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Newsletter 6-2-14

posted Jun 2, 2014, 12:00 PM by maryschoner1@stmikes.us   [ updated Jun 2, 2014, 12:00 PM by Lisa Barnum ]

Important Dates

June   2        Last day Preschool Monday/Wednesday

          3        Last day Preschool Tuesday/Thursday & PM classes

          4        Preschool fun day @ Anderson & Girls Orchard- 11 a.m.

4        6th Grade Mass of Appreciation @ 7 p.m.

5        Grades 3-4-5 Field Trip to Big Rapids; Grade 6 to Lansing

9        Last Day of school K - 6: Full Day with lunch & busing

 

School Board Members: Please contact the school office or school board member if you are interested in serving on the school board.  This is a great opportunity to get to know the new administrator!  I have enjoyed every school board I have worked with through the years. 

 

Marketing: The school board is looking for parents to visit boarding parishes at Lakeview and Howard City to invite interested people to visit our school. Anyone interested contact me.  Mrs. McCall has some backpacks ready to take on visits. 

 

AR 4th Quarter: Off Code for students reaching quarter goals beginning June 2 – 5.  Students in PS & K please join us due to all your efforts with letters, sounds, and reading! Keep reading this summer!

 

Due Tomorrow-Parent Survey: If you did not receive a survey last week, let Mrs. McCall know and she will send one home. Please return the surveys by June 3.  Next year I predict Mr. Franconi will send the same survey you filled out last year electronically. 

 

Reminder: Smart Tuition: If you are a returning family, Smart Tuition will roll your information into the new year.  You would just need to contact them if you are making changes to your account, such as payment method or date of payment. Our business office will notify Smart Tuition of payments and registration fees paid to St. Michael.  Contact Smart with specific questions. 

Incentives:; Preschoolers enrolling in kindergarten receive a 15% discount; K -6th Pay tuition in full & receive $50 off registration fee;  Try Us, You’ll Like Us” new families in grades K – 6 receive a free quarter; Bishop & Hope Scholarships; and Tuition Assistance from St. Michael Parish.

Scholarship Announcements:  Today the diocese sent letters to the parents informing them they were receiving The Bishops Scholarship.

 

 

Protecting God’s Children:  This class is needed for volunteers and chaperones for field trips.                                                                      Training session for Tuesday, June 10, at St. Michael School, is now listed online.  People can begin registering online now by going to:   www.virtus.org

·         On the left side of the page, in the green column, click on the word “Registration” (in yellow font)                                                                                       ·         Click on “View a list of sessions”                                                                          ·         Click in the box stating “Select your organization”                                             ·         Scroll down to “Grand Rapids, MI (Diocese) and click on it                        ·         Click “Select”                                                                                                           ·         Scroll down the page to see the locations                                                            ·         Go to the top of the page and click the “Start Registration” box                     ·         Complete each step for the registration                                                              ·         It is important that people arrive a few minutes early to complete the sign-in procedure. Once the presentation begins, no one will be admitted.

Patrick Herdegen will be the facilitator.                                                                    Thank you for helping to protect God’s children.                                                                                         Thomas Dalton | Director of Safe Environment,  Conference Center Director
Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids | Cathedral Square Center

 

 

 

Newsletter 5-26-14

posted May 28, 2014, 5:40 AM by maryschoner1@stmikes.us   [ updated May 28, 2014, 5:40 AM by Lisa Barnum ]

Important Dates

June   2        Last day Preschool Monday/Wednesday

          3        Last day Preschool Tuesday/Thursday & PM classes

          4        Preschool fun day @ Anderson & Girls Orchard- 11 a.m.

4        6th Grade Mass of Appreciation @ 7 p.m.

9        Last Day of school K - 6: Full Day with lunch & busing

 

School Board Members: Please contact the school office or school board member if you are interested in serving on the school board.  This is a great opportunity to get to know the new administrator!  I have enjoyed every school board I have worked with through the years. 

 

AR 4th Quarter: Off Code for students reaching quarter goals beginning June 2 – 5.  Students in PS & K please join us due to all your efforts with letters, sounds, and reading! Keep reading this summer!

 

Parent Survey: I apologize for not mentioning the parent survey that went home last Monday in last week’s newsletter.  Maybe I do need to move to Royal View!  If you did not receive a survey last week, let Mrs. McCall know and she will send one home. Please return the surveys by June 3.  Next year I predict Mr. Franconi will send the same survey you filled out last year electronically. 

 

Reminder: Smart Tuition: If you are a returning family, Smart Tuition will roll your information into the new year.  You would just need to contact them if you are making changes to your account, such as payment method or date of payment. Our business office will notify Smart Tuition of payments and registration fees paid to St. Michael.  Contact Smart with specific questions. 

Incentives:; Preschoolers enrolling in kindergarten receive a 15% discount; K -6th Pay tuition in full & receive $50 off registration fee;  Try Us, You’ll Like Us” new families in grades K – 6 receive a free quarter; Bishop & Hope Scholarships; and Tuition Assistance from St. Michael Parish.

Scholarship Announcements:  Today the diocese sent letters to the parents informing them they were receiving The Bishops Scholarship.

 

Last Wednesday of the month Off Code the 28th.

Newsletter 5- 19- 14

posted May 19, 2014, 9:59 AM by maryschoner1@stmikes.us   [ updated May 19, 2014, 9:59 AM by Lisa Barnum ]

Important Dates

May   21      White Caps Ball Game- back after bus so all students pick up

          26      Memorial Day: No School

June   2        Last day Preschool Monday/Wednesday

          3        Last day Preschool Tuesday/Thursday & PM classes

          4        Preschool fun day @ Anderson & Girls Orchard- 11 a.m.

4        6th Grade Mass of Appreciation @ 7 p.m.

9        Last Day of school K - 6: Full Day with lunch & busing

 

Too Good to Not Share: Mr. Harrington assigned service projects to his kindergarten class.  Larry has worked on his at Royal View Retirement Living, Mecosta.  Royal View asked if Larry’s entire class could come and have lunch with the residents, and they are planning a field trip there.  With all the talk about Mrs. Schoner’s retirement, you can see why one day in class one of his students asked, “Is Mrs. Schoner going to live at Royal View?” 

 

Off Code this Wednesday for the field trip!

 

Last Home & School: The meeting last Tuesday had great discussion and information provided from Ms. Synder & Mr. Harrington.  Thanks to Marie Chapman for keeping us organized this year and leading us forward.  We wrapped up Fish Fry, and the financial information shared is coming home in today’s folders.  Thanks to Amy Fiegel for getting

Elephant Ears going.  See her sign-up sheet by the office.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newsletter 5- 12- 14

posted May 12, 2014, 6:40 AM by maryschoner1@stmikes.us   [ updated May 12, 2014, 6:40 AM by Lisa Barnum ]

Come & meet the new principal:  There will be a parish wide open house after all Masses the weekend of May 17 & 18 in the parish center to give both our parish and school families an opportunity to meet our new principal.  Please help us in welcoming Mr. Domenic Franconi back to his home state and to the St. Michael’s family. 

 

2014-2015 Enrollment Information: Please see the attached sheets regarding tuition and necessary forms.  Each family is required to submit a commitment form.  Please call me if I can be of assistance. Below is additional information. 

Smart Tuition: If you are a returning family, Smart Tuition will roll your information into the new year.  You would just need to contact them if you are making changes to your account, such as payment method or date of payment. Our business office will notify Smart Tuition of payments and registration fees paid to St. Michael.  Contact Smart with specific questions. 

Incentives: Pay tuition in full & receive $50 off registration fee; Preschoolers enrolling in kindergarten receive a 15% discount; Try Us, You’ll Like Us” new families in grades

K – 6 receive a free quarter; Bishop & Hope Scholarships; and Tuition Assistance from

St. Michael Parish.

Scholarship Announcements: I called the diocese last week asking about scholarship awards, and they have not been awarded yet.  I will notify you when I am informed.  

 

Last Home & School meeting for the year, Tuesday, May 13th @ 6:30 p.m. in Rm 6. Ms. Snyder & Mr.Harrington will be sharing points of interest with us.  The Fish Fry report will be reviewed as well.  Please join us!

 

Message from Amy Fiegel: This year we are trying something new with elephant ear dough making. We will make half the dough Saturday, May 17, and the other half a Saturday in August.  We are trying this because we never have the help needed for dough making. If you are not going to be able to help in August, or at Wheatland, then you need to help out next Saturday.  We will start at 8 am, and probably work till noon.  But the more people helping, the faster it goes!  Again, that's Saturday, May 17,  8:00-12:00

 

Highlight of the School Year: Celebration of the Arts: I really believe this is our highlight of the year!  Thank you students & staff for making this evening possible!  It was a very special evening for me personally. Thank you for coming & sharing sentiments!

 

Important Dates

May   21      White Caps Ball Game- back after bus so all students pick up

          26      Memorial Day: No School

June   4        6th Grade Mass of Appreciation @ 7 p.m.

9        Last Day of school K - 6: Full Day with lunch & busing  

 

Protecting God’s Children:  This class is needed for volunteers and chaperones for field trips.                                                                      Training session for Tuesday, June 10, at St. Michael School, is now listed online.  People can begin registering online now by going to:   www.virtus.org

·         On the left side of the page, in the green column, click on the word “Registration” (in yellow font)                                                                                       ·         Click on “View a list of sessions”                                                                          ·         Click in the box stating “Select your organization”                                             ·         Scroll down to “Grand Rapids, MI (Diocese) and click on it                        ·         Click “Select”                                                                                                           ·         Scroll down the page to see the locations                                                            ·         Go to the top of the page and click the “Start Registration” box                     ·         Complete each step for the registration                                                              ·         It is important that people arrive a few minutes early to complete the sign-in procedure. Once the presentation begins, no one will be admitted.

Patrick Herdegen will be the facilitator.                                                                    Thank you for helping to protect God’s children.                                                                                         Thomas Dalton | Director of Safe Environment,  Conference Center Director
Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids | Cathedral Square Center

 

 

 

Newsletter 4- 28- 14

posted May 2, 2014, 11:30 AM by maryschoner1@stmikes.us   [ updated May 2, 2014, 11:30 AM by Lisa Barnum ]

Alleluia, Jesus is risen!

 

Exercising for St. Jude’s: Last Friday our children participated in Workout for St. Jude.  Donations are still coming in, so next Monday Mr. Harrington will have a report for us. This Friday, May 2nd will be the last day donations will be accepted.  A BIG thank you to Mr. Harrington for organizing this event. Students, it was wonderful watching you exercising and taking turns at each event.  My favorite part was watching the older students helping the younger students and adults!

 

NWEA/Maps Grades 2 - 6: Testing runs from April 21 – May 9.  Thank you for supporting our testing window by providing good nutrition and plenty of rest! Remember, visit www.nwea.org for parent/student tips.

 

Message from School Board: The principal search committee is excited to announce that Domenic J. Franconi has been appointed Principal of St. Michael Catholic School beginning this next school year. Mr. Franconi currently teaches at Pembroke Lakes Elementary school in Pembroke Pines, Fl. He is originally from Grand Rapids and graduated from West Catholic high school and has his B.S. from Grand Valley State University. Mr. Franconi has his Masters in Educational Leadership from Barry University.

 

Mr. Franconi is currently the lead fifth grade teacher, planning curriculum and conducting staff development programs. He has been instrumental in the Pembroke Lakes Elementary school advisory council, student leadership council, managing aftercare programs, organizing parent curriculum nights and was named the 2011 Pembroke Teacher of the Year. Mr. Franconi led his school's efforts in increasing science proficiency scores from 53% to 76%.

 

Please help us in welcoming Mr. Franconi back to his home state and to the St. Michael's family. More information on his start date and a parish open house will be forthcoming.

 

Our Second Graders will be making their First Communion Sunday, May 4th at the

11 a.m. Mass.  Please keep them in your prayers.  Ms. Synder has worked hard in preparation for this sacrament and for their retreat day.  We thank her for all her efforts!

  

Last Wednesday of the Month: Off code Wednesday, April 30th.

 

Newsletter 4- 21- 14

posted Apr 21, 2014, 11:31 AM by maryschoner1@stmikes.us   [ updated Apr 21, 2014, 11:31 AM by Lisa Barnum ]

Alleluia, Jesus is risen!

Congratulations to Mrs. Doughty, Mrs. Kremsreiter, and Mandie Smith as they received Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil.  Congratulations to St. Michael students, Ava D.,

Ethan D., Kiersten L., Jazmyne L., and Isaiah L on their baptisms at the Easter Vigil.   Alleluia! What a joyous occasion for us all!

 

Exercising for St. Jude’s: This Friday our children will be finalizing their Lenten Almsgiving project by exercising for all the pledges they collected.  It is not too late to donate.  A BIG thank you to Mr. Harrington for organizing this event.  

We thank God for his many blessings especially for the good health of our children.  We pray that our donations will help the staff at St. Jude’s Hospital as they minister to sick children.  We pray that research finds needed cures. In Jesus’s name we pray, Amen.

 

NWEA/Maps Grades 2 - 6: Testing runs from April 21 – May 9.  Thank you for supporting our testing window by providing good nutrition and plenty of rest! Remember, visit www.nwea.org for parent/student tips.

 

Hunter Safety Classes: Call Jeff Greene, Hunter Safety Coordinator, 231- 867- 5646.  See note on the school’s bulletin board.

 

Menu Change: Friday, April 25 cheesy garlic flatbread

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newsletter 3-24-14

posted Mar 27, 2014, 10:07 AM by maryschoner1@stmikes.us   [ updated Mar 27, 2014, 10:07 AM by Lisa Barnum ]

No Busing or Hot Lunch April 4: St. Michael is in session April 4, but we do not have busing or hot lunch.  Please bring a lunch.

 

Hope Scholarship applications are due Tuesday,  March 25th .

 

Fish Fry:  Three down & three to go! Thanks again to all you who are trying to give a little/lot of extra help to the ones supervising each shift! 

 

Mass this week is being planned by Grade  3/ 4th.  Please join us at 9 a.m.

 

Preschool Round Up: Friday, March 28, 2014

Kindergarten Round Up: Appointments Friday, March 28 for testing

8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

 

Open Enrollment for St. Michael returning students: Current students may enroll before we open enrollment for new students on March 28, 2014.  Call or stop into the school office if we can be of assistance. Registration fee is $50 for PS & $100 for

K – 6 grades.

 

Off Code last Wednesday of the month  March 26th.

 

White Caps Reminder:  Ticket sign-up sheet plus money is due April 4th.  Checks may be made out to St. Michael School.

 

End of the Marking Period: The third marking period ended  March 21st. Off code for students making their AR quarter goals will be March 31 – April 3.  Way to go PS & K students for your great work with letters and sounds.  Please join us for off code days!

 

Graduating seniors may find an application for       St. Michael School’s scholarship on www.stmikes.us under forms.  See details on the application.

Newsletter 3-17-14

posted Mar 18, 2014, 5:00 AM by maryschoner1@stmikes.us   [ updated Mar 18, 2014, 5:00 AM by Lisa Barnum ]

Fish Fry:  Two down & four to go! Thanks to Ms. Natalie & her youth group for once again offering child care from 4 to 7 p.m. in the church basement.

 

Mass this week  is being planned by Grade  5/ 6 Please join us at 9 a.m.

 

Preschool Round Up: Friday, March 28, 2014

Kindergarten Round Up: Appointments Friday, March 28 for testing

8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

 

Open Enrollment for St. Michael returning students: Current students may enroll before we open enrollment for new students on March 28, 2014.  Call or stop into the school office if we can be of assistance. Registration fee is $50 for PS & $100 for

K – 6 grades.

 

White Caps Reminder:  Tickets sign-up sheet plus money is due April 4th.  Checks may be made out to St. Michael School.

 

End of the Marking Period: The third marking period ends March 21st. Off code for students making their AR quarter goals will be March 31 – April 3. 

 

Parent Teacher Conferences are by appointment if parents or teachers desire one.  Contact classroom teachers, please.

 

 

Newsletter 3-3-14

posted Mar 4, 2014, 7:20 AM by maryschoner1@stmikes.us   [ updated Mar 4, 2014, 7:20 AM by Lisa Barnum ]

SAVE THE DATE:  March 3, 2014 at 5:30 pm!    Please join us to do some last minute cleaning and prep work for the fish fry.  It should only take us around an hour.   Thanks in advance for the extra help!

Fish Fry Committee juliejudge@me.com

From Mrs. Schoner: If you cannot make the Monday, March 3 @ 5:30 p.m. time, contact Julie & see if there is a job that needs to get done that you could do before Ash Wed. Mass or during the school day.

 

Mass this week :  Ash Wednesday is March 5th @ 9 a.m. or 7 p.m.

 

Preschool Round Up: Friday, March 28, 2014

Kindergarten Round Up: Appointments Friday, March 28 for testing

8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

 

Open Enrollment for St. Michael returning students: Current students may enroll before we open enrollment for new students on March 28, 2014.  Your child is bringing the needed enrollment form and paper work for 2014- 2015 school year. Call or stop into the school office if we can be of assistance.

 

Fish Fry:  I want to thank you in advance for all your efforts in making our fish fry’s a success!  It takes all of us to get the work done.  Thank you to Julie & Karen for all the behind the scene work so far and to all who will come tonight to help out.

 

Songfest: Our third/fourth graders will be performing March 13th @ 7:00 p.m. at West Catholic Elementary School in Grand Rapids.

 

Snow Day Packets:  I hope we have done the last snow day packet, but if you live in Michigan, expect anything! 

 

 

 

Newsletter 2-19-14

posted Feb 20, 2014, 7:18 AM by maryschoner1@stmikes.us   [ updated Feb 20, 2014, 7:18 AM by Lisa Barnum ]

Michigan Cyber Safety Initiative: Feb. 24 students in grades K – 6 will participate in internet safety presentations from the Michigan Attorney General’s office. Today your child is bringing home a parent notification & opt-out form. All videos and handouts used during the presentations can be accessed at: www.mi.gov/csi

I was exploring this site and recommend you visit it for movie, book, music, etc. reviews.

 

Private School Aid Service (PSAS):  Reminder message from the diocese: PSAS applications are due (at PSAS, not your school) on or before March 1 in order for them to be considered for the Bishop’s Scholarship. Applications received after March 1 will not be considered for the Bishop’s Scholarship, but will still be processed so those families can be reviewed for school and/or parish assistance. Important Note: PSAS applications do not have to be COMPLETED by that time. It is best to mail in an incomplete application if it is the only way to meet the deadline.

 

Box Tops & Soup Labels Contest:  Third Prize Hint:  Winning is sweet!   Off code every Wednesday in February.

 

Songfest: Our third/fourth graders will be performing March 13th @ 7:00 p.m. at West Catholic Elementary School in Grand Rapids.    

 

 

 

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