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Saint Michael School Monday Memo September 8, 2015   Parish Announcements  Parish Announcements Twitter 

Letter From the Principal

Dear Families,

     I hope everyone had a restful weekend.  I want to thank you for your help last week during morning drop-off.  Please remember to pull all the way around to the edge of the sidewalk in front of the Community Center.  This allows six additional cars to drop students off at the same time. The tardy bell rings at 7:50 a.m.  Instruction begins promptly after announcements which begin at 7:50 a.m.

     On Tuesday, September 22nd at 7:00 p.m. Brian Wright, Task Force Officer for the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force, will present Internet and Social Media Safety.  This will take place in the gym, Bldg. 6, at Sacred Heart Model School.

     Remember that our doors are always open to grandparents, parents, and volunteers.  Anyone can volunteer on most days throughout the school year.  Please complete our volunteer survey or visit our website for information about volunteering in the cafeteria, office, library, or art room.  You must have had Safe Environment Training and a Criminal Records Check to volunteer.  We can assist you with both of these.

     We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday evening in the Community Center at 6:30.  The teachers are working hard to prepare for “Mock Schedule Night” where you get to spend a day in the life of your child.

      Thank you for allowing us to serve!  I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday. 

Mrs. Stacy Tackett

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We look forward to seeing our parents at Mock Schedule Night tomorrow!
Right Content, Right Pace, Right Time
by Valerie Barr, K-4 Resource Teacher 

     St. Michael families are fortunate to be part of a school community that values the importance of differentiating and meeting the individual needs of students. This is demonstrated by the placement of two full-time resource teachers and the addition of qualified assistants in grades 3-8. Because of the additional support staff, I am excited to work with teachers in grades 1-4 who will be teaching in flexible ability groups this year.

     These ability groups will allow us to match readiness for learning with the instruction provided. Teachers will be able to deliver the right content at the right pace at the right time. Students who have mastered basic skills in reading and math at or beyond grade level will have the opportunity to extend their learning and challenge themselves academically. Students who are in need of additional review and reinforcement will have those grade level skills solidly in place before moving forward.  All students will have the opportunity to develop and use critical thinking and problem solving skills.

     Having flexible ability groups is an on-going process that calls for constant assessment of student progress. Teachers will be on the lookout for signs of improved competency and skill development. Groupings will be analyzed throughout the year and necessary changes will be implemented periodically.

     Our new schedule, which will allow for flexible reading and math groups, is a dream come true for a resource teacher! This format allows me to collaborate closely with the teachers and plan times to be in the classroom with a specific group on a regular basis. We ask for your patience and support as we move forward in creating a climate of personalized learning for all of our students.

In this issue
Letter from The Principal
A message from Mrs. Barr: Right Content, Right Pace, Right Time

This Week's Events
9/9  Mock Schedule Night
         (Gr. 1-8) Parents Only
          6:30p.m. Community Center

9/11  Go Gold $1 Free Dress Day

Please Take Note
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Attention to Carpool 2 families:  Do you often arrive early and have to wait?  Switch to Carpool 1 today!  There is plenty of room in the lot for you.  
Please contact Mrs. Cobb to update your preference.

♦ Football spirit wear is
footballavailable to order.  Please download the order form from Sycamore | Documents.

Youth choir for grades 1-6 begins next week.  See Sycamore News for more information.

Go Gold for Evan Free Dress Day will be this Friday, Sept. 11.  Students may wear gold/ yellow free dress for a $1 donation to raiseRED in support of fellow student, Evan Eberle, who is battling cancer.

♦  It's time for the Respect Life Poster (K-2, 3-5) and Essay (6-8) contest.  Essays should respond to the prompt, “I know God is pro-life concerning (insert your topic of choice here) because…”  Deadline is Sept. 28.  Winners will receive a gift card.  See Sycamore News Article for more information.

♦ First Box Tops/ $1 non-box topsuniform day will be September 16.   (20 per child or 30 for family) *This is a change from last year.  Students may submit box tops or bring $1 per child to participate.

♦ If your child would like to 
bring a personal electronic device from home, please ipadensure a permission form is on file with his/ her homeroom teacher.  Forms are available in Sycamore | Documents.

♦ 100 schools will win $10,000 each in the Labels for Education lfeGrand Stand for Schools Sweepstakes, and St. Michael could be one of them! PLUS, there’ll be weekly prizes of $500. Submit UPCs and Beverage/Sauce Caps to your school’s Coordinator, or, enter with no purchase required at

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