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Saint Michael School Monday Memo September 28, 2015   Parish Announcements  Parish Announcements Twitter 

Letter From the Principal
Dear Families, 
     This short week includes student, parent, teacher conferences and fall break.  We are also working hard to communicate effectively with all stakeholders.  In October, I will be sending a short survey to parents and students and to give me an idea of how I am doing in my new position.  In the meantime, I truly appreciate all of the feedback I am getting and realize this is the only way I will continue to learn and grow and be able to implement what is best for all children who attend St. Michael School.  
"There is not enough knowledge in the books------not enough human wisdom anywhere on earth------to guarantee the outcome of our parenting years. That's why we must stay on our knees when our kids are at home." -Dr. J.Dobson, Straight Talk. 

In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength. Isaiah 30:15
Have a safe and wonderful long weekend,
Mrs. Tackett
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Thanks to all our grandparents who attended our Grandparents Open House last Friday.  We had a great turnout!  We love our grandparents!
Team Big E Strong
by Anna Meade 
   On September 19, a beautiful Saturday morning, more than 100 members of the St. Michael community walked through the Louisville Zoo together, all wearing T-shirts that marked us as members of Team Big E Strong.  We were participating in the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer in honor of one of our students, 7th grader Evan Eberle, who was diagnosed with osteosaNews Items/IMG_0547.JPGrcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, over the summer.   Evan was unable to join us for the walk, but his mother Jennifer Eberle captained our team, which has so far raised $5,742 for St. Jude, putting us in second place among all the teams that participated in the Louisville Walk.  This money will be used to research, treat, and cure childhood cancers like Evan’s.  It’s not too late to add to the funds raised by Evan’s team.  Just go to the webpage for the Louisville St. Jude Walk and search for Team Big E Strong.  On Monday morning, as Evan was having surgery to remove his tumor, St. Michael’s staff and students paused for a moment of silence and prayer.  Please join us in keeping Evan and his family in your prayers as they continue on their journey toward healing and recovery.  

Faith Matters
By Maureen Rogg, Coordinator of Religious Education 

     As you know, the Holy Father visited the United States this past week. During this historic time, Pope Francis attended the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.  His visit gives us the opportunity to reflect upon God’s gift of the family. Tradition teaches the home is the domestic church.  What does this mean?  Parents are their children’s first catechists. 


     This is an awesome responsibility parents have been given.  At times, it can be a bit overwhelming. Parents sometimes feel they may not have the knowledge necessary to share with their children.  You might remember the words of St. Pope John Paul II when he shared, “Be not afraid!”  There are numerous resources available to assist you as your family grows in faith.  Where to begin?  I would suggest we always begin with prayer.


     David Letterman was well-known for his Top-Ten Lists.  With a nod to Dave, the September and October issues of Faith Matters will discuss “10 Ways to Teach Children to Pray.”  Today, one through five …


1. Sign of the Cross – As your children make the sign of the cross, remind them we give our thoughts to God as we touch our head, we give our love to God as we touch our chest/heart and we use our arms/hands to serve as we touch our shoulders.  


It has been suggested that your children might use their whole hand to pray the Sign of the Cross, their three fingers or two fingers.  The meaning of the three ways follows: using the five fingers symbolizes the five wounds of Christ, using three fingers symbolizes the Holy Trinity or using two fingers symbolizes the two natures of Christ, true God and true man.


2. Basic Prayers – Teach your youngest children the Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, Grace Before Meals and Guardian Angel Prayer.  Older children should learn the Act of Contrition and the Apostles’ Creed. 


3. Reading the Bible – Reading the Bible is an important way to share the stories of God’s family.  The Gospel readings are important; however, do not ignore stories from the Old Testament, especially stories of Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham and Sarah, Moses, and Jonah.  These stories are vivid and children enjoy listening to them.


Be sure to give your children the opportunity to share what they remember.  You might reread a story at a later date; as you introduce the story you might say, “This story is about Noah.  What do you remember about what happened to him?”  Children love the opportunity to share their knowledge of our faith!


As you read the Bible to your children, give them the experience to meditate and reflect.  After sharing a story, ask your child to choose a character.  Ask them to share what that character might have thought or experienced in the story.  As an alternate activity, you might ask your children if they could speak with Jesus in that setting, what they would say or what question they might ask of Jesus.


4. Gratitude – Once a day, on the way to or from school or at dinner, each member of the family shares one thing for which they are grateful.  It is a good practice to build a spiritual life.  You might wish to write these in a gratitude journal which can be a comfort when you encounter troubling times.


5. Attend Mass … the Prayer of the Church – God calls us to celebrate Liturgy as a community.  It is the most important prayer available to us.  Jesus taught when two or more gather in his name, he is present.  Jesus is present in Liturgy in several ways … in the Word, in the Eucharist, in the priest as well as in the community.  Mass is a powerful prayer.  We invite your family to join in this most beautiful prayer of all!

In this issue
Letter from The Principal
Team Big E Strong
Faith Matters
Coming Home Today
  • Basketball Clinic Grades 3-8
This Week's Events
Book Fair 7:30-2:25

Book Fair 7:30-2:25
All School Mass 8:15
High School Visits
Mercy & St. X 9:30-10
Trinity 10:30-11

$1 Favorite High School T-shirt Day for Best Buddies
No Homework Club
Book Fair 7:30-2:25 & 3-8p
High School Visit 
Assumption 8:30-9a

Book Fair 8a-10a
Last day for Glo-Stick orders

10/2 & 10/5

Please Take Note
♦ Due to feedback from parents, we are sending home hard copies of fliers with students throughout the week.  We will continue to post information in Sycamore News as well.  There is no official Monday folder at this time.

Students may wear their tshirtfavorite high school t-shirt with uniform bottoms on Wednesday, 9/30 for $1 donation to Best Buddies.  Best Buddies is a non-profit organization that supports children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

♦ There will be a Sycamore Q&A General/Sycamore Education.jpgsession for parents during Wednesday conferences in the school conference room.  Please stop by between 3 and 8 p.m. with any questions you may have about how to navigate Sycamore.

Congratulations to our art teacher, Mrs. Whelan!  She was awarded $1,250 from PNC/ Fund for the Arts Grant Program for Wood Sculptures of Endangered Species with Louisville Visual Art, serving 60 students in grade 8.

St. Michael blankets are now for sale for $25.  Proceeds support 8th grade trip.  Order form is in Sycamore News.

♦ Our 8th graders are turning the Jeffersontown legend of the "Goat Man" into the theme for the main fundraiser for their Class Trip: The Pope Lick Monster Trail 5K Fun Run on October 17 at 2 p.m. at the beautifully scenic Cedar Ridge Camp off Routt Rd. There is an easy 1K course for walkers too.  Register to participate on If you'd like a Run t-shirt (may be worn as spirit wear), look for the order form coming home today. Shirt orders due by 10/2. Thanks for your support.

♦ Generic and volleyball spirit wear is now available to order.  Deadline is 9/30/15.  See Sycamore Documents for order forms.

♦  Basketball registration for basketballgrades 1-8 is now available.  To register, please visit
knightssports to sign up.

♦ St. Michael's dance team practice and registration will begin on Wednesday, October 7th at the 360 Dance Studio.  Practices will be on Wednesdays from 5:15-6:15.  Members of the AHS dance team will be coaching.   This is open to all students 1st- 8th grade.   If you are interested or have any questions, please email Kristin Roberts at

♦ This week is the Scholastic book fairbook fair.  Download the Scholastic book fair app to enjoy features like scanning the bar code to check the reading level and more!  Family night is Wednesday from 3-8. p.m.

♦ ADHD children often struggle with sensory processing disorder or hypersensitivity, making school stressful. Make their after-school time calmer with these sensory strategies.

 Sign up to be a St. Michael Triathlon Aid Station Volunteer!  The race is Oct. 11 from noon to 10:30 p.m.  Multiple time slots are available.  Click here to sign up on our team.  See Sycamore News for more information.

♦ This is the last week! 100 schools will win $10,000 each in the Labels for lfeEducation Grand 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

♦ Please be sure to check your child's cafeteria balance.  Balances are posted in Sycamore Documents.

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