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!
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.
Lower School Director