a-thon will kick off January 27th! Students will take the test on Tuesday (1.28) and pledge packets will go home on Friday (1.31). Special thanks to Amanda Kukla for stepping up to organize the fundraiser this year.

We will conduct our first round of admissions screenings on Saturday, February 1st from 9:00-12:00. If you know of any families who are interested in signing up, please have them contact Dr. Matt Teller.

Science Fair Week will be February 3rd thru the 7th, and we will be kicking it off with our annual Edible Car Race. Look for additional information to come your way via the Eagle Express. I can’t wait to see what the kids will come up with this year!

STEM Night will be on February 7th starting at 5:30 in the student center (gym). We have so many amazing events, presenters, and interactive activities planned. Come on out to support science and math. Special thanks to Jennifer Gould for organizing this fantastic event!

There will be a uniform exchange on Saturday, February 8th, at 9:00 in Tankersley Hall.

There will be no school this Monday, in honor of MLK. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Warm regards,
Mandy Hart
Lower School Director

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Hello Lower School!

Conferences
Our teachers are looking forward to sharing the wonderful progress your child has made during parent teacher conferences, which are taking place this week and next. Thank you to every one who has already signed up!

TSO
Grades 2-4 will enjoy a performance from the brass section of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra this Thursday from 10:45-11:30. Students will be learning about instruments, pitch, rhythm, and listening to a story through music.

Half Day
Wednesday (1.15) is a half day to provide parents and teachers additional time for conferencing. After care will be available.

Into the Woods
Don’t forget to purchase your tickets for our upcoming school musical, Into the Woods. Dr. Antista will be selling tickets in front of the school on most mornings and afternoons. You can also purchase tickets online here. If you haven’t attended our school musical before, you are in for a treat! Everything from costumes and scripts to lighting and choreography are professionally done. We hope to see you there.

Saturday Math Competition
We are hosting a major math competition on campus on Saturday, January 18: an Elementary Level Competition (Grades 3 through 6) from 8:00 a.m. to noon, and a Middle School Level Competition (Grades 6 through 8), beginning at 1:00 p.m. Students of all abilities are encouraged to give this a try. If your child would like to participate or if you have questions, please see or email Ms. Gould (jgould@stmichael.net).

Have a wonderful week!

Warm regards,
Mandy Hart
K-4 Lower School Director

Happy New Year!!

Welcome Back!
I hope everyone had a wonderful break filled with rest, restoration, and fun. I’m looking forward to seeing the kids tomorrow, and hearing about their adventures. I still can’t believe that we are beginning the year 2020, and are already half way through the school year. We have a lot to accomplish this second half, so hold on to your hats!

School Musical
Into the Woods is our school musical this year. It runs from January 24th-26th and will be directed by the amazing Dr. Antista! Tickets are on sale now. Visit our website for more information. I hope to see you there!

Parent/Teacher Conferences
Please be on the look out for conference sign ups! They will take place January 13th-24th. During these conferences, your child’s teacher will be reviewing academic growth, identifying student strengths and challenges, setting goals for the remainder of the year, and providing you with your child’s 2nd trimester progress report. We are looking forward to seeing you!

Math-a-thon
We will be kicking off our Math-a-thon fundraiser the week of January 27th. Last year, we raised over 17K and used those funds to purchase and install three new water filter stations. More information will be provided in the coming weeks!

Admissions Testing
We are holding our first round of admissions testing for grades K-4 on Saturday, February 1st from 9:00-12:00. If you know of any interested families, please have them contact Dr. Matt Teller for scheduling. We had 17 families attend our recent kindergarten step up day, so we are anticipating a large turn out for kindergarten. Our second admissions test date will be March 7th from 9:00-12:00. Bring on the eaglets!

St. Michael’s Standards of Academic Excellence
The faculty and staff at St. Michael’s have selected specific standards for each content area that provide rigor, set high expectations, and continue the long history of academic excellence. The following standards are used to guide instruction, select curriculum materials, and define our K-8 scope and sequence:

K-8 Math – (NCTM) National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Principles, Standards, Expectations.

K-8 Language Arts – NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) http://www.ncte.org/standards/ncte-ira  and AZ State Standards http://www.azed.gov/standards-practices/

K-8 Science – NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) https://www.nextgenscience.org/

If you ever have any questions, or want to chat about curriculum, my door is always open!

Construction on Campus
Our west wing construction (complete with A/C, new bathrooms, and a lower school director’s office) is near completion. Please be cautious of crews, materials, and machinery in the north parking lot. In addition, the northwest gate may be temporarily closed, requiring parents and students to enter from the main gates located near the office. Thank you in advance for your flexibility and patience. We are all eager to have this construction completed!

See you in the morning!

Warm regards,
Ms. Hart
Lower School Director

Warrior Dog Foundation

Hello Lower School!

It’s hard to believe we are heading into our last week before Christmas break. It seems every year goes by faster than the last! As we navigate our way through this holiday season (filled with checklists, parties, out of town guests, baking, cleaning, travel, shopping etc.) I hope you will find a moment to be still, and reflect on all the good in your life. A recent homily I heard encouraged people to do three things this Advent: to love more, to forgive more, and to show more patience. As I listened to this, I began thinking of our students and how quickly they make friends, forgive transgressions, and help one another without hesitation. There is so much to learn, and admire, from the young. I hope that all of us can be so enlightened with the joyful heart of a child. On behalf of all lower school faculty and staff, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

St. Nick’s
The Lower School St. Nicholas Show was a hit! I’m so proud of our kids. It’s wonderful to see hard work and preparation pay off. I hope all of you were able to attend the performance, but if not, we have posted some great pics on our FB page – go check it out! Special thanks to Ms. Allen and Mrs. O’Meara for making it all possible. All of our students looked and sounded amazing!

Fee Dress
Our fee dress fundraiser was a HUGE success! K-4 alone raised $266.33 in one day. Team Trees won over some votes, but the majority went to the Warrior Dog Foundation. Together, we decided to allocate most of the funds to the Warrior Dog Foundation, with a smaller donation going to Team Tress. Look for another fee dress day opportunity in the spring! Thank you to all who participated.

January Conferences and Progress Reports
We will be holding conferences again in January, from the 13th-24th. During these conferences we will be discussing your child’s strengths, challenges, and setting specific goals for the end of the year. Progress reports will be given to you at conferences. We look forward to meeting with you!

First Grade Christmas Show (12.18)
This Wednesday at 2:00 first grade will be performing their Christmas show in the chapel. All are welcome.

Relaxed Dress Thursday (12.19)
This Thursday is a relaxed dress day for all grades K-8.

Las Posadas Friday (12.20)
Our Advent service will begin at 10:30 in front of the chapel. Students will be reenacting the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus Christ. All are welcome. It’s a beautiful service!

No After Care Friday – Friendly Reminder!
This Friday is a half day. Please make arrangements for your chid to be picked up at 12:00. There will be no after care available. Thank you!

See you tomorrow.

Warm regards,
Ms. Hart
Lower School Director

St. Nicholas Program!

Hello Lower School!

This Wednesday (12.11) lower school will be joining upper school in a fee dress day. If your child brings in $2, he/she will be permitted to wear free dress! All funds will go towards tithing. The lower school students will be choosing between The Warrior Dog Foundation https://warriordogfoundation.org/ and Team Trees https://teamtrees.org/ Students who wish to participate will need to turn in $2 to their classroom teacher on, or before, the 11th.

This Friday (12.13) is the big day!! Our St. Nicholas Show will be from 2:00-3:00 in the student center (gym). Please plan on arriving around 1:30 to find parking and a seat. The students are being asked to look their best. Dresses, button ups, ties, collared shirts and jeans without holes are all welcome. Comfortable shoes are a must. I look forward to seeing you at the show!

Have a wonderful week.

Warm regards,
Ms. Hart
Lower School Director

6,575!

Hello Lower School!
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving break. I spent a lot of time with family and friends, and reflected on all the blessings in my life. I continue to be grateful for St. Michael’s and all of you, our wonderful families. I am also incredibly thankful for our magnificent faculty and staff, especially the classroom teachers!

Canned Food Drive
Thank you for all the non-perishable and monetary donations for the food drive. We collected a total of 6,575 items (food and money combined) to exceed our school wide goal. Very exciting!!

Holiday Giving Program
This year, St. Michaels has decided to move our holiday giving program to April! It will be a “Christmas in April” of sorts. More information to come in March.

Renaissance Testing
Our students will be participating in the second round of Renaissance testing over the next two weeks. We will use the results to help drive instruction, and set individual goals for students moving forward.

St. Nicholas Program
Our K-4 students will be performing on December 13th from 2:00-3:00 in the student center (gym). Please have your child dress their best for the show! I strongly suggest arriving no later than 1:30 to find a parking spot and a seat. We are all really looking forward to it!!

Fee Dress!
On December 11th Lower School will be joining Upper School in a Fee ($2) Dress Day! If your child brings in $2 on the 11th, he/she will be permitted to wear free dress that day. Lower School will be putting all money raised towards tithing. We will be choosing one of following charities to support this year:
1. Warrior Dog Foundation –  https://warriordogfoundation.org/
2. Team Trees – https://teamtrees.org/

December 20th – Half Day
Just a reminder that Friday, December 20th, will be a half day and we will dismiss at 12:00. This is the last day before Christmas break, therefore, After Care will not be available. If you are interested in attending the Advent service (Los Posadas) it will begin at 10:30 in the church. All are welcome to attend.

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!

Warm Regards,
Ms. Hart
Lower School Director

2nd Round of Renaissance

Hi Lower School!

Thank you to all who attended our TERC Investigation’s Math Night on Tuesday. I really enjoyed presenting and was excited to engage in conversation about our K-4 math program. Special thanks to Jennifer Gould for explaining the variety of opportunities that await our kids in upper school, and her excitement for the great foundational learning that is happening in lower school. If you’d like to see the presentation, and find further information on NCTM Standards and Standards for Mathematical Practice, click here.

Our second round of Renaissance Testing will take place between December 2nd – December 13th. This will give teachers and students an opportunity to measure growth, and set academic goals for the next trimester.

On Monday, during all school chapel, our students will be presenting food donations and discussing the things they are most grateful for. It’s a beautiful, thoughtful chapel that provides an opportunity for our school to come together and focus on the things that matter most in life. Thank you for all you have done to support our food drive this month. I’m so proud to be part of a school that teaches students about the importance of giving back, and helping those in need.

Next week is a short week! School will be in session Monday and Tuesday, and then we will be off Wednesday – Friday for Thanksgiving Break.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Warm regards,
Ms. Hart
Lower School Director

Important Upcoming Dates
11.27-12.1 – Thanksgiving Break
12.13 – St. Nick’s Performance 2:00-3:00 in the student center (gym)
12.20 – Half Day (dismiss at 12:00) – Los Posadas/Advent Service 10:30

Upcoming Dates

Hello Lower School!
I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend! Enjoy the warm weather and sunshine, because this week looks to be fairly cold and rainy.

Report Cards
Please sign the back of the report card envelope and return it to your child’s classroom teacher this week. The report card itself is yours to keep. Thank you!

Canned Food Drive
All cash donations will go to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, and all non-perishable food donations will go to the St. Michael’s Food Pantry. The food drive ends Monday, 11.25. Thank you so much for all your support!

TERC Math Info Session Tuesday 11.19 (6:00-7:00) in Tankersley
This Tuesday I will be giving a brief presentation about our new math program in K-4, TERC Investigations 3 by Pearson. My goal is to acquaint participants with the components of the program, identify how it aligns with our school values and NCTM standards, and answer any questions. Ms. Jennifer Gould will be co-hosting, providing insight into our upper school math programs and sharing her excitement for TERC.

The next five weeks are quite busy! Below are some important upcoming dates to keep in mind:

11.19 – TERC Math Info Session 6:00-7:00 Tankersley.
11.20 – Half Day (dismiss at 12:00) After Care available.
11.25 – Canned Food Drive Ends
11.27-12.1 – Thanksgiving Break
12.13 – K-4 St. Nick’s Program at 2:00 in the Student Center.
12.20 – Los Posadas/Advent Service 10:30 / Half Day Dismiss at 12:00 – no after care available.
12.21-1.5 – Christmas Break

See you tomorrow!
Warm regards,
Ms. Hart
K-4 Lower School Director

Happy Veterans Day!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Veterans Day weekend!

Grades
1st trimester report cards will be handed out this Friday. Please use these reports to celebrate the wonderful achievements your child has made so far, and to set goals for the next trimester.

Kindergarten Step Up Day
We welcomed sixteen prospective families on Tuesday at our kindergarten step up day. Parents participated in an informational session in Tankersley while the preschool students spent the morning in our kindergarten rooms. Special thanks to Ms. Sanders, Ms. Weiss, Ms. Walrath, and Mrs. Rebert for making this day possible. We will hold another kindergarten step up day in March. Interested families can contact Dr. Teller to register.

AC/Bathrooms
The construction on the lower school west wing will begin over Thanksgiving break and is expected to be completed mid January. New bathrooms, air conditioning, and the lower school directors office will be installed. Please be aware that construction materials and industrial bins will be present on campus. Crews are conducting the majority of demolition work while we are on break (Thanksgiving/Christmas) to reduce noise and distraction during school time. We are all looking forward to this remodel!!

Field Day
Special thanks to Kim Greene for putting together an amazing Field Day!! The kids participated in team building activities while working in groups comprised of students from all grades K-8! It was a wonderful day. Check out our St. Michael’s Facebook page for pictures.

TERC Info Night
If you would like to learn more about lower school’s new math program (TERC Investigations) please come to our info session on Tuesday 11.19. Ms. Gould and I will be sharing our excitement for the program, and answering any questions you may have.

See you tomorrow!

Warm regards,

Ms. Hart
Lower School Director

Canned Food Drive

Happy Saturday Lower School!

We had an amazing week! Thank you to all the parent volunteers who decorated our campus, painted faces for the Dia de los Muertos chapel, and came to cheer our students on at the annual Halloween Parade. A great time was had by all!

Canned Food Drive
Starting Monday 11.4 and running through Monday 11.25, St. Michael’s will be collecting canned food for the Southern Arizona Community Food Bank. Please feel free to drop off items to your child’s classroom. Thank you!

Field Day
This Friday is our annual Field Day, which will take place from 8:30-11:30 on the playground and inside the gym. This is a community building event that fosters teamwork and good sportsmanship from K-8! We will dismiss at 12:00 on this day, so please make any necessary arrangements. Field Day t-shirts are in and will be given to your child this week!

Kindergarten Car Wash
We had another successful kindergarten car wash. This morning, our KA & KB students, teachers, and families rolled up their sleeves and raised $525 for the Southern Arizona Community Food Bank! Thank you for coming out and making this event so successful. TEP will be matching these funds! WAY TO GO KINDERGARTEN!!!

Science Fair Workshops
This Tuesday and Thursday Ms. Hailey Sanders will be hosting Science Fair Project workshops! Please see this flyer for more information.

Upcoming Dates
11.8 End of 1st Trimester
11.9 Golf Tournament
11.11 Veterans Day – No School

Have a wonderful weekend!

Warm regards,
Ms. Hart
Lower School Director