Newsletter 1-9-14

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Calendar Updates     

January          6                      School Resumes


January 6, 2014! Wow, 2014!  Can you believe it?  How many times have we written 2013 instead of 2014?  Old habits are hard to break. The staff & I would like to thank everyone for the Christmas gifts and goodies we received. The snow day on the last day was not welcomed ,and classrooms will be celebrating gift exchanges today!  At the end of my last bulletin I had shared this:  Thank you for all you do to make our school an enjoyable place for learning and working.  I hope 2014 continues with appreciation  for our many blessings, and that you all have  a healthy, happy new year!


Thanks to Mrs. Hoogerhyde: If we had to end school on Thursday instead of Friday, what a way to do it.  The program was wonderful, and it was evident that much time and effort went into it from Mrs. Hoogerhyde and students. 


Message from De Willman: Thank you for the donations of  wrapping paper and bags that have been received so far for next December 2014’s students’ Christmas shopping!


Large Plastic Containers: Please send in containers that we can use for sick students.


Boys Basketball:  The boys play HOME tonight @ 5 p.m. Good luck boys!


Scrip: Mrs. McCall will place orders when she has large enough orders.  See her if you have questions.  Check out under Current News for information from

Mrs. McCall explaining our scrip program.


Mass Days: The 3rd & 4th graders will be planning the 9 a.m. Mass. Please join us!


Julie Judge Fish Fry: I have taken a new job and will not be able to be there before 5:30 on Fridays.   I am looking for an individual (or two) to be my co-chair/s.  Ideally, they would be able to be there at 1:00 pm on Fridays and stay until I arrive.  Please feel free to call me to discuss this if you are at all interested.  Trust me, if I can do it, ANYONE can! Julie Judge  517/881-6001

Snow Days: On Monday, Jan. 6th the staff and I were going to send the following note to you.  Little did we expect snow day 6 to be Jan. 9th.  When we left Dec. 19th we had experienced snow day 2! Yesterday’s snow day is number 6, so please read the following note and look for your child’s snow day packets coming home. Please return snow day 6 packet by Jan. 16th.  Keep snow day 7 packet for the true and actual 7th snow day! Thank you.

Snow Day Home Work

After last year’s many snow days, the school staff determined that we would try piloting making up snow days as they occur.  We will begin this on the 6th Snow Day.  The Grand Rapids Diocesan Office of Catholic Education requires us to go to school 180 days with a minimum of 1,098 hours.  If we miss over 5 days, we may have to make them up.

The staff and I feel making up the days now will be more productive for more students than June 9 and beyond.

How will this be accomplished?  Teachers will make Snow Day homework packets.  Students will turn this in within 5 school days.  Why 5 school days? We understand that many parents work and having a weekend to help finish work may be needed.  This would also let parents email teachers, utilize suggested web sites, or go to local libraries. Students may need teacher assistance once school resumes, and these extra days would allow for this.

Because we are piloting making up snow days, we would appreciate your feedback, so we can make adjustments for further snow day packets.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Mrs. Schoner & Staff


Box Tops & Campbell Soup Labels Contest: As you know we have begun saving labels.  This year we will have 2 teams: PS & K (36 students) vs. 1 – 6 (38 students)

Contest ends January 24, 2014.  What will the prize be for the winning team?  It is a surprise!  Wait & see!


Delays & Cancellations: St. Michael School follows Chippewa Hills' delays and cancellations.  If they are closed, we are closed.  Sometimes the television will list our name, and sometimes they do not.  There will not be morning preschool on days beginning with delays.