Happy Halloween!

Hello Lower School!

Going Green – er!
Did you know that it can take up to 450 years for a plastic water bottle to degrade? Recycling efforts certainly help reduce the production of new plastics but it doesn’t solve the long term problem of waste, which frequently ends up in our oceans and has truly become a global crisis. Changing consumer habits is the best way to reduce the amount of plastic in our world, and in knowing that, St. Michael’s is taking action to make a difference. Starting November 1st, we will no longer be offering water bottles as a choice for drinks at lunch. Students will have the choice of white and chocolate milk, and will also be encouraged to bring their reusable water bottles to lunch, filling them up as needed from the newly installed filtered water stations. There are three water stations located throughout campus, which were purchased with the funds raised by you, our families, at last years Math-A-Thon!! We will also begin using biodegradable food containers as well as compostable, plantware utensils. A special thanks to Kelly Dewey, our lunch program coordinator, for getting this arranged as well as Robin Riley-Mause (3rd grade parent) who brought this idea to us back in September and advocated for change. St. Michael’s faculty and staff are extremely happy to be making a change that helps our environment, and sets a good example for our students.

TERC Math Informational Session
If you would like to know more about lower school’s new math program (TERC), please consider attending our upcoming info session on Tuesday, November 19th from 6:00-7:00 in Tankersley Hall. I will be giving a brief presentation about this exciting new program and fielding questions from participants. Jennifer Gould (upper school math/high school prep coordinator) will also be joining us to talk about the amazing math opportunities that await our students in upper school.

Kindergarten Car Wash
This Saturday 11.2 from 9:00-11:00 our kindergarten students will be washing cars to raise money for the community food bank. All monetary donations will go to the Southern Arizona Community Food Bank, and all canned food donations will go to the parish pantry. So come on out and get those cars cleaned for a good cause!

Fall/Winter Clothing
Please be sure to write your child’s name on the inside tag of all sweaters and jackets. The clothing in our lost and found can be returned, but only if there is a legible name to be found! Thank you!!

This is going to be a great week! I know the kids are looking forward to showing off their costumes on Thursday and I can’t wait to see them in our parade. It will start at 2:45 and all are welcome!

See you tomorrow.

Warm regards,
Ms. Hart
Lower School Director

Kindergarten Step Up Day

Hello Lower School!

We had such a wonderful Grandparents Day on Friday! The kids were so excited to share their classroom, play games, and spend time with loved ones. Thank you for inviting family and friends to this event. We made special memories that will last a lifetime.

Kindergarten Step Up Day
On Tuesday, November 5th St. Michael’s will be hosting a kindergarten step up day from 9:00-10:15. Preschoolers will be invited to spend time in the kindergarten classrooms, while parents attend a Q & A in the Smith Parish Center. If you know any families with students getting ready to enter kindergarten, please share the K Step Up Day flyer with them. They can contact Dr. Teller to reserve a spot. Thanks for helping us spread the word!

Science Fair Information Night – 4th Grade!
Are you a 4th grade parent that wants to find out all you can about the science fair? Please attend the info night this Tuesday, October 22nd starting at 5:30 pm in the science room. Mrs. Jamison will be answering questions and providing details about the upcoming science fair.

Important Upcoming Events
Halloween Parade starts at 2:45. Students may wear their costumes to school, and accessories (masks, wands etc) will be allowed during the parade. Students are required to wear comfortable shoes so they can participate as usual in PE and/or outdoor play. Face paint, gory costumes, and toy weapons are not permitted. The parade will begin and end at our kindergarten classrooms, located on the east side of campus. Get your cameras ready!

Coffee Corner 7:30 am
Dia de los Muertos Chapel 10:00-11:00 AM (all parents are welcome to attend). Come join us in a celebration of life as our 8th graders present songs, poems, and special tributes to loved ones who have passed. Although most lower school classes will not attend, they will cheer our 8th graders on as they proceed into chapel for this beautiful service.

Kindergarten Car Wash 9:00-11:00, monetary donations will go to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, and any canned food donations will go to the St. Michael’s Parish pantry.

I look forward to seeing you all tomorrow.

Warm regards,
Ms. Hart
Lower School Director

Grandparents Day! – AND Special Friends:)

Welcome Back Lower School!

This is a very special week as we prepare to welcome grandparents, and special friends, to our school and into our classrooms. We have wonderful activities and events planned, see the schedule below!

Grandparents Day! Friday, October 18th 7:30-10:30 AM

7:30 Welcome
7:30-8:00 Student Center – Check In / Welcome / Coffee
**check in will be in front of the church starting at 7:30**
8:05-8:20 Advanced Choir Performance
8:20-8:30 Head of School Welcome
8:30-8:40 Travel to Classrooms

8:45-9:45 Experience the Classroom
Grandparents visit with students in their classroom setting. Teachers will have special activities planned!

9:45-10:30 Pictures
K-1 pictures/treats in front of Parish Center
2-3 pictures/treats in Foundations Courtyard
4-5 pictures/treats in Creswell Courtyard
6-8 treats in classrooms/ pictures in Upper School Courtyard

Special thanks to Mr. Sean Pollard for building photo booths for this event!

Special Tuesday Mass – St. Francis Celebration!
Did you know that St. Francis is the patron saint of animals? It’s true! This Tuesday, in honor of St. Francis, we invite every child to bring one small to medium sized stuffed animal to school to be blessed.

This Week
Monday 10.14
All School Chapel
Musical Rehearsal

Tuesday 10.15
Mass – Blessing of the Animals
Musical Rehearsal
Hip Hop

Wednesday 10.16
Lower School Faculty Meeting 3:45

Thursday 10.17
Kindergarten to Sabino Canyon 8:30-12:30
Tucson Symphony Orchestra, grades 2nd-4th, 10:45-11:45 Smith Parish Center
Math Club

Friday 10.18
Grandparents Day 7:30-10:30
LEGO Engineering Class
Upper School Coffee Cabaret 7:00 PM

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone back at school tomorrow!

Warm Regards,
Ms. Hart
Lower School Director